By Chris Lackner
She brought you into this world, so the least you can do is thank her properly once a year. Our Ottawa Mother’s Day gift guide will please any mom type — from the sporto to the art collector, from your kitchen’s top chef to the fashionista. Whether you’re visiting Ottawa, or call it home, treat your ma to something unique:
FOR THE FASHIONISTA:
Red Velvet offers a refreshing take on women’s fashion in a comfortably-chic environment. The boutique’s carefully chosen collection of Canadian and international designers has something for everyone. Whether business or casual, designer jeans and dresses or fancy footwear, you’ll find unique, unforgettable pieces. Accessorize with jewelry, handbags, and scarves. 253 Elgin St, 613-230-0118
Viens Avec Moi.
Viens Avec Moi is a place for fashion-forward females. If you want to match styles with Malia and Sasha Obama, visit this delightful boutique. Their stylish collection of cutting-edge brands, and local designers, includes Krista Norris’ “Maverick” infinity scarves (made of cotton, bold print Jacquard fabric), which were recently gifted to the president’s daughters during Justin Trudeau’s Washington state visit. 1338 Wellington Street West, 613-769-2832
Flock to Flock Boutique, full of uncommon goods for birds of a different feather. Get in the season with colourful, original spring dresses for work and play – from florals and polka to nautical stripes and neutrals. The store proudly carries unique and handmade garments from over 150 Canadian designers. Check out the gift room in the back packed with intriguing accessories and housewares like Ottawa and Canada laser cut map coasters, tea towels, artistic building blocks, and affordable art prints. You can also visit their sister store, Workshop Boutique, in the Byward Market. 1275 Wellington Street West, 613-695-0834
Eclection: The shopkeepers can make or break your experience in a store. At Eclection, worry not, excellent hospitality is provided as the mother/daughter team will guide you through the whimsy, wonder, and style. Carrying accessories such as jewellery, hats, and scarves as well as clothing and other beautiful things, Eclection features designs from over 50 artisans in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, and Quebec, as well as a few from far, far away. From funky to elegant, upcycled to upscale, the wares at Eclection change weekly and seasonally. 55 Byward Market Sq., 613-789-7288
Conch Mondrian Fit one piece from Vincent.
Vincent: Owners and sisters, Angie and Amanda Cambareri, share a unique bond that stems from their distinctive yet complementary personalities. This cutting-edge boutique store is found in the heart of Ottawa’s Little Italy, which is also a great spot for food and people watching (and away from the tourist hordes). Gift options include designer sweaters, skirts, tops, shows, swimwear to jewelry, bags and leather. On Mother’s Day itself, opt for brunch or lunch in one of the neighbourhood’s many great cafes restaurants. 444 Preston Street
FOR THE ART COLLECTOR:
Snow Goose: Your stop for genuine Aboriginal Canadian fine arts and crafts from the Arctic and Canada’s west coast. It has been a fixture on Sparks Street since 1963. You’ll find original works of art by indigenous artists, along with a large selection of dream catchers, original Inuit prints and soapstone carvings, Aboriginal jewellery designs, and leather goods. 83 Sparks St., 613-232-2213
FOR THE ECCENTRIC MOM (and for one-of-a-kind cards):
boogie + birdie
boogie + birdie and Mags + Fags: It’s a creative shopping two in one with these sister stores. Satisfy the needs of mothers, fathers or pending grads. The goods at boogie include everything from rare jewelry (including the Ottawa-made line Open Fire), bath and body products, fashion items, baby clothes and children’s toys, candles and Turkish towels. Mags products go well beyond glossy print, with a dynamic, eclectic collection of cards, novelty items, children’s toys and other small gifts. 254 Elgin St., 613-233-9651, ; 256 Elgin St., 613-232-2473,
FOR THE SPORTO:
Make her Furious: The Ottawa Fury kick off their season at TD Place with their home opener on April 30. A seat at TD Place in the spring or summer sun will put a smile on any soccer mom’s face. Check here for schedule and ticket options.
HOME IS WHERE HER HEART IS:
Ma Cuisine: Does your mom look for challenging recipes requiring strange kitchen tools and lots of time and concentration? Or do they need something to help them throw dinner together in a pinch? Ma Cuisine is a kitchen supply store with more than the usual muffin tins and rolling pins. “Cook with it, serve with it, eat with it, Ma Cuisine has it,” their website claims. And with good reason – looking for a genuine Japanese vegetable turning slicer? They have that. A butter knife that absorbs the heat from your hand, making it easier to slice through? They have that. And good ol’ cookie sheets and roasting pans? They have that too. 269 Dalhousie St., 613-789-9225
The Modern Shop.
The Modern Shop: Wander through The Modern Shop, pulling your favourite items in your mind to create your dream room. The housewares store carries everyday items with a unique twist – whether it be a more space efficient laundry rack, a light fixture with flattering angles, or a blue chair that is just so darn cute. The Modern Shop takes time curating items from some of the best brands in the world, tea cups to bed sets and everything in between. 541 Sussex Dr., 1-877-748-0387
FOR THE JEWELRY LOVER:
Russe at Wunderkammer.
Wunderkammer: You’ll find lovely trinkets — from faux dinosaur bones to apparel to home decor — but the true jewel is the necklaces. Case and point: Frug combines salvaged and upcycled materials with new stock, while Russe is a sleek matte line featuring druzy and stone. Both are from locally-based designer, Tamara Steinborn, who also sells nationally and moved here from Montreal. 234 Dalhousie St., 613-860-3510