10 great foodie gift ideas for Mother's Day

10 great foodie gift ideas for Mother's Day



10 great foodie gift ideas for Mother's Day

As Mother's Day approaches, do you know what's on mom's gift list? If she loves food, baking or cooking, these great picks might stir her creative juices.

1. For a mother who loves tea

Tea aficionados will appreciate the detailed programming that goes into making a cup of tea in this fancy machine: Insert your tea leaves into the basket, select the type of tea (from green to oolong and even herbal) and it will heat the water to the appropriate temperature and insert the leaves into the hot water for the right amount of time without oversteeping. Custom options are available, as well as an overnight setting to have her cuppa perfectly ready as soon as she gets up.

Breville One-Touch Tea Maker, $299, at select retailers

2. For the food-photography mom

If Mom's got the take-photos-of-food bug, she'll love this deluxe point-and-shoot from Olympus. Available in black or silver, it offers features including a 24x optical zoom, high-tech image stabilization and multiple intelligent auto modes such as Cuisine Mode, which is calibrated to create the best possible images of food.

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS camera, $399, at select retailers

3. For the eco-friendly mother

Help support organic, small-scale agriculture by adopting an Italian olive tree through Nudo. You'll get three shipments through the year: An adoption certificate, the first batch of extra-virgin olive oil and, in the fall, a pack of three flavoured oils. Plus, you can visit your olive tree any time you like -- the perfect excuse for a trip to Italy.

$109 plus $43 for shipping,

4. For a mother with a sweet tooth

Homemade ice cream is easy to make, and versatile -- you can select your own favourite flavours and get creative with the ingredients, such as using coconut milk, yogurt or even fruit from your own backyard. And you can't beat the price of this version from President's Choice. Pair it with some gourmet ice cream add-ons Mom will adore, like chocolate chips, fresh blueberries or caramel sauce.

President's Choice Ice Cream Maker, $30, at select Loblaw stores including Real Canadian Superstore

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5. For a mother who loves to cook

 La Tartine Gourmande has food writers and bloggers salivating, and for good reason -- author Beatrice Peltre has created a book that's as enjoyable for her storytelling and gorgeous photography as for the amazing dishes you'll get out of it. (Bonus: It's all gluten-free, though you wouldn't know it.)

La Tartine Gourmande, $35, at bookstores and

6. For a mother who enjoys a nice breakfast treat 

Toronto's Drake Hotel is known for its tasty breakfast. If you and Mom can't make it in person, enjoy the menu remotely with a jar of their homemade granola.

Pair it with a hidden owl mug for her tea or coffee -- as she drinks, an adorable ceramic owl inside the base of the cup will reveal itself.

Drake Granola + Owl Mug, $9 for granola, $28 for mug, at

7. For a mother who adores unique gifts 

Mom will think of you every time she stirs her coffee with this custom engraved antique spoon made in Vancouver. Craftsperson Maya buys spoons from flea markets and antiques stores and engraves them with your own personalized message for a gift with true meaning.

Custom engraved spoon, $20,

8. For a mother who loves surprises

Joy the Baker is one of our favourite bloggers (and her new cookbook is pretty awesome, too) but where she gets really creative is her by-subscription gift program, Enjoy. Every three months Mom will get a mystery food-related gift delivered to her door; last time, we received a kit for espresso chocolate cupcakes complete with extra-dark cocoa powder, espresso powder, real chocolate sprinkles, super-cute cupcake liners and other goodies.

Joy the Baker gift program $30, at

9. For a mother who likes to juice it up

Fresh juice is all the rage, but buying it from a juice bar or juice delivery service is hard on the budget. Help Mom make good use of fresh local produce this summer and fall with this quick-to-use home juicer. It lets you use whole fruits and vegetables, which reduces prep time, and most parts are dishwasher safe.

Hamilton Beach Big Mouth juicer, $89.99, at Sears, Future Shop and other retailers

10. For a mother who loves collection sets

This beautiful teapot with floral design has a built-in cup and saucer perfect for a single cup of tea. Pair it with a tin of loose-leaf tea for a gift she'll remember you by daily.

Nature-design Tea for One set, 
$25, at Indigo stores and

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