Everybody loves their mom, and musicians are no different. For years, even the hardest rappers (Tupac) and craziest rockers (Ozzy) have joined pop, R&B and country stars (Spice Girls, Byz II Men, Taylor Swift) in expressing their love for their mothers in the form of music.
So in the spirit of Mother's Day, here are our picks for the 20 best mom-inspired songs of all time.
Get ready to have your hearts warmed, even by the song from Mr T. No, especially by that one.
20. Elvis Presley, "Mama Liked The Roses"
Elvis loved his mother Gladys so fiercely that when she died of a heart attack in 1958, the inconsolable 23-year-old clutched her coffin at the funeral, sobbing "Goodbye, darling. I love you so much. I lived my whole life just for you." A decade later, he recorded this powerful tribute that shows how a mother's love endures. Standout Mom Lyric: "Oh, mama liked the roses in such a special way / We bring them every mother's day and put them on her grave"
19. Christina Aguilera – "Oh Mother"
Christina Aguilera's tribute to her mom called "Oh Mother" is a song about how her mom took Christina and herself away from Aguilera's abusive father. She thanks her mom for her bravery and saving their family. Standout mom lyric: "So mother, I thank you. For all that you've done and still do. You got me. I got you. Together we always pull through."
18. The-Dream – "Mama"
Singer and mega-producer The-Dream wrote a tribute to his mom as a memory of her passing away. The song finds The-Dream singing lovingly about memories with his mom and wishing she were still alive. Of course, all of this is done in auto-tune. Standout mom lyric: "It was you that broke me through. You were everything I ever knew. If I could bring you back, I'd do it in a split second, no if, ands or buts."
17. Ozzy – "Mama I'm Coming Home"
In all fairness, Ozzy's "Mama I'm Coming Home" is a song about his wife Sharon whom he refers to as "mama." But the mom sentiment is still present and sweet in a different way since she's the mother of their two children. Standout mom lyric: “I've seen your face a thousand times. Everyday we've been apart.”
16. Talib Kweli – "Momma Can You Hear Me"
In "Momma Can You Hear Me," Talib Kweli rhymes about how his mom always lifts him up when he's doubting himself and helps him when he needs it. He also loves her home cooking. Standout mom lyric: "And I wonder 'Momma can you hear me?' When I'm doubting myself. My lips tight, but my body language's shouting for help. You feed my soul with home cookin' ain't no doubt of the smell. That's my momma!"
15. Good Charlotte – "Thank You, Mom"
Punk-poppers Good Charlotte may have always dressed in black, got pierced and wore their eyeliner, but they were still some serious mama's boys. Joel and Benji wrote a song called "Thank You, Mom" as a tribute to everything their mother gave them. Standout mom lyric: "I said I thank you, I'll always thank you. More than you would know, than I could ever show. And I love you. I'll always love you. There's nothing I won't do, to say these words to you. That you're beautiful forever."
14. Peter Pan "Your Mother and Mine"
The whole story of Peter Pan revolves around the importance of mothers -- that was why the Lost Boys needed Wendy, after all -- and that theme is most fully realized in this classic song. Standout mom lyric: "What makes mothers all that they are? / Might as well ask, "What makes a star? / Ask your heart to tell you her worth /Your heart will say 'Heaven on earth'"
13. Kanye West – "Hey Mama"
Over the years, Kanye has always made it clear that the most inspiring person in his life was his mother Donda. They had an incredible bond before she passed away back in 2007. Kanye wrote a sweet tribute to Donda called "Hey Mama" and it proves that Kanye isn't always a jerk. Standout mom lyric: "Can't you see you're like a book of poetry? Maya Angelou, Nicky Giovanni. Turn one page and there's my mommy."
12. John Lennon – "Mother"
John Lennon's "Mother" is a sad song written about both of his parents. Lennon's father left him when he was a baby and his mother was tragically killed in a car accident when he was a teenager. It's a sad song that should remind us about how lucky we are for the love and presence of our parents. Standout mom lyric: "Mother, You had me, I never had you. I wanted you but you didn't want me."
11. Taylor Swift – "The Best Day"
If any artist is going to write a really good gushy song about how much they love their mom, it has to be Taylor Swift right? In "The Best Day," Taylor took a break from writing songs about boys to write a cute song about how her mom is her best friend and has always been by her side. Standout mom lyric: "I know you were on my side even when I was wrong. And I love you for giving me your eyes. For staying back and watching me shine."
