Celebrate MOM this Mother’s Day

Posted : May 5, 2021

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We love her 365 days a year, but on one special day in May, it’s all about Mom. This Mother’s Day, don’t settle for run-of-the-mill. Treat your mom to a celebration she won’t forget—YDH-style! Our makers and local retailers are eager to share the treats, meals, gifts and events that they’ve been working on for this annual celebration. There’s something for every mom out there in York Durham Headwaters.

Unique Gift Ideas

Give Mom something special on her day to let her know how much she means to you. Nothing says “I love you” better than a unique gift from one of our YDH providers.

A Mother’s Day bouquet is always delightfully de rigueur. In Port Perry, Branching Out Floral Design has arrangements to suit any taste. Statement roses, exotic blooms, succulent gardens or cymbid bowls, to name just a few options. Whatever you choose, it is sure to impress Mom on her special day—especially if you are unable to be with her in person this year.


Art speaks from the heart, and lasts a lifetime. Start a tradition this Mother’s Day by giving your mom a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork that she will treasure for years. At Williams Mill Creative Arts Studios in Halton Hills, a cooperative of independent artists offers handmade art in a diverse range of media—from stone sculptures to glass art, from jewellery to oil painting. Of course, it is ideal to spend the day with Mom on-site at the picturesque mill since there is so much to see and do. But if visiting in person is not in the cards this year, contact an artist directly to discuss the perfect gift from available work or commissioned opportunities.

Knickknacks and bric-a-brac are sentimental treasures. For a wide variety of gift items, visit Shop Downtown Orangeville. This digital marketplace gives you access to a growing number of independent retailers in these times where we cannot shop in person. Browse by collection. Clothing and Accessories; Gifts Under $50; Home and Garden—the opportunities are endless. Your gift to Mom this year will be extra special because she’ll know that while you were thinking of her, you were also supporting local businesses in this time where community support is needed.

Take-Home Meals and Goodies

Taking Mom out to lunch is a time-honoured Mother’s Day tradition. While things might be a little different this year, we can still share a meal with Mom, or at least bring a special treat to her.

Mother’s Day Meal Kit from Bistro ’67 – spoil your mom with an at-home brunch created by executive chef Raul Sojo that you pick up in advance and prepare in your own kitchen. Your delicious meal includes buttermilk scones with Popham Lane black currant jam, a cinnamon and raisin mini sourdough loaf, poached eggs, sauteed spinach, smoked bacon, sparkling wine and dill aioli. Also included are macerated strawberries with Madagascar vanilla crème fraiche, and a special treat designed and grown by Durham College’s horticulture students—you have to order to find out what it is. Add a family member or a mimosa kit for a small additional fee.

Landman Gardens Mother’s Day Brunch Box – From this family farm to your family’s table comes a delectable selection of Landman Gardens’ best handmade treats. Your Mother’s Day Brunch Box includes organic salad mix with balsamic dressing, Spirit Tree sparkling pear cider, spinach and red pepper quiche, seasonal scones, homemade braided egg bread, and Landman Gardens’ raspberry jam.

Mother’s Day Wine Basket from Holland Marsh Wineries – Our friends at HM Wineries say “Treat Mom to what she really wants—wine!” Your custom Mother’s Day basket allows you select items according to your mom’s preferences so that she knows you were thinking of her. Choose one Ephemere and one Select wine, along with a rose gold or a tiffany blue tumbler. Add your accessory of choice: either five locally made chocolate truffles, or a wine jelly (flavour options include sweet blueberry chardonnay, sweet cranberry crab apple merlot, hot fire and ice, hot mango pineapple, or hot apricot red pepper jelly.)


Experiences and Events

Virtual events have come a long way over the last few years. If you can’t be out and about with Mom this Mother’s Day, stay in and have a virtual experience instead.

Cooking with Cachet: Mother’s Day Mimosas – a box of goodies along with music and entertainment delivered to you by Zoom. Live piano, poetry reading, a wine expert and so much more awaits while you sample treats like butter tarts, a continental breakfast, specially-selected gifts from local vendors, and of course, orange juice and sparkling wine.

Mother’s Day Storytelling Circle – back by popular request, learn the fascinating stories behind some of the most popular works of art at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Educator Bonnie Marcus brings these artworks to life while encouraging budding young artists to use their observational skills with family-friendly artmaking activities.

There is more to see and do, taste and experience in York Durham Headwaters this May. Be sure to check our events calendar, and our staycation packages for more wonderful ideas to celebrate Mom.

Story by Katherine Ryalen

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