Assorted flower bouquets, $11.99 to $21.99
You can never go wrong with the tried-and-true gift of flowers. Costco offers a few levels to match any budget, from a Grower’s Bunch of pink carnations (symbolizing a mother’s undying love) to a bouquet of 24 roses that are Rainforest Alliance Certified (which ensures they have been grown on farms and harvested from forests with sustainable practices).
Cookbooks, fiction and non-fiction, assorted prices
Whether your mother figure prefers bestsellers (Michelle Obama’s 2018 memoir, Becoming, perhaps?) or cookbooks (such as Moncton-born food blogger Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows Every Day), Costco offers tons of titles with discounted prices. Spotted recently: Canadian songstress Jann Arden’s heartbreaking-but-inspirational Feeding My Mother, about becoming her mom’s caregiver when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Essenza Ultrasonic Diffuser, $50
This diffuser runs six to eight hours and has an auto shutoff. Inside the hand-blown glass shade are multi-coloured LED lights; included in the box are two 15-millilitre oils.
Bambeco Mason Bee Barn, $30
Honour your mama with this cute home for bee babies. While they do not produce honey, solitary, non-aggressive mason bees are important pollinators found across Canada. Female mason bees will lay their eggs in the safety of this Bee Barn, deposit some food and secure the tubes with mud. Mason bees are especially helpful in a backyard with fruit trees—everyone wins!
Margaritaville Bahamas Frozen Concoction Maker, $160
Fill the sometimes-chilly month of May with tropical aromas and island flavours with this frozen drink maker. The 400-watt motor shaves ice to a preferred consistency and blends up a margarita in the 36-ounce jar. It can also pop over to the neighbours’ with the included flowery travel bag. (Send her to margaritavillecargo.ca for recipes, including the Kiwi Kiss and the Key West, and a downloadable party guide!)
The Bear Chair Co. Muskoka Chair & Ottoman Kit, $70
While you will need to add a bit of elbow grease, this FSC-certified made-in-Canada solid pine kit makes a classic Muskoka chair and ottoman, and includes pre-cut drilled and sanded pieces, wood screws and instructions. Impress your mom with your handiwork even further by painting it her favourite shade.
Pebblebee Bluetooth Tracker two-pack, $50
Make mornings a little smoother with this tracking device she can attach to anything she doesn’t want to misplace (like keys). One tap of the Pebblebee will ring her phone (even if it’s on silent) or she can use her smartphone to locate the item.
Caddy Tek Leopard Golf Push Cart, $150
Save Mom the extra golf fees and the pain of carrying her clubs from the car with this super-handy three-wheeled cart, which features one-click folding and the option to have a swivelling or locked front wheel.
Ove Fire Table, $700
Does your mom deserve to be spoiled this year? This 50,000 BTU aluminum and all-weather resin wicker fire table includes a propane tank, pullout tray, cover and natural gas kit. Its good looks will earn it pride of place on her patio and is perfect for summer nights under the stars.
Freshwater Pearl Earrings, $100
Though she may not say so, pretty much every mom would love to receive something shiny on Mother’s Day. Available in both white and yellow 14-karat gold, these seven- to eight-millimetre cultured freshwater pearl earrings are made in Canada and are an elegant way to say thank you.
Denby 4-Pack Mugs, $50
Made at Denby Pottery in Derbyshire, England, these stoneware mugs, part of the Halo collection, are perfect for her morning cuppa. Up the ante by pairing them with some fancy coffee or tea (just cruise the aisles at Costco—there’s lots to choose from) and a tin of biscuits.
Game of Thrones Collector Set Puzzle, $36
If you know not to call Mom on Sunday nights because she’s watching her “show,” then you know she will love these puzzles. The kit makes three 3D dragon eggs and a Westeros and Essos globe, offering both a building challenge and a cool collector’s set to display afterward (stands are included).
Wayspa Gift Cards, $75
Can’t decide on a gift? Let her choose from services and products offered at more than 2,000 day and resort spas, salons, yoga studios and more (find them at wayspa.ca). The card is loaded with $100, so you’ll be pleased to know you’re getting a 25 percent savings!
The items and prices listed in the gallery below were sourced from the Costco in Burlington, Ont.