IF YOU’RE still trying to think of that perfect Mother’s Day gift for your mom/sweetie/grandmother — or just waiting till the last minute — here are a few “buy local Houston” ideas to help support our local economy.  Houston entrepreneurs designed these products or started these local businesses:

Satisfy the sweet tooth:  What mom couldn’t resist incredible homemade chocolate sauce?  Somebody’s Mother’s dessert sauces are perfect for ice cream (or right out of the jar!) in caramel, white chocolate, and chocolate.  I love how each lid features sound bytes related to motherhood.  This Houston-based company hosts nationwide contests encouraging kids to share their favorite “mom quotes”.  Chocolate sauces can be purchased in specialty stores such as Whole Foods Market and Rice Epicurean Market.  Or online for $10 at Somebody’s Mother’s site.

Indulge your mom with specialty cupcakes from Sugarbaby’s Cupcake Boutique.  This local favorite on S. Shepherd features yummy cupcakes and a delightful gift shop.  Don’t miss the homemade aprons in the gift shop, which provide the perfect gift for moms who love to cook.  Cupcake prices run $2.75 – $3.25 each with 12 new flavors each day.

Pamper the princess: For moms who love a clean car, pamper her with an unlimited car wash plan at locally-owned Bubbles Hand Car Wash for just $29.95.  Moms can enjoy the complimentary WiFi and unique gift shop while they wait! Five Houston-area locations near Champions, Galleria, Katy, West University, and Dairy Ashford.

Encourage creativity: This local craft studio and sewing lounge oozes creativity!  Sew Crafty, located in the Heights on W. 19th, offers knitting, sewing, and crafty-type classes any mom would enjoy.  Give a gift certificate for an upcoming class, and you’ll be on mom’s “good” list.

Share summer ideas: With the end of school approaching, moms of young children are heading into panic mode!  What to do with the kids all summer!  Put mom at ease with this fabulous local resource, The Summer Book: A Guide to Houston Day Camps for Kids and Teens.  Houstonian Sarah Gish created this book in 2003 and continues an annual update.  Find this book at local independent retailers such as Blue Willow Bookshop, Children’s Museum as well as from Gish online.

Spread peace: Houston jewelry designer Marnie Greenwood is known among the celebrities for her simple chic jewelry.  Piece2Peace is one line she created centered around her own kids, both adopted and biological.  The Peace with Gratitude bracelets are 3/$10. Find Marnie’s jewelry and lifestyle collections in Houston at Marnie Rocks at 1415 S. Voss, in Dallas, and onlineMarnie Rocks Beading Cancer is her amazing nonprofit to encourage kids with cancer.

Explore Houston:  Houston is lucky to have the CityPass program in town to visit Houston’s best attractions at a fraction of the cost. Houston CityPass provides admission to six of Houston’s top attractions such as Houston Museum of Natural Science, Downtown Aquarium, NASA’s Space Center, Houston Zoo, and The Children’s Museum of Houston.  Adult passes are $39 and kid passes are $29. Houston CityPass is valid for 9 days. Passes can be purchased online or at the Houston venues. (While this wasn’t started by a Houstonian, I couldn’t leave this city favorite off the list!)

Light up her life: Another favorite in the Heights is Jubilee on W. 19th, an eclectic shop featuring apparel, gifts, home products and gourmet food.  Several local items are featured in the store including crocheted earrings ($12-$18) and Good Earth candles.