Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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The unsung hero of the family is definitely Mom.  Whether it’s working, cleaning, cooking, playing or the countless other ways she loves on us, we can never thank her, hug her, or tell her enough how much we love and appreciate her.   Here are some great Mother’s Day gift ideas to spoil the one who loves us so perfectly every day of the year, no matter what.

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Gifts for the Coffee and Tea Loving Mom

Bodum PavinaDouble-Wall Glass

Yes: they’re delicate.  Yes: best to hand-wash only.  Yes: not child friendly.  Yes: I’ve broken them.  But somehow drinking your favourite beverage out of this gorgeous Bodum Pavina double-wall glass is both satisfyingly indulgent and pure.  In our NotSoAncient house you’ll find twelve – enough for guests –  because sharing is caring.

 

Chemex 6-cup coffee maker

As much as I love using my Aeropress and JavaJug, nothing beats our classic Chemex coffee maker in both elegance and timeless design.  With the right filter and quality beans the Chemex makes one of my favourite cups of coffee – full flavoured yet clean and bright.

 

Teavana Glass Perfectea Maker

 

As crazy as it sounds, this coffee-addicted household has been slowly growing a love for loose-leaf tea.  The Teavana Glass Perfectea Maker is a great way to spoil all tea-loving moms.  The main business-portion is decidedly *not* plastic and is awesomely functional while keeping the visual appeal of your blossoming tea.

Note: As of this writing, the amazon.com image is currently wrong (the above image is right). Make sure to read Amazon’s description to insure you’re getting the glass version of Teavana’s popular Perfectea Maker.


Gifts for Mom’s who love to Cook & Bake

Just like you would never think of gifting a vacuum or dust pan, don’t buy kitchen gadgets for mom if she doesn’t love spending time in the kitchen.  Here are a few wonderful tools (some which were past mother’s day gifts no less!) that we’ve come to rely on.

Anova Precision Cooker (for sous vide cooking)

It’s no secret how much we love our Anova Precision Cooker.  From the most succulent chicken breast you’ll ever have to the perfect prime rib, there’s a lot going for it to elevate your home cooking to the next level.

Philips Pasta Maker

If mom loves fresh pasta or ramen, then the Philips Pasta Maker is a great gift the whole family can enjoy.  Just add flour, water and a touch of salt and in 10 minutes you’ll have fresh, homemade pasta to enjoy.

Breville Food Processor

Slap-Chop’s got nothing on the Breville Sous Chef.  Powerful and versatile enough to make quick work of grating cheese, making slaw, hummus, slicing ham and mixing our favourite pizza dough and cake batter.

KitchenAid Commercial Series Mixer

When it’s time to splurge on your favourite baker, look no further than the Commercial Series Stand Mixer from Kitchenaid.  While all Kitchenaid mixers may look the same, this is the only – and most powerful – model which has survived our dessert, bread, and noodle-loving household.


Gifts for a Fit Mom

Flipbelt

Flipbelt

 

Whether you’re running out of the house to pick up the kids, go for a run or head to the gym, the Flipbelt is a stylish and well thought out tool for carrying the essentials.  With multiple openings and an elastic key clip, it keeps everything safe and snug so you can go about your active life.

JayBird Sport Bluetooth Headphones

Music can be a great motivator and companion.  Sweat-proof and decent sound make these wireless JayBird Bluetooth Headphones our go-to active headphones.

Avex Brazos 24oz insulated stainless steel water bottle

After years of searching for the best active-drinking insulated water bottle, I’ve finally found one good enough to recommend.  The Avex Brazos carries enough water to quench your thirst and is insulated to prevent condensation and help keep your cool. After years of use and abuse, we know it’s ready for everything from hot yoga to a trip around the world.

Also Great: If you don’t need the full 24 ounces, the Contigo Fit uses the same Autoseal cap as the Avex (they’re interchangeable!) but is slightly lighter and shorter carrying only 20 ounces of water.   Personally, I love (read: need) the Avex Brazo’s larger capacity for hard hot yoga sessions  – I found out the hard way when I ran out of water mid-session with a smaller water bottle.  But my kids use and love the smaller Contigo Fit which is better balanced in their backpack’s water bottle sleeve.


