What do busy moms really want every holiday season? Besides a clone, the gift of time, or a day at the spa, we want the things we covet but don’t buy ourselves or the things that have the potential to streamline an aspect of our lives to provide a bit of zen. Even though I’m no Oprah, here are my favorite things that I think any mom would love to get this year.
Bamboo Spark by Wacom ($159.95)— As much as I love technology, I also love paper and luckily there’s a place for both in my tech savvy life thanks to the Wacom Bamboo Spark. Wacom has been a leader in digital pen technology for over 30 years and their fabulous new folio comes with a pad of paper for endless doodling and note taking and a smart ballpoint pen that recognizes what you’re writing and automatically saves everything written to the cloud with the touch of a button. I love that the pen works with any paper so I can keep writing without ever worrying about running out of paper, it’s perfectly sized to fit in my purse and adds minimal weight, and I can always make sure that my handwritten notes are accessible thanks to easy syncing with Wacom Cloud, Evernote, or Dropbox. Yes, you can write down your grocery list and with a press of a button send it to Evernote so you never have to worry about losing your list or leaving it at work. Or you can take notes on the paper at your child’s parent-teacher conference and tap to digitize them instead of seeming rude by tapping away at your phone. The Wacom Bamboo Spark is magical and a must-have for working moms everywhere. I have the Wacom Bamboo Spark with Gadget Pocket but there is also a Spark with a Tablet Sleeve and another with Snap-Fit for the iPad Air 2. There is also an incredible array of smart Wacom pens to fit your needs.
Tieks (starting at $175)— With their teal blue bottoms, rainbow of colors and prints to match every outfit, and high price tag, many pause at the cost of these ballet flats but after owning a pair for a year and having just purchased my second, Tieks are a must have for any woman. Yes, they’re a splurge but one that your feet will thank you for every time you slip them on. These flats are made of premium Italian leather that molds to your feet so you can wear them comfortably all day every day or tuck them in your bag to serve as a spare pair of shoes when you can’t stand your heels a second longer. They come with a gorgeous faux flower adorned with a bit of glitter around the teal box. Snug inside the box is your pair of Tieks that are folded in half, tucked neatly inside their stretch bag. Take them out, try them on, wear them and as they stretch to fit your feet you’ll also come to believe they were worth every penny.
NTune Headphones by Monster ($129.95, starting at $70 on Amazon)— In bright candy colors or pearlized pastels, N-Tune headphones look great and deliver incredible sound in a fashion-forward way hanks to a design that is lightweight, virtually indestructible and ultra-comfortable.
Satellite Fusion 15” Laptop ($849.99)— Moms who are always willing to share deserve their own devices and the Satellite Fusion offers a sleek twist on the conventional laptop. With five unique viewing modes, Windows 10 operating system, 15-inch multi-touch display, and an audio package with Onkyo stereo speakers tuned by Skullcandy, the Satellite Fusion 15” makes a phenomenal gift that she will continue to use throughout the year especially since it’s perfect for looking at photos, creating digital artwork, watching movies, and providing homework assistance from time to time.
Helen Ficalora jewelry (from $65)— The beauty of Helen Ficalora’s signature desings is that it’s easy to find something for every woman on your shopping list. Sterling silver charms start at $65 and make great gifts for a favorite babysitter or teacher while delicate gold charms reflecting initials of favorite people and things (sometimes adorned with the sweetest diamonds) can be combined on a single chain to become a piece of jewelry she wears every day. Your beautifully crafted piece will arrive in a bright pink square box with a gossamer gold ribbon bow that holds a matching pink jewelry box. Chances are when she unclasps the box and sees her new piece of jewelry lying on the white satin, she will be thrilled! Shop online or through retail stores in New York, Beverly Hils, Chicago, Dallas, Bridgehampton, and Palm Beach.
Personalized Mobile Phone Case from Tiny Prints (starting at $39.99)— They may drive her nuts at times but every mom misses her kids when she’s not with them. A personalized mobile phone case from Tiny Prints wraps her phone in her favorite photos of her little loves so they’re always with her. I love the high quality of Tiny Prints cases and the variety of designs. iPhones cases are available for iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 6, and 6+. Samsung Galaxy cases available for the S4. Tiny Prints also has personalized iPad cases.
Remington UV-Baked Ceramic Straightener ($27.99)— Up the sleek factor with the Remington UV-Baked Ceramic Straightener whose 1” ceramic plates are infused with UV powered and heat to 430 degrees in just 30 seconds to straighten hair in one pass. A swivel cord, digital controls, and auto-shut off are nice features that make this straightener a great, affordable gifts for stylish moms.
