Mother’s Day Endowments That Endear
Marco Polo Designs’ ‘Champagne’ Collection Art-Glass Jewelry (www.MarcoPoloDesigns.com) – $72-$345
This Mother’s Day, the stunning Champagne Collection by art-glass jewelry designer Marco Polo Designs is a stylish way to “raise a glass” to mom! Exquisite Murano glass beads infused with precious white gold foil and glittering points of “avventurina” copper dust make this collection truly sparkle like a glass of bubbly. The result is spectacular designs and artistic complexity in every bead. The sophisticated Champagne color palette ranges from muted topaz through sparkling clear crystal to warm multi-toned peach, rose and hints of celery green. The Champagne Collection duly complements the season’s hottest trends: oranges and tangerines; pink and blush short suits; feminine pastels; bold metallics; and flirty peplum skirts, shirts, and dresses.
The Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake (www.TheCheesecakeFactory.com) – $47.95-$52.50
This Mother’s Day, skip the box of chocolates and show your mom sweet, indulgent love with extraordinarily decadent desserts from The Cheesecake Factory. If you’re unable to drop into the restaurant, no problem! The company offers online ordering and will conveniently deliver the cheesecake right to mom’s doorstep. Impressively sturdy, chilled packaging ensures the cheesecake arrives in good order. I have personally savored, and can unequivocally recommend, the Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake that boasts layers of red velvet cake and cheese cake that are smothered in decadent cream cheese frosting. Lovely white chocolate shavings adorn the exterior. Also tried and true is the company’s Caramel Pecan Turtle Cheesecake – a masterpiece of decadent caramel fudge swirl placed upon a heavenly pecan brownie crust and then topped off with caramel turtle pecans and chocolate. If mom is inclined to share, the company makes it easy by delivering the whole cake conveniently divided into equal pre-portioned slices.
Lolita Hand Painted Wine Glasses (www.TheLolitaStore.com) – $9.99-$24.99
Instead of the usual bouquet of flowers and day spa certificates, Mom will love one or more hand-painted wine glasses from Designs by Lolita. The company’s fun and fanciful Mother’s Day Collection celebrates the special women in your life. Designs include “Mom You’re Amazing” or “#1 Grandma,” with each beautifully adorned with flowers, hearts, and butterflies. If your mom is a “Domestic Diva” wish her a happy Mother’s Day with a “blinged out” glass that reads, “I’m not PAID…I’m worshipped!” For new moms, they will be sure to enjoy “It’s a Boy” and “It’s a Girl.” She’ll especially love the irreverent “Mommy’s Time Out” wine glass! Lolita’s precious hand-painted barware designs also feature a unique recipe on the bottom of each glass. She’ll be charmed by this novel and expressive glassware.
Wrinkle Prevention Pillow (www.WrinklePreventionPillow.com) – $99
Give mom a way to avoid those wrinkles or furrowed brows by gifting her with the Wrinkle Prevention Pillow. It features an ergonomically contoured center that makes sleeping on your back more natural and comfortable as it supports the head, neck, and spine with an exclusive memory foam. The patented design lifts and cradles your head so that permanent lines and wrinkles don’t develop on the face, neck and chest during sleep. The pillow also helps prevent puffy eyes by slightly elevating the head, which prevents fluid from pooling under the eyes during the night. With approval from leading Beverly Hills skincare experts, your mom is also sure to give it a rave review. The lavish pillow is encased in a 100% well-appointed cotton fabric to keep the pillow clean when washing the case. It comes in four soothing colors, including ivory, dusty rose, chocolate and purple.
KeratinPerfect Essentials Kit (www.Sephora.com) – $95
This is a must-have gift for those moms constantly trying to tame unruly hair! The KeratinPerfect Essentials Kit is a 30-Day Brazilian Hair Smoothing System that changes the way hair looks, feels, and behaves. And, she’ll also avoid inconvenient trips to the salon. This breakthrough at-home approach makes blow drying and styling far easier for mom by replacing frizz and curl with smooth, soft and shiny hair that lasts. The KeratinPerfect Essentials Collection will take her from treatment to post-treatment by including the additional at-home products that can be used daily to maintain the results. This killer kit includes enough products for two full treatments, as well as a travel-sized PerfectCleanse Shampoo, PerfectSilk Conditioner, and PerfectRenew Daily Keratin Replenishing Spray that will enhance the results and longevity of the smoothing treatment.
CHI Magnified Volume Hair Iron (www.Ulta.com) – $150
For those gals who strive to give their fine or thin hair some va-va-VOOM, the CHI Magnified Volume Hair Iron will deliver in spades. This versatile, “all-in-one” iron has curved plates to create silky shiny hair with instant volume. The exclusive Farouk Systems ceramic compound produces moist heat for consistent temperatures and deeper heat penetration. It has been proven to improve moisture and shine while eliminating static and frizz. The outer ridges opposite the plates keep hair smooth and separated for flicks and creating barrel curls. For even more voluminous results, cleanse the hair prior to styling with the CHI Magnified Volume Shampoo and Conditioner that comes with every purchase of the volume iron. Be sure to direct Mom to the company’s web site to see quick reference video demonstrations of this innovative iron so she can benefit from maximum results.
CHI Orbit 1″ Curling Iron (www.Ulta.com) – $119.95
Another tool to help mom fend off frizz and give her hair a professionally styled look is the CHI Orbit 1″ Curler. This advanced and salon-quality curling iron model uses ionic technology, which helps to reduce frizz and static electricity while creating instant glossy curls. This curling iron is chock full of features, including a ceramic barrel and heater for big curls and waves, infrared that penetrates hair from the inside out, negative ions that create moisture and shine, a versatile “all-in-one” ergonomic design, flash quick heating, and a swivel cord. Mom will love to have this on-hand for traveling or to use at home when she can’t make it to the salon for a star-quality style.
