If your mom is the type of woman who tends to put her family well ahead of herself, Mother's Day is exactly the time to be buying her all the gifts she really needs. Well, need might not be the exact right term, but what we're saying is — it's time to spoil her.
The fact is, your mom has probably gotten used to replying "oh, I don't need anything!" when you ask what she'd like for her special occasions, and she possibly even believes it too. That's why we've pulled together this list of fabulous gifts for Mom that she would never buy for herself. The bonus? She will absolutely adore them.
Check out these 26 items — some may cost a bit more than usual, but you know your mom is worth it:
A Silent Juicer
Meet your mom's new main squeeze. This juicer will help Mom create everything from her funky green smoothies to a pulp-filled OJ. <a href="http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/kuvings-kuvings-silent-juicer-940sc-burgundy-940sc/10287905.aspx?path=7e5f00e7e1f702911bca9951891b36f7en02" target="_blank">Kuvings Silent Juicer, $380, available at Best Buy</a>
Mom may have been up to the wee hours of the night when you were a teenager, but these days she could use some tracking in the sleep department. This wristband tracks steps, distance, and calories burned during the day, and monitors snooze time. <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msca/en_CA/list/categoryID.67873500?ICID_Home_EN_FeaturedProducts1_MdayGG" target="_blank">Sleep Wristband, $100, available at the Microsoft Store </a>
The Little Details
If your mom loves to garden, she is probably spending time buying bigger plants or veggies. Sometimes, the cute potters and flowers are out of her radar/on her wish list, so surprise her with these jars! <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/105571109/mason-jar-wall-planter-organizer-decor?ref=fp_treasury_11" target="_blank">Mason Jar Wall Planter, $34, available on Etsy </a>
Seriously, your mom would never buy this and would probably yell at you for spending the money. But this gift is something both her and your dad (and you) can enjoy. <a href="http://www.overstock.com/Sports-Toys/Parachute-Silk-Waterproof-Two-person-Hammock-with-Stuff-Sack/4835102/product.html?refccid=ROE72UC3YQVYBSCJXYCOJND7QU&searchidx=9" target="_blank">Parachute Silk Waterproof Two-person Hammock, $57, available on Overstock.com </a>
A Super Useful Phone
Mom may still be using her flip-phone to call you at odd hours and send you texts. Revamp her gadget with a new smartphone, equipped with a high-quality camera (for selfies, of course) and a built-in bookshelf. <a href="http://www.google.ca/nexus/5/" target="_blank">Nexus 5, available at the Google Star, $349 </a>
Your mom deserves a break. Treat her (and her back) with this Swedish Shiatsu massage she can use in her car or at work. <a href="http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/obusforme-obusforme-shiatsu-massage-cushion-sm-smc-04-brown-sm-smc-04/10218403.aspx?path=26f8a7165b18e8187da00cd711ab6caaen02" target="_blank">Obusforme Shiatsu Massage Cushion, $60, available at Best Buy </a>
A Personalized Cutting Board
Your mom may already have a few cutting boards in her kitchen, but we bet you she has NOTHING like this personalized one. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/181965500/mothers-day-present-custom-cutting-board?ref=br_feed_8&br_feed_tlp=mothers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Mother's Day Present Custom Cutting Board, $51, available on Etsy </a>
Fancy (And Scented) Bath Products
Your mom may not be up for buying herself a massage or spa package. To make things a little different this year, try a head-to-toe bath and body set from LUSH — this way she can experience some down time at home. <a href="http://www.lush.ca/on/demandware.store/Sites-LushCA-Site/en_CA/Page-View?cid=mothersday-landingpage-2014" target="_blank">Mum Gift, $54, available at LUSH</a>
'Friends' DVD Set
Let your mom relive her favourite moments form "Friends" over and over again. This gift set includes all episodes from the 10 years of the series! <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/Friends-Complete-Series-Jennifer-Anniston/dp/B00B1LN8WY/ref=br_lf_m_1002406161_1_7_ttl?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&pf_rd_p=1778889382&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_i=1002406161&pf_rd_m=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB&pf_rd_r=0N218S4H5JMFTX499C15" target="_blank">Friends Complete Series, $145, available on Amazon.ca </a>
