20 awesome Mother’s Day presents your mama will actually really want

Apr 24 2019, 12:29 am

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.

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Custom family portrait

Courtesy Etsy

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).

Versatile workout gear 

Cardio Capri (RYU)

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.

Wine delivery subscription 

WineCollective wine delivery service

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.

Sweet succulent planters

LucidGreens planters

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).

Ollie Quinn sunnies

Courtesy Ollie Quinn

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.

The prettiest carry-on suitcase

Courtesy Herschel

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)

Throwback sneakers

Royal Charm (Reebok)

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).

Showstopper stand mixer

Courtesy KitchenAid

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.

Comfy kimono

Courtesy Gentle Fawn

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).

A book about why moms rock

Courtesy Holman Wang

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).

A coat that blocks UV rays

UNIQLO Pocketable Cut UV Parka

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.

Sassy spring earrings


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.

Custom handwriting necklace

Tiny Zen Memory

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).

Weekend play set

Weekend Play Set, courtesy Smash and Tess

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).

Weatherproof shoes

Vessi in dusty rose

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).

The best damn hair dryer


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).

Sweet stacking rings


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).

A stylish bag to hold all the things

Matt and Nat (Instagram)

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.

Subscription clothing service

Frank And Oak subscription box

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).

The book that will bring her to tears

Love You Forever

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)

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