The RMG Gift Guide 2014

Vol ‘n’ Tell is an ongoing series of blog posts written by RMG Volunteers. Raechel Bonomo is an Oshawa native, art enthusiast and second-year Print Journalism student at Durham College.

Looking for a great gift this holiday season? Visit the RMG Shop!

To: The host

In many cultures, the pineapple is used as a sign of welcome and hospitality. Why not give this cute (and affordable!) statement piece to your favourite host this holiday season?


$13.00 each

To: The homebody

There are few things better than snuggling up after a long, cold winter day than with a blanket and a cup of tea. For the homebody, interior-design maven, or lover of all things cozy, this 100% wool blanket is the way to go. A bit of a splurge, but totally worth it.

$150.00 each

To: The miss on your list

These handmade, one-of-a-kind necklaces are perfect for the style enthusiast this holiday. They are on-trend, versatile and unique to make any fashionista fill with glee.


$24.00 each

Looking for a gift that is tote-ally amazing? Look no further. These totes are perfect for that fun loving female on your on list.


$22.00 each

To: Mom-to-be or the holiday baby

Perfect for above the new baby’s crib, this plush unicorn head is a fun and offbeat addition to any nursery. Who needs trains anyways?


$45.00 each (other variations include a moose or elephant, not pictured)

To: The tyke in your life

You’re about to become the world’s best aunt/uncle with this Gift in a Tin! Great for travelling, these play-sets fit in a tin suitable for the toddler on-the-go.


$20.00 each (also available: a battery operated train set, not pictured)

To: The comedian

These cards are perfect for the humorous co-worker, in-law or friend. Gift-card not required.


Price varies

To: The man’s man

Don’t know what to get the BBQ master, king of summer, man cave dweller on your list? This handcrafted beer opener is it. At a great price point, this gift is bound to get the party starter.








Images courtesy of Raechel Bonomo.

The Mother’s Day Gift Guide

This post comes from the desk of Norah O’Donnell, Volunteer Co-ordinator & Gift Shop Operations.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’re setting up for our annual Spring Fling Sale at the RMG Shop on Thursday, 8 May. As head of Gift Shop Operations, I often see guests torn between products, searching for that special gift. For mom, it must be unique, expressing your love and gratitude for everything she has done. At the RMG Shop, there is something to suit everyone’s taste – we carry a wide variety of handmade and locally-sourced products, one of which could be the perfect gift for mom!

This year, let me be your personal shopper – here are my top five choices for that ultimate Mother’s Day gift, straight from the RMG Shop:


Aide Bodycare – the Ultimate Handmade Spa Package

Aide Mother's DayAide Bodycare offers a variety of handmade soaps, scrubs and lipbalms that are perfect for pampering mom. Soaps are created using the traditional cold-process technique and feature  such popular scents as Vintage Rose, Lavender and Organic Oatmeal, and Sweet Orange. What makes them even better? Owner, Michelle Treen, makes all products on location in Bowmanville.

Filipa Pimentel Ceramics – Classic Ceramics

Filipa Mother's Day

A featured member of Ontario Craft, Filipa Pimentel creates beautiful ceramic pieces that are a mix of functional tableware and decorative art. The RMG Shop features her textured line that includes pitchers, serving bowls and bud vases. Each work is unique and influenced by her love for the ocean. These would be a treat to any mother’s home.


Bella Accessories – The Statement Piece

Bella Mothers DayFor those looking for jewellery ideas, the Bella Accessory line has many styles to choose from, making it perfect for the fashionista mom! My personal favourite is the chunky bib necklace made of woven red, orange and gray ribbons – it makes a great addition to any wardrobe and can be paired with a matching bracelet for that extra pop of colour!

Tealish Tea – Give the Gift of Tea!

Telish Mother's DayWho doesn’t love a good cup of tea? Based in Toronto, Tealish makes gifting easy with their loose-leaf tea canisters in a variety of flavours including Toasty Almond, Sweet Macaroon, Dulce De Leche and Chocolate Loves Strawberry.


Filou Designs – Charming Accessories

Filou Mother's DayMom will treasure these timeless necklaces forever. Fiona Louie, of Vancouver, creates wearable works of art by transforming her own sketches into solid sterling silver necklace charms. Her signature style includes cut-out silhouettes of whimsical bicycles, anchors, fortune cookies and more.


Join us on Thursday, 8 May from 10 am – 7 pm for our annual Spring Fling Sale in the RMG Shop. For one day only, receive discounts of 10-50% off select merchandise!

Mother’s Day at the RMG

From family art activities, relaxing yoga for all ages, a classic brunch in our restaurant, Arthur’s on the 4th, to thoughtful gifts in our shop, the RMG has you covered! For details on our Mother’s Day events, click here. For our Mother’s Day edition of OPG Second Sundays, click here.