Mother’s Day gift guide — show some local love

Kendra Hagerman

By Kendra Hagerman,


We’re sure you don’t need the reminder, but Mother’s Day is just around the corner. The Mother’s Day special at your local tattoo parlour may be tempting (they’ll throw in the heart for free!), but there are plenty of other pain-free, special gift ideas here in Vancouver that will leave a lasting impression.

1. I See Noise Prints

Give a picture-perfect Mother’s Day gift with a stylish print made by Vancouver artist Randa Salloum. From a gold Eiffel Tower to a silver tiger, Salloum’s handmade, digitally re-mastered prints are an affordable way to give mom some sparkle this Mother’s Day. All images are 8.5-by-11 inches, and are designed to fit in most standard picture frames. Choose from her collection of metallic art and inspiring quotes, or custom order an image and size to give mom a gift that is truly one of a kind.

2. The Soap Dispensary

Make mom and Mother Nature happy with a gift from The Soap Dispensary. This local store encourages customers to refill containers with their natural premium soaps, household cleaners, and personal care products, emphasizing the reducing and reusing aspect of the 3Rs. In addition to their biodegradable products, owner Linh Truong suggests Ulat Pure Wool Dryer Balls as an eco-friendly Mother’s Day gift: they decrease drying time, reduce static cling and wrinkles, soften clothing, and are made in Vancouver.

The Soap Dispensary - 3623 Main Street, Vancouver.

3. Divina Denuevo

Divina Denuevo means “Divine Again” in Spanish, and is a fitting name for a brand that repurposes materials and uses vintage hardware (sometimes sourced from shipwreck salvages or abandoned warehouses) to create their handmade leather goods. In addition to their leather bags, designers Victoria Ronco and Dave Kelly suggest a monogrammed leather luggage tag as a practical and stylish gift for mom. Shop their leather clutches, purses, wallets, and phone cases, or commission a custom item that you can help design with mom in mind.

4. WaySpa

Give a traditional Mother’s Day gift in a non-traditional format. Send mom for a day of relaxation, but let her choose where she goes. WaySpa offers spa gift certificates that are valid at over 50 spas in the Lower Mainland and over 2,000 spas across Canada, letting mom pick her favourite spa and treatment options. Bonus: for a limited time give and get with WaySpa’s Mother’s Day offer; get 15% off gift cards for a limited time — shhh, don’t tell mom.

5. Brooklyn Designs

If mom is hinting at jewelry for Mother’s Day, Vancouver’s Brooklyn Designs offers local jewelry with international recognition. Inspired by the West Coast’s spring colour palette (think shades of grey, aqua, sea foam green, and milky white), designer Brooke Mosher’s jewelry has been spotted on television shows like The Crazy Ones, The Bachelorette, Scandal, The Biggest Loser, and The Doctors. Available at select stores in British Columbia and online.

Kendra Hagerman is a fashion writer, pug lover, and the Editor-in-Chief of


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