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5 Things Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! Will you be doing anything special for Mother’s Day? How many times have you been asked this question by friends, family and your own spouse and kids? “What do you want for Mother’s Day?”

What DO we want for Mother’s Day, really? It’s fair to say most women simply would love to have their role as a mother be recognized, appreciated and honoured not just on one single day, but every day.

While everyone else will inevitably be celebrating mom on Mother’s Day, we can’t help but want some kind of celebration for ourselves too. So, we’ll likely fall into having expectations of a picture-perfect Mother’s Day just for the sake of the holiday.

According to a survey by savings site RetailMeNot.ca,  Canadians spent an average of $76 on gifts and an average of $184 on the overall experience in recent years. According to the survey, the top items on mothers’ wish lists included:

  • A dinner out with the family
  • Dinner at home with the family
  • Some other type of experience
  • Spa Day alone

Recent research shows that people derive greater happiness when they purchase experiences rather than things. While it’s nice to receive material things like jewelry, technology such as a new mobile phone, or a handbag, after a while the thrill wears off.  But participating in a fun experience that’s sure to create lasting memories, is far more enjoyable.

Here are 5 things moms really want for Mother’s Day.

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5 Things Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day

Sleep

More than anything else, Mom would love to sleep in! Especially moms with younger kids… the lack of sleep has likely caught up to mom, and she could use some quiet time in the morning to catch some extra zzzz’s.

No cooking

Don’t let mom cook on Mother’s Day, no. Dads can get the kids involved and cook a lovely breakfast, or barbecue an awesome meal for lunch or dinner. Mom doesn’t want to be near the kitchen, and that includes breakfast, lunch AND dinner. If you must, take her somewhere for lunch where it isn’t too crowded.

No fighting

Kids, please get along on Mother’s Day, if not any other day of the year! Don’t argue, bicker, or get into any fist fights today of all days, mk? Thanks!

Help out around the house

Now kids should already be doing chores, but especially on Mother’s Day. Mom expects everyone in the house to make their own beds, put away their own dishes, and fold their own laundry. That means picking up dirty underwear off the bathroom floor and actually placing them in the laundry hamper, not stuffed under the bed!

Pampering

Mom will always enjoy a few hours of pampering, so if you’d like, you can purchase a gift certificate to the spa, or to get her nails or hair done. Or offer her a back massage at home or a foot rub. Pamper her like the queen she is! Give her some time to watch a movie, or read a good book with a cup of tea or glass of wine. Or if she wants, plan a nice family day together.

Listen to mom! Do what she would like on Mother’s Day. No she would not like to watch the golf tournament on television (unless she’s a huge fan), or spend the afternoon wrangling her kids and the rest of the neighbourhood kids.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

Unique Fingerprint Jewelry for Mother’s Day (Giveaway)

Mom deserves the best every day, but especially on the day we all honour our moms – Mother’s Day. Whether you’re shopping for mom, grandma, wife, mother-in-law, or even yourself, it’s often a challenge to find a special gift unique for her.

There is something precious about a personalized gift that is only for her. Now this gift idea for Mother’s Day is one she will cherish for years to come.

Dimples Charms makes beautiful custom and personalized jewelry, imprinted with your loved ones’ fingerprints.

I had one made in sterling silver with my children’s fingerprints on a trendy Fingerprint Bar (horizontal) Necklace. It’s so much more than a simple engraving; with Dimples’ High Def technology, the fingerprint looks as if your loved one just pressed a finger into your pendant. You can also add an engraving on the back of the necklace too, for even more personalizing.

It’s super easy to grab an image of the fingerprint you’d like to use for the necklace. Dimples can provide you with an ink kit, but using a washable marker also can do the trick. There is also a phone app which can capture the fingerprint.

Unique Fingerprint Jewelry for Mother's Day (Giveaway)

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, so of course I have a Mother’s Day Gift Guide with some lovely picks for mom – and YOU!

