Mother's Day is all about the many things that moms can be. So, here is a guide for everything from classic, traditional gifts to unique and statement-making gifts. Whether she's a spa girl, a gardner, a new mom or a new student, there is something here for her.
If She Loves Handmade Gifts (and You Aren't Crafty)
The Etsy.com mission is to help entrepreneurial designers and creators earn a living selling their special creations. Many of the designers also give back to their favorite charities.
The Etsy motto is "Buy, Sell and Live Handmade," and boy are they living it. You could spend hours on this site just looking at all the beautiful things, but I found a few things that are special and fairly priced, so you have a head start.
If she likes jewelry, check out Jamisonrae and Solstice designs for beautiful and unique pieces. If she loves to collect recipes, try the recipe cards from two over zero's shop. If she still loves to write letters, check out the cute notecards from She's So Creative. And I thought the wine gems from Chrystalynjewelry were great for the hostess on your list.
For another option, check out these cool handmade pillows from Fabricadabra ($20-$50).
For the Spa Girl
Joy of Spa is a new company that supports local businesses by providing instant gift certificates that can be used at more than 3,000 spas nationwide. This personalized choice in spa and treatment makes a great gift for a mom, and it's ideal for out-of-town friends and relatives seeking a way to relax. Gift certificates start at $25 and never expire — an added bonus. They can be delivered on the date of your choice, right to the mom's inbox or mailbox.
Joy of Spa also serves as a directory of spas, so someone in New York who receives a gift certificate but has a trip planned to Chicago can find a place in the Windy City to use the certificate as well — perfect for women on the go. The site is also a hub of informative articles about wellness and health.
Also, check out Massage Envy. Depending on location, a massage can be as low as $39.95. And with 616 locations in 42 states, you're bound to find a spa near you.
If She Loves to "Spa" at Home
For the face: There is a great kit for the face by Juice Beauty for $45. Nubonau.com is a really nice online store that carries a wonderful selection of natural and organic beauty products.
For the body & hair: I love this travel set from McBride Beauty. It's a generous assortment of McBride's Sage & Grapefruit products. The kit is $38 and contains Grapefruit & Sage Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Lotion and Shower Gel. All products are free of parabens, harsh chemicals, artificial colors and artificial fragrances (they only use essential oils). It comes in a reusable 100% Cotton washable zippered bag that can hold much more than the travel tubes. Plus, the scent is incredibly uplifting.
Special treats for the Hair: You may have seen Chaz work his magic on QVC and his naturally nurturing hair products are as amazing as they look on TV. His Wen Healthy Hair Care System is a set that includes Wen Cleansing Conditioner, Styling Creme, Re-Moist Intensive Hair Treatment and Texture Balm. All for only $29.95.
For Your Makeup Junkie
To celebrate Mother’s Day, makeup artist Napoleon Perdis has created Mum's the Word. The limited edition set includes an eye shadow and blush palette featuring an array of pretty matte shades, a full-size Long Black Mascara, deluxe sample sizes of two DéVine Goddess Lipsticks and a deluxe sample of Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer. The gorgeous little package is imprinted with a beautiful floral watercolor, and bundled together with a matching greeting card. Mum’s the Word retails for $35 and is an $85 value.
For the Game Player
Loaded Questions - Parenting 101 is a really fun game loaded with relevant questions aimed specifically at moms and expecting moms — though everyone in the family will enjoy it. Questions like "What would you NOT want your kids to bring to show and tell?" and "If kids came with instructions, what would be #1?" mean everyone is bound to have fun.
Their best-selling board game, Loaded Questions, is one of the top-selling independent games at Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble, Toys "R" Us and Borders. Loaded Questions tests players on how well they know each other with more than 1,000 questions designed to spark hilarious, creative discussion. They have sold more than 1 million copies, all of which they produce in the U.S. All for only $11.99.
For the Traveler
If she travels, she should travel in style.
The Westin Hotel, experts in luxury travel, have a lovely line of products to help the traveller feel comfortable and pampered. The White Tea Aloe Travel Kit meets the Transportation Security Administration's carry-on regulations and comes packed in a cute carry-on bag for only $12.