Marula Oil from The Leakey Collection (www.Marula.com) – $78
Share the secret of Marula oil with mom this Mother’s Day and watch her skin glow and be replenished, helping melt those fine lines and soften those wrinkles. For centuries, African women have been putting Marula oil to work on their skin with incredible results. That’s because Marula oil has 16% more antioxidants and Omega 9 than argan or grape seed oil, providing better absorption, longer-lasting hydration, and superior protection against damaging free radicals. Its anti-microbial properties make it appropriate for all skin types while its natural healing powers reduce inflammation and redness. Purchasing the Leakey Collection of products means that you are helping rural women provide for their families as it provides a sustainable source of income.
Luscious Lips Lip Pump Plumper (www.CynthiaRowland.com) – $59.95
Lip enhancement is among today’s most in-demand cosmetic procedures. But Mom need not make schedule-and-budget-busting visits to a doctor or succumb to painful needles to get full, pouty, voluptuous lips. A pump-based product called Luscious Lips can dramatically increase mom’s lip size naturally while also enhancing her mouth by plumping up small lines that commonly border women’s lips. After using the Luscious Lips pump, she’ll be thrilled that her lips look smoother and fuller. And, you can feel good that you are giving mom a product that does not contain any harmful chemicals – and may even help her avoid them should she choose to forego invasive intervention. Also notable is that mom can use this at home and there is no risk of lumps, bumps, or lop-sidedness. With this pucker purveyor, the result is simple and effective: full, pouty lips she’ll love.
Custom Cosmetic Bag (www.TheStationeryStudio.com) – $29
Looking for a personalized gift for Mother’s Day? TheStationeryStudio.com has an ideal personalized gift for your mother, grandmother, aunt, sister or best friend. Any gal would love the company’s terrycloth cosmetic travel bags that make toting her beauty essentials easy and stylish. This bag, lined for extra protection, measures 9” x 8” and is available in an array of great colors. To assure it that personal touch, the company also offers numerous typestyles for her name, initial, or monogram.
The Body Shop Peppermint Reviving Foot Soak (www.Ulta.com) – $16
Help Mom relax and unwind with The Body Shop’s Peppermint Reviving Foot Soak – a revitalizing soak made from natural effervescent salts that are also designed to cleanse. The soothing foot soak, which works well with all skin types, has a fizzing action that will leave mom’s tired feet feeling cool and refreshed. All of The Body Shop products are known to be made with natural ingredients that have been sourced from fair trade locales around the world.
Beauty Bliss Softening Socks (www.Ulta.com) – $48
Mom may not have time to hit the spa to revive her tired and sore feet, so bring the experience to her this Mother’s Day! Beauty Bliss Softening Socks are a spa-inspired foot treatment with a polymer gel lining that contains a hydrating, nourishing dose that’ll smooth tough toes, hard heels, and rough soles. These socks offer a unique solution that softens and smoothes with natural ingredients like olive oil, grapeseed oil, and Vitamin E. Mom will feel pampered as she slips these socks on and, afterward, puts her best foot forward.
Hoopnotica TravelHoop (www.Hoopnotica.com) – $49.99
Moms on-the-go will love Hoopnotica’s TravelHoop – an adult-sized fitness “hula hoop” that weighs only 1.5 pounds and breaks apart into six segments for easy portability. That means Mom can take it to the park or on vacation. It’s adjustable in size and comes in pink and gold or blue and silver. This is a fun way for her to burn as many calories as running (400-600/hour) but without the monotony and adverse impact on the leg and foot joints. The TravelHoop also comes with a DVD to help mom if she is a beginner. She can join the likes of Michelle Obama, Pink, Marissa Miller and Beyoncé who are also known “hoopers.”
LiveAction Camera Remote (www.Belkin.com) – $49.99
Moms like me love capturing life’s precious moments on camera at every opportunity, but often get left out of the picture. With the LiveAction Camera Remote, she can activate her iPhone or iPod touch camera shutter from up to 30 feet away, making sure she is never left out of a group photo again! This handy remote is perfect for family reunions and celebrations…and even for newfound self portrait opportunities! This completely wireless gizmo has two button controls that will let her instantly switch between photo and video functions without ever touching her device. She can also use the detachable camera stand to prop up her device and then slide it back onto the remote to create the ultimate pocket-sized camera kit.
POP Phone (www.NativeUnion.com) – $29.90
The Native Union POP Phone is the original retro telephone handset. Major A-list celebs the likes of Eva Longoria, Lenny Kravitz, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Orlando Bloom are into these throwback handsets, available in 14 colors, which have a unique and stylish flair. Mom will also appreciate that the handset will protect her from cell phone radiation by 99 percent. The Native Union POP Phone is compatible with any iPhone or iPad, and works with all other mobile devices when fitted with the correct adapter (also available for purchase online). Also with the right adapter the handset can be used for VOIP computer telephone calls (Skype, Google Talk, etc.). This accessory will make your phone convos pop!
Keystone ECO Booster 2.0 (www.Amazon.com) – $44.99
What Mom doesn’t want to stay in touch with her network of kids, friends and family? Now she can better assure phone time is available with the Keystone ECO Booster 2.0, which is a universal phone charger that doubles the battery life of the iPhone and Android. This is the only phone charge booster that features a retractable cord, which is built in to the unit. With this brilliant backup battery, she’ll avoid searching through countless cables to charge her phone when it runs out of juice. Notably, it can be neatly attached to the back of the phone while charging by using an adhesive gel pad that is concealed beneath a removable, snap-on, and protective cover. When the cover is removed, it can be placed on the back of the unit to act as a horizontal or vertical stand so she can view the screen and charge the phone simultaneously.
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