Forgetting Mother’s Day is right up there with tax evasion and lying under oath when it comes to life’s ultimate unforgivables. After all, she’s your mom, the one person who doesn’t need a Facebook notification to remember your birthday. Save the “it’s just a commercially manufactured holiday” complaints for less important days, like Valentine’s Day or, you know, Father’s Day. We’ve put together a list of our Top 5 last-minute Mother’s Day gifts that will make your mom feel special, even if you only had minutes to spare when picking it out.
LUSH Isn’t She Lovely? | $29.95
Last-minute shoppers, fear not. LUSH’s Isn’t She Lovely? Mother’s Day gift set comes pre-wrapped in pretty paper adorned with pink tulips, which means you can go straight from the LUSH store to your brunch reservations (which, by the way, you might want to start making right about now). The bath and shower kit includes some of LUSH’s most beloved products for self-pampering: Secret Garden Bath Bomb, Rose Jam Bubbleroon, Rub Rub Rub shower scrub and Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner for hands and feet.
Consonant CMP Kit | $110
Consonant’s beauty and skincare line is made right here in Toronto and is 100% natural and 100% toxin-free, which means it’s one of those holy grail beauty lines for those of us with sensitive skin. If you’re looking for a gift for a new mom, we should mention that this award-winning beauty line is so natural that you can use it on newborn babies’ skin, too. Two birds, one skincare line. Consonant’s CMP Kit – which stands for “cleanse, moisturize, protect” – is the ultimate gift for any mom looking to take in the coming summer months without putting her skin at risk. The kits include 125ml of Organic Foaming Face Wash, your choice between 50ml of Ultra Moisturizing Organic Face Cream for Dry Skin or 50ml Ultra Moisturizing Organic Face Cream, and 50ml of The Perfect Sunscreen in either SPF 15 or SPF 30.
Clinique Moisture Favourites Set | $52
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Clinique is packing this pink gingham makeup bag with a 24-hour moisturizer (Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief), an ultra-hydrating eye cream (All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage), and the perfect spring lip colour (Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Woppin’ Watermelon). You get bonus points if you put a plane ticket to Bermuda in the bag, but we’re sure your mom will appreciate the thought either way.
Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Purifying Mask | $16
Nothing says “last minute” quite like stopping at your local drugstore to buy a Mother’s Day gift, but fortunately the modern day pharmacy rivals almost any department store’s cosmetics section. We’ve been obsessed with the Spring 2013 arrival of British skincare line Boots No7 in Canada, sold exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart. Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Purifying Mask is one of the stand-out products from the Canadian Boots line. It contains Zeolite Clay, which heats up when it comes in contact with water, extracting impurities from the skin in the process.
The Body Shop Small Coconut Gift Set | $25
Even the most diehard anti-shoppers can locate the nearest Body Shop with almost the same ease as finding a Starbucks. The global brand is known for making gift baskets for any budget, and it’s always prettily packaged so there’s no wrapping required. This coconut gift set includes a shower cream, soap, body scrub, bath lily as well as the brand’s famous body butter, and it’s just $25.