10. Backstreet Boys – "The Perfect Fan"
Sorry ladies, but the Backstreet Boys' perfect fan is their moms. Back in 1999, the boys dedicated "The Perfect Fan" from their "Millennium" album to their mothers to show all of their appreciation for the love and support they were given growing up. Standout mom lyric: "You showed me how to care. And you showed me that you would always be there. I wanna thank you for that time and I'm proud to say you're mine." How sweet.
9. Carrie Underwood – "Mama’s Song"
Carrie Underwood provides a little country flair on a mother's day tribute song. The former "American Idol" winner penned a tune about her love for her mama with "Mama's Song" in which she sings about how her mom gave her everything she needed to become a lady. Standout mom lyric: "Mama, you taught me to do the right things. So now you have to let your baby fly. You've given me everything that I will need. To make it through this crazy thing called life."
8. Snoop Dogg – "I Love My Mama"
Snoop Dogg loves his mom so much that he showed his soft side by writing "I Love My Mama," a song that sees the Doggfather recounting how much his mother gave him and the love and appreciation he feels for her. Standout mom lyric: "Took me to school the first day. Taught me how to kneel down and pray. You learned me how to count from one to ten. And never forget, where I've been, momma.
7. LL Cool J – "Mama Said Knock You Out"
In LL Cool J’s comeback song from the early 90’s, he proves that his mama calls the shots and has his back. Standout mom lyric: "I'm gonna knock you out! Mama said knock you out!"
6. Lonely Island - "Mama"
Sure, "Motherlover" is more famous and specifically about Mother's Day, but Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake's "switcheroo" is kinda creepy. So we went with their hilarious parody of hip-hop mom songs. Standout mom lyric: "Ah Mama / And when it was cold outside you kept us warm and held us down... [Mom] Hi boys, who wants a snack? [Andy] MOM, GET OUT WE'RE IN THE STUDIO! [Jorma] OH MY GOD! [Mom] Just checking on my guys! [Jorma] GET OUT OF HERE! [Andy] WE'RE MAKING A TRACK YOU IDIOT! [Mom] Oooohhh! [Andy] JUST LEAVE! [Mom] Okie doke
5. Boyz II Men – "A Song for Mama"
Boyz II Men recognize that it's their moms who have always been the best women in their lives in "A Song for Mama." The boys sing a heartfelt tribute to their moms recognizing how they were always the driving force of support and love. Standout mom lyric: "You were there for me to love and care for me. When skies were grey. Whenever I was down. You were always there to comfort me."
4. Drake - "Look What You've Done (Take Care)"
Drake's "Look What You've" done is a candid song for a mother, aunt and grandmother. It is the grand slam for a Mother's Day playlist. Drake sings about the tough times that he went through with the women in his life and how they always stood by him and helped him become the man he is. The song also ends with a special voice mail from his grandmother. Standout mom lyric: "You knew that I was gonna be something. When you're stressed out and you need something, I got you."
3. Spice Girls - "Mama"
Back in 1997, Mel B came up with the idea for the Spice Girls to write a tribute song for their moms. The result was "Mama," which the girls sing about how at the end of the day, no matter how much they fight, their moms are the best friends they have. Standout mom lyric: "Back then, I didn't know why. Why you were misunderstood. So now I see through your eyes. All that you did was love."
2. Tupac Shakur - "Dear Mama"
Even Tupac has a mom song! The rap legend wrote a tribute song to his mom Afeni Shakur who birthed him just a month after getting out of jail. The message of "Dear Mama" is to let Afeni know that Pac appreciates her. Standout mom lyric: "And there's no way I can pay you back. But my plan is to show you that I understand you are appreciated. Lady, don'tcha know we love ya? Sweet lady. And dear mama place no one above ya, sweet lady."
1. Mr. T – "Treat Your Mother Right"
There may be no other mother inspired songs that are quite as passionate about treating your mother right like this Mr. T tune. T loves his mom. A lot. He laid his passion for treating mothers like the queens they are in this awful sounding but sweet sentiment tribute. Standout mom lyric: "She's a queen. Second to none. Take care of Mother. You only get one."
Music's Coolest Moms
Say what you want about Madonna, but if you’re talking about the coolest moms in music that are still active today, Madonna is one of them. Madonna set the standard for women in pop music in terms of sound and style and continues to be an icon and inspiration today. And she seems to have passed that coolness onto her son, David Banda.
How cool would it be if Adele was your mom? The British singer and new mother is currently one of the best singers in the world, one of the best -selling solo artists in years, and coolest of all she manages to not care what anyone thinks of her. Plus, she just spent nearly $30,000 on a playhouse.
