Gift Guide

11 Mother’s Day Gifts Your Mom Secretly Wants (But Won’t Ask For)

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Mother’s Day is a day to recognize your mom for all her hard work. As much as mothers love burnt toast, flowers, and cards from their children, this Mother’s Day, give her something extra thoughtful. It’s the second Mother’s Day during a global pandemic—you ought to go all out. Many of us haven’t been able to go see our Mothers this year. In lieu of limited visits, she deserves a big reminder of how much you love her, even if you can’t physically be there to show it. 

Whoever you’re celebrating on May 9 has more than likely spent thousands of hours pouring into you, so why not treat her to a gift that she will not only be thankful for but actually love? These gift ideas are a great way to show your mom that you want to take care of her as much as she’s taken care of you over the years. This Mother’s Day weekend it’s especially important for your mom to feel appreciated, pampered, and loved. So, choose a gift with intention and care. To help you do that, we’ve rounded up some of the best gifts to give your mom that are as thoughtful as they are useful.

A Weekend Away

A Weekend Away

With Canada coming in and out of lockdowns at a dizzying rate, there’s nothing your mom wants more than to change up her surroundings. Whisk her off somewhere where she can get outside and enjoy a space other than the four walls of her home. One option if you’re in Ontario is boutique motel, June Motel. The June has locations in Prince Edward County and Sauble Beach, both boasting adorable and chic stays, with awesome surrounding activities. Spend a weekend laying on the beach, picnicking and perusing outdoor exhibits. You’ll give her the gift of fresh air and hopefully even more refreshing conversation. 

Note: We recommend withholding on travel outside of your home/region for any non-essential purposes until after the lockdown has been lifted and it is deemed safe to do so. Look towards booking at a later date to give her something to look forward to!

Brunch

Brunch

There isn’t a mom out there who wouldn’t love a Mother’s Day Brunch. It’s a classic gesture and now that you’re an adult who makes money she wouldn’t mind an elevated experience. Instead of wonky eggs and coffee she can indulge in morning cocktails and mouth-watering quiche. Find a restaurant in your neighbourhood with a special Mother’s Day menu or pre-order a box from Fare packed with all the makings of a sophisticated Sunday brunch. The box can be picked up or delivered right to her. It includes peach bellinis, spring frittatas, zucchini potato latkes, smoked trout, chopped salad, and an assortment of desserts. Pre-order for the box is available until May 6 at 5 p.m..

Seasonal Flower Arrangements

Seasonal Flower Arrangements

Spring is in the air. The rain showers are pushing tulips out of the ground like they’re going to miss the queen’s visit. But that means weeds are sprouting up too. Save your mom the hassle, the backache, and the sunburn of yanking on weeds for a weekend and order a landscaping company to come and do the job. If you’re in the GTA, The Garden Girls based out of Oakville, Ontario offer seasonal arrangements for your existing planters. Instead of giving your mom flowers that’ll droop in a week, give her a one-of-a-kind floral display that will last all season and make her house or her business front the talk of the block.

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Spring doesn’t just mean sunshine and daisies, it means scrubbing and dusting. Every nook and cranny and every bunny under the bed. If it’s safe for you to visit your mom, put some elbow grease into your family home this Mother’s Day—she’ll thank you for it. While you’re sudsing up and wiping down the bathroom and the kitchen be sure to use environment friendly products, like the Lemon Aide collection made by Maison Apothecare. What you clean with affects your health and the environment, so preserve both. Give your mom the gift of a clean conscience and a clean space that’s ready to be her pristine home office, gym, restaurant, cafe, and spa.

