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Gifts for Mom

Gifts for Mom

In truth, we all know that Mom certainly deserves more than one holiday a year. She’s our rock, our home and our heart. If you’re stumped on just how to celebrate her this Mother’s Day, we’re offering a few ideas of gifts for Mom.

And give your Mom a hug for me!

9 Gifts for Mom

1. Mother’s Ring

Gifts for Mom: RingsGrowing up, my Mom, Aunts and Grandmothers all had a Mother’s Ring. Back then they were a simple gold or silver band that had all of the birthstones of their children.

These Mom rings are handcrafted by Heidi, a Mom herself, in Indiana. A fun, updated and personalized play on the original Mother’s Ring.

Available from HeidiJHale Designs: Say It On A Ring

2. Yarn Bowl

Gifts for Mom: yarn-bowlThis one was inspired by my Mom. She can often be found working on her latest crocheted creation. This beautiful handmade stoneware bowl keeps the yarn tidy with a deep ‘J’ hook to guide the yarn.

Available from Etsy: Birdie Yarn Bowl by aaharrison ceramics

3. Gym/ Diaper Bag

Gifts for Mom: handbagBeing a Mom doesn’t mean abandoning their style! This stylish bag features hidden pockets for shoes, clothes, diapers, bottles or whatever your personal Mary Poppins keeps in her bag.

Available from GymTote: Eva Tote Oak Croc

4. Lip and Cheek Stain

Gifts for Mom: lip-cheek-oilThis is a perfect go-to makeup to keep stashed in a briefcase, diaper bag or even the glove box. Swipe a pop of fresh color on lips and cheeks for a quick pick me up + just add caffeine 😉

Availabe from Amazon: Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil in Forever Rose

5. Flowers for Mom

Gifts for Mom: shoe-flower-arrangement

Flowers are always a cheerful choice. And what Mom wouldn’t love getting flowers delivered at work on Friday so she can brag about her angels and the beautiful Mother’s Day flowers she received 🙂

I love this trendy arrangement that celebrates Mom’s fashionista style.

Available in Pittsburgh from the Finleyville Flower Shop: Sophistication in a Shoe

6. Vintage Cocktails

Gifts for Mom: vintage-style-stemwareBring Momma a cocktail!

These gimlet glasses are a favorite of mine, they are an unexpected twist on a standard martini glass.

Try whipping up a batch of these Pink Gimlet Cocktail or Mocktails from Courtney at Sweet C’s Designs and serving them to Mom in her new stemware.

Available from West Elm: Vintage Style Stemware-Coupe Glass-Set of 6

7. Spa Slippers

Gifts for Mom: slippersUncommonGoods is a go-to favorite of mine for gifts. These herbal slippers look like nirvana to me.

These shoes were not made for walking. Time for Mom to put her feet up. Heated or cooled these flax seed filled booties are just what Momma’s tootsies have been screaming for.

Available from UncommonGoods: Luxury Herbal Slippers

8. Mom is Home Mug

Gifts for Mom: mugFor so many, home truly is where Mom lives 🙂 These fun customized mugs are handpainted by Lindsay to illustrate that even when separated by miles, states or even countries, a Momma and her children’s hearts are always connected.

Available from Etsy: Hand Painted Home Is Where My Mom Is Mug from Lettered by Lindsay

9. Photo Frame

Gifts for Mom: digital-frameIf Mom loves all the photos of her grandkids (or gand-fur-kids) but she still gets overwhelmed by navigating email, digital downloads and online photo sharing programs, this is the perfect gift.

This is one of the highest rated digital photo frames. You can remotely add photos to the frame via a dedicated email address, at  no additional charge. All Mom has to do is sit back and enjoy all of her photos delivered directly to her frame.

Available from Amazon: Pix-Star 10.4 Inch Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Photo Frame

Need More Ideas?

Still not finding exactly the right gift idea for your Mom? Check out some of our recent themed gift lists!

