With deep respect for every kind of matriarch in our lives — moms, aunts, caregivers, stepmoms, bonus moms, grandmas — we went in search of ideas for gifts that share local flair and lots of love.

Gifts with meaning

Photo courtesy of Sapling Press.

Mother of the Goddamn Year” card from Sapling Press
Less is more when it comes to these local letterpress gurus. Sapling Press reimagines the age-old printing technique with sassy and clever messages. The front packs such a punch(line) that the inside is all yours for scrawling. The homegrown company is fresh on the heels of celebrating its milestone 20th anniversary. Need more Mom's Day levity? The collection includes winners like, “You did a great job not raising assholes” and “Mom, I love you but your comments on my Instagram posts are ruining my brand.” Black ink on ecru cotton paper with a brown bag envelope.

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

Burgon & Ball Collection from Pittsburgh Botanic Garden's Forage & Finds shop
Make her garden grow with a gift set from Pittsburgh Botanic Garden‘s Forage & Finds Shop. Created in collaboration with the Royal Horticulture Society, the Burgon & Ball collection is made from high-quality materials. Available in blue and pink floral patterns, these garden goods will look at home on her planting table. Mix and match a personalized set to include a watering can, pruner and holster, Kneelo Kneeler, seed storage tin, gardening gloves and a Trowell engraved with the Gertrude Jekyll quote, “The love of gardening is a seed once sown, that never dies.” Even better? Give her the gift during Mother’s Day lunch (first come, first served) at the garden's Canopy Café.

Photo courtesy of Una Biologicals.

Spa Day Self-care Gift Set from Una Biologicals
Give mom the spa treatment right in the comfort of her home. This lovingly crafted gift set features everything to nourish the body and uplift the soul. We feel relaxed just writing about the organic lavender body butter, peppermint foot butter, Dead Sea bath salts, lavender oatmeal soap, rose water mist, luxe face cream and citrus lip balm. You'll feel great supporting this woman-owned business based in Lawrenceville that incorporates sustainable practices and fair trade ingredients into everything it does.

Photos courtesy of Knotzland.

Knotzland x Penn/Fairmount Collection from the Pittsburgh Glass Center Shop
This stunning collection will have every fashion-forward mom ready for any gala, art opening, wedding or dinner date. Haute couture, fine art and sustainability collide in this new collaboration between Pittsburgh Glass Center's Penn/Fairmount line and Pittsburgh custom bow tie and apparel brand Knotzland. The collection is being unveiled as part of the highly anticipated grand opening of the Glass Center‘s expanded Garfield HQ on May 3. The cutting-edge designs repurpose glass pieces into wearable and functional objects that make bold statements. Available in the Glass Center shop.

Photo courtesy of Bantha Tea Bar.

Goddess Tea from Bantha Tea Bar
All caregivers are goddesses who deserve to be pampered. Help yours exhale with a selection of unique teas from Bantha Tea Bar. Try the Goddess blend of herbaceous tea to support the entire body. Other highlights include the Ancient Phoenix Puer made from 200-year-old trees and the Overworked Tea that every caregiver has earned. A staple along the Penn Avenue arts corridor, this cozy oasis is constructed of recycled materials in partnership with the Fourth River Workers Guild. And the shop is solar-powered, sources its ingredients locally and uses a triple-filtered, reverse-osmosis water system. For more local tea, check out our guide to 6 spots for high tea in the Pittsburgh area and the best places for tea in Pittsburgh.

Even more gift ideas ...

Double Dragon Checker Necklace from Pittsburgh jewelry designer, SASHA, a bottle of vino from Nine O’Clock Wines (Lawrenceville), Tahini Brownies from Third Space Bakery (Garfield), a gift certificate from City Books (North Side) or a virtual studio membership to YOGAMOTIF.

The gift of spending time together

Photo courtesy of Roxanne's Dried Flowers.

