While moms appreciate whatever you do or get for them for Mother’s Day, sometimes it can be fun to do something a little different. If you want to go the non-traditional route where Mother’s Day gift giving is concerned there are plenty of great options in Toronto. Keep in mind that some of these won’t be doable on Mother’s Day proper, but are meant to be gifted on the day and then experienced at a later date. That’s just based on when various suggestions below are available. Here are 10 unique Mother’s Day gift ideas in Toronto.
A Beer Tour
Some moms prefer beer and if that’s the case for yours, consider a beer tour of Toronto as an alternative to traditional gifts. Urban Adventures has a Beer Makes History Better tour, which combines a historical walking tour with beer proving that having a pint can actually be an educational experience. Or you can gift mom with the Beer Lovers’ Tour Company’s Old Toronto Beer Tour which hits four breweries including Steam Whistle, Amsterdam, Mill Street and Ontario Spring Water Sake Brewery Sake. Either way, she can spend a day learning more about her beverage of choice.
Gift Her With Leslieville Cheese Market's Club Cheese
Give mom the gift of cheese courtesy of the Leslieville Cheese Market. For $30 a month (it’s a gift that keeps on giving), mom will get one or two cheeses packaged up with a baguette, information about tasting notes and something else from the store’s collection of gourmet treats. If mom feels like sharing, this gift can also be one that benefits you.
Book Her a Baking or Cake Decorating Class
Le Dolci Toronto has a whole host of classes on offer that cater to varying skill levels, so whether mom is a whiz with a mixing bowl or wants to pick up some new skills there should be a class that suits her. Some options include doughnut making, Parisian macarons, croissant and Danish making, pies, cupcake decorating and more.
Try a Food Tour
Is mom a foodie? Rather than take her for brunch or dinner, a fun Mother’s Day gift option is a food tour, of which there are many in Toronto to choose from. Foodies on Foot offer a popular 501 Streetcar Food Tour, which visits five neighbourhoods along the 501 streetcar route where you get to taste your way through the city’s varied and eclectic neighbourhoods. Culinary Adventure Co. offers several food tours that explore the culinary offerings of many of Toronto’s neighbourhoods, including Little India, Danforth, Chinatown and Kensington and Little Italy among others.
Take Her Painting
Get creative with mom for Mother’s Day with a night or afternoon out at Toronto’s Paintlounge. Everything you need to create a masterpiece is provided, including a canvas, unlimited paints, and brushes and there’s a café on site with a wide variety of teas and coffees to keep you going while you paint. Artist staff are on hand to help out if you’re not sure how to go about putting brush to canvas. Paintlounge also offers various workshops of varying skill levels of that seems more like mom’s speed.
Plan a Toronto Islands Day Trip
Depending on the weather, taking a day trip to the Toronto Islands can be a great way to show mom how much you appreciate her. Take the ferry over to Ward’s Island (my personal favourite) and either explore on foot or rent some bicycles. Then head over the the Rectory café and if it's warm enough grab a seat on the expansive back patio that will make you feel as if you’re at a lakefront cottage. End the day with a drink at the Island Café before heading home.
Sign Her Up for a Garden Tour
The Toronto Botanical Gardens offers garden tours both year round and seasonally so if mom is an avid gardener or just interested in plants and flowers, a garden tour could be the ideal Mother’s Day gift. Some of the tours on offer include a tour of Allan Gardens Conservatory, a combo tour of the Botanical Gardens and Edwards Gardens and a Toronto Music Gardens Tour. Choose one or make a booking for all three.
Learn to Make Chocolate Together
Calling all chocoholics (who also have moms who are chocoholics), what could be better than spending a few hours learning to make your favorite sweet treat as a team – and then getting to enjoy it together? Toronto has several options for chocolate making classes including Chocolate Tales where you can choose from five different workshops including classic chocolate making, sweet and savory chocolate making and truffle making 101. The Chocolateria also offers chocolate making workshops, as does Choco Sol.
Go on a Guided Hike or Paddle
If mom is the outdoorsy type you might want to consider booking the two of you on a guided hike or paddle. Toronto Adventures offers several guided hikes within the city and beyond, including High Park, Credit River Valley, Albion Hills, Humber River Valley and Rouge River Valley. Or, you can trade solid ground for being on the water and book a guided paddle for some bonding time with mom in honor of Mother’s Day. Toronto Adventures also offers a guided sunset paddle that goes from Humber River to Sunnyside Beach and includes the boat, paddles, life jacket and a social get together following the paddle at Sunnyside Pavilion Café.