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A Guide to Mother’s Day Gift Shopping in Essex County

by Brooke Nuzie
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Mother’s Day is coming up quickly, and there is no better way to celebrate mom than to get something from her favorite local Essex County spot. We rounded up the best local spots + local goods in Montclair to help show mom how much you love her this year. Read on for a Mother’s Day shopping guide to Essex County.

Clothing + Accessories

Audrey + Elle Boutique {47s Park Street, Montclair}

Audrey + Elle Boutique

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The Ivy at Chatham

Audren + Elle is a curated boutique specializing in clothing, with some additional home and gift items. Founded in 2019, and with a website that ships internationally, Montclair is lucky to be the home of the flagship store.

Barbara Eclectic {594 Valley Road, Montclair}

Barbara Eclectic

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Featuring clothing, shoes, and accessories, Barbara Eclectic {also known online as Village Vogue}, has been in Montclair since 1975. The shop also offers 30-minute private shopping appointments, which are a great gift for the fashion-conscious mom.

Dem Two Hands {61 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair}

Dem Two Hands

While moving to the US from Guyana as a teenager, the owner of Dem Two Hands learned her seamstress skills from her mother. With unique, crafted clothes, accessories, and housewares, Dem Two Hands’ main goal is for women to feel comfortable with who they are. This 30 year Montclair staple also offers free alterations to make sure you love the way you look in this shop’s clothing.

Envy {609 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair}

envy by melissa gorga

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The perfect spot for any moms that are Bravo TV fans. Melissa Gorga, of RHONJ fame, opened this shop on Bloomfield Ave full of clothing and accessories. The perfect gift destination for trendy moms.

Read More: A List of Must-Shop Boutiques in Montclair

Monty {12 North Willow Street, Montclair}


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This clothing and accessory store features clothing by emerging and independent designers, bringing a bit of fashion to the Montclair clothing and accessory scene. Browse the store in person, or check out the website where you can search by specific designers.

Nouvelle {629B Valley Road, Montclair}

Nouvelle Upper Montclair

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On the corner of Valley Road and Lorraine Avenue, Nouvelle shares spaces with its sister store, a consignment shop named One Savvy Design. With new and old clothing items to browse, there is sure to be something here for mom this year. 

Susanne N {193 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair}

Susanne N

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Susanne N is a fashion-focused boutique, close to celebrating its 10th year in Montclair. This shop features dressy, casual, and career wear, along with accessories to go with them all. Susanne N has trunk shows on a regular basis, and the website can be browsed by a designer.

Velvet Lush {123 Walnut Street, Montclair}

Velvet Lush

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Velvet Lush is a clothing store with items that look as comfortable as the name sounds. Featured in Elle Magazine and Glamour, Montclair has been home to Velvet Lush since 2017. The store features both vintage and contemporary options from international designers.

Desserts + Treats

Love On Board {Bloomfield}

Love On Board

Love On Board offers customizable charcuterie boards that can contain a variety of meats, cheeses, and desserts. Because what would mom love more than beautifully structured chocolate-covered strawberries? Dm the account on Instagram to order.

Neighbors {319 South Orange Avenue, South Orange}


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For the mom who likes to relax by cracking open a bottle of wine at the end of the day, Neighbors has a great selection. Neighbors has a little bit of everything but specializes in craft beer, natural wines, and craft spirits. Plus, if you’re over 21, maybe she’ll share.


Anderson’s Flowers {602 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair}

Anderson’s Flowers

Located in Montclair and offering free delivery for local online orders, you can’t go wrong with Anderson’s Flowers for mom this year. The handcrafted arrangements and delivery are especially convenient if you can’t make it to celebrate with mom in person.

Blade {129 Valley Road, Montclair}


A floral + event design company, Blade also offers bouquets and a special four-week floral subscription for the gift that keeps on giving.

Blooms in Hand {288 Claremont, Verona} 

Blooms in Hand

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Located a short distance away from Montclair, Blooms in Hand is a floral studio that will bring a smile to any mom’s face. The florist creates custom floral arrangements and can cater to mom’s favorite flowers.

Rosasphina {74 Church Street, Montclair}


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Rosaphina specializes in floral event designs, but also offers bouquets that are perfect for mom. You can order online and filter by event or by flower type to make sure you get mom’s favorites.


