Finding the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

| April 29, 2013 | 6 Comments

Finally, the snow has melted, and we can start seeing the buds on the tip of the branches. The next thing you know, flowers will be in full bloom, and Mother’s Day will also be fast approaching!  Every year, I try to find a unique gift for my mother and for my mother-in-law, of course. If your household is anything like mine, where the spouse/husband only shops twice a year, you purchase most of the gifts. I have to say that I am getting quite good at figuring out which presents to buy for the moms in my life.  I used to head out to the mall and shop for hours trying to find that perfect gift.  As you get older, you don’t only have wrinkles to show; you also get wiser, and realize that your energy and time can be spent doing activities that you enjoy rather than spending hours in a shopping centre.  Who is coming to a spa with me?

To minimize the time spent shopping, I have taken the habit when visiting my in-laws to look in the bathroom to see which products my mother-in-law might use for her skin care, makeup, or while taking a bath.  My mom is easier to buy for as we shop often together. Before I head out now, I write down a list of gifts to purchase in order to minimize the time spent shopping, and I find the one store that has all the items on my list.  That store is Shopper Drug Mart.  It’s definitely ideal for Mother’s Day gift shopping.


I shop at least once a week at Shoppers Drug Mart. What for?  To purchase my favourite makeup brands like Smashbox,  Revlon, Lancôme, and Cover Girl, not withstanding that they carry my skin care line of Shiseido.  I have purchased a few makeup brushes from Shoppers’ exclusive specialty brand, Quo, and really enjoy the fact that they are able to last many years for as long as you make sure to clean once a month with mild soap and warm water to take out the makeup residue on the bristles.


I am looking forward to heading out to Shoppers the week of Mother’s Day in order to take advantage of the 20X Shoppers Optimum Points when you spend $75 on cosmetics or fragrances from Saturday May 4th to Friday May 10th. This is also an ideal time to stock up on my cosmetic products.  When you earn 1000 optimum points, you will receive 20 000 points versus 1000, so, to give you an idea, at 22 000 points you can redeem $30 worth of merchandise. I also seize the opportunity of the days were you can redeem points and obtain more reward value for them. I was able to get over $1000 worth of free merchandise so far by using my Optimum Points Card every time I shop at Shoppers, and received two cameras, one PS3, cosmetics, and skin care products. It really pays off to shop on those special Optimum Point Days!



Shoppers offers a great selection of gift sets and gifts with purchase opportunities for Mother’s Day. You can receive a travel vanity when you purchase the Eau de Toilette  spray from Burberry Body Tender, a very elegant pouch from Jimmy Choo with the purchase of the Eau de Toilette, or buy two Sun Care products by Clarins Paris and receive a trial size of the Hydra Quench Cream-Gel, the trial size of the Smoothing Body Scrub with bamboo powders, the sample of After Sun Replenish Moisture Care for Face and Décolleté, and a Bathing suit pouch. My favourite gift to purchase when you don’t know which fragrance to buy is the Fragrance Sampler and Certificate for Her. In the box, you will find 10 sample size fragrances from brands like Nina Ricci, Givenchy Hot Couture, Daisy, Vera Wong, and Burberry Body. You try out the samples, decide on the one you like the most, and use the gift certificate to purchase the full size bottle. The trial sizes are perfect to keep in your purse or bring to out-of-town trips. Make sure to pick up the Love You Mom Booklet at the entrance of the store for more Mother’s Day gift ideas.


If you run out of ideas, what about a gift certificate? You can choose from a wide selection of retail stores and restaurants. They also sell books, spa products, and seasonal summer merchandise like plastic tableware, cutlery, glasses, and gift packages of Margarita or Piña Colada drink mix.


I am positive you will find the perfect Mother’s Day gift at Shoppers Drug Mart, and the best part is that you will have done it all in less than an hour!

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Category: Beauty/Fashion, Family, Living, Shopping

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Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. John B. Smith says:

    Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum members receive 10 points for every dollar spent at the store. This excludes the purchase of lottery, tobacco products, transit tickets and passes, prescription items, any products containing codeine, Canada Post products and gift cards (except Shoppers gift cards).

  2. Christa Clips: Save-at-Home-Mom says:

    I’m with you, Lyne! I’ve earned $1000s in perks over the years. Every time I shop, I pay with a Shoppers Drug Mart gift card that I’ve pre-purchased to cover my total (including taxes). You earn 10 regular Optimum points for every dollar that you load to a card which turns every 20x event into a 21x Optimum Points event!

  3. Amy Lovell says:

    Love the shoppers optimum program! Saved so much money this way!

  4. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I can’t believe the rewards you got and the items you were able to get with all your rewards. Shoppers is a great place for beauty products.

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