 

Gifts for Mom the Photographer

Ultrapod GO Compact Tripod

Alas, I can no longer recommend my beloved selfie-stick in good conscience (for the record: I was using it waaaay before it was uncool and illegal).  These days this ultralight Pedco Ultrapod GO is my weapon of choice for family selfies and long exposures.  It’s not as stable or versatile as a “real” tripod, but it’s light and small enough to claim a permanent spot in your bag so it’s always available when you need it.

Sony RX100M3 Compact Camera

 

There are a lot of reasons why the Sony RX100M3 is my favourite point and shoot camera ever.  It’s so light it’s ideal for an every-day carry camera you won’t be disappointed with.

Also Great: For a slightly less expensive option, it’s older sibling, the Sony RX100M2 is worth a look.

Holdfast MoneyMaker

If mom is a professional photographer and needs to carry two cameras, there is no better tool for the job than the gorgeous Holdfast MoneyMaker.  Stylish, strong, and secure, the MoneyMaker also gently pulls your shoulders back which helps maintain good posture.

Saddleback Leather Bucket Backpack

Not photography- related per se, but a great uber-gift for any mom.  The Saddleback Bucket Bag oozes with quality and distinction without shouting out with brash branding.   Made to last lifetimes (100 year warranty included), this bag is versatile, cavernous and stylish enough to transform from diaper bag to overnight bag in an instant.  Just make sure she’s prepared for all the compliments she’ll get.


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I hope these gifts inspire you to spoil the special moms in your life.  For more great gift ideas, explore this website’s Reviews and Buyer’s Guides category.

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Lastly, I’d love to hear from YOU:  What’s on your wishlist? And what was your favourite mother’s day gift?

Thanks for reading and happy Mother’s Day to all!


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5 Comments

  • Daniel Chin October 28, 2015 - 5:09 pm Reply

    Hey guys! I followed your rec and got the Jaybird headphones for my wife, and I can’t tell you if I love them or not because we can’t get them to fit! Have you guys found any alternative ear tips that are smaller than the smallest Jaybird ones? I would love to try to keep them, but Jaybird says the one that comes with the ‘phones are the smallest tips they make. Any thoughts?

    • Dave October 28, 2015 - 10:05 pm Reply

      Daniel!! Wow … We thought QUIN had small ear canals 🙂 Hmmmm … But she does use the included hangar-thingy to keep them inserted while running too. If that doesn’t help, I just came across this cheap custom ear mold option here: http://amzn.to/1PS1WWX I read about it first here: http://kk.org/cooltools/radians-custom-molded-earplugs/ I have had custom ear molds made (mail away) and loved them, but this is cheaper by far and gets good ratings. Hope this helps!!!

      • Daniel Chin November 12, 2015 - 3:47 pm Reply

        Dave, I ended up going with these Comply Foam tips. They make one line specifically for Jaybird and are pretty cheap. The foam compresses a bit more which helps with the fit. https://www.complyfoam.com/categories/Brand/Jaybird/

        RE: custom molded tips – do those things seal the sound, or are the open to the environment? I like to have tips where I can still hear what’s going on outside (but I love sealed tips for the soundstage).

        Miss you guys! Hope you’re well.

        • Dave November 12, 2015 - 4:00 pm Reply

          Cool! I use Comply Foam tips on my audiophile buds and love them 🙂 Just gotta keep my ears clean or risk the wax 😉 re: custom molded sound attenuation. I’m assuming they seal pretty good, depending on the shape of your ear canals. Not sure I know of a secure in-ear bud fit that allows pass-through sound with the exception of wing-type additions a la Jaybirds or these Sprng clips I use with the Apple headphones (but NOT as good audio as my favourites): http://www.sprngclip.com/products/sprng-clip
          Miss you too Daniel!!!!

          • Daniel Chin November 13, 2015 - 1:44 pm

            I liked the Yurbuds once I found the right fit. Secure fit with pass-through sound. Sound quality not great, and now that they are a JBL company, it seems like my options for fit are more limited. Gotta be really careful not to lose the tips though. Thinking about trying the Bose SoundSport (I use a shuffle, no bluetooth available!), but collecting earphones gets expensive very quickly!

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