& son {43a Church Street, Montclair}

& son

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The perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day would be to support this mother-son duo in this new shop that features house, ware, furniture, and art. & son focuses on unique pieces for both the home and body.

Culture Couture {53 Church Street, Montclair}

Culture Couture

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Since opening in Montclair in 2003, Culture Couture has sold creative and unique clothing, gifts, and accessories — all of which are ethically crafted. If mom is into crystals and incense along with accessories and home decor, then Culture Couture might be a perfect shopping destination.

Eclectic Chic Boutique {547 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair}

Eclectic Chic Boutique

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The Eclectic Chic Boutique has been selling handmade and locally sourced goods in Montclair since 2018. With an entire gift section for Mother’s Day, including breakable chocolate hearts, cards, and jewelry, there’s something for every mom at this local shop.

Giftbar {465 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair}


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Giftbar has a little bit of everything — including cards, accessories, candy, candles, games, and homeware — just to name a few. Whether your mom likes heartfelt mugs or sarcastic oven mitts, Giftbar is worth checking out before Mother’s Day.

Jafajems {622 Valley Road, Montclair}


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Jafajems is the perfect gift destination for moms that enjoy handmade, worldly accessories and home furnishings. A staple in Montclair since 1993, Jafajems has truly unique artwork, pottery, carpets, pillows, and more.

Mind Your Beads and Seeds {147D Valley Road, Montclair}

Mind Your Beads and Seeds

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Founded during the pandemic by a mother-daughter duo, Mind Your Beads and Seeds has just what it sounds like — beads and plants. Starting from local pop-ups, this newly founded brick-and-mortar store is ready for your Mother’s Day shopping.

Papazzed {11 Midland Avenue, Montclair}


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With an entire section of the store + website dedicated to New Jersey-themed goods, this shop is perfect for the true Jersey Girl mom. Of course, there are plenty of other options, including an entire online section dedicated to mothers day gifts which features robes, puzzles, jewelry, and so much more.

White Rabbit, Black Heart {219 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair}

White Rabbit, Black Heart

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White Rabbit, Black Heart is filled with unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else, including Montclair-themed goods. The shop also has candles, home decor, jewelry, and plenty more. It is only open Wednesday – Saturday, so make sure to plan accordingly so you can check this shop out before May 9th.

The Local Montclair Combo

The Local Montclair Combo

For the ultimate Montclair mom, only the ultimate combo pack will do. Ten local companies got together to create a Mother’s Day gift bag. You can reserve yours here. But hurry! Orders are due by April 30th. Of course, if you miss the full package, you can’t go wrong with any of these Montclair staples on their own. This kit includes a vintage quilt tote by m.a.b.e.lstyle, freshly roasted dogma coffee beans from Paper Plane Coffee, assorted mini croissants from Le French Dad Boulangerie, spiced nut blend from Butler and the Board, live fern + bergs potter from Moss & More, an ice cream voucher {to avoid melting} from Kreme & Krumbs, goji hibiscus rose bar from Vesta Chocolate, calming butter and lavender shower steamer from Dollymoo, custom Mother’s Day card from Parcel, and an olive oil cake with world peace cookies from Montclair Bread.

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Fredric’s Fine Jewelers {233 Belleview Avenue, Montclair}

Fredric’s Fine Jewelers

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A classic Mother’s Day gift is jewelry, and Fredric’s has a lot to offer. Though the store has only been open since 2019, its history goes back to 1932. The store features many different designers, types of jewelry, and services.

Noellery {4 Church Street, Montclair}


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With three different locations throughout New Jersey, Noellery’s unique jewelry values creativity, precision, and community. Jewelry and accessories vary to have something for everyone — including a dog-themed collection for dog mamas.


Montclair Book Center {221 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair}

Montclair Book Center

For the mom who is also a book nerd, and who would love nothing more than some peace and quiet to read on May 9th, surprise her with one of her favorites from Montclair Book Center.

Watchung Booksellers {54 Fairfield Street, Montclair}

Watchung Booksellers

Another option for a book-loving mom, Watchung Booksellers has all the books your mom would love. The shop also has a variety of book clubs and other in-store events that a gift from here might inspire mom to be a part of.

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