Things to Do and Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day in Toronto

Things to Do and Gift Ideas for Mother's Day in Toronto - SavvyMom

Moms of the greater Toronto area, are you getting the impression that perhaps your family isn’t quite prepared for Mother’s Day? And do you find yourself at a loss for what to do this Sunday? While you could of course always ask for an afternoon of peace and quiet, we’ve rounded up a few best bets below in case you’d prefer to do something with the family for Mother’s Day in Toronto.

We’ve also included a handful of local gift ideas that we think your family can likely track down by Sunday (or at least by next week).

Wishing all of you a happy Mother’s Day!

Things to Do on Mother’s Day in Toronto

Toronto Botanical Garden’s Annual Spring Plant Sale

May 7 & 8

One of the city’s prettiest destinations, the Toronto Botanical Garden, is always a lovely place to explore with the family. But on Mother’s Day weekend, the Garden gives you another reason to come and visit: Its annual spring plant sale. This event features, “a thoughtful selection of top-performing and ethically source plants from reliable Canadian growers.” You’re sure to find something to brighten your yard with. Both the Garden and the sale are free to attend.

Brunch Out

May 8

Mother’s Day brunch is back in a big, and delicious, way. At Ricarda’s, experience a Mom’s Day Rosé Brunch that features an extensive à la carte menu (including a kids’ menu) and various rosé options including a tasting flight. Looking for a memorable brunch experience that’s located just outside of the city? Then consider event space Chateau Le Jardin’s buffet offering. It runs $84.95 per adult and $49.95 for kids ages four through 12 (kids three and under are free) and will wow you with pasta, prime rib, a donut wall, and special stations just for kids.

If all-out-decadence is more your style, book at table at the Ritz Carleton’s TOCA. This all-you-can-eat buffet is a pricey experience at $190 per person, but it comes with carving stations, seafood, a mobile risotto station and a full-out dessert room.

Brunch at Home

May 8

Prefer to enjoy brunch in the comfort of your own home? We’ve got you covered! Beloved east-end brunch spot Lazy Daisy is offering a Mother’s Day brunch box that runs $80 and features six bake-at-home buttermilk biscuit, crème fraiche, a bottle of sparkling Brut and more. Meanwhile, over at the Graze Anatomy, the popular Mother’s Day Box is back. For $110 your family can enjoy a variety cheese, meats, pastries (including goodies from Gerrard St. Bakery), and even chocolate-covered strawberries. This box also gives you the option to add on a few extras, like fresh flowers.

Really want to go all out? Then check out Pusateris’ wide selection of at-home Mother’s Day brunch meals that vary from a prosecco mimosa bundle (complete with berries) to a Belgian waffle package to a to a seafood platter.

Casa Loma High Tea

1 Austin Terrace, Toronto
May 8

Celebrate Mother’s Day in Toronto inside one of the city’s most elegant buildings (and its only castle). Your family is sure to be wowed by this extensive high tea that includes, “…a selection of premium teas, scones, gourmet pastries and tea sandwiches.” Following your meal, you are welcome to explore the castle. Two seatings, one at 11am and one at 1pm, are available and each seat costs $75.

Puppies With Benefits – Mother’s Day High Tea

Crayon Studio, 304-688 Richmond St. W, Toronto
May 8

Here’s a high tea experience with a furry twist: It features a meet and greet with adoptable puppies and a professional photographer who is sure to snap some adorable photos. Also included are mimosas with fresh squeezed orange juice, an assortment of sweet and savory treats such as sandwiches, mini scones, and cakes, and an exclusive piece of jewelry from one of the event’s sponsors. Three different seatings are available as is a vegan and gluten-free menu. Tickets start at $150 per person and a portion of the funds raise goes towards Helpaws, an animal welfare charity.

Local Adventure Club

Your Home & Various Local Businesses
Your Schedule

Here’s a different, but definitely fun, way to celebrate Mother’s Day in Toronto: Grab an adventure kit from Local Adventure. Each kit features various small puzzles and games that are paired up with locally crafted food and/or drink. Choose from such options as the $70 Longslice Brewery kit, which comes with a six-pack delivered straight to your house, or the $40 Glory Hole Doughnuts kit, which will involve a field trip to the Leslieville doughnut shop to pick up doughnuts and hot chocolate.

Prohibition Afternoon Tea

Astor Lounge, St Regis, 325 Bay St., Toronto
Currently available on the weekends

If your ideal Mother’s Day outing is a solo or (maybe with friends) outing to somewhere pretty with delicious food and drink, St. Regis Hotel’s new Prohibition Afternoon Tea is for you. It features your choice of traditional hot tea or Prohibition era-inspired chilled teapot cocktails paired with such yummy items as citrus smoked salmon with orange cream cheese sandwiches and raspberry honey and lavender tarts. The entire room has also gotten a fresh new look, complete with pink cherry blossom trees. This experience isn’t cheap, it’s $77 a person with each boozy tea pot running an extra $20, but we think you’re worth it!

The Sound of Music

The Revue Cinema,
May 8

Mother’s Day in Toronto is alive with the sound of music; literally. The Revue Cinema is hosting a special screening of this classic film at 2:30pm on May 8. Singing is highly encouraged, making this a great afternoon-out for musical families. General admission tickets are $14, with student tickets running at $11.

Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day in Toronto

Anice Jewellery

102 Ossington Ave, Toronto

This small jewellery shop is packed with pretty⁠—and highly wearable⁠—pieces at some surprisingly accessible price points. Think bangles from $70 or an elegant bar necklace from $60. Many items can be personalized with custom engraving or stamping, a great way to incorporate your kids’ initials or birthdates into a piece. Over May 7 and 8, Anice is also offering a Mother’s Day Custom Jewellery Date, a special event that will give you the opportunity to design a piece of jewellery while enjoying a glass of bubbly and some snacks. If this weekend doesn’t work, look into Anice’s many other workshop offerings.

Crawford Skincare

Online & various Toronto retailers

This small batch, natural skincare line is based right here in Toronto and is great choice for moms who want to switch up their skincare routines while supporting a local business. Crawford offers all the essential face and body products you need (or just want) including an Everyday Face Set  ] that comes with a cleansing milk, a toner, and a hydrating cream. Crawford Skincare can be purchased at several local stores or if you’re okay with waiting a few days, in can also be ordered directly to your door.


1086 ½ Queen St. W & 1250 Dupont St

Are you a plant mom? Then send your family over to Dynasty to pick up a new family member! Dynasty has a, “focus on unusual and high quality tropical plants, cactus, ceramics and selected objects for your any space.” It also has staff that will help guide your family to pick out the perfect plant.

Onyx Chocolates

601 Gerrard St. E, Toronto

Onyx Chocolates are renowned for their taste, their variety of flavours (everything from pumpkin spice caramel to durian) and for being almost too gorgeous to eat. Seriously, Onyx’s brilliantly covered bonbons chocolates are practically editable art. In addition to locally made bonbons and bars, Onyx’s website and recently open shop also stock a variety of fine chocolates curated from around the world.


Delivers right to your house

If meal planning and prep generally falls to you, you’re going to love this gift suggestion. Porta is a new meal box service that specializes in “restaurant-quality Italian” meal kits that are delivered straight to your door. Choose from eight kinds of pizza, eight kinds of pasta and lots of other yummy items, like tiramisu. All meals take 15 minutes or less to cook and are designed for simple, quick prep and clean up. Pricing is à la carte, so no need to worry about dealing with a subscription.

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