8 ways to celebrate Mother’s Day while supporting local

Thanks to the creative imaginations of our local businesses, there are a plethora of ways to treat the special women in your life to an unforgettable Mother’s Day! From art lessons and fitness classes to home spas and culinary treats, we’ve gathered the best gift ideas to celebrate Mother’s Day and support our local entrepreneurs at the same time. 

1. Take a Virtual Class Together

McTavish Academy of Art recently launched an online platform where you and your mom can take workshops, classes and live streams from local businesses and instructors. 

Available workshops include:

Pacific Ninja Gym offers live workouts through Facebook on weekday mornings at 9 AM.

Sidney Hot Yoga offers meditation and movement practices through Instagram Live. Information is updated daily through their social media channels. 

2. Paint Night

Odette Laroche Art offers online art classes through the platform Discord. To register,  call (250) 655-8278 or email [email protected] 

You can also create your own paint night by selecting a free demo art class from Island Blue Art Store’s Facebook page and ordering your art supplies online. Island Blue offers free delivery on orders over $50, or you can pick up your orders in-store. Simply cork your favourite bottle of wine and unleash your creativity!

For the little ones to enjoy with Mom, McTavish Academy of Art has created a variety of Kids’ Art Kits for only $15.00, which includes delivery. 

3. Enjoy a Home Spa 

Treat Mom to pretty nails and toes with an at-home manicure and pedicure set from Beauty by Brette for $60, delivery included. The kit includes:
– a foot paddle
– nail file
– mini moisturizer
– topcoat
– cotton pads
– orangewood sticks
– coloured nail polish and
– nail polish remover
*A base coat can be added for an additional $8.

Haven Spa & Salon offers contactless curb-side pick up Monday through Friday! Email [email protected] for next day pick up.

You can purchase a variety of jewelry, accessories and eyelash products through Le Petit Lapin Boutique. Shop online at their insta-shop, and enjoy delivery and curbside pick-up.

4. Happy Hour at Home

The Farmer’s Daughter

Create a delicious culinary experience for Mom to enjoy at home! You can order cheese, wine, grocery items and curated boxes online or by phone. The Farmer’s Daughter offers free delivery to Sidney, North Saanich, Central Saanich, Saanich and Brentwood Bay for orders over $65. Curb-side delivery and pick-up at their “take-out window” is also available.

Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse

Just in time for Mother’s Day, you can enjoy free delivery on all orders within the CRD when you order half a case of cider (6 or more bottles), at a special price of $15 per bottle!

Deep Cove Winery 

A select bottle of wine always makes a lovely gift. You can order online and either schedule your pickup, or enjoy free delivery within the Saanich Peninsula! 

Invinity Sparkling House Wine

Pop the cork and celebrate! Throughout April and May, Invinity Sparkling Wine House will donate $5.00 from every bottle purchased to the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank. They also offer online sales with free shipping to anywhere in BC & Alberta, plus contactless pick-up and delivery for local customers. 

5. Shop Online for Gift Mom Will Love

It’s still easy to find the perfect gift from all your favourite local stores, thanks to online shopping! Here are some local retails whose products are now available for purchase online, with curb-side pick-up or delivery: 

6. Order Takeout From Her Favourite Restaurant

If there’s one thing Mom shouldn’t do on Mother’s Day, it’s meal prep!  Treat her to a special lunch or dinner from one of the many local restaurants who have made their menus available for takeout. 

You may also wish to surprise your mom with delicious comfort food from Bevan Bistro. Their new $10.00 Hot Meal Program allows you to order a meal through their website or over the phone, and have it delivered right to her door! 

7. Share the Love from a Distance

Let your mom know you’re thinking of her with a greeting card sent by good old fashioned Canada Post from Cameron Rose Gifts. Order online and they’ll mail your card for you for free! 

Or, surprise her with a gorgeous flower arrangement from Brown’s The Florist! They offer daily local delivery in Greater Victoria, Westshore and Sidney. To order, simply give them a call or order online.  

8. Take a Virtual Tour 

As of May 1st, Butchart Gardens has reopened to the public (while abiding by social distancing rules and the recommendations from provincial health authorities). Take solace in the beautiful gardens and enjoy a stroll in the sun.
Or, if you’d prefer to stay in, take a virtual visit of the current Spring display! The gardens website will be updated regularly so you can get a glimpse of the Spring display as it blooms. You can even bring a little bit of The Gardens to your own home by shopping from their selection of hand-packaged seeds on their website.

Thanks to technology, spending the day at a museum is also an option, even if you can’t leave the house. Visit museums, listen to live music, watch a dance performance or explore science centres from across British Columbia–all from the comfort of your home.

While we are grateful everyday for all of the mother figures in our lives, Mother’s Day gives a great excuse to send a little extra love to those we care about. Happy celebrating!