The “You’re Officially an Adult” Mother’s Day Gift Guide & a RYOBI Giveaway!

I joke on Twitter a lot that I’ve reached the age where I get more excited about practical gifts and gift cards for groceries than I do about getting flowers and chocolate. Unless the chocolate comes with a bottle of wine. So when every year the Mother’s Day Gift Guides come out, I think some suggestions are nice but secretly I think most Mom’s would probably be happy with a house cleaning service, kids that don’t scream at other all day and pizza for dinner.

So this year’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide is a nod to being of a certain age, where rose petals on a bed (which have got to be the cheesiest thing on the planet) trade places with the excitement you can’t contain when a new kitchen appliance arrives. Without further ado, here are some of my suggestions  – ostentatious stuff mixed with some practical stuff mixed with “Are you serious?” – on what some Mom’s (read: me) would want for Mother’s Day. Some of these items I already have, others I may as well be asking for a Unicorn.

1)  Structube’s acacia wood RENO dining table

One day when I grow up I am going to have a nice presentable dining room. With a real table. Not one that I have repainted 10x and bought at thrift store for $25 (that one is in our kitchen). This one is at the top of my list. Natural wood top, hair pin legs. It’s a dream. And the reason we don’t have it is I do not trust my kids and their markers/food/colouring/slime/glue around it. I have obviously failed as a parent as they don’t seem to be afraid of me when it comes to my thinly veiled threats on that topic.

2) Costco Gift Card

I’ve met people who apparently say they never shop at Costco and could not get their money’s worth from their yearly membership fee (which Costco reimburses you for if you spend a certain amount of money). I don’t know how that feels because I am pretty sure I have yet to leave Costco with anything under $100 every time I walk in there. Don’t go on a weekend unless you want an easy way to ask for a divorce from your spouse. Seriously though, their Kirkland Toilet paper alone. I could easily host a Twitter party for an hour about my Top 10 Costco products. So don’t be all “Really a gift card to Costco for Mother’s Day?” because I would be overjoyed. And that proves to me that you have not tried their baguettes.

3) RYOBI 1600 PSI Electric Pressure Washer

We were walking through Home Depot the first day it hit over 20 here this year because we stepped into our backyard that day and it kind of looked like a cross between Lemony Snicket’s house and Ms. Dinsmoor’s backyard from Great Expectations. The fence was grey and greenish. The white window trim was grey and black. The Muskoka chairs, I don’t even know what colour they were. And the windows on our 18 foot wall on the south side of the house were covered in a shade of grey dust that made me go “How are we going to wash this?”. I even tweeted Ryobi that day regretting not asking Santa for a Pressure Washer. Do not underestimate a women’s scorn for her garden and backyard after a Canadian winter. I am going to hose down everything with this. Except my husband’s truck. That’s his job.

4) Matthew T. Wilson‘s Art from Society 6

I have wanted this print *forever*. It’s pretty much our families motto and this needs to be somewhere in my living room. We have a long love of Alice in Wonderland in this house and have done major Halloween decorations using the Wonderland theme. But as a child I didn’t really care for the story but as an adult the quotes and meanings behind the movie are a whole different ball game. Matthew’s work is incredible and I highly recommend you check out his gallery.

5) A new desk chair. Like this one Cooper Mid-Century Leather chair from West Elm.

I had a nice office chair. It looked like this one from Wayfair except I got it at HomeSense. Within 3 months the pneumatic gas lift cylinder broke. Just in time for the 90 day return policy to expire. Sucks to be me. I need a new office chair because sitting on a chair that pretty much falls to the ground every time I go to sit on it, is not very fun. This pretty little number is at West Elm and it would look sweet in my office (and yours). I also really like their Helvetica office chair.

6) A SMEG fridge

I am more aware than anyone of how impractical this would be for our family of 4. I know it’s too small to hold all the food we need. I know it costs more than probably our entire kitchen renovation. I don’t care. I warned you I had some ostentatious stuff on this list. This is more however one of those “When are appliance brands going to offer something other than stainless steel appliances?” cry for help. Single door, counter depth fridges that don’t look like every other fridge on the show room floor. It’s 2017. Can we please get some sexy appliances? I want to walk into our kitchen and be like I want to hug my appliances when I see them. I couldn’t find a dishwasher that did that so we got one from IKEA with a covered panel so I didn’t have to look at a dishwasher panel. Don’t make me cover our fridge. Offer better appliances.  And stop making them cost more than our kids college fund for a year. There are also ones from Caloric or Big Chill. Except I need counter depth bigger model a.k.a a unicorn.

