Mother’s Day is coming up Sunday, May 8. This holiday is a time to celebrate anyone who loves like a mother and show gratitude for the influence of moms in our community. Many of us have spent far too much time at home over the last few years. So, we wanted to suggest some experience gifts to get your loved ones out of the house. Show your appreciation by offering new skills. Or the opportunity to unwind in a change of scenery. Below are some of our favourite local experience gifts in and around Vancouver. They’re perfect for every mom, step-mom, mother-in-law, caregiver or anyone in your life who deserves a treat.
For the Artsy Mama – A Calligraphy Course
Give mom the creative freedom to beautify homemade birthday cards with pointed-pen calligraphy. Local mama Karla teaches the foundations and proper tools for the basic calligraphy strokes. Mom can learn everything from the lowercase and uppercase alphabets to connecting and flourishing letters.
For the Foodie Mama- A Culinary Tour
If mom likes to try new flavours, check out Robert Sung’s tours “A Wok Around Chinatown” or “A Wok Around Granville Island.” These cultural and culinary experiences explore two colorful and historic districts of Vancouver. Tours include visits to diverse specialty shops and vendors, choosing local food, teas, herbal medicines to cookware supplies.
For the Nature-Loving Mama- A Cultural and Outdoor Education Experience
Talaysay Tours offers an authentic Aboriginal cultural and eco-tourism experiences in and around the traditional, ancestral and unceded shared territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, also known as Vancouver. Learn about First Nations history, lore, legends and ways of living on the Talking Trees Tour and the Talking Totems Tour in Stanley Park. Be inspired by the host, tour founder and mom, Candace Campo, ancestral name xets’emits’a (to always be there).
For the Wellness Mama- An icy spa Experience
Send mom out of town for a day to experience Squamish’s finest traditional hot and cold therapy spa. The picturesque AIKA Spa features a wood-fired sauna and plunge cycle of hot, cold, rest, repeat. Add on massage and acupuncture services or enjoy the relaxation lounge and incredible tranquillity of a private spa experience. Mom will leave with her mind and body feeling fresh and reinvigorated.
For the Mixology Mama- Distillery Touring and Tasting
Give mom a taste of Vancouver’s first hand-crafted, premium spirits made from 100% BC organic grain. A guided distillery tour at the Liberty Distillery demonstrates how spirits are made. Learn about the equipment and skills, the science and principles behind distillation, fermentation, the ‘cuts’, the difference between white and aged whiskey and nosing. Most importantly, learn how to taste and enjoy these locally made spirits.
For the Creative Mama- A Pottery Class
If wheel throwing sounds fun, let mom get her hands dirty with a beginner pottery class. Báhoo Studio offers healing, connectivity, and community building in a safe space for individuals to invest in themselves and hone their skills. Ceramics offer the zen of clay. A calming, creative experience that may result in a new bowl or mug!
For the Mama who Loves to Laugh- An Improv Show
You can’t go wrong by making mom giggle. It’s a barrel of laughs at Vancouver’s home for live comedy on Granville Island. Treat mom to a pair of tickets to Theatre Sports or a feature show. If mom is more dramatic and would prefer to be on-stag, sign her up for a workshop where she’ll learn the basics of improv.
Jenn Wint is a writer, communications strategist and a public relations specialist. She is passionate about storytelling and community. Jenn lives in East Vancouver with her husband, 3yo son and 1yo daughter. You’ll find them hanging around Vancouver’s playgrounds, water parks, coffee shops and anywhere that bakes fresh cookies in-house!