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Low Carb Meals for Spicy Food Lovers

5 Fiery Hot Low Carb Meals for Spicy Food Lovers

It’s time to heat things up with some fantastic recipes that are perfect for low carb dieters who are big fans of spicy foods. Hot and spicy foods are very popular with low carb dieters since virtually all of the ingredients used to produce those types of flavours are inherently low in carbs, making them a great fit for all types of healthy meal plans.

While some people simply love hot foods, and crave things that set their tongues ablaze, others aren’t big fans of things that they feel are too hot to handle. For this reason, many people avoid recipes that mention spiciness or heat because they’ve had negative experiences in the past with hot foods. While this is certainly a good reason to be wary, the reality is that virtually any recipe for hot and spicy foods can easily be adjusted to either dial the heat up or down depending on your individual preference.

If you enjoy the flavour of a dish, but don’t necessarily enjoy how hot it is, either because it’s too strong or not strong enough, why not try making it with an adjusted amount of spice to better suit your taste? We recommend playing around with different types and amounts of hot spices to find the right balance that works for your tastes. So, even if you’re not eager to have something super-hot, don’t discount recipes until you’ve tried them with lower levels of heat.

On the other end of the spectrum, people who love things that really cook up their taste buds can ramp up the level of spice in recipes to deliver the kick they are looking for. They may also try substituting the standard spicy ingredients for ones that pack a bigger punch and really heat things up. Either way, the world of spicy foods is yours to play in, so start breaking some rules and get creative! Now, let’s get to these five recipes that we’re sure you’ll love.

Spicy Crock Pot Chili Pepper Chicken

Crock pots and slow cookers are some of the best tools in the kitchen for making delicious spicy dishes, and this recipe certainly echoes that. Lisa from LowCarbYum.com shares this amazing creation that really delivers a big spicy flavour and is incredibly easy to make. The best part is you can throw everything in the slow cooker the night before, and then fire it up the next day to have a hearty and spicy meal ready to go. Serve with a scoop of sour cream to help cool things down if you need it.

Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Popcorn

Now here’s an unusual snack that spicy food lovers are going to go crazy for! Buffalo sauce is one of those signature tastes that is easily recognizable and works on a wide variety of foods, from chicken wings to burgers, and more. In this case, Amanda over at RawManda.com uses the spicy taste of Buffalo sauce to add some kick to dried cauliflower popcorn and create a snack that definitely won’t last long in the bowl. As an alternative, this recipe indicates you can also prepare it by baking in the oven for a softer snack, if that’s what you’re in the mood for.

Oven Roasted Jerk Chicken Kabobs

The taste of jerk seasonings is one of the most well-known flavours in the world. There’s nothing else quite like it, and it’s one of the reasons Caribbean food is so good. You can easily grill these if you choose, but this recipe makes it so you can easily make delicious jerk chicken in your oven, and not have to fire up the grill if the weather is less than perfect. This makes it perfect for year-round cooking and brings a taste of summer to your dinner table any time.

Spicy Bok Choy

For those of us who are in the mood for an Asian-inspired spicy flavour, this side dish from Georgina at StepAwayFromTheCarbs.com is absolutely perfect. Even though it’s amazingly simple, the taste of the spicy red curry sauce and the unique characteristics of bok choy make for a fantastic combination that works as a nice side dish for any type of Asian cuisine. It’s ready in just a few minutes, and since you can easily prepare the sauce in larger quantities and refrigerate, you’ll probably start using it on other vegetables, too.

Spicy Low Carb Crack Slaw

Now here’s an unusual creation that really captured our attention! This recipe, created by Dixie at LowCarbZen.com, is aptly named because it’s totally addictive, and to quote her own description, is like an ‘egg roll in a bowl’. Well, whatever you call it, it’s definitely delicious. This spicy blend of beef, bacon, garlic, onion, curry, coleslaw, and other spices and seasonings is fast and easy to prepare in just a single skillet, making cleanup a breeze. This recipe has everything that low carb dieters dream of, and brings big, bold flavours to your table.

Conclusion

After going through all those recipes, we’ve got a serious craving for something spicy! We’re sure that you’ll have a lot of fun trying these ideas out, and perhaps you are even feeling inspired to start experimenting with your own unique spicy creations.

