Yes, Mother’s Day is around the corner, so we’re rocking another MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE! Gotta celebrate those sublime mountain-moving moms and support some of our fave brands and homegrown companies still facing enormous challenges.
Mom deserves it … and so do they.
OK, here we go:
Kicking things off on the BEAUTY FRONT: There are so many good options out there, at every price point, from the more luxe offerings at NANNETTE DE GASPE to more accessible pick-ups like the seriously transformative sculpting wands and lip plumpers at SBLA (where Christie Brinkley is a beauty ambassador, AHEM!!), insanely bronzing and nourishing all-natural organic self-tanners and moisturizers from NOUV TANNING, and ahhhmazing lash & brow perfecting tricks and kicks at BILLIONAIRE BROWS .
Also a great gift idea on the beauty front: gift certificates – and some in-person options too – at awesome heal everything spas like SPA ST JAMES at the RITZ-CARLTON MONTREAL, the state-of-the-art spa at the FOUR SEASONS, THE SPA WILLIAM GRAY in old Montreal where massage is the name of the game, and many more like NULUX SPA & BEAUTY SALON in Laval (can you say magic hands?!).
Skipping to FASHION: Oh, but the options here are aplenty too. If you’re feeling designer, it’s HOLT RENFREW OGILVY all the way (the choice is endless) and other homegrown winners like: OFELIA (a smorga of good style options), JUDITH & CHARLES (so sleek and modern), BROWNS (shoe heaven), MICHAEL KORS (forever fashion perfection, thank you Michael!), MARC CAIN (a mecca for colour-popping entrances), LA CANADIENNE (sole seduction), jacket/footwear one-stop-shop PAJAR and many more Montreal stars including ALL-TRUE-IST and LAMBERT (both especially interesting for vegan fashion lovers), TRENDSAVVYOFFICIAL (accessory bliss), my new travel luxury obsession VOL PRIVE AND SO MANY MORE, all super-active on insta and ready to deliver the magic …
And if you’re looking to BLING IT in her honour, the list is long with many special promos in the works. We love legendary MAISON BIRKS, ECKSAND , MONT BLANC BOUTIQUE (chic CHIC CHIC!), BIJOUTERIE ITALIENNE (boasting oodles of new brands!), GLORIA BASS (but those stack rings and signature collections), ATELIER LOU (SO good at ferreting new brands), plus G SHERMAN Jewels, ARM CANDY MTL, THE SHIFT MTL and TOVA SALON DE BIJOUX ( where statement pieces are their oxygen).
If GOOD FOOD is the goal, take-out from your fave eateries is another supreme option and the best way to support our treasured restaurants still heartbreakingly closed for in-dining, many struggling for survival (Your support means the world …)
Some of our faves (in random order lol!) are the beyond swanky Mother’s Day At Home Tea Experience from who else but the RITZ CARLTON MONTREAL (one word after my preview: WOW!), an equally spectacular take home feast from legendary FERREIRA (inside scoop: It’s Kelly Ripa’s fave Montreal dine destination), beyond cravable treats and good-for-you smoothies for little – and big humans – from mommy approved LYNQ (def check out the dark chocolate ginger snacks & beauty blend elixir), super-salads and treats from ever fab MANDY’S SALADS, scary good sushi from KYO, Italian fare so fine you’ll want to order it all over again courtesy of LE RICHMOND & THEIR MARCHE ITALIEN, nirvana nibbles you won’t be able to get enough of at MARCHE ARTISANS and for those sweet tooths: stunning – and stunningly good for your tastebuds – desserts from LITTLE LEAH’S KITCHEN (proudly launching an awesome new website this week!), the moistest mouthwateringly yum cakes by newcomer /olive oil aficionados OLOVE, surprisingly delish organic nut & oil free seed infused squares from SEEDMEMONTREAL (dreaming of the choco seed options), brownie perfection courtesy of BLISSFUL BROWNIES MONTREAL (we’re talking next level brownies!), VICTORIA’S SWEETS (more pleez!), and YES PLEASE MONTREAL (crazy good cookies with soul and sizzle!) … (As for bevs, we’ve been kinda partial to BELVEDERE cosmos and MOET).
And with the ongoing restrictions, you might wish to give the gift of good homing from dazzling decor spots like MONTAUK SOFA, BATIMAT, SOLL SOLUTIONS, WOLF SUBZERO & COVE, UNION LUMINAIRES, RED CARPET & RUG, LINEN CHEST, CELADON, NICE BUCKET, and CAMEO COLLLECTION. Honourable mention here too to MAISON CUSTOM, where cutting boards and more can bear your personal mark (I’m especially a fan of this baby, replete with love note!):
Finally, because they’re staples of good gift-giving and will bring still more smiles to mom’s face, be sure to check out lush custom florals from ALAN SIMON FLEURS, balloon mastery from BLUSHBALLOONS.CA (but those pop ups!), the latest tome by homegrown queen foodie LESLEY CHESTERMAN, and rock and roll cards that are as gorgeous as they are sassy and expressive from 417 PRESS.
Is this an exhaustive list? Not by any stretch of the imagination, just some options we’re enjoying – among others – that might offer some inspo for your very special mom. Happy Mother’s Day all … Hope is on the horizon!!