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8 Winning Wine Gifts
Truly Unique Gifts for Tea Lovers
11 Star Wars Gift Ideas
Read All About It: Gift Ideas for Book Lovers
Fresh and Hot Coffee Gift Ideas
Gift Guide for the Bacon Lover

Enchanted Unicorn Gift Ideas, Part 1

Unicorn Gift Ideas

Unicorns are more than just horses with horns, they remind us to believe in magic and to dream big. So if you know someone who needs more unicorn magic in their life (and who doesn’t?!), this gift list is for you.

And why did I label this gift list ‘part 1’ you ask? As I was doing my research for these unicorn gift ideas, I realized pretty quickly that this was going to be a two-parter. There are simply too many beautiful unicorn gift ideas to limit myself to just one list. And there are no shortage of unicorn gift lists flying around the interweb, but thanks to a lot of digging and a little bit of my own unicorn magic, I found some gems I bet you’ve never seen before.

Watch for part 2 of the unicorn gift list coming later this summer!

16 Enchanted Gift Ideas

1. Uni Tank

Unicorn Gift Ideas: spirit-animal-tankWhen picking a spirit animal, always pick a unicorn!

Available from Design by Humans: Unicorns Are My Spirit Animal Tank Top

2. Kid’s Tee

Unicorn Gift Ideas: believe-kids-teeI love this one! This tee has such a great message, I wish it came in my size (oh wait, it does!). Nieces birthday present: check!

(*as of the date I’m publishing this list, the tee is sold out in small, but it’s still available in other sizes)

Available from Fox & Tots: Believe in Yourself Unicorn Tee

3. Sterling Silver Ring

Unicorn Gift Ideas: ringA beautiful and unique statement ring that doubles as a weapon. Don’t mess with a unicorn.

Available from Etsy: Unicorn Statement Ring by Anomaly Jewelry

4. Coffee Mug

Unicorn Gift Ideas: mugIndeed we are all magical creatures, and being magical is so much easier after our morning caffeine.

Available from Etsy: We Are All Unicorns Mug by Handwritten Mugs

5. Rocking Unicorn

Unicorn Gift Ideas: unicorn-rocking-horseRocking horses are awesome, but a princess deserves a rocking unicorn. This plush unicorn from Pottery Barn Kids is absolutely cuddly and adorable.

Available from Pottery Barn Kids: Unicorn Faux Fur Plush Rocker

6. Paperclip Holder

Unicorn Gift Ideas: uni-paperclip-holderMythical and magnetic, this beautiful unicorn looks great on a desk and tames the wild paperclips from the bottom of a desk drawer.

Available from Perpetual Kid: Unicorn Paperclip Holder

7. Tape Dispenser

Unicorn Gift Ideas: tape-dispenserScotch tape is so 19th century. In the age of all things washi tape, make any desk magical with this adorable unicorn tape dispenser with her rainbow tape.

Available from Paper Source: Unicorn Tape Dispenser

8. Sock Monkey Unicorn

Unicorn Gift Ideas: uni-sock-monkeyWhen a rare mythical creature meets a timeless classic – you get a sock monkey unicorn pony.

Made with original Rockford Red Heel Socks, even his magical horn is made of sock material and is neither sharp nor stiff. He’s 100% handmade and 100% huggable.

Available from Etsy: Sock Monkey Unicorn Pony by Philomenas Friends

9. Light Up Slippers

Unicorn Gift Ideas: slippersWhat’s better than one unicorn? Two unicorns! With their golden horns, rainbow manes and cheeks that light up, these magical buddies will brighten any slumber party or just a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Available from Smoko: Unicorn Light Up Slippers

10. Coloring Book

Unicorn Gift Ideas: adult-coloring-bookLaughing and coloring, two proven methods of easing a stressful day. These coloring pages of rowdy unicorns in various states of mischief are sure to lighten any mood.

This one is definitely intended for the adults (I’d rate it PG), not a children’s coloring book.

