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:
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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.
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 <!--[if gte mso 9]>
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above were provided and/or sponsored to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***