Mother's Day Gift Choices

Mother's Day is a special opportunity to show your appreciation and love for the original special woman in your life. The woman who brought you into this world and sacrificed so much to give you a great start in life. The woman that will always be there for you. Show her how important she is to you. You will forever only have one mom! Here are some ideas to treat her to what she deserves.

Moms will enjoy being pampered at Spa Le Merigot at Le Merigot Beach Hotel and Spa in Santa Monica, Calif. where stress is stopped at the door and relaxation is key. The spa is offering a wonderful Mother's Day package that includes: Deluxe Swedish Massage with Epicuren lotion of choice  *  Deluxe Caviar Facial  *  Signature Manicure  *  Signature Pedicure   5hrs. and 15 min.  $510  *Gratuity included.

The Spa Le Merigot is located on the spa level of the hotel, adjacent to the pool. Beautiful hand-painted murals and tranquil fountains create a calm and serene atmosphere. Tea, water and fruit are also offered. Le Merigot Beach Hotel and Spa features 175 luxury guest accommodations, including 15 suites; a 6,500-square-foot spa and health club and the elegant Cezanne restaurant. Le Merigot Beach Hotel & Spa is a member of the exclusive JW Marriott brand, and keeps company with JW Denver at Cherry Creek, Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz., Dessert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, JW Marriott Hotel Orlando, Grande Lakes and JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort. The hotel is located at 1740 Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, Calif. Reservations for Le Merigot can be made by calling (310) 395-9700.

Sweeten Mother's Day with a Homemade Honey Spa Kit. Moms love just about anything their kids make for Mother's Day, but she'll really appreciate a homemade honey-based spa kit.  Honey has been used for centuries as part of a healthy skincare and beauty regimen.  Cleopatra regularly bathed in honey and milk and Queen Anne of England groomed her legendary mane with honey and oils.  Today, celebrities, such as Jennifer Lopez, use honey as part of their regular beauty treatments.

Honey-based spa kits are easy to make and inexpensive, most of the ingredients can be found at the local supermarket.  The National Honey Board features several all-natural honey-based beauty recipes on its Web site, www.honey.com.  

SpaTerre at Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego, Calif. will offer ways to treat mom to a day of rest and relaxation with four just-for-her treatment options available the entire month of May. One special 2 1/2 hour-long package lets daughters (and daughters of daughters) in on a memorable, multi-generational experience. The Celebrate Mom package includes three Passion Flower Pedicures, three Classic Manicures, lunch for three on the spa's private terrace, a digital photo of the family at lunch, an orchid hair ornament and a SpaTerre CD of relaxing music to take home. In addition, each of the ladies will receive a beautiful bouquet of flowers. The cost is $450. Mums will also appreciate this very sweet treat: A Chocolate 'Mummy' Wrap. The 50 minute treatment begins with a gentle cocoa-sugar exfoliating scrub, continues with a rich chocolate body mask, includes a scalp and foot massage and ends with a complimentary chocolate truffle. The cost is $140. Another one for mom and daughter duos is side-by-side Mother-Daughter Passionflower Pedicures. Flowers and an orchid hair ornament for each person are included. The cost is $150.  Finally, a Tropical Escape Massage for Mom is $165 and comes with a bottle of SpaTerre's signature Tropical Essence Oil to take home. The spa is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  For appointments or more information, call (858) 581-5998.

In the past, they would mock men who gave women tools as gifts. But with the current and future trend of women involved with home improvement, enhancement and repair, you'll be applauded for giving your mom Barbara K's 30 Piece Tool Kit.  Barbara is a do-it-yourself home improvement expert and innovative entrepreneur that has created a brand that builds confidence for woman in categories often thought of as male dominated such as home repair and auto-safety.

The barbara k! line is made up of sleek and stylish, but lightweight and durable products including high-quality tools, toolkits and accessories, home enhancement and repair solutions, and automotive and home safety products created especially with women and their needs in mind. The kit iincludes:

- 6-in-1 screwdriver
- 16 pc hex keys
- 2-in-1 level
- 7-oz hammer
- 6-in-1 putty knife
- 6" adjustable wrench
- 6" slip joint pliers
- 10' measuring tape
- assorted hardware (nails, screws, picture hooks, plastic anchors)
- 84 page 'How To' booklet

All tools are designed to fit a woman's size and strength.  They weigh a little less and the grips are sized to better fit a woman's hand.  Some contain features to make them better suited for women, like patented spring-loaded handles on the pliers and built-in thumb rests on the screwdrivers.  www.barbarak.com

Mom loves to capture those special moments. With the new 7.2-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-T30, Sony is building up its arsenal of anti-blur, digital still cameras to help people who are out on the town win the fight against blur. 'When people are out having a good time, they don't want to spend it learning how to avoid taking blurry pictures,' With Sony's flagship T-series camera with intelligent, automatic features, Mom can spend more time having fun and less time understanding technology.'