Shake It Like A Polaroid Picture
Mom may get all shy and red if you give her a Polaroid camera, but just think about how much fun she'll have taking pictures of her everyday adventures. Instantly. <a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=26521526&parentid=A-GIFTS" target="_blank">Impossible Polaroid One-Step Close-Up Camera, $180, available at Urban Outfitters </a>
Magnetic Knife Holder
Mom always taught you one thing: Never run around with sharp objects. At least this way, she can keep her favourite (and expensive) knives in a safe place. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/129989754/knife-rack-magnetic-rack-reclaimed?ref=br_feed_60&br_feed_tlp=mothers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Knife Rack, $44, available on Etsy </a>
An Ice Cream Maker
Mom will definitely feel like a kid again when she can make her own scoops of ice cream with sprinkles. <a href="http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Cuisinart-ICE-45-Mix-it-in-Soft-Serve-1.5-quart-Ice-Cream-Maker/5738115/product.html?refccid=TTYESWG7HDOK24SDOKME3QINBI&searchidx=11" target="_blank">Cuisinart ICE-45 Mix-it-in Soft Serve 1.5-quart Ice Cream Maker, $121, available on Overstock.com </a>
Books That She Loved
Add to your mom's bookshelf by giving her a box-set of books she might have read growing up as a kid. This Alice Munro box-set includes five classics. <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/alice-munro-collection/9780143191438-item.html?ref=by-shop%3aseasonal%3amday-books-fic%3abooks-irresistible-fiction%3a1%3a" target="_blank">The Alice Munro Collection, $27, available at Chapter's/Indigo</a>
Family Photo Shoot
Mom would never think to impose on the family for some new pictures, but you know she'd love them. Best of all, with a gift card to this service, she can pick a photographer she loves — and of course, the timing too. (There are plenty of other services to choose from too.) <a href="http://www.begift.com/" target="_blank">Begift gift cards, starting from $25, begift.com</a>.
Let your mom be a kid again with this super fun DIY guitar set. And if she was a keen guitarist back in her university or college days (or still is), this gesture will go a long way. <a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=32228983&parentid=A-GIFTS" target="_blank">DIY Build Your Own Ukulele Kit, $40, available at Urban Outfitters </a>
The Perfect Yoga Bag
She may already have the yoga mat, but never got time to get herself a yoga bag. And if she's all about being eco-friendly, she'll appreciate the fact this bag was made from water-resistant recycled poly, reclaimed from plastic bottles. <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/YogaRat-Matpak-Durable-Versatile-Ember/dp/B00A6WZ228/ref=br_lf_m_1002406171_1_26_ttl?ie=UTF8&s=sports&pf_rd_p=1777071862&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_i=1002406171&pf_rd_m=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB&pf_rd_r=03F0GR1110BQMC3A43Z6" target="_blank">YogaRat Matpak Yoga Bag, $32, available on Amazon.ca </a>
A Cool Fan
Her workplace or home office gets so warm in the summer, but you'll never hear her complaining. Make sure she's comfortable all year long with a fan that is not only silent, but looks like a piece of art for her desk. <a href="http://www.dysoncanada.ca/en-CA/fansandheaters/fans/desk/am06-30-range/am06-desk-fan-30-black-nickel" target="_blank">Dyson Desk Fan, $349.99. dyson.ca</a>.
Updating her decor is a dream, but she never seems to find the time to go shopping for it — and when she does, she never finds what she likes. Give her a helping hand with gorgeous throw pillows to start. <a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-pillows/28250686.jsp?cm_sp=Grid-_-28250686-_-Regular_33" target="_blank">Firenze Velvet Tassel Pillow, $58-$78, Anthropologie</a>.
Perhaps your mom has a cottage that has been crying out for a Point Blanket for years (but she's been making do with an old throw), or a white couch that this would look lovely draped over. Either way, it's time for her to enjoy the stripes. <a href="http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/hbc-/blankets/multistripe-point-blanket-0012-1019553--24" target="_blank">Hudson's Bay Company Multi-Stripe Point Blanket, $395, The Bay</a>.
