Mother’s Day Gifts to Give and Get

By |2021-09-09T14:07:03+00:00May 9th, 2018|Gift Guides|

Flowers should do the trick, but for a truly impressive Mother’s Day gift, take a cue from our team and treat mom to one of these editor-approved picks.

Thinking about falling back on brunch and a bouquet this Mother’s Day? Consider this: According to a survey conducted by Capital One, nearly half of Canadians buy mom flowers for Mother’s Day, when only 2 in 5 moms actually want flowers as a gift. This year, why not skip the stems and get something truly special for the woman who brought you into this world instead? Just take a cue from our team and gift her one of these editor-approved picks!

Spring Bling

“For new mothers, like my sister who recently gave birth to her first baby, I’d give a sentimental ring with her child’s first initial. These dainty rings from Mini Mini Jewels are made of 14-karat yellow, rose or white gold and diamonds, and are small enough to stack. Plus, my sister would be in good ‘bejeweled’ company, since celeb supermoms like Reese Witherspoon, Mila Kunis and J Lo are fans of the brand, too. For girlfriends, I’d give this modern pillar necklace engraved with four very meaningful messages: ‘gratitude,’ ‘kindness,’ ‘courage’ and ‘today is a gift.’ Making the gift even more meaningful, 100 percent of the profits, along with a second necklace, will be gifted to one of 19 charities across Canada as part of their ‘Pay It Forward’ Mother’s Day program.” Liv Judd

 Paris Jewellers Pay It Forward Necklace, $34.99 at; and Mini Mini Jewels 14K Gold Brilliant Diamond Accented Initial Adjustable Ring, $239.99 at

Chill Seeker

“The gift of sleep and relaxation is gold. If she’s able to get away, a night at a hotel where she can get a massage, order room service, watch a movie and sleep in would be heavenly (I like the Four Seasons in Toronto).” Alexandra Breen

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto rooms, starting at $530/night. For more information, visit Photo: Christian Horan / Four Seasons

Champagne Mami

“I gave birth to my son just last month and can’t think of a better way to toast my first Mother’s Day than with a nice bottle of bubbly. Besides sashimi, the one refreshment I missed most was a crisp glass of champagne, so I would not be disappointed if this bottle, made entirely with reserve wines from six different vintages, came into my possession.” Janna Appleby

Veuve Clicquot Extra Brut Extra Old, $123 at the LCBO.

So Fly

“I was gifted a pair of these shoes by Allbirds recently, and they’re so comfortable I will be buying pairs for both my mother and mother-in-law. I also appreciate that there’s an eco-friendly element to their ​brand. For example, Allbirds boxes made from 90-percent recycled cardboard, and its shoelaces are made ​from recycled plastic bottles.” ­Truc Nguyen

Allbirds Women’s Wool Loungers $135, at

Spa Patrol

“My mom isn’t one to be wooed by a fancy new fragrance or gift set, but she always appreciates a little pampering. From an innovative new facial to zoning out for an hour on a massage table, an afternoon at the spa is always time well spent in her (and my) opinion. And even better, we can hit it up together and pack in some quality mother-daughter time relaxing in our plush robes post-treatment. The Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie at the Shangri-La is one of my fave spots, and they even have Mother’s Day specials perfectly suited for the occasion.” Emily MacCulloch

Hammam, Gommage, & Rhassoul Clay Body Masque with 30-Minute Swedish Massage, $345 at Miraj Caudalie Spa.

Nailed It

“If mom can’t fit in a whole spa day, gift her a mani or pedi at every Toronto beauty editor’s favourite nail bar, Tips (a second location just opened in the West End).” – Wing Sze Tang

Nail services, $35 and up. For more information, visit

Suit Up

“I have been longing for this flight suit from Horses Atelier for a while now. Sadly, it’s sold out, but I am holding out hope that the husband, by some miracle, got it! It looks cozy, chic and fashion-forward, so basically, it’s perfect.” Michelle Bilodeau

Horses Atelier Zip Worksuit, $395 at

Precious Time

“Still very much a fashion enthusiast at 90, my mom has picked soft, powdery pink as her latest style crush. She likes matching accessories and never met a sparkle she did not like. This watch ticks all the right boxes.” ­– Claude Laframboise

Michael Kors Jaryn Pavé Rose Gold-Tone Watch, $465 at

Top Chef

“I’m pretty sure my mum’s happy place is in her (soon-to-be-renovated) kitchen cooking up a storm, but it’s nice to let someone else do some of the work occasionally. She loves cooking too much to let someone else take the reins, but a gift card for a service like Chef’s Plate would give her the option to try new recipes while getting the ingredients delivered to her door.” – Lauren Kerbel

Chef’s Plate gift cards, $25 and up at