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Mother May I


Mother’s Day is under two weeks away, and while I intend for many of my gift ideas for the next little while to be well-suited to mom’s everywhere, I thought it might be nice to do a little round up of ideas to formally kick things off. All of these ideas are designed with treating mom in mind. Whether she’s kicking back with a book or curling up with a cup of tea, prepare to exhale and relax as you indulge in these presents.

Whether you’re shopping for the mother of your children, your own mom, or your mother-in-law, I dare you not to love these presents.

Elaine Lui Listen to the Squawking ChickenListen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui – $27.95
This insightful and hilarious memoir is written by a Canadian, Elaine Lui, who is best known for her celeb blog Lainey Gossip (as well as a stint doing entertainment news on TV). Now Lui can add author to the list, as she documents her mother’s rather extreme parenting choices that are also kind of inarguably accurate time and again. From the importance of good feng shui to the non-importance of beauty to finding an acceptable man, Lui relives her most mortifying childhood experiences with a sense of sharp perspective, recognizing that for better or worse, mom really does seem to know best. A must-have for any fans of Lui’s blog, but also a clever tongue-in-cheek book for your mother-in-law or daughter.

Lee by Lee Angel NecklacesLee by Lee Angel Necklaces – $55+ @ Nordstrom
If mom has ever wistfully sighed at a perfectly accessorized TV mom yet feared the concept of pulling off a statement necklace – I’ve got the gift for you. This easy peasy neck adornments are specifically designed for layering, yet they can also be worn individually for when mom’s in less of a LOOK AT ME frame of mind. Rendered in striking brights like pink, coral, blue, turquoise, and green, they’re also available in a more neutral cream collection offset mom’s favourite spring blouse or dress. A cool and versatile gift that’s sure to brighten up her face and her wardrobe.

Breville 1.5L Tea MakerBreville Tea Maker – $299 @ Hudson’s Bay
Automation at its finest: this fancy pants tea kettle is guaranteed to brew the most blissful cuppa you’ll ever imbibe. Since every tea has its own desired temperature and steeping time, all you have to do is select the type you’re drinking and this clever kettle will automatically lower the magnetic bucket (for looseleaf teas) and steep it for the precise amount of minutes while gently agitating the leaves to ensure an ideal flavour. You can also specify how strong you prefer your tea and create a custom setting if, for example, you new a favourite blend requires a few extra minutes. And if you simply need a kettle, this all-in-one tea maker does that too. Genius.

Skin Worldwide CaftanHoody Caftan – $148 @ Skin Worldwide
Although virtually any of the organic cotton PJs on the Skin Worldwide website would be a cozy add to mom’s sleep wardrobe, I gravitated toward this simple yet kinda sexy caftan for a few reasons. For one, it’s sort of like a chic snuggie, and since this post is all about mom unwinding, what more could she ask for? For another, it’s also a fab multi-tasker. Mom can wear it when she’s under the weather, throw it on over her sleepwear for a more brunch-appropriate ensemble with the kids, plus she can even tote it along to the beach for when she wants a break from the rays. And in sunny, universally flattering turquoise blue, how can you go wrong?

Lush Mum Gift ‘Mum’ Gift – $54.95 @ Lush
I mean, of course the spa is lovely and all, but who’s to say you can’t create a blissful retreat within your own bathroom? Treat mom to a relaxing soak with this soothing collection of bath goodies from Lush, including some new treats like the skin-softening Rose Bubble Bar. Mom can finish off her washing up by lathering up with Lush’s bestselling Dream Cream for the body and Gorgeous face serum. A perfect pick for any Lush maven.

Palais Des Thes Gift Sets
Indulgence Tea Sets – $29 each @ Palais des Thés

If dad’s springing for that lovely tea maker I featured up above, consider this the perfect accoutrement. Palais des Thés has launched three new Indulgence box sets loaded with five tubes of their scrumptious looseleaf teas. Each of the boxes is uniquely themed to your personal preferences – from springy florals to juicy fruits to dessert sweet teas, there’s something to suit every taste…although admittedly, all five of these sets are literally my favourite types of tea, so I’d be hard-pressed to pick just one. Anyway, they’re expertly priced, so you can easily afford to pick up one set for your mother-in-law, or even multiples for your mom or wife. Drink up!

Now if you’re like me and you can’t decide which of these tea gift sets you’d most like to try – you’re in luck. One reader is going to receive all three of these tasty Indulgence Tea Sets as part of a fun, pre-Mom’s Day giveaway. Here’s how to enter:

1) Tell me in the comments below – which of these gift ideas would you most love to gift mom (or receive yourself)? PLUS tell me which of these three tasty tea sets you’re most keen to try. You’ve got until May 23rd, 2014.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around May 21st, 2014 to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Follow @PalaisdesthesUS  and tweet up to three times over the course of the giveaway (limited to once per day) tagging both them & myself (@CdnGiftGuide) and including a link back to this contest. Be sure to be creative with your Tweets! You can post each of your Tweets in a separate comment below to earn up to three entries.

