Mothers Day 2006 - Top Gift Picks for Mom

Every year I appreciate my Mom so much more.. and every year it becomes more and more difficult to find that perfect Mother's Day gift which matches the generosity she's always shown toward me, denotes her irreplaceability, expresses what an integral part she plays in my life. We all want to give a gift which will be cherished and remembered, something unique and personal... and therefore a couple new ideas are usually more than welcome about this time of year! Whether you're buying for a new mother or a veteran mom, your mom or some other lucky person's mom, the mom of your child or the mom of your mom, we're here offering up a variety of fresh ideas for you!

Jo Malone's Exquisite Fragrances

Mom can spring into a new youth with Jo Malone's refreshing Nectarine Blossom & Honey fragrance. The Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne, Body Cream or Candle is a scent she'll want to wear for herself - an indulgence of aroma. Mouth-watering nectars of peach, plum and black currant are entwined with the richness of acacia honey to create this divinely sweet and seductive combination. The original version of this design began over twenty years ago as a sweet peach fragrance that Jo mixed for her Mediterranean clients who loved the full-bodied fruity notes. Honey, straight from the jar, was hand-blended with the peach to complement and add warmth. 20 years later it resulted in a deliciously ambrosial scent in which the intensity of fresh, sweet fruits and dewy greens are perfectly balanced with the rich warmth of honey. Top Notes: Black Currant, Clementine Flower, Cedrat Leaf, Dewy Green. The Pomengranate scent will also sweep her off her feet, as will several others of their collection. Available at Jo Malone Shops, Bergdorf Goodman, select Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide.

Alora Ambiance Reed Diffusers

You can send her down the path forged by Italian women years ago to scent their homes with an Alora Ambiance reed fragrance diffuser. In those days women placed pasta noodles upright in a jar full of fresh olive oil to allow the aroma to float through the air continuously. These days the subtle yet unique scents of Alora Ambiance reed diffusers are a Hollywood favorite with fans like Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox Arquette and Molly Sims. Bella, the newest fragrance, contains notes of Lemon, Ylang Ylang, and Ginger Root. In addition to full size diffusers, Alora also makes soy candles and a travel diffuser called Alora To Go. A full-size diffuser lasts more than a year and never fades, making it the best (and prettiest! It looks a bit like a bouquet) home fragrance you can find.


Wine Knot

Add some functional eye candy to Mom's home with the edgy but practical home accents designed by Scott Henderson. Scott is known for his ability to transform the mundane.  He believes that if something makes you smile it becomes easier to use. With over 50 patents in the U.S. and Europe for projects as diverse as house wares and home accessories to consumer medical products, electronics, even aircraft, his work has been widely recognized in exhibitions, awards programs and in the press. The Wine Knot, pictured here and the Spoon Rest are two of my favorites, but it's very difficult to choose. The American designer is also Principal and Co-Founder of the design collective MINT where he designs, manufacturers and distributes home accessory objects to over 150 retailers and museums throughout the world.


Fuzzy Wrap from Suedebox.com

You'll find a myriad of beautiful gifts on Suede Box, an online retail site which offers an array of clothing, accessories and home decor item to suit any woman's style.  Suede Box was conceived by Mark Murphy and his wife Cristi Conaway, a local Los Angeles knit & cashmere designer. Cristi realized as a stylish new mother that there was a need for the convenience of a great on-line shopping experience for any gift giving occasion. Suedebox.com has select items, some exclusively designed for the site and all chosen by Cristi herself, that are elegant and original for any recipient. Shoppers will be thrilled by the ease and look of this "best of" site. My favorites are the luxuriously comfy cashmere blanket, the gorgeous Mother of Pearl Salt & Pepper Shakers and cocktail tray designed by Kim Seybert, and the stylish fuzzy wrap and poncho, especially but not exclusively for those nursing moms (i.e., easy to slip the baby under for feeding time but cute for anyone to wear!).


She genuinely loved those handmade Mother's Day gifts you made for her back in elementary school it was the thought that counted, right? 

PhotoStamps.com

Now that you are an adult, you can put the same loving thought into a unique and personalized gift that is as special as the woman who put up with you as a teenager.  With PhotoStamps, the popular form of personalized, custom postage from Stamps.com, you can turn your own digital photos into official U.S. postage. You can create PhotoStamps for mom using pictures of her kids, her grandkids, a family vacation photo, her pet' the possibilities are as endless and endearing as they were back when you were making Mother's Day gifts from felt and construction paper. To order, simply log on to www.photostamps.com, upload a digital photograph or image file, customize the look and feel by choosing one of ten different border colors to complement the image, select the value of postage and place the order.


