It’s a common scenario: a special occasion is coming up, and our parents insist they don’t want anything or already have everything they could possibly need. But the truth is, they just haven’t explored the depths of what Etsy has to offer. The platform is a treasure trove of niche products that can be tailor-made for your loved ones—the kind of items that they didn’t know they wanted (dare I say, needed?) until they saw them. Here are 15 unique gifts from Canadian Etsy sellers to surprise your mom this Mother’s Day. —Christina Armanious
Personalised Family Tree Necklace: Crafted from solid 925 sterling silver, this necklace, featuring a family tree motif, can be customised with the birthstones and names of your family members. It’s minimalist and makes a great layering piece.
Photo Album Keychain: This miniature photo album is filled with 16 images that your mom can carry wherever she goes. It’s the perfect way to keep cherished memories close at hand.
Personalised Music Plaque: Show your mom just how much you adore her with a special song that reminds you of her, paired with your favourite “album cover” image to go along with it. You can customise the plaque with a specific timestamp, and when your mom scans the code using her phone, she can instantly listen to the song.
Dried Flower Resin Coaster: For the mom who loves home decor (and enjoying her coffee or tea without worrying about spills), these exquisite resin coasters are a must-have. Handmade using real dried flowers and foliage, they add a touch of nature’s beauty to any home.
Vintage Picnic Basket Set: Gift your mom a wholesome outdoor experience with this vintage picnic basket set. It comes complete with dishware for two, making it an excellent choice for romantic summer dates for your parents or solo retreats in the backyard. Its traditional old-world charm, combined with all the necessary picnic essentials, ensures that it will be a gift that keeps on giving.
Personalised Slippers and Bathrobe: Elevate your mom’s ready-to-relax wardrobe with this indulgent combination of fuzzy slippers and a premium Egyptian cotton bathrobe. The added touch of personalisation, with her name embroidered on each, will make her feel pampered and special every time she wears them.
Engraved Charcuterie Board: This bamboo charcuterie board is a perfect addition to any mom’s hosting collection. It can be personalised with engravings on the board and accompanying knife set.
“Mom’s Last Nerve” Candle: There’s nothing quite like a Mother’s Day candle that says, “sorry for the constant chaos in your life–here, smell this.” Made with soy wax and hand poured, this candle is offered in nearly 30 scents and can be personalised with a special message beneath the lid.
Love Letter Blanket: Surprise your mom with a special keepsake that she can relish forever –a cosy throw blanket printed with a personalised love letter. Everyone knows handwritten notes were so last Mother’s Day.
DIY Embroidery Kit: Perfect for the artistic mom, this beginner-level embroidery kit provides step-by-step instructions for creating beautiful patterns. Not only is embroidery a wonderful skill to develop, but it can also serve as a calming and relaxing activity.
Personalised Engraved Stone Planters: If your mom has a green thumb, she will definitely appreciate these customised planters, which can feature anything from her initials to a message, and even an engraved image.
Music Box: A gorgeous wooden collectable for her office desk or coffee table, this old-school wind-up music box lets you choose from 12 different songs and engrave a personal message or image on the cover.
Drawable LED Night Light: This unique LED night light comes with a dry erase board that you can customise. It’s perfect for placing on your mom’s bedside table and can display a variety of illuminating messages or drawings around the room. You can now send your mom a sweet note as a fun way to bid her goodnight or wake her up in the morning.
Customised Jewellery Box: Keep your mom’s beloved accessories organised in this stylish two-layered jewellery box that provides ample space for everything from watches to rings. The sophisticated glass lid adds a touch of elegance, and you can make the box even more special by customising your mom’s initials or name on the top.
Glazed Mug and Saucer Set: This ceramic set can be described with only one word: ethereal. Its spectacular glazed finish and cloudlike form make it fitting for the tea party in Alice in Wonderland. Your mom will never look at another saucer set again.