She won't have to  make everyone pose and re-pose while she takes shot after shot trying to get a good picture. Equipped with double anti-blur protection, she can press the DSC-T30 model's Super Steady Shot® optical image stabilization and high-sensitivity mode buttons in seconds, and reduce the chance of taking a blurry picture the very first time especially in low-light conditions. The Super Steady Shot technology minimizes blur caused by shaky hands, while the new camera's high light sensitivity (ISO 1000) mode reduces blur resulting from shooting at faster shutter speeds. There's even added defense with Sony's Clear RAW™ noise reduction system, which kicks in to counter picture noise associated with high-sensitivity shooting. These technologies make the camera ideal for shooting in low-light conditions, such as restaurants, bars and clubs. Combined with its stylish finish and svelte dimensions, the DSC-T30 camera is the perfect accessory for even the most discerning 'fashionista.' NEW Cyber-shot® DSC-T30 7.2 megapixels Digital Camera $499.95

With Sony's nav-u NV-U70 Portable Navigation, you'll make sure mom makes all of her appointments, especially if she's picking the children up from practice!  And no matter where mom may have to take the kids, she can always find her way home. Nav-u's "Take Me Home" option provides directions to your home at the touch of a button.The compact, elegantly designed device helps drivers map a destination, re-route around annoying traffic jams, locate points of interest and then route them home again. It has a brilliant, full color, 3.5 inch touch-screen display so drivers can see the screen in all lighting conditions. An intuitive, touch screen control enables easy route planning and destination programming. A resident two-way speaker system ensures that voice prompts are clear and audible. With just two taps on the touch screen, users can access several programming features. The "home" feature recognizes the unit's location and maps the quickest route to the programmed home address. The "block road" reroute feature allows drivers to change their course and keep driving in the case of a closed road or traffic congestion. About $700

Instead of flowers, candy or the usual meal out this year, spring for something unforgettable for Mother's Day weekend with Shutters on the Beach's and Hotel Casa del Mar's "Sweep Her Off Her Feet" ballroom dancing package.  After pointers from John O'Hurley and Giselle Fernandez of 'Dancing with the Stars' and taking lessons from the local 'Dance Doctor,' she'll be light on her feet all year long (and singing your praises for years to come).

'Think what an amazing experience this will be for your mom or even for yourself:' said Vice President of Strategic Development Armella Stepan, 'Friday night sharing dancing experiences with John O'Hurley and Giselle Fernandez over cocktails; a Saturday afternoon of personalized lessons with Santa Monica's well-known 'Dance Doctor' and lunch with panoramic ocean views at Shutters or Casa; and then a Saturday night of tripping the light fantastic.  She'll feel like a queen!'

And for those who always look forward to a spa treatment on Mother's Day, Shutters' and Casa's Sweep Her Off Her Feet Package also includes a treatment at ONE,

The Spa at Shutters on the Beach or The Spa at Casa del Mar to soothe sore muscles and end the weekend with some well-deserved pampering.  Guests staying with the package at Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa del Mar will also enjoy one of the hotels' luxurious coastal view accommodations and a welcome basket filled with everything she'll need for the weekend, including foot cream, high energy bars, champagne and a list of area dance venues.

Scheduled to appear (subject to change) on Friday night, May 12, Giselle Fernandez, a favorite from this season's 'Dancing with the Stars,' and John O'Hurley, a finalist from the first season, will meet guests over cocktails to share what they learned through their televised crash course in ballroom dancing.  Both have practiced their newfound passion since the show has ended and continue to grow in their numerous skills each day.    www.shuttersonthebeach.com          www.hotelcasadelmar.com

 The Home of Precious Petals ~ With floral arrangements to suit every style and budget, our expert staff can assist you in making the perfect choice for Motrher's  Day. We thrive on special and unique designs. And our underlying foundation is quality and value. Our quality flowers, creative designs, and professional service are our trademarks. We will go that extra mile to meet our customer's every need. For more personalized service, please contact us at 800-776-6211. Each order designed and delivered by us is looked upon as a commitment to providing you with the highest level of service possible. www.sylmarflorist.com

Did you know that according to the CDC more than 33% of people ages 65 and older are involved in accidents and falls at home each year?  If the safety of an elderly parent is a concern for you, then you should become familiar with Medical Alarm.