Cooler Couture

The new or soon-to-be mom will love the stylish 'Cooler Couture' handbags with a hidden, removable, washable cooler compartment. Designed for the modern woman-on-the-go by a working Mom, it has plenty of extra room to keep your lunch, water, even baby's milk cold during the day, and pockets leftover for cell phones, files, makeup, date books, and more. Cooler Couture is the perfect solution for use as a purse or diaper bag. 

For more of a statement, Fleurville makes high-end, trendy diaper bags of the sort Katie Holmes carries (she uses the signature Mothership bag). Developed based on a mission of intelligent functionality, durable construction and strong fashion appeal, they are a pleasure to use, very chic and very LA mom.

Fleurville

The company's founders Catherine and Steve Granville believe that when people become parents they don't stop being hip or appreciating good things. They want their customers to benefit from their philosophy that a brand and its products, by design, should make users feel good. And if you ask the opinions of any of the Mothership bag owners, you soon hear them rave about the durability, functionality of the Fleurville product - not just a pretty face!

 

Rockin' Baby Sling

You will thrill a new Mom and maybe even make her baby happier by giving her a Rockin' Baby Sling - a fashionable, hip accessory that you can safely and comfortably wear your baby in. They are made in an ever-changing variety of colorful vintage fabrics with unique trim. Baby experts agree that babies who are worn thrive; not only do they fuss less, putting more energy into growth and development, but they are happier and more secure, with a strong bond to the parent. A happy baby equals a happy mama and/or papa. Rockin' Baby Shop is located in Eagle Rock: a 2-mom, one stop, baby & kid shop. They started making Rockin' Baby Slings back in 2002 when their first children were born since there weren't any super stylish baby slings around. Now they carry clothing for newborns to 10 years old kids, slings, pouches, cool bags for mom & dad, bedding, bath & mealtime goodies and accessories. And each month a portion of the proceeds are donated: during the month of May, Rockin' Baby Shop will donate 5% to St Jude's Children's Hospital, so you can get a great gift and donate to a great cause at the same time!


Bella Materna

Bella Materna, a luxury maternity and nursing lingerie company based in Seattle, has just introduced a gorgeous new Luxury French Lace line into its collection of beautiful lingerie. Lavish, comfortable and stylish, these indulgent new pieces arrive just in time for Mother's Day, and are something she'll wear long after the baby has come (flexible fabric and stylish design fit pregnant, transitioning or non-pregnant bodies beautifully!). Dedicated to quality, comfort and style, Bella Materna has further revolutionized maternity and nursing wear by offering these luxuriant pieces, designed to offer the utmost in practicality and the detailed styling that today¹s fashion-forward moms are looking for. The beautifully crafted, stylish collection includes highly functional, top-quality nursing bras, maternity camisoles, sleepwear and loungewear, adaptable to varying body shapes. All items are flattering to a changing figure and are well-made without compromising style, and are designed to reflect the belief that women grow even more beautiful throughout pregnancy. The high-quality fabrics will last through countless washings and wearings, and are made with luxuriously soft, imported Italian Nylon/Lycra lines the French lace.

Spoylt Envy Robe

Designed by women for women, Spoylt is collectible, hand crafted, haute couture lingerie designed in London. Each piece of Spoylt lingerie is seductive, feminine and glamorous to make her look and feel better than she ever has before. Spoylt was born out of desire; inspired by conversations with women who want comfortable, sensual pieces that make them feel sexy in their soul and on their body. Spoylt is a living, breathing brand, evolving from women's desires, shaped by their lifestyles and women's unique bodies. Spoylt Founder CEO and Creative Director, Barbara Brudenell-Bruce, talked to successful, uncompromising, confident women who would not accept contrived lingerie, intended to be worn as objects. Spoylt's products are carefully handmade from luxurious fabrics for a perfect fit, sensuous, confident, sexy and comfortable.


In keeping with the 'Every woman loves Jewelry' theory, I've hand-picked some favorite designers to share with you. Mary Margrill from M² design has created the perfect gift fit only for a mother: The Mother Child Pendant. This sculpturally inspired piece represents a mother cradling her child symbolizing the love that only a mother can have for her child. As seen on Gwen Stefani and Rachel Weistz, this pendant is already a hit with celebrity mothers and mothers to be. Her collection holds something for everyone.

