Can you believe Mother’s Day is only a week away? If you’re scrambling for a last-minute gift idea, then this Mother’s Day gift guide is a must-read!
From aromatherapy bath products, crotchet home goods and goats milk soap to unique jewellery and handmade cards, I’m featuring 4 amazing Canadian small businesses in addition to my own.
These businesses include Balance Wellness, Tub Loves, Pegzie Creation, Ulov Jewelry and Thoughtfully Handmade. To learn more, keep scrolling!
Disclaimer: I refer to the recipients of these Mother’s Day gifts as “mom” but that doesn’t mean only moms are celebrated on Mother’s Day! Take this time to celebrate any female role models in your life who have made you into the person that you are today. That might be your mom, or it might be a grandma, a teacher, a mentor, an aunt, a cousin, a friend or a sister! With that out of the way, let’s continue!
1. Goats Milk Soap
Who doesn’t love a nice, relaxing bath, or taking care of their skin? Nicole from Tub Loves has a wide assortment of soaps and other bath goodies from 100% natural ingredients that are perfect for whoever you’re celebrating on Mother’s Day. She is also a full-time farmer and uses goat’s milk from her farm in the soaps.
Right now, she has a Macaron Triple Butter Goats Milk Soap collection that’s available in two scent collections: Spring Fresh and Fruit Parfait. Within Spring Fresh, there is a macaron-shaped goats milk soap in Lavender, Sweet Rain, Bouquet of Flowers, Morning Sunshine, Lemongrass and Morning Dew. Within Fruit Parfait, there is soap in Passionate Peach, Coconut, Sweet Orange, Lime-Licious, Razzleberry and Fruitastic.
Goats milk naturally contains high amounts of vitamins and minerals that nourish your skin! Nicole’s Macaron collection is handmade using Cocoa, Mango and Shea Butter, which are all incredibly moisturizing! The soaps’ creamy and smooth texture soothes and nourishes the skin while cleansing it. If your mom is vegan, not to worry! Nicole also has vegan soap bars made from a 100% vegetable base, so they can still experience the natural soaps made by Nicole!
Tub Loves also offers a Mother’s Day gift set that includes a hot or cold therapy pack, lavender hand and body wash soap, lavender herbal bath salt, lip balm, vegan loofah bar soap and lavender bath bomb. If you plan on spoiling your mom for Mother’s Day this year, head to Tub Love’s website to purchase! Also, don’t forget to check out Nicole’s Instagram page for sale alerts!
2. Crochet Home-goods
We’re all trying to be more environmentally friendly these days. That’s why I love the hand-crocheted loofahs, coffee cozies and market bags made by Meaghan from Pegzie Creation! Any of these items make for a fantastic Mother’s Day gift that your mom will always use!
If she loves drinking coffee or tea, Meaghan’s cup cozies are great for keeping their hands safe and cup stylish. It also means she doesn’t have to use a single-use paper cozy. All of Pegzie Creation’s cozies fit standard cup sizes, so you don’t have to worry about it falling off! Help your mom become more eco-friendly by replacing her plastic loofah with a crocheted one. If your mom loves going to the Farmers Market, why not give her a beautiful, plastic-free bag to fill her groceries with?
Whichever you choose to gift your mom (or all three, why not?) you’re limiting the amount of waste produced in the world! Also, all of Meaghan’s products are made with either 100% cotton or acrylic. However, Meaghan recognizes that acrylic fabric is just as bad as polyester for the environment. So, all acrylic items will eventually be phased out! Also, all of her pieces are machine washable since it’s made from yarn!
If you want something in your mom’s favourite colour, and it’s not currently offered in the shop, you can contact Meaghan through the Contact Me section of the Pegzie Creation website or DM her on Instagram to order something custom!
3. Body Scrubs
Moms work so hard, and definitely deserve some self-care and relaxation! In comes these body scrubs made by Mira at Balance Wellness. They are vegan scrubs that can be used on their face, hand and body. Mira only makes small batches that are made by order, so you know they’re fresh!
