When I stop to think about the people who have made the biggest impact on my life, there are of course a handful that come to mind right away. But besides those beautiful members of my world, both near and far, it’s important to remember where it all started.
Where I learnt to be a good person. To give the world my best. To have hope against all odds. To be kind. To love unconditionally.
It all started with my Mom. And this Mother’s Day I wanted to make sure I reminded her of how important she really is. Every day I am a better man because of my mom, and I have the perfect ways for YOU to make your mom or mothers in your life feel special with the perfect gift ideas from Hallmark Canada.
You have to understand that I am a hopeless romantic at heart. I believe in the importance of hand-written notes, sending cards to put a smile on someone’s face, and making those people I love feel loved with just the right gift. I still remember going to the Hallmark stores in Ottawa and spending hours sorting through the card section. I would stock up on the ones that helped me express how I feel, and it’s still a habit I like to keep going all these years later.
You’ll remember that Catherine & I recently had the pleasure of joining Rick Campanelli for a special media preview of the top gift ideas from Hallmark Canada for Moms from coast-to-coast. Whether the mom or mother figure is into flowery sentiment, or something a little more functional for her daily routine, I was honestly impressed at the selection. Needless to say, we became fast friends and I feel like we need a television show to follow the three of us around on some adventures.
Seems as though @danielphilipreyes, @catherinescabinet & @rick_campanelli are all getting equally excited for #MothersDay ? Need some inspiration on how to make Mom and the ladies in your life feel special this year? Stay tuned to DoTheDaniel.com as Daniel shares 5 ways to make Mom feel special with gifts from @hallmark_canada ?? #HallmarkKnowsMoms #Ad – — – — #TuesdayThoughts #Tuesday #Mom #Mommy #GiftIdeas #MommyDay #Madre #MiMadre #ILoveYou #TeAmo
Not to mention all the other amazing memories from our media friends that day!
Does it count if I picked out and wrapped my own Mother’s Day gift? Okay, okay I had the help of @rick_campanelli and @hallmark_canada at a fun media preview last week where I had a chance to check out all of their Mother’s Day gift ideas. Little L gets off easy for the next few years, but I truly hope he becomes a card giver because I think there’s something so meaningful about getting a tangible card vs a text/email/social message on special days ?. . . . ? What’s in the bags? One is spa-themed for my own mama: lavender neck pillow, scented candles and cozy slippers. The other has some fun travel goodies for me: passport holder, luggage tag, travel journal, tote bag and eye pillow. All from @hallmark_canada! What are your plans for mama’s day? #hallmarkknowsmoms [Sponsored] ? @dee_sik . . . . #momandson #mothersday #mothersdaygift #momandson #mommysbabyboy #hallmark #magicofchildhood #love #familylife #tinypeopleinbigplaces #babyboy? #torontomoms #torontomom #momblogger #momblog #mytinyfriend #lovehim #thisisus
Gotta love @hallmark_canada for one-stop shopping. Picked up some super cute #MothersDay2018 gifts, wrapped them in pretty wrapping paper, topped them off with fancy bows and paired them with elegant #HallmarkSignature cards. #HallmarkKnowsMoms Check out my Instastories for a sneak peak at tonight’s wrapping party hosted by @rick_campanelli! #spon #twittergram
Exactly what the #hallmark Wonderfolds card says…enjoy this Friday everybody…what are you up to this weekend? Never to early to shop for mom… So much fun hanging out with/meeting everyone who came out to @hallmark_canada’s Mother’s Day Gift Wrapping Party! @thecuriouscreature @globalgarcon @jonathancavaliere @graciecarroll @torontomom @dothedaniel @caseypalmer @abhishekdekate @donnovanbennett @catherinescabinet @blairalex #HallmarkKnowsMoms #MothersDay
After learning about these and many other gift ideas from Hallmark Canada, I wanted to share my Top 5 with you in hopes that they help you to share the love this weekend.
1. Mark & Hall Rose Gold Filigree Heart Bolo Bracelets
I remember being a young boy, saving up allowance, and buying my mom the tackiest things. She was always so appreciative because she knew that despite my questionable taste, it came from a good place. Thankfully, Hallmark Canada has beautiful jewelry for mom that she would be proud to wear. And especially for those of you who don’t live close to mom, it’s something you can buy yourself too to keep her with you everyday and remind you to give her a call more often!
Another piece of jewelry that might make your mom smile from ear to ear is a personalized name necklace that many jewelry stores (online and offline) can fashion for you. Again, this is something that you may choose to gift to her or keep for yourself to remind you of your wonderful mother and all she has done (and still does) for you.
2. A Frame Piece of Art
I’m obsessed with the art above and picked one up for mom because I hope she looks at it and thinks of me. And, as mentioned above, I’m a huge fan of love. So why not spread more of it in this big beautiful world with a beautiful frame?
3. Wonderfolds Cards
These are the cutest thing I have seen in a very long time. Bringing me back to a moment in my life where pop-up books were the best thing I had even seen, these beautifully designed cards are themselves something that Mom can display in her house this year. The bigger, the better in my opinion. And don’t tell my mom that one is on the way!
4. Scented Candles
I remember growing up in a household that my mom filled with potpurri and candles. It was something I don’t think I came to appreciate until much later in life thanks to others and their appreciation, but now I love the smell of a beautiful candle, or some room filling melts of course. Lavender and vanilla are smells that immediately bring me back to happy memories with Mom and so I was so happy to pick up a couple at Hallmark!
5. Bags & Totes
My mom has always been ahead of her time in many ways. I remember when I was growing up, groaning about having to carry in our reusable bags to the grocery store or as we ran errands. In 2018, and in an age of understanding that something as simple as not using plastic bags can help the environment, I smile as I carry around my own to the grocery store. I have even go so far as using a reusable cup when I make my numerous Starbucks Canada visits a day because I recognize that it’s a small choice that can have a big difference. Again, a lesson I learned from Mom.
I still smile thinking about Hallmark and the moments they helped me celebrate, mark, and share over my 34 years. A piece of my life that I was able to help me convey something beautiful to someone I love. And Mother’s Day is a time for you to show your mom, mother figure, or the mothers in your life around you that they are amazing women. Yes, we should celebrate them this way all year long – but this day, maybe a little more!
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I encourage you to head to your local Hallmark Gold Crown store for the best ways to celebrate these amazing women in your life. Don’t forget to join in on the social media conversation by following @Hallmark_Canada on Instagram, @Hallmark_Canada on Twitter, and by ‘Liking’ their Facebook Page. Use and follow the #HallmarkKnowsMoms hashtag to share your mom and special memories this weekend. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!
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Mobile photos were taken with my #HuaweiP20 on the Rogers network
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