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Mother’s Day 2023: The Best Gifts for That Special Maternal Figure in Your Life

Alexandra Gater Lottie candle
Alexandra Gater

Mother’s Day is around the corner, and so you may be thinking about what to gift that special maternal figure in your life! Whether you’re related by blood or bond, there are no shortage of wonderful, smart and caring women who step up to the role of “mother” to shape our future for the better and show us we matter. Below are gift ideas that can work for almost anyone, be it a mentor, mother-in-law, aunt, caring neighbour or anyone else in-between and beyond. 

See also: The perfect Mother’s Day gift for every kind of mom.

Alexandra Gater's Lottie Candle
Alexandra Gater

Brighten up her space

If your pseudo-momma is a lover of all things DIY and home décor, Alexandra Gater’s latest creation is an ideal gift. The Lottie Candle (so-named for Alexandra’s sweet cotton ball of a cat) is a combination of Bergamot with a hint of spice, pink grapefruit and warm vanilla grounds. The perfect companion to brighten and warm up any bedside, desk, mantle or any other spot, the hand-poured and crafted candle will transform everyday moments into special occasions. Best part? It’s made with natural ingredients like soybean wax and comes with a burn time of 40 to 50 hours. 

Lottie Candle, Alexandra Gater, $52.

Close up of gift box set
The Gift Refinery

Get a gift box

If your giftee-to-be is the sort to appreciate carefully selected, Canadian-made products, then The Gift Refinery is the perfect solution. The subscription box service offers up individual boxes for sale – delivered right to your doorstep (or your pseudo-mom’s). The products aim to showcase local up-and-coming artisans, and also give back to the community with each purchase. Each product is carefully curated and intentionally selected. Case in point? The box includes Blume Organic Oat Milk in Chai, House of Jude Organic Cotton Tea Towel, Kambiio Dreamer Refining Oil Serum, Paume Exfoliating Hand Cleanser and more. With the total retail value exceeding $290, this is a good bet – especially if instead of gifting one box, you opt to give the items individually to several special women in your life. 

The Spring Box, The Gift Refinery, $125.


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Hand pouring essential oil in Saje diffuser

Add aromatherapy to her routine

Bring a little aromatherapy to that special mother-figure. You can’t beat Saje Wellness’s line of ultrasonic diffusers and essential oils (though the brand offers much more than that). This Saje popular is perfect just in time for Mother’s Day, and the piece is not only functional but adds a beautiful touch to any space. The diffusers petite and USB compatible. There is a continuous or intermittent misting option along with automatic shut off and whisper quiet mode. Pair it with your choice of essential diffuser blend, and you’re set. 

Aroma Nook Blush Taupe, Saje Wellness, $76.

Related: The ultimate self-care gifts this Mother’s Day.

Silk Silhouette Neckerchief, Cashmere Blue, Love & Lore

Give a stylish accessory

Gift the gift of timeless elegance with this Love & Lore silk neckerchief. Made with 100 per cent silk, its eye-catching floral silhouette makes this a beautiful accessory to dress up any look. You can style it looped and knotted around the neck, wear it as a hair accessory, tie it around a handbag and more. It comes in a scarf box for safekeeping. 

Silk Silhouette Neckerchief, Cashmere Blue, Indigo, $15 (on sale now).

See also: Spring 2023 fashion trends you’ll see everywhere this season.

Strand Duffle, Black, Herschel Supply Co.

Get it to-go

If your maternal figure is frequently busy and on-the-go, this functional Herschel Supply Co. duffle bag can work either as a weekender bag for a quick, local getaway, or as an everyday satchel to store and carry needed items. It has a snap down design robust handles, and an easy-access main compartment. 

Strand Duffle, Black, Indigo, $90.


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Fountain pen

Present her with a timeless piece

Timeless, and offering perfect ergonomics, this Safari Fountain Pen is one of the most popular writing instruments worldwide. It comes with a LAMY T 10 blue ink cartridge. This versatile gift can work for most anybody and introduces a bit of intentionality to something as simple as writing. 

LAMY Safari Fountain Pen, Amazon, $40.

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Bamboo Lap Desk, NOTA

Lavish her with a lap desk

Beautiful yet functional, this lap desk is made using sustainable materials. Made for anyone who likes to work, surf the web or read from the comfort of a couch – or anywhere, really. The durable bamboo hardtop surface keeps the laptop cool by allowing internal fans to circulate the air (this is why pillows aren’t ideal solutions to propping up laptops). At the bottom, an organic cotton base offers super soft cushioning for comfort.

Bamboo Lap Desk, Indigo, $40.

Dim sum painting

If she’s a foodie and art lover

For the budding artist mother-figure (and certified foodie), this art piece is a great way to showcase creativity and makes for a great decor piece. The watercolor art is hand painted by Toronto local artist Kelsea Chatburn of Medjool Studios and signed by the artist herself when you make a purchase. Plus, different sizes are available to fit that perfect space on their wall. 

Dim Sum Lover Art Print Food Illustration, Etsy, $24 (starting at).

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Kindle (with a built-in front light), Amazon

Put a library at her fingertips

For the bookworm, give the gift that keeps on giving. Even the basic Kindle comes with everything you need to bring a whole library with you on-the-go. Read indoors, outdoors, day or night — this e-reader has an adjustable front light to allow to cozy up with their next favourites for hours. The screen is glare-free and reads like a real paper, even when exposed to direct sunlight. Highlight favourite passages, look up definitions, translate words and adjust text size, all with millions of books (including new releases and bestsellers) at your fingertips. The battery can last weeks. Pair it with a Prime Reading membership, and offer unlimited access to hundreds of titles. 

Kindle, Amazon, $100.


See also: 15 gift ideas to show your BFF some love.

Wild Child by Monica Furlong

Bond over books

For the more traditional type of reader, a hard copy book will do. This classic by Monica Furlong dives into special bonds that can exist between those who step up to fill the void of mother. In this novel, 9-year-old Wise Child is orphaned by the death of her grandmother and her father’s absence. Taken in by healer and sorceress Juniper, the young girl discovers special gifts she never knew she had. Learning about herbal lore and magic, she starts to feel at home in her Scottish village. But soon the girl’s long lost mother – the black witch Maeve – makes her return, setting in motion a series of events that test the girl to her core. 

Wild Child (Paperback) by Monica Furlong, Amazon, $35.

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