As the calendar turns to May, graduations, Mother’s Day and other spring festivities take the spotlight, and Birmingham retailers have beautiful items to help you celebrate. From fashionable accessories to personalized keepsakes, this list contains something special for every occasion this month. Here are our favorite May FINDS that we’ve found throughout the Magic City.


French soaps, candles & tea towels

Hand washing is delightful with these beautiful handmade French soaps and 100% cotton French jacquard tea towels. Add in a 100% organic amber candle and celebrate Mom with something French and fabulous from Lolo French Antiques et More. Find a box of three Majestic organic honey and lavender soaps for $36, tea towels for $15 each, Savon de Marseille soaps for $14.99 each, and a Faustine candle for $99.

French items from Lolo French Antiques

French items, starting at $14.99, at Lolo French Antiques et More | Image: Lolo French Antiques et More

Ceramic vase with faux flowers

If your mom is a lover of interior design and florals, this is the perfect gift for her. Easy to style on a coffee or entryway table as well as on a bookshelf, this chic, white ceramic bottleneck vase with faux lilies is something you’ll want to keep for yourself. Grab one for Mom for $59 at The Mercantile by Miller.

Birmingham FINDS May: Ceramic vase with faux flowers from The Mercantile by Miller

Ceramic vase with faux flowers, $59, from The Mercantile by Miller | Image: The Mercantile by Miller

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Maxi poof tote

This best-selling bag from A’mano is the perfect gift for the fashionable mom who’s always on the go. She can use it for running errands, carrying her goodies on a weekend getaway, lugging items back and forth to work, or any other activity that requires having space to tote essentials. We love this bag for its roomy yet easy-to-wear size. Plus, it’s available in four different colors. Grab one for Mom (and yourself, too!) for $176 at A’mano.

Maxi poof tote from A'mano

Maxi poof tote, $176, from A’mano | Image: A’mano

Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens membership 

Gift Mom something she can use all year long with a membership to Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Benefits include free or discounted admission to 300+ botanical gardens across North America, 10% off at participating nurseries and garden shops, special access and discounts for select classes, summer camps and events, free general admission to Antiques at the Gardens, and much more. Membership fees start at $50. Learn more HERE.

Birmingham FINDS May: Membership to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Friends of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens membership, starting at $50 | Image: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Personalized garment bag set

If you’re looking for a personalized gift that’s sure to make Mom swoon, this customized garment bag set is the perfect find. It’s a must-have travel accessory for that upcoming summer trip or tropical vacation. The personalized set also includes one pleated name cosmetic bag as well as a larger three-letter monogrammed bag. Order this for $130 from SB Shop.

Birmingham FINDS May: Personalized garment bag from SB Shop

Personalized garment bag set, $130, from SB Shop


Diamond hoop earrings

Gift the grad earrings that are sure to dazzle. These gorgeous huggie hoops feature 0.12 carats and make the perfect accessory for a new graduate. Available in white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold, the lucky recipient will be ready to cross the graduation stage with an extra special shine. Find these for $250 from Diamonds Direct.

Diamond Huggie Hoop Earrings from Diamonds Direct

Diamond huggie hoop earrings, $250, from Diamonds Direct | Image: Diamonds Direct

Monogrammed bath towel

Searching for a customizable graduation gift? Dorm Decor has the perfect option. These incredibly soft personalized towels are the perfect blend of bamboo and cotton, and they last much longer than your standard towel. Choose between seven monogram options and 22 thread colors. Order your custom bath towels for $47 each at Dorm Decor.

Monogrammed bath towel from Dorm Decor

Monogrammed bath towel, $47, from Dorm Decor | Image: Dorm Decor


Moisturizing body lotion 

If you struggle with dry skin, grab this Éminence Organic Stone Crop body lotion from Fancy Face to start feeling silky smooth and summer-ready. We love this fan-favorite lotion as it is ultra-moisturizing, soothing and crafted with all-natural ingredients. Plus, it smells incredible! Pick up yours in-store or online for $34 at Fancy Face.

Birmingham FINDS May: Stone Crop body lotion from Fancy Face

Stone Crop body lotion, $34, from Fancy Face | Image: Fancy Face

For the fashionista

If you’re looking to spice up your accessories or you’re simply on the hunt for the perfect gift for your best gal pal, this beautiful beaded clutch is perfect for a summer night out. The detailed beading is impeccable and brings a fresh feel to a summer accessory. Find this one for $129.99 at Pants Store.

Beaded clutch from Pants Store

Beaded clutch, $129.99, from Pants Store | Image: Pants Store

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Haircare product

Summer humidity is coming. Protect your hair from potential damage and look your best for your summer celebrations with this hydrating hair mask by Kevin Murphy. Complete with the essential vitamins and minerals your hair needs to stay nourished, this mask will be one you can’t live without. Stock up on the Hydrate-Me.Masque from The Nook for $39.

Birmingham FINDS May: Hydrating hair mask from The Nook

Hydrating hair mask, $39, from The Nook | Image: The Nook


For the parents-to-be 

If you have a baby shower or two on your social calendar this spring, we have the perfect gift idea for you. The footprint stamp canvas by Green Birdie Baby allows new parents to capture their little one’s footprint in a unique way. Available in cream, blue, and pink, this precious gift will be cherished for years to come. Purchase yours — and receive complimentary gift wrapping — for $34 at Wrapsody.

Footprint Stamp Canvas from Wrapsody

Footprint stamp canvas, $34, from Wrapsody | Image: Wrapsody

For the Magic City native

No matter where you go, the Magic City can always be with you. The Birmingham candle, with notes of magnolia and dessert blossoms, is a collaboration between This is Alabama and Crave Candles. Perfect for a birthday gift or a simple “just because” present, the Birmingham candle will cure homesickness in an instant. Find it for $25 at This is Alabama.

Birmingham FINDS May: The Birmingham candle from This is Alabama

Birmingham candle, $25, from This is Alabama | Image: This is Alabama

For the foodie

Have a brunch lover in your life? This locally sourced box by Table & Thyme is the perfect Mother’s Day, graduation or birthday gift. The brunch graze box includes a generous assortment of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses, breakfast breads (such as cinnamon rolls, croissants, and mini donuts), yogurt with granola, jam, jelly and the fan-favorite chocolate chip cookies. Ranging from $69-$109, find these boxes in two sizes at Table & Thyme.

Brunch graze box crafted by Table & Thyme

Brunch graze box, $69-$109, crafted by Table & Thyme | Image: Table & Thyme

For the gardener

Whether you’re looking for a colorful and fun book for your coffee table or simply want to gift something unique to a friend, this book should definitely be in your cart. Urban Jungle explores the interesting hobby of indoor plants and includes tips and tricks on how to design your home around this beautiful greenery. Pick up a copy for $35 from House Plant Collective.

Birmingham FINDS May: Urban Jungle book from House Plant Collective

Urban Jungle, $35, from House Plant Collective | Image: House Plant Collective

Have a safe and healthy May full of local FINDS and fun celebrations, Magic City!


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