In addition, if you’re interested in learning more about spicy foods and the low carb diet, why not give our article on Low Carb Hot Sauces a peek. You’ll find all kinds of good information there, as well as a few popular low carb hot sauces to try.

For our complete selection of low carb hot sauces, check out the entire range of products here. We hope that you’ve found this information helpful!

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Camping Tips and Low Carb S’mores

Handy Camping Tips and Great Low Carb S’mores

Planning a great camping menu takes some strategy and forethought, especially for low carb dieters. You will need to approach foods very differently than what you’d typically do in your own kitchen, with all the modern conveniences and appliances at the ready. In the woods, you won’t find a fully-stocked fridge or outlets to plug in your food processor. Fortunately, we’ve gathered together a few handy tips that you can use to make food storage, preparation, and clean-up easier and faster.

Of course, no campfire would be complete without the warm, gooey deliciousness that is an authentic S’more. Unfortunately, the basic ingredients of these world-famous camping treats aren’t exactly what you’d normally expect to be part of a low carb diet. Typical marshmallows, chocolates, and graham crackers are loaded with sugar and carbs. However, low carb campers will be thrilled to know that this article will detail everything you need to know to make delicious versions of these classic camping snacks without all the unnecessary carbs and sugars.

Before we get to the sweet stuff, we should first cover a few handy tips and tricks that we’ve learned over several camping trips that help make meal planning and preparation much easier when you’re at the campsite.

Easy, Portable and Compact Food Planning for Camping

It’s a fact that camping requires a very different approach to food than what we take for granted in our kitchens. First off, you need to leave your campsite cleaner than when you arrived, so everything you pack in must be packed out. This means you should put an emphasis on foods that produce a minimum of waste and garbage to keep things easy and clean. Aside from making things easier overall, this also means you are working to minimize your impact on the environment whenever you head outdoors, and that’s a very good thing.

Next, you’ll want to consider how well they will keep with minimum refrigeration. If you’re taking a giant camper with a working fridge, it’s not so much of a concern. However, for tent campers, every square inch of space in the cooler is very valuable. Unfortunately, ice packs don’t stay cold forever, and having to buy fresh bags of ice every few days can be a hassle. If you can choose alternative foods or ingredients that don’t need refrigeration, such as dehydrated foods or just-add-water meals, you’ll save on essential cooler space and make things lighter to carry as well.

One thing that is often overlooked is the fragility of certain foods and their packaging, and whether they can stand up to the rigors of camping. For example, we are huge fans of scrambled eggs cooked over an open fire, but they also need special care in their packaging so they stay intact until you need them. You can purchase special egg cartons made from plastic that are more protective than typical egg cartons. Alternatively, you could even pre-crack your eggs in to plastic storage containers and then you don’t need to worry about disposing of egg shells. Other things to avoid are glass containers and thinly-sealed products. You don’t want broken glass or a punctured seal leaking all over your camping gear.

The key to packing food for camping trips is one word: Simplicity. The simpler you can keep things, the easier it will be to transport, and to prepare at your campsite. Think about how you can save time, reduce waste, and maximize your space by choosing different foods, ingredients, or packaging options specifically for your camping trip. The benefits are definitely worth the extra time and planning!

World Famous Low Carb S’mores

Now that you’ve got some tips to help you maximize your cooler space and reduce waste, let’s take a look at the highlight of any camping menu; delicious S’mores! For those of you who’ve never experienced a classic S’more, the basic components include a freshly toasted marshmallow, squished between two graham crackers and a piece of milk chocolate to make the gooiest, tastiest dessert sandwich ever invented. In fact, the name itself comes from the fact that it’s tough to say ‘some more!’ with a mouth full of melty chocolate and marshmallow, and it usually comes out ‘S’more!’.

Now, from a low carb perspective this treat may seem like it’s something you’d want to steer very clear of. However, there are plenty of options for making great low carb S’mores.

First things first, you’ll need a delicious sugar-free chocolate bar that you can use. Some of the best options for chocolate come from Lily’s. Depending on your preference, you can choose from Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, and several others. Check out the full range of Lily’s chocolate bars here.

