Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Fit&Fab’s 2012 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Treat mom right this year and get her something she really needs…or just really wants! Our mothers do so much for us and we should show them that we love and appreciate them all year long. This year, treat your mom with a gift that will just remind them of how much they mean to you. Whether it’s a bottle of bubbly, perfume, fitness gear or jewelry she felt guilty about buying for herself, there is something for every mom who wants to look and feel their best! Read on for fitness, beauty, fashion and lifestyle products that every woman will adore this Mother’s Day with price points for every budget!

To avoid cliché this year, leave the flowers and gift baskets behind and give Mom a more thoughtful gift. Add sparkle to both Mom’s day with delicious bubbly served in fine crystal. Toast to Mom’s tireless affection with Ruffino’s fruity Prosecco, available for $15 in all 50 states. Surprise her with Riedel’s Ouverture Pink Toasting Flutes and you will be giving to more than just Mom. Riedel donates 15% of sales to breast cancer charities, Living Beyond Breast Cancer (USA) and the Princess Margaret Foundation (Canada).

Looking to give mom something she wants AND needs? The Samsung Galaxy Note incorporates the best features of both a phone and tablet in one light and sleek device and is the perfect gift for the mom who is looking to simplify their everyday tasks with one easy-to-use gadget! The Note’s 5.3-inch high-resolution screen provides a bright viewing experience and creates a much more vivid experience for eReading, watching how-to exercise videos, organizing daily tasks, looking up healthy meal videos and recipes and much more!

To further set this device apart from the crowd, the Galaxy Note includes a unique tool called the S Pen which allows you to create a handwritten notes or to-do lists that you can share via text, email or on a social network. Send your friend a map to a location you’re meeting at, circle it and leave a personalized note in your own writing. It’s just that easy. There is also no need to carry around a digital camera because the Galaxy Note includes an 8 megapixel camera for crisp photos which you can then draw directly on with the S Pen. This has made our lives so much easier, fun and it’s truly our favorite tech choice for 2012. Mom will have no problem using this product; it’s easy to navigate, has a crisp screen and makes socializing more fun, too!

As founder of Pixi cosmetics and a mother of two, Petra Strand knows first hand how women can be consumed with their many responsibilities. On a quest to recapture her own sense of whimsy, Petra was inspired by Disney’s Tinker Bell to create a new collection of makeup to make women feel as fresh, ageless, and magical as the iconic fairy. At the center of the collection is the Fairy Face Palette. This is truly my new favorite kit in the makeup world! it includes five eye colors, a three-color blush palette, five lip creams, and applicator. Featuring shades of champagne and rose, the palette makes it easy to achieve that flawless fairy-inspired look. Additional products in the PixiGlow collection can be found here and at Target stores nationwide.

Personalization Mall is always making it easy to give Mom a personalized gift she can cherish. Their cookie jar and cutting board both have a sense of cuteness while also being reliable and logical products. We adore their cutting board that is personalized just for mom, seasoned with love. These bamboo products will last mom years of slicing and dicing!

For the modern and stylish mom who still looks for comfort, Justin Boots are an ideal fit. Their detailed, intricate stitching and colorful designs are why they are a smart choice for mom; they are also made with comfort and durability in mind. What a wonderful choice to pair with a worn-in jean jacket and a floral dress. These boots will look great on mom on the sidelines of the game or for the outdoor music festival. The teal and antique details on these tan vintage boots is fun and adds a bit of a surprise to any Spring or Summer outfit. Find our favorite teal selection at this link! We love their fun take on the typical cowboy boot.

Isabella’s Cookie Company offers heavenly treats for Mother’s Day. A soft cookie with all-natural, pastel-colored vanilla frosting and yummy sprinkles, these treats come in beautifully wrapped packaging that Mom will love! Isabella’s produces a variety of cookies that combine wholesome ingredients with an exclusive baking process to create scrumptious treats that satisfy every sweet-tooth.  They offer custom themed confections with no preservatives and we can attest to the fact that these cookies make for guilt-free eating! They are soft, delicious and give you a nice rush in the P.M. hours!

The Contigo Addison AUTOSPOUT™ Water Bottle features a one-touch-button spout release for convenient one-handed, tilt-free drinking. The Addison features leak-proof performance and is perfect for people who prefer drinking through a straw. So many Moms need this convinent option in their life! Retailing for $12.99 and available in a variety of colors at www.gocontigo.com and retailers nationwide, this is an ideal gift for a fit (or soon-to-be fit) mom who loves her workouts.

Heidi Klum’s active wear collection for New Balance is comprised of great basics in luxurious fabrics including tunics, ponchos and leggings for the modern woman on the go.  It’s perfect for running errands, playing in the park with your kids or meeting friends for lunch.  We love colorblock tops and fuschia and black striped scarf that includes cashmere and is soft to the touch. It adds the right amount of zing to any outfit when you are in a rush; throw it on with a black top and jeans and it totally transforms an outfit! It’s perfect for soccer moms who also have their own unique style.

