Fa La La Mama
Moms. They’re quite possibly the most valuable people on the planet, but often under appreciated. Until this year! Gifting mom with any one of these 10 amazing gift ideas – all designed with mom’s most important indulgences in mind – will surely put a smile on her face (and earn you bonus points toward becoming the unofficial favourite in the family).
If She Needs Sleep: Dormeo Evolution Dream Memory Foam Pillow – $189 or the Dormeo Evolution Dream Pillow – $159
One of the most underrated commodities is a good night’s rest – especially for busy moms. She’s sure to get it when she rests her head on one of these truly dreamy pillows. The DORMEO Evolution Dream Memory Foam Pillow features plush MemoryCoils and firmer EcoSprings to keep your head and spine aligned no matter how you sleep – while still cradling your head in comfortable softness. It also features a layer of cozy memory foam alongside DORMEO BreathNTech, which is absolutely essential as it keeps the pillow breathable and avoids that uncomfortable build-up of heat that can often happen with memory foam products. The DORMEO Evolution Dream Pillow is just as comfortable, and also features MemoryCoils in the centre of the pillow, firmer EcoCell EcoSprings, and an air mesh panel around all four sides to keep that air flowing. Both pillows also have a removable cover so you can wash it on the regular. A perfect yet practical choice for the mom who has everything. Also available at Sleep Country Canada and Dormez-Vous in Quebec.
If She Needs to Relax: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker – $349
Sometimes mom just needs a breather. A cup of tea and a good book are the perfect treats to give mom a time out from real life – and this impressive tea machine from Breville makes preparing your favourite brew a total snap. Truth be told, the art of tea making is something I’ve never quite mastered – the wrong temperature or brewing for the wrong amount of time can totally dampen the flavour of your tea. But Breville’s tea maker features different settings for different varieties, including oolong, black, and white, as well as an automatic basket that lifts in and out of the water to gently agitate the leaves and ensure you’re getting the most flavour out of them. You can even custom set a specific cycle for whatever blend you’re making. An ingenious way to treat mom again and again, especially through the winter months.
If She Needs Some New Rinkside Reading: Hockey Moms by Julie Bertuzzi $19.95
She’s there at every practice – no matter how early or how late. She cleans your smelly equipment. She cheers you on when you score the winning goal and cheers you up when you lose a tournament. Hockey moms are truly dedicated women – although as this humorous book notes, there’s more than one type of hockey mom out there. Featuring 20 tongue-in-cheek profiles of the different types of hockey mamas out there – from the glittery ‘Princess’ to the hardcore ‘Coach’ to the life-through-a-lens ‘Camera’ mom, it’s a chuckle-worthy good way to pass the time when waiting for your little ones to get tidied up after a game.
If She Loves to Pound the Pavement: Down for a Run Vest from lululemon – $139
For all those fitness-loving moms, lululemon has an incredible new range of items for all types of physical activity – beyond yoga. This cuddly vest is surprisingly lightweight and figure-flattering. Made from their wind and water-resistant Glyde Light fabric, this quilted vest also features sweat-wicking fabric side panels, zippered pockets, and a media pocket so she can listen to her favourite tunes getting fit. A beautiful yet cozy pick whether she’s running around town or running errands.
If She Needs A Treat: Stasis Preserves Spreads – $7.95 each
Mom is so over those processed treats and junk food. So instead, gift her with something sweet and wholesome but also oh-so-delicious, like this amazing spreads from Stasis Preserves. With seven different varieties featuring homegrown ingredients, these tasty spreads are great on crackers or homemade bread, but can also be used in more creative ways like as a glaze on meat. With no preservatives or artificial ingredients, these low-sugar spreads are just the right hint of sweet she’ll love. Plus you’ll feel great knowing you’ve bought an artisanal, Canadian-made product!
If She Needs to Pamper Herself: L’Occitane Pierre Hérme Pamplemousse Rhubarb Star Gift Set – $80
In one of the most creative collaborations of the season, L’Occitane invited pastry chef Pierre Hérme to concoct two new fragrances for the holidays. The results? Jasmin Immortale Neroli and Pamplemousse Rhubarb. Both of them are olfactory delights – the former has a zesty, peppy smell with notes of lemon and pink pepper, while the latter has a citrusy festive scent that is tempered with hints of nutmeg and cloves. What’s particularly cool with this collection is it is totally suitable for a man or a woman – and you can fully indulge in it with this amazing gift set featuring a shower gel, soap, body lotion, and eau de toilette, all housed in a festive gift box. Also, as part of L’Occitane’s seasonal partnership with Dress for Success, $10 from your purchase will go toward providing women with business-ready wardrobes so they can land the job looking and feeling their best.