Next, you’ll need a graham cracker alternative to contain your S’more. Fortunately, this is where you can let creativity take the reins. Pretty much any kind of cookie will work as a graham cracker alternative, including these sugar-free Fudge Striped Shortbread Cookies or Oatmeal Cookies, from Voortman. Ideally, you want a larger diameter cookie so there is lots of space for the marshmallow to squish, and a thinner cookie so that it’s easy to bite through. Of course, when all is said and done, you can simply choose whatever you prefer.

Finally, we come to the marshmallow. There are a few different options for sugar-free marshmallows that you can choose from. For a classic S’more, you’ll want to go with something like these La Nouba Marshmallows, which have the same shape and size of traditional big marshmallows. For a no-heat option, you could always switch things up and use a marshmallow spread instead. This Marshmallow Dip from Walden Farms tastes great and makes it easier than ever to make S’mores any time, even when you don’t have a campfire.

But those aren’t the only options for low carb S’more lovers. In fact, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, here’s one of the best recipes that we’ve found for making a delicious S’more completely from scratch, without the carbs and sugars.

How to Make Amazing Keto Low Carb S’mores

This fantastic recipe from Megha and Matt at KetoConnect.net is totally unique, and produces an incredible tasting S’more that you can make any time, no fire required. The marshmallow filling is a delectable concoction made from Marscapone and whipped cream, the graham crackers are amazingly simple to make. These are low carb and keto friendly, so you’ve definitely got to give these a try!

Conclusion

Camping is a great way to spend some quality time with the family, and reconnect with nature with lots of fun activities. Making S’mores together around the campfire is a guaranteed recipe for laughs and smiles, and with these tips you can be sure that you’re cooking up delicious treats without all the extra sugar.

So, check out your local campsites and book your next outdoor family adventure! Or, keep things closer to home (and to indoor plumbing) and setup the tent in your backyard one weekend for a surprise family camping adventure, complete with an outdoor fire and genuine S’mores. Happy trails, campers!

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Make Great Low Carb French Cuisine

Tips for Making Great Low Carb French Cuisine

French cuisine is renowned around the world for some of the most delicious recipes and wonderful combinations of flavours unlike any other style of cooking. For low carb dieters, French cooking offers many advantages to create delicious, healthy meals with an added flair that definitely speaks to the origins of the recipes and the history behind the methods of preparation that have been perfected in France.

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most common ingredients in French cooking, as well as some of the methods and techniques that are essential to know before you begin exploring the wide world of French recipes. Fortunately for low carb dieters, French cooking relies heavily on many ingredients that are already low in carbs such as poultry and other meats, and plenty of vegetables. Even those recipes that do contain ingredients with carbs can be easily altered and substituted for low carb alternatives. Now, let’s begin with a look at some of the most common ingredients and techniques found in French cuisine.

Common French Ingredients

For starters, French recipes often contain a variety of vegetables common in many other European styles of cooking. Mushrooms, green beans, zucchini, eggplant, leeks, carrots, and turnips are just a few that you will see frequently in French recipes.

French meals also utilize a varied palette of herbs and spices to add depth to their flavours. Some of the most popular herbs and seasonings used in French cooking include tarragon, sea salt, herbes de Provence, rosemary, thyme, sage, and fennel.

For entrees, French foods often utilize poultry such as chicken or game bird, like pheasant, duck, or squab. Other meats common in French cooking include beef, veal, lamb, pork and more. Seafood ingredients include fish such as tuna, salmon and sardines, as well as shrimp, mussels, and other shellfish.

Eggs are another very common and popular ingredient in French cooking, including hard boiled, scrambled, and their use in a wide variety of different omelettes. Of course, we would not be able to complete our look at French ingredients without mentioning their famous perfection of frog’s legs and escargot.

Popular French Cooking Techniques

Many recipes that originate from France will feature classic cooking techniques and methods that were developed in that region, many of which are totally unique to the world of French cuisine. Here are some of the most common French cooking techniques that you should be familiar with.

Sauté – This basic method for food preparation can also be described as simply frying foods in butter, oil, or some type of sauce. Usually done in a saucepan, sautéing is common for preparing both meat and vegetables using high heat.

Poaching – This method of cooking involves water that is hot, but not quite boiling, to produce a gentle environment for preparing delicate foods. Poaching is often used to cook eggs to a very specific point, as well as to prepare fish. For our guide to making the Perfect Poached Egg, click here.

