Mother’s Day gifts moms secretly want

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Mother’s Day is around the corner. Even if mom isn’t usually hard to buy for, figuring out what to gift during lockdown and quarantine can be tricky. Where do I get it? Will she be able to use it right now? Typical gifts like spa days, theatre tickets, and restaurant brunches are a no-go. We rounded up the favourite gifts moms including a few of our Cottage Life editors have received from their families—and the ones they’re hoping to snag—to help give you some ideas.

Personalized Canadian jewellery

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Photo by Lise’s Pieces

“My kids are very young (two and four), so last year I treated myself to a handmade necklace that I had been eyeing for a long time from one of my favourite Canadian designers. It features a hand-stamped gold plate with the image of an elephant with her two babies. To me, it represents each of my kids, which I love.”

— Amanda T., Burlington, ON

Buy a personalized Canadian necklace at

This chic smartwatch

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Photo by Fossil

“My Fossil Julianna Smartwatch. I love not having to carry my phone around all day while I’m with the kids, but I still get my notifications. The Fit Goals app is super motivating, and because the watch is sleek and customizable, I wear it every day, all day. At this point, I feel naked without it.”

— Jessie V., Dundas, ON

Buy it at

Sustainable flowers

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Photo by The Sustainable Florist

“I love giving my mom flowers for Mother’s Day, and was delighted when I found out that this place offers locally-grown, sustainable flowers.”

— Liann Bobechko, Deputy Editor, Cottage Life.

Buy these sustainable dried flower hoops at

A well-selected novel

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Photo by Penguin Random House

“Camilla Gibb’s book Sweetness in the Belly is one of my all-time favourites, so I’ll gobble up anything she writes.”

— Michelle Kelly, Editor-in-Chief, Cottage Life 

Buy it at

Floating Shelves

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Photo by Comfify

“Other than the typical flowers and homemade cards, my favourite gift was a custom shelf unit my husband had made to hold all my essential oils. Essential oils were something I really got into last year and as my collection grew I needed something to hold and display them all.”

— Brie H., Hamilton, ON

Buy floating shelves at

Gardening goods

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Photo by Lee Valley x Oui for Indigo

“Most of my gifts are garden or spa related. One of my most memorable gifts from the kids was given to me when we moved into our new home: a rock for my new garden that had ‘Mom’s Garden’ carved into it. It’s still in my garden and I still remember the morning they gave it to me.”

— Liliana I., Waterdown, ON

Buy this adjustable gardening belt at

A custom necklace

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Photo by Sugar Blossom

“This was my first Mother’s Day, and my baby girl and husband gifted me a gold ‘mama’ bar necklace! It’s special to be able to wear something close to my heart, from a small Canadian company, and it’s sparkly!”

— Stephanie M., Burlington, ON

Get a custom mama necklace at

Rain boots

Photo by Kamik

“Springtime is a great time for new rain boots, especially for all of the hiking we’ve been doing during the pandemic. I’m digging these bright ones by Kamik.”

— Michelle Kelly, Editor-in-Chief, Cottage Life

Buy them at

A DIY kit

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Photo by Dew Drop Inc.

“I would love an art or science kit from my kiddos to do together at the cottage or at home.”

— Liann Bobechko, Deputy Editor, Cottage Life

Buy this clay earring making kit at

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