 

 

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126 Responses to “Mother May I”
  1. Katie says:

    I would most like to give the Breville Tea Maker to my mom. As for the tea sets, I love all types of teas, but am particularly fond of the fruity flavours, so would most like to try that set!

  2. Leah says:

    My mom would love the tea sets. I would love to try the les Gourmands set of tea.

  3. Julie G. says:

    One of the Indulgence Tea Sets would be ideal for my mom.

  4. kittypride says:

    All very cool gift ideas, I am intrigued by the Breville tea maker and love the hooded caftan look!

  5. cookie3 says:

    I’d love to receive the Breville tea maker. I’ve had my eye on this for a while.Those teas sound fabulous- I’d love to try them all but if I had to pick I’d start with ‘les gourmands’

  6. Susan says:

    My mom is an avid tea drinker so I would choose the Breville Tea Maker and would choose the fruity teas!

  7. May says:

    I would choose to gift the Breville Tea Maker to my mom. She loves drinking tea! I would choose the fruity tea set!

  8. My mom would love this as she enjoys a cup of teach each morning

  9. Audrey Skinner says:

    I would love to win the Breville Tea Maker for my Mom.

  10. Joan G says:

    I would choose the Breville Tea Maker – it would be just right for the fruity tea set.

  11. Holly says:

    The Lush gift set looks good! And I would like to try the fruity teas.

  12. I’ve always wanted to get a hatbox of Lush goodies as a present. I’d be seriously happy if I received that.

  13. Cairine says:

    I would like the Breville Tea Maker for myself. I don’t know if it would be easier to make tea this way or not but would like to give it a try!

  14. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’d love to have the Breville Tea Maker for my daughter, an avid tea drinker 🙂 Les Gourmands would be my first choice of the tea sets.

  15. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I follow @PalaisdesthesUS and have tweeted: https://twitter.com/elizamatt51/status/463470027761389569

  16. Alison K says:

    Of these gift ideas I would most love to gift mom “Listen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui” – I’m sure there are some similarities between our lives.

    Of these three tasty tea sets, I’m most keen to try the “Sweet Tea Set” – their Thé des Concubines sounds delish.

  17. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry #1: Followed @PalaisdesthesUS and tweeted https://twitter.com/SoulSeeker0/status/463475565060956160

  18. Jessica says:

    i’d love to give my mum the ‘Mum’ Gift – $54.95 @ Lush. i’m most keen to try les floraux floral teas

  19. BlessedTA says:

    ‘Mum’ Gift – $54.95 @ Lush

  20. Victoria Ess says:

    I love the Breville Tea maker and would gift that to my mother! I would love to try the Les Gourmands set.

  21. Victoria Ess says:

  22. Susan T. says:

    My mom would love that hooded caftan or the Lush bath set. I would love the tea brewer! I would really like to try the sweet teas the most, although they all sound delicious!

  23. GARRY S says:

    MY BEST FRIEND

  24. Betty S says:

    I would choose the hooded caftan looks very comfee

  25. Betty S says:

  26. katydidit21 says:

    I would love to give my Mom the Breville Tea Maker and I would most love to try the Les Gourmands sweet tea set. If my son is reading this, I would like the Lush gift set please 🙂

  27. vesper1931 says:

    I would like to receive the Hoody Caftan and I would most like to try the les Gourmands tea

    meikleblog at gmail dot com

  28. Victoria Ess says:

  29. Lisa S says:

    Both my mom and myself would love the Breville Tea Brewer.. I’ve been keeping an eye on the price of these! Tea is kind of our thing, I’d like to try all of the tea sets but I think I’d have to start with the sweet teas set.

  30. linda paley says:

    BREVILLE TEA MAKER LOOKS LIKE THE PERFECT PRIZE

  31. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry #2: Followed @PalaisdesthesUS and tweeted https://twitter.com/SoulSeeker0/status/463849774634913792

  32. Julie says:

    I’d love to get the Breville Tea Maker for my mom so that I can get them drinking other kinds of tea rather than just black tea. They’ve tried green tea and have told me that they think it’s gross, but I think it’s because they’ve brewed it incorrectly. They never have green tea around when I come visit, so I’d bring some excellent quality greens for them to try.

    All three of the Palais de Thes blends sound wonderful, but I think I’d save the best (to me) for last: Les Gourmands!

  33. I’d like the Breville Tea Maker for my Mom or myself, and I know we both would enjoy the Sweet tea set. Lovely gifts altogether!