Dads, if you’re reading this, please note that moms deserve everything including a day off from any type of work. Mother’s Day means mom gets to sleep in, not have to cook, and to pamper herself. Along with those essentials, here are some other gift ideas for Mother’s Day in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

 

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  1. Kate Spade New York Lemon Recipe Book
  2. butter LONDON Nail polish
  3. Cotton flax plush striped slippers
  4. Tory Burch Eau de Parfum Spray
  5. Most Awesome Mom mug
  6. Baublebar Oracle drop earrings
  7. Floral print kimono robe
  8. 14K intertwined Rose gold criss cross ring
  9. “You da mom” catch all tray
  10. Kate Spade New York Cameron Street Adalyn wallet
  11. Best mom ever silver picture frame
  12. Fossil Virginia Three-Hand Stainless Steel Watch

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

Mother’s Day at the Toronto Blue Jays with Rogers

My family was invited to a special Mother’s Day presented by Rogers #CelebrateMom event at Toronto Blue Jays game. The first 20,000 fans to enter the stadium received a Russell Martin Blue Replica Jersey presented by Rogers.

Once inside the ballpark, moms could visit the 200 level WestJet Flight Deck and be pampered at the Mother’s Day Oasis.

This Mother’s Day, Rogers gave mothers the VIP treatment too! Rogers ran a contest asking people to nominate a deserving mom for her chance to win a weekend getaway for herself and three family members to see the Toronto Blue Jays on Mother’s Day.

Three nominated moms each won a VIP Experience that included round-trip airfare and accommodations, Friday-night welcome dinner, four tickets to the Toronto Blue Jays on May 8 to enjoy in the Rogers Centre™ luxury suite, $250 spending money and more.

Not only were the winning moms able to attend – they were able to bring three members of their loving families along, too! What an amazing way to spend Mother’s Day!

My boys were super excited to watch the Jays play the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Rogers Suite. The suite was divine – beautiful displays of flowers, delicious food and desserts, and of course, the stunning view!

We each received a Blue Jays jersey, had our faces painted,  Gelato cart and the biggest surprise – a visit from Blue Jays Hall-of-Famer Roberto Alomar!

I remember watching the World Series championships in 1992 and 1993, and Robbie was my teen crush (along with Carlos Delgado).  So while my kids thought it was cool to meet him, I was beyond excited.

Thanks you, Rogers, for making my Mother’s Day so special.

Mother's Day at the Toronto Blue Jays with Rogers Suite view

Mother's Day at the Toronto Blue Jays with Rogers and Roberto Alomar

 

Mother's Day at the Toronto Blue Jays with Rogers Food!

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Mother's Day at the Toronto Blue Jays with Rogers Suite

Mother's Day at the Toronto Blue Jays with Rogers Cupcakes

 

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Mother's Day at the Toronto Blue Jays with Rogers Desserts

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Mother’s Day Giveaway with Philips

How many hours a week do you spend in the kitchen, cooking meals and cleaning up? As a busy mom with a hectic schedule, I’m often flustered with dinner time… planning, shopping, preparing, cooking and then clean up. I welcome any appliance and recipe that makes my life a little easier.

If I can reduce the amount of time spent in the kitchen, I’m all over it. My husband works late hours so I do most of the cooking during the week. I do enjoy cooking, but sometimes mama needs a little break! It’s a challenge to prepare delicious meals the whole family will enjoy, fast and simplified – every night of the week. It becomes exhausting.

What’s your Mother’s Day tradition? Do your kids make you breakfast in bed? Does hubby prepare you a lovely lunch? Or do you go to your favourite restaurant for brunch or dinner?

Going out for lunch or dinner on Mother’s Day is ideal, however, the restaurants are usually packed. A nice meal prepared at home by the kids and the husband would be appreciated. With the Philips Airfryer, preparing a meal for mom is easy peasy.

The Philips Airfryer is just that – it cooks and fries your food with hot air, which means you can enjoy the fried taste of cooking without all of the oil. Using Rapid Air Technology, you can fry, bake, grill, broil, braise and caramelize your food in less time and right on your counter-top.

