Five Mother’s Day Gifts for Moms Who Aren’t Your Mom

Mother’s Day is a day we usually spend thinking about our own mothers. But how many of us have been influenced, even raised, by mothers who were not our own? They too deserve to be honored.

The best way to do this is to give them a gift that’s just big enough to be appreciated, but doesn’t require you to guess their dress size or choose a hyper-specific option that might be a miss. The good news is that Sarasota’s business landscape has a lot to offer on this front. Here’s what we recommend.


327 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, (941) 388-3335

We love Binjara Traders for special items that can’t be found anywhere else in Sarasota. This rattan bag ($79.95) is a perfect example. Handmade in Bali, Indonesia, this circular to-go handbag is perfect for making a unique statement while being neutral enough to go with most outfits. The mom who is not your mom will love that you are thinking of her and will probably wear it the next time you see her.

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Gift Card, Bookstore1Sarasota Local

$25 to $500

117 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, (941) 365-7900

What mom doesn’t want to curl up with a good book after a hard day’s work? The problem with giving someone a book is that it can be difficult to gauge their reading tastes. Rather than doing this, why not purchase a gift certificate from Bookstore1 Sarasota? Being able to browse Bookstore1 Sarasota’s spacious new downtown location will definitely be a plus. And if you want to give them both a gift card and choose a book you think they would like, we recommend “Find Your People” by Jennie Allen ($25). Who doesn’t want advice on how to research a community?

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Foxy Lady, 209 Beach Road, Sarasota, (941) 349-6644

If you live in Sarasota, chances are you love the beach. How could you live here and not? Now give the mom who isn’t your mom the chance to wear her love for the beach on her sleeve – okay, well, close enough. This cotton crew sweater from Wooden Ships ($150) and sold at Foxy Lady of Sarasota makes a wonderful gift. It’s just soft and comfy enough to keep you warm but not too heavy for a 65-70 degree day. Perfect for our Sarasota winters, if you ask us.

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1919 Morrill St., Sarasota, (941) 951-5437

Home decorating is always a good bet when you want to show someone you care but aren’t quite sure what to buy. And we absolutely love these bubble wall flower vases Sarasota’s Shoogie Boogies ($17.95), a unique cafe in the heart of the city’s arts district. These bubble vases hang on the wall and make a statement in any room. Next time the mom who isn’t your mom throws a party, she’ll get countless questions: where did you get this?

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Dainty Layered Moon Coin Necklace from Pineapple Lain Boutique.


407 S. Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, (941) 330-8771

This layered moon coins necklace ($21.95) from the St. Armands Pineapple Lain boutique will leave the recipient glistening in style. The moon and stars design provides a precious reminder that you only have to look up to remember the vastness of life. You may not be this mom’s child, but she will think of you the same way once you give her this gift.

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