With Easter under our belts, Mother’s Day is now only a few weeks away. Faced with continued social distancing measures, many of us are looking for ways to show our love and appreciation from afar this year. As a result we have carefully compiled a list of gifts made in the North that can be shopped online and delivered anywhere. It’s a great opportunity to support small businesses while spreading cheer to moms, step-mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and motherly figures. Maybe you also know a mom who has been balancing it all and could use a little something to boost her spirits. Or maybe you are looking for something special to treat yourself (yes, you deserve it!). #StandWithSmall this Mother’s Day to show a mom just how much she means to you!

To help you further spread the love we are giving away a $20 Etsy gift card! Stay tuned to Facebook and Instagram to enter!!

1. Gift a Self-Care Set

We are hard pressed to find anyone who isn’t dealing with anxiety while we face so much uncertainty during this time. Enter Sudbury-based Anxiously Awesome who has prepared sets of ready to ship soothing self-care products. The handmade card, engraved keychain, lip balm, essential oil and a mug will help you deliver some calming vibes that will continue well past Mother’s Day.

From the shop owner: Whether you struggle with mental illness yourself or want to support someone who does, help me to reduce the stigma and support those who struggle with anxiety.

Delivery: $5, ready to dispatch 1-2 business days, within Canada.

2. Lift her Locks

Hands up if your locks could use some love! With salons closed a lot of us have been tying up our hair. Surprise someone special with these handmade, high quality, upcycled scrunchies from North Bay-based Kate Made Co. Available in an array of colours and patterns, you can use code BUNDLE15 during checkout to save 15% off any 3+ scrunchies!

From the shop owner: My Kate Made Co. business started from an entrepreneur drive, the need for a creative outlet, a passion to be eco-friendly and my love of shopping. 

Delivery: Free, ready to dispatch in 1-3 business days within Canada

3. Spread Some Sunshine

Receiving an unexpected card in the mail will normally help brighten the darkest of days but even more so now. Spruce + Olive located in Huntsville, creates handmade cards for all occasions and has a few designs perfect for Mother’s Day.

From the shop owner: Handmade with love

Delivery: $2, 3 – 5 business days, within Canada.

4. Send the Scents of Summer

Scent is one of the strongest senses tied to memory, so remind a Mom of summers past and the better days that lie ahead with a from Wood and Heart Design Co. You will find scents like Bonfire Bliss, Picnic Basket, Weekend Market, and Lakeside Linen here!

From the shop owner: Hand-poured in Muskoka, ON, with 100% Soy Wax, wood wick, and premium fragrance oil.

Delivery: ready to dispatch in 3 – 5 days.

5. Turn Your Children’s Artwork into a Special Gift

North Bay’s Sparked Up Studio will take the original artwork of your child, grandchild, niece or nephew and turn into a practical keepsake. Think laser cut birchwood magnets, keychains, necklaces, ornaments or pictures. You can even personalize with a sweet saying or message! Without teachers helping us make Mother’s Day crafts from the kids, Sparked Up Studio can help make sweet memories last for years to come.

From the shop owner: Laser Cut, Wood Burned & Hand Painted Designs from your child’s art

Delivery: Ready for dispatch in 3-5 days, free delivery

6. Say ‘I love you’ with Custom Wood Painted Signs

With our homes doing double and triple-duty right now, we are all looking to be surrounded by beautiful things that make us happy. To compliment modern, rustic and farmhouse decor, Fourth Avenue Designs has beautiful custom made signs. Owned and operated out of Sudbury, Ontario, shop-owner Krista (a mom herself!) takes care to ensure that each piece is unique and special.

From the shop owner: Each piece of wood is hand selected, cut and painted by us! All signs are made with real wood, so your signs may have perfect imperfections such as knots, nicks, small cracks and holes. Since these signs are 100% handmade, no two signs will be the exact same as each piece of wood has it’s own character and takes to stains differently.

Delivery: Dispatch times vary depending on the piece (from 1 – 2 weeks), with FREE shipping in Canada on smaller items, signs are extra

7. Send Virtual Squeezes with Personalized Pillows

We are all going without extra hugs and squeezes from our extended family right now. Rustic Reflections can help you gift some extra love to “nona’s”, “baba’s”, “mimi’s” and all loved ones with custom pillows, bookmarks, wood signs and decor. A personalized gift is always a memorable way to remind someone that they’re special to you.

From the shop owner: Lover of Farmhouse Style decor. Making signs and home decor to inspire the soul.

Delivery: Dispatch varies. For details, see individual items. FREE shipping.

8. Give the Gift of Sentiment

Whether you call it a camp, cottage, cabin or just your “happy place”, many of us are missing our special retreats after a long winter and especially as we are being asked to stay away during physical distancing to protect small-area hospitals. If your motherly-figure is missing her home away from home, Northern Ontario-based artist Julieanne Steedman of Heirloom Island can provide a special daily reminder through her outdoor-inspired paintings, prints and hand-drawn maps. “Inspired by a love for life in the North”, you can choose a sentimental gift by picking a place that is meaningful based on the many illustrated maps, prints and paintings that Julieanne has created.

From the shop owner: My prints are fade-resistant with vivid colors and with proper care, these beautiful colours will last a lifetime.  My current artistic inspiration centres around the idea of ‘home’ and draws from my experiences growing up in Northern Ontario as well as from travels and adventures in different countries. 

Delivery: Ready for dispatch in 3 – 5 business days. Free shipping in Canada.

Need more ideas? Check out the the Etsy StandWithSmall Editors Picks’ Page!

How are you spreading the love this Mother’s Day? Drop us a note, we’d love to hear from you! Sending lots of love to all the amazing Moms in our lives, especially our incredible Mothers and Grandmothers. We love you, miss you and thank you for everything you do!

In celebrating the people, places and positives that set the North apart our editors naturally review products and make recommendations. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. This will help subsidize the copious amounts of coffee and tea we go through while creating Northern-inspired content. Trust that any compensation received will never influence Northern Heart +  Home. We only feature items we love and think you will too! 

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