Philips Airfryer

The adjustable temperature control up to 390 degrees allows you to cook a variety of food. It has a 1.8 lb cooking basket capacity which is enough for a family of four, but because it cooks so quickly, you can cook several batches in no time. It also has a 30-minute timer with ready signal and auto shut-off, so you don’t have to keep your eye on it diligently, as you would if you’re grilling. Clean up is a snap; the basket comes out so you can wash and the bucket is also washable and dishwasher safe.

The Philips Airfryer comes with a recipe book to help inspire you – you can cook spring rolls, chicken wings, frittatas, even desserts! Also available is the new XL Digital Airfryer, which has 2.65 lb cooking capacity for larger families. It retails for $249.00 – $299.00, and is available at Hudson’s Bay, Williams-Sonoma, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Outfitters, Home Hardware, Amazon.ca, Costco.ca, Best Buy and Future Shop.

Well guess what?!? The lovely people at Philips are giving an amotherworld reader a Philips Airfryer of their very own!

The Philips Mother’s Day Giveaway, valued at $350, will include:

  • Philips Airfryer
  • Philips Airfryer Grill Pan
  • Grocery gift card
  • Apron

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Mother’s Day 2015 Gift Ideas She Will Love

While she doesn’t need more shoes, a new necklace or perfume, mom wants to feel special and appreciated – not only every day of the year, but especially on Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th and it isn’t too early to start planning some gifts for the special woman in your life. Here are some fabulous Mother’s Day gift ideas.

Mother’s Day 2015 Gift Ideas She Will Love

Fashionista

Citrus Silver has some great items that make for a sentimental Mother’s Day gift while still keeping Mom on trend. This lovely Italian leather bracelet with a personalized pendant can include your children’s names and birthdates. Leather Cuff $135 Citrus Silver.

Mother's Day Citrus Silver Leather-Cuff

For the hockey mom, I just lurve this pendant!  You can add your child’s playing number and name.

Mother's Day 2015 Gift Ideas She Will Love

 

I love the look of cork and now you can enjoy it in a wallet! Manufactured with 100% Cork fabric and imported from Portugal, Rok Cork is a Canadian owned company. Manually cut, stitched and packaged, each item carefully handled, every detail looked into by expert craftsmen, making our products artisanal, unique and durable. There are also handbags and accessories. $97.50 Shop.ca.

Mother's Day Rok Cork wallet

Pampering

She will appreciate not having to get to the salon for a blowout, but rather do it herself at home.

The pursuit of the perfect at home blowout has never been easier thanks to the new 3Q dryer from infinitiPRO by Conair. This revolutionary, new brushless motor hair dryer ensures a Quick, Quiet and Quality blow dry every time. Conaire 3Q Hairdryer $129-$139

Mother's Day 2015 Gift Ideas She Will Love

 

Big, soft curls also looks fabulous so she might enjoy the clip-less design of these pop-up rollers, leaving hair free from creases and seams for beautiful smooth curls. Secret Curl $64.99 Mother's Day Conair Secret Curls (475x640)

 

For a little TLC, treat her with some body and bath products – she’ll always appreciate the excuse for a long, hot bath. The Barefoot Venus Wild Ginger and Sweet Orange Oat Therapy Bath is a 100% natural therapeutic oat soak will balance your body and mind. $4.99 at Well.ca. Pair it with the Barefoot Venus Wild Ginger Sweet Orange Macadamia Oil Body Cream $19.99 at Well.ca.

 

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Envelop yourself in pure decadence with this triple moisture body lotion by Be Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion. This beautiful blend is whipped to perfection, and enriched with coconut oil, shea butter and aloe vera to hydrate, smooth and nourish. The whole line is available at Well.ca.

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas She Will Love

Foodie

Though she may not care for perfume or pearls, she goes crazy for the latest bestselling cookbook or kitchen gadget. Cuisinart has a multitude of cool gadgets any mom would love to have in her kitchen. Especially coffee-related? Oh yes! The Tazzaccino™ Milk Frother creates professional-style foam for cappuccinos and lattes and heats milk for hot chocolate and more – in seconds!   $109.99 Cuisinart.

