Mothers Day will soon be here and this year is particularly special because it’s my first time celebrating as a Mom myself! In celebration, I’ve created a Mothers Day gift guide for all those Moms and Moms -to-be in your life AND the best part of all…. we have a GIVEAWAY!!! Keep reading to find out how to enter and to see my top 5 gifts for Mom.
For my birthday, my husband gave me a beautiful necklace with a pendant that has my daughters initial engraved in it. It’s by far the most thoughtful gift I’ve ever received and I wear it with so much pride! What I love most about this gift idea is how personal and meaningful it is. Stella and Dot have a collection of gold and rose gold plated brass and sterling silver engravable jewellery that range in styles and prices. Depending on their personal style, you can buy a piece of jewellery that’s more delicate like this or one that’s larger in size and makes more of a statement. Stella and Dot also sells chains and charms separately. The website is user friendly and allows you to personalise your order and select from different fonts and styles. This is a Mothers Day Gift that will be cherished forever!
2. Makeup Kits – HB Face
Makeup can be tricky to buy for others as a gift, especially when it comes to choosing the right shades, ect. But Haley Bogaert, a local Toronto makeup artist/business owner has it all figured out and created a variety of makeup kits to suit every woman. These kits are 100% mom friendly as they involve a handful of makeup essentials that allow you to complete your look in 5 minutes or less. Yes, please! I happen to have her Bold Cheeks Glam Kit, BB Cream and a few other goodies conveniently sitting in my online shopping cart waiting for check out… *hint hint to my husband*… But seriously… her products have received rave reviews and when buying from HB Face, you’re supporting a local business woman who is killing it in the beauty industry! Serious boss babe alert!
If the mom in your life loves to cook, there’s a good chance that she’d be happy to receive some new cookbooks!! While I often look at recipes online, I’m a huge sucker for a good cookbook! It’s where I get a lot of inspiration to try new recipes and experiment with new flavours. Laura Vitale (who is basically my soul sister and doesn’t even know it) came out with her first cookbook a few years back and it’s one of my favourites! Funny side story: Two years ago at Christmas, my sister, my aunt and I gifted Laura’s cookbook to each other without even knowing it. Great minds think alike!! Another cook book (which also happens to be our coffee table book) that I love is from fellow Canadian- Italian himself, David Rocco. The photos alone in his Docle Famiglia cookbook are enough to make me want to dive into the Mediterranean and scoop up some fresh calamari and anchovies… and I can’t even swim well! Another cookbook that’s on my radar is from my girl crush, Joanna Gaines. What woman doesn’t have a crush on the shiplap queen? Well, she just released her first cookbook, Magnolia Table and it looks ahhhhhhmazing. It’s filled with family recipes and comfort food that Joanna prepares for her own beautiful family. So, if this is a way to become a part of the Gaines’ fam jam, count me in!
4. Spa Day
Admittedly, my husband surprised me with a spa day a few weeks back and in that moment I was furious about it. It may sound ridiculous and perhaps it was, but I’m not a huge fan of surprises when it comes to things like this. With that being said – it forced me to relax and gave me some time to just straight up chill. So if you have a mom in your life who could use a spa day, treat them to one! Moms are busy and a lot of the time, we put our own needs to the side to take care of others. I can think of a Mom I know (ahem, my sister) who absolutely deserves a spa day (make that a spa week.. actually a spa month would probably do it) but will not go unless she is driven there and left stranded with no other option (much like I was). So take it from her and I and forget about the gift certificate! Instead, drive that mama to the spa, leave her there and don’t pick her up until her day of relaxation is done. Perhaps you can get a little crazy and invite a girlfriend to join her too. Keep in mind that if you have a willing participant you don’t need to be so extreme. But for the those crazy mamas like me… surprise them whether they like it or not. They may not admit it, but this is a Mothers Day gift that they will be SO appreciative of!
5. Mommy & Me Photo Session
I am obsessed with taking photos of my daughter. Wherever she goes, my cell phone and camera aren’t far behind! But after looking through all these photos, I realised that I don’t have many photos of her and I together! I know that I’m not the only mom who feels this way, which is why I’m so excited to announce my first ever giveaway here on the blog! The very talented Katie from K. Thompson Photography is generously giving away a FREE Mommy and Me Mini Session as a Mothers Day gift to one of my lucky Subscribers!! Yup, completely free for one lucky Mama! Below are the contest rules and details on how to enter!
FREE Mommy & Me Mini Session with K. Thompson Photography
30 minutes. 10 photos. Online Gallery.
Session to be within Durham Region. In home or on location.
How to Enter:
- Follow From the Playpen on Instagram
- Follow K. Thompson Photography on Instagram
- Like the Mommy & Me Giveaway photo on my Instagram feed
- Tag 3 Friends in the comments of that Instagram Photo
- BONUS ENTRIES * Subscribe to BOTH From the Playpen’s blog AND K. Thompson Photography Mailing List
Thanks to everyone who enters! The contest closes May 7 at 11:59 p.m. Winner will be announced on May 8. Good luck to everyone who enters the Giveaway and I wish all you Mama’s out there the Happiest Mothers Day!