Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate that special, caring woman in your life, whether you are related by birth, marriage or circumstance, or if she is someone else who has been there for you and your kids regardless of the reason. These Sacramento small businesses offer many things that Mom would love, and are very helpful for those in need of last-minute gifts.

Cup and teas from Tea Cozy (Credit: Valerie Heimerich)

Tea Cozy
1021 R St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 441-3546

Visit this delightful shop, located in the historic Fuller Building, to find a perfect gift for that special woman who helped raise you. Beautiful tea cups and mugs, brewing accessories and teapots are available, along with an amazing selection of loose-leaf black, green, white, herbal and oolong teas from around the world. Surprise mom with a selection of teas that will tempt her taste buds; items like the bright and flavorful Kyoto Cherry Rose Festival green tea and a range of different Darjeelings are among the popular choices. If tea makes your mother dream of England, give her some traditional UK edibles such as McVitie’s Digestive Biscuits, lemon curd, Cadbury chocolates and Branston Pickles.

Three Boys Soaps products (Credit: Sara Zaffa)

Three Boys Soaps

Sacramento artist Sara Zaffa started Three Boys in part to raise funds for autism awareness, and the fragrant, all natural soaps have become immensely popular in the process. Mom will love the beautiful, handmade soaps, including sweet watermelon with poppy seeds, vanilla and coffee, and the delightful raspberry and honeysuckle; Zaffa also creates creamy sugar scrubs, like citrus-herb and chamomile and orange peel. All sales of the gentle and soothing Green Tea Artisan Soap, made with organic goat and almond milks and organic coconut, sweet almond and avocado oils, go directly to local charity Sacramento Autistic Spectrum and Special Needs Alliance. SASSNA assists adults and children, like Zaffa’s son Ian, free of charge. Three Boys’ soaps are available through Zaffa’s website and can be purchased on most Friday and Saturday evenings at the West Wind 6 Drive-In in Sacramento.

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Cornflower Creamery
1013 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 970-5411

A visit here is essential for anyone wishing to express to mom just how sweet she is. The artisan ice cream is created by hand, using all natural and locally-sourced ingredients. Very little sugar is used, and the fresh flavors burst forth without artificial ingredients, corn syrup or simulated colors. New taste sensations are added all the time; recent favorites have included Salted Caramel Peanut Brittle, a Baklava ice cream with honey and rose, a dark Mayan chocolate with chili powder and honey, and Toasted Coconut Chip, made with dark chocolate and coconut rum. Taste as many as you’d like, including a seasonal specialty made with fresh cornflowers and other flower petals. Surprise mom with a gift certificate for ice cream, salads, sandwiches and more, or go as a family to enjoy it together.

6606 Folsom-Auburn Road, Suite 2
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 536-0000

If any of her children have four paws, head to Trends-N-Treats for great holiday gifts for Mom. This family-owned and operated small business has more than just healthy foods for dogs, cats and rabbits.There are fun animal-related candles, tops, nightshirts, wall art and more, as well as a wide selection of colorful breed-specific socks. Her precious Pomeranian, terrific Tabby cat or chipper Chihuahua will also be happy to express their affection in mama-centric clothing. Imagine the dog or cat bouncing towards her in a “I Love Mommy” shirt.

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Purple Fox Gifts & Crafts
3214 Riverside Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 538-6584

Purple Fox is a can’t-miss spot for Mother’s Day or any day. Find unique items suited just for her, from home and garden décor, jewelry, candles, figurines, scarves, lotions and many other special pieces she will adore. Whether it is for the mother of your children or for your own mom, there is sure to be something for her at Purple Fox, and the staff are happy to help you find what you need to make her day wonderful.

Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers business, employment, animal rescue, volunteerism and nonprofits. Her work can also be found at