Medical Alarm is a medical alert system with 24/7 in home service to live operators.  They offer inexpensive monthly monitoring services, plus free equipment and shipping. The medical unit is easy to set up and connects to your regular phone line. With just the push of a button on a pendant or bracelet, customers can call for help and be connected to live operators, who can summon emergency services if needed.

This product has saved the lives of seniors who would otherwise have not been able to summon help for themselves.

This is the perfect Mothers Day gift not only for an elderly mother but a daughter of an elderly mother, who is concerned with the well being of her loved one. Medical Alarm 800.906.0872  www.medicalalarm.com

Mom will be able to maintain her soft, sweet youthful face you knew as a child with Desafiance:  an ultra-lifting facial treatment with an innovative formula comprised of ingredients that help to preserve the definition of the skin's natural contours and has user-proven results. For women ages 30 and up who are beginning to see signs of a loss of firmness in their skin and want to use innovative products with the latest advances in cosmetic technology.

Libertage: an amazing French formula, is an expression line corrector complex that uses Dermorelax technology, which helps prevent and reduce wrinkles caused by facial expressions.  This product is also referred to as 'Botox in a box.' For the woman who likes to keep up-to-date with the latest technological advances and trends in recognized skin care brands, because she perceives them as being effective and of high quality.

Resurgie: like laser surgery, renews the outer layer of the skin, revealing a new skin, free of imperfections. For the demanding woman that aspires to achieve a rejuvenated, more evenly toned skin.

Lend your mom a helping hand she will be touched by. Inspired by the power of human touch and aromatherapy, "aromahand" generates a sense of calmness, relaxation and tranquility.  This profound aromatherapy pillow is filled with lavender, sage, organic blends, and flax seed.  Experience this soothing aromatherapy everywhere life takes you.
 
Use "aromahand" for bed, couch, car, desk, massage table, yoga mat, hospital room, purse, underwear drawer, airplane, athletic bag, and more.  Breathe in fully, deeply & slowly.
 
This product makes the perfect gift idea for any occasion.  For more information on creator Brad Newman and "aromahand", please visit
http://www.aromahand.com.

New mother and jewelry designer, Keri Simms, developed the "glitzy" line of custom-made "brag" bracelets for moms, grandmas, aunts and all others eager to proudly display the names of their most precious possession: their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

Keri sets her bracelets apart with designs unique to each customer and uses only high-quality materials, such as Swarovski crystals and Bali sterling silver.  Bracelets can include the baby's name (perfect for first time moms and grandmas), initials or multiple strands to capture more than one child or grandchild.  Additionally, Simms collaborates with her clients to create meaningful creative gift ideas such as multi-strand bracelets reflecting a family's generations (perfect for Mother's Day).  Glitzy Baby bracelets start at $65 and can be ordered in single, double or triple strand.  Orders can be placed online at www.glitzybaby.com or by telephone at 714-404-3936.

Definitely a cute and fun Mother's Day gift idea for moms or grandmas who want to show off the names of their favorite kids -- while adding a little glitz and glam to their wardrobe as well!

Just because she's a mom doesn't mean she can't feel sexy! Modern Goddess is the destination for great-looking and well-priced sexy lingerie online. Designed by actress Malinda Williams, you can trust their sexy plus size bras to accentuate curves. Designing lingerie at affordable prices for the "everywoman" the woman who does not necessarily have the "perfect body".  Stretchy Lace, pastel colors, this is lingerie that would make any woman, at any age, feel sexy and beautiful. Feeling good about yourself is all about knowing you are presenting the best image and sexy plus size lingerie is a great first step. When you know you look good from the bottoms up, it is much easier to focus on the job at hand, even if that job is a fun night out with the girls. Turn your look around with matching bra and panty sets that are more than fine. Find out more about their Plus, Missy and Maternity there also www.moderngoddess.net

There's nothing like a warm, fragrant cup of tea to relax Mom. Adagio display teas appeal to the eye as much as the palate. Each serving is
a cluster of leaves that unfold in water, revealing a delicate flower hidden within. The splendor of the flower ³blooming² in the cup enhances the wondrous taste of tea leaves gathered at the peak of freshness.