Garden Party at Roxanne's Dried Flowers
Friday, May 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Honor Mother Earth together at one of the city's most unusual flower shops. Roxanne's Dried Flowers, The Butterwood Bake Consortium and Tina's cocktail lounge team up to host a garden party that makes for a perfect mother-daughter date or gal pal adventure. Enjoy the shop after hours while potting plants, sipping spritzers and savoring floral forward cakes. Surrounded by Pittsburgh's bustling Strip District, plant moms will get creative together while immersed in exotic plants, breathtaking dried and preserved flowers, natural ephemera and perfumes of the garden. Tickets.

A selection of wares from Jackie Whoa Vintage, a vendor at The Neighborhood Flea Mother's Day market. Photo courtesy of Jackie Whoa Vintage.

The Neighborhood Flea at SouthSide Works
Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Don't just shop for mom, shop with mom. Celebrate Mother's Day while kicking off flea market season in the Burgh. After all that bargain hunting, you'll bond over your new treasures. Stroll along South 27th and Sidney streets to explore 100 vendors selling everything from clothing, antiques, home decor and books, to artwork, small-batch foods and handmade gifts. Dog moms will love how pet-friendly this market is. You can also treat mom to hands-on art workshops, live musical performances and lunch from food trucks. Information.

Kierra Darshell. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Drag Your Mother to Brunch” at the Hard Rock Cafe
Sunday, May 12, 11 a.m.
Booking a brunch reservation doesn't have to be a drag! Pittsburgh’s First Lady of Drag is here to solve that age-old conundrum of what to do for Mother's Day. Bring mom, grandma, auntie or friends to experience a feel-good, family-friendly performance. On the menu are fab Pittsburgh drag divas dancing, lip-syncing and performing, including Alora Chateaux, Sasha Nolan and Miss V Van-Cartier. Tickets.

Women welders at Dravo Corp. pose for a group photograph, c. 1943-44. Photo courtesy of the Detre Library & Archives at the Heinz History Center.

A Woman’s Place: How Women Shaped Pittsburgh” at the Heinz History Center
Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Looking for an intergenerational Mother's Day experience? Be inspired by the remarkable women who have changed Pittsburgh and the world for the better. Take an interactive journey through women’s history from the early 1800s to contemporary times via 250 artifacts, immersive experiences and archival images. See rare artifacts like the handbag carried around the world by Nellie Bly, the inauguration dress worn by Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff and costumes from the National Negro Opera Co. Discover the stories of real-life Rosie the Riveters, check out women's suffrage memorabilia and peruse original “Sesame Street” sketches by Peggy Owens Skillen. Show mom and grandma that they're part of this trailblazing timeline. Tickets.

Spa date at OSIRIS Wellness and Day Spa
Prices & times vary
Borrow mom for the day to enjoy a spa staycation. Surrounded by the tranquil wooded landscapes of Evans City — just 28 miles north of Pittsburgh — is a secluded spa destination. Named for the Egyptian god of rejuvenation, eternal life and prosperity, OSIRIS offers a range of services, education and products rooted in wellness. Starting Mother's Day weekend, massages can be performed in the site's serene gazebo. The spa pros have everything to help moms unplug and achieve balance, from reflexology, hot stone massage, reiki and marine magnesium, to arctic berry peels and LED light therapy. The unparalleled calming atmosphere will linger long after the visit. Information.

Even more ways to spend time together ...

Mother’s Day Acrylic Flower-Making Workshop at Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (May 4), Mother's Day Artist Market at 3 Rivers Outdoor Co. (May 11), Little Boston Trail Ride with Venture Outdoors (May 11), Mother’s Day One Stop Shop Event at Black Dog Wine Co. (Oakdale) or the Mother's Day farm-to-table event with Sprezzatura at Blackberry Meadows Farm (May 12).

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and SLB Radio Productions. She is co-author of the award-winning book, "Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania." For 15-plus years, she was co-coordinator and marketing director with Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh's first and largest independent craft fair. She makes music as The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.