Mother’s Day is coming up and that means it’s time to rack your brain for the perfect gift for the woman in your life who means so much to you. And because it’s Mother’s Day and your mom/wife/partner isn’t going to remind you about a holiday that celebrates her, there’s a good chance you may forget until the last minute. Smarten up! Your mother taught you better than that.
Sometimes we feel so much pressure to buy moms the perfect gift that we end up getting them something impersonal and, well, useless. Break the lame Mother’s Day gift tradition this year and buy Mom something that won’t be relegated to the back of her drawer.
22 gifts that moms won’t secretly want to throw away
A REALLY NICE, REALLY SMALL PURSEWant Mom to be your human locker? Too bad, she’s wearing a cute purse and it’s too small for anyone’s crap but her own.
$198 at Roots. Roots
A DECENT BOTTLE OF WINEGet your Khaleesi a decent bottle of wine for Mother’s Day this year. What could be more perfect than a Royal Reserve designed for Mother of Dragons, and small, sticky children.
$14 at the LCBO. LCBO
Classic trainersWe all know Mom’s running around doing everything she can to make your life easier. She might as well look good doing it in these Reebok Vintage Club Cs.
$90 at Reebok. Reebok
Luxury sunniesWho deserves a new pair of high quality, luxurious Serengeti sunglasses that aren’t just gonna get tossed in a bag, never to be found again? Mom does.
$348 at Smart Buy Glasses. Serengeti
A BOOK OF INSPIRATIONHelp your mom feel inspired and remind her that even Michelle Obama has tough mom days.
$21 at Chapters Indigo. Indigo
AN ACTUAL PAIR OF PAJAMASGet Mom a pair of pajamas that actually started out as pajamas, not an oversized free t-shirt from a charity event you attended five years ago and a pair of old boxer shorts that are literally hanging by a thread.
$50 at Chapters Indigo. Indigo
A FANCY COFFEE MAKERNot every morning can begin with a lesiurely stroll to the local coffee shop, so let Mom be her own barista with no skill needed. Here for the frother.
$319 at Nespresso. Nespresso
AN EROTIC BOOKSometimes moms want to be inspired and sometimes they want to be…inspired. You know what we mean.
$57 at Chapters Indigo. Indigo
AN E-READERIf your mom loves to read but doesn’t love lugging a book around, get her a lightweight, waterproof e-reader that fits in her purse. Bonus – no one can see what she’s reading. See previous slide.
$140 at Amazon. Kindle
A SMART WATER BOTTLEThe Ulla Smart Hydration Monitor will remind Mom when she’s nearing dehydration, with the smart technology helping users drink three times as much water. It will help Mom cross ‘dehydrated’ off the list when she’s trying to determine the root of her constant headache.
$34 at Urban Outfitters. Urban Outfitters
A VACUUM THAT CLEANS BY ITSELFThere’s a longstanding belief that getting a woman a vacuum as a gift will land you on the couch for a month. Probably. But a vacuum that you’re not expecting her to push herself? Welcome back to the bedroom.
$450 at Canadian Tire. Shark
A REALLY NICE HAIR DRYERThe Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is the Cadillac of hair dryers. If the mom in your life is finding herself with half the bathroom prep time that she had before kids, help her dry her hair quickly and healthfully with a Dyson.
$500 at Best Buy. Dyson
A good bottle of dry shampooFor mornings when there isn’t time for the Dyson…or an actual shower, get mom the good stuff that won’t make it look like she just had a baking mishap in a terrible rom com.
$11 at Shoppers Drug Mart. OGX
A CUTE HATNo time for the Dyson or dry shampoo? Mom’s still gotta mom, so get your mom a cute hat that is designed to fit her top knot. Why is it a top knot when you’re young and cool and a ‘mom bun’ when you’re exhausted with kids?
$34 at Top Knot Inc.. Top Knot
The softest shirt everMom is entitled to look good and feel like the exquisite queen that she is. These eco-friendly tees are the softest we’ve ever felt, and stay that way after every wash.
$40 at Square & Heart. Heart & Square
A GIFT CARD FOR DELIVERYEvery time you ask your mom what’s for dinner, a gray hair appears on her head. Stop giving your mother grays and start giving her the night off with a gift card for meal delivery.
Various Prices at Uber Eats. Uber eats
Jewellery that doesn't say 'mom' on itThis pretty gold Lotus necklace from Mejuri has dainty white sapphires and will go with everything she already owns.
$103 at Mejuri. Mejuri
A PORTABLE PHONE CHARGERWhether she’s answering work emails while grocery shopping or sitting in the car while the baby naps, moms use their phones a lot. A dead phone battery can ruin a day, so keep Mom fully charged with a phone charger that is as small as a tube of lipstick.
$31 at Best Buy. Best Buy
AN AIR PURIFIERMom colds are like regular people colds except that no one looks after moms and the cold lasts twice as long because the soup is always icy when mom finally gets to eat. Keep your mom healthy with an air purifier.
$100 at Chapters Indigo. Indigo
A COFFEE MUG THAT STAYS HOTMost moms don’t wake up in the morning dreaming about their room-temperature coffee that they can finally drink after packing everyone’s lunch and getting everyone else breakfast. Get mom a mug that will keep her coffee at the perfect hot temperature for an hour.
$105 at Urban Outfitters. Urban Outfitters
Lip balm that actually worksSometimes plain ol’ chapstick needs an upgrade. These BITE Beauty Agave Lip Masks can be used day or night to help soothe and replenish dry lips.
$30 at Sephora. BITE
A FOOT MASSAGERMost people would love having a spa day once a month, but schedules and budgets don’t always allow for frequent pamper sessions. Give Mom the gift of a mini-vacay with a water foot massage. Brownie points if you slice up some cucumbers for her water as well.
$107 at Best Buy. Best Buy