Mom may not be the type to hang around in her pajamas much later than 7 a.m., but if anything can convince her, it's this super-soft, adorably printed nightie and robe. <a href="http://www.holtrenfrew.com/" target="_blank">Oscar de la Renta chemise ($170) and knit robe ($190), Holt Renfrew</a>.
Your mom's been using the same old slow cooker since she got married, and while she swears it's the only one she'll ever want, we're guessing an option that has ergonomic handles and pouring functionality will be even more beloved. <a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/all-clad-d7-slow-cooker/" target="_blank">All-Clad d7 Slow Cooker, from $300, Wiliams-Sonoma</a>.
It's time for Mom to throw out that tiny travel umbrella with the bent spokes and step up to the big time with a designer name, wooden handle and massive canopy. <a href="http://www.raindropsto.com/jean-paul-gaultier-faux-leather-umbrella" target="_blank">Jean Paul Gaultier Faux Leather Umbrella, $260, Raindrops</a>.
Wet And Wild
Is a garden hose the most luxurious gift for Mother's Day? No — but if Mom loves her garden, it could be the best one. This hose promises not to kink, and comes in a variety of eye-popping hues. <a href="http://www.homedepot.ca/product/premium-rubber-hose/869288" target="_blank">Colourwave Premium Rubber Hose, $130, Home Depot</a>.
One Extra Bag
If Mom gets worried about having enough room in her suitcase for any, um, additional purchases when she travels, ease her mind by making sure she packs along a foldable, durable, adorable bag. <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/Tumi-014829D-Luggage-Just-Black/dp/B003FKQTR0/ref=sr_1_42?s=luggage&ie=UTF8&qid=1399065349&sr=1-42&keywords=Tumi" target="_blank">Tumi 014829D Luggage Just In Case Tote, $105, Amazon.ca</a>.
Give Mom an amazing excuse to find time for a picnic — a blanket that begs to be shown off (even if it's just to her and her friends). For her practical side, let her know this one's machine washable and waterproof on one side. <a href="http://www.artsymodern.com/collections/outdoor/products/pre-order-anorak-kissing-horses-picnic-blanket" target="_blank">Anorak Kissing Horses Picnic Blanket, $62, Artsy Modern</a>.
Wake Up Right
Proper sleep is just as important (or more so!) for Mom as everyone else. Help make sure she starts her day gently with this light that simulates sunrise (because we're hoping she's not waking at 6 every day). <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/Philips-Canada-Vitalight-Wake-Up-1-Count/dp/B00E91EGDS/ref=br_lf_m_1002406201_1_1_ttl?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&pf_rd_p=1778613302&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_i=1002406201&pf_rd_m=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB&pf_rd_r=14P1FZS303NV0TNKQMRD" target="_blank">Philips Canada Vitalight Wake-Up Light, $70, Amazon.ca</a>.
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For The Mom Who 'Likes' Everything You Do
If your mom is going to follow you on Facebook and Instagram on her laptop, she might as well look good while cybersmothering you. This compact laptop sleeve looks like a stylish clutch purse and also provides padded and water-resistant protection. The attractive design might even encourage your mom to post a photo of your gift on her Facebook timeline under the heading: “Best Mother’s Day ever!” <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Greene-+-Gray-13-Inch-Laptop-Sleeve-BlackFloral/productID.285652800" target="_blank">Microsoft Laptop Sleeve, $19.97</a>
For The Earth Loving Mom
Buying cleaning products for Mother’s Day is a risky move that only Dad would dare try. But if your mom is all about mother nature and protecting the environment,she <em>might</em> appreciate some natural cleaning products. Still, you better get Mom some flowers to go along with this gift idea, or at least offer to clean the house for a month. <a href="http://www.cleanattitude.com/fruit_vegetable_wash_p/10780.htm" target="_blank">ATTITUDE cleaning products, $2.99 to $10.99</a>
For The Active Mom
This isn’t your mother’s ordinary water bottle that she carries around during workouts or jogs. The Rejuvenate Hydration is on another level: It has a long slotted tube that holds fruit slices to subtly flavour the water. The silicone pulp guard underneath the lid minimizes pulp intake. The flip top lid is also leak proof. <a href="http://www.trudeaucorp.com/ca-en/products/hydration/capacity/17-oz/p-rejuvenate-08713200.html" target="_blank">Rejuvenate Hydration Bottle, $15.50</a>
