Where to find unique Mother’s Day gifts in Calgary

Of course we should show our moms that we love them year-round, but Mother’s Day is the perfect time to spoil our favourite ladies a little bit extra. These shops carry a wide and unique selection of gifts that are worthy of your favourite mom. Image credit: iStock.com/promicrostockraw.

Moonstone Creation

1219 10 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0W6

Moonstone Creation carries authentic First Nations arts and crafts, most of which is handmade in-store. Located in Inglewood, this gallery and gift shop is a great place to begin your hunt for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. The shop’s unique wares include clothing, bags, drums and music makers as well as jewellery and knick-knacks. Moonstone Creation is also happy to create custom orders and commissioned pieces perfect for your special lady. If your mom is a hands-on type, sign the two of you up for a beadwork or dream catcher making class. Check out the storefront for inspiration, and spend the day creating your own treasures.

Galleria Inglewood Ltd

907 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S5

Galleria Inglewood is filled to the brim with Canadian-made arts and crafts by approximately 500 Canadian artisans. Expect to find intricate pieces that include handcrafted ceramics, soapstone carvings, blown-glass art pieces, wood carvings and jewellery. There is so much to choose from, that you may want to consider taking mom along with you to pick out her own gift. The two of you could browse the shelves for hours.

Epiphanie Chocolate

1417 11 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1G7

Does your mom have a sweet tooth? Epiphanie Chocolate is the perfect place to find a chocolate treat for Mother’s Day. The shop’s specialty chocolates are fresh, delicious and made of the finest ingredients available, and the selection changes regularly. Browse the Beltline treat shop, or place your order online. Also consider sharing a glass of wine and a chocolate dessert with mom at Farm restaurant, which serves Epiphanie chocolates.

Rubaiyat Holdings Ltd

722 17 Ave Sw, Calgary, AB T2S 0B7

A 17th Avenue Southwest boutique landmark, Rubaiyat carries a beautifully curated selection of gifts, from jewellery and blown-glass artworks to home fragrance kits. You’ll also find a great many home decor items such as lamps and baskets as well as garden furniture, yard decorations and plant pots.

Eye On Design

1219 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S9

Is your mom a trendy fashionista who constantly searches for the unique? The proprietors of Eye on Design in Inglewood scour the globe for women’s fashions that are beyond the usual. The shop’s selection of exceptional threads balances comfort with playfulness.

AG Silver Boutique

278-317 7 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2Y9

AG Silver Boutique in The CORE shopping centre carries creative, contemporary silver jewellery pieces sure to make your mom feel special. The cute, wee shop’s silver jewellery and accessories incorporate sterling silver, wood, leather and acrylics to create unique pieces in a variety of styles. Good luck choosing just one piece to give your mom!

Twigs & Company

121 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B4

For the flower-loving mom, do your gift shopping at Twigs & Company on Stephen Avenue Walk. Show her how much you appreciate her with a freshly arranged and delivered bouquet. The shop’s special Mother’s Day arrangements range in size and price. Twigs also carries a serious selection of seasonal gifts and accessories.

The Cookbook Co

722 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E4

Find a cuisine-themed gift or sign your mama up for cooking classes at The Cookbook Co. Cooks. Check out the retail shop for loads of cookbooks, specialty kitchenware, cooking ingredients and foodstuffs from olive oil and pickles to mustards and sausages. Experienced instructors conduct fun and informative meal making courses that feature stews, sushi, macarons and much more. Classes are held weekday evenings, as well as on weekends.

Steeling Home

1010 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A5

As a self-proclaimed modern-day general store, Steeling Home carries a ton of unique and vintage-inspired treasures. This 17th Avenue Southwest shop’s wares include novelty books, home decor items such as bowls and picture frames, artisanal jewellery and eclectic stationary items such as pens and notepads.

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