May 5, 2017

What Moms (Really) Want

Here are a few things we’re coveting for Mother’s Day (aside from love, hugs and breakfast in bed, of course). Take notes, people (read: hubbies and kiddies). —Marianne Wisenthal

mother's day gifts

bring on the bubbles. There’s no grief you can bring us that can’t be sweetened with a glass of bubbly. Fruity and full-bodied, Italian Ruffino Prosecco pairs perfectly with soft-ripened brie and whining. From $17 at liquor stores across Canada.

mother's day gifts

matching socks. Fun new socks always put a spring in mom's step. Last year L.A.-based Pair of Thieves launched dad + kid pairings that, quite frankly, made us a tad jealous. Finally moms can get in on the twinsie game with one of four peppy print duos from floral to polka dot (18 months to 12 years). $20 at pairofthieves.com

mother's day gifts

mama kit. For mums who say, "Don’t buy me anything," how about a donation to Plan International Canada? Mama Kits ensure mothers-to-be in developing countries like Nigeria get everything they need for a safe birth. Kits include much-needed hygiene items and warm swaddling wraps. $35 at plancanada.ca

mother's day gifts

scent of a woman. Created by Montreal fragrance designer Ruby Brown, Simons new Eau Contemporaine comes in three lovely scents: soie, coton and lin that complement the store's in-house Contemporaine clothing line. Each bottle is modern, sophisticated, stylish—just like Mom herself, right? $50 at simons.ca

mother's day gifts

monogrammed leather. Put mom's initial on pretty much anything and she’ll give you a cookie. Made in Canada, Brave Leather’s handmade veggie-tanned Giovana totes will hold all her stuff (and yours, too, if we’re being honest). $240 at braveleather.com

mother's day gifts

the perfect card. We’ll never object to being spoiled, but little gestures are darn fine, too. Made in Toronto, The September Project cards have simple, black-and-white messages that tell it like it is. They’re packaged in biodegradable cellophane and, until May 14, $1 from each card sold on Etsy will go to the Women and Babies Program at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital. $7.15 at etsy.com

mother's day gifts

page turners. Between wiping noses and car rides to karate, there isn’t a whole lotta time for reading, or baths. Now Kobo’s brand-new Aura H20 eReader lets us do both at the SAME TIME (cue the angels singing). This waterproof beauty holds up to 6,000 books and has an anti-glare, paper-like display that won’t strain eyes. It’s not available until May 22, but we’ll take an IOU. $200 at kobobooks.com


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