Illinois Made Mother's Day Gift Guide

May is National Small Business Month and now more than ever it’s important to support small businesses all throughout Illinois in any way we can. Each and every business in our state needs your help to make it through this crisis.

To assist those businesses, this year’s Illinois Made Mother’s Day Gift Guide features a selection of small businesses that are part of the Illinois Made program, to give you a small taste of the incredible products available at local businesses around the state. The Illinois Made program was originated by the Illinois Office of Tourism to promote makers who create authentic products and experiences throughout the state. Each business offers amazing gifts for online purchase & delivery (curbside pickup options are specified).

Swoon Living in Chicago 

Baking Spatula ($15) - There’s no time like the present to take up baking, so why not do it in style? Swoon Living, known for design and producing glass and wood products in their Logan Square-studio, offers an all-wooden baking spatula with a short, beveled, blade perfect for baking applications. Handle is sanded to a smooth finish and finished with organic olive oil and beeswax. Shop online here


Hand Blown Tad Whiskey or Wine Decanter ($58) - The rotating glass decanter is the perfect addition for your next Zoom meeting and is a great accent for a stylish bar. Shop online here

 

Illinois Sparkling Co. in Utica 

Bubbly for Mother’s Day mimosas ($20 per bottle) - Surprise Mom with a bottle of Brut from award-winning sparkling wine producers, Illinois Sparkling Co. in Utica. With flavors ranging from sweet to dry, there’s something for every wine lover to enjoy. Shop all products online here also available for curbside pickup. 

 

Wild Cherry Spoon Co. in Rock Island 

Copper Whisk with wood handle ($30) Wild Cherry Spoon Co. creates one-of-a-kind kitchen utensils from urban lumber. Treat Mom with a unique whisk with a handle crafted from ethically harvested lumber, designed to perfectly fit to your grip. Shop online here

 

You Are Beautiful by Matthew Hoffman in Chicago 

Wooden Signs - Even if you’re not with your mom for this Mother’s Day this year, you can still show her you are thinking of her with a meaningful sign from You Are Beautiful created by local artist, Matthew Hoffman. Headquartered in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood, Hoffman’s work aims to better the world in little ways. Shop unique wooden signs including,  “Thank You for Being You” wall plaque ($20) and “All In” sign ($30) to show Mom you’re in this together. Shop all products (i.e. sweatshirts, socks, artwork and more) online here

Prairie Fruits Farms and Creamery in Champaign 

“Damn Kids” Tea Towel ($10) - Everyone can use a laugh right about now. Prairie Fruits Farms and Creamery, a goat dairy farm known for its farm-to-table dinners and award-winning goat cheese, is offering this hilarious tea towel featuring some of the farm’s baby goats for any mom to appreciate. 

Stay-at-home meats and cheese selection ($42) - Also from Prairie Fruits Farms, you can gift Mom with the “Stay at Home Survival Kit” including summer sausage, artisan crackers, berry jam and their signature goat cheese. Shop all products online here

 

River Bend Gallery in Galena 

Puzzle ($25 with free shipping) - Professional artist Geoffrey Mikol with River Bend Gallery (RBG) has garnered numerous awards for his work, developing a strong following of collectors and enthusiasts. Born with Down Syndrome, Geoffrey uses his skillful eye as a photographer to express himself in new ways, capturing beautiful scenes of nature with technical precision.  His work is transferred into puzzles, the perfect way to pass time at home. Shop all puzzles here

 

Marcoot Jersey Creamery in Greenville

Known for producing award-winning products, Marcoot Jersey Creamery specializes in handcrafting artisan and farmstead cheeses that no cheese lover will be able to resist. Marcoot's “Brewed Box” offers “Tipsy Cheddar” (made with craft beer), cheese curds, summer sausage or meat sticks, and a bag of locally roasted coffee - a unique Mother’s Day treat that any cheese-loving mom would appreciate. Shop all products online here, also available for curbside pickup. 

 

Lagomarcino’s Confectionary in Moline (Quad Cities) 

Lagomarcino’s Confectionary is a family-run confectionary that’s been creating fine chocolates in Moline since 1908. Gift cards are available to purchase online but if mom is not close enough to use a gift card, you can send her one of Lagomarcino’s tasty “I Love You Mum” packages ($43) featuring a chocolate flower pot filled with chocolate sea salt caramels, assorted toffee, pecan dainties, caramels and truffles. Shop all products online here, also available for curbside pickup.

 

Cocoa Blue Chocolates in Rochester 

For the mom who loves chocolate, consider a gift card to Cocoa Blue Chocolates near Springfield. Cocoa Blue features mouthwatering truffles, dark chocolate bark with sea-salt, chocolate-dipped Oreos and pecan clusters - all made from scratch – or consider sending this classic gift basket.  Shop products and gift cards online here

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