Kimya Dawson has always been one of indie rock’s most distinctive characters. She’s also an indie rock mom. The former Moldy Peaches member and current solo artist lives by her own unique style and one of a kind voice. She’s managed to keep a firm grasp on being cool in motherhood while releasing a kid’s album and for some reason working with Third Eye Blind.
Bjork may be a 48-year-old mother of two, but that doesn't change the fact that she has always been one of the coolest artists in music. Her music continues to be unique and cutting-edge, and she manages to keep a massive fan base that spans all genres.
Shakira became a mother last year for the first time after giving birth to her son Milan. She continues to be one of the most prominent women in music today with a successful international pop career, a judging gig on "The Voice," commercial work and a strong passion for philanthropy. She seems to be one cool, down-to-earth lady.
Alicia Keys had her first child with her husband Swizz Beatz a few years back. Keys continues to be one of the coolest, most successful and most respected pop and R&B artists around today.
Amy Millan (Stars)
Stars' Amy Milan is one of Canada's coolest indie rock moms. Aside from parental duties with her partner and fellow Stars band member Evan Cranley, Milan continues to front the band, has a solo career and gives a little vocal love to Broken Social Scene if duty calls.
Jennifer Hudson is only 32 and the classy mother and singer has already won a Grammy, an Oscar and a Golden Globe just to name a few of her accolades. How cool is that? Guess losing 'Idol' wasn't such a biggie.
Christina Aguilera is a mom and also one of the biggest and most notorious pop stars of our generation. Xtina has always been a household name with her cool bad girl image, her music, sex appeal, raunchiness and recent run as a judge on "The Voice."
Jennifer Lopez is a mother of a twin boy and girl and is still one of the biggest names in entertainment. Aside from a successful music career, Lopez is also an actress, producer, fashion trendsetter and continues to be one of the most popular judges of all time on "American Idol."
Aside from a messy 2007, Britney Spears has always been one of the biggest names in music. The masses still love the mother of two's image and her music. Her fans continue to pour out in drones to support her massive live shows, even if she's not really singing at them.
Pink is one cool rock star trapped in the pop genre. But she doesn't seem to care at all. The outspoken singer and mother puts on a killer live show that is raw, edgy and incredible to watch. She seems to just get bigger, better and more popular with age.
There's no question about whether or not Gwen Stefani is a cool mom. She embodies it. Heck, she even won a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/20/coolest-music-moms-iheart-radio-survey-gwen-stefani-beyonce_n_3306158.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-music&ir=Canada%20Music" target="_blank">coolest mom award</a>! Stefani has earned respect as a rock star with her band No Doubt as well as being a successful pop solo artist. Stefani comes across with a diva-free attitude and is always cutting edge with her fashion.
But we'd argue the coolest mom in music today is Beyonce (and not just because we don't wanna be killed by the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/04/the-beygency-snl_n_5263236.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-music&ir=Canada%20Music" target="_blank">Beygency</a>). Blue Ivy's mama is the biggest and coolest female pop star in the world right now. She is a fashion trendsetter, a Grammy winner and a singer that is adored and respected by the masses all over the world.
Asus VivoTab Note 8 ($299, Windows 8)
Your mom is probably like a lot of busy moms who use their smartphones for nearly everything to do with staying connected. But occasionally a little more screen size would do nicely. The Asus VivoTab Note 8 is a solid pick for a tablet. The Note 8 has an 8-inch display, measured diagonally, and can quickly go from easy, breezy light-use mode to professional environment workhorse. Popular social media apps such as Facebook and Twitter are just a touch away. But when it's time to get productive, that's where having a full version of the Windows 8 system comes in handy. Strong, office-ready apps, such as Microsoft Office, deliver the utility mom is accustomed to, in a way iPads and Android tablets can't. The Wacom stylus pen is an attractive bonus. It tucks away in a hole near the base when not in use. But you'll use it on some Windows applications that have less than finger-friendly menus, or to doodle some notes in the margins of documents. I tested it out with various drawing apps, like Pen Sketch. Its sensitivity and ability to vary the weight and thickness of the strokes was really impressive. When I took some notes at a city hall meeting using Microsoft's OneNote, it looked exactly like smooth pen on paper. There were no jagged, pixelated edges on my lines, and the stroke weight of my jotted notes matched the various pressure I applied while scribbling. The VivoTab Note 8 battery boasts 8 hours of life and comes with Microsoft Office for free. It's typically free only on tablets with a lightweight variant of Windows called RT. The Note has the full version. It also has a MicroSD slot for expanded storage, which can come in handy if your mom shoots a lot of video. The base model has just 32 gigabytes, typical for Windows tablets. The quad-core Intel Atom processor is strong enough for any tablet tasks. The display is sharp. There's a lot for mom to like here.
