If you’re finding it hard to find that perfect gift for mom, consider finding inspiration from mom’s favourite movies and shows. She’ll be amazed with your cleverness and ingenuity as you tie her favourite show to her Mother’s Day gift. To get you started, here are a few of my favourite movies and shows along with a gift idea tie in. And if all else fails, take note of these shows and films, as they also make a terrific gift for mom.
Downton Abbey or The Crown
THE SHOWS: There’s something about the British that get you hooked, isn’t there? Whether it’s the drama surrounding the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants at Downton or following the chronicles of a young Queen Elizabeth, these two Netflix shows are lavish and oh so good.
GIFT IDEA: Afternoon Tea. Take Mom out to enjoy the ritual the British has become accustomed to – scones, pastries, sandwiches, and a variety of loose leaf teas. Be sure to make a reservation.
THE FILM: Brooklyn premiered at TIFF 2015 and has become one of my favourite films. The film tells the story of a young Irish girl who leaves home in Ireland to follow her dreams in New York City.
GIFT IDEA: Weekend in New York City. See the sights, catch a Broadway show, shop ’til you drop, and eat/drink to your heart’s desire.
Grace & Frankie
THE SHOW: Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have yet another hit on their hands in this Netflix comedy about their husbands coming out of the closet and falling in love with one another. Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) find themselves suddenly single again. The inspiration for this gift idea comes from an episode called The Vitamix, where Grace and Frankie have to deal with watching their ex-husbands plan their wedding.
GIFT IDEAS: I have 2 gift ideas here. The first is a Vitamix. Though I would never advocate getting kitchen appliances for mom, having just bought a Vitamix myself, I can honestly say it’s awesome! The second is a Netflix subscription. Our regular readers will know that I’m a big fan of Netflix and if your mom loves watching movies and shows, this would make the ideal gift for mom.
La La Land
THE FILM: I love musicals and it was about time La La Land hit the big screen . The film premiered at Toronto’s TIFF 2016 and has all of us falling for our Canadian boy Ryan Gosling all over again.
GIFT IDEA: Dance lessons. This would make an incredible workout too! And throw in the music CD from the film for good measure. (who else is humming City of Stars right now?).
Beauty & the Beast
THE FILM: The live-action film starring Emma Watson as Belle was magical from start to finish.
GIFT IDEA: A trip to France to visit Château de Chambord. This castle was the inspiration for the Beast’s castle in the live-action film. OK, we admit this is a very lavish gift, but perhaps this calls for a family trip?
Now let’s hear from you. What are your gift ideas for mom based on her favourite movie/show tie in? Please comment below.
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.