Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2014
Whether she’s your mother, your spouse, your best friend, or even yourself, it’s time to show the mom in your life some extra love this Mother’s Day! To help make your life easier, we’ve put together a guide full of unique gift ideas for every mom out there. Happy Mother’s Day!
REST & RELAX
If you’re already familiar with Cloud b, then you know that they create innovative and distinctive products designed to help children sleep safely and soundly through all stages of their development. We already love products such as the “Sleep Sheep” and “Twilight Turtle.” Cloud b has now elaborated on their extensive collection of quality products to help families sleep by offering a special gift just for Mom. Now moms, moms-to-be, even grandmothers can all escape into a world of relaxation and serenity with Cloud b’s “Mommy’s Dream Time Gift Set.”
The luxurious set includes:
- Lightweight, comfortable and ultra soft bamboo-cotton robe with sateen sash, perfect for lounging, reading or dreaming
- Soft, quilted, lavender scented soothing eye mask that can be used hot or cold, with a comforting eye mask cover
- “Where Memories Begin” special keepsake journal to capture your thoughts, wishes and dreams.
If the Mom on your wish list is a lover of fine wine, look no further than a unique and fun gift such as a Wine of the Month Club with Mora’s Wine. Mora’s Fine Wine and spirit shop was established in 1965 on Long Island’s North Shore, and is known locally for their fine wine selection and knowledgeable staff.
There are many different “clubs” available, but all feature hand-selected and carefully chosen bottles of wine shipped directly to your door monthly. All pricing includes shipping, which is available for most states, and range from $45 to $139 depending on which you choose. If you’re not quite sure which wine club to purchase, gift cards are available, or you can dress it up with a beautiful wine gift basket.
Wine is hand chosen and selected from around the world, and comes with background notes, allowing you to learn a bit about the wine and the wine produced from different regions around the world. Satisfaction is guaranteed, and you can quit at any time. Gift certificates are also available- making the Wine Club from Mora’s Wine the perfect gift for any wine enthusiast.
Blankies aren’t just for babies! Wrap mom in comfort this Mother’s Day with an indescribably soft throw blanket like the Dolce Throw from Little Giraffe. Little Giraffe has taken their famous baby blanket fabric and created an array of luxurious adult-sized throws that can be cherished for many years. Made from a fine, feather-soft microfiber fabric, the Dolce Throw is the perfect addition to Mom’s bed or favorite lounge chair. Just think how special it would be to surprise her with a new cozy throw, her favorite tea or coffee, and some quiet time to just relax. That would sure make for a Mother’s Day she will never forget!
We absolutely love this throw in the trendy chevron design, but it is also available in a Moroccan or matrix print. There’s a pattern to compliment almost any decor, available in several classic colors.
One of the most fond memories that any kid and mom have of their time together is baking cookies as a team. However, for moms often this kind of activity with a younger kid means making sure that the child doesn’t fall off the chair, or burn fingers, or grab a dangerous kitchen utensil.
That’s a lot of stress for something that is supposed to be enjoyable. A perfect gift for an occasion like Mother’s Day would be a Kitchen Helper, a specially designed standing platform that ensures that your child is raised up close to an adult’s height and at the same time safe from falls and removed from dangerous objects (by ensuring enough distance away from them).
Made out of sturdy hardwood, in two colors to match your kitchen, it is the only folding safety tower on the market. By using an adjustable grow with me platform, you will be sure that your child won’t grow out of “helping you” any time soon. Your little helper will adore spending time with mommy and mommy herself will feel good knowing that her child is safe and having fun. And a nice bonus is the fact that every mom we know wants a kitchen helper- trust us, we asked!
What would be one of the best gifts to get for Mother’s Day? Extra time! Okay, okay–no one can deliver that, but there are certainly ways to help you save time during your daily routine. And a good dry shampoo is one of them! For the busy mom, check out Alterna’s dry shampoo that’s part of their Bamboo Style line. The Cleanse Extend is a translucent spray dry shampoo which absorbs oil and product build-up so you can refresh your hair in just seconds rather than going through a full washing and drying.
For the label-conscious, Alterna Bamboo Cleanse Extend is free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and synthetic color. For a fruity and exotic scent, choose the Mango Coconut. If you like a delicate floral smell, check out the Sheer Blossom. Alterna also makes a powdered dry shampoo as well as other organic hair products that we love.
