It’s already been a huge year for parents. Many feel they are having to literally do it all: juggling work from home, entertaining and homeschooling kids and sanitizing repeatedly, all while being separated from friends, family and other support networks.
If there’s any year to go big for Mother’s Day (May 10) and Father’s Day (June 21), this is it!
Since we can’t send anyone off to a spa for the day or to escape to a favorite brunch spot, we’ve rounded up some gifts hailing from wonderful past trips. They offer a slice of life outside our bubble, but are conveniently able to be shipped to your door.
Gifts from Quebec
No trip, whether literal or metaphorical, to la belle province is complete without a visit to the legendary Canadian department store Simon’s. From clothing to home decor, there are products for every type of mom or dad that can be shipped right to your door.
For a beautiful gift that is designed and crafted right in Montreal, Anne-Marie Chagnon’s original jewelry is for women who “distinguish themselves by their independence of spirit”.
With everyone craving mind-body balance right now, Maison Jacynth’s treatments, perfumes and cosmetics distill the healing powers of nature into natural, beautiful and effective products that make every morning feel like a trip to a French day spa.
Gifts from Chicago
From natural skincare recipes to an examination of gems, to the evolution of modern human form to modern milestones in science, Chicago’s Field Museum offers bookworms a wide collection to celebrate nature and the world we inhabit.
It looks like we might be in our homes for a while longer yet, and having explored most of Netflix’s catalog by now, mix things up with a puzzle. Recreate a Van Gogh or Pollock with this collection of puzzles from the Art Institute of Chicago’s museum shop.
Take a bite of some of Chicago’s most iconic names by ordering a Lou Malnati’s deep-dish pizza, a Portillo’s Chicago dog, a tin of Garrett Popcorn or Fannie May chocolates. Visit each shop’s website or through Tastes of Chicago.
Gifts from Italy
Gustiamo, an Italian specialty store in the Bronx, has everything your tastebuds could dream of, including top-of-the-line tinned tomatoes and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar from Emilia Romagna. Aged for 25 years in wooden barrels handed down to producer Andrea Bezzecchi, this is beautiful simply sipped on its own, dipped with cheese or fruit and drizzled into a creamy risotto.