Unique Mother’s Day gift ideas for the globetrotting mom

Looking for unique Mother’s Day gift ideas for the mom who enjoys finding local gems around the world? Your search ends at Nopo, short for The Nomad Pop-Up.

Avid travelers and collectors Kelly Breakstone Roth and Shanny Harel launched the site in March 2020 with a mission to remove some of the barriers preventing artisans in emerging markets (representing more than 65 percent of the world’s designers) from e-commerce internationally to participate. Now, if you can’t make it there yourself to shop for souvenirs, you can shop for handcrafted treasures from destinations like Colombia, Morocco, and Mexico at The Nopo.

The founders initially planned a trip to Morocco to connect with local artisans and women, but had to change course and find creative ways to source products once the pandemic started. After weeks of intense research, the entrepreneurs found Soufiane Aissouni, a traditional yet innovative lamp designer from Marrakech via Instagram, and he opened the door to many of the leading Moroccan artists with whom The Nopo now collaborates.

Today, the platform features home decor, clothing, beauty products and more from nearly 200 exceptional artists from the above countries and Ukraine, all carefully vetted to ensure they meet the brand’s quality standards and fair trade practices. Nopo sources these creatives by teaming up with well-known local partners such as Aissouni to introduce them to the country’s leading designers. From there, the network expands as creators connect Roth and Harel with other artisans they admire.

As Mother’s Day approaches, we asked Roth and Harel for some gift ideas. Below are her best Mother’s Day gift ideas for an unforgettable holiday with mom.

For the new mother

Reewaya Abstract Painted Linen Kimono

Handwoven by Moroccan tailors from pure linen, this kimono features intricate embroidery designs that take hours to complete. “New moms need clothes that are functional and comfortable that they can easily slip on and still look super chic,” says Roth of the piece.

Cote Bougie handmade scented candle

Scented with mint and tea, this candle (and the pot it is embedded in) are handcrafted using traditional Moroccan techniques. According to Roth, “The most incredible journey in a mother’s life has just begun – it’s both wonderful and arduous – and this candle is the perfect gift, offering a moment of relaxation and comfort.” Harel adds, “Also for the environmentally conscious: The Candles are 100 percent organic and the flavors are insanely delicious.”

For connoisseurs

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Tajine plate by Yassin Habbani

This ceramic tagine (a traditional Moroccan stew and the pot in which it is prepared) is made in Safi, billed as Morocco’s ceramic production capital. “Mothers who love to prepare meals and Customers who appreciate fine tableware will enjoy this traditional tagine to the fullest,” says Harel. “The finish is so beautiful that I use this bowl as a centerpiece when not in use.”

For the eternal host

Oslé Home Decor Burano tablecloth

The design of this vibrant tablecloth captures the colors, landscapes and warmth of Colombia. It’s also functional and easy to clean as it keeps liquid out. Harel, who recommended this gift, confirms it’s “ideal for moms who love to entertain on a regular basis – it’s an easy way to upgrade the look of a dining table.”

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Alfonso Mendoca Atelier classic candlesticks

These festive candle holders are crafted from oak and coated with eco-friendly pigments by rural carpenters from Lorica, a Colombian heritage city. “These candle holders are a wonderful focal point for adding light and warmth to a dining table,” says Roth. “I also love the story of the craftsman: the candlesticks are made in Colombia, but the idea was born during the artist’s trip to Morocco.”

For the design lover

Nelly Ortiz handmade ceramic pompom vase

A bestseller at The Nopo, this vase is made from natural black clay found in the Mexican state of Oaxaca and made using methods that are centuries old. Both Roth and Harel love this vase and agree that it is a versatile piece of art – you can use it to hold flowers or as a stunning statement piece on its own.

Beyond Marrakech Tamegroute bowl

These ceramics are made in Morocco based on traditional Tamegroute ceramic production techniques developed thousands of years ago. This is one of Roth’s recommendations: “This bowl is the definition of unique because color and shape are never the same; Factors like the composition of the glaze, the placement of the bowl in the kiln, and the temperature all add to its uniqueness,” she says.

For the accessory lover

Ifulkki handmade vintage Berber carpet tote bag

One of Harel’s favourites, this handspun tote bag is made in Marrakech’s old town using fabrics from ancient Berber carpets and decorated with tribal motifs. “The Berbers are a vibrant and ancient ethnic group in Morocco who developed a unique method of weaving rugs hundreds of years ago,” she says. “This bag symbolizes tradition, history and culture.”

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Salvárea Fluidity Necklace

This necklace is made from hand-blown glass and silver recycled from X-ray machines, and a portion of the sales of each purchase goes towards the conservation of tropical forests in the Magdalena Medio Colombiano region of Colombia. Roth loves this necklace and says it makes “a wonderful gift – the necklace is incredibly elegant and it’s heart warming to know you’re contributing to a good cause.”

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