Sunday, May 9, is Mother’s Day! If you are still brainstorming how to honor the special mother figure in your life, look no further. Many of the Auburn Chamber members provide excellent gift options. Follow this gift guide to find the best token of gratitude to celebrate all of motherhood’s unseen and unheard sacrifices.

Auburn Oil Co. Booksellers
Auburn Oil Co. Booksellers is the perfect one-stop shop for Mother’s Day. The independent bookstore has everything you need to complete your gift including cards, tote bags, coffee, bath bombs, wine, jewelry, and of course books! Auburn Oil Co. Booksellers’ carefully curated inventory captures the heart of Auburn and is sure to capture the heart of your mom! The storefront is conveniently located downtown at 149 E. Magnolia Street, Suite A. Shop in-person, online or by curbside pickup.

The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
Enjoy a day full of art with your loved one! The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays until 8 p.m. Admission is free, and there are multiple visual art exhibitions to explore.

The Outside In exhibition is a collaborative selection from Auburn University’s Louise Hauss and David Brent Miller Audubon Collection. Outside In features artwork representations of North American specimens. Environmental elements from the Audubon’s nineteenth-century compositions are highlighted to create contemporary scientific context.

Bernini and the Roman Baroque: Masterpieces from Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia is another exhibition on display at the Jule. This historic collection is grandiose with drama, color and contrast as it examines seventeenth century religion, mythology, nature, power, and culture. There are 55 mesmerizing works to observe and appreciate!

Round out your art adventure with the Lila Quintero Weaver: Darkroom Drawings exhibition. This collection features 25 original drawings and personal memorabilia from graphic memoirist, illustrator and children’s author, Lila Quintero Weaver. The artist’s story begins in 1961 when she was 5 years old. During this time, the Civil Rights Movement was gaining momentum for the advocacy of voting rights and equality. Observe the past and the present opportunity to affect change within this collection.

In addition to the beautiful artwork on display, The Jule Collins Smith Museum contains an exquisite museum shop with many unique items created exclusively for JCSM by contemporary artists and high-quality vendors. Ranging from hand painted art to delicately woven scarves, there is a multitude of handmade items perfect for any occasion. Stop by the museum and get everything you need for mom! The Jule is located at 901 S. College Street. For more information about the Jule, its mission, and current exhibitions visit the museum’s website.

The Potting Shed
April showers bring May flowers and Mother’s Day too! For this classic gift go-to, consider visiting The Potting Shed. This garden shop is equipped with landscaping plants, outdoor furnishings, and home décor! The professional staff is always available to help with your gardening and gifting needs. The Potting Shed is located at 4137 Moore’s Mill Road.

B & B Beverage Management
May flowers bring summer cocktails, too! Get into the Mother’s Day “spirit” with one of B&B Beverage’s Boxtail collections! Enjoy a handcrafted cocktail with your mom in the luxury of your own home. They provide the ingredients, recipes for the perfect cocktail and deliver it right to your door. Just when you think it can’t get any better, it does! Shop from their Mother’s Day Essentials selection and receive 20% off when you use code MOM2021. Pick your mom’s favorite box and “cheers” to Mother’s Day!

Ariccia Cucina Italiana
Festeggia Mama! Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day with scrumptious sweets and treats on Sunday, May 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ariccia sure doesn’t mess around when it comes to sugar and butter, and we’re all happy about that! The Mother’s Day menu will surely have all of your mom’s favorites, from buttery cinnamon buns to a mouth-watering breakfast loaf. Additionally, the menu also contains a rich chocolate fudge cake, sweet key lime cheesecake, and a beautiful strawberry cream cheese bundt cake. What could be better than dessert for breakfast? Truly nothing. Secure your table online or place a to-go order to guarantee the brunch of your mom’s dreams!

Magnolia James Boutique
Are you looking for something trendy, luxurious, and high quality but aren’t sure what to get? Take your mom shopping at the wonderful Magnolia James Boutique where they have an array of different products to choose from. Not only do they offer a collection of clothing for every age, accessories, and home goods; they also have unmatched customer service. The friendly staff is glad to help find the perfect gift for mom and make sure she is extra pampered this Mother’s Day! Stop by Magnolia James at 1957 E Samford Avenue Suite B for some exceptional retail therapy or visit their website to shop online!

The Flower Store
Let your mom know you “rose” to the occasion with a hand-made flower arrangement from The Flower Store this Mother’s Day! Your mom only deserves the best, and the Flower Store offers fresh flowers and hand delivery right to your door with only the push of a button! Order online from their Mother’s Day selection or stop by the store at 2290 Moores Mill Road Suite 100, to find the perfect bouquet for your mom. Add a box of chocolate, a teddy bear, and balloons for a little extra dazzle to her day!

The Auburn Chamber wishes you and all the mother figures in your life a happy and loving Mother’s Day!

Written by Jessica Light and Kimberly VanderWal