She may not be famous, but your mom is a shining star who deserves to be showered with celeb-worthy gifts! Included here are some favorite finds, along with special selections that come directly from Justin Timberlake’s mom, Lynn Harless. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make mom feel like she’s on the A-list with these thoughtful gifts. Bobbie Thomas, TODAY style editor and author of the Buzz column for In Touch Weekly, shares the inside scoop on Hollywood’s hottest gifts.
Tech toys for her
Whether mom likes to exercise to the oldies, reminisce with rock ’n’ roll or drive to a dance mix, she’s bound to appreciate a custom playlist prepared by you. (Justin has been promising Lynn for years that he would make one for her iPod — maybe this year he’ll deliver!)
You can help your mom turn moments into priceless memories thanks to an easy-to-use mini digital camcorder. The Flip just released the brand-new Ultra, and its popular Mino is now available in HD. Plus, the added bonus of a personal cover design will make mom feel like a truly stylish videographer! ($149-$229; theflip.com)
If your mom loves to cook, then she’ll flip for Demy’s new Touchscreen Recipe Reader. The device holds up to 2,500 recipes and is considered kitchen-safe thanks to a splash-resistant design and plastic exterior that can be wiped clean. Star mom Vanessa Williams uses hers to whip up different dishes for her family. ($299; amazon.com)
Fresh take on flowers
Celebrities like Mariska Hargitay shop RedEnvelope.com for unique items like the “year of seeds.” Each month mom can turn her windowsill into a mini garden with these perky potted plants ($79; redenvelope.com). Or, keep mom wrapped up in a colorful array of floral designs with Tolani’s silk “summer” scarves. Celeb mom Jessica Alba adds some bouquet-inspired beauty to her outfits with these lightweight layers. ($85-$89; blueheavenboutique.com) Why get her roses that will wilt away when you can capture the art of the flower forever with a piece of jewelry? For a gift that will literally grow on mom, Rockettoro’s mini glass vases hold a few drops of water or soil and a freshly cut (or fake if you prefer!) flower or bud ($42; rockettoro.com). In addition, Hanami dips their rare orchid finds in resin to make pretty pieces that will last a lifetime. ($35-$55 HanamiUSA.com)
Presents that pamper
Give mom the gift of baby-soft skin with Gamila Secret, a cleansing cream that looks like soap, but moisturizes like a lotion. JT’s mom — who is a fan of the all-natural bar — appreciates that the special recipe of herbs was passed down from grandmother to granddaughter. ($35-$50; gamila.com)
You can help mom experience the ultimate at-home relaxation ritual with Mighty Leaf Tea’s Abaca Spa Box. This handcrafted package contains two Oasia bath pouches and eight whole leaf tea bags — which moms Kate Hudson and Rachel Weisz drink to decompress. ($19.95; mightyleaf.com)
Essence of Beauty’s Soy Lotion candles will warm her heart and her skin! The double-duty treats melt down to offer a soothing pool of moisturizing cream. A luxury Lynn loves, these candles are available in Passion Flower, Cucumber Pear and Pomegranate scents.
You can also take a cue from A-list celebs like Reese Witherspoon and Kate Beckinsale, and give mom the next best thing to a fabulous getaway! The scent of BURN’s new destination-inspired Voyage candles will transport her to an exotic locale — no travel necessary. ($26; studiobeautymix.com)
Great for grandmothers, People Platters’ custom dishes deliver the whole family on a platter — even without a special occasion or holiday! Create a cartoonlike image of everyone on the family tree, and make it personal by picking hairstyles, glasses or a goatee — you can even include Fifi or Fido! ($60-$490; peopleplatters.com)
Tell mom how much you love her with the Twelve Ways You Made A Difference book by Rag & Bone Bindery. Personalized prompts such as “the best advice you ever gave me …” help you express your feelings for the woman who raised you! Oprah ordered two of these books for Julia Roberts when she was pregnant with her twins. ($29; someonespoilme.com)
Finally, Laura Michaels’ magnetic jewelry breaks apart to allow for redesign or custom sizing. Tell mom these bracelets are symbolic of the fact that you’re bound by more than birth, and it’s still impossible to keep you two apart! ($42-$58; lmichaelsjewelry.com)