Looking for unique Mother’s Day gift ideas for that mom who relishes in finding local gems around the world? The Nopo, short for “The Nomad Pop-Up,” is where your search ends.
Avid travelers and collectors, Kelly Breakstone Roth and Shanny Harel launched the site in March 2020 with the mission of removing some of the barriers preventing craftsmen in emerging markets (representing more than 65 percent of world designers) from participating in international e-commerce. Now, The Nopo allows you to shop for handmade treasures from destinations like Colombia, Morocco, and Mexico when you can’t make it there to hunt for souvenirs yourself.
The founders initially planned a trip to Morocco to connect with local craftsmen and women, but had to change course and come up with creative ways to source products once the pandemic began. After weeks of extensive research, the entrepreneurs found Soufiane Aissouni, a traditional yet innovative lamp designer from Marrakech, via Instagram, and he opened the door to many of Morocco’s leading artists whom The Nopo now works with.
Today, the platform features home decor, clothing, beauty products, and more from close to 200 exceptional artists based in the aforementioned countries and Ukraine, each carefully vetted to ensure alignment with the brand’s standards of quality and fair-trade practices. The Nopo sources these creatives by teaming up with in-the-know local partners, like Aissouni, to introduce them to the country’s premier designers. From there, the network widens as creators connect Roth and Harel to other artisans they admire.
With Mother’s Day coming up, we asked Roth and Harel to share some gifting advice. Below are their top mother’s day gift ideas for a memorable holiday with mom.