Lenovo Flex 15D ($499, Windows 8)
Touch screens on laptops are tricky. Touch them too hard with one finger and the laptop rocks back, or tips over. It's not a good experience if the screen is teetering back and forth when you interact with it. Lenovo Group's Flex 15D solves that. The laptop's hinge is designed such that the keyboard half of the laptop can face down and act as a stand for the touch display. What you lose in terms of a physical keyboard in this configuration, you gain by have a sturdy and pleasing angle by which to view and access the display. It's a sleek-styled laptop, tapered thin near the touchpad below the keys. The straight lines and minimalist bezel design make this a very eye-appealing addition to the office or household. Underneath all that sleek is enough power to get mom through her tasks. The Flex 15D has a quad-core AMD 1.5 GHz processor, four gigabytes of RAM and a 500 gigabyte hard drive. The touch screen responded well to my pinches and swipes, but I found the resolution a little soft. It's sharp enough for most common tasks, but non jaw-dropping sharp.
Asus All-in-One PC ET2322 ($1,099, Windows 8)
All-in-one desktop computers have finally hit their full stride with the advent of touch-screen interaction. This Asus unit is big and bold. It handled visually oriented tasks on my desktop effortlessly. The display is a lush 23-inch full high-definition screen that delivers rich colours with crisp sharpness. At that size, it's good to be sharp because there's going to be a lot of video viewing and photo slideshow swiping going on. The display houses all of the guts of the computer — the hard drive, processor, RAM, optical DVD-RW drive. It all rests on a circular, silver stand that can angle the screen for sight-level comfort. Looks aside, this is a powerful PC with an Intel Core i5 processor. Moms are going to like launching simple pastime apps with the swipe of a finger and then settling down with the wireless keyboard and mouse for some home office productivity. I know I did. Also tucked under the lower left of the screen is a 6-in-1 card reader, for camera memory cards and more. Near the top is a 2 megapixel user-facing camera makes for solid selfies and Skype chats. I kept looking around for something AsusTek Computer Inc. forgot on this unit — some weak link in the chain of performance. If it's there, I missed it.
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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>
NEXT: Best flowers for Mother's Day
<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.
<strong>The Mom:</strong> The wild mom <strong>The Flower:</strong> Columbine <strong>Make It Stand Out:</strong> If your mom loves bending the rules and lives with a free spirit, columbines will help make any of her spaces stand out.
The Super Busy Mom
<strong>The Mom:</strong> Busy mom <strong>The Flower:</strong> Sedums <strong>Make It Stand Out:</strong> Sedums are low in maintenance and need little water. To surprise the mom who does it all, leave her a vase at work or at home.
The Athletic Mom
<strong>The Mom:</strong> Mom who loves staying active <strong>The Plant:</strong> A veggie plant <strong>Make It Stand Out:</strong> If it was Mom who drove you to all your soccer games and still manages to keep up with her yoga schedule, she'll appreciate a minimal care veggie plant that she can devote her "free time" to.
<strong>The Mom:</strong> For the mom who can't stop hugging you <strong>The Flower:</strong> Forget-me-nots <strong>Make It Stand Out:</strong> We have huggers and then we have HUGGERS. If Mom is the latter and gets super emotional every time she seems you, make her love you even more with a pot of forget-me-nots.
<strong>The Mom:</strong> For the g-ma <strong>THE Plant:</strong> African violet <strong>Make It Stand Out:</strong> A classy flower for a classy lady. Buy your grandmother a bouquet of African violets this Mother's Day.
For The Travel Lover
<strong>The Mom:</strong> For the mom on the go <strong>THE Plant:</strong> Fern <strong>Make It Stand Out:</strong> If she loves to travel or spend her time at the family cottage, give her a gift that she can bring with her. Pro tip: Get a glass terrarium.
The Mom Seeking Happiness
<strong>The Mom:</strong> Mom who has been through it all <strong>The Flower:</strong> Sunflower <strong>Make It Stand Out:</strong> If 2013 was a tough year for Mom (maybe she lost someone or maybe she went through a divorce), brighten up her day by leaving her breakfast in bed with a bunch of sunflowers.
For The MIL
<strong>The Mom:</strong> The mother-in-law (who can take a joke) <strong>The Plant:</strong> Sansevieria <strong>Make It Stand Out:</strong> Sansevierias are basically flowering plants. If your MIL can take a joke, buy her a pot of these and label them, "mother-in-laws tongues".
