Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

Mom deserves more than a hastily bought bunch of flowers for Mother’s Day. Check out our cool collection of gifts for the modern mom

From eco-friendly flowers to locally sourced gift baskets and cheeky chocolates, it’s time to score some serious brownie points with mom

Gift basket from Saul Good Gift Co.

Mom deserves the best and Saul Good Gift Co., a Vancouver-based gift basket purveyor, saves you the trouble of sourcing the finest local goods,with its range of food and fun baskets that feature exclusive, small-batch goods from local artisans. Choose from chocolate themed gifts such as the Tip O’The Hat basket ($50), which includes treats from Beta 5, Batch Sweet Kitchen and Fraser Valley Gourmet; or the present-packed West Coast Essentials home basket (pictured, $115) featuring a Woodlot candle, tea towel from Forest & Waves, reclaimed wooden coasters from Victoria’s Drifted and a range of other household goodies.

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Cause We Care bracelet from Blue Ruby

Treat mom to a special gift this Mother’s Day with Blue Ruby Jewellery’s latest addition to its beautiful handcrafted Cause We Care bracelet collection. All proceeds from the bracelets go towards Cause We Care’s initiatives and programs, which benefit single mother-led families and children in need in Vancouver. Combining rich black accents with moonstone, pearl and labradorite stones, the new bracelets come in a variety of styles and range in price from $20 to 150.

Available in Blue Ruby stores or via email at

Mother’s Day chocolate from Thomas Haas

She’s the sweetest person you know, so get mom some fancy chocolates to say thanks for putting up with your nonsense over the years. Thomas Haas’ Mother’s Day collection includes ladybugs filled with chocolate-covered nuts, featuring hand-painted wings and a handcrafted matcha white chocolate leaf ($39); heart-shaped dark barks made with 79% dark chocolate with sun-dried cranberries and apricots, candied orange peel, pistachios and toasted hazelnuts (sold by weight); casted chocolate high heels (pictured) airbrushed with coloured cocoa butter, and filled with chocolates and truffles (small $39, large $49); and a chocolate flowerpot with caramelized cocoa nib soil decorated with chocolate flowers, butterflies, and truffles ($39)

Available now at both North Vancouver and Kitsilano locations

Jewellery from Keltie Leanne Designs

Vancouver-based jewellery designer Keltie Leanne specializes in feminine designs and hand crafts her pieces using high-quality gold and gold-fill, sterling silver and carefully sourced gemstones. Keltie’s latest spring collection includes delicate earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings in moonstone, labradorite and black onyx, such as this Triple Threat necklace (pictured, $85). Keltie has also recently launched her Geo Collection, a lineup of versatile, mix-and-match stud earrings and stacking rings that feature Fair Trade diamonds, sterling silver and 14K yellow and rose gold. The pieces are designed in Vancouver and handcrafted in Jaipur, India.

Available online, prices range from $110 to $280

Trinket Tray from olive + piper

Olive + piper is an online Vancouver-based boutique for stylish girls who like sparkly things. Amongst the oodles of cute gifts for trendy moms are these vintage-style You Da Mom trinket trays ($22). They are hard to part with as a present, so maybe treat yourself to a You’re Cute trinket tray too… because your mom just wants you to be happy, right?

Mason jar bouquet from Bird on a Wire

Make mom’s bouquet last longer by opting for a Mason jar of fresh flowers from Bouquets by Mary. Appearing as a pop-up at Main Street’s Bird on a Wire on Saturday, May 7 between noon and 4 p.m., Bouquets by Mary is a florist without a storefront, so they save on flower waste by just picking what is needed. Featuring the freshest spring selection, the Mason jar bouquets are priced at $25 and can be pre-ordered online to be picked up at the pop-up at 2535 Main Street on May 7. Bird on a Wire also has a shop full of cute gifts that are perfect for an on-trend mom, so pick up a couple of presents while you’re there.

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Seasonal bouquet from Olla Urban Flower Project

Get mom flowers that make a difference this year and head to Olla Urban Flower Project, a unique flower shop that creates socially conscious arrangements and living containers. Owner Megan uses flowers from local farms, urban gardens and Fair Trade farmers, and redistributes cut flowers to local social enterprises in the DTES. Order an ethical bouquet from $45 or get mom an air plant or terrarium as an alternative gift.

Vera Wang Peplum vase from Atkinson’s of Vancouver

Mom’s going to need something stylish to put all of those flowers in, so go big this year with a Vera Wang vase ($195) that she can keep forever to add some designer flair to her house. Made by Wedgwood, the Vera Peplum Collection is inspired by Vera Wang’s runway fashion. An exploration of classic and dramatic silhouettes featuring dazzling diamond and linear cuts, the Vera Peplum vase exemplifies the designer’s modern aesthetic.

Available at Atkinson’s of Vancouver, 1501 West 6th Ave.

Tata Harper facial at Collective Skincare, BeautyMark

You gave mom those worry lines so give her a relaxing anti-aging facial to take them away. Treat her to a Tata Harper rejuvenating facial ($100) at Collective Skin Care, Beauty Mark. The premium anti-aging treatment includes innovative natural and non-toxic skincare products that repair skin on a cellular level and help mom achieve a radiant glow.

Collective Skincare, BeautyMark, 1268 Pacific Boulevard

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Kaftan from Smash + Tess

Vancouver-based Smash + Tess produces ‘Dreamwear’ that is designed and ethically made in North America. A mother-daughter-bestie trio runs the company and the stylish form-fitting leisure wear is perfect for stressed-out moms. Treat her to a kaftan ($109) and choose from four beautiful designs: a blue-toned blossom chiffon, a luxurious vibrant orange floral printed crepe, a blue floral printed crepe (pictured), or a black chiffon with cream and olive accents.

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Texture To Go Kit from AG Hair

Busy moms will love this no-fuss textured tresses kit from AG’s new product line, Texture, Undone Hair Made Easy. The Texture To Go Kit is a four-piece set in a travel-sized bag with carry-on friendly sizes, including: Cleansing Cream foam-free hair wash, Sea Spray beauty wave finish, Texture Gloss undone definition and Dry Wax matte finishing mist.

The Texture To Go Kit costs $29.95 and can be purchased online in Canada

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Love You Mom from LUSH Cosmetics

Originally a British brand, North American Lush products are all made right here in Vancouver. Give mom some fun and funky fresh bath bits with a ready-wrapped gift set of Beautiful Shower Gel (a mellow blend of myrrh, apricot infusion and fresh peach juice) and the fruity neroli Love And Light Hand Cream, which will leave her hands butter soft (so you’d better do the dishes after dinner).

Available for $21.95 online or in store

Paloma Picasso® Olive Leaf Band Ring from Tiffany & Co.

Get your siblings together and splurge on a special gift for mom this Mother’s Day. Tiffany & Co.’s timeless pieces are a memorable keepsake that Mom will treasure forever. Mom is always asking for peace and quiet and this 18k gold ring features beautifully sculpted leaves of the olive brand, which designer Paloma Picasso honours as a symbol of peace and abundance.

Rings cost $2,200 and are available in-store or online

Mother’s Day Gift Box from Roger & Gallet

Can’t afford a trip to Paris? Give mom a taste of Parisian style with two exclusive Mother’s Day gift boxes available from the Roger & Gallet boutique at Hudson’s Bay. Choose from the large gift box with Fragrant Well-Being Eau Fraiche (100ml) and free body lotion ($47) or a small Fragrant Well-Being Eau Fraiche ($35). Both gifts come in a reusable metallic box featuring a replica of the brand’s original ’boutique of happiness’ in Paris.