Montréal ideas for Mother’s Day

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant is a Montréal-based editor and storyteller with a curiosity that runs deeper than most. She has chatted life philosophies with celebrity chefs, gemologists, arena rockers and furries. All were transformative. 

This article was updated on May 12, 2023.

Every year brings a new batch of ways to celebrate, because if life offers one constant, it’s this: moms are awesome! Here are some last-minute ideas to make the moms in our lives feel extra special this Mother’s Day.

Make her home a little prettier

Add a little Montréal colour to her walls with a poster or print from a local artist or designer.

Offer her a bouquet of fresh flowers, or dried ones (which she can enjoy for longer). Here are a few local businesses who can make the perfect arrangement for your mom.

Binette & filles, 7070 Henri-Julien Avenue (at Jean-Talon Market)

Le Marché aux Fleurs, 459 Sainte-Catherine Street West (downtown)

Le Jardin de Mathilde, 4507 De Lorimier Avenue (Plateau)

Prune les Fleurs, 186 Peel Street (Griffintown)

Florateria, 90 des Pins Avenue West (Plateau)


Need more suggestions? Here are some other great florists around Montréal.

Make it with your own hands

Book some time to create together. Les Affutés offers workshops in everything from woodworking to sewing and is also a makerspace for collaborative projects of all kinds.

For pottery classes, Les Faiseurs is a great place for one-day or more workshops, just two doors down from Les Affutés.

If you're into candle making, go to Boogies et co. to make her a scented candle, or even a massage candle!

Help Mom get her home garden starting with great tips and ideas from the experts at the Montréal Botanical Garden.

And for the foodies, there are so many cooking, baking and tasting classes available, you’ll have trouble choosing.


Make her feel special with a made-in-Montréal gift

Browse beautiful, ethical and responsible gift ideas from cards to housewares, all made by local artisans, at arloca, Maison Pépin or Jamais Assez.

Choose a lovely blown glass piece by a Québec glass artisan at the Espace Verre shop, gallery and workshop.


Make her world sparkle

When it comes to bling, Montréal has an impressive variety of jewelry options, from classic to cutting-edge. Here are some of our local favourites.

Camillette Jewelry, a locally owned company, creates and distributes handcrafted collections of fashion accessories made from precious materials, such as gold and silver.

Ecksand offers exquisite creations handmade in Canada with high-end materials and 100% ethical stones. 

Founded by Myriam Elie, MYEL offers unique and contemporary designs to fit any woman’s personal style.

Roland Dubuc’s jewelry pieces are sculpted from one sheet of gold or silver, folded, twisted, knotted and refolded again in a technique that can be likened to origami. His bold modern designs are truly unique.

A multidisciplinary artist endowed with a bountiful imagination, Anne-Marie Chagnon is known internationally for her distinctive, graphic-yet-earthy style.

For a whole gallery experience, take your mom for a gaze at the stunning wearable sculptures at Galerie Noel Guyomarch – it’s one of Montréal’s best kept secrets.


Take her out to brunch or afternoon tea

Many Montréal restaurants have created special Mother’s Day menus so you can treat your favourite lady to a fabulous feast. Have a look at these brunch and fine dining for the full spectrum, but here are some ideas: at Time Out Market Montréal from May 8 to 17, 2023, pair brunch with a cake thanks to the pop up shop by Olove Cakes! On catch the special performance by Tessah Dunn on Sunday May 14. Other spots to check out for mouthwatering Mother’s Day menus and specials on May 14 are Maggie Oakes, Jacopo, Taverne Gaspar, Pincette and Vieux-Port Steakhouse.


Make her feel pampered

A getaway to a spa will be the perfect way to melt away the tensions of daily life. Offer her a gift card at Scandinave Spa or Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau in Old Montréal, or at Strøm spa nordique.

To recreate a spa experience at home, made-in-Québec personal care products from BKIND are sure to make your mom feel great from head to toe.


Bring her to an exhibition or a show

Support local artists and cultural organizations and set up a get-together with your mom for a show or a cultural outing by getting her a gift certificate to the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, a membership for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, or find a show or a happening on La Vitrine.


Get her a good book

If Mom is an avid reader, head into one of these fantastic bookstores for a book or two... or more!


Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant is a Montréal-based editor and storyteller with a curiosity that runs deeper than most. She has chatted life philosophies with celebrity chefs, gemologists, arena rockers and furries. All were transformative. 

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