The Heavenly Travel Blanket ($60) is super luxe; the blanket measures 50x72 inches when unfolded. When folded into its attached pocket, it serves double duty as a plush, easy-to-carry travel pillow.
For the Mom Who Loves Flowers
Have a traditional mom who loves flowers? Teleflora offers beautiful floral arrangements for every budget. Mother's Day bouquets start at $39.95.
Their lovely Chalk it Up Bouquet features roses, mums, alstroemeria and asters in a chalkboard-finish container, which can be reused after the flowers are gone.
Their flowers are hand-arranged and hand-delivered by local florists in their network, and their keepsake containers can be reused long after the flowers fade away.
For the Mom Who Likes to Make Her Own Flowers
If you've got a gardner in your life, a wonderful gift is a great pair of gardening gloves so her hands stay protected and looking beautiful.
Mudglove.com has some great options. My personal favorite are the Cool Mud gloves. They retail for $6.99 and feature an aloe vera additive that keeps skin soft and cool while out in the garden.
If she takes a more high-tech approach to gardening, check out Bionic Gloves. The gloves, only $29.99, were developed by a leading orthopedic hand surgeon. Many people who use the gloves suffer from hand problems (arthritis, fatigue, etc.), because the gloves feature anatomical padding, which helps to relieve the various joints in the hand.
If it's the tools she needs, I found this great set at Improvements Catalog for just $39.99.
I also found a cool gadget called Easy Bloom Plant Sensor that helps you determine what plants and veggies you can grow in your yard or how to heal an ailing plant. Available for $59.95.
For the Mom Who Likes to Make a Statement
The "What You Do" Tees from STAY VOCAL allow the user to write what they do to make the world better ($12). What makes them even cooler is that the tees are "reuse" tees, which means that they are overstocks that would have likely been thrown out. STAY VOCAL is a Green America certified ReUse company and they cover the original design with their own artwork.
The tees can be found on their site with lots of other great ReUSE items.
For the Hostess
It's tough to buy for the woman who likes to entertain — how do you know what she already has? I really like these Sea Stone Napkin Rings because they are so unusual. Made using ocean-smoothed stones gathered from New England beaches, these are a simple and stylish complement to any table setting. The simple design will surely work with her other hostess-ware of any style. $38 for four.
For the Wine Enthusiast
Mom will love Spiegelau's Vino Grande 5-Piece Gift Set ($59). With four of their popular Vino Grande Bordeaux glasses and one Casual Entertaining Decanter, this set is all she'll need for effortless entertaining. The set is packaged in a red gift box that is easily wrapped or looks great with a simple bow. With everything included, this set looks like much more of a splurge than its $59 price tag.
If she loves to entertain and wants to service delicious wines that won't break the bank, Winning Wines: Medal Winners for $10 or Less is a very handy little book. It lists wines that have excelled at the major wine competitions, but are budget friendly. The book is $8.95 and is also available in PDF form and for the Kindle.
For the Mom-to-Be
The Mommy Milk Bath from Erbaviva is only $28 and makes a wonderful gift for the expecting mom. Soothing, softening, calming and relaxing — perfect for a nice, cool bath.
Beaute de Maman has a broad range of products for a mom-to-be, from stretch mark cream to morning sickness remedies, this site has it all so you will definitely find something to fit the bill.
For the New Mom
I've known Dana Wood, author of Momover - The New Mom's Guide to Getting It Back Together (even if you never had it in the first place!), since I started my first business 15 years ago. She was a beauty editor at W, and has been sharing her beauty, fashion and fitness know-how for years.
Momover is great fun — packed with lots of helpful and useful info, like how to get it together mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. As Dana says, "Because centered, happy you = centered, happy baby!" Just $10.17 for the paperback.
For the Grandmother
Here's another book I fell in love with — Things To Do Now That You're A Grandparent (paperback for $9.95). Cute, compact and full of special activities and thoughts to share with your grandkids. Perfect for a new grandparent who hasn't been around young kids for a while. It's a great refresher course in entertaining kids, caring for them and creating wonderful memories.