Mother's Day 2015 Gift Ideas She Will Love Cuisinart Tazzaccino Milk Frother

The Griddler® Deluxe takes grilling to new heights! It offers six enticing cooking options. This grill is perfect for making pancakes and eggs for breakfast, panini and open-faced sandwiches for lunch, and burgers or fajitas for dinner. $199.99 Cuisinart.

Mother's Day Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe

A great meal is made even better with a fine-pairing wine. With pronounced aromas of cassis and plum with vanilla and mocha notes, the Cabernet Sauvignon by Clos du Bois has ripe black fruit flavours with vanilla and spice in the finish. It’s a full-bodied an firm wine. $15.95 LCBO.

Mother's Day 2015 Gift Ideas She Will Love - Clos Du Bois Cabernet

What should a true Zinfandel taste like? A robust red brimming with mouthwatering flavours of spicy ripe raspberry, cherry and boysenberry, like the Ravenswood Vintner’s Blend Old Vine Zinfandel. $17.95 LCBO.

Mother's Day 2015 Gift Ideas She Will Love - Ravenswood wine

 

If you live in Toronto, you’ll need to try these beautiful and tasty French Macrons at Agmacarons.com. Treat her with an assortment, from Chocolate Lovers to Party Box , packaged in their signature pink and gold gift box. Box of 24 $55.

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Home Décor

Looking for a unique piece for you home? This lovely vase is made from driftwood personally selected for quality from the fresh water shores of lake Erie. Use it as a candle holder or as a vase.$34.12 Etsy.

Mother's Day 2015 Gift Ideas She Will Love - Driftwood Vase Etsy

Bring the garden inside with Senay Studio’s stunning collection of linens, tea towels, and greeting cards. Featuring original paintings and illustrations by Toronto based artist, Senay Guler Gunbaz, each piece is inspired by the beauty of life and nature. Printed using only eco-friendly, water-based pigment inks, each chemical-free design is printed on natural linen, silk, or cotton and 100% machine washable. Senay Studio Etsy.

Mother's Day 2015 Gift Ideas She Will Love Etsy pillow

New Mom

Being a new mom means your body is trying to get back to normal, and if you’re nursing, you’ll want to embrace your new curves. But it doesn’t mean new moms don’t want to feel sexy. This wire-free lace bra is designed for the woman who loves the feminine allure of fine lingerie. It has a clasp-free nursing technology, a one-handed innovative fold over motion, exclusive to Mayana Genevière. “Lorenna” – Opulence Collection $90.

Mother's Day Mayana Geneviere lingerie

 

Help the new mom in your life get her body back in shape, but new mommy tummies are sensitive, so make sure she can do so with confidence with these items from Core Expectations/ Bellies Inc. The ultimate in postpartum recovery is yours with the Bellies Inc Postpartum Recovery System.  An eight-week exercise program that restores your core from the inside out coupled with the revolutionary AB Tank and Wrap ensures you have core confidence for motherhood. $157 Bellies Inc.

Mother's Day Gifts Bellies AB Tank

Adventure Seeker

Access to hundreds of experiences across Canada. From indulgent spas, luxurious hotels and resorts, meals/wine pairings/tours, personal chefs, thrilling adventures, or even a challenging round of golf, LifeExperiences.ca has your gift-giving needs covered. LifeExperiences.ca.

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Are you a golfer? Adidas Golf is introducing a completely redesigned women’s line for 2015. The line includes a slub pop with layering tank, built with fabric more breathable and faster-drying than cotton for all-day comfort on the course; a tour mesh skort designed with moisture-wicking fabric and UPF protection; a transparent Wind Full-Zip Jacket and Adipower Boost Shoes which features Revolutionary Cushioning technology set to change the game in golf footwear.

