With Mother’s day just around the corner (THIS SUNDAY), many of you have been asking me for local gift ideas. I know that this year in particular, shopping for the Queen in your life is a little more tricky and stressful, as we can’t go into stores and browse around; But it’s even more of a reason to shop local and support all of our businesses, crafters and makers. So, I have rounded up a couple of my favourite gifts (that are still left in stock)…from breakfast in bed, mimosas, homemade bird houses, Lake Superior beach glass and a pottery mug club, these Tbay finds will make your mama extra happy on her special day.
The Sweet North Bakery – Breakfast in Bed Kit
What mom doesn’t love breakfast in bed…The Sweet North Bakery has everything you need with it’s Breakfast in Bed Kit that even includes mimosas (cheers to that!!!). Items include: Prosecco and house made juice, dainty bake at home scones, whipped honey butter (that just sounds nice to say…) house made jams, and whipped cinnamon butter. $45 plus tax. Call the bakery to preorder: (807) 344-3430
Spruce Pond Bird Houses (Mother’s Day Queen Bee Gift Basket)
This has all of the sweet things your mama needs this spring. Includes a beautiful handcrafted weatherproof, outdoor birdhouse, with a wood burned design, that is sure to attract chirping visitors to the backyard. This is one of four gift sets available, ranging from $20 to $75. You can find the full selection on Spruce Pond’s Instagram or Facebook page. Message to order. Orders need to be in by Friday to guarantee delivery right to your Mom’s porch.
Waxxed Candle Co- Flower Shop Mother’s Day Candle
Send your momma the scent of a fresh bouquet! Adorned with dried flowers, this scented coconut wax candle is made with natural essential and high quality fragrance oils. It has a variety of notes of mom’s favourite blooms, including violet, peony, magnolia and freesia with a dash of cedar wood for a smooth finish. Mom will LOVE it!
Sweet Earth Mug Club
Sign your mom up into a one-of-a-kind, local (and exclusive) club. The Sweet Earth Mug Club is a seasonal one-year subscription that delivers a Sweet Earth Ceramics mug to your mom’s door every three months, meaning she will get a summer, fall, winter and spring mug (it’s the gift that keeps on giving). The mugs are more like works of art and are just simply magical! Each mug will be seasonally themed, with the first being Summer Solstice that will feature bright summer rainbows, juicy colours, and all the warm sunshine feels. Artist Lara says thee might even be some surprises like a stein or tumblers. *Update: Sold out.
Kraft Summer Vibes Box
Dreaming of summer? Me too. If you’re looking for summery artisan products and goods, the Kraft Artisan Box is an awesome gift for your #1 lady! It’s a carefully curated collection of local products featuring artisans from the very popular Kraft Pop Up Markets, with seven exclusive gifts in each box. You can preorder your mom the Summer Vibes Box and it will arrive at her door just in time for solstice! I would tell you exactly what’s inside, but it’s meant to be a surprise. They sell out every season for a reason! ($55.00)
North Shore Jewelry- Mom Bangle Bracelet
North Shore Jewelry was created out of the love that creator and crafter, Mia Mickleburgh has for nature, along with fond memories of her father’s healing hobby of beach combing and collecting agates along the northern shores of Lake Superior. Each bangle bracelet has a piece of hand picked Lake Superior beach glass and comes in colours silver and gold. They also feature fun charms including a llama, bird, avocado, monstera leaf and cactus (just to name a few), or a more personalized “mom” charm. The bracelets are all currently on sale for $15 dollars. Use code “TBAY” to save on shipping so local delivery or pickup can be arranged on Saturday.
Bloomers and the Brown House
I wish you could all go browse in this cute little flower shop that’s located in a beautiful old chartacter home, filled with treats and treasures (so its a must see when we do get to leave the house). In the meantime the mother and daughter duo who run the place, are doing a great job posting what they have in the store online, so take a peak. You will find everything mom loves, from fresh flowers, to handmade chocolates, unique giftware (vodka cocktail teacups), puzzles, socks and even purses. They have also put together some great gift bags for those that find it hard to choose.
Hygge Loft (@hygge_loft) is equally as awesome for those of you in PA! Hygge, is a Danish idea that means to be happy and feel cozy, and is all about enjoying life’s simple pleasures. So this shop is full of items that help you do just that. You will find giftware, wellness and entertainment items, cozy knits, home decor and more. All online of course.
Cheeeeeese! Get your mom that ooey-gooey, melty stuff that dreams are made of. It’s so freaking happiness-inducing that it’s the word we’ve all chosen to say, to make people give that big smile for photos. It’s that comfort food that everybody needs right now. The Cheese Encounter is taking preorders for their thoughtfully curated gift baskets. Available in $50, $75, $100, and $150 denominations. I love that Thunder Oak Gouda!!! Each basket has a selection of cheese, and other goodies from their shelves. Call (807) 286-1082, between 10-6, to place a preorder.
Juniper Brand Scrunchies
It’s the accessory that has made a comeback and is once again everyone’s favourite bracelet (even though its purpose is to hold back your hair) SCRUNCHIES!! The pretty little ruffled band, creates a colourful, casual look of the late ’80s and ’90s. They come in many different designs, using up-cycled vintage fabrics, along with tie-dye (which is also making a come back) and satin. The Mama + Me Scrunchie Set is perfect so mom and her little one can match. (awwwww!)
SGBC Mother’s Day Package with Belluz Farms
There’s nothing quite like getting your hands dirty in the garden, then enjoying the fruits of your labour with a cold, fresh, craft beer! Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.’s Mother’s Day package includes four cans of SGBC beer, two cute Belluz Farms strawberry plants (planting and care instructions included), Brule Creek Farms scone mix, honey, jam, a $5 Belluz Farms pick-your-own certificate, a package of Chocolate Cow milk chocolate covered pretzels, and contactless home delivery on Saturday May 9! *Update: This item is sold out.
A-tisket, a-tasket, there are three Bight Restaurant Mother’s Day Gift baskets! Choose your favourite depending on your budget. Baskets include local products from a variety of Tbay favs like Heartbeat Hot Sauce and Heron House Handmade, along with cheese, crackers and produce plus a bottle of wine for Mom.
Other AWESOME mentions:
Check out J.B. Evan’s Mother’s Day Gift List if you want to get mom something to wear- great pj sets!
For skin care, face masks, bath mineral soaks, makeup, and even products for new moms or moms- to-be, check out Ritual Skin Co.
Treat Mom to a delicious brunch with Silver Birch Restaurant’s LIVE “through the window” buffet! Watch them pack up your meal to take home and enjoy. Brunch includes pumpkin pancakes, eggs benedict, strawberry lemon basil salad along with other yummy treats! Phone (807) 345-0597 to order no later than NOON on May 8th. The buffet will run from 9 a.m. until noon on Mother’s Day.
Psssst! If you are looking for pottery, there is going to be a flash sale with pieces coming right out of the kiln. Cups, vases, bowls… all crafted to perfection. But they are in high demand so will sell out VERY quickly. Check out @thepotterycellar to find out the details.
Happy Momma’s Day to all of you incredible ladies out there! Extra love to my mom. Thanks for always taking care of me, even in my thirties 😉
Bay Awesome Xo