Each scrub either has a Himalayan salt or golden sugar base, contains coconut oil, essential oils, and turmeric, charcoal, matcha or coffee based on the variant that you pick. All of the ingredients are natural and have healing properties: Turmeric and matcha are anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and balances your skin; charcoal draws out bacteria, which makes it great for acne-prone skin; and coffee has antioxidants that help renew and refresh your skin!
Mira currently offers 5 different scrubs: coconut-hemp, coconut-black soap, coconut-rose, coconut-turmeric and coconut-coffee. Not only will this scrub made your skin flawlessly smooth, but it will also ensure your skin is soft and well-nourished from within! Scrubs remove dead skin cells and dark patches, prevents ingrown hairs, and improves the texture of your skin.
Right now, Mira offers free shipping or porch delivery within Toronto and free shipping over $40 within Ontario. So, act fast now and get your mom something she will use every week! Just head to Balance Wellness’s website to place an order, and don’t forget to check out their Instagram page for new product alerts!
4. Handmade Jewellery
What’s the most classic gift besides flowers on Mother’s Day? Jewellery! However, Ekaterina, the owner of Ulov Jewelry, used natural stones and metals to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that your mom would love. From bracelets and necklaces to tassel earrings and studs, there are many different pieces for you to choose from.
Featured today are four different pieces. The first is a beautiful raw brass, black and gold boho necklace completed with jet beads (first image)! It’s crafted with high-quality materials, and the neutral colour palette makes it a perfect addition to any fashionista’s outfit. Another piece that I love from Ulov Jewelry is their Animal Print Stainless Steel Resin Stud Earrings (second image). They add a nice pop of colour when worn with any outfit! Each stud is 10mm in diameter, made of stainless steel hardware, and is lead and nickel-free.
The third piece that I’m featuring is Ekaterina’s Japanese Miyuki Seed Bead Necklace (third image). It comes in many different colour variations, but my favourite is the orange and teal in the middle! The last piece being featured today is her Rose Gold and Lava Stone Bracelet (last photo). Lava stone is excellent to use with essential oils. Just rub a few drops in, and you can carry that scent with you all day! The bracelet is made from 6mm rose gold and lava stone beads on high quality elastic. That means Ekaterina’s bracelets will fit a variety of wrist sizes!
All her pieces come in a gift envelope, which makes giving it to your mom a piece of cake! To give jewellery from Ulov Jewelry today, head to their Etsy shop. Also, check out their Instagram for shop updates!
5. Handmade Cards
If you are out of time and need a quick but thoughtful present for your mom, simply buy a bouquet of flowers from a local florist and pair it with a handmade card from me, Yandy, the owner of Thoughtfully Handmade! This is also a great option if you don’t have a lot of money to spend but still want your mom to feel appreciated.
Yes, flowers can be impersonal, but it is also convenient and relatively inexpensive. However, once you add a card with a thoughtful message inside, it adds the personal touch that you need to make it an amazing Mother’s Day gift! Handmade by me, intended for you to give, all of my cards are meant to spread joy to whoever receives it. I started Thoughtfully Handmade with a mission to help others spread positivity.
Giving a handmade card is a small gesture that can bring a lot of happiness to people’s lives! When you give a handmade card, the hours of hard work that I put into every single one shows. Your mom is less likely to throw it away after receiving it because a handmade card will always have more sentimental value than a mass-produced one! My cards are unique since no two are identical, and I only produce 6-8 cards for each design. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!
By purchasing something from me, you’re also donating ten cents to Toronto Environmental Alliance. They are a non-profit organization that strives to build a greener Toronto. Even if you don’t end up purchasing a gift from one of the fabulous stores featured today, a card can be a gift in itself. To purchase one, you can click on a photo with the design you like or visit the “Shop” page on my website! Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter, Yandy’s Chronicles for fun behind the scenes content and to visit me on Instagram if you want to connect!
I hope you like all of these gift ideas! I also have a Mother’s Day gift guide from last year if you want more! I can’t celebrate with my mom this year because we are social distancing apart, so we try to limit house visits. Are you doing anything for Mother’s Day this year?