Glam Mother’s Day Gifts: Affordable Luxuries Under $100
Project Iris Clothing (www.ProjectIrisClothing.com) – $39 – $53
Casual wear shirt line brimming with vibrant floral prints. Project Iris’ distinctive garments feature exclusive graphics that pay homage to nature’s beauty, premium quality fabrics that feel as good as they look, high-end workmanship that lasts, and a charitable consumerism opportunity to fight hunger worldwide. Made responsibly in the USA, Project Iris offers v-neck and scoop neck short and long sleeve shirts produced in buttery soft burnout fabric and luxurious ringspun cotton. Each garment is adorned with original artwork designs unlike anything else on the marketplace, offering women a fresh feminine fashion statement that exudes casual sophistication.
Fair Trade Thai Silk Scarves – (ExoticWorldGifts.com) – $85 – $95
This most talented artisan group in Northern Thailand creates original silk shawls by feeding mulberry leaves to silk worms, unraveling the finest silk threads, then dyeing and weaving this hand-washable silk. These artisans continually experiment with new dying techniques and weaving methods to create original and stylish silk scarves and shawls that can be worn on all occasions. The scarves are hand washable and eco-friendly. The indigenous families who create these exquisite shawls have been forced to live on land that only produces one season of crops, requiring they rely on their craftsmanship to provide children’s education. ExoticWorldGifts.com helps reduce poverty by empowering these artisan families with a “hand up vs. hand out” through Fair Trade practices. Each purchase makes a difference to these women, many mothers in their own right, who choose productivity over poverty.
Lavender Freshwater Pearl Jewelry (www.PearlParadise.com) – $35 – $94
Earrings Retail $35 / Market Value $175
Bracelet Retails from $56 / Market Value $280
Necklace Retails from $94 / Market Value $470
Mom will absolutely adore these near-round, AAA-quality 6.5-7.0mm pearls that have a natural, lavender body color, along with brilliant, rich overtones and smooth surfaces. These lustrous pearls have not been color treated in any way – this lovely color is only naturally found in freshwater pearls. The stud earrings are mounted on solid 14-karat gold posts. The bracelet features pearls that are individually knotted on silk thread, measures approximately 7.5 inches in length, and is finished with a 14-karat gold filigree clasp. The necklace measures approximately 16 inches in length and is also finished with a 14-karat gold filigree clasp. Operating primarily online, PearlParadise.com has grown into the world’s largest online pearl company known for offering prices 80 percent below retail.
Brighton Jewelry (www.Brighton.com) – $46 – $62
Family Fun “Mom” Locket Necklace: $62
Brighton Marston Charm Bracelet: $46
Brighton’s Family Fun Mom Locket Necklace is part of its Family Fun collection. The necklace converts from long (37 inches) to short and features a classic oval-shaped locket. The front of the 2 ¼” pendant is etched with the word “Mom” and accented with Swarovski crystals. Inside, the locket is etched with the words: “I love being a mom” and “I love my family.” Brighton’s Marston Charm Bracelet features eleven openwork charms showcased on a sleek, polished link bracelet creating a delicate yet modern silhouette. Mom will love these wire-like hearts that are irresistibly feminine. Details of architecture from a craftsman estate inspired this curvilinear piece designed for every woman who’s a romantic at heart. Matching earrings and a necklace are also part of the Marston collection.
Flameless Candles (www.EnjoyLighting.com) – $10 – $30
These beautiful flameless candles are great for decorating a centerpiece, an outdoor garden, and even a nursery! Since the candles are flameless, she won’t have to worry about the weather or fire hazards. Made out of real wax, Mom will still get the look and feel of a real candle without all the fuss. They come in a variety of colors and textures to match any décor, and are scented with a classic fragrance to provide freshness and ambiance. What’s more, these modern candles feature LED bulbs that will last over 100,000 hours, providing a 75% annual cost savings when compared to traditional wicked candles. The LED’s and a computer chip built into the candle produce multiple points of randomly shifting light, creating a glow that flickers, rolls, and casts dancing shadows, just like a real candle flame! She’ll also love the built-in timer!
Jonesy Stationery (www.Jonesy.ca) – $14.50 Boxed Set of 8
Jonesy is taking green to the next level in stationery. An eco-friendly stationery company from Canada, Jonesy has developed a whimsical collection of all green stationery; from soy based inks to post cards that can be used again to notebooks with biodegradable sleeves! All paper is 100% recycled and Forest Stewardship Council certified. Jonesy is preserving letter-writing while also preserving the planet.
Solar Power Pack (www.CableOrganizer.com) – $40
Portable solar charger allows Mom to charge iPods and iPhones as well as video games and other small electronics quickly and easily via solar power. There are no batteries to recycle, so it’s environmentally friendly and will reduce her carbon footprint. This device can be plugged into a USB port for a quick boost if she need charging on a cloudy day. Comes complete with a carrying case and four adapters that fit most small electronic devices.
iP37 Portable Speaker System for iPhone/iPod (www.iHomeAudio.com) – $79
Mom can take the iP37 with her anywhere she goes and let the music play! iHomeAudio.com’s iP37 features high quality stereo speakers and a class D amp for big sound in a compact protective speaker case, available in purple, blue and black. The splash proof material and heavy duty zipper protects against weather. Operates on 4 AA batteries or on the included 100-240VAC adaptor. Perfect for travel or any informal setting. Line-in jack to play any audio source.
Chocolate Layer Cake Spa Set (www.EdibleGiftsPlus.com) – $67
Doesn’t every mom love chocolate? A unique twist on the traditional chocolate cake, this variety will relax and soothe without adding inches to the hips! The Chocolate Layer Cake Spa set from EdibleGiftsPlus.com is the perfect gift for moms in need of relaxation. The bath and body products wrapped inside all contain shea butter, a wonderful and rich ingredient known to soothe and moisturize dry skin. After she’s done with this luxurious spa experience or, perhaps, during, she’ll get swept away by the double chocolate truffle hot cocoa mix. This unique towel cake includes a luxurious bath and coordinating face towel, body, cream, body wash, lip balm, chocolate scented tea lights, and pure shea butter.
Swarovski Crystal Beauty Sleep Eye-Mask from SPAKS (www.StyleThirteen.com) – $69
This ultra-plush Swarovski crystal embellished eye-mask effectively blocks out light, making it easier for Mom to sleep or rest at home or while traveling. Mask secures around the head with soft elastic strap and gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “Beauty Sleep.” The eye-mask will gently conform to her face and forehead while the soft elastic strap stays perfectly in place. The crystal embellishments add a touch of luxury for any sleep deprived mother.
One Dozen Gourmet Chocolate Dipped Strawberries (www.EdibleGiftsPlus.com) – $49
The best way to mom’s heart is with this decadent treat. She’ll thoroughly enjoy 12 of EdibleGiftsPlus.com’s Famous Chocolate Dipped Strawberries in a variety of chocolates and toppings: Dark, White with stripes, Coconut, Almonds, Sprinkles and Chocolate Chip. Decorated for a special occasion and packed in a beautiful corduroy gift box.
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