Everyone loves a gift bag, especially the person who is most often on the giving end of the joy-proffering line: Mom. Well, good news has finally landed in mama's lap, her profligate child can now afford to spend some money on her, if he lives in Canada, that is. Introducing the Sephora Loves Canada Minibag Palette — a practical and cute compact in the shape of a Sephora shopping bag. The smile-inducing loot-sac contains nine eyeshadows, a blush, and four tinted lip glosses — a $50 value for only $15.
Nothing says I love you like a robe - a piece of clothing that is one size fits all and requires mom to stay at home while wearing it. Now, you could venture out to Walmart and buy a stiff terry-towel housecoat that appears as though it has coffee stains even before they inevitably appear, or you can be a real son and head to Holt Renfrew to purchase the Yunnan Floral Robe ($178) by Fillipina fashion designer Josie Natori. This elegant Kimono-style silk leisure gown will make mom feel like a Queen not just for a day, but every day she wears it.
We know a scarf is standard fare but there's a reason for that. Women of all ages love them. Still, how to choose? What colour? What pattern? What will she actually like? Let us simplify it for you. Go to Holt Renfrew and pick out one of their private label Ombré chiffon scarves ($195.00). They come in a variety of colours, each guaranteed to please.
Flowers are nice, but a Madison Floral Print Sophia Satchel ($298.00) from Coach will last long after the blooms are spent. She'll love the watercolour floral print (though it comes in a variety of colours), contrasted with shiny metallic leather, which gives it a more modern look. Inside, there are thoughtful zip, cell phone and multifunction pockets for all her, um, mom stuff.
If you buy mom a digital camera, like the Samsung ST550 ($329.99) — a 12 megapixel point and shoot with a 1.5 inch LCD screen on the front - you never have to hear her say, "How do I open this attachment?" again. Reason: she will be taking pictures of you and your family herself. Moreover, the Samsung ST550 comes in black, gold, orange and purple, so the fact that her camera isn't cute enough to take out with her is no longer an excuse to have you take yours.
A timepiece is always a timeless gift for mom with so many styles and price ranges to choose from. Here, we feature Swiss watchmaker Rado's Centrix stainless steel bracelet watch ($2,700.00). With quartz movement, mother of pearl dial and 64 diamonds around the bezel, it's sure to please. Even if you're notoriously late, she won't be able to help but smile each time she glances at her wrist to see just how long you've kept her waiting.
Not only will mom have a chance to enjoy the luxury of one of Four Seasons' 84 hotels and resorts around the world, but this year for every gift card sold, the company will plant a seedling as part of a 10 Million Trees initiative. Mom can enjoy a gastronomic getaway in New York in Manhattan's premier shopping district and feel good about it! Gift cards are available online and range in any denomination, from $100 to $5,000 USD.
Any device that a busy young mom needs to rely on must be able to withstand the occasional punishment that toddlers can dish out — in other words, it should be able to function after being buried in a sandbox, drop-kicked across a kitchen or liberally gnawed and drooled upon. Fortunately, TELUS has just launched a brand new smartphone that puts durability front and centre — the DEFY is water-resistant, dustproof and scratch-resistant as well. It’s not just tough, but quite high-tech as well: enhanced audio quality with CrystalTalk PLUS makes it easy to communicate and dual microphones keep voices amplified and filter out background noise.
I know you berate your mom every time she drowns herself in perfume before getting in your car but really all that lady wants is to smell like flowers, so buy her some perfume. Mother's Day is not about you. I suggest picking up a bottle of Black Orchid ($62 - $138) — a luxurious, sultry scent from Tom Ford and accompany it with a tutorial on how to do the perfume walkthrough. Win, win.
Some things simply do not change: moms wanting to look at pictures of their kids or grandkids, for instance. But the technology to allow moms of all ages to get all choked-up has become super refined. Take the Kodak Pulse Digital Frame ($129.95 - $199.95). It’s Wi-Fi enabled with a customizable email address, a feature that will allow mom to wirelessly receive photos from smartphones, computers and any other email equipped device. Which is pretty cool — as you can preload the frame for Mother’s Day, but then keep sending more up-to-date photos as they happen. This frame also connects to Facebook, so albums can be streamed automatically — and there’s even a Quick Comment button that lets the picture received communicate back to the sender directly from the frame’s touchscreen. Perfect for the tech savvy mom.