  34. ikkinlala says:

    I’d love to give my mom the Hoody Caftan, and I’m most interested in trying the Les Gourmands tea set (tea is sometimes a great substitute for making a dessert).

  35. Dreena says:

    I’d most love to receive the LUSH gift (love LUSH)!
    As for the teas, I’m most keen to try the Floral teas.
    Thanks!

  36. Dreena says:

    Followed Palais des Thes on Twitter and tweeted:

  37. Wanda Bergman says:

    I would most like to give the Breville Tea Maker to my mom. I love her!

  38. Taps says:

    My mom being a tea person would like to gift her the Indulgence Tea Sets.

  39. Annie D says:

    The Breville tea maker with the juicy fruit teas would be such a wonderful gift.

  40. mousecat says:

    My mom would like the “Mum” Lush Gift Set the best.
    I’d be most keen to try the “Les Fruites” tea set!

  41. Marlene says:

    Hoody Caftan – $148 @ Skin Worldwide or ‘Mum’ Gift – $54.95 @ Lush
    Both my mom would love to get

  42. beewbedard says:

    I love the Hoody Caftan – for me 🙂

  43. Laura says:

    I’d love to give my mom the Lush gift set.
    I would pick the floral tea set.

  44. sarah sar says:

    I love to take bubble baths so I’d love to receive the Mum gift from Lush! My favourite tea set is Floral Tea Set

  45. Angela Mitchell says:

    I would love the Hoody Caftan and I think that would be my moms favourite from the choices above.

  46. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry #3: Followed @PalaisdesthesUS and tweeted https://twitter.com/SoulSeeker0/status/464353302516617216

  47. Annie D says:

  48. Donna L. says:

    I’d love the Angel necklace in red for myself!

  49. Samantha says:

    My mom would love the tea set because we love drinking tea together. I’m most excited to try to sweet teas.

  50. My mom would love the tea set most as me and her love chatting over tea. I’m most excited to try the sweet teas.

  51. Lillea says:

    I like the caftan for my mom and for myself! The tea collection that appeals to me most is Les Gourmands.

  52. Jim says:

    Obviously the MakerBreville Tea Maker looks great but any of the prizes would be lovely to receive for my wife.

  53. Maria Goulart says:

    mom loves tea so the tea collection would be lovely to give!

  54. Pam says:

    very fancy tea…love to try

  55. Lisa says:

    I would choose the Lee by Lee Angel Necklaces for my mom. I would like to try the fruit teas.

  56. Annie D says:

  57. Janice Lewis says:

    I think my Mom would love those necklaces

  58. Beth St says:

    The Breville Tea Maker would be an amazing gift to give or receive.

  59. Crystal Kordalchuk says:

    Indulgence Tea Sets 🙂

  60. savanah ozman says:

    i would love to receive breville tea maker because ilove having tea i love it when I am all by myself around 2pm in the afternoon – sitting and sipping my tea while reading a magazine. ahhh and sometimes it is taking my tea outside on a summer evening and watching the sun go down 🙂 !!

  61. Anne says:

    Lush – walk by the store all the time, it smells wonderful!

  62. Elizabeth says:

    I would really love to receive the Hooded Caftan,it looks so lovely,in that pretty blue shade and I LOVE the simplicity of the whole piece! I would be most apt to try the,les gourmands,tea collection,because I love anything SWEET!

  63. Jeannie says:

    I would choose the Breville Tea Maker. I know she would love it because she loves drinking tea!

  64. Sandra H says:

    The pink necklace at the top is so lovely….for me or my mom

  65. Heather Swanson says:

    I like the tea sets

  66. Rayna says:

    My mom,loves tea so i’d give her The breville tea maker.

  67. linnett says:

    The Mum Gift from Lush looks nice. The Fruites Teas looks good to try.

  68. Edith Rennes says:

    The Breville Tea Maker…for me

  69. melanie borhi says:

    Would love to win the lush gift pack for my mom the most and the fruity teas would be good!!

  70. CHANTELLE SCHOFIELD says:

    I would absolutely love to get (or gift) a Breville Tea Maker and enjoy the les fruités indulgence tea set 🙂 yum delicious! Tea set at the proper temperature makes a huge difference in taste, this will really bring out the fruity flavors of the tea!

    • CHANTELLE SCHOFIELD says:

      Thé des Alizés (from les fruités collection)- is the one I’m most keen on 🙂 the fresh blend of green tea, flower petals, white peach, kiwi and watermelon… yum yum yum

  71. zahra premji says:

    The breville tea ketle is my fav gift for mom because she is a major tea drinker. I would love to try the sweet teas

  72. Dorothy says:

    I’d like to give my mom the Breville Tea Maker. I’d like to try the fruity tea set.

  73. Cathy says:

    I would love the Breville Tea Maker and I know my mother would LOVE this as a Mothers
    Day gift.