7) A robotic vacuum like the Bobsweep

I. Hate. Vacuuming. Hate. Not even dislike, I avoid it. It’s up there with cleaning the bathroom toilet. I suspect it’s due to that fun time of dragging out the boat that is the current vacuum we have and lugging all around. Cordless vacuum’s and some of the top shop vacs are up there for me with the greatest inventions of modern time. You know what’s better than a cordless vacuum? One that you don’t have to push. Enter the wonderful world of intelligent vacuum’s like the Bobsweep (my friend Thalita introduced me to this one). You think giving Mom an appliance would be too 1950’s? Please. Send this one here any day.

8) A new sectional

So our fancy IKEA Karlstad sectional has been discontinued. We have one spare cover left for it. And it is just showing it’s age. I am afraid that if we put the spare cover on the Karlstad, you just know the kids will find a way of putting a hole in it or pouring permanent paint on it. It’s just how it always goes. A new sectional, one that looks well, grown up and extra fancy would be super. I came across this gem from Article Modern and it looks grown up. And clean.

9) A pair of Birkenstocks

I swore I would never buy a pair of Birks. I grew up in the era where the only people who wore them with the socks under them were the hardcore hippie’s. I loved Depeche Mode and lived in 8 hole Doc Marten’s. They were the anti thesis of my childhood. But then this thing called aging happened and it’s astonishing how the cheap black flip flops you run through every summer don’t cut it anymore. I bought my first pair last summer and I am officially a convert. They are my Mom shoes. I’ve accepted it and I LOVE them. Get your Mom a pair. She will love them too. Mine are the ones below, the Birkenstock Gizeh in Antique Brown.

10) A Breville Scraper Mixer Pro

I’ve done a lot of giveaways on my site, but even I did not anticipate how many people wanted a mixer. This one was one of the most coveted items for women (the majority of the entrants in the previous giveaway for the Rreville Scraper Mixer Pro were women – Disclaimer: I am not saying men don’t want mixers so don’t get your cookie dough in a bunch). Almost 300 Reviews on Amazon with an almost 5 Star Rating can’t go wrong there. I did my own review over here. This machine is gold.

An honourable mention goes to whomever can bring Target back to Canada. I’ll take that for Mother’s Day, Birthday, Christmas and every TGIF. Ugh.

But it would be no fun at all to do a list like this without letting you get a chance to experience at least one of the items on this list. Well the wonderful people at RYOBI Canada are giving one lucky reader a chance to Win a Ryobi 1600 PSI Electric Pressure Washer!!  You will be the envy of the neighbourhood when you clean up your backyard to get rid of all the mess that winter brought on. Your driveway, your deck, your windows, your patio furniture and your windows will sparkle! This pressure washer is designed for easy transport and eliminates the need to drag a bucket and hose behind you *cough* refer to my hatred of heavy vacuums *cough*.

What does the Ryobi Pressure Washer offer?

    • Powerful 13 AMP electric motor for quick cleaning of driveways, decks, windows, and other areas around the house
    • Rugged roll-cage frame design protects the motor housing and stays upright; no tipping
    • 20 ft. non-marring high pressure hose will not leave scuffs on the job
    • Professional metal spray wand with quick-connect coupler for easy nozzle changes
    • 1 Qr. On-board detergent tank for hassle-free cleaning
    •  Includes 3 quick-connect nozzles (15º soap and turbo) for cleaning a variety of surfaces

RYOBI Tools are sold Exclusively at Home Depot and we have quite a few of them in our household. Their Air Strike Finish nailer is amazing and I swear I use their Hand Vacuum every day (notice the theme for cordless everything on my list).

For a chance to Win Enter in the Rafflecopter Below. Contest open to Canadian Residents over the age of 18.

Contest closes Sunday May 13th at midnight EST. Good Luck!


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Tools in this post were provided by RYOBI to facilitate the review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.


  • Reply
    May 8, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Looks like fun! All that dirt gone!

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    May 8, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Pressure washing is one of my favourite things! And I wore Birks the first time so now I have mixed feelings about them.

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    May 8, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I could use my own cordless screwdriver!

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    May 8, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Oh my goodness, I would LOVE a pressure washer! We keep looking at our sad siding, and thinking “let’s borrow somebody’s”, but that never happens of course 😉 I think we’d probably go nuts and pressure wash ALL THE THINGS

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    Darrah Bailey
    May 8, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    The Ryobi pressure washer for SURE! My mom just got a new deck and siding so this would be a great help for her~

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    May 8, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    We love RYOBI tools and I miss Target so much too!!

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    Anne Taylor
    May 8, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    I’d love the 18V ONE+™ EVERCHARGE™ HAND VACUUM. I’d follow my 2yr old grandson around with it all day long lol

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    May 8, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I would love pressure washer of course but I also want the RYOBI ONE+ 18V SCORE™ WIRELESS SPEAKER SET


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    Debbie S.
    May 8, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I would love a Ryobi 18V ONE+ HYBRID STRING TRIMMER/EDGER for trimming my yard. I also would love a Ryobi pressure washer to wash down my house and everything in it, the deck, the chairs and so on.

