Celebrating Mother’s Day in 2021. It’s fast approaching and we’re in another lockdown. At least, here in Ontario. How to celebrate? Read on. Remember the date: Sunday, May 9th!

First, let’s acknowledge all the moms, mother figures, and anyone who is nurturing, caring for, and comforting others during this pandemic. Thank you!

Let’s also not forget that Mother’s Day is a difficult day for many. If you’ve lost your child or your mom, you’re a birth mother who made an adoption plan, you’re trying to have a child, you have a difficult or estranged parent-child relationship, we hold space for you on Mother’s Day.

How to show your mom some love

I can tell you right now, I would love to be taken out for Sunday brunch, dinner, dessert, coffee, anything that involves getting out of the house and not cooking or cleaning up. I know this is the sentiment of most moms, most years, but I think this year even more so. We’ve had more than 365 days of being stuck at home making meals. I, for one, am tired. What’s the option? Order in. Here are some local Ottawa eateries offering something special for Mother’s Day:

Mother’s Day Takeout

ALE Amberwood Lounge & Eatery has a Mother’s Day High Tea (sold out)

Treats by Bex is offering a Happy Mother’s Day brunch/afternoon tea box with a greeting card and seasonal flower (sold out)

My Catering Group has a Mother’s Day Brunch for 2 with Mimosas

Take Another Bite has Mother’s Day Gift Boxes and Brunch Boxes

Baccanalle has Mama Love Brunch Packages

Joeys Restaurants have Mother’s Day Offerings from brunch to wine sipping to a 3-course meal

Thyme & Again is offering a Mother’s Day Menu (sold out)

Copper Branch Nepean has a Mother’s Day Breakfast-in-Bed and with every package sold, 1 tree will be planted in partnership with One Tree Planted

Copper Branch’s Mother’s Day Breakfast-in-Bed

For something fancier:

NEXT has a Mother’s Day Brunch @ Home

Brookstreet Hotel has a Mother’s Day Brunch at Home for 4

Gray Jay has a Mother’s Day Package

Mother’s Day Gifts

If your mom loves to receive gifts, make sure to shop Canadian, shop local, and support women-owned small businesses. Here are some ideas:

Sunflower Soaps for skin friendly and environment friendly hand-made soaps and accessories

Stunning for fun fashions, jewellery and accessories

Three Wild Women for stylish but not too trendy women’s clothing & accessories

Wanderlust Scarves for gorgeous hand-picked scarves at 50% off until the end of April

Crazy Cat Witchy for beautiful malas (energy alignment tools)

Dancing Dragonfly Designs Unique Handcrafted Jewellery for hand-made beaded MaskMinders to keep face masks handy

Red Raspberry Studios for some whimsical artwork, clothing, or colouring book

Ew We Me for the perfect Mother’s Day Gift Box

If your mom loves soft & comfy clothes, then a COKANNA bamboo dress might be just the thing to put a smile on her face. I offer free curbside pickup or delivery to your door for a flat fee of $10 within Ottawa.

Celebrating Mother's Day in 2021, Mary in the silky blue Carolyn bamboo dress sitting amongst her flowers

The Carolyn bamboo dress with pockets makes a lovely Mother’s Day gift. Model Credit: Mary Bouchard

Mother’s Day Gift of Services

And finally, there are always gifts that deliver experiences. It could be something your mom looks forward to after Covid especially if it’s for pampering and wellness services. Or, it could be something she enjoys now online like a creative activity. Think self-care, health & wellness, relaxation, and fun. Here are some suggestions:

Salon Fiorella to treat your mom to a luxurious salon experience

Natural Sole Wellness Centre, a holistic centre providing therapies like facial & body treatments, massage, reflexology and reiki

Joe Girl Creative Play Camp Membership. Take your mom back to camp.

Crayon Occasion art classes to inspire your mom’s creative side

Yoga with Jas for yoga, meditation, and even cooking workshops

Anna Epp Photography 50 Over 50 Project for a beautiful portrait session for your mom

Whole Health Holistic Nutrition session to nourish the body, feed the soul and enrich your mom’s life

AIM Fitness Online Membership for gentle exercise, nutrition, encouragement & advice for adults 50+

Outer Health for psychology-based personal wardrobe styling services

Celebrating Mother's Day in 2021 by Colleen Kanna, Photo of clothing on wooden hangars.

Psychology-based personal stylist services with Outer Health

I hope this gives you some ideas on how to celebrate Mother’s Day in 2021 style!

Until next week,

~ Colleen

Colleen Kanna, Photo by Anna Epp Photography

I’m a recovering Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer. My COKANNA Canadian-made bamboo clothing is all about comfort and style. Giving back to the community is important to me so I support Rethink Breast Cancer‘s metastatic breast cancer education, support, and advocacy work.