  74. BobbiJo Pentney says:

    The tea maker would be awesome.

  75. PJ wiseman says:

    I love the Hoody Caftan it looks so comfy. As for the teas les gourment set…
    Thanks for the contest

  76. janicour says:

    I’d like to try them all, but if I had to pick I’d start with les gourmands. I love Lush Products, so that would be my pick!

  77. the breville tea maker for me …i love tea this would be great to try

  78. Sunshine G says:

    I’d like the Lush and the Gourmand…both sound like good ways to spend Mother’s Day!

  79. Cathy Oppedisano says:

    I’d like to give or receive the Indulgence Tea Sets – $29 each @ Palais des Thés and out of the three, I’ll most like to try the fruity teas.

  80. truckerofbc says:

    Would love to try the Breville Tea Maker, but I have to wonder, does it make more work than it does to just put boiling water into a teapot

  81. lucy kabatoff says:

    Lush would be awesome

  82. wendy Hutton says:

    the Breville tea maker this looks great

  83. Jennifer P says:

    I would give the Mum Lush pack. And the tea set I most want to try is Les Gourmands Sweet Teas

  84. dabrowne says:

    Hands down, the Breville tea maker to brew the Les Gourmands fruity tea in!

  85. Toby says:

    The Hoody Caftan is adorable for Mom! And definitely the desserts sweet teas (Les Gourmands) as it’s perfect for a sweet tooth!

  86. aly3360 says:

    I’d be most excited to gift or get the mum set from lush. Also out of the three tea sets i’d most like to try the dessert sweet teas.

    ayoung3360 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  87. lyn212 says:

    I would love to give my mom the Breville Tea Maker and I would like to try the dessert sweet teas

  88. nicolthepickle says:

    My mother would love the Indulgence Tea sets. She enjoys a good cup of tea.
    And I would like to try the fruit teas the best.

  89. Glogirl says:

    I’d like to gift my mom the Breville Tea Maker.
    I would most like to try the fruity teas.

  90. Lynn Andersen says:

    I would like the Breville Tea Make as I drink mostly herb teas all day long. For the tea I would pick the Melange du Cap

  91. carrie says:

    I’m itching to read the book – Listen to the Squawking Chicken and Love the FRUITY Teas bes.

  92. darci says:

    Love the teamaker so much, it is wonderful, I would pick le gourmonds tea package

  93. Sylvia says:

    Breville Tea Maker and le gourmonds tea package seem interesting to me.

  94. Edmond says:

    the Breville Tea Maker to my mom. SOS. Help. Pick me, pick me! Your next winner!!! Show me the money!!! It would be a dream come true & means more to me than anyone else to win. Starving artist here desperately needs the tea canister to drink, be healthy& eat again. Winner, winnner. Chicken dinner. A life changing experience. Top of my bucket list. Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity. Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest!

  95. Alana says:

    I would most likely give one of the beautiful Lee by lee angel necklaces to my Mom, but many great options here. I love tea, but the Gourmonds dessert sweet teas should especially interesting.

  96. Kayla Gilbert says:

    I think my Mother would love to receive the Breville Tea Makers. I think the “Les Gourmands” teas sound really sweet!

  97. Jessica Lord says:

    i would love the tea maker and to try le gourmands tea package

  98. Jeanette Jackson says:

    I would love the Breville Tea Maker

  99. Tina L. says:

    I would like to gift the Breville Tea Maker to my mom. I would pick the juicy fruits tea.

  100. Lori P says:

    My Mom would probably most like the Lush ‘Mum’ gift set.

  101. eleanor says:

    I’d like to receive the ‘Mum’ gift set from Lush and I would gift my Mom the Breville Tea Maker. I like the Sweet Tea Set.

  102. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I think I would choose to gift the Breville Tea Maker to my mom. She just loves drinking tea! Also, I would choose the fruity tea set!

  103. As an avid tea drinker British born I would LOVE the Breville tea maker for myself. I would love to try Les Gourmandes sweet dessert teas.

  104. https://twitter.com/lizbritbrat/status/469486150864760832 Reposted Tweet as I was missing your “e” on twitter handle

  105. Heather A says:

    I would love to gift myself the Breville Tea maker and Les Gourmands Sweet Teas to try in it.

  106. Penny R says:

    I would like to give my mom the Breville Tea Maker, and try Les Gourmandes sweet dessert teas.

  107. Aimee says:

    I would live to get the tea maker. I would like to try juicy fruits tea, dessert teas,and les gourmands tea. The dessert teas would be my first pick

  108. Mike says:

    I like to gift the Breville Tea Maker. The juicy fruits tea sounds good.

  109. Sylvia says:

    I like to receive the Hoody Caftan and try the dessert sweet teas.

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