Every website and media outlet is trying to hawk you some terrible gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Fuck them and their ‘sponsored’ posts, buy something that actually means something to your mom. Here are my ideas, feel free to steal (my ideas not from the stores – no Mom wants to bail their kids out. Am I right Dina Lohan?)
My mother was never one for showy overpriced fashion pieces, she loved understated and modern. But as she has aged she has a new love for flash. This bag combines the best of both worlds. Jil Bag by Jil Sander, $2150 And besides what says love better than $2200?
My mother was like a One-Woman-Army, raising four kids and working the perfect power business woman job, she deserves the perfect military blazer from Smythe, a Canadian company founded by two moms. $595
The scent reminds me of my own mother and childhood, simple as that. Daphne by Comme des Garcons, $140 The fragrance embodies what Daphne describes as a “battle of contradictions”, with incense among its top notes, a heart of tuberose and a base note of oud.
Growing up at my house meant being confronted with Feminist posters (framed artfully, of course) in our back mudroom. Everyday I would be reminded that women can do anything and perhaps we should either support them or get the fuck out of the way. My mother was punk without even knowing it. This is why she is as cool as Dame Westwood. Leopard Clutch, part of the Vivienne Westwood Ethical Fashion Initiative, $285 Supports Women artisans in developing countries, by one Mother to another Mother.
There is something about Myrtle Snow when she screams out Balenciaga (while wearing Carolina Herrera), during her final scene in Coven, that reminds me of my mother, hence the Balenciaga tome $199
My Mother has always been a strong supporter of Canadian fashion and back in her day the classic-go-to was Lida Baday. Lida is still rocking it today with this perfect little black cocktail dress.
Let’s just say my sister once bought my mother some clunky charm bracelet (from a company I won’t mention) – she thought it was thoughtful and meaningful. She obviously has no idea who our mother really is; this is what she should have bought. This is a personalized jewellery 2.0; perfect for the modern mother who eschews kitsch but not sentiment. You enter the coordinates to a meaningful location, your mom’s birthplace or your fondest trip with her or your birthplace (or for my Mother, the coordinates of her divorce when she was finally set free again). Multiples would be great. From $200
Our Mother’s have always had better style than we do; they are the ones who taught us the importance of style over fashion. Well, at least my mother did. I want to be this stylish when I eventually grow up. Advanced Style, $40
Growing up, my mother always drove a british sports car and always wore aviators. It might be time for me to update her classics with this pair from The Row x Linda Farrow, $480.
Because all my gift guides must include alcohol; the gift that keeps on giving. And because my mother is la Grande Dame. $249