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May 07, 2018

Need Help Finding a Gift for Mom? Here's Some Inspiration From Lee Valley

With Mother's Day less than a week away, some people are probably struggling to find ideas for a great gift for mom. The ultimate gift, if you ask me, is to sleep in, have breakfast or coffee in bed and then just lounge in my pjs and spend time with my family. But I appreciate the sentiment of wanting to buy your mom (or the mom in your life) a present to recognize her. 

As you know, we do a DIY gift from the kids each year and we're working on one for this year, too. Still top secret :) For my mom, though, my sister and I usually take my mom's interests and find a gift from there -- whether it's a girls day out, a beautiful plant or flowers for her garden, a catch my drift. 

Moms don't need extravagant presents, but taking the time to notice her likes and interests goes a really long way.

This year, I took a trip to Lee Valley for some inspiration in finding a perfect gift for mom. Honestly, if you need inspiration for just about anything, go to Lee Valley. In addition to outdoors and gardening equipment, books, knick-knacks, tools and decor items, you'll also find a vast assortment of kitchen gadgets, baking supplies, woodworking items, crafting, nutrition and novelty items for just about everyone (kids included). 

I came up with just a few ideas I would love, and I'm sure others would, too.

This is the Cadillac of watering cans. Whether mom is a gardener or not, everyone needs a watering can, inside or out. This HAWS slim watering can makes watering easy and balanced. And it doesn't even need to be wrapped up, because it's simply gorgeous. It comes in a few colours. Add a bow, or a little plant, like I did, and present to mom. Tres impressive.

Seeding Square, $34 CAN.

This is a great gift for the mom who DOES like to garden, or the mom with little kids who may want to help. This seeding square makes growing fruits and veggies from seed easier, with colour-coded holes that are pre-measured for accurate rows.

Add some of your favourite seeds and you've got an activity mom can try solo, or with the fam. The seeding square is a template and can be reused time and time again. I'm looking forward to seeding with the girls this weekend. 

The NutraTrack Mini Kitchen Scale is perfect for the mom who is active, health conscious, or just curious to learn more about the foods shes taking in. It takes the guesswork out of calorie counting and tracking, with dozens of pre-programmed foods in the memory and 999 others that can be added by entering nutritional information from the food package. Simply place your food on top of the scale, enter the code and reveal the weight, calories, carbohydrates, salt, fibre, fat, etc.

The scale is small and easy to store, about the size of a tablet, and it can be wiped down. Pre-weigh or measure your portions to ensure you're consuming just what your body needs and wants.

Gifts for mom don't have to be complicated or expensive. Try to find inspiration in everyday life. And when it doubt, spending time, a big hug and an "I love you" is priceless.

Happy Mother's Day!


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