Struggling to figure out what to get mom this year for Mother’s Day? Look no further.
From sassy spring sunglasses to custom family portraits and a subscription clothing service that delivers stylish looks to her door every month, spoil the mama in your life with unique presents she’ll love for years to come.
Give mom a unique take on family life with a custom portrait using your family photos. Just submit your favourite pics to this Etsy artist and they’ll create a hand-drawn illustration with whimsical features and outfits that look just like your loved ones (From $10 for digital print, Etsy).
Whether mama is into spin, jogging, HIIT, heavy lifting (weights or kids), these are THE workout pants for the job. Made with an Italian lightweight knit, these super flattering RYU capris ($100) are breathable, quick-drying and have a compression waistband that won’t ride up.
Have a mom who loves wine? Why not buy them a few months of special bottles, and have them delivered right to her door? Wines from the Wine Collective subscription service — which is Canada’s largest — are professionally curated and come with a specially created wine guide with reviews, tasting notes and food pairing suggestions (2 bottles per month starting at $62). Not a wine drinker? They offer craft beer subscriptions through its sister site.
Succulents are so hot right now, and these sweet abstract cement planters are an easy and gorgeous way to show off your green thumb. Made in an outdoor studio on the Vancouver waterfront and chilled outdoors, each one is handmade and will therefore be completely one-of-a-kind — just like your mom ($40 for 2, LucidGreens).
With a polarized and scratch-resistant coating, these ladylike Lanes ($149, Ollie Quinn) are the cat’s meow, great for work AND play. A modern reimagining of a 1950s classic, these metal and acetate sunnies will have her seeing clearly — and beautifully — all year round.
Got a mama who loves globe-trotting? Help her travel in style with a flower-adorned hard case from Herschel. Durable and adheres to carry-on sizing for all major airlines, the case also has an approved TSA combination zipper lock to keep her stuff safe too. ($189, Herschel)
Is your mom a classic? So are these throwback sneaks from Reebok. Its 1980s leisure shoes live on in with its reinvented Classics line, which combines clean lines with structure that makes mom’s every journey the definition of comfort AND style ($75, Reebok Canada).
For the mom who loves to cook, this limited-edition stand mixer (KitchenAid, from $499) isn’t just a functional appliance — it’s a drool-worthy kitchen showpiece. The Queen of Hearts trimband design, to celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary, is adorned with hundreds of miniature hearts, so there’s a reminder of your love every time she uses it.
Easy, breezy and perfect for the spring, the Gallery from Gentle Fawn comes in an on-trend floral pattern, and is super easy to style and wear. Free-flowing and one size fits all ($59, Gentle Fawn).
Let’s face it: Moms work damn hard at a multitude of jobs, the majority of which are unpaid. Children’s author Holman Wang shines the spotlight on hardworking parents and the many hats they wear every day, from being a waiter (fixing dinner), curating (choosing art for the fridge) and librarian (reading stories). Guaranteed to be a fave in the book pile for any new mama ($18.32, Indigo).
Just in time for the sunny season, Uniqlo has released a collection of UV-blocking apparel that it says shields against up to 90% of ultraviolet rays. Its Pocketable Cut UV Parka ($29.90, Uniqlo) has a dry weave that keeps cool even on the warmest of days, and it packs up into a teeny weeny travel bag.
Brighten up your mama’s day with these cute as a button chandelier earrings ($15, Aldo). With colourful tassels and beaded details, they’ll add a little bling to every outfit.
These custom necklaces from Tiny Zen Memory are created using handwritten samples you upload onto its website. Say I love you in silver, yellow or rose gold with actual handwriting from a prized letter, signature or a child or cherished loved one. There’s also a fingerprint collection, and one where you can upload a child’s drawing and have it engraved into a necklace pendant (From $139, Tiny Zen Memory).
Up mom’s leisure wear with this super comfy and stylish play set from Smash and Tess. Slightly boxy and totally foxy, the bamboo and cotton blend separates are wash and wear and look great whether you’re at brunch with the gals or hanging at home with the kids (Separates from $60, Smash and Tess).
Whether it’s pushing baby in the stroller, chasing a toddler, or the hundreds of other tasks that keep moms on their feet, these Vessi waterproof shoes will have her covered no matter what the weather outside. The newly-released Everyday collection, in dusty rose, blue and black, are 100% waterproof, lightweight and breathable ($135, Vessi Footwear).
There’s a good reason why the Supersonic hair dryer has a cult-like following from beauty editors and bloggers. It kicks ass. With guaranteed fast-drying and built-in heat protection, mom’s hair will shine like the diamond. Right now, Dyson also has a special edition gift set that includes its paddle brush designed for smoothing wet hair, and detangling comb. The set will streamline mom’s morning routine while keeping her hair healthy and shiny (Dyson Canada, $499).
Mix and match, statement, or every day, each hand-forged stacked ring from LanaBetty is as unique as your mama. Want to amp up the bling? Add a semi-precious gemstone ring into the stack (From $32, LanaBetty).
Stylish, vegan and HOLDS EVERYTHING, the Krista in Whisper tote bag (Matt and Nat, $150) is the everyday workhorse bag your mama will adore. Comes with a detachable cross body strap.
The gift that keeps giving, the Frank And Oak clothing subscription box is curated by its stylists and sent right to your mom’s door. After filling out a custom questionnaire, three on-trend seasonal pieces are sent every month. You can preview and customize your box based on budget and style, and unwanted items can be returned free of charge (Pieces from $29, Frank And Oak).
There’s a reason why Love You Forever is still on the best-seller list 24 years after its release. The tear-jerking ode to moms and their children (who will forever be their babies) by Canadian author Robert Munsch has become a Canadian classic, selling over 150 million copies. For moms of all ages. ($4.69, Indigo)