Woodbury’s Merriment Has the Top Gifts for Mother’s Day and Graduation Season

Since opening its doors in 2014, Woodbury retailer Merriment has become a go-to destination for gift-givers and lovers of all things pleasing to the eye. “We have customers who come in and say, ‘I just needed a pick-me-up today,’" says store owner Sarah Olsen. “That’s our favorite thing to hear—and the namesake of the store—we want our store experience to bring a sense of joy and merriment.”  

So it’s no surprise that the store is also the perfect place for two important May celebrations calling for much merriment: Mother’s Day and graduations.
The store offers both a full-service interior design studio and team, and a showroom housing a thoughtful curation of interesting gifts and furnishings. Olsen, who has been an interior designer in the Twin Cities since 1993, saw Woodbury as the perfect place to open a business that prides itself on the intersection of home and style. This vision has held true; residents can’t get enough merriment for their everyday, and May holidays are no exception. Here are some favorite gifts for super moms and ambitious grads.
Gifts for Mom

1. Vinrella Wine Bottle Umbrella
Rainy days get a major upgrade with this wine bottle-shaped umbrella: Mom gets to sport her wine enthusiasm while staying out of the storm. $22.

Mer Sea Wraps
Chic and cozy coexist in this perfect wrap. It’s sure to be her new favorite for travel (or home). It’s also packaged in a small bag of the same material that makes it the perfect plane pillow; time to book that getaway. Prices vary.

2. Blessing Beads
These thoughtful beads are intended to add a little extra touch to a room; pick up a small strand to hang in a corner or a long strand to drape in a doorway to let mom know you’re always thinking of her. Each one is a small ornament with endless energy and sentiment. $25-$86.

3. Boss Lady Card Holders
She’s a boss—she knows it and you know it. Now, her networking contacts will know it, too with this pretty little business card holder. Its smart hue paired with a little gold delivers a lot of impact. $6.

Gifts for Grads

4. CR Gibson Desk Calendar
With this big, important milestone come big, important dates. Help the new grad keep their schedule, and keep their aesthetic, with these chic, minimalist desk calendars. $20.

5. enewton Bracelets
Stylish and subtle, enewton bracelets are a contemporary classic. They’re perfect for her to slip on before all her new adventures. $15-$78.

6. Corkcicle Canteens
These handy bottles are available in multiple sizes and candy-colored tones that beg to be paired with a beach bag. $22-$32.

7. Gentleman’s Hardware Hand Salve
Post-graduation handshakes are all the more important. Help them put a smooth hand forward with this fragrance-free salve housed in a sleek vintage-inspired tin. $15.