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Apr 24, 2017 04:06PM

Mother's Day madness: Local gifts for every mom

By Natalie Dal Pra
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Handmade necklaces by Kimberly Pierce are available at Rescued, 2105 16th St., Moline.
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Handmade aprons are available at Miss Effie's 27387 130th Ave, Donahue, Iowa.
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Hand blended teas pair perfectly with hand-painted mugs, available at Crafted Quad Cities, 217 E. 2nd St., Davenport.
It can be a challenge to find the perfect Mother's Day present. We have all made the mistake of purchasing a cleaning product or kitchen appliance for our mom and leaving her feeling underwhelmed and unappreciated. This Mother's Day, opt for something more personal, and shop local while you're at it.

Shopping local keeps your money in the Quad-Cities, supporting shop owners and makers, and in the case of a nonprofit such asRescued Resale Shop in Moline, you're also contributing to a good cause. A portion of Rescued's proceeds go to help area animals in need.

"I personally feel it's important to shop locally because this helps the community to really thrive, and it also allows you to know exactly where your money goes," says Erin Granet, co-owner of Rescued. "It's very empowering to know that by purchasing items locally, you're truly making an impact on the local economy. And in instances like ours, you're literally making a difference in a pet's quality of life and often helping to save a life."

Since opening in September 2015, Rescued has donated more than $30,000 to help assist with procedures, including surgery to remove growths and tumors, life-saving amputations and treatment for heartworms. If your mom is an animal lover, she will appreciate a gift from Rescued.

Local shops such as Crafted QC and Miss Effie's Country Flowers and Garden Stuff also have plenty of custom-made and unique gifts for any mom, grandma, aunt or mother-figure on your list. Here's some more information about each of the shops and what you will find there.

2105 16th St, Moline
Owners: Erin Granet and Kristine Westmoreland
About the shop: The consignment shop and boutique is nestled inside an old Moline home. There, you will find women's and children's clothing, home decor, books, kitchen items, vintage knickknacks and more at affordable prices. The shop donates a portion of its proceeds to area animals in need.
Gift Ideas: Inventory at Rescued rotates frequently as it is a consignment shop, but, it also sells new pieces by local artisans.
Granet and Westmoreland suggest handmade jewelry, such as paw print necklaces by Kimberly Pierce, which are $38; customizable charm bracelets that have been donated to the shop (which cost $3-$10) and handmade birdhouses, which vary in price from $10 to $25 depending on their size.
Rescued also is hosting a plant sale on May 5 and 6 that will feature outdoor plants, succulents and outdoor decor.
For more information: facebook.com/shoprescued

Miss Effie's
27387 130th Ave, Donahue, Iowa.
Owners: Cathy and Cliff Lafrenz
About the shop: Miss Effie's is a you-pick flower farm and shop. The "Summer Kitchen" houses handmade gifts including knitted items, baked goods, jellies and jams, and more.
Co-owner Cathy Lafrenz says it's the perfect place to visit when you want to relax and unwind.
"You should visit Miss Effie's to refresh and heal your soul. It is not fancy; it is not pretentious. It has a great view of the Iowa countryside and gives you the opportunity to sit and unwind."
Gift ideas: Lafrenz suggests bowl covers (for $15) for those who like to be environmentally friendly. The fabric covers eliminate the need for foil or saran wrap when storing food.
The shop offers handmade aprons with large pockets, which are ideal for cooking and gardening enthusiasts. Lafrenz says she uses hers to collect tomatoes from the garden. They range in price from $40 to $50.
U-pick flower season does not begin until mid-May at the earliest, Lafrenz says, but a trip to Miss Effie's for flower picking would make a lovely belated Mother's Day gift.
For more information: misseffiesflowers.com

Crafted Quad Cities
217 E. 2nd St., Davenport
Owner: Mary Talbert
About the shop: Crafted QC is a shop and work space in downtown Davenport. The shop features work by more than 100 artists and makers, and includes one-of-a-kind art, jewelry and home decor, local bath and body products, candles and more. The shop also hosts classes where you can learn how to make your own unique pieces.
Gift Ideas: Crafted also sells Kimberly Pierce's jewelry, which ranges from $40 to $80, including a copper bear necklace that says Mama; sterling silver bird necklaces; and a sterling essential oil diffuser necklace, which Talbert says helps give mom "some zen time."
Talbert also recommends giving mom "a little relaxy" time with organic vegan bath bombs by I Don't Know Bath Co., based out of Moline. They are four for $15 or six for $20.
Moms who love reading will appreciate the book "Mama Bear's Manifesto: A Mom's Group Guide to Changing the World" by Davenport author Leslie Klipsch, for $15; and the "Mama Bear" mug, which also is $15.
Handmade bags and wallets from The Ruka Shop are both cute and functional for any mom on the go. Prices for these items vary from $28 to $60.
Hand-blended teas from Bettendorf tea maker Elizabeth Brinson pair perfectly with hand-painted mugs from Early Bird Designs. Tea and mug combos are $42.
Unique fabric flowers are gorgeous and give mom a bouquet that lasts forever. They are $6 per flower, or $60 for a dozen.
For more information: facebook.com/craftedqc
Natalie Dal Pra is a regular Radish contributor.

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