For The Connected Mom
Moms that like to accessorize will appreciate Acoustic Research’s new line of pretty tech accessories, each designed with input from more than 1,000 women. In particular, the bright and colourful charging cables for micro USB and 30-Pin add a designer’s touch to everyday tech accessories. <a href="www.ARforher.com" target="_blank">Acoustic Research for Her: Charging Cables, $11.99</a>
For The Mom On The Go
Your mom will appreciate the Bracketron if she runs. The lightweight gadget will make it easier for her to carry her smartphone and other essentials while working out. It also features an easy-to-see, built-in reflector so passing drivers and cyclists can easily spot your mom, especially if she’s one of those urban runners unwilling to break their stride for stoplights and crosswalks. <a href="www.bracketron.com" target="_blank">Bracketron TruRunner, $19.95</a>
For The Mom Who Likes To Jam
Your mom will be the talk of her tea party when she pulls out her pocket-sized mini speaker to provide some mood music. The lightweight, rechargeable mini speaker has a 360-degree sound design and features a built-in audio cable which folds to store directly into the bottom of the speaker. It also has an enhanced bass resonator, just in case your mom feels like cranking it up when any Dr.Dre or Snoop Dog songs come up on her playlist. <a href="www.kinivo.com" target="_blank">Kinivo: ZX100 Mini Portable Speaker, $19.95</a>
For The Flower Lover
Almost everyone is going to get their mom flowers for Mother’s Day. You can take an extra step by getting your mom flowers… in a designer vase. The heart-shaped Bud Vase has cylinder glass tubes that can slide out for easy cleaning. <a href="http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Swetheart-Iron-Heart-shaped-Bud-Vase/6309072/product.html?refccid=KOCC4NUT6MSZMNSGJGFBX74YYM&searchidx=84" target="_blank">Sweetheart Iron Heart-shaped Bud Vase, $16.78</a>
For The Mom Who Loves Fashion (But Doesn't Like To Spend)
The Kollar Clothing Toque is perfect for the mom that frets about buying department store fashions because she doesn't want to look like everyone else. Kollar Clothing is a boutique line that was started by young Toronto fashion designer David Kollar. The toque itself is light enough that it can be used to complement outfits for early spring. <a href="www.kollarclothing.com" target="_blank">Kollar Clothing Toque, $20</a>
For The New Mom
Getting ready for a newborn can be a hectic experience. As such, expectant moms will probably appreciate a Mother’s Day gift that consolidates all their needs in one little bundle of joy. The Bamboo Wipes Gift Set features natural and organic baby skincare from Aleva Naturals. The gift set includes: baby wipes, pacifier and toy wipes, breathe easy wipes and teeth wipes. <a href="http://well.ca/products/aleva-naturals-bamboo-baby-gift-set_74150.html" target="_blank">Aleva Naturals: Bamboo Wipes Gift Set, $19.99</a>
For The Bird Watcher
If you have a mom that is an avid bird watcher, you might have experienced the joy of seeing her comically chase squirrels away from the birdfeeder every morning. The Stumper looks like a fortified birdseed fortress – and it is. It features a squirrel resistant metal cage and twist lock top. Not even a team of Ocean’s Eleven-type squirrels could crack this safe. <a href="http://www.homedepot.ca/product/squirrel-stumper/909609" target="_blank">PERKY-PET Squirrel Stumper Birdfeeder, $19.98</a>
For The Retro Mom
You can’t buy Mom a time machine for Mother’s Day but you can at least buy her a retro Adidas wallet to take her back to her youth. <a href="http://www.adidas.ca/en/wallet/F79338_500.html" target="_blank">Adidas Wallet, $15</a>
For The Mom Who Needs Mom Time
This one’s for the mom that likes to chillax with a good book, soft music, and some scented candles. Prosperity Candles aren't only relaxing; they are also designed to do some good in the world. Each candle is handmade and ethically poured. The candles also come with a story about the woman who poured it. From pillars made by Iraqi widows, to repurposed glass votives from Haiti — each candle is handmade by another woman. <a href="www.prosperitycandle.com" target="_blank">Prosperity Candles, starting at $20</a>
For The Mom Who Runs The World
