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      Your Mother’s Day gift guide

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      This year will be a Mother’s Day to remember.

      While most moms are stuck at home like everyone else, celebrate the day by honoring the woman you love with a gift of appreciation. We have you covered with memorable gifts that will let mom know you are thinking about her. Browse our full Mother’s Day Collection, or keep reading for our featured items. Every purchase on supports the museum’s educational programming and helps ensure PEM is a vital community resource for generations to come.

      Photo by Bob Packert/PEM.
      Photo by Bob Packert/PEM.


      Looking for a garden of celebration for mom on Mother’s Day? Consider gifting springtime with Burgan and Balls Flora and Fauna Trowel and Secateurs Set, beautifully boxed and ready to gift. Enhanced with artwork from the Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Library, these tools are not only pretty to look at but are made to last. The trowel provides a cushioned grip for comfort and the secateurs blade is constructed of high carbon steel made for lasting sharpness. Also in our collection is the galvanized steel indoor Flora and Fauna Watering Can and the waterproof, neoprene memory foam Flora and Fauna Kneeler. With trees budding and birds singing, mom’s will be singing with nature year after year. Combine all three gifts, and it’s a wrap!


      "Artisan jewelry to color your world" — Stefanie Wolf

      Top on our list for a Mother’s Day gift would be longtime favorite jewelry artisan, Stefanie Wolf Designs, made locally on Martha’s Vineyard. Carefully selecting her glass from the time-honored glass bead region of Bohemia, Stefanie oftens pulls inspiration for her color palettes from the ocean, such as her striking color collection Tide Pool, seen here. Known for her colorful necklaces and earrings in bold yet elegant designs, Stefanie’s designs will brighten any Mother’s Day!



      Sail away on Mother’s Day with mouth-watering Sweet Sloops sailboats by Salem-based Harbor Sweets. A commitment to excellence combining only the highest quality ingredients, Sweet Sloops begin in an antique copper kettle as they did more than 40 years ago. Delicious Sweet Sloops start with fresh butter and cream, chopped almonds and local wildflower honey, creating a buttercrunch center. Covered with a waterfall of velvety white chocolate, dipped in dark chocolate and crushed pecans, Sweet Sloops is Harbor Sweets’ best selling chocolate!

      Choose Harbor Light, a cranberry-raspberry truffle covered in dark chocolate and made with creme fraiche. Or Sweet Shells, orange crunch smothered in dark chocolate. Can’t make up your mind? You can’t go wrong with Anchors Away Assorted Chocolates featuring both milk and dark chocolates, something to share with everyone. Best of all … all Harbor Sweets chocolates are gluten-free.

      Harbor Sweets is made in Salem, MA and will ship directly to you or your mom just in time for Mother’s Day!


      Searching for timeless, classic jewelry for mom? Consider Philippa Roberts Elemental Curves Earrings or Elemental Curves Necklace. Philippa’s jewelry collection is carried in specialty shops around the world, including the PEM Shop! The Elemental Curves Collection combines simplicity and elegance in imperfect yet balanced curves, evoking imagery of organic elements and structures found in the natural world. These pieces are made of sterling silver and 14-karat gold, combining the two materials with a French process known as vermeil.

      We sincerely appreciate your PEM Shop purchase, now more than ever! All purchases directly support the Peabody Essex Museum.

      Made It: The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion book cover

      Get your hands on the publication that accompanies the exhibition Made It: The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion, an upcoming exhibition, scheduled to open November 21 at PEM. Donna Karan, Diane Von Fürstenberg and Vivienne Westwood are among the great women designers to emerge in the last few decades. We now live in an age when no one would dare refer to them as “that little seamstress,” as Gabrielle Chanel was called more than a century ago.

      Photo by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

      The PEM staff wishes everyone health, safety and calm during the COVID-19 shutdown. Museums provide light and inspiration during challenging times. We will be creative in maintaining PEM’s relationship with you in this time of crisis. We look forward to welcoming you back to the museum when the public health crisis has subsided. For more information and updates, please visit and keep in touch through our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. And of course, shop PEM online at for all of your gift and quarantine-entertainment needs!

      Marcia Guesss

      It has been Marcia Guess’ pleasure to work in the PEM Shop for nearly 13 years. With experience in the teaching field and various business enterprises, she has found it enlightening to work in an artistic and creative retail environment and is always amazed and excited to see all the new products that knock her socks off!

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