Mother’s Day 2015 Gift Ideas She Will Love

 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2014

Wondering what gift to buy for Mother’s Day this year?

Sure a mani and pedi or a massage are saaaa-weet! Breakfast, lunch AND dinner out of the house with no clean-up and no screaming kids is always welcome – any day of the year.  Husbands, take note!

Heck even a foot rub by the kids will suffice – and the promise to not have to clean up after them for the rest of the day… week, year, any longer! Kids – you’re on your own from now on!

But if you’re looking to buy mom something this Mother’s Day, here are a few Mother’s Day gift ideas that will sure to please her.

Here are some gift ideas for Mother’s Day 2014:

Lampe Berger

Lampe Berger is known for being the finest maker of Fragrance Lamps and Fragrance in the world. As the original makers of the Fragrance Lamp, this company has had decades of practice in perfecting this top of the line home fragrance system.

Invented more than 115 years ago by the pharmacist Maurice Bergerto clean the air in hospitals, LAMPE BERGER purifies the air, destroys undesirable odours and fragrances the air in only 20 minutes. There are more than 80 different lamp styles and 40 refined “parfums de maison” created by the finest perfumers can be diffused.

LAMPE WOOD is designed in real ash wood and has a tall frosted glass lamp. Lampe Berger lamps start at $48 and Parfum de maison at $24.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Family Tree Photo Display

Mom can display her family tree in this cleverly-designed Umbra Family Tree Photo Display frame which features a white-on-white molded tree with six leaf-shaped clips that hold photos and other mementos, surrounded by a simple black frame. Celebrate your ancestry and genealogy, show off the kids and pets, or commemorate a special family event. It measures 20 x 24 inches. Designed by Jordan Murphy for Umbra. $50.

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Wavemaker Bracelet

The WAVEMAKER Bracelets by Joseph Nogucci are designed in 3D print technology and dipped in vibrant enamel and each color represents a different and beautiful characteristic of its wearer – for example, Magenta is for Love, Red for Passion, Black for Power, Blue for Confidence and more. $60.

Mother's Day Gifts

Bow Dress Organizer

Jewelry organizers are a must-have for mom. This cute Umbra Bow Dress organizer has 21 mesh pockets and the back has 19 tabs. The neckline shaped metal hanger not only displays more jewelry but also rotates 360 degrees for access to all pieces on both sides. The dress can be used over the door, on the wall or in the closet. The dress measures 14 Inch by 30 Inch. Designed by Erika Kovesdi and Matt Carr for Umbra. $20.

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Cappuccino & Espresso Maker

The Hamilton Beach Cappuccino & Espresso Maker is café quality made easy so you can enjoy authentic espresso and cappuccino beverages anytime. It has a powerful high pressure pump which extracts rich flavour from espresso grounds and has a no-fuss frother which turns milk into fluffy froth in seconds.

mother's day gift ideas 2014

Personalized iPhone or iPad Case

Protect your iPhone 4/4S or iPad in style with a personalized case. A hard aluminum back panel guards against scratches, while the high-quality case keeps your iPhone or iPad safe from wear and tear.  $14.99 and up at BLACKS.

Mother's Day gift ideas 2014

 

Neno Mom Bracelet

This Mother’s Day, DHL Canada Express and Me to We Artisans, a line of original accessories handcrafted by Maasai mama artisans in Kenya, have teamed up to celebrate mothers around the world with Me to We Artisans’ Neno Mom Bracelet. Sustainably produced using locally sourced materials, this unique Mother’s Day gift provides a personal connection between the consumer and a working artisan and helps support these mothers in raising healthy children. With every bracelet purchased DHL will donate $5 to provide a mother and child in a Free The Children community overseas with one health clinic visit.

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Don’t have the funds to buy her something special? Not to worry. After all, the best Mother’s Day gift of all is something you can’t buy. Love… respect… appreciation.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother's Day Gift Ideas 2014

Give Mom a Mother’s Day Gift that Keeps Giving (Giveaway)

It should be Mother’s Day every day, am I right? Breakfast in bed, out for brunch at a lovely restaurant, being spoiled with gifts…

Oh who am I kidding? This is why Mother’s Day comes once a year!

