Toronto Gifts for Mom
With Mother's Day fast approaching, I thought I'd put together a list of local Toronto businesses offering unique and fun Mother's Day gifts. So let's celebrate the person with whom you have a motherhood connection. The owners/operators of these shops happen to be women who happen to be moms!
Given all that we've been through and what it appears we have ahead of us, I think we can all get behind the notion that the best thing we can give to those we love is something of ourselves. So here are some great ideas about gifts you can make yourself this mothers day that will carry meaning for both of you. For those that are looking for Canadian made and locally sourced gifts this Mothers Day consider the following:
Caribou Gifts offers a full range of fun, thoughtful and ethically-sourced gifts and gift baskets for adults and kids.
They offer customization, delivery and more. They are a local, family-owned and operated business and they strive to offer you unique, high-quality gifts for all ages and fantastic customer service.
Store owner, Megan Munro supports local Canadian, women-owned businesses when selecting her suppliers. They also donate a percentage of all sales to local community organizations.
Some additional services that make this shop unique are complimentary gift wrapping and scheduled gift delivery on your desired date.
As a Mom of two young girls, Megan has got her hands full. Good thing she has skillful hands and lots of help!
Girl-Centric Gift Shop
Collected Joy (with two locations): If you're looking for some slightly naughty girly things and live in The Beach or North Toronto, let me suggest you drop into Collected Joy.
Lovingly curated by the owner, Sharon Smyl, this shop has an array of smelly, tasty, naughty, and girly things like creams, nail polishes, crazy cards and fun gifts. Let's face it, moms are into those kinds of things. I'm thinking Sharon's teenagers tune her into some hip gifts!
Pop-Cultured Jewelry and Accessories
Anything Goes Accessories: Located in the southwest corner of the basement of the St. Lawrence Market, Anything Goes Accessories offers a glorious array of hip, affordable gifts and fabulous accessories. A jeweller by trade, owner Nesrin Akdemir has an excellent eye for unique, artfully created personal style products at an affordable price point.
"If you're into fun, pop culture-based and science-y stuff, this is the store for you! And if you're into chemistry, look no further! The owner has managed to pack all sorts of goodies into a small space, but it doesn't feel crowded. From cute buttons, to funky earrings, to greeting cards with puns, to bags and wallets with nerdy sayings, there's something here for just about anyone." ~ Sal
Canadian Urbanism Uncovered
Spacing Toronto has been creating unique and award-winning Toronto-centric products since 2004. They opened a permanent brick-and-mortar shop at the legendary arts and culture hub 401 Richmond. Here you will find cool creative gifts made in Toronto by local makers and some great books. Books about Toronto - those fun coffee table books that create some fantastic conversations. In addition, get to know Spacing.ca is a very cool urban magazine that focuses on The Spacing Store has something for you to help celebrate this city. You can find out more about their award-winning shop here.
PS If you want our pillows as a gift in a hurry, they have a large inventory!!!
Toronto City Art Prints Turned Gifts of ALL Kinds
Totally Toronto Art is an online store that offers unique and appealing top quality, often handmade products, personalization, and caring service.
Artist David Crightons art is the foundation of the products. His work takes us on a sentimental journey of connection, a great starting point for any Mommy's Day gift-giving. But it doesn't stop with wall art.
Entrepreneur and Owner, Pamela Johnston, has ensured that these over 300 vintage David Criighton illustrations are available in a wide range of products for every pocketbook. "We make our products in Toronto for the discerning consumer who appreciates and values quality and care."
So give the gift of the city you love to your Mom this year!
Last but not least, any mother will tell you that the best gifts are the ones that are handmade with love by the giver.
HOMEMADE GIFTS FOR MOM
1) Write her a letter that shares something meaningful with her. Make it an annual event.
2) Make your Mom or wife a gallery wall for a nook or cranny in your home. Find images of places or people that matter to you. I am going to bet that they will mean something to her too!
3) Find a small frame at Michaels and give her a favourite picture of yourself, your family, or something memorable or, find a favourite picture of you and Mom to share with her.
Below is last year's Mother's Day gift from my sons!