Mother's day is just around the corner. Don't let this holiday get away from you! Cumberland Valley's collection of unique gift shops, candy stores, and delicious restaurants can help you plan the perfect day for your Mom, grandmother, aunt, or other significant women in your life.
Cumberland Valley is filled with boutique shops where you can find the perfect thoughtful gift for your Mom. Here are a few suggestions to point you in the right direction. Click here to find a complete list of more than 200 local stores where you'll find a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind items.
For the Outdoor Lover & Nature Enthusiast
For those day-long adventures, help your mom stay hydrated with a new insulated water bottle from TCO Outdoors. They offer a number of in-store and online options, including a variety of Yeti products.
Earth Artisan & Outfitters features earth-based fine art, photography, goods & gear for the home, garden, and trail.
For the Bookworm
If your mom loves books, chances are she already has her favorites purchased and stacked high somewhere in the house. Instead, surprise her with a coffee mug, tote bag, or t-shirt that celebrates her love of reading. There are a number of options available at Whistlestop Bookshop (both in-store and online).
For the Wine Lover
The Cumberland Shop's unique wine caddy with two coasters from The Painter's Porch pairs nicely with a charcuterie board from Nature's Platter. Both items are handmade by local artists. (pictured)
American Artisan Gallery has a number of whimsical gifts for the wine lover. Purchase a ceramic wine bottle coaster made in PA or a Wine Glass Nightlight. The fused glass is vibrant when the light is on.
For the Gardener
Spring is the time for plants, plants, and more plants and you can find a wide variety of Ashcombe Farm and Greenhouses – from houseplants to herbs to annuals and perennials, and more. Or purchase gardening supplies such as gloves, boots, or a watering can.
For the Cook
With over 20,000 items, The Kitchen Shoppe is the perfect location for fun or practical gifts. This gourmet superstore is the place to go for kitchen gadgets, bakeware, cutlery, cooking utensils, housewares, and more.
Surprise your mom with some oils and vinegar for her pantry with a stop at Tastealotta in Lemoyne or Gilded Door Oil and Vinegar Tap Room in Carlisle. Both locations carry an extensive selection of fine oils and vinegar in unique flavors.
Mother's Day is on a Sunday and if you can't be with your Mom in person, send her a gift so that she can pamper herself.
Glitz Soap Co. sells handmade, small-batch cold process soap bars, hair care, body butter, lip scrubs and lip butter, face creams, masks, scrubs, and more. Better yet, products are vegan and eco-friendly.
At Susan's Treasures, you'll find Barefoot Dreams a super soft luxury line of loungewear, robes, and blankets (pictured) that will leave your Mom feeling calm and refreshed. Items can be purchased in-store or online.
One Good Woman makes it easy to find everything you need in one location. They offer a Pampering Spa gift box that features quality Archipelago relaxing lavender body wash, and large Archipelago soothing lavender body lotion, a bar of lavender homemade soap by soup de jour in an exfoliating wrapper, and a delightfully scented, hand-poured soy candle. To make it even easier, you can purchase this online.
For the Coffee Lover
Pick up a beautiful handmade ceramic coffee mug from K. Olson Ceramics (pictured) in Carlisle or shop her online store. Right next to K. Olson, you’ll find Pat Craig Studios which sells a variety of novelty mugs as well as hand-warmer mugs.
One Good Woman’s extensive selection of coffee beans that are purchased from around the world and roasted in small batches. Here you’ll find light, medium, and dark roast coffees plus flavored coffees in regular or decaf. In addition to their fresh coffee, they carry a number of accessories such as carafes, French presses, and coffee grinders.
For Every Mom
You can’t go wrong with a fresh flower arrangement and Blooms by Vickrey creates artistic floral arrangements that will please and delight the recipient.
Check out the Bag of Sunshine options available online from the greatest gift. Ranging from $16 to $100, these gift boxes are designed to show how much you care. In addition to a wonderful range of products -- including such items as handmade soap, organic chocolate, and organic lip balm – they will include a handwritten personalized message from you.
Nothing says "I love you" quite like chocolate and Cumberland Valley's artisan chocolates are sure to please and surprise. In addition to their normal offerings, many of these locations have special items for Mother's Day.
At Macris Chocolates in Lemoyne create your Mom's favorite assortment of candies from a bulk showcase offering more than 100 varieties of chocolates including nougats, jellies, toffees, pretzels, and more. Boxed chocolates and custom gift baskets are also available.
Mummert Chocolates in downtown Carlisle features a display case with 36 varieties of assorted chocolates that will tempt the taste buds and satisfy any sweet tooth cravings. These delicious treats can be purchased by the piece giving you the chance to try an assortment of the 36 varieties, including toasted coconut, peppermint patties, cordial cherries, buttercreams, raisin clusters, almond butter crunch, and assorted hand-roasted nuts. Pre-packaged options are also available.
Exquisite Chocolates, right around the corner from Mummert Chocolates, offers gourmet confections that are a work of art and sells some of the finest chocolates from around the world (pictured).
Cocoa Creek Chocolates in Camp Hill sells delicious micro-batch chocolate truffles and bars based on the owner's belief that "every chocolate tells a story." Surprisingly distinct chocolate flavors from France, Italy, Belgium, Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and the US, are combined with carefully chosen natural flavors to bring out the unique personality of each piece. In addition, select offerings are plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free. (Their sister location -- Brittle Bark -- is temporarily closed as they move to a new location in downtown Mechanicsburg.)
Are there even more options for chocolate in the Cumberland Valley? You bet. We suggest stops at Georgie Lou's Retro Candy (storefront is currently closed but online orders are available) where you can find some of your childhood favorites and the Lindt Chocolate Factory Outlet, where you will be greeted by a huge selection of Lindt's truffles.
Now, more than ever, it's important to support local restaurants. Stay away from the chains this year and take mom somewhere different and special. Find some suggestions below or click here to browse from more than 300 dining options. Be sure to check each location's social media pages for brunch or dinner specials and reservation information.
Introduce your palate to a variety of delicious culinary styles from around the globe at restaurants all located within a few short blocks at each other in historic downtown Carlisle. From Belgian to Indian to Japanese, you'll find authentic dining experiences sure to please every palate.
The unique restaurants in the Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, and West Shore communities offer great menu items, delicious desserts, and local beer, and artisan cocktails.
If you want to keep the day much more casual, check out the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail. You'll be delighted with specialty tastings and unique pairings of locally-crafted beer, wine, spirits, and cider at more than 20 locations. Even better, sign up for our free digital passport and start earning prizes.
Whatever your Mom's interests are, there's sure to be an event that she would enjoy. Check out what's happening in the Cumberland Valley during Mother's Day weekend.