7 Pamper her pup
Admit it: sometimes you’re a bit jealous of the adoration she has for Hunter (a.k.a. the dog who replaced you as Mom’s favourite). Nonetheless, giving her pup a good grooming and blowout will please her to no end, especially if you throw in a complimentary pet bed cleaning to boot. TIP: Stuff cedar chips or non-toxic fabric softener sheets (we love Whole Foods’ dryer sheets) under pet pillows for extra freshening.
8 Give her an inspiring cookbook
If your mother loves to cook for company, consider Trish Magwood’s Dish Entertains (Harper Collins Canada), which, at $16.46 on chapters.indigo.ca is a super deal! Best part: savvy Canadian mom Magwood knows how to keep it simple even when making it spectacular.
9 Make a loan
Business-minded moms will value microloans made in their honour to help small entrepreneurs in the developing world grow their businesses. Visit kiva.org to find entrepreneurs and projects to support. Your foodie mom may want to help Afi Agbogan of Toga, who makes home-blended cereals, which she sells at a local market. Or Vy Heng of Cambodia, who sells fish. Or Dorith of Peru, who wants to expand her lunch stall. Your decorista mother may prefer to help Sevinj Herdarova of Azerbaijan increase inventory in her modest gift shop. A personal connection makes this gift of global development even sweeter.
10 Help her de-clutter
Pick up some lattes and croissants on the way over to Mom’s, then do a walkthrough of her house: ask her what she’s been wanting to de-clutter, tidy up, clear out or fix since practically forever. Then, roll up your sleeves and help her get the job done!
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