EXPLORE AND CONNECT
When a new baby is born, the first thing to go from a new mother’s life (along with time, showers, sick days and boredom) is make up. There is just not enough time or motivation to apply make up when you have a child or two to take care of. However, the desire to look young, radiant and beautiful does not go away and it doesn’t have to. Skindinavia’s new make up primer is a perfect gift for the mother on the go who never seems to have time to look polished. This will change that forever. This new lightweight, breathable, silicone-free and paraben-free makeup primer spray is loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and a proprietary temperature-control technology. Clinically-proven to soothe redness, prevent breakouts, control the appearance of oil, even out skin tone and reduce large pores over time! She can use it under makeup, or without makeup and look amazing either way. The Skindinavia’s primer spray (along with the gifter) will become a mother’s new friend, guaranteed!
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If the mom in your life loves spending time in the kitchen, consider gifting her the device that does it all: the Cuisinart Cook Central 3-in-1 Multi-Cooker. This is so much more than just a crock pot, it has three programmable modes (Steam, Brown/Sauté, and Slow Cook) that make it easy to sauté vegetables, brown meats, or slow cook one pot meals. No more switching between several pans while cooking! Make mom’s life easier this Mother’s Day by giving her this fun new “toy” for her kitchen.
What Mommy has copious amount of time to freshly press each and every clothing item before she wears them? Not to mention all those other items such as bedspreads that simply cannot be ironed. That’s why we love this Steamfast Fabric Steamer from Rowenta. Clothing steamers quickly and effectively press your favorite garments or tapestry items using all natural steam. No more dragging out the ironing board from the basement; clothing can be steamed hanging directly on the hanger, saving you time and energy. Here are some of our favorite features of the Steamfast Fabric Steamer:
- 1500-watt fabric steamer with 40-ounce capacity removable water tank
- Heats up in 45 seconds and provides up to 45 minutes of continuous steam
- More effective and gentler on fabrics than ironing for all-natural garment care
- Removes wrinkles and odors from clothes, linens, curtains, upholstery and more
- Includes telescopic pole, attachable fabric brush, clothes hook and press pad
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BEAUTY & FASHION
What could be more magical for a Mother’s Day night out than a new make up collection by Jane Iredale, called “Magic Hour“. Named after the most adored evening hour by photographers all over the world, the time when the light is golden and makes everything seem perfect and dreamy, this collection is designed to recreate the look any time of the day.
Every woman loves exploring new make up colors, and this collection, full of golden light and shimmer, will be a perfect low key gift this Mother’s Day. Jane Iredale make up is a natural line of mineral make up that does not use preservatives like parabens and phenoxyethanol, it’s vegan and cruelty free and features no nano sized minerals in it products.
The Magic Hour collection features two new Lip Fixations, a flirtatious coral, Craze and a flattering mauve, Compulsion. It also features a gorgeous new Eye Shadow trio called Golden Girl with three glimmering shades that can be worn alone or together: a deep bronze, a shimmering dusty rose and a rich gold. There is a new shade of our popular In Touch Highlighter, a warm golden peach called Comfort and a brand new inky gel eyeliner in a pot, Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Black and Brown. We are head over heels in love with the In Touch Highlighter for its subtlety and the Gel Eyeliners that with the right brush can create the perfect line.
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Is the mom in your life a lover of purses and handbags? If so, the Caroline diaper bag by Lily Jade may just be the perfect high-end Mother’s Day gift for her! We hate to label this handbag a “diaper bag” because it really is a timeless style and the quality will last from the diaper days until the kids are out of the house. Made from premium, buttery soft leather, this bag is the epitome of fashion meets function. Inside this beautiful tote you will find the ingenious “baby bag” organizer, a 16-pocket, easy-to-clean, removable insert that easily attaches to the inside of Lily Jade bags with two magnetic snaps. Use it to organize all of those baby/kid essentials and then snap it out to carry the Caroline as a gorgeous kid-free handbag!
Lily Jade’s Caroline diaper bag is a classic tote-style bag that features a detachable shoulder strap, inner and outer zip pockets, a signature tassel detail, and of course, the removable “baby bag” organizer. It comes in three classic colors: Brandy, Red, and Black.
Check it out! Lily Jade is currently having a Backorder Sale! Order one of these beautiful bags now before new stock arrives!!
