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.



Reversa product review

anti-wrinkle cream SPF 30_box and bottle‘Photoaging’ is a fancy way of saying aging due to sun damage. Each day, we are exposed to harmful rays (UVA and UVB) that cause damage to our skin, both cosmetic and serious.

Those of us who grew up in the 70s used baby oil to fry our skin to a crispy golden colour. Smarter today, we are now left to deal with the damage caused. I have used sunscreen on my face for the past 20 years, so at least I haven’t been adding to the problem.

When I received a bottle of Reversa Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF 30, I had to give it a try. Reversa uses 8% glycolic acid to repair photodamage, and a full spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 to prevent further damage. This unique combination means that you can repair and protect your skin with a single product.

I have never used AHAs before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I hoped it wouldn’t feel harsh, and in my experience, it doesn’t. Reversa feels rich and absorbs quickly. I use two pumps’ worth of product, making sure to cover my face and neck. Reversa contains 0% paraben, oil, volatile silicone and perfume, and is suitable for all skin types.

A 50 ml bottle – available at Canadian drugstores – retails for $45, a bargain by most anti-aging cream standards.

(NOTE: I received a 50 ml bottle of Reversa free of charge from the company for the purposes of a product trial. Opinions are my own. Read the contents to determine if this product is right for you.)