The Mother Load: Four Great Gifts (to Give or Get!) This Mother's Day
Sure, most moms (and grandmas!) love a handmade card, a bouquet of fresh flowers, or any of those traditional, go-to gifts for Mother's Day. But this May 13th, why not try one of these more inspired options!
Here are four ideas for fun, useful, and affordable indulgences to treat any lady in your life.
1. Monogrammed rain boots, from ZOUBABY. Let everyone else slosh around in uber-pricey and over-popular Hunter boots or cloyingly cute patterned galoshes. These sleek wellies have that sophisticated riding-boot style look to them AND you can personalize them with your initials. Choose the thread color and the font, and hit the puddles in style. ($98). Note: they also come in children's sizes!
2. Design her some snazzy headphones, from Designears. These customizable headphones will let her tune in and tune out entirely to her own rhythm. Designed like the chunky "DJ-style" headphones, the ample space on the ear-speakers is perfect for a snapshot of her kids, her favorite flower, the skyline of the city she loves the most. (You can upload your own image and also choose from a range of patterns they offer.) I think these are an adorable alternative to the plain-Jane white ear buds tangled up in knots. ($70)
3. Giver her the perfect water bottle for runner-mamas, by Clean Bottle. The Runner bottle was clearly invented by a mom, and a mom who likes to have both hydration and telecommunication with her at all times. What I love about this bottle: it accommodates a smartphone (so many others have skimpy compartments that barely would hold an old-style clam shell phone, much less an iPhone), won't slip out from your hand while running, and unscrews from both ends for easy cleaning. (No more mold in the bottom of your bottles!) Obviously, it's BPA-free, too. ($30)
4. Help her track her activity level, with the Fitbit Ultra. Ever wonder juuuust how many steps you take racing after the kids? Enough to help burn off the baby weight and then some? Clip the tiny but tenacious Fitbit Ultra to your waistband and the tiny device tallies all your daily activities for you—including steps taken, flights of stairs climbed, calories burned and distance traveled. Wear it overnight in a special wristband and it can also gauge the quality of your sleep. (Probably not great for the super-new moms, however!) It's totally wireless, which is awesome; if you're simply within range of your laptop, it syncs up with your account online, so you can see your stats anytime. If you want to add in your meals on your phone or computer, then you get an even more complete picture of how you're doing, health-wise. (The Fitbit app is FREE and works for iPhone and Android systems.) Plus: you can personalize the cute little LED display so that it greets you by name and even with a motivational phrase that resonates with you. ($100)
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