Experiential Mother's Day Gifts

I love things just as much as the next girl but living in a small space makes me really think about what we bring in.  So with Mother's Day coming up I've been thinking about gifts that wouldn't bring more things into the home. 

 Coffee at our house

Coffee at our house

1) Coffee at Home 

Making your own coffee at home can be relaxing and delicious if you have the right tools.  A beautiful coffee maker like a Chemex and beans from your local coffee shop.  If you are in the US, I would order the coffee bean subscription service from Blue Bottle (what I wouldn't give for some New Orleans Iced Coffee right now!!)

2) Your Local Coffee Shop

I know gift cards aren't romantic but getting out to a coffee shop with a newborn saved my sanity. It is still one of my favourite things to do with Theo; getting a soy cappuccino and a croissant to share.  Give the mom in your life a gift card to a nearby coffee shop so she can get out of the house, talk to adults and have a treat for herself.  In my city my top picks are Elysian, Revolver, 49th Parallel or Matchstick.

   Image: Untitled by Barbara Kruger / Photo by Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Image: Untitled by Barbara Kruger / Photo by Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

3) Membership to the Art Gallery

A membership to your local gallery (VAG in Vancouver, member info here) means another place to take the babe in the rain and also a place for mom to escape to when she needs an hour or two with herself or a friend. It's a gift that carries on for the whole year

 Source:  Etsy

Source: Etsy

4) Workshop 

Learning a new craft or skill is always a great gift.  Right now I have my eye on one of those Indigo Socials (link here) or a Floral workshop at The Vancouver Flower School (link here).

 Our last visit to Scandinave

Our last visit to Scandinave

5) Scandinave Spa

I'm sure I've said it before and it's probably on my mind because at almost 30 weeks pregnant I am not able to go but Scandinave Spa in Whistler is a tired Mom's dream. Send her alone or with friends, or get a sitter and go together. You will not regret it. 

6) What I Want

But what I really want this year is one of the beautifully curated gift boxes from local darling Old Joy Gift Boxes.  Her instagram posts of the Bambino baby boxes are killing me.  I know I am contradicting myself as it is technically "things" but the boxes are filled with locally sourced items that support many wonderful small handmade businesses.



Don’t Give Things, Give Experiences


Recently I received a note asking for gift ideas that don’t add clutter and stuff to people’s spaces (thanks so much for the push by the way!).  I’m usually someone who starts Christmas prep in mid-December so I appreciate the push to start thinking about this now. 

The simplest answer is to give experiences and not things. My husband and I’s gift to each other this Christmas and a few more ahead is our Westfalia Van that we hope will lead to us to many adventures and experiences to come. Beyond getting outside and travelling, I love learning something new from someone who knows how to do it better than me. I would love to get the gift of a class or workshop from any of the talented people below. And I find the best gifts are the ones you want to keep for yourself ;).

Here are some wonderful local shops that host creative classes and workshops. These beautiful spaces led by inspiring local creatives will teach a new skill and maybe a new hobby.  I can’t think of a better gift for your mom, brother or best friend.

Collage Collage Adult Craft Classes (link here)

Studio126YVR Weaving and Canning workshops (link here)

Rogue Florist Wreath Workshops (link here)

Union Wood Co. Woodworking Class (link here) (I took the cutting board class last year and loved it)

Saige and Skye Weaving Workshops (link here)

Dirty Apron Cooking Class (link here)

If you aren’t in Vancouver here are a couple of online options.  I took the Frolic Floral Arranging class and completely loved it.  It taught essentials for flower arranging that enabled me to do the floral arranging for friends’ weddings. The skills we learned have stayed with us for birthday bouquets and flower crowns.

Frolic Blog Floral Arranging 101 (link here)

Photoshop 101 (link here)

*wreath made by me thanks to classes past 

keeping it real

Sometimes I don’t quite know what to share in this little space on the internet and what to hold back.  I want to focus on our choice to live in a small apartment with our kid and the everyday challenges of this. But when sharing pieces of our life on the internet, it’s hard to know what is too personal to share while still being real and vulnerable. 

I also find the matter of parenting so deeply personal and I hope that you know that anything I share here is just us stumbling along, trying our best but is not a judgment on any other parenting choice or style.  Like most parents we are making this up as we go.  So please bear with me as I navigate this new space and I would loooove to hear your feedback.