8 Ways to Avoid Getting Your Mother a Crappy Gift on Mother's Day

Treating my mother to something is a privilege of adulthood for me.  When I lived in Kabul, I spent my deeply necessary vacation supplement on a trip for her to Greece and I met her there.  Now that my budget is smaller, I love to sew her things.  Whatever you feel about these made-up holidays, I hope this eclectic list of things helps you to honour your mother on May 10.  These are honest suggestions and I am not in affiliated with these companies, nor do I receive any benefit from telling you about them.

The cheapest item on the list is free!  Just send her a lovely note with a link to these rip-roaring hilarious feminist tweets from Alison Lieby

A monthly subscription to Salted TV is an awesome gift. Salted TV calls themselves "a new type of cooking school".  Over Christmas, I got three free months and I've loved it.   I was a vegetarian for 14 years, and Salted TV has made me much more comfortable cooking meat.   

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.
— Robert Browning

This Today's Menu wall decal  from Vinylimpression's Etsy shop is so great and tough, and I might get one for my mother this year.  

This one from the same Etsy shop would be great for a new mom, or anyone building a modern nursery. 

In Dundas, Ontario, there is Weir's Lane, a lavender farm that sells local lavender products but also bulk lavender buds.  For Christmas last year, I sewed lavender sachets for my mother and aunts.  It was a very cheap, very personal and useful gift.       

Mom and I at Fit Chicks Retreat March 2014. 

Mom and I at Fit Chicks Retreat March 2014. 

The retreats from Amanda Quinn and Laura Jackson, Ontario's own Fit Chicks,  are refreshing and intense.  My mother and I attended one together in March 2014 at Horseshoe Valley.  I told her we were having a spa weekend and she was scared to participate.  At 60, she was the oldest there, but was later very happy she pushed through.  My mother was an athlete as a teenager but has struggled with her weight and health recently.  I was floored when she moved very quickly through a snowshoe relay race, with a huge smile on her face.  These retreats are literally for everyone, no fitness level is too low.  

If you're interested in buying her clothing and supporting a good cause, there is Fashion Project.  The company takes donations of used designer clothes and sells them online with a portion of proceeds going to the charity of the donor's choice.  I've purchased a few items from Fashion Project at deep discounts and had them sent to Canada via a forwarding service.  The plus size options are a little meager but there are usually a few stellar finds.  This wrap dress for $49.00 USD will contribute over $15 to Hopelink, an organization focused on helping the housebound with meals and support.   

DVF Wrap Dress for $49.00 USD. 

DVF Wrap Dress for $49.00 USD. 

I've been eyeing Nature Box for some time now and will probably sign up for their free trial once the Canadian dollar improves.  This would be a really fun and pragmatic gift for a mom.  For $19.95 USD, you get 5 full-size bags of snacks that are supposed to taste good and be good for you.  I can see this being well worth it. 

NatureBox.com for a free trial. 

NatureBox.com for a free trial. 

I would love to know what you're getting for your mom this year, or if you have had good experiences with the products and services above.  I will leave you with this thought from Mindy Kaling. Have a great week!

My relationship with my mom is really the single most profound relationship that I’ve ever had in my life,” Mindy tells me...But her voice breaks when she starts talking about how she sat down with a pen and paper and asked her mother to give her all the advice she could possibly give her before she died, and Kaling realized she’d never be able to ask her mother for advice again. “I said to her, ‘Mom, I’m going to be so lonely without you.’” She’s crying now but keeps going. “And she just said, ‘You have to be your own best friend. If you always remember that, you will always have someone there with you.
— Mindy Kaling