Gift Ideas for Moms Who Love to Entertain

 

Diamonds Are Forever: Give mom her diamonds that really shine with the Chef’sChoice® 315XV Knife Sharpener that has 1.9 carats of diamond abrasives for applying optimal cutting edgesIdeal for sharpening both straight and serrated blades, this 2-stage electric sharpener quickly and easily applies a durable, super sharp 15° edge for safe and easy food prepping. This a tool she won’t want to live without. The 315 XV is available for $99.99 at chefschoice.com.

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Wine not?: Give her the gift she really wants anytime!  The Vinturi® Red Wine Aerator is perfect for aerating an entire bottle or just one glass in seconds. Made from specially formulated acrylic with an easy-grip silicone body, it comes with a no-drip stand for properly displaying and keeping wine off surfaces when not in use. A filter screen protects the wine from bits of cork and sediment. The Vinturi Red Wine Aerator (V1010) is available for $29.99 at vinturi.com.


Mom’s Always Got the Scoop:  Zeroll’s classic ice cream scoop is the scoop of choice for American ice cream parlors and ice cream lovers since 1935. The liquid-filled, heat conductive handle responds to the natural warmth of the hand so ice cream is easily scooped—creating perfectly round and plump ice cream balls. It features a one piece design, no springs to replace. Engineered for smooth scooping and easy release of ice cream. The Zeroll® 1520 Scoop is available for $19.99 at chefschoice.com.



XOXO: Ideal for leveling ice cream tubs, hand-packing and hand mixing, mom will love being able to create her own ice cream parlor worthy treats at home with the Zeroll® Tubmate Spade available for $20.50 at zeroll.com.


Mom’s is Poppin’:  WestBend’s 4 Qt. Theater Popcorn Machine will make movie nights at mom’s super fun! Whether mom likes popcorn with extra butter or drizzled with caramel and chocolate, popcorn pops in just 3 minutes using only hot air—and it sure beats that concession stand line. The WestBend® 4 Qt. Theater Popcorn Machine (82515) is available for $79.99 at westbend.com.

When Mom Needs a Snack: The Air Crazy Mini Hot Air Popper by WestBend is the perfect snacking companion when mom needs a pick-me-up. No oil required for this hot air popper – it can pop up to 8 cups (2 quarts) of healthy, delicious popcorn in under 3 minutes! The WestBend® Air Crazy Mini Hot Air Popper (82421) is available for $16.99 at westbend.com.


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Thirsty Thursday—Mom Style: With summer fast approaching, mom can brew both sweetened and unsweetened iced tea without breaking a sweat. Using bagged or loose tea, the WestBend® Iced Tea Maker is uniquely designed with variable tea brew strength. Just cut up some lemons and it’s good to go! The WestBend Iced Tea Maker (IT400) is available for $59.99 at westbend.com.

Gifts for Every Mom

From every skinned-up knee when you were small to nearly every celebration throughout life, she is always there. Mothers are consistently there cheering you on and supporting you. Mothers are strong, fearless and kind, and Mother’s Day is your day to give back to them for all they’ve done and show them how much those moments mean to you.

This year, make her day special by choosing a gift that is not only functional but also charming. Use this gift guide to help find a Mother’s Day gift she can love and cherish for years to come.

Find more gift ideas perfect for any type of mom at eLivingToday.com.

For Her Thrilling Side

Celebrate Mother’s Day with the No. 1 New York Times’ best-seller, “The Woman In The Window” by A.J. Finn, hailed as the next “The Girl on the Train.” With more than 1 million copies sold worldwide, readers can enjoy this twisty, powerful novel of psychological suspense that is soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000. Anna Fox is a recluse, unable to venture outside her New York City home. She spends her days drinking wine, watching old movies and spying on her neighbors. When she sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble and she finds out that things are never really what they seem. Learn more at harpercollins.com.

Something Soft for Her

Give mom a warm and snuggly gift she can use all day, every day. No matter if she is watching her favorite shows or tucked in for a nice weekend nap, a soft and luscious blanket is the perfect companion. With various styles and sizes available, there’s almost certain to be an option perfect to fit your mom’s lifestyle.

Add to Her Style

Nearly every woman needs a good, solid purse to hold all her belongings and show off her personality, too. From makeup to money, the kids’ snacks and her keys, a stylish purse can hold it all while also allowing her to express herself. For Mother’s Day, give her something that not only helps her day after day but gives her the satisfaction of style.

