For the Hostess With the Mostest
For those constantly on the hunt for the perfect cup there is the Caffitlaly S07 coffee machine, which features an attractive Italian-inspired minimalist contemporary design, and an operating mode appealing to gourmet coffee lovers who are fond of simplicity and versatility. Available online at www.caffitalycanada.com and in specialized kitchen or coffee stores, $179.99.
The Saturn Glass is the original spill proof wine glass. The first of its kind, the Saturn Glass’s contemporary design is a mix of Italian and Scandinavian glass blowing traditions which feels at home both while cozying up after work, or while hosting formal guests. Holds 5 oz (restaurant industry pour). Available online, $98.22 for 2.
For the pen-and-paper-loving mom, there is a world of offerings from Three Designing Women. From personalized self-inking stamps to embossers, there are so many ways to take a mother’s mail up a notch. The embosser is a really versatile gift that can be used to personalize writing paper, envelopes, cards, stickers and more. Available online or at a store near you. Prices vary.
Golem Designs from Vancouver, BC is described by artist Ann Maliatski as urban ceramics with an organic feel. This limited edition set of handmade porcelain and real gold hand-painted bowls are stunning for display or every day use. Imagine eating your salad from this – you’ll feel like the queen that you are! Available online from Etsy, $245.94
Monogrammed towels are perfection and these Au Lit Luxe Towels are customizable. Choose your font, stitch colour and single initial to create a distinctive personalized gift. The towels are pre-washed Egyptian cotton terry, long double loop pile and made in Portugal. If you’ve never indulged in quality towels, it’s like a quality bra . . . do it! It’s something you use every day, and worth every extra penny. Available online, $59-159.
For The Zen Seeker
The portable essential oil diffuser is a wonderful and unique gift for the mom on your list who loves fragrance or who has to chauffeur some sports players who maybe aren’t so sweet-smelling! The Portable USB Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser plugs right in to your car’s usb port, and it fits the car’s beverage holders, so you can get great scent on the go. It’s easy to clean, and all you have to add is tap water and your favourite essential oil.
French artisans at Bougie Ardoise have pulled the “message-in-a-bottle” concept “out of the box” to create a unique customizable green tea candle to welcome a very special message for a very special someone. Just think of the love notes your little ones can leave for you . . . or in my house more likely, the Wifi password. Available www.tallanda.com, $25.
Is there anything more satisfying than crawling into bed between freshly washed, absolutely perfect sheets? It’s a bedgasm! Au Lit Fine Linens’ best selling 220 thread count sheets are now customizable. Monogram junkies everywhere just squealed with delight. I heard it. I did it too. Wait for the best part . . . made in Canada. Available online, $325-$512.
These are not just pajamas. These are lounge around the house from Friday night to Monday morning clothes, and why not? Lusome has adapted this classic and elegant look that is borrowed from the men but perfected for women. It has a tagless finish, an elastic and drawstring waistband, and advanced, proven moisture management that helps kiss those night sweats buh-bye! How much do I love these? Available online, $88 for the top, $88 for the bottom. You can do the math 😉
One simple breath can bring you back to your calm place. So remember to breathe! Stop, Breathe & Think has partnered with Bead Relief to bring you inspiration to check-in and feel the calm. Each bracelet has an inspiring word in colored morse code. Move a bracelet from one wrist to the other each time you remember to take a minute for yourself, and use them to help you stick with your mindful routine throughout the week. Is there a mother that isn’t seeking more calm? Tee-shirts available online, $28 and bracelets available online $25.
Yardley has been making perfume since the reign of Charles I, and I am so happy to see one of England’s oldest skincare and fragrance brands now available in Canada at Shoppers Drugmart. Yardley’s perfumes have an old world charm that has been updated for today. In response to demands for a fragrance that develops over time, Yardley has reformulated their once-static fragrances so that they evolve on your skin. I cannot get enough of the Lily of the Valley line. It is so evocative of spring! Available at Shoppers Drug Mart. Prices vary. Eau De Toilette $18.99.
I love the back story of Davie and Chiyo, sisters from Vancouver, BC. One a recent business school grad and the other a stay-at-home mom, both love all things handmade and before they knew it they had built a business with a team of artists dedicated to bringing their visions, like this stunning satin floral robe, to life. Available online from Etsy, $135.69.
For the Globe Trotter
The Keen Terradorra is streamlined and stylish, with an uncompromising focus on fit – in fact, it’s made specifically for a woman’s foot. It’s built to propel you uphill and cushion your foot on the way back down. Plus, it pairs well with jeans for around-town treks. Available online and at select stores, $145.
Granted it’s a high-end item but the Limbo Cabin Multiwheel is pretty spectacular with all the bells and whistles you’d expected from a luxury luggage maker like Rimowa, known for its quality and attention to detail. Available online and select stores, $1055.
Paweena is an artist from Calgary, Alberta and her shop Amarin Collection sells these simple and elegant passport holders made from vegan-friendly materials. It’s best to keep your passport protected from spills or rips, because a passport in less than perfect condition can bring you travel-trouble, and at this price point, it’s hard to argue. Available online from Etsy, $25.
Sometimes a trip somewhere exotic just isn’t in the cards, but a getaway somewhere close by is doable. Recently Plenty took a trip to Ste. Anne’s Spa and it was heavenly. Read about our experience here, to learn some tips for booking your own escape from the every day.