Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate that special Mother figure in your life. Sure you can buy her the go-to flower arrangement (like you do every year). But I’m sure you agree that tends to get a bit monotonous for all involved.
This year I urge you to think outside the box and offer her something truly unique. And the best way to do that is to buy something locally made!
Vancouver Island has some extremely talented artisans who, I know, would be thrilled to help you find that perfect gift for Mom.
This post puts together a sampling of some of these great creators and showcases products they feel would be an ideal Mother’s Day gift.
All of the products mentioned below can be purchased directly from the artisan’s website, with a click-through from the image.
So ditch the usual suspect of a typical flower arrangement, and give your Mom something as unique and special as she is.
Unique Mother’s Day Gifts That Go Beyond Flowers
Queen Bee Farms & Apiary
Owner: Lisa Mellett
Queen Bee Farms & Apiary is dedicated to the creation, promotion and preservation of Bee and pollinator friendly environments. QBF is located in a high forage area of the Malahat on Vancouver Island, BC. All plants and trees grown at the farm have been specifically selected to benefit their local and visiting pollinators.
Queen Bee Farms specializes in a number of ‘Bee Inspired’ products which they make utilizing the sustainably and organically grown herbs, fruits, flowers and honey produced at the farm. Products include a line of premium Loose Leaf Teas, featuring names like – Bumblebee, Hummingbird and Mason Mint, to name a few. Unique original tea blends are handcrafted in small batches in season for optimum quality, freshness and taste.
Other great pollinator friendly, ‘Bee Inspired’ products include All Natural, Organic, Honey-Herbal Skincare & Beauty Lines. This beauty line features products such as Honey-Herbal Soaps, Lip Nectars, Sugar & Salt Scrubs, and Floral Hydrating Mists. They also produce a wide variety of herbs (fresh and dried), Beeswax Candles, Raw Wildflower Honey, and much more.
Kootenay Bath Products
Owner: Charlene Brager
Facebook Page: kootenaybathproducts
Despite the name, Kootenay Bath Products are handmade right here in Parksville!
Charlene provides an extensive line of fresh handmade bath and beauty products for every member of the family. You will find products such as Beard Oil for men, Fountain of Youth Facial Cream for women, and kid-friendly Bubble Bath Salts in a variety of delicious scents. For Infants, there is also a natural baby wash, and baby bum balms to soothe those tender bottoms.
All of Kootenay Bath Products are natural, environmentally safe, never tested on animals, and most importantly gentle for anyone with sensitive skin.
One of the more popular and personalized services Charlene offers is custom designed gift baskets for that special occasion. For the purpose of this article, she has put together a lovely Mother’s Day gift basket, any mom would enjoy!
Etchythings and Accents Inc.
Owners: Mei and Frank Dunlop
Etchythings and Accents Inc. is a handmade supplier of a variety of products. They specialize in custom rubber stamps, wood tags and signs, and metal signs. They also create chopsticks, chopping boards and other engraved goods. In truth, Mei dabbles in a lot of different things, much like many creatives.
Each item is customized and hand assembled and/or graphically designed out of their studio in Yellow Point.
When fabricating their products, they use as much reclaimed materials as they can find, and take pride in the motto, “Recycle, Reduce, Reuse”.
They also pride themselves on giving back to the community. This is accomplished with supporting non-profits, and helping other small businesses through coaching, mentoring, and motivation.
Red Shepherd Design
Owner: Shelby Moyls
Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/RedShepherdDesign
Red Shepherd Design specializes in creating handmade painted wood signs for your home. However, some of her most popular products include small personal gifts like socks and mugs. She also does a ton of custom orders and is willing to work directly with her customers to create the perfect sign or gift that is just right for you.
Shelby named her business after her late German Shepherd “Red”. She is a huge dog lover and has a particular soft spot for rescues. Because she knows she can’t adopt and rescue them all, she has found another way to give back. With each sale of a personalized dog sign, Shelby donates $5.00 to the SPCA and a German Shepherd Rescue group on the mainland.
Owner: Jessie Green
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/JrocksJewelry
JRocks Jewelry creates personalized jewelry and keepsakes using your photos or special messages. All of Jessie’s charms are handmade using a computer printed image set in a metal bezel tray. The image is then sealed with a glass dome that protects and enhances it.
All of Jessie’s designs are handcrafted with love in Victoria, BC.
The product showcased in this post is a customized bracelet to celebrate Mom. Attached to a 64mm expanding silver-plated bracelet is a photo charm. You get to select the size of the charm, as well as the style of bracelet. There is an option of the charms being one-sided or two-sided. The photo charm can then include a photo (or two) and/or a special message. To complete the look of the bracelet, a ‘Mom’ charm, as well as a heart charm, is also attached.
Sticks and Stones Gallery
Owner: Angie Bisset
Etsy Shop: www.sticksanstonesgallery.com/etsy-shop
Sticks and Stones Gallery creates unique and original pebble art designs to celebrate all of life’s special occasions. The artwork is carefully constructed using a variety of nature’s treasures. It is the perfect gift for an anniversary, Father’s/ Mother’s Day, new home, a birthday, or just because. In truth, these shadow boxes would be an asset to any home!
The product being featured is a stone family of four. The stones are meticulously mounted on top of a beautiful piece of driftwood. Delicate dried grass is also used to give the piece depth and charm. A one of a kind heart-shaped rock completes this whimsical family scene. Hunter green matting, made right here on Vancouver Island, highlights the driftwood and beach stones to add a nautical feel, and the materials are securely set onto a pearly white backing.
Every shadow box created is very special to Angie, as each one holds a specific story. This story is included on an index card with every purchase.
If there is a shadow box that is close to your liking please let Angie know, as some may be able to be adjusted. If this is not possible then she can create a custom shadow box just for you!
The Craft Room
Owner: Janice Roberts
The Craft Room creates a variety of products unique to you! They love working with clients to create something custom and exciting.
Some ideas for custom orders include, but are not limited to:
- home decor items
- vinyl decals for your window
- special designs for a birthday
- invites for a wedding
- toddler or adult special event apparel
- printed onesie for that new family addition
The possibilities are truly endless. Just let them know what they can make for you!
The entire design and production take place at their studio in beautiful Nanaimo, BC. Each and every product is made using professional supplies and equipment to ensure the highest quality.
Tell me, what do you usually get your Mom for Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comment section below.
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