Mother’s Day is coming up. It’s Sunday, May 10, and we’ve complied a go-to gift guide for mom whether she’s a glamorous grandma or green thumb, a book lover or a foodie . . . or maybe she’s everything all rolled in to one! Do you see something that catches your eye? Forward along to Dad or the kids . . .or better yet, wait for no one and treat yourself!
Mist & Fix from Make Up For Ever is now part of my morning beauty routine. It’s a professional grade alcohol-free setting spray with the texture of water that improves your makeup’s staying power. It’s easy to use – hold it about 40 cm from your face and mist continuously for a few seconds and allow to dry. It smells glorious and leaves my face looking fresh and dewy. (starting at $14)
This handmade pewter pendant is plated in silver and its message, Live Love Teach by Foxy Originals is the perfect way to describe and thank mom. ($20)
Alex and Ani create and design eco-conscious jewelery. Their latest collection, Persephone is available at select Hudson’s Bay stores and features bracelets and charms with special meaning. My favourite is Guardian of Answers because aren’t moms the keeper of them?
I’m going to depart from my usual “Please don’t buy mothers anything with which to cook or clean” rule and say that I’d love to receive these sets of ombre bowls from President’s Choice and Real Canadian Superstore. They have them in cool blues and hot reds and oranges, and the colours are just so juicy!
One of my favourite things to do in the yard with the kids is to roast marshmallows on the fire. Somehow, spending an evening that way feels like the most luxurious kind of family time. No hockey, homework or housework to attend to, just sharing the fire. We saw this great Hampton Bay fire pit at The Home Depot spring preview. ($79.98)
I am asking for a gift of experience this Mother’s Day. I want us all to go to the McMichael Gallery and look at art and hike the trails around the gallery. I’d also recommend trips to the Art Gallery of Ontario to see the Emily Carr and Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibits, and to the Royal Ontario Museum. If you think you will visit a museum multiple times, a membership is a wonderful gift. (For our family of five, a membership costs what we’d pay for just two visits.) We have family memberships at both museums, and, honestly, it’s some of the best money I’ve ever spent. I get so much use and value out of our memberships. It feels like true luxury to be able to just pop into the museum for a quick visit, and to see the exhibits multiple times makes me feel like royalty. I have taken the kids to see the Basquiat twice already. The first time we sketched, and the second time we used the play dough that all kids can get in a loot bag from the front desk when they go in. I got to really attend to the art, and the kids kept busy with their interpretations. Time spent together is the gift I love best.
Almost four months ago, noticing I was depleted and in need of a recharge, my husband offered to hold the fort at home while I visit with favourite cousins in California this week. In what goes down as good old fashioned mistake-making, I did not take him up on this. At the time, I almost felt too tired to plan for this, and now I’m sitting here in Toronto feeling rather foolish.
Most of the moms of young kids I know would really relish some free time. Sometimes with their spouses, or their friends, or alone. The best gift ever would be sorting out which of these the mom in questions needs most, and try to make it happen. I bought a Buytopia getaway to Ste. Anne’s Spa in Ontario with this in mind, and Groupon-type offers make short jaunts like this more affordable.
But the truth is brunch at favourite local haunt (mine is Lady Marmalade on Queen Street East) would be perfectly splendid too.
May is also the season of growing… if you know a mother who likes to garden, the handmade offerings at Spade and Feather are simple, well made, and gorgeous. A favourite are the Wild Bee and Insect Houses which translate the essential work of pollination into functional beauty for any garden. I love them.
Maximizing space is always on the minds of urban gardeners in particular, and these Felt Wall Planter Envelopes from Spade and Feather are a great option. They’re eco-friendly (made from Eco-Felt, 100% recycled plastic), easy to hang, and make vertical gardening accessible to everyone.