Braising – Braising is a method for cooking meats that begins with a short period of high heat to seal in the moisture, and then covered to retain a hot and humid cooking environment. Braising is often done in slow cookers and crock pots.

Flambé – While this is probably not something that you’ll want to tackle during your first foray in to French cooking, flambéing is certainly a well-known and exciting cooking method. Using a type of alcohol added to the dish, and done at the end of the cooking process, the dish is set on fire by the chef and the flames quickly burn off, producing a visually impressive experience and leaving behind unique flavours.

Now that we’ve explored some of the common ingredients and methods that are used in the preparation of many French dishes, let’s take a look at a few fantastic recipes. These are all low carb versions of classic French meals that will definitely be great additions to any weekly meal plan and will certainly get rave reviews from your family and friends!

Low Carb Crepes

Crepes are so much more than just a thin pancake. They are light, fluffy, and only get better when you fill them with delicious ingredients such as cream cheese, jams, fruits, and even chocolate. Crepe chefs know that the secret to getting perfect results is having a great technique, and this recipe includes tips on how to properly cook and flip your crepes. For a faster method of making crepes, try this excellent French Crepe Mix from Dixie Diner.

Low Carb French Onion Soup

This dish could very well be the most famous French food of them all. French Onion Soup is served all around the world, and for good reason. It’s a hearty, comforting soup that tastes great and can be used as an appetizer, or even as the main course of a meal. This low carb version is loaded with cheese and uses protein buns for an interesting twist on this classic dish.

Low Carb Pistachio Macarons

Here’s a signature French food that is light and delicate, and makes a perfect accompaniment to a latte. Macarons are colourful little French cookies that are frequently found at fancy coffee shops and gourmet bakeries. This recipe lets you make delicious low carb pistachio macarons at home, and the results will be spectacular. Serve these with coffee or cocktails, and enjoy!

Creamy Chicken Fricassee & Broccoli Rice

This fricassee is a unique French twist on the one-skillet cooking method that combines fresh vegetables and succulent chicken in a rich, creamy sauce to produce a hearty meal that the whole family will devour. This particular version features broccoli rice, which adds an unusual texture to this dish and elevates it above other stews. The chef recommends a finish with a drizzle of fresh lemon juice, and to serve on a warm plate. Sounds good to us!

Conclusion

We’re sure that you’ll agree that with recipes like that, low carb dieters everywhere should be enjoying all that French cuisine has to offer. France has a rich and diverse history of food, with many unique variants of the most classic recipes served at French restaurants around the world.

Cooking traditional French foods the low carb way often requires very little change to most recipes. Since so many French recipes focus on meats and vegetables, they are a natural fit for any low carb meal plan. We hope that this information has been helpful, and that you’re inspired to try some new recipes crafted in the spirit of expert French chefs. Bon Appetit!

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Great Low Carb Beef Stew Recipes

The Best Low Carb Beef Stew Recipes Ever

Beef stew is definitely a hearty meal that the whole family will love. It’s a filling, comforting kind of meal that is not only easy to make, but it’s also very easy to customize to suit a particular taste or diet need. This fact makes beef stew a perfect fit for the low carb diet, and a great addition to any meal plan where you need a simple, easy meal that can be prepared quickly and thrown in to the slow cooker to be ready at the end of a long, busy day.

In this article, we’ll go over the essentials of how to make a great beef stew, as well as which ingredients you’ll need to substitute for low carb alternatives in order to help keep the carb count low. Also, we’ll give you a few fantastic low carb beef stew recipe options that you’ve just got to try. Now, let’s get right to the basics of what makes a great stew.

Essential Beef Stew Ingredients

For starters, the key to any great beef stew is going to be choosing a nice cut of beef to use. Fortunately for stew chefs, there are many suitable choices they could go with, and the biggest difference between the end results will be the method of cooking. For example, for stovetop stews that are simmered for a shorter period of time, you’ll want to go with a leaner beef that has little marbling and is free of large portions of fat and gristle. This is because the shorter cooking times with stovetop stews mean they don’t have enough time to properly soften the fat and remove the chewiness. These types of cuts typically include eye of round or sirloin.

