Wow the moms in your life with these personalized Mother’s Day picks.
If the era of COVID has taught us anything, it’s the importance of showing appreciation for the people that make you feel whole – and moms are certainly no exception. While there may have been plenty of times over the years where you’ve gotten on each others’ nerves, there’s just no getting around the impact that a mom – biological or not – can have on your life.
To help say “thank you” to all the moms, grandmas, stepmoms, mother-in-laws, and other mother-figures out there, here are 14 gift ideas to surprise and delight the moms in your life on their special day.
Experience-Based Gift Ideas for Mom
Get your hands dirty updating her garden
April showers bring May flowers so you better get started on that garden! Take mom out to buy her new flowers, herbs, plants – whatever she wants in her garden this year – then get down and dirty helping her plant her season’s masterpiece.
Browse the farmers market as dinner prep
Decide on a home-cooked dinner menu then take a trip with Mom over to Granville Island to gather some fresh ingredients. Pick up the tab along the way and, if you’re in her bubble, spend the rest of the afternoon as a duo in the kitchen.
Book a surprise getaway at a hotel
Gift mom a with little me-time or coordinate a night away with one of her closest pod-friends at a nice hotel in the area. Want to add in a little extra surprise? Include a booking at the spa for a relaxing facial.
Gift her cooking classes, personal training or a massage
Whether she’s interested in honing her culinary skills, learning to exercise in a way that helps her feel strong and energized, or taking an opportunity to relax and refresh, gift certificates to local services are always a great option. And what a great way to support small businesses in the process!
Share an online Masterclass
Give mom the opportunity to learn something new from the best of the best. From writing to design to cooking to business, services like Masterclass have a topic for everyone.
Outdoor Activities You Can Do Together
Take a hike
There are plenty of year-round hiking spots you can take mom to this spring. If you’re in or around Vancouver and want an easy to moderate stroll, try one the trails through Pacific Spirit Park, Lighthouse Park, Cypress Falls, or Norvan Falls.
Go for a walk along the beach
Grab a couple coffees and take Mom on an easy, scenic stroll around the city. Go for as long or as short a distance as you want; you can always order up an Uber if you’ve had enough.
Bike or rollerblade along the seawall
Want to go for a longer stroll on the seawall? Rent some city bikes or rollerblades and cruise with mom through Stanley Park, English Bay, Kitsilano or UBC.
A game of tennis or pickleball
Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? Grab your rackets and head down to one of the many free courts around the city for a quick game of tennis or pickleball.
A day at the driving range or on the links
Is Mom an avid golfer? Find out what her favourite course is and take her out for a round. Or, if either of you are still learning, try an executive course, a driving range, or opt for a pitch-n-putt or mini golf instead!
Related: The 11 Best Hikes Near Vancouver
Deliverable Gifts for Mother’s Day
Curated wine box
So many BC-based wineries offer free delivery these days. Do a little research to see which of the Okanagan wineries peak your interest, then curate your own case of 6 or 12 bottles of wine and have it delivered directly to mom’s front door.
A meal-kit delivery service
Scrap the need for mom to prep dinner over the next couple weeks by subscribing her to a pre-measured meal kit delivery from Good Food or Chef’s Plate. Choose from veggie options, easy prep, family-style – whatever mom prefers.
While flowers may seem a little overdone, Canadian-based and female-led companies like Callia are revamping the delivery experience. Choose your bouquet online, pick a delivery window and wait for your mom to receive her box of fresh blooms.
Online Experiences To Do With Out-Of-Town Moms
Airbnb online experiences
Not in the same city as mom? You can still have a great experience together making authentic street tacos with a Mexican chef or mixing cocktails with a professional mixologist – all through Zoom! Hop on Airbnb Online Experiences and find an activity mom would love, then schedule in your private group.