When it comes to Mother’s Day, we all want to nail that perfect gift. After all, our moms do a lot for us, and the least we can do is get her something that she’s going to love in return.
While we’re sure Mom will fawn over whatever you think up for her (you are her favourite kid, after all), why not forgo the sentimental, romantic, or even crafty route this year and get her something that will actually help make her life a little easier instead?
We’ve rounded up a few ideas to help get you started.
17 Mother’s Day gifts that will actually make mom’s life easier
This genius cosmetics bagWho wants to spend time organizing makeup and brushes? This cosmetics bag eliminates the frustration of digging through a pile of products, by allowing you to see everything at once. Lay everything flat and then pull the cord to zip it up nice and snug when you’re all done. Easy-peasy, makes Mom’s life breezy.
$14 at Amazon. Amazon
A sleek new FitbitWearable technology has come a long way, as the Fitbit Inspire HR proves. Gift one to Mom so that she can track her heart rate and sleeping habits while using one of the 15-plus goal-based exercise modes and keeping up with notifications from her smart phone.
$130 at Fitbit. Kevin Cremens
Home cleaning servicesVery few people actually like cleaning, but most of us thoroughly enjoy a fully scrubbed house. Help Mom out this year with the gift of a cleaning service. Not only will it save her from having to tidy up herself, it will add some much-needed personal time back into her schedule.
Gift cards available at Merry Maids.Shutterstock
A super fancy hair dryerMoms don’t always have time to style their hair, so why not make her life a little easier and get her the Rolls Royce of hair dryers? Dyson’s patented motor technology styles and dries at the same time, in a matter of minutes.
$499 at Dyson Canada . Dyson
A stylish vessel for her coffee or teaDitch the Best Mom mugs and invest in a Yeti tumbler for your special lady instead. These things keep coffee or tea hot for hours at a time, which means Mom will never have to drink an iced coffee again (unless she specifically wants one).
$40 at Yeti. Yeti
A bamboo tub caddyIf Mom is the type of gal who enjoys a good, long soak in the tub, this caddy is the perfect thing. Not only does it help Mom to enjoy a glass of wine, a delicious snack and her favourite show with ease, but she could also prop up a book and text her friends while she’s at it.
$48 at Amazon. Amazon
A light for her purseHow often do items get lost in the abyss that is Mom’s purse? Help her sort through snacks, keys, cards and other trinkets with this sensor-activated purse light, which will assist Mom in finding everything with ease.
$20 at Amazon. Amazon
A portable steamerIroning is the worst. But using this cute, hand-held steamer can be fun. If you want to help Mom get the wrinkles out of her clothes in record time, this perfectly transportable gadget is a great idea.
$27 at Bed Bath & Beyond. Bed Bath & Beyond
This flawless hair removerIf Mom has a hard time getting to the salon to wax or thread her brows, get her this cordless, portable, and pain-free hair removal product that’s ideal for eliminating all unwanted facial hair. Bonus points for the cute packaging, which reminds us of a lipstick.
$28 at Bed Bath & Beyond. Bed Bath & Beyond
A blanket she can cozy up inWant to make sure Mom stays warm even when she's taking a quick trip to the garage or grabbing something from the mailbox? This is it. She can cozy up during all her favourite movies too.
$40 at thecomfy.com.Instagram/@theoriginalcomfy
An at-home exercise boardThis Shark Tank featured exercise board is genius in that it gives you a total core workout from the comfort of your own home. And, unlike treadmills or other equipment it’s a total breeze to store. If you have a mama who wants to get fit but doesn’t have time for the gym, this gift has her name on it.
$45 at Bed Bath & Beyond. Bed Bath & Beyond
A gardening cushionSome moms have green thumbs, but that doesn’t mean she needs to have purple knees. Help make her gardening days a little easier with this bright and cheery knee-saving gardening cushion. Want to go extra? Grab some gloves to match.
$37 at Chapters Indigo. Indigo
A year of guided meditationWe always hear about how meditating is good for the soul (not to mention body and mind), but without the proper guidance it’s often an exercise in futility. Enter Unplug: The Guided Meditation App. Grab Mom a year-long subscription that promises to guide her to a better sense of well-being, whether it be morning, noon or night.
$77 at Chapters Indigo. Shutterstock
The gift of pre-selected clothingDoes Mom need a little wardrobe boost? Help her pick out the perfect threads with a gift card to the Canadian subscription box, Frock Box. Fill out a questionnaire and then every month mom will receive a few select items from Canadian designers that she can either keep or return, using your gift cards in the process.
$50-200 at Frock Box. Shutterstock
A Lifeproof phone caseMost of Mom’s memories are probably stored on her phone, which means she’ll want to make sure it’s completely protected. Help her out with a Lifeproof case, which is shockproof, water proof, scratch proof, and stylish.
iPhone 7 and 8 model, $60 at Amazon. Amazon
A smart speakerMoms often juggle a lot in two hands, so why not get her an assistant? We’re talking about a smart speaker like a Google Mini or an Echo Dot, of course. The latter allows her to effortless listen to music, check the weather, hear the news or set her smart home devices with simple voice commands.
$50 at Amazon. Amazon
Free mealsSure, you could treat Mom to a night at a fancy restaurant, or you could give her the gift of not having to meal plan or prep all week long. Subscription boxes like Hello Fresh and Good Food are perfect companions to busy weeks, and both have the option of giving gifts cards so that Mom can pick when she wants them delivered.
From $65 at Good Food. Shutterstock