Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Ideas to Spoil Your Mom

If there's only one day a year you show your mom how much you appreciate her, this is the day to do it. And these are the gifts to do it with

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Spoil Mom this Mother’s Day with something as bright and beautiful as she is

Get inspired to give your mom something super special this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day, in theory, should be one of the easiest holidays to buy a gift for. But in reality, it can be tough to come up with a gift that expresses your feelings for one of the most important people in your life.

For every mother or mother-figure out there, there’s at least one person who’s the better for her, so give her something special this Mother’s Day. She deserves it. 

Cook with the Pros at the Dirty Apron

Every mom wants a night off from her kitchen, so treat her to the Dirty Apron’s gorgeous kitchen and dining room. Indulge in the one-night only Mother’s Day special menu, where you will both learn to cook decadent dishes such as succulent Lobster Thermidor, hearty Boeuf Bourguignon and sinful chocolate soufflé. You can both channel your inner Julia Child as you watch professional demonstrations on how to create a beautiful meal from beginning to end, before you take to your own station to recreate each dish.

Best of all, you get to eat all the gourmet food after each round of preparation and all the prep work – and clean up – is done for you.

Class is $150 per person and takes place on Sunday, May 13, 5:30-9:30pm.

Bring the Spa Home with the Clarisonic Mia

If Mom doesn’t have time for a facial, let alone a spa day, bring the spa to her with the Clarisonic Mia. For less than the cost of a deluxe facial, she can have a mini facial everyday, twice a day, with this little wonder.

It’s a no-fuss, no-muss device that deep cleans skin and can be used in the shower. What time-crunched, stressed-out, multi-tasking mother wouldn’t love this? $119, available at Spa Boutique and Sephora.

Indulge in Bel Café’s Scrumptious Macarons

Pretty to look at and delicious to boot, these confectionary pastries are always a hit. And these are no wallflower gifts. Macarons may be delicate in texture, but the flavours and bold, whimsical and absolutely more-ish, so don’t even think about buying less than a box of eight.

Bel’s unofficial signature flavour is the very fragrant Rose & Raspberry – full rose-y body with a mild berry tang. Its newest flavour has also quickly become a best-seller: Cookies’n’Cream, which tastes just like the real thing. But if your mom prefers more complex flavour profiles, try Bel’s new Maple & Bacon macaron. These aren’t bacon-like or bacon-inspired – these are impressively robust in authentic bacon flavour, beautifully balanced between smoky saltiness and creamy sweetness.

Other flavours include Black Sesame and Yuzu, Dark Chocolate, Pistachio, Vanilla Bean and Passion Fruit.

Bel Cafe; $2 for one (pfft), $16 for a pretty box of eight.

Wrap up Le Creuset’s Heritage Bean Pot

Sure, this little pot is adorable, but it’s also highly functional. And it’s Le Creuset. This Heritage Bean Pot is one of theoriginal designs dating back to the 1930s.

As its name suggests, it’s fabulous for making succulent baked beans, but is equally well-suited to soups and stews, giving them a rustic, authentic flavour due to the pot’s unusual shape. Not just an aesthetic feature, this shape was designed with a deep, round “belly” that circulates heat slowly and evenly, while the slim neck minimizes moisture evaporation and heat loss. And with a generous capacity of 4.3L, there’ll be plenty to share.

Don’t present the pot empty, though. Think about filling it with some of mom’s favourite treats, like a few rolled-up cooking magazines, a bouquet of fresh flowers, some gourmet spices from the Dirty Apron’s deli or even some of her favourite candies.

Colours available include flame, white, cherry, fennel, cassis and Marseille (shown); $100.

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Send Your Mom on a Weekend Getaway to the Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Give your mother what every woman craves: the gift of pampering. Indulge her with a weekend getaway at the lovely boutique Magnolia Hotel & Sap in Victoria. Located in the picturesque Inner Harbour and just minutes away from the city’s top shopping, dining and entertainment options, it’s the perfect setting for a weekend escape.

Magnolia’s Girls’ Getaway package starts from $259 per night and includes accommodation in a charming suite, a bottle of wine and a cheese plate, a $75 gift certificate per person to use either in Spa Magnolia or in the award-winning Prime Steakhouse, deluxe breakfast for two and valet parking for one car.

Magnolia Hotel and Spa is a AAA 4-diamond property and was voted one of the top hotels in Canada by Condé Nast Traveler readers, and recognized as one of the top 10 luxury hotels in Canada by TripAdvisor.