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