By Megan Horst-Hatch

With Mother’s Day just around the corner on Sunday, May 12, it’s time to start thinking about where to get the perfect gift for your mom. Whether she has a green thumb or likes to knit, the Chicagoland area offers a numerous selection of independent stores that can help you find just the right gift that you know she’ll love. Help your mom start a new hobby or add to her existing collection of favorite knick knacks. To get started in finding the right gift, check out the following independent stores.

(Credit: Andersonville Galleria's facebook)

(Credit: Andersonville Galleria’s facebook)

Andersonville Galleria
5247 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL  60640
(773) 878-8570

If you’re truly undecided on what to get for your mom, then let the staff at Andersonville Galleria help you find the right gift. Located in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, the galleria features products from more than 90 tenants, with handmade jewelry, clothes, prints and more available for purchase and all under one roof. The unique items for sale will help you find something that will best suit your mother. Not sure what to get? The galleria’s merchants include Danilo Cuevas’ line of prints, jewelry by Ame Studio and mosaics by Looking Glass mosaics. For a list of all merchants currently selling products at the galleria, check out its website.

Gethsemane Garden Center
5739 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 878-5915

Whether your mom has a green thumb or just likes a pretty vase of flowers, make sure to pick up a gift for her from Gethsemane Garden Center. Located in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, the store has a gift store where you can pick up jewelry, hats and fine linens to decorate your mother’s dining room table. If your mother likes to garden, consider picking up a plant to add to her yard. Gethsemane offers a selection of perennials, trees, roses and herbs and vegetables. If you’re not sure which plant to pick, you can stick with selecting statues or ornate vases that will complement any garden.

(Credit: Long Grove Confectionery's facebook)

(Credit: Long Grove Confectionery’s facebook)

Long Grove Confectionery Co.
220 Robert Parker Coffin Rd.
Long Grove, IL 60047
(847) 634-0080

If your mom loves chocolate, then chocolate from Long Grove Confectionery Co. is sure to be a pleaser. Located in the historic Long Grove village, the shop offers a wide selection of chocolate, including fudge, myrtles and peanut butter cups, chocolate-covered pretzels and sugar-free varieties are also available. You can also surprise mom with a box of assorted chocolates, which is guaranteed to be a hit. Pick up treats for mom (and yourself) at Long Grove Confectionery’s factory store in Buffalo Grove; if you have the time, make sure to see a tour of the chocolate factory as well.

Related: Best Chocolate Spots In Chicago

Running Excels
10328 S. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 629-8587

If your mom is a runner, or even just into fitness, you might want to check out Running Excels. Located in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood, Running Excels can help your mom put her best foot forward through its selection of running shoes from brands that include New Balance, Nike, Saucony and Adidas. If you aren’t sure of your mother’s shoe size, you can always stick with picking up apparel or running accessories. For instance, Running Excels carries earphones by Yurbuds and clothes from Chica Bands, including apparel designed specifically for winter or summer running. Does mom occasionally have soreness after running? Running Excels carries The Stick, which can be used to provide comfort from soreness.

(Credit: Windy Knitty's facebook)

(Credit: Windy Knitty’s facebook)

Windy Knitty
5653 N. Clark St.
Chicago, Illinois 60660
(773) 800-9276

If your mom likes to knit, you can indulge her with a selection of products from Windy Knitty. The store’s yarn selection includes fibers suitable for everyday wear and fibers for a special project, like angora and cashmere. The product selection extends beyond just yarn, with Windy Knitty offering accessories like hooks, needles and bags, so your favorite knitter has everything she needs, all in arm’s reach. Does your mom want to learn a new pattern? Then consider signing her up for a class. Windy Knitty offers several different classes for knitters with any amount of skill; for a list of upcoming classes, check out the store’s website.

Related: Best Places For Knitting In Chicago

Megan Horst-Hatch is a mother, runner, baker, gardener, knitter, and other words that end in “-er.” She loves nothing more than a great cupcake, and writes at I’m a Trader Joe’s Fan. Her work can be found at