Edmonton shops with unique Mother’s Day gifts

Long gone are the days where you can get away with giving your mom a craft made from popsicle sticks for a Mother’s Day gift. When you’re not sure what to buy for Mom, it’s easy to stick with safe gifts. But, may I suggest you make the switch from ordinary to fabulous by choosing a fantastic, unique gift from one of these Edmonton stores?

The Wish List Gifts Ltd

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10464 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A2

Located on Whyte Avenue, this small, funky store is full of great gift ideas, such as artwork (lots of paintings and prints by Canadian artists!), beautiful lamps, fun socks, locally made chocolate from Violet Chocolate Co., trinkets and jewellery. Browsing through the big selection can be daunting but the staff are very friendly and helpful, and can likely help you narrow your search. If your mom favours unique items over cookie cutter gifts, this is a good spot to find the ideal present.

The Plaid Giraffe

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10340 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1Z8

This is such a fun store, full of jewellery, bags (including vegan purses and wallets!), skincare items and more. I especially love their selection of Tango travel stuff – wallets, purses, makeup bags, neck pillows, passport holders, etc. – and think that anything from this collection makes a fantastic gift for the mom who likes to travel or has a trip coming up soon. You’ll also find necklaces, earrings and bracelets here that you likely won’t see anywhere else in the city.

Carbon Environmental Boutique Ltd

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12543 102 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 0M4

If your ma is an eco-conscious lady with good taste, the goods at Carbon will be right up her alley. This cute, green-friendly store, located in High Street, sells everything from eco-chic products for the home to fair trade coffee, chocolate and more. Their selection of green grooming products, including perfumes, lotions, makeup brushes, sunscreen and soaps, all make great gifts. Put together a (bamboo) basket of good-for-the-planet goodies that Mom can enjoy year-round.

Red Ribbon Gifts Inc

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12505 102 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 0M4

Red Ribbon is such a fun, funky store that you might think it’s too cool for moms. But, you’d be wrong. If you have a stylish mom or one who appreciates pretty things, you can find something for her here. They have a huge selection of unique jewellery, plus great gift ideas, including scarves, cute iPhone cases, notebooks, candles, bags and more. They constantly bring in new stock, and promote some Canadian brands, as well. Bonus: You can also find handmade greeting cards here!

Laurel's On Whyte

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8210 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4E6

Not only can you get gorgeous bouquets of pretty blooms here (classic Mother’s Day gift, right?), you can also find trinkets and treasures that make fabulous gifts. You can likely find a beautiful vase to hold those flowers for Mom, or a unique piece of jewellery. They also have a fantastic selection of household items to add some dazzle to the mundane. They carry a curated collection of stuff from cool brands, including TokyoMilk, Creative Co-op and Library of Flowers.

Jacek Chocolate Couture

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10140 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1A7

Does your momma have a sweet tooth? If she’s crazy for cocoa, you’ll get a gold star for getting her some treats at Jacek. This local chocolate shop sells bars, truffles, cocoa nibs and sipping chocolate, all with fantastic, fashion-inspired names. If you’re not sure what to choose, go for the pack of chocolate bars, which contains a mixture of flavours. It’s decadent, delicious and unique – all the ingredients you need for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Plus, if you’re lucky, she may share!

Acquired Taste Tea Co

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10122 124 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 1P6

Does your mom drink a pot of tea daily? You can find not only some lovely tea here but also the pot to brew it in. Acquired Taste Tea sells a wide variety of loose teas, including Chai, black, decaf, green, oolong, herbal, yerba mate and rooibos, plus high-end bagged teas from Steven Smith Teamaker. They also stock beautiful containers to put loose tea in, traditional Japanese teapots, tea cosies, accessories and Polish pottery. I bought my mom a teapot here years ago for Mother’s Day and she still uses it every day, so their products do hold up well!

The Artworks

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10150 100 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0P6

This is another local shop that combines gifts with flowers. You can buy a bundle of pretty blooms for Mom, a vase to hold them and more. They offer an eclectic mix of everything from leather file cases by Jack Spade and wooden cutting boards to Deerborn glassware and fountain pens. The reusable S’well water bottles make good gifts, as do the many beautiful rings stocked here. I love that you never quite know what you’re going to find here, which makes it an excellent spots to pick up gifts.

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Kombucha tea, a slightly bubbly fermented drink made with a green or black tea base, is a sweet but healthy alternative to pop. Makers claim it can aid in digestive health, plus it just tastes fantastic. Often made from organic, raw ingredients, kombucha teas have exploded in popularity in the past decade. These Edmonton shops carry a variety of brands, including some Canuck favourites.
Linens may seem like a boring thing to purchase, but, if you search the right shops, you can find the most plush, decadent bath towels and pretty kitchen linens you’ll ever see. Having high quality bath towels is essential for a happy life and lovely kitchen linens – well, that just makes your kitchen all the more beautiful and fun.
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