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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

I got a special request this morning  from my college roomie …

wine gifts: text-message

wine gifts: roomie-photoNot that it took a lot of arm twisting for me to celebrate my favorite fruit – the fermented grape 😉 Still, National Drink Wine Day is the perfect excuse to highlight some great wine gifts, as well as one of my favorite people to share a glass of vino with!

My visits with Renee are far too rare, but last Fall we got precious roomie time on a trip to enjoy some Niagara wineries.

So in honor of my roomie and the many glasses of wine we’ve shared, I’ve put together a little list of wine gifts in celebration of National Drink Wine Day.

8 Winning Wine Gifts

1. Glass Decanter

wine gifts: wine decanterI’m smitten with these beautiful shapely wine decanters. They have a rustic appeal with their natural wood sphere toppers that can be personalized with monograms or witty comments like “sip” or “vino”.

Available from west elm: Glass Bottles with Wood Stoppers

2. Vintage Inspired Wine Opener

wine gifts: vintage-wine-opener

Not just functional, this will be a piece of artwork for the bar. Open bottles with ease and look professional doing it with the corkscrew of choice among the finest hotels and restaurants.

Available from Frontgate: Antique Bronze with Granite Base Wine Opener

3. Crystal Wine Glass

wine gifts: antoine-crystal-red-wine-glass

First let me admit something, I have a serious crush on the Barefoot Contessa. So this one is straight off of my personal giftbug registry.

These French hand blown crystal glasses, owned and loved by the Barefoot Contessa, are a timeless classic from the 19th century. Not to be saved for guests, these are made to be enjoyed every day – just like a great bottle of wine!

Available from Pomme & Poire: Antoine Crystal Red Wine Glass

4. Sangria Pitcher

wine gifts: sangria-pitcher

This isn’t the first time a Sangria Pitcher has made an appearance on one of my gift lists (check out Picnic Perfect Gifts), but I can’t have a wine gift list without including a Sangria Pitcher, especially because several years ago I gifted this exact Sangria Pitcher to my roomie! 🙂

Hand thrown and hand painted in Spain, each piece is signed by the artisan who made it. And I love the pinched spout, designed to help the wine flow freely and keep the slices of fruit where they belong – inside!

*Bonus – check out the link below for La Tienda’s traditional Sangria recipe!

Available from La Tienda: Ceramic Sangría Pitcher – Blue ‘Flor’ Design

5. Wine Picnic Tote

wine gifts: wine-tote

This lovely wine tote comes ready to use – complete with a cheese board, knife and bottle opener. Just add wine, triple cream brie and a great crusty bread. And the tote’s designers know what’s up – it’s created to carry two bottles of wine! 🙂

Available from One Kings Lane: Wine Country Tote

6. Wine Inspired Tea Towel

wine gifts: tea-towel

I’m a fan of the products from Girls Can Tell, and I have a weakness for tea towels in particular! This hand drawn and labeled corkscrew is hand screenprinted onto washable floursack cotton kitchen towels. Great for decorating a kitchen or drying dishes, they also make perfect cloth napkins for a picnic lunch in the park!

Available from Girls Can Tell: Wine Corkscrew Tea Towel

7. Wine Appetizer Plate

wine gifts: wine-glass-appetizer-platter

Renee and I found these gems on our Niagara winery road trip. Absolutely genius! Elegant mahogany wood plates designed to rest atop your wine glass, leaving one hand free to enjoy your nibbles.

Available from Twine Rustic Elegance: Rustic Farmhouse – Wine Glass Topper Appetizer Plates

8. Ice Wine

wine gifts: inniskillin_ice_wine

And speaking of that trip to Niagara Falls, and in honor of my Roomie, Renee’s favorite ice wine from Inniskillin winery. This was my first introduction to ice wine, who knew that frozen grapes could lead to such a tasty and sweet dessert wine?!

Available from Inniskillin Winery: 2014 Inniskillin Riesling Icewine

The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts

It’s National Bagel Day and I couldn’t get bagels off of my mind. It’s snowing outside and I don’t actually have any bagels in my house, so I did the next best thing and spent my day scouring the internet for the coolest gifts for bagel lovers. You might say this list is the whole schmear of bagel gifts (especially if you’re hungry and dreaming of bagels.)

The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts

Now gather ’round and check out these bagel lovin’ gifts.

7 Bagel Inspired Gifts

1. New York City Bagels

The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts: bagel-giftpack
Let’s start this list with arguably the home of the bagel, NYC, and that means some authentic NYC bagels shipped to your door (or the lucky gift recipient.) Shipped ready to toast and devour, or slice, freeze and toast whenever you’re craving a nosh.

Available from Zabar’s and Company: 18 Assorted Zabar’s NY Original Toasting Bagels

2. Peanut Butter

The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts: applesin-peanutbutter

Peanut butter on a bagel is one of the reason’s I run (in addition to beer and pancakes…but that’s another blog post.) Many people go right for the cream cheese, but I’m a bagel and peanut butter girl…and with peanut butter this good, you won’t stop at the bagels! Reginald’s uses just 4 little ingredients to handcraft some peanut apple perfection.