The quintessential gift for strong, talented mothers everywhere, Beyoncé's perfume incorporates the singer’s favourite flower, the orchid. RISE is an intoxicating floral that includes Italian bergamot, gold symphony orchid and autumn woods accord — perfect for the mom that wants to get her diva on. Beyoncé RISE, 15ml, $20, available at a variety of stores across Canada
For The Mom Who Likes To Give (Even More That Is)
If your mom has a warm place in heart for charity, she'll appreciate this small gesture with a big impact. Buying this bundle of two rabbits could create an instant business for a family abroad. <a href="http://www.ccfcanada.ca/pdf/2014-SpringGiftCat/gift-catalogue.html? utm_source=SpringGC2014pdf&utm_medium=OnlinePDFCatalogue&utm_term=GiftCatalogue&utm_content=OnlinePDFCatalogue&utm_campaign=2014GiftCatalogueSpringFY15#/7" target="_blank">Two Rabbits from Christian Children's Fund of Canada, $20 </a>
For The Extra Fancy Mom
Pamper Mom with the limited edition Sally Hansen Mother’s Day Salon Gel Polish collection that comes in shades of turquoise, coral and metallic. You can even add to the nail salon vibe by gossiping about boys... your dad. Sally Hansen Mother’s Day Salon Gel Polish collection, $14.95, available for a limited time exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Canada
For The Rock Star
Your mom is a rock star, so help her look like one. The NYC Show Time Velvet Eyeliner has an interesting mix of intense pigments with a hint of liquid metal reflections that would make the band members of KISS jealous. You can even package the rock star eyeliner with concert tickets to your mom’s favourite band. NYC Show Time Velvet Eyeliner, $3.49, available at drugs stores across Canada
Let your mom know that she’s your superhero with Wonder Woman Caped Socks – which indeed feature tiny capes. The socks are one size fits all and also available in Batgirl and Supergirl designs. Warning: She will risk revealing her secret identity every time she takes off her shoes. <a href="http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ec37/" target="_blank">Wonder Woman Caped Socks, $17.99</a>
For The Mom Who Gets All Sentimental
Show Mom how much you care this Mother’s Day with an original bookstore-quality photo book, e-book or even cookbook of favourite family recipes. Blurb allows anyone to make the perfect, top quality book full of personal words, favourite photos, and even videos. It’s a very personalized gift that will undoubtedly have your mom reaching for tissues. <a href="http://www.blurb.ca" target="_blank">Blurb Mother’s Day Book, starting at $9.99</a>
For The Jet-Setter
The Travalo is a practical gift for jet setting moms on the go. Travel restrictions will make it hard for Mom to bring along her favourite perfume bottle as a carry-on. The Travalo has a pump-and-refill system that transfers Mom’s favorite fragrance into a finger-sized dispenser. <a href="https://www.travalo.com" target="_blank">Travalo (portable fragrance device), $20</a>
For The List Lover
Mom will save paper and feel confident that her messages will never get lost again with her LED message board. Five super bright LED lights are used to illuminate whatever message Mom writes using a fluorescent marker. The only drawback is that you can never again say that you missed Mom’s message to take out the trash. <a href="http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Trademark-Home-LED-Writing-Menu-Message-Board/6209020/product.html?refccid=I7H3ZLDMI3TZUF2HKQBLWVVEBI&searchidx=40" target="_blank">Trademark Home LED Writing Menu Message Board, $16.90</a>
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<strong>The Mom:</strong> Traditional <strong>The Flower:</strong> Geraniums <strong>Make It Stand Out:</strong> Geraniums are also seen as "traditional" flowers at most garden centres. To make your gift stand out, try putting your geraniums into a hanging basket.
<strong>The Mom:</strong> Modern <strong>The Flower:</strong> Orchids <strong>Make It Stand Out:</strong> If your mom is all business, buy her a vase of purple orchids. She can keep these outside or at her desk at work.
<strong>The Mom:</strong> New mom <strong>The Plant:</strong> Baby tears <strong>Make It Stand Out:</strong> If there's a new mom in the family, all the attention is usually paid to the new baby. Baby tears have tiny little petals (that look like baby tears), and looks the best in terrariums or in a backyard rock garden.
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