Display teas are hand-made by the artisans in eastern China from tea leaves gathered in early Spring. The leaves are young and delicate, preventing them from turning bitter as display teas linger in the cup. They are individually packaged for convenience and are available in two varieties: Red Bloom and Jasmine Green. A box of ten retails for $10.   Adagio Teas http://www.adagio.com

Bijou Phillips is a fan.

An intoxicating essence of airy cucumber and pure freesia wafted through the Smashbox Studios air at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Instantly, the spring scent was introduced as OnĂ…-ka. OnĂ…-ka evokes the sheer passion and freedom of a woman. Representative of the feminine spirit and in tribute to OnĂ…-ka's creator Susan Arkin's mother, the scent (pronounced ON-YOU-KA) means 'mother' in Hungarian. Referring to the power of fragrance, 'If we close our eyes, these distinctive scents can act as evocative pages from our yearbooks . . . They can take us back in time better than most photographs,' says Arkin. OnĂ…-ka is currently sold exclusively through www.susanarkin.com for a $75 per ounce.

You love the way Mom has that special touch when it comes to scrapbooking and picture albums. Because of her, you will have years of memories. Now you can make things so much easier for her.  Xyron® Design Runner™, is a first-of-its-kind handheld printer that bridges the gap between digital and traditional crafting.

Using Lexmark print technology, this cordless, portable printer fits in the palm of a hand, giving consumers the ability to print directly on a variety of materials.  With just the touch of a button it is now easier than ever before to print custom designs on fabric, wood, polymer clay, wallpaper and other surfaces. Consumers no longer need to purchase special printer adapters for odd-sized papers or use multi-step heat-based image transfer processes. The Xyron® Design Runner™ also features a LCD display with a built-in guidance system for easy and accurate design selection and alignment.  ' are committed to bringing innovative products to the consumer market,' stated Xyron's president Chuck Ensign. 'Together, Xyron and Lexmark have developed a truly revolutionary product that will change the way creative consumers add decorative accents to craft and home decor projects.'

SteepwareTM by TeaSpot is dedicated exclusively to steeping tea, combines the beauty of ancient tea traditions with modern design and innovation. Masterfully handcrafted in porcelain, the TeaMateTM is the first in a series of Steepware products to be introduced in 2006. This personal brewing vessel is actually a three-piece steeping system. It sits comfortably in your hand, and with its precision infuser, can steep any tea. An ideal tool for all tea lovers, from novice to connoisseur, who want a simple way to make a perfect cup of fresh tea. Available at all stores and online at www.crateandbarrel.com
for $14.95. Founded in late 2003 in Boulder, Colorado, the TeaSpot develops unique and patented SteepwareTM along with perfectly blended Loose Leaves, the tools that make the most
luxurious cup of tea simple and accessible, championing a lifestyle of 'Keepin' it Loose!'
www.the-tea-spot.com 1-866-TEASPOT

Does Mom love sushi? Or, do you love sushi? Here's a twist on what's for dinner. Sushi Chef's® Sushi Making Kit.  All you need to complete Sushi Chef's® all-inclusive sushi making kit is a pot and fresh ingredients.  The sushi in Sushi Chef's® kit is vinegared rice, as opposed to raw fish, and allows cooks to use any type of topping or filling to prepare sushi.  This kit includes short grain rice, rice vinegar, sushi vinegar, nori, wasabi, pickled ginger, dark soy sauce, bamboo mat, bamboo paddle and Sushi Chef® cookbook.  This kit, which includes many critical elements overlooked by competitors, is the perfect gift for everyone from the 'sushi beginner' to the adventurous cook.  (Suggested retail price: $34.95)

Give the gift of growing this Mother's Day with seed growing kits from Agromin.  These unique gifts give mom the opportunity to grow fresh herbs either indoors or out. The kits contain everything she needs:  planting pots, seed packets, a herb garden wheel featuring 16 herbs and their usage, plant labels and a four quart bag of potting soil. All she has to do it add water.

Agromin Salsa Kit - includes four, four-inch pots, a salsa lover's cookbook and an assortment of six chili pepper seed packs (Serrano, Hungarian, Cayenne, Habanero, NM Joe Parker and Jalapeno). Retail cost: $34.95, Mother's Day special price: $29.95.

Agromin Pesto Herb Kit - includes six, four-inch pots, a pesto herb cookbook and an assortment of six basil seed packets (Italian Large Leaf, Lime, Genovese Italian, Lemon 'Mrs. Burns', Thai Siam Queen, Greek Mini Yevani). The kit also includes mint and cilantro seed packs. Retail cost: $39.95, Mother's Day special price: $34.95.