Available from Reginald’s Homemade: Apple Sin Peanut Butter

3. Vintage Jam Cutlery

The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts: jam-spreaders

This cream cheese spreader and jelly jam knife have hand stamped whimsical sayings on vintage sterling sliverplate silverware. << — That’s a mouthful, but so are the tasty treats you’ll be enjoying with these beautiful and playful service pieces.

Available from Etsy: Get Toasted ~ Get Jammin’ Hand Stamped Vintage Brunch Set from Sycamore Hill

4. B is for Bagel Babies

The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts: bagel-onesie

They are never too young for adorable onesies and to learn about the importance of really great food! This variety pack includes 3 great finger food onesies with ‘B is for Bagel’, ‘M is for Matzoh Ball’ and ‘R is for Rugelach’.

Available from Scoutmob: Foodie Baby Bodysuit Variety Pack

5. Everything Bagel Salt

The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts: bagel-salt

For the lover of everything bagel, Everything Bagel Salt. Perfect for soft pretzels, popcorn, grilled corn, burgers, hardboiled eggs….and I’m just guessing here, but probably…everything.

Available from Lusso: Everything Bagel Salt

6. Bagel Art

The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts: pug-bagel-print

I would seriously love this hanging in my kitchen! And if your friend or relative loves bagels AND pugs…’fugetaboutit’, you’re guaranteed to #win the gifting with this one!

Available from Etsy: Pug Art – Piggy Pug Bagels by Retro Pets

7. Smoked Salmon Vodka

The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts: SmokedSalmonVodka

So I was scouring the interweb for the very best lox for your bagel lover when I stumbled upon this little artisanal gem from Alaska, and I had to share. Distilled using water from glacier ice and infused with the flavor of Wild Alaskan Salmon this will make one hell of a Bloody Mary to pair with that NYC bagel from Zabar’s. My own personal version of East meets West 😉

Available from Alaska Distillery Retailers: Smoked Salmon Flavored Vodka

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas

I guess all I really have to say about these Star Wars gift ideas is…

These are the gifts you’re looking for.

11 Gift Ideas For Any Star Wars Fan

1. Downward Jedi

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Stars Wars Yoga Mat

Use the force, Yogi.

Available from ThinkGeek: Star Wars Dark Side Yoga Mat

2. Operation Game

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Operation Game: Star Wars Edition

You are the surgeon we’ve been looking for.

R2 needs needs help removing items like a lightsaber, a hiccuping hologram and a cranky crankshaft.

Available from Amazon: Operation Star Wars Edition

3. Do. Or Do Not.

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Do. Or do not. Bracelet

Is there a better philosopher than Master Yoda? He’s like the Oprah of his time. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

Available from Etsy: Star Wars Bracelet from Spiffing Jewelry

4. Wookie Photo Bomb

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Wookie Photo Bomb TshirtRebels are #1! You just have to see this shirt close-up to understand how funny that damn wookie is.

Available from TV Store Online: Star Wars Wookiee Photo Bomb T-Shirt

5. Tauntaun Sleeping Bag

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Tauntaun Sleeping Bag

I can pretty much guarantee that this Tauntaun sleeping bag smells way better than the one Han made for Luke in The Empire Strikes Back. And it’s much lighter to lug around 🙂

(If you didn’t see The Empire Strikes Back, I can’t help you here…)

Available from ThinkGeek: Star Wars Tauntaun Sleeping Bag

6. Millennium Falcon Cufflinks

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Millennium Falcon Cufflinks

She may be a hunk of junk, but these cufflinks surely are not. Made of palladium and officially licensed by Lucasfilm, this Millennium Falcon will look magnificent on the cuff of any well-dressed rebel.

Available from Brookstone: Star Wars Palladium Millennium Falcon Cufflinks

7. Storm Trooper Chair

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Storm Trooper Adirondack Chair

This handmade all wood Adirondack chair is kind of amazing. The artist, Mike from Ohio, has done a fantastic job of creating a classic star wars iconic image, while still maintaining the look and feel of the iconic Adirondack chair. A woodworking jedi are you, sir!

Available from Etsy: M + W’s Storm Trooper Adirondack Chair

8. Death Star Ice

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Death Star Ice Mold

Now you can make your own death star at home with this ice SPHERE mold.

And what does one do with a ball of death star ice? Thanks to the Geeky Hostess, we have the recipe for a Death Star Cocktail. Although damn girl, after a few of these I’ll be laying on the floor of the cantina.

Available from ThinkGeek: Death Star Ice SPHERE Mold

9. Coffee Mugs

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Stackable Coffee Mugs

Oh, I am not going to lie, I want this one and I want it badly. Han makes me want to make chewy noises…

Available from Amazon: Stackable Coffee Mugs

10. Travel T-shirt

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Visit Tatooine Tshirt

From the Tatooine Visitor’s Bureau. Come and visit our white sandy beaches, enjoy twice the beautiful sunsets, lots of casinos and our local cuisine.

