BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. -- Mother's Day will be here before you know it and with it, that age-old question: What's the best thing to buy?
Here, a few solutions from area mom and pop locales:
Cohen Printing, Teaneck: Want to tell mom how much you love her? There are mugs galore that say things like "My Mom is my BFF," "First my mother; forever my friend," and "If I didn't have you as a Mom, I'd choose you as a friend." This being a store that specializes in paper goods, you'll also find gorgeous cards. Shop Mom: 500 Cedar Lane, (201) 287-0343, www.cohenprinting.com/ .
Ludovica, Westwood: There's a bohemian vibe to this boutique where moms will delight in new spring kimonos, maxi dresses, summer dresses, flowy off-the-shoulder tops, and boyfriend jeans. Shop Mom: 170 Westwood Ave., (201) 358-2313, www.shopludovica.com/ .
Olive 54, Ramsey: Oversized pillows, summer totes, candles, jewelry and seaglass rain catchers are among the whimsical -- and original -- items found at this olive-green-roofed shop run by two moms. Shop Mom: 54 W. Main St., (201) 327-5454, www.olive54.com/ .
Pinot's Palette, Ridgewood: Treat Mom to a night of painting, drinking and fun at this BYOB art studio where she'll get to unleash her inner artist. Shop Mom: 25 Oak St., (201) 389-8676, www.pinotspalette.com/ridgewood .
Petite Paperie, Tenafly: Mugs and frames with "mom" sayings, including a mug that reads:"I love that you're my mom;" and a frame saying "Behind every good kid is a great mom" are among the featured seasonal items. And, though Mom may not want to cook on May 8, she may enjoy the nice serveware that this store always carries. Shop Mom: 23 Washington St. (201) 503-1221.
23 South, Englewood: Consider this your one-stop shop: There's a little bit of everything here: Lollia lotions, Vera Bradley bags (50 percent off sale going on now through Mother's Day!), Michael Aram jewelry and Sugarfina candy, among other items. Shop Mom: 1 E. Palisades Ave., (201) 408-5911, www.23southboutique.com/ .
Threads, Westwood: There's new inventory coming in all the time at Threads where you'll find spring dresses, jumpsuits and more from brands like Free People, Veronica M., and Flying Monkey. Shop Mom: 149 Westwood Ave., (201) 664-1697, www.threadswestwood.com/ .
Go Green; Buy a Bag: Mom will stand out at the beach with an oversized tote handmade by Harrington Park resident Tara McCann. McCann hand sews bags out of flour sacks for truly one-of-kind-creations. Her company's name? WeBe Bags. Shop Mom: www.webebags.com/ .
Buy Local: Englewood Cliffs native Megan Kothari is all about keeping the art of traditional jewelry making alive while providing accessories that make a statement and represent a piece of one’s personality. Her new line, AARYAH, handmade in India, sells online at www.aaryah.com/ .
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