Top 5 tips for buying gifts for mom

christmas-ballMom and Grandma are so special and you want to get them something for Christmas or Hanukkah that’s just right. It can be tough to get gifts for people who are older. They either have everything, or have fewer needs, especially if they’re now retired.

Here are my top five tips for getting gift giving just right.

What are mom’s interests? Find out by checking her Facebook page or Twitter account. We live our lives online now and much can be learned from those social media accounts. Does she talk a lot about gardening or reading? Maybe she loves music or dance.

What size does mom wear? Check her closet. Look inside clothes for labels, check her shoes for sizes. That way you’ll be sure to get her things that fit.

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Check mom’s closet for clues

What styles does mom wear? Are there common themes in mom’s wardrobe? She might be a girly-girl who loves ruffles and lace. She might be a sporty-type, with a closet full of athleisure wear. Take your cues from her existing wardrobe.

What does mom covet? Maybe she’s always wanted to experience high end skin care products. Maybe it’s a designer handbag – get your dad and siblings to chip in. Giving mom these little luxuries can leave a lasting impression. Pay attention to the things she sighs over when flipping through magazines.

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Caudalie skin care

What if mom is unsure? Well, you can always get her a gift certificate to a style workshop with me! A two-hour Discover Your Style session is only $149 + GST and it’s a great way to help mom take some well-deserved time for herself. Just click on Style and Personal Branding.

There are lots of ways to show mom and grandma that you care. It starts with paying attention to the clues she leaves.



Advice to my younger self

Suntanning with baby oil in the 70s was a huge mistake – since my 30s I’ve woanti-wrinkle cream SPF 30_box and bottlern sunscreen on my face everyday. But in my teens I oil-roasted my skin recklessly. THE FIX: Use @reversa_canada Anti-Wrinkle Cream.

Live for each day, don’t diet for tomorrow – I have spent my entire life on a diet. Moments when I did indulge were met with immediate guilt. Life’s too short. THE FIX: everything in moderation. Live for today.

Don’t worry so much what others think of you – I have also WASTED time worrying about what others thought of me. The truth is, we over estimate how much other people actually think about us. Dr. Phil says: If you truly knew how little time people spend thinking about you… THE FIX: Focus on being the best person possible and don’t worry about the haters.

st-john-knits-r16_lookbook_15_bFind yourself in order to find your style/don’t mindlessly follow the trends – it’s important to really understand who you are. Are you a frilly, lacy girly-girl? A practical, no fuss sporty girl? A quirky, funky boho girl? THE FIX: Understand your personal style and stick to that. Don’t mindlessly follow every trend.

Frumpy, dumpy is never in style – There comes a time in your life where you think you can no longer wear sexy, trendy clothes and you’re left only with stretchy pants and over-sized Ts. NO! THE FIX: There are age-appropriate styles for everyone.

Have fun. Don’t be afraid to live life on your own terms.