Mary Margrill Mother Child Pendant

The creations from M² design by Mary Margrill, simply elegant and unique, are not only terrific for your own mother, but a great way to celebrate the mother in your life's first Mother's Day as a mother, be it a friend, a sister or sister-in-law. Mary Margrill was raised in a brownstone in New York City's artistic Greenwich Village, the child of a celebrated artist and an accomplished public relations executive which instilled in her a unique mix of artistic vision and business acumen. Throughout her career as a key creative for renowned international jewelry lines, Mary Margrill has traveled the world creating beautiful, imaginative and trend-setting designs. Today, each piece that leaves Mary Margrill's studio on Union Square combines both beauty and spiritual meaning. She reminds us that we can trust in the positive energy of our lives and ultimately gain strength from it. Mary's jewelry embraces a vision of universal harmony and understanding and at the same time entices consumers with the sparkle of diamonds and the luster of gold. Mary Margrill's distinctive collections can be found at Neiman Marcus, Apropos Studios in New York City, Jennifer Kaufman in Los Angeles, as well as select boutiques nationwide.


Modern Adornment Citrine Necklace

Modern Adornment, a stylish yet chic line of jewelry is perfectly suited for the young, hip mother. The delicate and elegant design, of 14k & 18k gold with precious gemstones, forms a collection with so many adorable pieces in it that it was nearly impossible to narrow my favorites down to a recommendable number. Hard-pressed I think I would choose the mint quartz, peridot, or coral/blue topaz earrings, or the topaz teardrop, topaz/smokey quartz, or lemon citrine necklaces, any of which Mom could wear daily.


Sage Machado Creations

Why not treat her to a delicate but distinct, one-of-a-kind jewelry piece? The sapphire line (pink, yellow, white or green) set in white, yellow or rose gold will be something she'll forever cherish. Kamikaze jeweler, clothing designer, perfumer, boutique owner, artist, and entrepreneur Sage Machado has been designing and manufacturing one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry for 12 years. Her secret? Traveling the world to find crazy, beautiful vintage baubles that are then reworked into modern, yet timeless pieces of wearable art, using only precious or semi-precious gemstones, sterling silver and 14 karat gold. Machado's inspiration? She says, "You don't grow up in a house full of hippies, with your mother painting on your clothes in the middle of the night and not be inspired to create something!" Machado's other secret? Fear nothing. Do what you love. Oh yeah, and be great at it! And she definitely is: in addition to creating amazing jewelry, she also has a wonderful line of fragrances and aromatic candles modeled after birthstones.

Now for those who'd like to offer Mom some serious pampering and rejuvenation (or take her with for a Mother-Daughter package!). One delicious but calorie-free option is the ME! Bath Ice Cream pedicure at the very elegant and tranquil Yamaguchi Salon in Century Park Hyatt (also offered at the Ritz Hotel, Canyon Ranch, and other locations), the ultimate treat for feet. Your mom designs her treatment as she may build a Sundae: As she sits back and relaxes in her choice of ME! Bath Ice Cream flavor which will serve as the moisturizing 'soaking scoop' (Choco-holic, Vanilla Purity, or Strawberry Kiwi, among many others), a generous dollop of ME! Bath Shower Sherbet scrub is used to cleanse and exfoliate her feet.

ME! Bath Ice Cream Pedicure

Next, foot polishing is taken to a new level by using the ME! Bath Ice Cream Sandwich, a creatively disguised pumice stone which buffs, sloughs and smoothes the soles of tired feet, offered as a parting gift. Since no sundae is complete without a delicious topping, the ME! Bath Foot Mask is applied for maximum hydration and rejuvenation. Infused with minty cooling ingredients, these toppings not only smell delicious enough to eat but feel great too! (Topping flavors include Chocolate, Caramel and Marshmallow). The sundae is topped off with whipped cream for the feet, better known as ME! Bath Body Icing. Our exclusive blend creates a cross between body lotion and body butter. Infused with Shea Butter and vitamins, ME! Bath Body Icing melts into the skin and moisturizes without leaving a greasy feeling. She'll love her newly revived feet, especially with the cherry on top: red nail polish.