The Abi Ferrin 5-Way Dress is a terrific gift option for a young and stylish mom who wants options. The dress comes in colors such as Ink Blue, Warm White and Kelly Green. There are a variety of other prints and colors for Spring/Summer 2012. Made of a wrinkle-free polyester/spandex blend, the Nikki 5-way dress is machine washable for added convenience and perfect for travel; simply roll in a ball and un-pack, no ironing necessary! The fabric won’t lose its shape and is almost like having built-in Spanx. Celebs love it, and we love its versatility.

We know mom needs a break once in awhile, and there is no better way to spend down time than with Denizen Rum and PAMA Liqueur. The clean flavors lend so well to mixing and pairing with food. Check out the recipes below!

Champagne Dreams: Jazz up a boring Mimosa by adding other fruit liqueurs to make it even more delectable.
Ingredients:
2 oz. PAMA Liqueur
2 oz. Champagne
¼ oz. orange liqueur
1 oz. fresh orange juice

Combine all ingredients except champagne in a shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled flute and top with champagne.

Tulipe de Lis: This floral cocktail is a perfect complement to a vase of flowers on the breakfast tray.
Ingredients
2 oz. Denizen Rum
¾ oz. St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
½ tsp. granulated sugar

The Foreverlily fragrance is intended to aid the wearer in “opening their heart and reaching for the highest within them”. The Oriental touches are feminine and natural and just one spritz makes the wearer feel pretty. This special scent is an enveloping blend with a top note of clove and sweet accents of lemon and fresh lychee. The fresh green crispness of fig and the feminine presence of stargazer lily are equally balanced in the middle note. The base note is comprised of sandalwood, cedarwood, vanilla and amber. Foreverlily was developed by GoodTrueBeautiful, a lifestyle brand created to inspire others and celebrate what is good, true and beautiful in life: just like mom!

Sleep soundly with our amazing Tranquil Moments® sleep sound machine by Brookstone. Based on more than 23 years of scientific research, the Tranquil Moments sleep therapy system is a natural sleep aid that will help you achieve deeper states of sleep, relaxation and renewal. The innovative sound machines use five nature soundscapes and seven clinically engineered sounds developed by the Center of Neuroacoustic Research. Just select 30-, 60- or 90-minute auto shut off and lie back for a great night’s sleep. Our favorite options are Rejuvenate and Stream. The unit retails for $129.99 at Brookstone.

Crabtree & Evelyn‘s Wisteria lotion scent truly mositurizes your hands and has a lightly fragrant perfume that keeps your hands fresh and lovely throughout the day. Our office swears by these products; they have English charm and are one of the few products that everyone uses with gusto.

Frangelico just released a brand new line of low-cal Mothers Day Brunch inspired cocktails that features the signature MOM-osa, a Frangelico spin on the traditional mimosa. This cocktail, created by Master Mixologist James Moreland, was inspired by all the multi-tasking busy moms who need that breakfast in bed cocktail to relax and indulge. The Mom-osa was made to perfectly complement brunch items like eggs benedict and strawberries and waffles and is less than 100 calories!

MOM-osa :
* About 93 calories per cocktail
1 oz Frangelico (about 63 calories)
1 oz passion fruit juice (about 14 calories)
Champagne or sparkling wine to top (about 16 Calories)
Combine Frangelico liqueur and passion fruit juice in a shaker, add ice and pour into a champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine or champagne.

Erica Sara Designs features jewelry with semi-precious gemstones and metals. We love the LOVE necklace! It is a simple piece that is affordable at a price of $50. It has all the charm of the other Erica Sara designs and let’s mom know exactly how much you care. The hammered sterling silver coin provides the perfect backdrop for the engraved ‘Love’ charm. The gold-filled chain is classic and feminine and there is nothing heavyhanded about this piece. It looks perfect with an A-line dress or a crisp white shirt. This is an item you can wear everyday that will become a signature look that isn’t showy or over-the-top. We love its classic simplicity!

Other options include:

Generation Necklace: Erica will engrave the names of your choice in a circle around the charm so that mom can wear them close to her heart. This necklace is perfect on its own or layered with other pieces. Price ranges from $98 to $148.

Mother’s Love Necklace: This necklace is custom engraved with the names of the people mom loves. At the center of the engraved gold filled charm sits a brushed sterling silver circle engraved with ‘Love’. Both charms dangle from a beautiful 18′ chain. Price is $136.

Gourme Mist provides mom with an easy way to cut calories while making family dinner taste amazing. These extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar spray misters are sensible and add a lovely dash of flavor to a meal.  At less than 5 calories per serving, the non-aerosol misters are great for adding flavor without fat and calories.  Perfect for dressing salads, topping veggies, sautéing, baking, pan frying and more, you could buy some for mom and yourself and make her a lovely Mother’s Day meal! Gourme Mist is available nationally and online at www.gourmemist.com.

We hope you find something for mom on this list, whether she loves to imbibe, workout with style or wear a jewelry piece that expresses her love for her family. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day 2012, everyone!