<strong>The Mom:</strong> Mom who loves to cook <strong>The Plant:</strong> Chives <strong>Make It Stand Out:</strong> Chives are ideal if your mom loves to get creative in the kitchen. She can also cut up the chives and use them in her next meal.
The Spiritual Mom
<strong>The Mom:</strong> Spiritual <strong>The Flower:</strong> Lilies <strong>Make It Stand Out:</strong> If your mom is religious, spiritual, or just trying out meditation for the first time, lilies symbolize passion.
The Budget Lover
<strong>The Mom:</strong> Mom who stays on budget <strong>The Flower:</strong> Hydrangeas <strong>Make It Stand Out:</strong> Hydrangeas can last forever (well, for the most part) with proper love and care. If you (and your mom) love fresh flowers but don't like the price that comes with them, opt for pretty purple hydrangeas in a glass vase.
<strong>The Mom:</strong> Mom who loves her garden <strong>The Plant:</strong> Panicum <strong>Make It Stand Out:</strong> If Mom already has her green thumb, she'll obviously know that panicum (a species of grass) was crowned <a href="http://www.perennialplant.org/index.php/education/plant-of-the-year" target="_blank">Perennial Plant of the Year.</a> Regardless, she'll appreciate your garden knowledge.
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Your mom might pretend she doesn't like the sentimental stuff, but give her this pillow and just see how proudly she displays it on her couch. <a href="http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/12-inch-Square-Mothers-Day-Pillow/8844038/product.html?refccid=FMJ6I2HDHB2I7GCGWZPPO6RJYQ&searchidx=0" target="_blank">From $40, Overstock.com</a>.
At this point, your mom's amassed plenty of great jewelry, and she undoubtedly wants a special place to store, while also seeing it on display. <a href="http://www.potterybarn.com/products/antique-silver-jewelry-boxes/?pkey=cjewelry-boxes-accessories&cm_src=jewelry-boxes-accessories||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_--_-" target="_blank">Antique Silver Jewelry Boxes, from $79, Pottery Barn</a>.
If your mom is more of a traveller, then she needs a place to keep her precious jewels safe while journeying around the world. This gorgeous envelope will do that — and double as a clutch in a pinch. <a href="http://www.gilt.com/canadamom" target="_blank">Morelle & Co. Audrey Jewelry Envelope, $23.99, Gilt.com/canadamom</a>
A family photo grinning back at your whenever you check the time? Any new mom would love that, especially since the selections can come from her Instagram account. <a href="http://custom.may28th.me/" target="_blank">May 28th, $44US</a>.
Mom's garden needs to grow, and there's no better way to help ensure that than this stellar watering can, known as one of the best brands in the world. <a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/haws-traditional-watering-can/?pkey=cmothers-day-gardener&cm_src=mothers-day-gardener||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_--_-" target="_blank">Haws Traditional Watering Can, $105, Williams-Sonoma</a>.
Cool It Down
Mom might be the ultimate hostess, but even she can't make white wine instantly cold — but this gizmo can, which she'll appreciate for both quiet time and party time. <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/Ravi-Wine-Accessories-Instant-Chiller/dp/B00CII65EC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397675676&sr=8-1&keywords=ravi+wine+chiller" target="_blank">Ravi Instant Wine Chiller, $38, Amazon.ca</a>.
Make sure Mom's tablet is always nicely (and fashionably) enclosed in a padded spot. <a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/marc-by-marc-jacobs-zip-up-tablet-sleeve/3626061?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=Parakeet+Multi&resultback=6074&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_16_C" target="_blank">Marc by Marc Jacobs Zip Up Tablet Sleeve, $68US, Nordstrom</a>.
Mom is obviously the best cook you know, but if she likes testing her boundaries, there's no better opportunity than following along with award-winning chefs (or at the very least, staring at their recipes' photos). <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/The-James-Beard-Foundations-Best/dp/0811874664" target="_blank">The James Beard Foundation's Best of the Best, $43, Amazon.ca</a>.
Everything In Its Place
If your mom has a vanity table, or even a really lovely hallway table, she'll appreciate this stunning mirrored tray that will make even the random stuff from your pockets look great. <a href="http://www.gilt.com/canadamom" target="_blank">American Atelier Round Mirror Tray, $30.30, Gilt.com</a>.
Whether Mom's doing headstands or just starting out in yoga, she'll love some more gear to help with her practice. Socks that ensure non-slippage (gloves are available too) will keep her warm in the winter months as well. <a href="http://www.realcanadiansuperstore.ca/LCLOnline/store_selector.jsp?_requestid=1558812" target="_blank">Jogi Yoga Socks, $10, Real Canadian Superstores</a>.