24K Backfloat by Monster ($199.95)— Even though it’s not exactly pool weather, chances are she’s dreaming of summer days back at the pool. A gift of the Monster 24K BackFloat is the perfect gift for any mom who spends an unbelievable amount of time poolside during summer swim and dive team practices because it’s great in or out of the water. This portable floating golden Bluetooth speaker is also a speaker phone that floats so mom can bring the music anywhere due to its water-resistance and take calls via a high-definition speakerphone.
Anti-Bacterial Screen Cleaner by Phillips ($9.99)— Every parent knows how grimy, dirty, and germ filled our phones get throughout the day but having a little bottle of Smooth Lavender Anti-Bacterial Screen Cleaner on my desk not only helps to de-grime my phone, but a spritz brings on zen that doesn’t come with other screen cleaners that reek of chemicals. A screen wipe is included and tucks right into the lid so you always have everything you need at your fingertips for a clean phone. Not a fan of lavender? It also comes in Calm Chamomile, Fresh Mint, and Romantic Rose.
Samsung NX500 ($799.99)— Smartphone photos are fine but for long lasting images of your children that will last a lifetime, upgrade her with gift of a Samsung NX500 camera. She’ll love that the body is far smaller thank a traditional DSLR thanks to the mirrorless body but just because it’s more compact doesn’t mean you’ll sacrifice image quality! The NX500 features 28 MP, shoots at speeds up to 9 FPS at full resolution, has 205 phase detect auto focus points, and the ability to capture UHD/4K video. NFC (near field communication) and a dedicated WiFi connection makes it easy to for her to send photos directly to her teen’s phone for immediate sharing on social channels so friends and family from afar can see them on Facebook The NX500 comes with a 16-50mm lens to get you started but the gift of glass makes for endless birthday and holiday gifts as your teen gets more serious about their photography. Amazon is currently offering a special PIX2015 Bundle that comes with a 16-50mm and 30 mm lens on Amazon for $862.72 and while you’re at it, get her a Miggo Grip and Wrap soft neoprene case that wraps around the body and lens to protect it when she throws it in her purse! I can’t live without mine!
Black + Decker Café Select Dual Brew Coffeemaker with Travel Mug ($129.99)— For moms who drink coffee, the Café Select Dual Brew Coffeemaker with Travel Mug is like having two coffeemakers in one and is designed to fir a mom’s busy life. Brew a single serving for the road into the included 20 ounce travel mug or a full 12-cup carafe to savor and share throughout the day. For a more detailed review, read How to Start Your Morning with the Black + Decker Café Select Dual Brew Coffeemaker.
Dyson Hot + Cool Jet Focus AM09 ($449.99) — Hot or cold? Dyson’s Hot + Cool Jet Focus ensures that she’ll always be exactly the right temperature thanks to fast, even heating and powerful personal cooling. Gorgeous styling makes this a coveted gift for even the most well designed home offices.
Citizen Circle of Time with Eco-Drive ($350)— Not sure exactly what wearable to get mom this holiday season? Citizen’s Circle of Time is a sleek choice for any fashionable mom because the stainless steel case and bracelet features an elegant grey Mother-of-Pearl dial for classic elegance that will always be the perfect accessory while never going out of style. Unlike wearables that always need to be charged, Citizen’s Circle of Time features Eco-Drive and is powered by light, so you’ll never need to change a battery!
Epson Expression Photo XP-960 ($199.99): Called the Small-in-One, the Epson Expression Photo XP-960 provides professional quality photo printing up to 11” x 17” so mom can print and display gorgeous family photos faster. This ultra-powerful printer features six-color Claria Photo HD inks for vivid color, the ability to edit, scan and share photos directly to Facebook® or the cloud, and the Epson Creative Print app to easily print Facebook photos and create custom cards, coloring books, stationary and more.
Massage Envy gift certificate (starting at $75)— While usually seen as a luxury, the gift of a massage or facial is a way to show mom that she’s important and deserves to take care of herself. Often times moms overlook their own self care because they’re so busy taking care of others but with Massage Envy locations nationwide, it’s easy to find a location and book a service. Even though I get massages regularly, I hadn’t ever tried Massage Envy until recently and enjoyed the experience from start to finish. If you don’t know what to get mom, a Massage Envy gift cards can be purchased at any location or eGift Cards can be purchased online. They come in denominations of $75, $100, and $150 which includes treatment and gratuity which is lovely because it allows her to schedule the appointment without worrying about anything other than showing up and being pampered. And really, that’s what every mom wants!
Need more ideas? Visit my past list of gifts for moms and other 2015 Gift Guides that will help you find the best gifts for all ages!
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