Also, starting in early May, you can order the Baby Bag Organizer separately!
It can be difficult for moms to make time for themselves once they have children. This Mother’s Day, give that stylish woman in your life the gift of something glamorous and just for her: a gorgeous Beauty and the Box eye shadow quad from Tarte Cosmetics! The set of four Amazonian clay eye shadow hues comes in an adorable, easily portable little box. Pictured above is the Secret Garden color palette, and there are three others to choose from. (Not sure which one your wife or mom would like? Ask her friends or her mom to recommend one for you.)
Why not add a few other of Tarte’s eco-friendly products to her gift, also. What’s the perfect thing to pair with the eyeshadow quad? We also love the Fresh Eyes Maracuja Eye Makeup Remover Wipes so she can easily take of her new eye shadow. From lip gloss to mascara, bronzer to makeup brushes, Tarte has something to make the mom in your life feel special!
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Hand stamped jewelry is all the rage these days, and we adore the personalized creations from The Quirky Lizard. Every single product is unique, and handmade specifically for the special Mommy in your life. Whether she is a necklace fan, or an avid ring wearer, she is sure to cherish this handmade and personalized wearable token of love.
All of The Quirky Lizard’s pieces are made out of 22g (naturally hypoallergenic!) stainless steel. It will never rust or tarnish, chip and is durable enough for Mom to wear all the time- even around baby hands! Each piece is hand stamped, so it will never look like another.
We love the look of the stack-able eternity birthstone ring paired with a stacker name ring. Customize your ring by making the eternity ring with your child’s birthstone, along with their name and birth date stamped on a stacker name ring. Rings can be layered up to 4 rings for the average finger. Prices are very affordable, and we love supporting this Ohio-based small business that started as a hobby for a group of girlfriends.
If there’s one thing all moms can appreciate in their beauty routines it is this: simplicity. If you’re striving to create a minimalist makeup routine, an essential and high-impact component is a highlighter. A simple touch of highlighter to just the right places creates an ethereal glow that doesn’t require much else. Try it out with the Living Luminizer highlighter by RMS Beauty. Living Luminizer is an ultra-sheer highlighter in a satin-pearl finish. The pearl color works great on any skin tone and best of all it’s organic! No long list of ingredients here, just a few key ingredients like coconut oil, beeswax, and rosemary extract. Be sure to add this to your makeup bag this Mother’s Day!
How many of life’s beautiful moments are not captured by a mom’s DSLR, but rather, her phone? We can’t have our big cameras out all the time, but our cell phones are almost always within arm’s reach, ready to take photos and share them via Instagram at a moment’s notice. The photos can sit in Instagram for all of eternity, or, they can be printed in a breathtaking photo book from Artifact Uprising. Artifact Uprising’s Instagram-friendly photo books are the perfect way to preserve your daily moments as shot through Instagram. Finally, a way to have your Instagram photos printed and arranged in a beautiful format. These books are completely customizable, and your Instagram photos are instantly loaded to Artifact Uprising’s website with the click of a mouse. The easy “auto-fill” feature will complete the book for you, or you can design the book entirely yourself – from choosing each page’s layout, to which photos appear where, and special messages can be added throughout the book. If you’re looking to melt a mom’s heart this Mother’s Day, a photo gift like this book from Artifact Uprising is surely a winner!
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What Mommy doesn’t love displaying photos of their children? However, carrying the photos with you wherever you go may take up precious diaper bag room, or photos may get lost in your bag. Your phone is always with you, and if you’re anything like us, your phone is practically an extension to your hand at times. Why not showcase your cutest little ones for the world to see- on your phone case!
Casetagram makes it easy to upload your favorite photos either through their custom uploader, or by connecting your facebook or instagram account and pulling it directly from there. There’s a fun monthly subscription service that allows you to upload a photo and receive a new case on a monthly basis. It’s like receiving a new phone every single month!
Casetagram is available for most phones, iPads, and iPods. If you’re not interested in having your kid’s face featured, Casetagram has many designs and collections available. You’re sure to find something you love. Any and every Mommy on your list will love this fun and unique gift!