The author, Amy Goyer, is an expert on multigenerational issues. Check out her column and blog on aarp.org.
For the Techie (or not so much)
Check out this light and easy-to-use camcorder from Coby — the CAM3001 ($44). Whether she's great with gadgets or not, she can easily record her special memories everywhere she goes.
For the Health Nut
My mom absolutely loves Me and Goji cereal and recently bought some for my husband as a gift. Design one you think your mom will love or purchase a gift certificate so she can create her own.
Me and Goji is the dream of three friends who combined their passion for healthy food, unique products and cool design to create cereal couture. They are a mission-driven company that believes in using their resources in ways that benefit the environment and social needs.
Prices range based on how many ingredients you add. A "well equipped" cereal will be about $11 (including shipping). It is important to note their cereal capsule holds almost double the normal cereal box and triple the amount of granola.
For the Tea Lover
If she loves tea, why not send her something she's never seen before? Try Primula Products tea flowers. These tightly packed tea balls "bloom" in hot water. It's just $29.99 for a hand-blown glass tea pot, tea infuser and canister of 12 tea flowers (which can be brewed three times in a 24-hour period).
For the Coffee Fanatic
Here are some fun coffee gift options. Roaste.com offers a nice selection of gift items — samplers, coffee siphons, gift baskets, etc. — all for great prices.
Community Coffee has a really nice Mother's Day basket with coffee, scoop, french press and re-usable basket for $44.95.
For the Sweet Tooth
Cakes, cookies, baskets of all kinds and sizes. I have tasted some of these treats myself and yum! Great pricing and classic, vintage packaging makes for a definite mom pleaser. The Mother's Day basket from Dewey's.com is $33.99.
I also love this feminine flowered keepsake box of 100% organic truffles. It includes 12 truffles in dark, milk, white, cherry espresso and caramel varieties. Tasty and beautiful — maybe she'll even share. You can get them for only $30.
Bakingforgood.com features pre-made or customized gift baskets of cookies, brownies and even allergen-free treats for $30-$45. They even donate a portion of your purchase price to a charity that you can choose.
For the Handy Girl
Here's a cute new sewing machine — the Brother LX-3125E ($79) from Wal-Mart — that Mom will love since it's the perfect way to indulge her creative side. Easy-to-use, compact, lightweight and even stylish — it has interchangeable Fashion Faces Decorative Skins so the look and design of the machine can be changed to reflect the owner's personal style. Plus, it is a green machine since it's RoHS Compliant (doesn't contain any hazardous materials).
For the Home Fragrance Lover
These elegant Lumnique candles ($30) can be personalized in many ways — from the special, enclosed message, to the color to the fragrance, which really makes them special for the recipient. They look luxurious, so they give the impression that you spent much more than you did. They have a delicious variety of fragrances as well.
Our Butterfly Effects is another nice gift option. I had the chance to try these candles and I really enjoyed them. They have tons of fragrances to choose from and lots of wonderful gift ideas ranging from $15-$37.
Caldrea, known for their luxurious home fragrance products, is introducing a beautiful, yet affordable collection for Target. They will have everything from dish soaps to candles, all in tasteful packaging and yummy scents. I love their fragrance diffusers — so many scents and a great price of $9.99.
For the Back-to-Schooler or Home Organizer
Try CarolinaPad.com for an amazing array of everything she might need for school, a home office and home organization.
Beautiful patterns and colors are available and you can find everything from notebooks and mousepads to accordion files, all at great prices. I'm partial to the accordion file (their Zensational 13-pocket file is just $6.99). I feel like everyone needs one and these are pretty and functional.
For the Girl on the Go
If you know a mom who is constantly on the go, check out the Ecogear Earth Series Ocean backpack in Charcoal or Pink. Made of recycled plastic bottles and PVC-free and toxin-free materials, this stylish bag is not only functional and feminine but good for the environment. The bag can be purchased for $29.99 (only for a limited time) on Ecogear's Web site.
And if you need more help…
If you can't find the perfect gift for all of the mothers in your life here, visit Someone Spoil Me, which is a fantastic resource for gifts of all kinds.
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