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Local women-owned gems for the perfect Mother’s Day present

Filthy Mari Atelier

May 9, 2024 By Jessica Militello

Many of us procrastinate when any holiday rolls around, and Mother’s Day is usually no exception. We keep putting “get mom a gift” on our to-do list and somehow still end up in the crowded aisle of a convenience store on the day of.

This year, try something different by being prepared and impressing your mom with a special and unique gift from one of these women-owned businesses. From visual artists to jewelry makers, each business has something special to offer.

Filthy Mari Atelier

Filthy Mari Atelier | IG: @filthy_mari_atelier

Mari Atelier is a LIC-based artist who creates earrings using polymer clay. Her line features everything from strawberries to fortune cookies, cats, moons and much more. Many of her items are made in small batches to reduce waste, so each collection is unique and makes for a perfect and special gift.

Almonte Studio

Almonte Studio | IG: @almontestudio

Talisa Almonte is an illustrator and graphic artist from Astoria who uses her artwork to create everything from shirts to mugs, prints, keychains, pins, cards and more. Much of her work is inspired by her Dominican roots, bright colors and retro aesthetic.

Lemon Water Studios | IG: @lemon_water_studios

Lemon Water Studios, owned by Astoria resident Caitlyn West, creates a line of organic and handmade jewelry, clothing, hats, ornaments and other items with an emphasis on nature. Check out her website and browse her collection, or follow her on Instagram to find out about the next pop-up event in the area.

Pin Cushion Pin-Ups | IG: @pincushionpinups

Autumn Cohen Bendall, a Sunnyside-based artist, sells prints, shirts, mugs, needlework and stickers featuring her drawings of classic pin-up girl images, including mermaids, ghouls and more. If you want to buy something artistic and memorable as a gift, her online shop is the perfect stop.

De La Luna | IG: @shop.delaluna

De La Luna is a mother-daughter duo from Queens that designs beautiful jewelry and accessories with a dreamy aesthetic. Each piece is unique and thoughtful. From bejeweled crescent moons to planets and flowers, these handmade pieces are perfect one-of-a-kind gifts.

K Love Beauty, LLC | IG: @klovebeautybody

K Love Beauty is owned by Queens native Karla Love from Astoria. She creates handmade vegan lip and body care products. Her wide array of lip gloss colors and flavors, as well as her body creams and sugar scrubs, are great ideas for giving the gift of self-care and beauty.

Kinetic Wonder Jewelry | IG: @kineticwonderjewelry

Lisa Chin creates handmade jewelry, from sparkly butterfly earrings to a crescent moon necklace and colorful bracelets. For a unique and special gift, check out her Etsy shop or find her at her next pop-up in the area.

2nd Chance Candles | IG: @2nd_chance_candles

2nd Chance Candles by Lisa Devine offers a wide range of scented handmade candles, from cinnamon vanilla, palo santo, banana nut bread and more. She also hosts workshops and parties for guests to create their own candles, which could be a fun gift idea to offer as well.

30-42 14th St., Long Island City



  • *This story was first published in the May issue of BORO Magazine
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