The world's first metal atomic solar chronograph watch for women is about to set sail.  Oceanus, a classic collection of luxury timepieces that combine fashion with functionality, is sure to be a hot commodity among women who enjoy the finer things in life.  An adaptation of the men's collection launched in June 2005, the Ladies' Oceanus collection features the same high-end features of its counterpart, with the simplicity and refined elegance of a woman. 

Women's Oceanus Watch

Geared for women with a keen sense of fashion, refined style, and confident attitude, the Oceanus line incorporates best-of-class technology including WaveCeptor atomic timekeeping for pinpoint accuracy that automatically sets and synchronizes during Daylight Saving Time.  These timepieces are coupled with Tough Solar power for dependability while married to the timeless style of a classic chronograph.  All styles are 50 meter water resistant and feature sapphire crystal, providing a durable, scratch resistant surface.  Ladies Oceanus will be available at Tourneau Watch Gear, select department stores and select jewelry stores.  The first collection of models it will launch with have a suggested retail value that ranges from $380- $400.

Frownies Facelift in a Bag

Everything Mom may need for flawless skin can be found in the Frownies Face Lift in a Bag. The convenient gold mesh carrying case contains Facial Pads and Rose Water Hydrator Spray, PH Balancing Complexion Wash and Immune Perfect cream. The active antioxidants, natural extracts and hydrators in these superior products renew skin at a deep cellular level. Mom can see results after just two weeks.

Kama Ayurveda, an authentic Indian Ayurvedic product line, creates natural remedies in skin care, hair care, body care and Ayurvedic soaps.  The products, formulated according to Ayurvedic prescriptions, combine herbal ingredients and oils found in natural environments.  Collected by India's tribal communities, the ingredients are 100 percent natural; no artificial colors, fragrances, animal ingredients, petrochemicals, parabens, urea, propylene glycol or sulphates are used.  Ingredients such as rare saffron, Indian madder extracts, lotus, vetiver and liqorice combine to form the Miraculous Beauty Fluid.

Kama Ayurveda

This signature product illuminates skin color, erases fine lines and clears blemishes.  Indigo, gooseberry and balloon vine are used in the Intensive Hair Treatment to maintain healthy hair and add shine and body. The product line provides a completely natural, yet luxurious remedy for physical, mental and spiritual healing that complements each body's wants and needs by using original, time-tested, balanced prescriptions.  Ayurveda, literally meaning 'The Science of Life,' is a holistic science of health, a philosophy and a system of healing the whole person, body and mind.  Originating in India more than 6,000 years ago, this ancient system uses combinations of natural plant oils and herbs to attain complete beauty and well-being.


Sonya Dakar

Sonya Dakar Mother's Day Revitalization Gift Set is a truly effective, gift-wrapped package of Youth Age Defying Lotion and Oxygen Eye Cream, made just for Mom, which she'll enjoy applying as much as she will the results she sees. And best of all, 10% of proceeds will be donated to benefit The Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation. Youth - Age-Defying Lotion contains Macadamia, Rose Hip & Apricot Kernel Oil, Soy Protein and Vitamin E. This intense treatment is created to plump skin and increase the delivery of oxygen to cells. Formulated with pure macadamia, rose hip and apricot oils to rapidly hydrate and regenerate skin cells, soy protein to help renew collagen and anti-oxidant vitamin E to fight environmental damage. Oxygen Eye Cream - Anti-aging Eye Therapy helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles, plump skin cells, improve elasticity, and instantly deliver vital oxygen to tired eyes. Loaded with pure soy extracts to boost collagen production and vitamins B5 & E to strengthen skin cells and help exfoliate aging skin. Sonya Dakar also has a full-service salon in Beverly Hills which offers treatments using their exclusive product line.


Another unique and effective skincare gift option is the South Beach Faces product line developed by leading dermatologist, Dr. Gary Goldfaden.  The South Beach Faces line features red tea, hyaluronic acid and natural antioxidants to provide anti-aging and acne treatments to reveal radiant, healthy skin. 

South Beach Faces Red Tea Collection

These products would make wonderful gifts for any Mom who loves to be pampered. Red tea is one of the newest and best anti-aging and acne treatments, due to its antioxidant phytochemicals called flavonoids. Studies suggest that flavonoids can prevent cellular damage from free radicals and ultraviolet light, which is why red tea is used in anti-aging products.  Early studies and anecdotal evidence have also suggested that red tea may improve immune function, kill bacteria and reduce inflammation.  The South Beach Faces line includes Red Tea Self Microdermabrasion, Red Tea Rejuvenating Serum, Red Tea Intensive Eye Cream, Red Tea Fade Away Cream, Red Tea Face Scrub, Red Tea Foaming Facial Cleanser, and Red Tea Lip Enhancer.


