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Creative gifts for Mother's Day

Most moms are basically super heroes: they have the strength to carry around their kids and all the necessary ‘extras’ every time they leave the house; they can detect a lie from a mile away (sometimes before it’s even told); they can dole out advice on almost every life challenge; and though they can’t heal everything, they can at least make cuts, scrapes, bruises, and sickness feel better with just a hug.

There are different types of moms and different people in each of our lives who take on that ‘mom role,’ but the one thing that stays the same is the willingness to put us first. Whether they’re new to the position or have long filled this role, there are a lot of people out there who put their family ahead of themselves and quite frankly, deserve a break.

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, why not give a mom in your life just that? A nice break from the every day, a chance to be put first, and the most precious of commodities: time. Check below for ideas on how you can plan to spend time with, and cheer on, whatever type of mom is in your life.

For a Mom with a Creative Flair

With sparkling bodies of water and lush landscapes, it’s no wonder the Haliburton Highlands are an inspiration to many artists. Plan an artsy getaway by booking an experience with Yours Outdoors and letting the creativity flow during a workshop at studios like Blackbird Pottery or Artech Glassblowing Studio. Tuck in for the evening at Arching Pines Bed and Breakfast and enjoy the rich colours that compliment its surroundings. Located within walking distance of the Haliburton Sculpture Forest and Haliburton School of Art and Design, you can take in the beauty of others’ works while you wander, or extend your immersion into the arts by signing up for one of the 300+ weeklong summer courses and workshops the school offers.

For a Mom with a Sense of Adventure

Plan a whitewater trip with Madawaska Kanu Centre (MKC) and let their expert guides take you both on an incredible adventure down the river as you paddle hard and hold tight. Imagine the excited screams that will ring out over the mighty Madawaska River as your boat dips, cool water sprays up against your warm skin, and your smiles radiate under the summer sun. Refuel with incredible Feast ON certified meals back at the resort, treat your muscles to a warm sauna, and tuck into cozy beds for the night. Want a trip that fully celebrates women’s empowerment? Join in for the Wild Women’s Weekend, August 3-5, 2019 or Women’s Week, July 1-5, 2019 courses MKC hosts and be inspired and supported along your journey by strong women with a passion for paddling.

For a Mom with a Need to Relax

Unwind together during an escape to the Ottawa Valley. Book a stay at Grey Gables Inn and take full advantage of this peaceful sanctuary by planning some pampering at the spa onsite and a traditional afternoon tea. If you feel like giving your body a break from the fluffy robe (is that even possible to feel?), head downtown for a little retail therapy. Wander into Pick-it-Fence and Dot to spice up your wardrobe or add some new décor to your home; embrace the power of spiritual goods during a visit to Brimstone & Belladonna; and treat your taste buds with a visit to Little Things Canning Company.


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