Looking for something special to give to your mother on Mother's Day, but don't want to break the bank? Amy Nebens and Jara Negrin, founders of Poshmom.com and authors of “Living the Posh Mom Life,” share alternative twists on the traditional Mother's Day gift.
Gayle's Miracles Chocolates, $15/Box; Rising Dough Cookies, $24
Present her with a plateful of chocolate truffles by Gayle's Miracles. Lighter, with only one gram of fat each, but equally decadent. If she's crazy for cookies, introduce her to yummy but low-cal batch of Rising Dough's. There's a gingerbread cookie decorated for Mother's Day but she'll appreciate their chocolate chip, cranberry raisin or any of the eight types of outrageously good cookies they make and deliver on Mother's Day and throughout the year.
Le Labo perfume, $45—$180
Try a fresh approach with Le Labo. The ten natural fragrances—no funky combinations—are made to order. The oils and alcohols are only mixed once an order is placed, and this up-to-the minute formulation keeps the concotion very fresh. The retro bottle's label is printed with her name or a term of endearment you choose and dated, so don't order too late or she'll know it was a last-minute thing! With every spritz or dab she'll think of your special sentiments.
Lizzie Scheck Heart & Soul Necklace, $390; Lizzie Scheck Best Mom Necklace, $685; Jennifer Meyer Lucky Number Key Necklace, $625
Necklaces from hip, new designers that still let her get dolled up and bring on a bit of bling to her jeans and tee uniform. Jen Meyers, a new mom herself, has a line of charm necklaces with diamond encrusted keys with a number denoting how many kids she has. Celebs have been spotted wearing them, and surprisingly they won't break the bank. If her jewelry tastes tend more toward whimsical, here's one you can credit the kids for picking out: a Best Mom charm by mom Lizzie Sheck set on a blue, pink or red enamel heart background. If she's the delicate type, Lizzie Scheck also has this sweet but subtle heart and soul charm that Sarah Jessica Parker sports. You can even engrave kid's and your initials on the back.
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Mom Agenda Desktop, $42; Mom Agenda Portfolio, $119.50; Blackberry Pearl, $199
Instead of getting her another calendar to tack up to the wall, we love the mom agenda. It comes in a few sizes and the silk shantung cover comes in a bunch of gorgeous colors. It's practical too; there is a lot of room for her to-do's, plus spots every day to pencil in her kids' schedules. Or, if she's not the type to splurge for a designer bag, get her a designer organizer. The details will make her feel posh, and with the invent of filler papers it will last her more than the one season her bag would.
If she tends to be more tech-y, indulge her with the newest PDA, like the trendy Motorola black jack. It's sleek, easy to use, and she'll never forget a pickup, playdate, or date night with you.
Groove Gurus, $50/Hour; iPod Shuffle, $79; iPod 30G, $249
For a mom who loves music, don't turn to a few new CD's to satisfy her. Pamper her this Mother's Day with her own music stylists. The experts at the Groove Gurus will have you fill out a survey and then will compile a playlist, purchase the music, and download it to her ipod or other PDA. If she's all about her music when she's exercising, get her this Nike shoe with an iPod built right into the heel.
Lambertson Truex Beach Bag, $445
A first instinct for a man is to take his wife for a Mother's Day brunch or dinner with the kids and you still should. But as a gift for Mother's Day, send her packing for a much needed trip to spend some time with her friends. It may be an overnighter to a spa if she needs some R & R, or to a city that's a shopping mecca if she would thrilled to browse without pushing a stroller. Clue her in to your surprise by packing a bag with all the necessities for her specific trip—like this great beach bag for a mom who lives to put her toes in the sand. Put in all the necessities like this self-tanner so she won't be ghostly in the sun. If you know that if she was on a deserted island she'd still want her mascara, make sure to pack a waterproof one. Then add the newest style sunglasses, a cute suit, and she's off in style.
Oversized Charity Check
If you see her volunteering on every committee from school carnival to hurricane relief, you know she'd be happier seeing the money you would have spent on a gift going to help others. Don't feel the pressure of figuring just which charity is most pulling at her heartstrings at the moment. If you donate to an organization called Charity Checks you get a taxable donation and she gets a certificate to choose just where the money goes from more than 800,000 IRS-approved charities. Upon her decision, Charity Checks will then send your donation to that organization.
Jara Negrin and Amy Nebens are two moms and friends who recognized this new posh mom generation and the need to reach them on their own level. They're the founders of poshmom.com and authors of "Living The Posh Mom Life" (spring 2007, Sourcebooks, Inc.).
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