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Yesterday we suggested a few things you could make in a hurry for the mom in your life. We also highlighted fair trade clothing and items for the home you can feel good about – and happen to be gorgeous.

Today we do a Goods round-up of locally-made gifts available around Toronto that would make swoonworthy Mother’s Day presents.

1. Beautiful Handmade Journals from Nightjar Books

We love the hand-bound journals made by one-woman operation Amy Egerdeen.

Nightjar Blue Journal

The covers are screen-printed, the designs delicious, the books hand-bound and you will never want to stop touching them.

Nightjar Journals

The larger books contain 80 hand-sewn pages and are $28; smaller books also available – but we say spoil your mom. The periwinkle blue is our favourite. You can buy them at Type Books and they’re also available online here.

2. Gorgeous Leather and Metal Goods from Crown Land

Crown Land’s Amy Kenny is an amazing renaissance woman. Not only does she make gorgeous Canadiana in metal, fabric and leather from bags to earrings to flasks to guitar straps …

but some of the leathers used come from whitetail deer, which she hunts herself and tans in her Hamilton studio. Whoa girl.

Her bicycle-mounted handlebar bag makes me swoon and makes me want to ride extra-slowly to show it off. Moms ride bikes.

Mother's Day Handmade

Most of these are available at her online shopCrownLand goods also available at White Elephant in Hamilton and Katharine Mulherin Gallery in Toronto.

3. Stunning Necklaces from Old Weston a/k/a Ghostface Knitta

If we do say so ourselves, giving your mom or the mom in your life one of these acorn necklaces made by Old Weston’s Kalpna Patel is genius move…

Oh, look! It’s a little Baby Acorn and a Mom AcornOther necklaces include one with a wooden skeleton key and one with an antique rose bead. Kalpna never stops coming up with ideas, so nab one quickly before she’s onto the next thing.


These are available right now at Kid Icarus in Kensington Market – or peruse more of her stuff at the Junction Flea this Sunday, at Dundas St. W. and Keele. You should definitely check out the Junction Flea.

4. Magnificent Bags and Textiles From Bookhou

The first time we stumbled into Bookhou’s storefront on Dundas St. West, we just sort of wandered around touching things in a euphoric daze.

Bookhou Round Bucket

Bookhou is also a mom-driven business: it’s a collaboration of sculptor and textile artist Arounna Khounnoraj and her husband John Booth.

Bookhou Pouch Rain

The photos barely do justice to the gorgeousness and perfection of these bags: the ones pictured are priced at $45, $65 and $90 – incredible when you consider the fabric is screen-printed by hand. They’re all sumptuous linen (some with waxed canvas on the bottom), and the designs are all original.

Bookhou Pillow

There are many things for the home and you can also buy Arounna’s beautiful fabrics if the mom in your life is the crafty type.

* * * Many thanks to Amy, Amy, Kalpna and Arounna!


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