Mother’s Day is coming up fast, and if you have a mom, a caregiver, or a person in your life that lifts you up, they deserve a present — especially this year. Here are 10 ways you can say THANKS I LOVE YOU with gifts from women-owned businesses. [All prices in Canadian dollars]
Grace Made | $5.99 | Delivery across Canada and the US
We’re fans of this nod to one of the best Moira Rose mothering scenes in all of Schitt’s Creek, but there are plenty of hilarious, cheeky, and beautifully illustrated cards on offer — including ones for ‘Bonus Moms’ and ‘Not Technically My Moms’. If you want a gift to go with your card, Grace Made can also do a Custom Doodle (starts at $25) of your family or your home.
Grace has always loved music, art and all things creative and she knew that she wanted to use her creative abilities as a career. She started Grace Made as a way to share her art creations and spread a bit of happiness in a world where a lot of the time we are bombarded with negativity, both in the real world and on social media.
Cup of Té | $59.99 | Delivery across Canada and the US
Nothing says ‘Pandemic Mother’s Day’ like an Immune System Warriors Luxe Tea Trio (there’s also Herbal Tea and Black Tea versions if your mom is fully vaccinated). Each trio contains over 80 servings of tea in three luxe tins for storage, packaged in a skip-the-wrapping black and gold gift box. But don’t take our word for it — last year they made Oprah’s Favorite Things list.
In 2008, Taylor Lindsay-Noel, an aspiring Olympic gymnast, suffered a devastating accident while in training that left her paralyzed and in a wheelchair. Driven to overcome her challenges and transform her situation into something meaningful and extremely valuable to lives, she launched Cup of Té in 2018 with the goal of providing the world’s finest loose leaf organic teas and teaware.
All You Are | $140 | Delivery across Canada and the US
The All You Are Robe was designed to solve all the reasons women don’t like robes. A built-in belt that’ll never get lost? Check. Slim, three-quarter length sleeves that don’t get in the way? Check. Absorbent and cozy with deep pockets but no bulk? Check. There’s even a motivataional message under the cuff — your possibilities are endless — as an added bonus. It comes with a sleep mask in the Mother’s Day Bundle ($150), and there are plenty of other loungewear items up for grabs.
Kena is passionate about inspiring others to live well everyday and harness their creativity to create a fulfilling life. In addition to founding All You Are — a feminine, flattering, and functional loungewear line — she is the co-founder of BRIKA, an innovative retail concept focused on highlighting and supporting emerging artisans and designers.
Subversive Sisters | $35 | Delivery across Canada and the US
For the mother with a sense of humor (and perhaps a grudge list?), this deceptively dainty cup and saucer set not only fancies up their tea time, it will have her smirking with every sip. Each piece is one-of-a-kind upcycled vintage china — and there are plenty of other wonderfully inappropriate decor pieces available. (Warning: There’s a lot of swearing.)
In Vanessa's own words, Subversive Sisters was born when a single mom trying to find a lucrative side hustle combined her love of all things vintage with her dark and twisty humour. Now she eats, sleeps and breathes bone china (while constantly trying to keep her toddler from reenacting a scene from “The Hulk” with her pieces).
Koko Chu | $28 | Delivery within GTA
Nothing says “I Love You Mom” like this almost-too-gorgeous-to-eat heart. The hand-painted dark chocolate shell holds a strawberry melt-away layer, freeze dried raspberries, and a layer of peanut butter gianduja There’s also a Mother’s Day Hamper ($45) and a Breakfast in Bed Hamper ($38) available for pre-order, filled with even more tasty eye candy.
After graduating from Humber College's Baking & Pastry Arts program, founder Kadeisha Richards worked in various chocolate companies before venturing out on her own. Koko Chu — which translates to “cocoa kiss” — is a micro-batch Chocolaterie and Patisserie for dessert enthusiasts, offering unique flavour combinations and stunning designs.
Lofttan | $150 | Delivery across Canada and the US
Can’t decide what piece of jewelry to get for mom this year? Lofttan’s Spring BlingBOX combines five pieces — hoop earrings, crystal bracelet, chunky chain, and pendants — that can be combined and configured in a multitude of ways. Plus, a portion of every sale goes to the Lydia Ruth Arts Scholarship Fund in memory of the artist’s Great-Grandmother, her last family member in a Residential School.
Lofttan is an Indigenous-owned company based in the heart of the Niagara region and traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishnabe people. Owner/designer April Mitchell-Boudreau is a Turtle clan Mohawk with roots at Six Nations. She’s passionate about awakening and engaging the creator that lives inside all of us.
Fingernails are Pretty | $65 | Delivers Internationally
Mix the time-hack of pre-made nails with not having to commit to regular salon visits (especially during a lockdown) by gifting press-on nails from Fingernails Are Pretty. Based in Winnipeg and available to ship across Canada and internationally, these sets are all hand painted and can add a little colour — and fun — to your loved one’s hands.
After working in salons for several years, nail artist Courtney Guerin developed an allergy to gel nail polish. Unable to give her own hands the look she was able to give clients, Courtney decided to try a workaround solution, customizing press-on nails for herself — and Fingernails Are Pretty was born.
Lohn | $42 | Delivery across Canada and the US
Gift the beauty of scent with candles from Toronto-based company LOHN. Their new, limited edition collection of candles are inspired by floral smells and the freshness of spring — just in time for Mother’s Day. All LOHN candles are made with organic coconut and soy wax and are non-toxic, and they’ll fit perfectly in their spring tote ($20).
Meet Kat & Vic
With a shared background in chemical engineering, these two friends knew they were meant to do more than work in traditional engineering roles. In 2018, they turned their love of fragrance into a business after working in product development and studying perfumery.
Three Ships | $45 | Delivery across Canada and the US
Three Ships skincare is made with 100% natural ingredients, certified cruelty-free, scientifically proven to work, and shockingly affordable (every product is under $40 USD). Their Self-Care Kit features three full-sized products — Calm Lavender Hydrosol Toner, Piña Colada Lip Exfoliator, and Detox Green Tea Antioxidant Clay Mask — that will at least get the mom in your life to take a few minutes for herself.
In 2017, Connie Lo and Laura Burget put together $4,000 in savings and launched Three Ships in Connie’s kitchen, hand making and hand-labelling natural beauty products. A month later, they landed their first retailer with an order of 40 packages of cleansing wipes. Today, Three Ships is sold in approximately 1,000 stores across North America including Whole Foods, Hudson’s Bay, and Target.
Mumgry | $20 | Delivery across Canada and the US
Make snack time a splurge with this decadent blend of pistachios, almonds, and chocolate. Handcrafted in Vancouver, ethically sourced, and naturally nutritious, Mumgry products were specifically designed for Mums (as the name suggests), but are yummy for anybody. Like all the nut butters that Mumgry offers, each jar is hand-filled to preserve it’s creamy texture and slow down the process of oil separation that naturally occurs.
While grocery shopping hungry and pregnant with her son Apollo, Lilian noticed that there was a lack of snacks that considered the dietary restrictions and needs of women during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and beyond. At 3 weeks postpartum She began “snack prepping” to stay nourished and energized, and after a few tasty experiments MUMGRY was born.