Mother’s Day Gifts with Style and Substance, Part 1

In search of that perfect gift that’s not only stylish, but is locally designed and handcrafted of high quality, durable materials using sustainable practices? Look no further. Here is a selection that will make a great present for Mother’s Day, or any day.

Left: It’s said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend and that good things come in threes. These Diamonds Bags from Oakland’s Claflin, Thayer & Co are available in three sizes and three colors: silver, yellow gold and rose gold.

Right: From elizabeth W, the Lavender Pillow Insert is an all-natural, aromatherapeutic combination of lavender, silk, and fine linen. Placed inside a pillowcase or under the pillow it will help relax and induce a great night’s sleep.

Left: Oakland printmaking studio People I’ve Loved can make even “Mom Jeans” stylish. Letterpress on cream folded stock craft envelope.

Right: The naturally hand-dyed, organic cotton jersey Indigofera Scarf from Oakland’s The Moon is a versatile piece, wonderful for Spring through Fall, and is a great travel companion. It can be used as protection from the sun, and to keep warm on late summer evenings.

Left: The Emile Handbag from Oakland’s Martine is made of thick and durable Napa Latigo Leather, making it a great everyday piece. Hand stitched and finished with solid brass hardware, it has a fixed strap with a large magnet that crosses the body of the handbag to hold the strap closed.

Right: San Francisco’s Buffalo & Co use vegetable tanned leather that will mold to the owners habits over time, much like raw denim. It will darken and develop a patina with exposure to natural elements that reflect the individual character and history of the piece. The Black & Tan Wallet is hand-stitched with two oversized credit card pockets in the front and one large back pocket.

Left: From Western Sonoma County’s Clouds and Ladders, the Color Block Circle Necklace has a brass frame filled with cast polymer in a choice of color combinations.

Right: The 18 karat yellow gold hand-sculpted Heart Pendant from Berkeley jewelry designer Shaya Durbin is also available in 18 karat rose gold or palladium.

Left: The versatile “Original” tote from Oakland’s MoMurray is the first style they designed. A few improvements have been made over the years, and it’s now available in two sizes and color options.

Right: The Plat Tote from San Francisco’s Aplat is a zero waste sustainable design for carrying prepared food. Simply slide a plate or bowl through the center opening to keep items horizontal and upright. Perfect for potlucks, picnics and everyday shopping.

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