Special occasions are being celebrated in new and innovative ways as we hunker down at home. Social celebrations have evolved into car parades and Zoom calls, and shopping for gifts has become an online affair.
This is a busy time for parents. We’re trying to maintain the health and happiness of our families as we adjust to the “new normal” of working from home, helping our kids to navigate online schooling, and ensuring that everyone is fed, and it can all be overwhelming.
Whether we’re looking to reward ourselves with a comforting gift or find a thoughtful gift to celebrate our own mothers, we suggest looking to local businesses to find the right fit. Here are some of the items that I’ve purchased personally from local companies over the past few months, all great options as you shop for mom.
Gift Ideas For Mom: Pudus Slippers
As we started to rack up the days hunkered down at home, I started to realize that my feet were constantly sore. I didn’t own a solid pair of slippers, and running around the house barefoot all day was putting a strain on my feet.
I put a call out to my friends on social media, looking for locally-made slipper suggestions, and Pudus came up. Offering a variety of slipper sock, and slide slipper options (among a long list of other cozy products), I made my pick, opting for the “Creekside Slide Slippers” in blush. Cute and comfy, my slippers have become my new everyday shoe, and created by a Vancouver-based brother-sister duo, I feel great about supporting a local company while giving my sore feet the support they so desperately needed.
Gift Ideas For Mom: Smash + Tess Rompers
Rompers make the perfect uniform for working (and playing)
at home. I already have two styles of the Smash + Tess rompers, and wanted to add a simple black style to my closet as well.
Unity Clothing, one of my favourite local clothing shops in my own city of NorthVancouver, offers a range of stylish clothes for women, ranging from cute summer dresses, to distressed denim. They also carry many styles of Smash + Tess rompers, making this store a great one-stop shop for local purchases. I decided to take Mother’s Day gifting into my own hands this year and bought myself a Saturday Romper in black, and the Batwing Balloon Sleeve Knit Top in green.
As a special treat, Unity Clothing is offering 15% off when you buy more than one item, and for North Shore deliveries, you get a free bottle of locally-crafted wine with your purchase too! My two purchases + the free bottle of wine will be my Mother’s Day gift this year – thanks kids!
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Gift Ideas For Mom: Silk Road Tea
On our last visit to Victoria, I visited Silk Road Tea with my family and we stocked up on several varieties of their organic loose-leaf teas. My son loves sipping on a cup of camomile tea before bed and filled his self-serve bag with the Lullaby Wellness Tea, and my husband enjoys jasmine tea on colder nights.
My pick: the Beau-TEA-ful Skincare Wellness Tea, which combines white & green tea leaves, citrus peel, rooibos, calendula, lemon balm, peppermint, lemongrass, and lavender, to create a soothing cup of tea that is said to help keep your skin looking radiant and healthy. I try to drink a cup every night before bed.
Recognized as “Canada’s most beautiful tea store”, Victoria-based Silk Road Tea is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a gift for the tea lover in your life.
Gift Ideas For Mom: Sandhill 2019 Rose
As someone who prefers a dry red over a crisp white, I enjoy a cold glass of rose on warm days. Sandhill Wines, a Kelowna-based vineyard and winery, has just released their new 2019 rose (a blend of Gamay Noir (81%), Merlot (13%) and Sangiovese (6%)), and it makes the perfect spring sip for those long days and nights at home. Not too sweet, off-dry with notes of red berry, apple, and cherry, this rose pairs nicely with tapas, salads, and seafood.
You can pick up a bottle at select local retailers across BC, or place an order online at sandhillwines.ca and enjoy free shipping.
As the local economy struggles through these uncertain times, we feel it’s important to do our best to support the businesses in our own communities as much as possible. We’re doing our part by buying local whenever we can, and we encourage our readers to do the same.
For more great local finds, check out our latest issue! You can read the full March/April issue of WestCoast Families magazine online here.