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Our Holiday Gift Guide – Moms Edition

Posted Nov 27 2009 10:01pm

Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for your BFF or ideas of what to put on your list, we’ve got the perfect presents for all the moms in your life. And if you’d like us to email your husband a link to this post, just let us know!

Without further ado… our gift guide.

Carolina Pad’s Simply Chic collection

I love office supplies (probably more than what’s normal, but no surprise there), and I think these are so cute! I love how everything coordinates – they would bring a fun splash of color to any office or cubicle (and those of us who live work in cubes could definitely use something cheerful!). I particularly like the padfolio. The faux-croc cover makes it fashionable and fun, and I really like the magnetic closure (yes, I am a dork).

Belkin Laptop Hideaway
belkin laptop hideaway
I love my laptop, but I don’t always love it laying around in plain sight. Add in the power cord, various USB cords and all that, and it can be quite an eyesore. The Belkin Laptop Hideaway is a great solution to that problem! It’s made to sit on the floor, and safely stores your laptop, cords, paperwork and anything else you want to have handy but not necessarily in plain sight. I also like how easy the Hideaway makes transporting everything from room to room. This way I’m never looking for my power cord! It is well-made, durable, and looks great.

I really love the convenience of nonstick cookware, but lately all hearing the word “carcinogen” thrown around in conjunction with such cookware has been making me a little nervous. Scanpan is the best of both worlds – it is the first nonstick cookware that’s certified PFOA-free. The ceramic-titanium interior is safe for metal utensils, and the nonstick factor is so good that cooking requires little to no oil (really!). The skillets are great for browning, searing, and deglazing – or at least that’s what they tell me. I have no idea how to do any of those things, but I will tell you that this pan makes a mean grilled cheese!

Speaking of things I don’t know how to do in the kitchen… I love the idea behind Kitchencue, a series of instructional videos that teach the cooking-challenged among us how to do things like saute, make soups, and roast meat. In addition to teaching basic skills, the DVDs include recipes and information on the best way to use spices and herbs, wine pairings, and much more. They are a great gift for cooks of all levels who want to improve their skills.

Seattle’s Best Coffee
seattles best
I’m often looking for a useful-but-not-too-expensive gift for teachers, babysitters or Secret Santa gift exchanges, and Seattle’s Best Coffee has several holiday offerings that fit the bill! Seasonal coffee blends, like the SleighBell blend pictured above and my personal favorite, the Peppermint Mocha Trio, make great gifts for the coffee lover on your list. Seattle’s Best also has pretty gift sets that are wrapped and ready to go!

Nic’s Sticks
nic's sticks
Jenny and I have both enjoyed trying out Nic’s Sticks by OPI. Actually, neither one of us had been taking very good care of our nails since, I don’t know, 2004 (when our first children were born, imagine that), and now we are back into the grove of having great-looking nails! These portable, easy-to-use nail polish markers are the perfect way for busy moms to keep their nails looking lovely – they’d make a great stocking stuffer! They come in a ton of colors, and have the same fun names we’ve come to expect from OPI (my favorite is “I’m Really Not a Waitress”). Jenny highlighted Nic’s Sticks on Blissful Style, and you can read her review here.

Boots Original Beauty Formula Gift Set
boots beauty gift set
Another thing that’s gone by the wayside since I’ve had children is the luxury of a long, hot bath. In my opinion, there’s nothing more relaxing! This Boots gift set would make a great gift, as it includes bath foam and body lotion. Bath foam. Doesn’t that just sound fantastic? Both of them smell and feel wonderful. Memo to the husbands out there: If you get this for your wife, make sure you also give her the time to use it (aka keep the kids out of the bathroom!!).

Handbags by Cinda B

I am pretty much in love with EVERY bag Cinda B offers! They have some gorgeous fabric patterns and, functional handbag styles for any season in your life. The above pictured “Takin’ Care of Business” tote is perfect for the busy mom – it could easily be a laptop bag, diaper bag, or simply a purse! The fabric is water-resistant and easy to clean, and it’s just plain CUTE and very eye-catching!

Healthy Back Bag by Ameribag

If you like a bag that’s more hands-free and ergonomically friendly, the Healthy Back Bag is perfect for you! Designed with your body in mind, it’s the most comfortable bag you’ll ever carry – easy on the eyes and easy on the spine! Plus, it has a REALLY awesome silver easy-see lining that helps you actually be able to see – and find – the contents in your bag! Great if you need to keep lots of smaller items organized inside your purse.

And there you have it – the perfect gifts for the women in your life!

Need more gift ideas? Check out our Little Kid edition here, and our Big Kid edition here! As a reminder, Jenny or I received a sample of each of the products listed so we could check them out and make sure we are recommending only the best products, but no cash exchanged hands!

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