7 gifts to make mom feel forever young

Mother's day card and flowers
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It can be hard to come up with a unique gift for Mother’s Day year after year, but that doesn’t mean you should just buy her some flowers and call it a day. This Mother’s Day, give your mom a gift that helps her remember that she’s still young. From adult colouring books to delicious recipes, below is a list of gifts that will keep mom feeling forever young.

Plus, there are accompanying tips, to help make the day go by without a hitch. Mom will appreciate it, and you’ll get bonus points for being such an awesome, and thoughtful, gift-giver.

Adult colouring books

Someone colouring in an adult colouring book

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What better way to feel young again than to grab some crayons and spend an hour colouring? Or better yet, grab some super-fancy, fine-tipped markers because these colouring pages are no joke. The intricate details and spectacular patterns will keep mom busy all afternoon. This is a great gift for moms who are stressed out; colouring has been proven to help you relax and reach your much-needed moment of Zen.

TIP: Adult colouring books are really popular right now, so you’ll have plenty of different themes to choose from. Put a little extra effort into it and find one that suits your mom. If she likes to travel, grab her Secret Paris or Fantastic Cities. Or if she’s more outdoorsy, try something like Enchanted Forest or Summer Blossom.

A picnic set

Picnic set backpack.


There’s nothing like sitting on the ground (or the picnic table) and enjoying a meal in the great outdoors. Food just seems to taste better when birds are chirping and the sun is shining on your face.

TIP: Give this present to mom in the morning, then surprise her with a picnic lunch (that you prepared in advance), so that she can use her new gift right away. If the weather is bad, push some furniture aside and do it in the living room!

An awesome cookbook

Book covers for cookbooks: Oh she glows, Deliciously Ella Every Day, It's All Easy

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There are so many amazing cookbooks available, so no matter what Mom likes to eat, you’ll be able to find a book of fun, healthy recipes that will keep her feeling good, inside and out. You could try a yummy vegan cookbook like Oh She Glows, the gluten-free Deliciously Ella Every Day, or be part of the trend and grab Mom Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Easy.

TIP: Make sure you buy her a book that is mainly easy-to-prepare recipes. She won’t be too pleased with a gift that sends her to the kitchen for hours on end.

Active gift pack

A box of Cairn and StrideBox activewear

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Staying active is a great way to help your mom feel young. Depending on what your mom is into, you can find ready-made gift sets for runners, yogis, hikers, and other types of active lifestyle preferences. You can get even more personal by putting together a gift box yourself. For example, if mom is into yoga, you could visit Etsy and find some unique yoga pants, mats, headbands, candleholders, artwork, jewelry, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Then, just wrap everything up nice and pretty for the big day.

TIP: If you’re not sure what your mom likes to do, there are still plenty of gift-giving options, such as a gym membership, a class pass for yoga or swimming, or you could even get back to basics and get her a bicycle. If your mom is a bit more adventurous, you could also take her on a zip-lining escapade.

A spa package

Mom and daughter enjoying the spa

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This could mean making your mom a reservation for a day of spa treatments, or booking her a massage, or even taking her to get a manicure. The main goal is to make mom feel relaxed and pampered. If you are looking for something a little more low key, you could also put together a personalized spa kit, with homemade sugar scrub, drug store face masks, a hot water bottle, some nice bubble bath, a few new colours of nail polish, and a super cozy robe. If budget is a factor, just grab a nail kit and give mom a manicure and pedicure yourself; she’ll really appreciate it.

TIP: Make sure that if you’re going to make your mom a reservation, you check her schedule first. If you’re not sure, it might be a good idea to get her a gift card instead, so she can use it at her convenience.

A new point-and-shoot camera

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

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Treat your mom this Mother’s Day (or for her birthday even) to a shiny, new camera. It’s the perfect gift because it’s something most people would love to have, but won’t necessarily go out and buy for themselves. She can use it all summer long when up at a cottage, on a weekend excursion, or while out on the run in the city. It’s light and easy to pack and we guarantee she’ll get great use out of it! She might even become a star photographer in the process. We suggest picking up Canon’s PowerShot SX610 HS because of its slim, pocketable design. It has a 25mm ultra-wide angle lens and produces high quality photos using a powerful 18x optical zoom lens and also has Wi-Fi, so that mom can share all 100 photos of you with her nearest and dearest.

TIP: Let mom have as many photo-taking opportunities as possible—that means spending more time together and humouring her by posing and re-posing to get that picture just right! For other camera and camera-related gift ideas, try: the CS100 (an easy way to store, view, and share all your photos and videos in one place) or the PowerShot G9 X with a bonus wrist strap. Snap happy!

Today’s fashion trends

Toms shoes and a handbag

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Keep mom feeling young by helping her stay on trend. It can be hard to keep up-to-date on the latest fashion when you’re busy multi-tasking, so do the work for her. Try some easy pieces that can match up with any wardrobe, like Tom’s classic flats, a trendy new handbag, or some unique statement jewelry.

TIP: If your mom is tricky to shop for, take her with you as part of a mom’s day of fun event. Take her shopping, out for lunch and then to see a movie. Not only will she get some cool new swag, but she’ll also get some bonding time with you!

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