For Her Inner Chef

For every mom that loves to cook, and every mom who doesn’t, a pressure cooker can be the perfect gift. Throw your favorite ingredients, like spicy chicken or savory pork, into the pressure cooker and let it work its magic. Set the timer to the correct time, give it a few stirs throughout and you’re done. She can get creative with what to make and have dinner on the table quickly with minimal prep time.

For Her to Relax

Almost nothing beats the few minutes moms get to relax during the day. This Mother’s Day, give your mom something that can help her find her inner-Zen like a diffuser, which can help her escape to her own oasis. With quiet, portable options that feature adjustable lighting, this gift can leave a fresh garden mist in any room.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Mom and daughter, Blankets, Purse, Pressure cooker, Air diffuser)

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Brilliant Blooms: 5 Smart Consumer Tips for Sending Flowers

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For Americans, sending flowers to show love, caring and concern is a longstanding tradition appreciated by both givers and receivers. It’s so popular, in fact, that last year we spent some $2.6 billion on flower gifts for the Mother’s Day holiday alone — $26.6 billion on floral products throughout the year.

Why our fascination with the fresh and colorful eye candy? Scientists believe we have such strong associations with the bountiful blooms that they can boost our sense of well-being.

“Flowers have immediate and long-term effects on emotional reactions, mood, social behaviors and even memory for both males and females,” notes research by Rutgers. “The simple presentation of flowers, even a single flower, will release a strong and immediate behavior reflecting positive affect. It’s possible that the flowers — either through their visual or odorous qualities — have effects on brain chemistry.”

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Whatever the reason we enjoy flowers so much, there are several steps we can take to make the gifting experience more enjoyable for the giver and the receiver. Consider these tips next time you’re choosing fresh flowers for your loved one.

* Choose delivery. You may be tempted to pick up a few cheap cellophane-wrapped stems at your local grocery store, but understand that won’t have the same panache as a professionally designed, packaged and delivered bouquet. No matter the occasion, there’s a little thrill of surprise that comes from that knock on the door from a delivery person carrying a gorgeous display of blooms.

* Think ahead. Ordering online well ahead of time can not only offer you peace of mind, but may save you money by allowing the flower company to make the delivery a few days before or after a holiday. That timing may also allow your loved one to stop and appreciate your gift at a time that’s more convenient.

* Know her favorites. Delight your loved one by finding out ahead of time which kinds of flowers she prefers, then ordering ahead to ensure your florist can secure that variety. Different blooms can carry different associations based on personal experience; perhaps pink roses bring back happy memories of her mother’s rose garden but orchids remind her of her aunt’s funeral. She may also be partial to beautifully scented varieties such as lilies, freesia, lavender or hyacinth. The Rutgers research points out that women who receive flowers report positive moods as many as three days later.

* Inquire about details. It’s perfectly OK to ask how many stems of each flower will go into a given arrangement, or to find out whether it will be delivered in a plain glass vase or a beautifully designed keepsake planter. You may be able to request more flowers be substituted for an elegant container — or vice versa.

Check out 1-800-flowers.com for a comprehensive selection of floral designs and other meaningful gifts, no matter the occasion.

To Vase or Not to Vase

When it comes to flowers, there are lots of things to consider. Keep your options open by offering expertly designed arrangements from local florists that arrive in vases or opt for fresh-from-the-farm bouquets beautifully presented in gift boxes, with or without a vase. If they love DIY floral designing, skip the vase and save some money by ordering an arrangement labeled “Shipped in a Gift Box” and selecting the “Bouquet Only” option. (BPT)

Fashionable Gifts for the Trendy Guy on Your Shopping List

Men often get a bad rap for dressing like slouches, especially when what they wear is under their own control. While we all have men in our lives with t-shirts that they’ve owned since the ‘80s; some of us also know men who are trend-setters. The latter can be harder to buy for, as we are anxious to get them something that will please their picky sense of taste. Don’t panic, though, as we’ve got your back (or, really, his back). Read on for fashionable gift ideas for the trendy guy on your shopping list.

A Masculine Man Bag

The man purse is an oft-used punchline but the reality is men need something stylish to store their goodies in just as much as women do. If your dapper dude is a workout fanatic, likes or needs to travel, or commutes into work, he needs a bag that’s both fashionable and functional—and that’s not always an easy task. If you go for a work bag, make sure it suits his work atmosphere and commute, so something leather might not work for someone who gets caught in the rain at least once a week. As for workout bags, you want these to be waterproof on the bottom, stylish on the outside, but also be small enough to store. And when it comes to the weekender, you can’t go wrong with something like this sleek Michael Kors duffle. It’s not the cheapest bag on the market but it will last for a very long time.

