Celebrated every year one week after Mother’s Day, mark Sunday May 21 as the day to thank and love our other-mothers. Here, some truly great gifts. —Catherine Dunwoody
Victoria-based Empress 1908 Distillers indigo-hued gin has become a bar-cart staple, and the brand just launched their new Empress 1908 Elderflower Rose Gin, gorgeous with its ruby shade created with red rose petals. The result is a gin that has delicate floral notes and mixes colourfully into cocktails, or elevates a simple G & T. Replace your lime wedge with a slice of orange for a serious colour pop.
The Scented Market is a female-owned Canadian company, based in Guelph, and loved for their soy wax candles hand poured into mason jars. This spring boxed candle collection includes Lily of the Valley, Lilac Breeze, and floral blends called Spring Fever and Greenery. Absolutely fresh, long-burning too.
Toronto-based Crawford Street Skin Care has reformulated grandma’s old timey best-kept beauty secret: cold cream. One of the most effective makeup removers, this classic has been updated with delicately scented rose water and feels spectacular on the skin. Gaelyne’s Cold Cream applied on dry skin, then mixed with water and removed with a soft cloth, your step-mom will love being introduced to this beauty treat.
Blink Tea’s Organic Sakura Rose is a green tea that starts with organic Sencha from China’s Hunan province blended with jasmine and rose petals, peach and cherry that offers the ultimate in floral teas. Nice iced, too.
The limited-edition J.Crew Home collection, made with Britain’s Liberty fabrics, is their first-ever, capsule of bedding and table linens. Liberty is an iconic British print house that has been creating fabulous floral prints for clothing, home décor and more since 1875. Your bonus mom will love these cheerful cotton napkins to brighten up her spring table.