Need ideas for what to get mommy dearest this upcoming holiday? Check out this Mother's Day gift guide for inspiration that doesn't break the bank.
Mother's Day is next Sunday, May 13. Let's hope you haven't forgotten! If you need help getting Mom a cool present she will definitely use, look no further. This top 10 list offers presents for any type of budget, and unique items that are more unexpected than your average new iPad. Besides, you'll want to save the big Benjamins to splurge on that piece of jewelry Mom's been eyeing since Valentine's Day.
After a long day of work, help mom unwind with a cool bottle of wine with the Corkcicle chiller pack. Instead of bothering with an ice bucket, the Corkcicle inserts into a wine bottle to keep the wine cold while looking like it's been pierced by a glacier. The product is reusable, great for entertainment, and reasonably priced. Reviews on Amazon rave about the product, so don't let Mom out of the cool loop!
Incase Box Case ($30)
iPhones pretty much dominate much of the smartphone users' market, so if your mom owns an iPhone 4 or 4S, help her protect the gear with the stylish Incase Box Case. The latest product from the company, the Box case's soft silicon body keeps the phone comfortable to hold while providing maximum anti-scratch protection. It also comes in a minimalistic design of four color options: Black, clear, white, and pink.
Nest Thermostat ($250)
If your mom loves iOS gadgets, the Nest is perfect for a similar type of user interface design on a home improvement scale. The Nest is a beautiful and intuitive way to set the temperature setting at home, and it could end up saving Mom some money on her electricity bills if she sets her thermostat usefully. She can also link it to her mobile device to control the thermostat even when she's away from home. If you need more convincing, find out more through our hands-on with Nest. The icing on the cake, of course, is offering to help Mom install the system.
Stealth Toothbrush Sanitizer ($50)
The last thing you want to tell your mom is how gross bacterias can be anywhere in her home regardless of how often she cleans. Make that one less of a worry for her with the Stealth Toothbrush Sanitizer, a cool-looking gizmo that helps kill bacteria from her toothbrush with an ultra violet ray. Its rock-like design should also please even the most design-savvy moms, who can envision it as one of those stones you find at spas.
Sheex Bedsheet Set ($159–$219)
How can you convince mom the bedsheets you've got her is technologically pretty awesome? Compare it to the innovative ways sportswear are made. The Sheex Bedsheet sets are made from fabric materials used in Nike and Under Armour shirts, giving the sleeper breathability and extra comfort. The microfibers form to the body of the sleeper and transfer body heat better than traditional sheets, perfect for use year-round. While there are no particular pattern designs, the Sheex comes in various soothing colors, from Glacier Blue to Creme.
Steelie Mobile Device Tripod ($35–$150)
Let mom make the most out of her mobile phone with the Steelie device holder that will allow hands-free use any place, any time. Using magnet power to add versatility, the full Steelie set comes with a dashboard ball to use in the car, a tabletop stand, and a "Hobknob" ball to add grip to the gadget or a tilted viewing angle. You can also purchase each item separately if you think Mom will make use of one Steelie model more than the other.
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 Portable Scanner ($195)
Make organization less of a task with the help of the mobile Fujitsu scanner. The thin, portable design lets you scan receipts, business cards, letters, postcards, what-have-you's and store them neatly in your computer. A standard letter-size page gets scanned in an average of 7.5 seconds. After everything's been scanned, the system also allows for easy exports into Excel, Outlook, or Mac's Address Book to keep track of expenses or contacts.
Picnic Backpack ($80)
The Picnic Backpack is great for the outdoorsy type of moms who like to hike out and enjoy a day in the sun. The backpack has padded shoulder straps and can hold four sets of utensils and glasses, with additional space for corkscrews, knives, napkins, cutting board and plates. The detachable insulated side pocket is also a bottle cooler/container while the other side straps on a picnic blanket. Yep, all the accessories you see in the bag comes with. Order early and you can save 20 percent on this Red Envelope product with an ongoing sale, and you'll have time to personalize the bag with up to 15 characters on custom embroidery.
We reviewed it, we loved it. The Stem easily juices fruits and turn them into spritzers, so no more worrying about cutting up and manually squeezing fruit juice when you only need a few sprays. It's small, easy to use, and ridiculously inexpensive. Seriously, there's no excuse not to fork over five dollars from even the most frugal gift giver. You can even find it at your local Target stores if you want to save on the additional $3.50 shipping fee.
Foodzie Subscription ($60–$360)
Foodie moms may love to cook, but a break every now and then is well deserved. Treat her to a special surprise once a month with a Foodzie subscription and she'll get a box of seasonal, fresh artisanal products delivered to her door monthly. Foodzie lets you pick from three themes per month so you can ensure that each month, Mom will receive something she might actually want to try. Products include everything from speciality chocolates, bacon peanut brittles, iced tea, cheese, and homemade jam. To match your budget, you can gift in intervals of two-month to a year's package.
If you need more last-minute help on unique gifts, hit up sites like Etsy for one-of-a-kind pieces you can treat Mom with this holiday season. Enjoy!
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