A Watch That Works and Wows

If your man is still using his cell phone to tell time, you need to sit him down for a little chat. All grown men should own a watch, and preferably at least one for the active portion of their lives and one that’s more for work and/or going out at night. There are a lot of amazing sports watches that can do everything from tell him where he is if he were dropped in the middle of a desert to timing his next 10-mile hike. If he needs one that will impress both at the office and out at night, check out MVMT leather watches. Bonus: He’ll no longer have any excuses for being late.

Throw Some Shade

Sunglasses are a great gift, as many of us often need them but we don’t think to replace scratched or lost pairs for ourselves. And stylish men like to have a pair for every occasion, so you can’t go wrong. Whether you get him a classic pair of Ray-Ban wayfarers, some sporty Von Zippers for his next time on the slopes, or a pair of classic Burberry sunglasses for the office, he’ll think of you every time he puts them on (and it’s hard to argue with that).

Sneakers

While these have never gone out of style for their pure functionality, there is no doubt sneakers are having a moment. A pair of clean Converse, Adidas, or insanely expensive designer sneakers can even be used in lieu of dress shoes on many occasions. Many men have their groomsmen in these instead of dress shoes on their big days, which surely makes the transition to the dance floor easier. And because they must be clean and flawless-looking to be a proper part of your stylish man’s closet, a new pair of sneaks is never a bad idea. 

He Can Leave His Hat On

Hats are another big part of many men’s lives. While they might not be allowed in the office during the week, he surely dons a variety of them on the weekends. There’s something about a hat that just screams, “It’s time for lounging.” And from a warm beanie for cooler days and/or a ski hat to baseball hats that rep his favorite team and fedoras, there is no shortage of options to choose from.

The trendy men in our lives keep us on our toes when it comes to shopping for them but to that we say: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Buy anything off this list of gift ideas for men and you’ll surely beat Santa at his own game.

Picking Perfect Festive Season Presents

Gift-giving season is a time that’s special for many families and friends, and it’s the perfect opportunity to show the loved ones in your life just how much you appreciate them.

However, it isn’t always easy to pick out the perfect present, especially with so many options available. When you’re stuck in a gifting rut, turn to the professionals, like those at Macy’s, to help you choose just the right gifts for everyone on your list.

“The holidays are a celebratory time when loved ones can come together and show how much they appreciate having each other in their lives,” said Cassandra Jones, senior vice president of Macy’s Fashion. “I truly believe that the perfect gift can bring people together. To enhance that experience for our customers, we’ve created an unparalleled assortment of gift-giving items, from tech to beauty, so that each present is the perfect one.”

Find more gift ideas for the festive season at macys.com/gifts.

For Her

If you’re struggling to find just the right idea for the lady on your list, don’t take a chance on any random beauty product. Instead, give the beauty lover in your life the gift of options with a Macy’s Beauty Box subscription. For $15 a month, she’ll receive five deluxe beauty samples selected by experts, plus a bonus sample and a $5 coupon to use in-store or online on her next beauty purchase.

For Kids

Interactive technology helps get kids off the couch and provides them nearly endless entertainment. Give the children on your gift list the opportunity to dance their way to fun with a piano mat from FAO Schwarz. The 24 keys work just like a real piano, which allows for playing the included selections or creating your own works of musical art. Included with the mat are selections such as Beethoven’s “5th Symphony,” “Chopsticks,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and more.

For Him

Help him revamp his style in one easy step with a Sprezza Box, which makes it simple to add something new and coordinated to his wardrobe. Available in four distinct boxes curated by experts, each contains five items, including accessories such as ties, pocket squares, socks, sunglasses, wallets and money clips. Each box evokes a specific look and feel. Just pick the right one to match your gift list so you can add something new to his style.

For the Home

The natural interior decorator on your list likely loves the unique touch of comforting pillows throughout living rooms and dens. Let him or her cuddle up to the cozy style of this decorative pillow from the Martha Stewart Collection, featuring a festive color palette and polar bear perfect for the holiday season. At 18 inches-by-18 inches, it’s the ideal size for curling up on the couch during a chilly day.

For Entertaining

Searching for a gift for the natural entertainer in your life can be difficult if common items like wine glasses and electric bottle openers are already accounted for. An option like a bar cart from Hotel Collection can help make entertaining a breeze for that person on your list who enjoys hosting. With three shelves and wheels for easy transportation, it’s ideal for extravagant parties, small get-togethers or anything in-between.