Although it should be Mother’s Day every day, I think moms should be acknowledged on Mother’s Day with all of the extra attention it brings. And that includes being pampered with thoughtful gifts.

Above all else, I want respect and appreciation from my kids every day BUT — I do want to be put on a pedestal on Mother’s Day!

I know that my own mom has everything she needs – so why not get your mom a practical gift this year? A CAA Membership card is a great idea for Mother’s Day to keep mom protected when she’s on the road and enjoy exclusive savings and amazing offers from some of her favorite retailers, restaurants and attractions.

When you buy a CAA Membership for mom, there is also a gift for every gift Membership purchased – FOR BOTH the person who buys the gift AND the person who receives it! Bonus!

What makes a CAA Membership card a gift that keeps on giving, CAA has several partners that offer exclusive discounts for CAA Members – wonderful retailers that you or mom likely shop at on a regular basis. You won’t believe some of the great deals you can receive by using your CAA Membership card.

Here are some of the fabulous deals with CAA partners and retailers that you can enjoy when using your CAA card, just in time for Mother’s Day:

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Swarovski… because anything sparkly will sure to be a hit with mom!

The Body Shop: Mom loves bath and body products and from April 24 to 27, if you buy 3 products, you get three free.

Teleflora flowers: Members receive great discounts on lovely bouquets.

Roots: My favourite weekend wear is a comfy Roots sweater and classic sweat pants. Roots is offering 25% off everything from April 24-27.

Peoples: Nothing says love like a diamond J Earn up to 4% back in CAA Dollars.

Lancome: Treat her to a new perfume or cosmetics and earn up to 10% back in CAA Dollars.

Aldo: You can also buy her heart with pair of new heels and earn 8% back in CAA dollars.

Banana Republic: Save 10% on all purchases, including sale merchandise.

Toms: Receive 15% off when you use code LOVEMOM at checkout and receive 9% back in CAA dollars May 1 to 7.

Naturalizer: Enjoy 20% off handbags and free shipping April 24-30.

Bloomingdales: Get 25% off women’s clothing from April 24 to 27.

 

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Contest runs from April 24- May 8th.

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Great Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Stumped on what to get for mother’s day?  Here are some fabulous ideas for under $100!

Cashmere Wrap Sweater

Who doesn’t need a cashmere sweater? This one from Victoria’s Secret is a premium cashmere combined with durable cotton for a supersoft blend and for a price that won’t break the bank.  The Soft & Sexy Sweater Wrap is a wear-with-everything essential you can style a variety of ways. $39.50 at Victoria’s Secret

The Dos and Don’ts of Mother’s Day Gifts and Recipe

by Amanda Goetz

It’s almost Mother’s Day! You know what that means right? Yes, we finally get a day off!

Well, sort of. I have three kids (editor’s note: now 4!), I never get a day off, but I assume all you moms out there with kids old enough to use the bathroom alone get a bit of a break right? Right? Lie to me if you have to.

Personally I think Mother’s Day should come twice a month but then Dads would want the same and that’s just crazy-talk. I always get the same thing for Mother’s Day, breakfast made by my husband, a card and usually a gift card to somewhere. He works a lot so I’m always impressed he remembers or even has the time to pull that together. But it got me thinking about what all the other moms out there get for Mother’s Day.

I did a little informal poll over Twitter and Facebook the other day asking moms what their best and worst Mother’s Day gifts have been. By far the worst I saw was a meat slicer. A meat slicer? Really? Never get your mom/wife a kitchen appliance unless she specifially asks for one!

Maybe it’s your first year receiving or buying a Mother’s Day Gift, or perhaps past years haven’t gone so well. I’ve come up with a little list of Dos and Don’ts when it comes to Mother’s Day gifts so that this year things go better and no one ends up with a meat slicer (sheesh).