If She’s Looking for Some Kitchen Inspiration: Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food by Nigella Lawson – $45
While it’s less and less common for mom to be the sole kitchen maestro, for the moms that do love fixing a good home cooked meal, it can certainly be a grind to continually think up new dishes. Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson’s latest offering may be just the ticket to kitchen boredom. What’s particularly great about this one is how simple so many of the recipes are – with easy-to-source ingredients, simple techniques, and limited amounts of time, you can produce mouthwatering weeknight meals and beyond. Featuring 150 new recipes, this great cookbook also delves into breakfast ideas and effortless entertaining meals for when you’re cooking for a crowd. Want a preview of just some of the recipes? How does Cauliflower & Cashew Nut Curry sound for a spicy meatless Monday dish? Does the idea of a simple Avocado Salad with Red Onions and Pomegranate make you melt? Or in the ‘Bowls’ section, how about Thai Noodles with Cinnamon & Prawns? No matter what page you flip to, mom will surely be psyched to get into the kitchen again after receiving this lovely gift.
If She Wants A Nice Tidy House: Murchison-Hume Classic Six Boxed Cleaning Set – $60 USD
Some moms love nothing more than a spic and span living space. If that’s the case, then you’ll definitely want to treat her to these creme de la creme natural cleaning products from U.S. brand Murchison-Hume. The brand prides itself on being chemical-free, and uses ingredients from nature to disinfect and scrub every corner in your home while still smelling amazing. With heavenly scents like Fig or White Grapefruit, these fantastic natural products are particularly ideal for any eco-conscious moms. The cool box set above features six of the brand’s marquis products, including their fragrance-free glass cleaner and their counter-safe all-purpose cleaner that will keep chemical residue from getting onto your food. As a heads up, shopping on the Murchison-Hume site directly does carry some highish shipping fees, but they do include duties when checking out so no surprises when it arrives at your door. You can also buy their products from Petal & Post and Holt Renfrew.
If She Needs a Wardrobe Update: I’ve Been Everywhere Cardigan – $92 @ Ever Rose
Every mom needs a good basic black cardigan in her wardrobe – whether she’s needing to cover up a spit-stained tee or simply chilly after being rinkside for a game or wanting to stay warm in her air conditioned office. But basic doesn’t need to be boring, as this amazing oversized sweater demonstrates. Made from a cuddly soft fabric, this expressive sweater features the names of three of the world’s fashion capitals, putting a wanderlust spin on a wardrobe favourite.
If She Needs a Refresher: Sephora Favorites Beauty Unmasked – $47
In mom’s eternal hunt for that youthful glow, she’s likely tried a mask or two. But instead of investing tons of dollars into one mask, gift her this awesome sampler set that contains six innovative, top-rated masks from high profile brands like Origins and Boscia. Each mask has its own unique formulation and special ingredients designed to target specific skin concerns – from anti-aging to detoxifying to boosting your skin’s radiance. It’s just one of a dozen awesome new samplers from Sephora Favorites that mom would love to receive this season!
As a thank you to ALL the moms out there, I’m giving away a bliss-inducing prize package valued at over $575, including:
- Dormeo Evolution Dream Memory Foam Pillow
- Dormeo Evolution Dream Pillow
- Hockey Moms by Julie Bertuzzi + a Travel Mug
- Two Stasis Preserves Spreads
- L’Occitane’s Pierre Herme Pamplemousse Rhubarb Star Gift Set
- Murchison-Hume’s Classic Six Gift Set
- Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson
Want to win it? Here’s how to enter!
1) First & foremost: you must be a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide to enter this giveaway. It’s as simple as finding ‘The Gift of Gab’ box in the righthand column and dropping in your email or clicking follow. Then leave me a comment below by November 19, 2015 telling me what your favourite gift idea for mom is in this roundup!
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 November 20, 2015 to select the winner, 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: Do as many or as few of the following as you’d like. For every bonus entry you rack up, be sure to leave a separate comment with proof (i.e. a link) or your bonus entries won’t count!
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L’Occitane – Follow the brand on Twitter and send out a Tweet about the giveaway that tags them + me (@cdngiftguide) and links back to this post.
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