Online Fitness Classes

Online Fitness Classes

Lockdown orders and working from home have made all of our lives a little less mobile and a little more stressful. Give your mom a chance to shake the work day off, get her blood flowing and reduce some pandemic stress. Online fitness courses like A Sculpt Body offer low impact workout classes on demand or live through Zoom. Sitting at home can make mom feel sluggish, so having a schedule and a fun low-impact workout is a great way to ease back into exercise and get that added energy boost before summer. The workouts are low-impact so they’re great no matter what mom’s fitness level is! Mother’s Day is all about uplifting the women who raised us and that’s exactly what this gift will do.

Laundry Service

Laundry Service

She’s picked up her fair share of dirty t-shirts and mud-stained jeans off the floor, it’s time to return the favour. This year for Mother’s Day let your mom take a load off…literally. Laundry services like domylaundry.ca who operate in Toronto, Mississauga, and Brampton, Ontario will pick up your mom’s laundry every week and return it the following business day. Having her laundry professionally cleaned is a great way to free up her weekend so she can focus on what she really wants to do.  They offer a 100% eco-friendly service and hey, if you live with your mom, you can throw in a load for yourself too!

Food Box Subscription

Food Box Subscription

In the past couple years, food box subscriptions have become quite popular. Take the stress of meal planning, grocery shopping, and serious takeout fatigue off your mom this Mother’s Day. With a food subscription box you’ll get her the ingredients and recipes to make some delicious dishes at home. If it’s safe to visit your mom, you could treat her by making the meal for her or turn it into a bonding experience by cooking the meals together! Each kit tries to keep cooking time under thirty minutes, so after a full day’s work she’ll have a quick prep time and something new to add to the family’s meal rotation. Some popular boxes include Chef’s Plate and HelloFresh. If you’re in Vancouver FreshPrep is a great local option.

Wine Box Subscription

Wine Box Subscription

Is your mom a wine mom? Then I don’t need to explain why she would love this gift. The subscription box by Wine Collective includes your choice of 2, 4, or 6 curated wines along with a tasting guide and special perks for members. Not only will she get to indulge in some tasty wine with her dinner, but she’ll become more knowledgeable with each box. This is perfect for a budding wine enthusiast that’s not sure where to start. The packaging is eco-friendly and you have the choice to upgrade to a premium package if your gift is for someone looking for something cellar-ready.

Local/Online Classes

Local/Online Classes

Give your mom something fun to break up the routine of everyday life. Sign her up for photography, or pottery, or painting. The Make Den Sewing Studio in Toronto offers tons of classes from sewing, to leatherwork. And if sewing isn’t her thing there’s bound to be tons of classes around her town or online that’ll nudge your mom out of her comfort zone and who knows? Maybe she’ll find her new favourite hobby. 

You could also go the route of signing her up for an academic course in a topic she’s interested in. The Toronto District School Board offers free adult learning courses that you could take together, whether it be income tax preparation or creative writing. 

Note: We recommend not joining any in-person classes until the lockdown is lifted and it is safe to do so.

Pocket Concert

Pocket Concert

Make your mom feel extra special this Mother’s Day with a personal concert just for her. With Pocket Concert, Toronto’s classical musicians come right to your doorstep (or backyard) and perform. Their show isn’t limited to just music, there are elements of storytelling and personal connection. If your mom isn’t comfortable with the in-person setup because of COVID-19, there is also the option to connect with the musicians on-on-one and view the performance over a private Zoom call. This is especially thoughtful if your mom enjoys classical music or outdoor concerts. People have described the experience as unique, unforgettable, and intimate. 

At-home Spa

At-home Spa

Bring the zen and tranquility to mom with the Spa Day set from Baskits. Filled with goodies like a bath bomb, a luxurious loofa, bath salts and more, mom can enjoy a day of serenity. In addition to partaking in the at-home wellness activities, she can also indulge with the treats of the basket, like peanut brittle and herbal tea. She may not be able to leave the house (especially if you’re in Ontario) but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the home a place to rejuvenate. If the spa isn’t your mom’s thing, no worries! Baskits has a whole list of Mother’s Day-themed gifts that are thoughtfully curated and ready to go.

 

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