Mom can take a virtual vacation with Malie Kauai bath, fragrance and skincare products.  Mango Butter Cup nourishes and revitalizes dull dry skin in the shower with mango butter, cocoa butter vitamin E and turmeric. Mango Butter Cup is heat activated by steam and warm water to provide hydrating treatment while quenching skin with anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Malie Kauai Mango Butter Cup

The Malie Kauai Floral Water Perfume in Gardenia is made from the most fragrant flowers in the world, those on the garden island of Kauai. By steam distilling only fresh floral blooms with Makalea Spring water, Malie Kauai captures rare exotic aromas in every Floral Water Perfume. Each precious bottle contains over 100 fresh blooms of plant essences that create the purest single note aroma of Plumeria or Gardenia. Malie Kauai's luscious botanical Bath Lather infused with Hawaiian Hydrosols will soothe the soul with the aroma of paradise while enriching the skin with the benefits of Palm Oil and Seaweed.

Bob Greene's Memoire Book

For the older Mom, Grandmother or Great-Grandmother, a very thoughtful gift is To Our Children's Children by Bob Green (Doubleday). The book invites her to wander down 'the golden corridors of memory' as she creates a written or spoken record of the family, its story and events in her personal style and voice.  Is there any better gift than one which will be remembered and experienced by a whole family for generations to come? Can be found at various bookstores. Makes a unique and very personal gift alone, or in combination with something else, such as a beautiful box of sweets; Valerie Confections creates gourmet toffees by hand for gifts and for personal indulgence, exceptional in flavor and beautiful in presentation. Slowly crafted, one batch at a time,

Valerie Confections

to maximize deliciousness. Your selection includes eight delicious flavors Almond, Mint, Gianduja, Orange, Ginger, Almond Fleur de Sel, Classic, Hazelnut. All are made with mostly organic ingredients, and come in either in bittersweet or milk chocolate, depending on her preference. Believe me, she will want to take her time enjoying every bite of these. Request the pink ribbon in honor of Mother's Day!

This gift is one she'll kiss you to death over: a personalized photo album made by you. Wait! Don't skip to the next paragraph - it's easier than you think. The CYS Communications' Photobook is a professionally-bound and printed collection of digital photos that you design yourself. The process is simple: upload your digital photos and then YOU design the photobook.

CYS Photobook - Custom Designed by You!

You can choose a landscape book, portrait book, or a mini book,with your colors, background, text, and much more. CYS will print your photobook using both their state of the art HP Indigo 5000 presses and their 25 years of book publishing experience. As soon as your photos are uploaded, CYS will begin printing them. Printing only takes 48 hours, and the book will ship out immediately at no cost. Finally an opportunity to get all those digital photos off the hard drive so someone can actually look at them!!

This spring, Nicole Miller is debuting a limited-edition collection of York Peppermint Pattie-inspired handbags to benefit the Young Survival Coalition, the only international, non-profit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women affected by breast cancer.  

Nicole Miller's "Peppermint Patty" Bag

This spring, Nicole Miller is debuting a limited-edition collection of York Peppermint Pattie-inspired handbags to benefit the Young Survival Coalition, the only international, non-profit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women affected by breast cancer.   The handbags are a great gift for any mom who wants to feel as sensational as she looks.  The collection includes everything from $25 totes perfect for trips to the beach to $1000 beaded clutches for a night out with friends.
$150 handbag:  Silver leather handbag with circle rhinestone buckle.  Fun, practical and sensational, this handbag is the perfect combination of style and versatility.Consumers can visit www.SensationalYork.com to preview the YORK SENSATIONAL COLLECTION, experience the sensation or enter to win one of the NICOLE MILLER purses inspired by YORK and a trip to New York City Fashion Week in Fall 2006.

I hope you'll find the perfect gift you're looking for... but don't stress yourself out focusing on the material aspect. Above all what she wants is recognition that she means the world to you. Heck, in that case, maybe you can just show up with a post-it note and a kiss...? (Yeah, while it is true that the message is most important, I recommend at least some flowers or you may find mom's shoulder a tad colder than usual!)

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