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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?

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Grown-up Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is just a week away. And if you’re like me, it’s been more than a few years since you could get away with a nice macaroni necklace or your cute face emblazoned on the side of a coffee mug. So what to get Dad when you’re a grown-up? We’ve got you covered with these great ideas for Father’s Day gifts from adult kids.


5 Ideas for Father’s Day Gifts from Adult Kids

1.  A Hulu Plus Gift Subscription

huluCatch Dad up on all of the great shows that you’ve loved over the years. Now that he has all of this free time and no more karate tournaments or soccer matches filling his evenings – he can get sucked into the addictive world of JJ Abrams’ Lost.

The Perfect Gift for TV Lovers – a Hulu Plus gift subscription

2.  The Good Liquor

Cocktail Recipe - Old Fashioned

Does your Dad have a favorite cocktail? Introduce him to a local distiller of his signature spirit. Small batch distilleries are popping up in cities of all sizes. In Pittsburgh, hometown of giftbug, we have a number of talented artisans brewing their local spirits:


Maggie’s Farm Rum – a great summer mojito
Boyd & Blair Vodka – shaken not stirred for a classic martini
Wiggle Whiskey – the perfect start for my Dad’s fave – the Old Fashioned

3.  Indestructible Work Pants

Duluth Trading Co. - Firehose Work Pants

It seems every time I call home (and my folks will say that’s not often enough), my Dad’s outside working on something. Whether it’s mowing the lawn, changing the oil in one of his toys or fixing something that leaks or creaks, there’s always something to keep him busy and dirty.

This Father’s Day, buy your Dad the last pair of work pants he’ll ever need. Field tested and heroically tough – apparently tougher than an angry beaver.

4.  Grown Up Adventures

If Dad’s the adventurous type, how about surprising him with something unexpected!



5.  Adult Humor

Comedian Don Barnhart Did your dad endure endless knock-knock jokes and hours of G-rated movies? Repay his restraint with tickets to a local comedy club or improv.



Of course, if all else fails, you can always pick up another tie.

Do your parents have just as hard a time picking out gifts for you as you do for them? Make it fun again (for everyone) and create your own gift bug registry.

College Bound Gift Ideas

College is the next step for many high school graduates, and that often means the high school graduation gift is all about gearing up the new college freshman. We’ve put together a list to help with a few ideas, although in putting this list together one thing became crystal clear to me…it’s been more then a few years since I packed up for college and things have changed a wee bit!

1. The No Wash Shirt

Wool & Prince Shirt

Ok, technically this shirt is actually sold out, but it is the first thing that I thought of for this list. I don’t know what guy (yes, we’re stereotyping guys here) wouldn’t have loved this shirt in college. The guy that created this button down shirt, wore it for 100 days straight without washing it **and** it never needed ironed. Genius! So yes, he’s actually sold out right now and I think he only produced the first edition in one style, but this could be the future of the college guy’s wardrobe. You heard it here…maybe not first…but, we’re passing on the good info!

Wool&Prince: Shirt

2. Personalize The Dorm Room

WallPops Wall Decals

Anyone who’s lived in a dorm room knows it’s all about personalizing your space in a temporary way that’s not going to cost you $$$ when it’s time to move out. These temporary wall stickers are a great way to add color and personality to an institutional looking dorm room. They peel off easily so the dorm-dweller can move out damage-free or
redecorate weekly.

WallPops: Wall Decals

3. Personalize The Technology

Batman Keyboard Decal

For the most part, a laptop is a laptop is a laptop and every student has one, and quite possibly an iPad or a tablet as well. Never fear, you can personalize those now too. Man, too bad they didn’t have these to personalize the Brother Word Processor when I was in college 🙂 Here are just a few selections from Etsy that I had to share:

Etsy: PikaNOM Apple Laptop Decal
Etsy: Batman Logo for MacBook Keyboard
Etsy: Cool Keyboard Decal
Etsy: Lotus Flower Laptop Decal

4. It’s All About The Laundry

Izola Laundry Bag

One of the constants in college is laundry and the way it pile’s up. It’s safe to say, college students can’t have too many bags to stuff it in and lug it to the laundry room…or more likely a visit home. This is a pretty cool take on the standard laundry bag with a personalized name, year, college name and school colors.

Izola: Laundry Bag

5. Music Is Mandatory For Optimal Studying


The music might change, but the significance that it plays in the college experience remains the same. When everyone else is using the round, colorful headphones, they can standout in the crowd with this cool square version.

GIZMINE: Headphones

Speakers from ThinkGeek

If you follow giftbug on Pinterest and Twitter (and if you don’t, what are you waiting for?!) you know that I’m a big fan of ThinkGeek for go-to gadget gifts. These speakers will bring a great vibe (yes, I just said vibe) to the dorm room for the study session or the mandatory study breaks.

ThinkGeek: Speakers

6. The Everything Else Category

Hydration Stations are big at a lot of the college campuses, so you can’t go wrong with a cool water bottle like Nalgene (which has the added bonus of being nearly indestructible).

Nalgene: Water Bottle

A mobile surge protector is a must-have and I love this one with the USB ports built into it and the AC outlets rotate to accommodate large plugs.

Amazon: Surge Protector

It’s pretty much a dorm room constant that there is never enough storage. These storage bins are great because they are also collapsible so when everything is on the floor and the bins are empty, you can fold them up and put them out of the way.

The Container Store: Storage Cube

No matter how high-tech we get, there are two low-tech staples that will always remain necessary (like Macgyver and his duct tape), you can never have too many binder clips and post-it notes.

Amazon: Colorful Binder Clips
ThinkGeek: Origami Sticky Notes

And lastly, if you’re the cool, hip Aunt or Uncle, you can always make sure they’re stocked up on red Solo cups…

Amazon: Red Solo Cups