Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

Finding the prefect Mother’s Day gift can be challenging, but we’re here to help! Shop local this season and support local San Francisco Bay Area businesses, while giving mom something she can’t just find anywhere. We’ve rounded up some of our top picks (in no particular order) for this Mother’s Day. Also follow along on our Instagram for amazing giveaways all week long!

Leslie Francesca Designs strives to embrace natural elements within collections of handmade jewelry. No stone is alike – each piece with it’s own unique characteristics making a variety of jewelry that is perfectly imperfect.

A jewelry piece from Leslie Francesca would make a great Mother’s Day gift because just like our mothers, we are all unique and different. Each stone she uses has its own history and look which makes it very special.



SVEN Ceramics is a little company of two, handcrafting fine pottery and art in San Francisco. Sven started doing ceramics when he was a kid, continuing on to study it in college at San Francisco State University. Partnering with Mallie—who brought photography, media, and marketing to the business—they formed SVEN Ceramics in the spring of 2015. All their ceramics are thrown by hand on the wheel, and are then twice fired. The last fire is a high fire in their newly acquired gas kiln, Yuro, named from the Petaluma man they bought it from last fall. They make all their glazes from scratch in their studio. The two are currently partnering with Four Barrel to make ceramics for the well-known SF café, and with the popular Mission district restaurant Flour + Water to craft plates and bowls.

Firm believers that the aesthetic is both in the function and the visuals, the pottery of the two behind SVEN Ceramics is beautiful, durable, and comfortable. Which, as we know, are all things a mother can really appreciate! From mugs to big beautiful salad bowls, plates, and fermentation crocks, this small company has all the unique and handcrafted pottery a loved one could wish for.18544d_fa8dc4b85c034bb9aec1757ca4b91dc2.jpg


Pennie Post subscribers receive at least three new stationery items each month so all that’s left is a thoughtful message. Everyone loves receiving cards in the mail. Thank you notes, birthday cards or even notes just to say, “hello”. Even in an age with emails and text messages, nothing can replace a physical, handwritten card.

A Pennie Post subscription is perfect for the mom that never forgets to send you that special birthday card. Gift mom with something that will delight her mailbox for months to come this Mother’s Day.oct15collection_sm_1024x1024.jpg


Yuzu Soap specializes in handcrafted and natural bath products, made in small batches completely from scratch. Their soap bars are made with plant based oils and shea butter which are rich in vitamins and nutrients. Unlike many commercial soaps, Yuzu Soap products are free from harsh chemicals and synthetic detergents that can irritate your skin.

These gentle and nourishing soap bars come in four scents (Citrus Beer, Cucumber Melon, Lavender and Orange Mint) and make great gifts for Mother‘s Day! Use coupon code BAYAREABUZZ for a special 30% discount off your purchase (offer valid through May 7, 2016).IMG_2027.jpg

Workshop SF is the place to get creative! Nothing is more fun than the gift of DIY. Whether its taking your Mom to class, showing a friend you think she’s a great Mom by treating her to a class, or just making some fun gifts for your Mom that she’ll brag about forever. She can finally replace those clay hands molds from when you were 4 and that 80s hair photo of you with some cool wall art you made that won’t send you to hair shame.

Workshop has a bunch of fun events planned for the holiday that celebrates the lady who put you here. The Agate & Geode jewelry making class leaves you with some “70s throwback” meets “modern bling” for her (May 4th, 7pm, $58.00). You can finally learn to sew and stop asking her to hem your jeans and all those Ikea curtains by taking Sewing Bootcamp (May 7th, 11-6pm, $100.00). Make gorgeous Shibori dyed magic, walk out with blue hands and something she can Instagram for an eternity (May 7th, 11-2pm, $74.00). Last but not least we have the Trifecta of throwback 70s crafts May 8th & 9th including Leather Hanging Plant Holders (comes with the plant), Vertical Succulent Gardens & Macrame. Scope out the site for more DIY fun at

Buon Vino Inc. is a Napa/Sonoma styled wine tasting room in the heart of downtown Walnut Creek. Not only is there an opportunity to try wine from some of the very best wineries in California, they also offer the opportunity to host private events in their private event room. It’s a great space for any occasion! Buno Vino also does custom wine labels! Just send them an image or logo that is yours to use and they will put it on any bottle of wine they have in the shop. The custom wine labels are a great gift for a Mother’s day present- a simple gift with a lot of meaning behind it will surely put a smile on any mother’s face!DSC03769.JPG

Cookielove uses only the finest ingredients to serve up all-natural handcrafted original cookies. Along with everyone’s favorite Good Old Chocolate Chip, they also offer dynamic flavor combinations such as Lavender White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Blueberry and Potato Chip Pecan.  Let CookieLove share the love and surprise mom with dessert this Mother‘s Day–we promise it will put a smile on her face!603865_1604347393155337_5289828594166868254_n.jpg

glassybaby glassware are one-of-a-kind hand blown glass votives and drinkers made by glassblowers in Berkeley CA and Seattle WA. glassybaby come in 400+ rich colors, each with a unique name like ‘joy’, ‘hope’, ‘gratitude’, ‘roots’, ‘sorry’, ‘bff’ and ‘frog hunting’. glassybaby creates a community located wherever kindness and giving occur.  They tell stories through the colorful language of glassybaby and create connections through those stories.

glassybaby was founded in 2001 by three-time cancer survivor Lee Rhodes. During her chemo treatments, Lee met patients who could not afford basic needs such as bus fare, childcare or groceries. When she founded glassybaby, it was with the core mission of helping to alleviate these struggles. The giving mission has since expanded to support hope and healing for people, animals and the environment and to date glassybaby has given back more than $4.5+ million.

This Mother‘s Day, don’t give mom the standard floral bouquet, opt for a unique, sustainable gift that will last her a lifetime. glassybaby’s sustainable blooms’ collection are offered in a variety of floral colors including ‘hyacinth’, ‘poppy’ and ‘sweet pea’. 10% of each sale is donated to a nonprofit.
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Body Time® is a locally owned and family run skin care company that has been servicing the Bay Area since 1970. They offer an array of luxury skin and body care products that can be custom scented. The art of custom scenting is unique to Body Time®. Custom scenting allows you to personalize any of their unscented body or bath products from their Body Time® Classics line using perfume or essential oils to create a distinctive scent – just for you. In addition to customizing your products, Body Time® can also create custom perfume blends using a combination of their 90 perfume and essential oils. Body Time® also carries a line of Botanical products which contain plant based ingredients and essential oils that have been combined specifically for beneficial effects on the skin.


Bread SRSLY is San Francisco’s first gluten-free sourdough bread company. In 2011, they started delivering bread by bicycle in hilly San Francisco. Most weeks, owner Sadie would bike 100 miles to get bread to its many destinations. After years of biking all over the city and refining their recipe they have perfected the perfect loaf. For the gluten-free, carb loving mom, Bread SRSLY is where it’s at this Mother’s Day!

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