Somehow, time feels as though it’s passing by faster now that we’re social distancing and spending the majority of our time at home. Because of this, Mother’s Day has crept up on us (it’s this coming Sunday, May 10!).
The ongoing crisis has left many Calgarians separated from their families, using video calls to stay connected. In fact, this might be the only way for you to celebrate with your mom, aunt, grandma, sister, niece, daughter, and other loved ones this weekend.
But you can make the day even more special for the women in your life by sending them a thoughtful gift that shows how much you care. There are a bunch of local businesses with last-minute gift options to suit everyone, and we’ve teamed up with 17th Avenue Retail and Entertainment District to showcase them.
A floral arrangement can brighten up your home during these trying times, and we’re seeing house plants growing in popularity on social media. For anyone hoping to send a beautiful bunch of flowers to mom, look no further than Purple Orchid.
The florist has a reputation for excellence with a selection of stunning plants and gorgeous flowers waiting to find a new home this Mother’s Day. Purple Orchid offers delivery too, so all you have to do is place your order and choose the desired drop-off time.
Brunch at home
It’s not possible to go out to your favourite brunch spot right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy mouthwatering eats at home.
Universe Restaurant serves up all-day breakfast for delivery with everything from crab cake eggs benedict to french toast covered in fresh fruit and cream. Eggs florentine, eggs benny, and mimosas are available for takeout all day at Market.
Searching for something more savoury? Order mushroom pizza and gnocchi from Una Pizza + Wine — the eatery is currently offering takeout and delivery. Another great option that’s worth considering is the southwest rice bowl at Browns Social House.
Don’t forget about the artisanal lasagna at gluten-free restaurant Heaven (a foodie favourite), or Spanish tapas bar Las Canarias’ epic paella takeout special that you can order for two or four people. When it comes to ordering drinks, Cibo has you covered with an Aperol Spritz kit gift.
If your mom is passionate about home decor, why not order her some kitchen accessories from The Raven’s Room, or perhaps a candle lantern from West Elm? You’ll find quirky pieces like mini boot vases and bathtub soap holders over at Steeling Home, as well as bespoke art glass and home accessories at Rubaiyat.
If you’re hoping to go in on a bigger gift with your siblings (and you know mom needs a new sofa or dining table), check out the Structube online sale that’s happening right now. You can help reduce the time that mom spends cleaning and cooking by chipping in for an iRobot Roomba vacuum or a KitchenAid Stand Mixer from Best Buy.
Is your mom the most fashionable person you know, even during a crisis? If so, it makes sense to find style accessories for her this Mother’s Day. Gravitypope has chic and trendy shirts and slides in stock right now, Era Style has summer-perfect dresses with elegant necklaces, and Purr has a collection of denim pants for every occasion.
For high-end designer labels like The Row and Fabiana Filippi that you know mom will treasure, check out Ooh La La womenswear. Add an extra layer of personality to any look with a fabulous silk scarf from Beyond Scarf, earrings from Calgary Jewellery, or order a custom piece to be designed by Pacific Jewellery.
Spas and salons are closed right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to a day of future relaxation. Give your mom the gift of bliss with a spa package for Oasis featuring a 50-minute massage and her choice of a facial or signature pedicure (to be enjoyed post-isolation). If you know she would like to choose her own treatment instead, opt for a Glow Laser and Spa gift card.
Perfume, skincare, and makeup gift sets are always winning options, and Shoppers has an impressive selection to choose from. Saje has wellness gifts for mom with a collection of essential oil blends, diffusers, a restful sleep kit, and much more.
Deluxe sweet treats
Every great Mother’s Day starts (or ends) with dessert, and the beauty of this is that you can order something for mom and something for yourself, too. Yum Bakery offers everything from custom cakes to cookies, Ollia has sweet macarons (plus Mother’s Day cards), and French pastry shop Black Sheep perfects buns, jams, and butter croissants.
Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut is stepping up for chocolate enthusiasts with an incredible chocolate care package, and The Living Room is dishing up add-ons like truffle cheese fondue for curbside pickup orders on Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and this year it’s more important than ever to show our loved ones that we care. Visit the online stores of your favourite 17th Avenue SW Retail and Entertainment District spots now to snap up last-minute gifts that mom will appreciate.
If you’re still not sure what to buy, choose a gift card that can be used at over 50 stores or restaurants in Calgary’s 17th Avenue SW Retail and Entertainment District.