Available from Amazon: Unicorn Adult Coloring Book

11. Mythical Earrings

Unicorn Gift Ideas: earrings“If you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you.” Said the unicorn.

Perfect for any age or anyone who still believes in magic. Handmade from solid sterling silver.

Available from Etsy: Sterling Silver Unicorn Stud Earrings by Sarah Lucie Jewellry

12. Floor Lamp

Unicorn Gift Ideas: giant-uni-lamp-resize<< This picture! I mean seriously, what else can I say about this gift idea? What little boy or girl doesn’t want to sit reading next to a magical buddy.

This Giant Uni lamp sits 20 inches tall and glows a soft light in the dark, also includes 16 colors and multiple flash and fade modes.

Available from Smoko: The Giant Unicorn Lamp

13. Pencil Skirt

Unicorn Gift Ideas: skirtA statement wardrobe piece for anyone who believes. This beautiful handmade pencil skirt comes in 4 colors and sizes small – 3XL.

Available from Etsy: Unicorn Skirt from Bruno and Betty

14. Whimsical Frock

Unicorn Gift Ideas: periwinkle-frockJust like a unicorn, a unicorn lover is not to be tamed. This lovely periwinkle frock with tulip sleeves is perfectly packable for their next adventure.

Available from ModCloth: Oh My Gosh Dress in Unicorns

15. Folklore Book

Unicorn Gift Ideas: myth-bookThe perfect book for any unicorn lover’s bookshelf or coffee table. With more than 200 pages of illustrations and stories, this collection of folklore shares the whimsy and mischief of the mythical unicorn.

Available from ModCloth: Unicorns-The Myths, The Legends, and Lore

16. Uni Pinata

Unicorn Gift Ideas: pinataI think it’s pretty clear that there’s only one candy when it comes to filling a unicorn pinata – and that candy is skittles, of course!

Available from CandyWarehouse: Unicorn Pinata

The Almost Golden Anniversary Card

I have had several people ask me to provide an update to last year’s blog post about The Hardest Working Anniversary Card, a card that my family has been sending back-and-forth, unsigned, for over forty years. I’ve been trying to write this post for days and it has been a hard one to write. I thought the first story about the anniversary card was hard, but I have shed buckets of tears over this one.

It’s surprising – and yet not – that with all of the gift lists and gift suggestions that I’ve written, it was the post about The Hardest Working Anniversary Card that was my most popular. To this day, April 1, 2015 still sits on my WordPress dashboard as my Best Views Ever. I think I’ll almost be sad to see it surpassed, it makes me smile every time I see it and I’m thankful that so many people got to read about something so precious to me.

Anniversary Card

I didn’t mention it in the original post, but my family knew then that 2015 was going to be the last year that this well loved anniversary card celebrated my Aunt and Uncle’s anniversary **crying again** as my Uncle was losing his hard fought battle with cancer.

On that day last spring, when I posted the original story,  Aunt Janet and Uncle Richard celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary as they had many times before. Flowers and cards were delivered, phone calls were received and that one very special, and still very unsigned anniversary card arrived, wrapped securely in plastic and so much love.

The Hardest Working Anniversary Card is Retired

Last month, on March 7th, my parents celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary and a beloved anniversary card was passed along one final time.

Anniversary Card: framed

Still in it’s original plastic sleeve, my Aunt Janet lovingly placed her anniversary card in a pretty double-sided frame and mailed it off to her sister-in-law one final time.

Anniversary Card: framed with photo

Tucked inside, next to the anniversary message shared nearly 90 times, was a photo of that young soldier who in 1971 purchased the card for only a quarter.

I remember talking with some of my Aunts years ago about how we would celebrate once this card made it through 50 years of anniversary celebrations – a golden anniversary card. What a great story this would be to share with the world! The card didn’t quite make it to 50 years and 100 anniversary celebrations, you never know what life has in store. I’m certain though, that this card has witnessed more love than any other single card has been lucky enough to share.