For the Kitchen

Gourmet gift baskets from Di Bruno Bros. are sure to make an impression for home chefs who might need a little inspiration. Choose a curated basket filled with a wide variety of specialty foods and products hand-selected for top quality. Themes include options like this “Sriracha Foodie,” which comes packed with snacks, toppings and sauces infused with fiery Asian chili flavor in sweet jerky, pickles, gourmet salt, tortilla chips, horseradish sauce, mayonnaise, peachy jam and classic sriracha. (Family Features)

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Wow-Worthy Mother’s Day Gifts

By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor

Buying Mother’s Day gifts year-in and year-out can be a challenge with respect to keeping ideas fresh and unexpected on Mom’s part. I personally love gifting unexpected things—products that may not have been on her radar, but that she’ll absolutely adore and make great use of to simplify and enhance her lifestyle. ‘OMG’ gifts likely to elicit that coveted “Wow!” response all the better. Towards this end, here are some great gift finds I would recommend in this regard:

 

Photo Photography Courtesy of Helena Steele

Photo Photography Courtesy of Helena Steele

Jessie Steele ‘Mommy & Me’ Apron Sets (www.JessieSteele.com) – $32.00

Few aprons exist that make a statement like those from Jessie Steele, a brand that creates stylishly feminine aprons featuring original prints and flattering silhouettes. So beautiful are these aprons, they have appeared on TV shows like Oprah and Desperate Housewives, in feature films and on the runway. It has been over a decade since a few cherished aprons were taken from a drawer and ushering in a new apron aesthetic. Today, Jessie Steele is a global brand sold in over 10,000 stores in more than 33 countries. The company’s Mommy & Me sets make really adorable Mother’s Day gifts. I particularly like the Rosy Pink Polka Dot Ava Apron featuring a classy vintage white polka dot pattern on a rosy pink background with grey trim. A best-selling Jessie Steele cut, the Ava apron features symmetrical waist pockets with removable grosgrain bows, grey bias trimmed edge, scalloped hem, and adjustable ties at the neck and waist. The Pink & Gold Retro Polka Dot Josephine Apron is another adorable option with a touch of glam since the polka dots are enhanced with metallic gold to bring out the sparkle.  With its cute ruffle hem, waist pocket with removable grosgrain bow and adjustable ties at the waist and neck, the feminine Josephine is well-suited for today’s hostess.

Photography Courtesy of Spray Percect

Photography Courtesy of Spray Percect

Spray Perfect Nail Polish (www.BuySprayPerfect.com) – $19.99

This holiday Mom can spray her way to beautiful nails using Spray Perfect, an easy-to-use spray-on nail polish that will leave her nails with a lovely salon-quality polished look. It’s particularly great for gals-on-the go as Spray Perfect dries in under five minutes. The 4-step process is simple: just apply the clear base coat; spray on the polish, apply clear top coat and rinse excess polish off of the surrounding skin. Voilà, great-looking nails in no time. The formula in this product features technology that lets color adhere to nails only while eaisly washing off of skin with just soap and water. The spray-on nail polish is chip and crack resistant, and will last for up to five days after application. With seven colors to choose from—Naked Nude, Sexy Silver, Whimsical White, Racy Red, Passion Purple, Black Beauty and Party Pink—surely there’s an option to fit your mom’s style. Customers receive two colors of their choice plus the Spray Perfect Base and Top Coat. No longer will Mom need to expend the time at the salon for great looking nails. She’ll surely love this time-saving beauty booster.

Photograph Courtesy of Luxie Beauty

Photograph Courtesy of Luxie Beauty

Luxie Rose Gold 30-Piece Brush Book Set (www.LuxieBeauty.com) – $350.00

Here’s a wonderful splurge for those Moms who love their makeup and want it to be applied perfectly every time. The Luxie Rose Gold 30-Piece Brush Book Set will prepare her for any makeup look. It features a pretty soft pink cover with a refined white lining, so it’s fashionable while being rife with function amid all of the brush options contained within. It’s also a suitable size for use at home or while traveling, and the full zipper enclosure ensures the contents remain secure and sanitary. Inside, Mom will delight in the abundance of makeup brushes that are vegan, crafted with animal cruelty-free synthetic and antibacterial bristles that are also soft to the touch and gentle enough for all skin types. Each brush is mounted on a lovely pink handle with rose gold ferrule detailing. With fully 30 pieces of all sizes and purposes in the set, including Luxie’s exclusive lip brush, there’s an applicator for every need. Also attractive is this Luxie Mother’s Day deal: use promotion code LUXE20 for 20% off all Luxie Beauty brand items!