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    May 8, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    A Ryobi Cordless Drill is on my wish list. I want one of my very own, and I’ll hide so that only I know where it is. When I need it, I’ll have it!

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    Julie F
    May 8, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I would like a Ryobi lawn mower as the I can never get our gas mower to work!

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    Dianne G.
    May 8, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    The The Ryobi 10 In. Compound Miter Saw with Laser is on my wishlist so I could finally get baseboards put on a few areas that were never completed when we put in new flooring. The pressure washer would be great too. It takes so long each spring to clean the siding.

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    May 8, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I NEED that pressure washer!!! The exterior of my house is FILTHY! This pressure washer would make quick work of that job, that’s for sure.

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    May 8, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Honestly – this pressure washer! Just one look at my dingy green deck will show you why 😉

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    ivy pluchinsky
    May 8, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I could sure use this pressure washer, would really come in handy!

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    Debbie F
    May 8, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    The pressure washer – our house is in need of a clean.

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    May 8, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Ryobi 18V ONE+ HYBRID STRING TRIMMER/EDGER for trimming all things!

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    Carole Dube
    May 8, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    I would love the lawn mower and I LOVE Ryobi pressure washer! Thank you!

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    May 8, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    I really love their 24V HEDGE TRIMMER. I really need one of those.

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    Jenness M
    May 8, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    I’d love to have the 12 in. 8-Amp Electric Snow Blower Shovel!

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    May 8, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    My mom would also love the trimmer!

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    May 8, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    I would like the 18V ONE+ LITHIUM+ CORDLESS LAWN MOWER.

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    Kim Tanti
    May 8, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    My power washer broke down about 2yrs. ago. I love power washers and that is on my list. I just with i could use it inside the house as well. LOL

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    Florence Cochrane
    May 8, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    The Ryobi 18V ONE+ HYBRID STRING TRIMMER/EDGER would definitely help me with the yard work.

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    Sylvia goodyear
    May 8, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Love the pressure washer

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    nicolthepickle- Nicole Graham
    May 8, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I would really like the 18V ONE+™ 5 IN. RANDOM ORBIT SANDER. I’m staining the beams in my house and they need sanding. A good sander would be the best!

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    June M
    May 8, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    The RYOBI pressure washer is definitely the tool on my Mother\s day list to make cleaning my windows a breeze

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    May 8, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    The 18V ONE+ 3-SPEED ¼ IN. IMPACT DRIVER is on my list.

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    May 8, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    I would love the pressure washer and the hand vaccum!

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    May 8, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I would love to have a 40V JET FAN BLOWER

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    Bailey Dexter
    May 8, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Believe it or not, a Ryobi Pressure Washer , our home is suppose to be white, but living in a steel city…it’s grey!

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    May 8, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    The Ryobi Pressue washer would be just the right tool clean my outdoor deck and then I enjoy a Mother’s Day BBQ on my fabulous clean deck!

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    Jay Nelson
    May 8, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    We recently purchased a Ryobi battery lawn mower and have been very impressed. I would love the 18V ONE+ Evercharge Hand Vacuum for cleaning up the kids sofa crumbs.

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    Judy Cowan
    May 8, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    I would have to go with the power washer, I could make good use of it cleaning the deck, patio stones, etc!

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    May 8, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    The compound mitre saw! But I would DEFINITELY put the power washer to good use!

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    Robyn Bellefleur
    May 8, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Sounds weird, but a 40V 20″ Brushless Snow Blower.

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    Heidi Pawluk
    May 9, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Definitely the RYOBI 40V 20 in. Brushless Mower. Even I COULD mow the lawn

    Thanks for the awesome chance

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    Susan Stevenson
    May 9, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I’d love to win this… it is just what I need for my new fence!

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    May 9, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    This pressure washer would be the most useful. But I’d love a nail gun!

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    Shirley S
    May 9, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    The RYOBI 18V ONE+ Hybrid String Trimmer/Edger is on my wish list. I would also love the RYOBI 1600 PSI Electric Pressure Washer!

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    May 10, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Even though winter is far of the12 in. 8-Amp Electric Snow Blower Shovel would be great to have !

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    my villa
    May 10, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    we got use a Miter Saw

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    Josh S
    May 10, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    My wife wants a miter saw actually….the pressure washer would be nice also.

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    Ryan B
    May 10, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    I think a ULTRA-QUIET GARAGE DOOR OPENER is on my moms wishlist

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    Joy Mills (@Jemrah1)
    May 11, 2017 at 11:47 am

    a pressure washer would be so handy !

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    May 11, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    A pressure washer for sure is on the list.

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    May 11, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Pressure washer is on the top of the wish list!

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    Laurie P
    May 12, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    I’d totally want the 16″ 10 Amp Electric Snow Blower for next season to be honest. 🙂 That’s an impressive tool to have!

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    Lushka Smith
    May 13, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Oh that would be the pressure washer for sure.

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