The Don’ts

Don’t get you wife/mother anything to do with cleaning or household chores! Vacuums, a new broom, a washing machine, an iron, NO NO NO! Even if she has mentioned she needs one or it would make cleaning easier for her this is not a gift that says “Hey, I appreciate you bringing me into this world, thanks Mom.”. If you’re going to get anything anywhere in the area of cleaning, a maid service is the only aceptable option. (My uncle got my aunt a weed wacker for their anniversary once, I realize that’s not a Mother’s Day gift but I just had to share that one. I’m amazed they’re still married.)

Don’t take her to Mother’s Day brunch. I know, you’re surprised by this one aren’t you? I have nothing against brunch per se, I enjoy having pasta salad with my french toast. But Mother’s Day at a restaurant for brunch is filled with other people’s screaming/crying kids, your own screaming/crying kids, people sneezing on the eggs, kids touching every piece of fruit and dessert they can before deciding they want more bacon, and servers that look like they’re about to burst out crying and scream “I Quit”!

Don’t buy her cut flowers. Another shocker huh? Cut flowers are pretty and all, but two weeks later when she’s sweeping up dried petals from all over and scrubbing a scummy, smelly vase they don’t seem so great. Better idea is to get her a plant, something with pretty flowers to keep in a pot or plant in the garden.

Don’t get her a gym membership unless she specifically said “I want a gym membership for Mother’s Day. Get me a Gym Membership.”. Her New Year’s resolution may have been to start going to the gym and lose weight, but a membership for Mother’s Day will only point out that A) She failed at keeping her resolution, and B) You think she needs to lose weight. Not cool.

Now for the Do’s

Do give her gift cards to her favourite stores. Some people don’t like gift cards cause they’re impersonal, but I’d rather get an impersonal gift card to my favourite clothing store than a sweater from that store that’s 3 sizes too big or a shirt I would NEVER pick out for myself.

Do get her jewellery. 99.99% of women like getting jewellery. Whether it’s diamonds or something that commemorates the moment she became a mom like a pendant with all you kids’ birthstones, she’s going to love it.

Do give her the gift of time (the number one response to my twitter/facebook poll for best gift). Send her out to the spa for the day. Take the kids to the park or the movies and leave her alone at home to scrapbook or read in peace. Get organized with some of her friends’ husbands and make a reservation for her and her friends for lunch at that place you never take her to cause they don’t serve a 16oz. steak.

Do make her breakfast or lunch or dinner, or all three. Cooking for her helps with Do #3, time. If you’re cooking she can be doing something else, like having a bubble bath or chatting with a friend. Just remember cleaning the kitchen after you eat is part of the deal. Do NOT leave a mess.

Speaking of cooking for mom, this is a great brunch recipe that your wife or mom would love. Serve it with hot buttery toast, fresh juice and a great cup of coffee and she’ll be mighty impressed. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Hashbrown Quiche by Paula Deen

3 cups, shredded (frozen) hash browns, thawed and drained

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted

3 large eggs, beaten

1 cup half-and-half

3/4 cup diced cooked ham

1/2 cup diced green onions

1 cup shredded Cheddar

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 450˚F.

2. Gently press the drained hash browns between paper towels to dry them as best as possible.

3. Lightly coat a 9″ pie plate with cooking spray. Toss the hash browns with the melted butter and press them into the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate to form a crust.

4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown and starting to crisp.

5. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. When the hash brown crust is ready pour the egg mixture into it and return to the oven.

6. Lower the oven temperature to 350˚F and bake for about 30 minutes until the quiche is light golden brown on top and is cooked through and puffed up Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Amanda Goetz is a WAHM to 3 kids under the age of 5. Her love of cooking was fostered when she was a preschooler helping her grandma in the kitchen. After a year long stint as a sous chef, she left the industry to continue cooking as a hobby before the stress and politics of a professional kitchen killed her love of cooking. Now she creates delicious dinners and delectable desserts for her family and friends and blogs about it at The Best Mom on the Block.