For slow cooker stew recipes, you’ll want to go to the other end of the spectrum and choose a cut of beef that has plenty of marbling, since the long cooking times will cause these cuts of beef to simply fall apart and results in beef with a moist texture and lots of meaty flavour. A beef chuck is an example of one of these marbled cuts, or occasionally you may use short ribs.

In any event, if you end up using the opposite type of beef for either method of cooking, you’ll end up with either really chewy and tough beef, or a stew that has very dry and tight chunks of meat. Choosing the right beef for your cooking method makes a huge difference in the taste and texture of the stew, so be sure to choose wisely.

Typical Beef Stew Vegetable Choices

Aside from the beef, the other main ingredients of a stew are vegetables such as carrots, onions, and potatoes. For low carb dieters, the onions and carrots aren’t much of an issue, but potatoes will need to be swapped out for a low carb alternative. Fortunately, there are many choices that can take the place of potatoes in a beef stew. Some options to consider as potato alternatives include rutabagas, turnips, cauliflower, and even zucchini. These are all readily available vegetables and can all work very well as part of a stew.

Some of these alternatives, such as zucchini or cauliflower, can get overcooked and mush if added to the stew pot too early in the process. If you opt to use one of those as an ingredient in your stew, you’ll want to add them to the simmering stew closer to the end of the cooking process to ensure they stay intact and don’t disintegrate.

How to Thicken a Stew that is Too Thin

It’s not a stew if the broth is thin and too runny. This means you’ve got to thicken it up, and to do it the low carb way you will need to find an alternative thickener to the typical wheat flour. There are a few different ingredients you can use as low carb thickeners, such as cornstarch or some form of vegetable gum. While cornstarch does still contain a small amount of carbs, it is still lower than wheat flower, and you also need to use less of it to achieve the same level of thickening power. Vegetable gums such as xantham gum, are completely carb free, but can be a bit trickier to work with. We recommend using very small amounts at a time in order to test their thickening ability and then add more if needed.

Great Low Carb Beef Stew Recipes

Now that you’ve got the basics of what makes a great stew, we figured you might want some additional inspiration to give a new kind of stew a try in your next meal plan. Here are three fantastic low carb beef stew recipes that are easy to make and taste amazing.

Paleo Beef Stew

This first recipe comes from Kyndra at PeaceLoveandLowCarb.com, and it’s definitely a winner. It takes the classic beef stew and adds in a ton of extra vegetables like celery, peppers, and mushrooms. It skips the potatoes, but you could easily add in something like a rutabaga or turnip to give it a more classic stew look and feel. This recipe is easily made to be paleo-friendly and is a great addition to any low carb menu.

Burgundy Beef Stew

This hearty stew from the chefs at Atkins combines delicious chunks of beef with plenty of vegetables, and the unmistakable flavours of bacon and red wine to produce a truly special meal that is perfect for low carb dieters. This recipe is fantastic just as it is, or it can easily be used as a basis for your own stew creations by adding in any vegetables of your choice. You can definitely get creative with this one!

Keto Instant Pot Beef Stew

If you’re a fan of the instant pot (and let’s face it; we all are), then you’ll totally fall in love with this fantastic stew recipe. This stew uses all the tips and tricks to make sure that the carb count stays low, but that it is also easy to make and has a great, rich flavour that the whole family will love at the end of a long, busy day. In addition, it’s keto-friendly so you can be sure that it is loaded with all the good stuff you want to see in a low carb stew.

Conclusion

Making a delicious and healthy beef stew is certainly easy and making it the low-carb way is very simple. Beef stew is a fantastic addition to a low carb meal plan since it requires very little improvisation or special ingredients. You can also add lots of variety to your stew by changing up the selection of vegetables from time to time and experimenting with different combinations. However you choose to do your stew, we’re sure that with these tips and recipes, you’ll get great reviews from anyone who tries it.

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Mother’s Day – Tips To Celebrate Your Mom

5 Great Mother’s Day Ideas to Make This Year Special

What would this world be like without our moms? They raise us, teach us, guide us, and most importantly, they love us unconditionally. When Mother’s Day approaches every year, it’s time to reflect and look back on how much our moms mean to us and celebrate all they do by making their day truly special.

