Finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift for Mom can be quite the daunting task. In the interests of avoiding yet another picture frame or coffee mug, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of unique gifts for the mothers in your life. Choose the theme of your gift and get started on your hunt for the perfect present – whether you’re looking for something fun, sentimental, functional, or completely luxurious. Now let’s get started!
For Moms on the Go, or Going Green
CellKeeper Caddie – Great for active people and those who’ve always got a place to go or people to see, this hip and stylish phone pouch offers a multifunctional solution to the everyday need for toting technology. Wear CellKeeper across your body or around your waist. The caddie can hold everything from your cell phone or BlacKBerry / PDA to your iPod or MP3 player. Some small cameras also make a good fit! CellKeeper is available in original, professional, and sport styles. CellKeeper Caddies also feature an adjustable halter strap that makes toting your cell phone or small personal electronic item a breeze.
CellKeeper Professional and the CellKeeper Original offer different fabric textures and color choices. CellKeeper Sport offers a washable and reflective design, boasting attractive gray and black coloring with orange trim. It is ideal for iPods and small digital cameras. I had the joy of testing out this item for my gift guide, and it is a truly lovely carrying case for a cell phone, MP3 player, or camera. The case is soft and perfect for going to the amusement park, the zoo, embarking on a hike, or doing any number of other fun outdoor activities. I love the orange detailing and soft gray fabric, as well as the small compartments and thoughtful accommodations for cash, change, credit cards, and my all-time favorite item to tote, lip gloss! For more information, visit CellKeeper on the Web at http://www.cellkeeper.com.
Cool Factor: This item is especially great for multitasking moms, with its wallet caddie with snap closure, lip gloss or pen sleeve, ID window, key hook, zippered internal coin pocket, cash pocket, credit card sleeves, and expandable snap closure.
Two Green Moms Shopping Totes – In case you haven’t heard, “Green” is the new black. Protecting our environment and recycling, reducing, and reusing are key themes all acoss the nation. For those environmentally aware moms out there, “Girls Gone Green” and “little green bag” shopping totes make a great companion for a trip to the supermaket. They’re an awesome anytime alternative to those flimsy, annoying plastic bags that tend to collect in excess in our homes.
Two Green Moms founders Mandi DuPuy and Jill Clark offer their stylish shopping bags in blue with “Girls Gone Green” design or a green bag with “little green bag” design. They’re available in both insulated and non-insulated styles. The totes are slightly larger than a standard brown paper bag, and their straps fit comfortably over the shoulder. For more information, visit on the Web at http://www.twogreenmoms.com.
Cost: Prices range from $3.25 for a single tote to $29.99 for a pack of ten.
Cool Factor: Not only are the shopping totes reusable, but they are actually crafted from recyclable materials!
Fresh Wave Natural Odor Neutralizing Candles – Fresh Wave kitchen candles and travel candles are all-natural and bursting with delightful fragrances. These “green” products are biodegradable and non-toxic. They feature enticing ingredients such as extracts of soy, lime, pine needle, aniseed, clove, and cedar wood. Offer Mom a truly organic experience with a variety of fragrant candles that will surely make her kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room, or other area smell incredible!
The candles are available in a 6.25 oz. recyclable travel tin or a 7 oz. lovely frosted glass jar (kitchen candle). Each soy candle delivers between 30 and 40 hours of fragrant burn time. While you may not want to give Mom odor neutralizers by themselves, just think of what a neat gift basket you could create with a couple of candles, a good book, some chocolates, and a bottle of bubble bath! To learn more about Fresh Wave candles and odor eliminating products, visit on the Web at http://www.fresh-wave.com.
Cost: $13.95 for the travel candle or $18.00 for the kitchen candle.
Cool Factor: Don’t be fooled by their dainty and elegant appearance. These candles are downright aggressive when it comes to eliminating cooking smells and general household odors! Simply burn the candles during and after food prep to rid the smell of fish, onions, garlic, curry – the works.
Life Fitness Believe in You ActiveStep Premium Digital Pedometer – For moms who are constantly in motion, consider this great gift that will keep her posted on her steps, aerobic steps, calories, and distance. It has a seven-day history so mom can keep track of her progress and increase or decrease her workouts accordingly. The clock shows both the time of day and the amount of time spent on aerobic walking.
The pedometer comes with a security strap that allows it to attach to clothing securely, as well as a strong clip for attaching. It also has a large screen display that resets itself at midnight to prepare for the next day’s activity. The battery is easy to install and remove, and the device is just as easy to use. This digital pedometer would also make a great gift for the mom who wants to spend more time exercising but just never has enough time in her day. It would be a great motivator and it’s lightweight, stylish, and easy to use. This item is available exclusively at CVS pharmacy.
Cool Factor: This handy pedometer has a dual acceleration sensor that allows it to work even while it’s in mom’s pocket or purse!
Holding Her Head High, By Janine Turner – Dazzling actress Janine Turner chronicles her own experiences and those of 12 single moms who surmounted trials and tribulations to triumph and raise successful, influential children. Her accounts span from the Roman Empire to the twentieth century, touching upon key themes such as Dare to dream, Heal with humor, and Hold your head high.
Cost: The book retails for $22.99 US. ($15.63 on Amazon.com!)
Cool Factor: The pages cover all kinds of single mothers with intensely inspirational tales, from an enterprising widow who raised her youngins’ by herself while working away in a man’s business world, to mothers in the times of slavery who battled against all odds to provide a better life for their children.
Vintage Vavoom: Romantic Decorating with One-of-a-Kind Finds, By The Editors of Romantic Homes Magazine – This book is a great resource for moms who like to keep a special place in their hearts and homes for past memories and family heirlooms. The beautiful book features more than 200 full-color pages of tips and suggestions for timeless decorating and unique personal touches. Some of the top tips mom will learn include: determining the value of a piece of furniture or home accessory, creating themes, adding in elements from Mother Nature, gathering inspiration from window-shopping, and more.
The gorgeous photos throughout the book’s pages depict countless romantic settings, from seductive soaking tubs draped in wispy sheers to picturesque fairytale garden scenes seemingly straight out of “The Secret Garden.” The colors, textures, shapes, and styles are enough to make any woman want to call out sick and play hooky to dress up her own home in a truly romantic fashion. I look forward to adopting some of these lovely decorating suggestions as my own.
Cost: $35.00 US, $44.00 CAN. ($22.75 on Amazon.com!)
Cool Factor: The book teaches readers to follow their instincts and decorate their homes with the things they love.
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