Soil included with each kit contains recycled green material (i.e., lawn clippings, leaves and tree limbs) that is chopped, cleaned and naturally composted before being placed into the potting soil bags. The soil contains no animal waste or sludge. Because the soil is rich in organic nutrients, gardeners need only add water to the soil and seeds. The seeds will grow into healthy herbs and peppers in 45 to 60 days. Kits may be purchased on line at www.agromin.com or by calling (800)247-6646. Allow three days for delivery.

Mother's Day gifts to let mom know how sweet she is: No one is sending flowers to mom anymore and giving perfume just won't do, so shoppers are spoiling the lady in their lives with yummy treats from DelightfulDeliveries.com. This year mom's are going to flip over adorable lollipop and cookie bouquets and Bed N' Breakfast Gift Baskets filled with everything she needs to relax and indulge.

DelightfulDeliveries.com is the exclusive retailer for customized gifts from top brands including Mrs. Field's, Godiva, Jelly Belly, etc., which is why it draws in top clients celeb mom's like Kelly Ripa and Reese Witherspoon. www.DelightfulDeliveries.com

Just in time for Mother's Day, The Westin New York at Times Square is helping sons, daughters and dads treat mom to a relaxing getaway at The Westin New York at Times Square.  Mom will leave the stresses of kids, husbands and housework behind when they check into the award winning hotel's Spa Inspired Guestroom complete with a Shiatsu massage chair and an aromatherapy air diffuser releasing calming scents.  The Relax Package also features a 50-minute Swedish massage and breakfast in bed.  Since no good mother can really relax unless they know all is well at home, a phone call is also included.  Valid now through June 30, 2006, for Thursday through Sunday stays,  the Relax Package is priced starting at $539 per room, per night*.  When booking ask for the MOMPKG rate plan.
The 13 Spa Inspired Guestrooms, located on the 23rd floor with the spa and fitness center, offer a perfect retreat for moms looking for a little time off.  In addition to boasting a Kinjoy Shiatsu Massage Chair and aromatherapy air diffusers, the Spa Inspired Guestrooms also feature Bose CD player with a collection of soothing CDs; aromatherapy bath products; plush robe; slippers; a collection of health and fitness magazines; colorful plants and flickering illuminations.  A yoga kit and other in-room exercise equipment can also be ordered up to the room for guests who want to workout in private.
For mom's who deserve an extra special treat, the package is also available in the hotel's 1,200-square foot Renewal Suite, starting at $1500 per night*.  Nestled atop the 44th floor with sweeping vistas of the Hudson River, the suite features chromo-therapy, digital art, a spa bath, and tranquil water, light, and music features throughout.  The Renewal Suite also boats a specially designed renewal mini bar center and Purification Station that features healthy snacks, organic wine, vitamin-infused gummy bears and jelly beans and special items like stress and energy patches, feet masks and aromatherapy products.  When booking, please ask for the MOMPKG1 rate plan.
For reservations, call 1-888-627-7149.  For information on The Westin New York at Times Square, visit the award-winning web site,
www.westinny.com.

The right pair of glasses can give Mom a whole new look (hipper, cooler, younger, more fun and/or stylish and sophisticated), while actually helping protect her eyes from harmful summer rays, which in turn helps prevent squinting and thus crow's feet!

Sol Moscot Collection

Famed NYC optician, Sol Moscot, has just launched their first line of sunglasses the perfect combination of fashion and function. The vintage-inspired sunglasses look great on any face. The cool color lenses precisely replicate the great old school glass colors first fabricated by the company in the 1940s, giving mom a much clearer, warmer view of the world and real glass lenses mean 100% UV protection.Retailing for $159 (non prescription lenses), Moscot Originals Sunglasses are available online at www.moscots.com , or locally at all three Sol Moscot Optician locations in Manhattan and Queens, New York. All styles can be outfitted to fit any prescription.

"Pink" Oreck

The new Pink Oreck XL Ultra Hypo-Allergenic Plus Vacuum Cleaner helps Clean for the Cure. For every Pink Oreck XL vacuum cleaner purchased, Oreck will donate $50 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  To help create a cleaner, healthier home, this vacuum is engineered for effective cleaning and allergen control with a seven-layer hypo-allergenic filtration system and an advanced hypo-allergenic vacuum bag. For fast, easy cleaning, the Oreck XL vacuum is a lightweight  8 pounds and has an ergonomic handle. The Pink Oreck XL vacuum cleaner is available at $499 at more than 450 Oreck Clean Home Centers across the country and at www.cleanforthecure.com.

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