Sometimes, however, it can be tough to come up with ideas on what to do for Mother’s Day that haven’t been done a million times before. Fortunately, we’ve gathered together a great list of ideas that you can use to craft a wonderful Mother’s Day experience and make warm memories that will last forever. These are simple but powerful ideas that anyone can use to show appreciation and love to their moms, and we hope that you find them helpful. Let’s start the list!

Get Outdoors and Explore

After a long, cold winter, Mother’s Day weekend is the perfect time to revel in warmer temperatures, blooming flowers, and sunshine. So, why not plan on taking the whole family out on a nature walk to experience all that springtime has to offer? Mom will love the idea of getting away from all our electronic distractions and simply spending time enjoying the outdoors with her whole family, and it’s a great way to discover hidden adventures in your local area.

To get started, check with nearby outdoor gear stores and fitness shops for ideas on cool trails to explore or interesting sights to see, and plan an outdoor excursion. Be sure to pack some tasty and healthy snacks that mom would approve of, and be sure to take lots of pictures to remember the day.

Surprise Cleaning Blitz

This is an idea that all moms will definitely appreciate. On Mother’s Day, book an appointment for something that mom will enjoy that gets her out of the house for a bit, like a massage or a pedicure, and then get the rest of the family to help you blitz the house to do a really good deep cleaning. When mom comes home to a spotless house and everything smelling fresh, she’ll be all smiles and will certainly love that everyone pitched in on it.

When picking what parts of the house to work on, be sure to focus on the things that you know will make the biggest difference for her. If she despises cleaning bathrooms or scrubbing floors, then those are definitely the ones that you and the family team up to tackle. Remember, this is all about her, so choose wisely and make sure that you’ve really made a difference for her at the end of the day.

Mom & Friends Dinner

Sometimes moms just need a little time to reconnect with old friends and have some fun with a nice meal and some cocktails. Reach out to her best friends and coordinate a ladies-only dinner date at her favourite restaurant. Make sure you give her plenty of time to get ready throughout the day so she can get as fancy as she wants to be. Also, be sure to offer to drop her off and pick her up so she can indulge in a cocktail or two (or three) when the conversation with friends just keeps going long in to the evening. We’re sure that she’ll love the opportunity to have a delicious meal, lots of great discussions, and a few laughs with her closest friends.

Mother’s Day Movie Marathon

This is the perfect idea for moms who just love to get in to comfy clothes, lounge on the couch with some snacks, and binge on some good movies. Here’s a great article we published that lists a bunch of tasty low carb snacks that are perfect for a home movie night. Then, turn it in to a totally cuddly family experience by pulling out all the blankets and pillows you need to turn the living room in to a soft and cozy nest, and throw on a series of moms favourite movies. Keep things light by working in a comedy or two, and maybe even hit on some nostalgia with a classic flick from her childhood that she hasn’t seen in years.

Trip Down Memory Lane

This idea is all about reconnecting with the important moments of mom’s life. Plan on serving all her favourite foods throughout the day, and break out the old photos and home movies and reminisce about all the great times you’ve had together while you think about all the wonderful experiences that are still to come. This is a great way to share lots of warm memories about what it means to be a mom, as well as a few laughs that are inevitable when you start to recall the craziest moments that only a mom will remember. This one is so much fun, it may even end up being an annual tradition!

Conclusion

As you can see, these ideas for Mother’s Day are a lot less focused on expensive gifts and more about experiences and creating great new memories all around the love we have for our moms.

We certainly hope that you’ve found these suggestions helpful, and that you’re inspired to use them to craft a truly special and unique celebration for Mother’s Day this year. We wish a very Happy Mother’s Day to all moms everywhere, and hope that you enjoy your special day. Cheers!

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Celebrate Mom 2018 – Unique Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Celebrate Mom – Unique Ideas for Mother’s Day 2018

Think about your mom for a second. Consider everything she’s done for you and all that she’s sacrificed. It’s a pretty impressive list, isn’t it? As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s your time to return the favour and remind your mom of how much she means to you. Trust us when we say, she’s had enough flowers and bottles of perfume to last a lifetime. It’s time to get creative and find a gift that you know your mom will love.

In this article, we’re going to offer some clever and unique gifts that your mom will love. Some of them might feel a bit out there, but the idea is to find the perfect gift that will excite and surprise her. There are a lot of options and you can spend as much as or little as you want. It’s all about the thought.

