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Mother’s Day gift ideas
Searching for the perfect present for Mom this May? Try one of these Mother’s Day gift ideas
Floral tea set
Encourage Mom to take some time for herself with this stylish tea set from Plum ($49.95), which includes a floral mug, tin of tea, cookies and a tea stick to make steeping loose tea a breeze.
Relax & Restore gift set
Treat her to the best gift of all, a good night’s sleep, with this Relax & Restore gift set from The Body Shop ($55). With its soothing collection of milk bath, body lotion, vitamin E cream, lavender home fragrance oil plus lamp ring and a soothing pillow mist-all enclosed in a cute seagrass bag-she’ll be thanking you for the best rest she’s had in years. (Just make sure to help her find a quiet evening to enjoy it all, too.) And with every Mother’s Day gift set purchased, The Body Shop will donate $1 to the Canadian Women’s Foundation to help support women facing domestic violence.
Puffer Bird Measuring Cups
For the mom who loves to cook in style, this adorable stoneware measuring cup set from Anthropologie ($46) will make a welcome addition to the kitchen. It includes four standard sizes (1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup and 1 cup) and is dishwasher and microwave safe.
India Hicks Island Night Milky Bath
Is Mom a bath lover? Treat her to this luxurious bath milk from Crabtree & Evelyn’s India Hicks collection ($32.95). Inspired by life in the Caribbean, it softens skin while it relaxes the senses with scents of orchid, jasmine, green island palms and orange blossom nectar, blended with a soft musk.
100 Greatest Trips
Anyone who loves to travel will adore this book of trips from the editors of Travel + Leisure magazine (Dorling Kindersley, $38.95). Whether it’s reliving old travels, getting ideas for future trips or just enjoying the writing and travel photography, 100 Greatest Trips will help travel-loving moms get inspired for their next getaway.
Guide to Canadian Vegetable Gardening
Growing your own food is big this year-more and more people are realizing that it’s healthier, it’s better for the environment and it’s good for your budget, too. Just in time for spring planting season, this brand-new, Canada-focused gardening guide by Douglas Green (Cool Springs Press, $24.95) is a great gift idea for Mother’s Day. With tips on everything from what and when to plant to how to build the best soil, plus how to grow more vegetables in less space, this book will be well-used come harvest time.
Japanese Cherry Blossom gift set
Help her discover her new favourite products with this mini pampering gift set from Bath & Body Works ($18). The reusable basket includes 2 oz each of shower gel, body cream and fragrance mist, plus a lip gloss, all in a beautiful spring-themed cherry blossom scent.
A subscription to Best Health
Forget flowers and chocolate-they barely last a week. Instead, give her a gift that will last all year: a subscription to Best Health. Help her stay up to date on living a healthy and happy life and if you’re lucky, she’ll test the recipes on you.
Ready-made herb planter
Whether Mom’s got a green or a black thumb, this stylish Edible Garden planter from President’s Choice (from $19.99) will look great on her patio or in her yard. It holds one of three herb blends that are ready to use in the kitchen right away.