This Mother's Day, present your mom with something fresher than last year's geranium. Give her the gift of creativity. So what if it's someone else's? There's a ton of choices at the OCAD Jewellery Sale (100 McCaul, 2nd floor, Room 217), running 11 am to 6 pm Friday to Sunday (May 7 to 9). Or bring out her budding artiste with materials from the annual Aboveground Art Supplies Tent Event (74 McCaul), also May 7 to 9, Friday 8:30 am to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. 416-591-1601.
With blender-drink season approaching, get equipped on the cheap at the Whirlpool Factory Clearance Centre 's spring savings sale (570 Matheson East, Unit 1, Mississauga) Saturday (May 8) from 8 am to 3 pm. A word to the wise: bring your kitchen measurements. There are no exchanges or refunds.
Join local toy shop Playful Minds (657 St. Clair West) on Saturday (May 8) from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm as they celebrate with a Spring Fling welcome-to-the-neighbourhood party. The kids will go bananas for the magicians, popcorn, stilt-walkers and animal balloons. Plus, you can fill out a ballot and win lots of free prizes. 416-651-4028.
The Foot Shoppe (2465 Yonge and 162 Lakeshore East in Oakville) recently launched Mephisto's surprisingly cool Allrounder sporty collection for him and her and, until Sunday (May 9), is offering you a gift with purchase. For real: they're the cutest good-for-you shoes I've seen in a long time. 416-481-4111; 905-844-3668. www.thefooteshoppe.com
Little Brown Bag
Need furniture? Hit Fluid Living 's (55 Mill, Building 8) Brown Bag Sale and score up to 70 per cent off selected Canadian furniture, lighting and accessories through Sunday (May 9). Select floor models come with a secret discount hidden inside a brown paper bag. Monday to Wednesday and Saturday 11 am to 6 pm, Thursday and Friday 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm. 416-850-4266.