Photography Courtesy of Skinn Cosmetics

Photography Courtesy of Skinn Cosmetics

Beauty Sleep Botanical Oil Mist (www.Skinn.com) – $25

Does your Mom crave a good night’s rest? If so, consider gifting her with the Beauty Sleep Botanical Oil Mist from Skinn Cosmetics. This spray mist is formulated with Lavender, Valerian, Chamomile, and Passionflower Oil to help soothe the senses, hydrate skin and reduce the appearance of puffiness. She can just spray this calming and soothing botanical mist on her face, pillow and hair to help enhance a restful night of beauty sleep. This item is part of Skinn Cosmetics’ “Midnight Recovery” anti-aging designed to treat dry, polluted and tired skin. This mist just may become an important part of her night time regimen.

Photography Courtesy of OYOBox

Photography Courtesy of OYOBox

OYOBox Jewelry Organizer (www.OYOBox.com) – Starting at $135.00

Here’s something Mom’s everywhere will surely love, and most likely truly need. OYOBox, a company known for designing contemporary high quality products that help organize beloved accessories, has recently introduced a fashionable and functional jewelry organizer. Modernizing the traditional jewelry box, the OYOBox allows for the storage of contemporary fashion jewelry such as oversized statement rings, bracelets, necklaces and other personal accessories. The jewelry box contains large compartments allowing for the easy storage of those stylish baubles. With a luxurious interior and an aesthetically pleasing exterior—handcrafted to include seven layers of meticulously applied lacquer finish—the OYOBox is available in 8 vibrant colors, including black and wood finishes to compliment any taste, style or décor. OYOBox is a beautifully-crafted style essential Mom is sure to love.

Photography Courtesy of  Clara Kasavina

Photography Courtesy of Clara Kasavina

Clara Kasavina Brianna Clutch Purse (www.ClaraKasavina.com) – $730

This year consider gifting Mom with an extraordinarily elegant heirloom gift that can be passed down through the generations—one that’s worthy of the woman who brought you into this world. Look no further than the glitzy Brianna Clutch by Clara Kasavina, which boasts plush silver shimmering leather adorned with a SWAROVSKI crystal kiss lock clasp. At 10″ x 3″, this elongated leather clutch with hand-sewn silk lining and a drop in double chain will carry all of Mom’s night-on-the-town essentials in drop-dead gorgeous form that’s sure to turn heads her way. Clara Kasavina, the line of luxurious accessories handmade in New York, is renowned for its innovation and meticulous craftsmanship that’s certainly exemplified in the Brianna Clutch design.  Each handbag and clutch is conceived and created with painstaking attention to detail. Designer Clara Kasavina’s partner and husband, Misha Berger, sculpts all the metalwork by hand in the couple’s New York City studio in conjunction with a team of specialized artisans. For 30 years, this celebrated collection of handbags, accessories and costume jewelry have been cherished by celebrities like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Hurley, Rihanna and Catherine Zeta Jones.

Photography Courtesy of Kawsit Inc.

Photography Courtesy of Kawsit Inc.

Pilates Power Gym Pro (www.PilatesPowerGymPro.com) – $365.95
Perhaps the coolest portable mini-reformer that combines Pilates with strength training, the Pilates Power Gym Pro will help Mom achieve at-home fitness at an affordable price. This piece of equipment replaces over 17 gym weight machines for an incredible workout! For beginners to advanced users, a multitude of Pilates and strength training exercises can be done on the cushioned glideboard which, when combined with the hand and foot straps, creates added resistance. The pulleys and springs on the machine enable more range of motion to help you get more results from each exercise. Advanced users can increase the intensity of their workouts with the multiple resistance settings and height elevations available on the Pilates Power Gym. This unique piece of equipment stands out with its 3 to 15 adjustable height levels, depending on which model you get. Yet, it can be easily folded and stored under your bed. According to celebrity Pilates trainer, Kristin McGee, “It’s the most convenient way to get an awesome resistance-based workout in your own home. You can get mega resistance when you raise the platform and take your Pilates workout to a new level.” And, with the use of the cardio rebounder attachment, you can also add an aerobic element to Mom’s Pilates workout while lying down. It’s also great that she can also access Pilates classes online 24/7 via TheFitnessChannel.com.

 

Merilee Kern

Merilee Kern

“The Luxe List” Executive Editor Merilee Kern scours the luxury marketplace for exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events, and notable products and services. Submissions are accepted at www.TheLuxeList.com. Follow her on Twitter here: www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.