Are you looking for a truly personal and sentimental keepsake gift for your mother or wife for Mother’s Day this year? What better way to celebrate the beauty of motherhood than with standout prints of her favorite maternity shots from each one of her pregnancies. So often now in the digital world, we store all of our photos on our computers and storage devices and let beautiful photos get lost in the files over the years. Pregnancy is the beginning of a woman’s journey into motherhood, and should be celebrated and cherished in it’s own right.
Mpix Standouts are the perfect way to preserve and display these beautiful moments of pregnancy for your loved one. These foam based standouts are contemporary in style and have the sophisticated feel of canvas prints. You can choose from a variety of sizes and 3 professional quality paper finishes to bring your photos to life. Mpix makes ordering simple. Just got to their website, upload your photos and choose your print options. Let Mpix do the rest!
If you’re a new or expectant mom and you’re not familiar with Birth Without Fear, let us introduce you to this amazing website – and – gorgeous line of jewelry inspired by the site. Birth Without Fear is the brainchild of January Harshe, and is a truly phenomenal website bursting with inspiration, and empowerment for all things pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. Birth Without Fear provides support to women in the form of birth stories, dissections of scientific research/statistics on pregnancy and childbirth, and most importantly, a community where moms can be heard, validated, and find strength.
The Moon Over Maize Etsy shop offers a beautiful line of jewelry inspired by the idea behind Birth Without Fear, and these items are perfect for any new or expecting mama. Necklaces can be personalized with children’s birthstones, and are hand stamped with empowering statements such as “Birth Without Fear,” “VBAC Without Fear,” and “Love Without Fear.” The anticipation of childbirth can be daunting and intimidating, and having a stunning piece of jewelry around an expectant mama’s neck can be the very thing to help ground and inspire her – or, wear as a badge of honor after achieving the birth she wanted, such as a VBAC.
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Tell Mom exactly how you feel about her this Mother’s Day with the “World’s Best Mom” Notebook & Pen Set from Poppin. This adorable, luxe notebook measures 5″ x 8.25″ and features a silver foil stamped soft cover with a handy interior pocket (the perfect place to store receipts or special notes!), ribbon bookmark, and elastic closure. Accompanying this perfect purse-sized notebook is a matching heavy weight metal pen that writes like a dream and is packaged in a premium slider box.
The “World’s Best Mom” notebook comes in Aqua, Pink, or White. It is also available in other designs like the “Mom” Tattoo and “#1 Mom” notebooks. Make this gift extra special by writing your very own love letter to Mom inside before giving it to her. A perfect, sentimental gift at a great price point.
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It’s no secret that moms love to take pictures! So, this Mother’s day, why not surprise your mom or wife with a beautiful camera strap to perfectly accessorize her favorite gadget? This camera strap from Capturing Couture has it all. The gorgeous, hot pink organza flowers are sure to delight any photographer. The strap is made of premium nylon and is extremely durable, so your favorite photographer won’t have to worry about the safety of her camera when it’s around her neck. The underside of the strap is soft velvet, for the ultimate in comfort. And, it’s fully adjustable so it can be worn around the neck or across the body (messenger style).
If hot pink flowers aren’t her thing, don’t worry–Capturing Couture has plenty other awesome camera strap designs to choose from. Bold and colorful prints, sequins, and snakeskin are just a few of the options, so you’ll definitely find something for the photographer in your life!
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Pinhole Press Photo Recipe Magnetic Cards are the perfect Mother’s Day gift for any woman in your life who loves to cook–or for someone who wants to learn! Now, her favorite recipes will be easily accessible while she’s cooking–hands free! These magnets are thick and durable — and absolutely beautiful too. Their streamlined design, simple, clean font, and pretty pictures, mean they’ll look gorgeous on any refrigerator (or any magnetic surface in the kitchen).
Head over to Pinhole Press and, using their easy personalization tool, create a set of magnets for any woman in your life. You get to choose what recipes to include and what photos should accompany it. Create a set for the woman who loves to cook and include some new recipes for her to try, or create a set for a new mom who needs some quick and easy meal ideas. Either way, she’ll be more than happy to get cooking once she sees these!
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Wishing all you moms a very happy Mother’s Day!
Ariel is a recently turned stay-at-home momma of three little ones to her high school sweetheart. When she isn’t busy playing with her young kiddos (or running around frantically), you can find her writing on her personal blog, Dreams To Do. Ariel is a lover of inspirational words, photography, coffee, reality TV, and of course, her family. You can connect with Ariel on Twitter and Facebook.