Available fromSnorgtees: Visit Tatooine T-shirt

11. Han Solo Carbonite Phone Case

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: han-solo-iphone-case

Like Jabba, you too can have a piece of Han frozen in time.

This iphone case is a high-resolution image of Han in carbonite, printed onto a rubber iphone case. This seller had many positive reviews on Etsy for his version of the Han Solo carbonite case.

Available from Etsy: Han Solo Carbonite iPhone 5 Case by Dagobah

Now, update your own giftbug registry you must! Don’t forget to add these Star Wars gift ideas to your your giftbug registry. The coffee cups are already on mine 🙂

Thanksgiving Host & Hostess Gifts

For many people, Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday. I love holidays, so it’s hard for me to have just one favorite, but Thanksgiving is a great choice. Whether your gathering is large or small, family or friends (or both!), it’s a time to be loved, be thankful and hopefully enjoy really, really great food.

From the turkey, to the stuffing, the cranberry sauce and all the trimmings, getting ready to entertain at Thanksgiving should probably be an Olympic sport! So in honor of your host or hostess, these are my favorite gifts this Thanksgiving.

8 Thanksgiving Host & Hostess Gifts

1. Fresh Seasonal Wreath

Magnolia Woodsy Wreath

A fresh seasonal wreath is a beautiful and unexpected twist on the traditional gift of flowers. Plus, there’s the added bonus that a well-made wreath should last through the December holidays.

Many local florists will create and customize a fresh seasonal wreath, or you can order a handmade artisanal wreath like this one, available from Creekside Farms: Magnolia Woodsy Wreath

2. Donate a Wreath

Wreaths Across America

I have a special place in my heart for the Wreaths Across America organization. In 2014, they placed a fresh wreath on all 226,525 graves at Arlington National Cemetery and a total of 700,000 wreaths at locations worldwide.

You can sponsor a single wreath for as little as $15. Wreaths can be sponsored in honor of/memory of a servicemember, or simply sponsor a wreath in thanks for the freedom to spend this Thanksgiving day with your loved ones.

Don’t forget to express this thanks, and share your sponsorship of a wreath, in a handwritten note to your host or hostess.

Available from Wreaths Across America: Sponsor a Wreath

3. Bring the Sauce

Wigle Whiskey

Create a little gift basket with the makings of a signature cocktail. And don’t forget to include the recipe! Thanks to Miss Martha Stewart, you can put the sauce in ‘cranberry sauce’ with her Cranberry Old Fashioned.

I always advocate using craft spirits and in Pittsburgh we have the very popular Wigle Whiskey.

Available from Wigle Whiskey: Organic Pennsylvania Bourbon

I love the combination of orange and cranberry and Wigle’s orange bitters should really enhance the orange zest in Martha’s recipe!

Available from Wigle Whiskey: Organic Pomander Orange Bitters

4. Fabulous Hand Soap

Lemon Verbena Hand Wash from Maison Apothecare

If your host or hostess has been spending a lot of time in the kitchen preparing the nosh and nibbles, a gentle and great smelling hand wash is a perfect choice. I recently purchased this lemon verbena hand soap and I LOVE it!! It smells amazing and it doesn’t dry out your hands.

Available from Maison Apothecare: Lemon Verbena Hand Wash

5. Honeyed Walnuts

Honeyed Walnuts

There is just something about a honey bear!

This little guy is filled with whole walnuts soaked in 100% natural Amish honey. A special treat delicious on cheese, ice cream or fresh fruit…and I’m pretty sure even eating them right out of the jar is fabulous.

Available from Alex’s Meats: Honey Bear Walnuts

6. Bring the Conversation

Table Topics from UncommonGoods

Whether you’re attending a family Thanksgiving or a gathering of friends, it’s always good to have some conversation starters in your back pocket. And ok, so this cube likely won’t actually fit in your back pocket, but it does come in a variety of themes (Foodies, Family and Happiness, just to name a few) and each cube contains 135 conversation starters.

Available from UncommonGoods: Table Topics

7. Exotic Sea Salt

Breakaway Matcha Tea Sea Salt

A fun treat to spice up their kitchen pantry. Matcha tea is definitely one of the ‘it beverages’ right now. Put an unexpected twist on it with this hand-blended combination of matcha tea and French sea salt. Even the packaging is extraordinary with the use of a beautiful violet-black glass jar.

Available from Breakaway Matcha: Breakaway Matcha Salt

8. Herbal Tea

Tea: Red Rooibos Chai Masala

Give your host or hostess a gift to enjoy after the guests have gone home and they can sit back and revel in the beautiful gathering they created. This unexpected twist on Chai is made with red rooibos tea instead of black tea with the addition of vanilla for a hint of natural sweetness.

Available from Miss Tea Organics: Red Rooibos Chai Masala