Your mom is one of the most important people in your life. With these ideas, you’re guaranteed to give her a Mother’s Day to remember!

A Library Just for Mom

If your mom is a bookworm, then what better gift is there than a beautiful little library shelf with books curated by you based on her tastes. Courtesy of Wayfair.ca, the this Little Library Shelf, hangs on the wall and holds 20-40 books. Made from metal and Fir wood, this shelf is as stunning as it is functional. Sneak a pile of her books and even offer to install the shelf for Mom.

Happiness Planner

The message with this gift is clear: your mom focuses so much on the happiness of others, so why not a tool that can help her focus a little on herself. A happiness planner is like giving the gift of mindfulness. It’s a notebook that lets its owner set goals, track exercises, give thanks, and attempts to put a positive spin on life. It can help make happiness part of her daily practice.

Available at The Grommet, and other online retailers, this hardbound planner is exquisite looking and doesn’t sacrifice elegance for practicality. It comes inside a foil slipcase and includes a rose gold pen and bookmarks. You could even combine it with the Little Library Shelf to create a truly exceptional gift.

Wine Bottle Chiller

 If your mom is a wine lover, than check out this gorgeous wine bottle chiller and ice mould from Crate & Barrel, it’s as much a functional accessory as it is a show-stopping centerpiece. This mould can freeze a cylinder of ice that can fit a wine bottle. You can even add lemons, herbs or berries to the mould before freezing for added visual appeal and flavour.

The double-walled coaster is washable and made from stainless steel. Its unique design keeps ice frozen for up to six hours, and can contain any melted water as it runs off.  The coaster can double as a candle holder. Pair it with a wine-saving carafe so she can save that leftover pinot grigio in the fridge. This is the ultimate gift for any wine-loving mom.

Hanging Tillansia Grow Kit

 Does your mom have a green thumb? If so, the Hanging Tillansia Grow Kit could be the perfect gift. This kit helps bring the garden indoors in a manageable, fun and relaxing way. It includes a hanging terrarium, decorative rocks, dormant mood and reindeer moss, dried lichen, live air plant and instructions. It’s easy-to-use and rewarding.

Large Lacquer Box Filled with Hidden Treasures

Make your gift twice as thoughtful and twice as surprising. Buy your mom a beautiful lacquer box that she can display in her home. Make it even more wonderful by filling it with photos of her family throughout the years, starting with when you were a baby. Or you can fill it with a nice piece of jewelry, or if there are any grandchildren, you can ask them to fill the box with cute drawings and arts and crafts.

Check out one type of lacquer box that your mom might love!

Chalkboard Vase

If you are going to go the traditional flowers route, you can accentuate your gift with a beautiful and funky chalkboard vase. This MoMA-inspired vase, made of plywood laminate and glass, has a chalkboard facing where you can write a message or draw a picture, and a top slot to slide some fragrant and bright flowers into. Easy to clean and you can also buy a wall mount to showcase it.

Quality Time

Forgoing a gift in exchange for some quality time will always be a crowd-pleaser. You could plan a fun evening out where you treat your mom to a night at the theatre or symphony. If the weather is nice and you can’t afford Hamilton tickets, you could plan a fun outdoor activity.

Amazon Echo or Google Home

This one might cause you a bit of frustration but could be a very useful gift for your mom, turning her home into a modern smart home. Alexa—a cloud-based, voice recognition virtual assistant—can play music, control the thermostat, manage a to-do list, provide news and weather, and can perform hundreds of other commands. This state-of-the-art technology can make mom’s life easier even if it takes a little getting used to.

Grandchildren

Just kidding! You shouldn’t feel any pressure about this one even though it’s the only gift that is guaranteed to be an absolute winner.

 

 Conclusion

Mother’s Day is a special time and it’s a day where you can treat your mom right and repay her for everything she’s done for you. Put some thought into your gift and don’t be shy about getting creative and thinking outside the box. Your mom will love anything you get her but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go all out.

Don’t get stressed out the day before because you don’t have a gift. Start early, shop around and find the perfect gift that will make your mom smile. We’re sure that if you try one of our suggestions, the day will be a big hit.