What to get the woman who has everything? This question is asked so frequently when it comes to gift-giving for moms. But don’t fret – there are plenty of exciting ways to find the perfect gift for your mom this coming Christmas. Here are the top 10 Christmas gifts for mom in 2010.
10. Giiv.com Gift Card
This new service, still in beta but picking up steam, sends gift card voucher codes to the recipient’s mobile phone via txt. Thus, it cuts down on the clutter of gift-giving – no boxes, wrapping paper, or cards to fuss over. And that makes it eco-friendly. There are many options available in the Giiv gift catalog including gift cards to places like Amazon, Macy’s, Whole Foods, Krispy Kreme, Zappo’s, Sephora, and plenty more. Denominations start at $5, so you can gift on a tight budget.
9. A Scent of Scandal – Hot Mama Candle
Remind your mom she’s still a hot mama with this whimsical 100% pure soy candle, hand poured in the USA. It’s scented with sugar and spice – and, presumably, everything nice! The candle comes in an 8 oz. tin with a metal-free, all cotton wick for clean burning. Each tin burns for 30-35 hours. $14.95 at CandleDelirium.com
8. Clay Hanging Keepsake Kit
This hanging keepsake kit by Casting Keepsakes is a great gift for new mothers. It features soft, air drying clay into which baby’s hand or foot can be imprinted. No mixing or baking is required. The clay is absolutely non-toxic. Once the keepsake is dry it can be hung, which makes it wonderful as a tree ornament. Each kit makes 3 keepsakes. $7.88 on Amazon
7. Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker
A truly unique way to encourage play time while making a tasty treat, the Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker by UCO allows you to make ice cream anywhere. Simply add the ingredients (rock salt and ice cream mix) and shake, roll, or toss for 10-15 minutes. Because it requires no further fancy appliances or equipment it’s great for picnics, outdoors parties, camping, or just for tossing inside on a rainy day. It’s portable and a breeze to clean. You can buy it on Amazon, but the price depends on the size you select (pint or quart).
6. Sony 8″ Digital Photo Frame (DPF-D820)
This 8″ frame displays up to 4,000 images (2 GB memory), ensuring your mom a constant slide show of happy memories. Photos automatically rotate so no matter their original orientation, they’ll fit the frame. The frame sports a 4:3 aspect ratio LCD, LED backlight for easy viewing, a clock, and a calendar. It also has a USB slot and a memory card slot for versatile methods of loading photos. $119.99 from Sony
5. Heifer International Honeybees
Give the gift of charity, the gift that keeps giving, this Christmas. Your mom will be touched by the gesture as you give an animal or other life-sustaining necessity to a family in a destitute country via Heifer International. There’s a large catalog of animals available ranging in price, such as llamas, goats, sheep, cows, rabbits, and more. But one of the more unique gifts you can give to a poor family on behalf of your mother is honeybees. Honeybees pollinate plants, increasing fruit and vegetable yields and thereby increasing foodstuffs. The honey, beeswax, and pollen can also be sold or traded. Each $30 donation for honeybees gives a family a package of bees, a box, a hive, and training. Heifer.org
4. Flip UltraHD Camcorder
At a little over 4″ x 2″ x 1″, this truly pocket-sized video camcorder is great for on-the-go moms who never want to miss a moment’s action. It comes in a 4 GB or 8 GB storage option with 1 or 2 hours video time. It sports a 2x digital zoom and 720p HD recording, with 2″ screen size for viewing. The Flip UltraHD runs on a battery pack or standard batteries. And you can design your own snazzy skin for the camera, allowing you to stamp your or your mom’s personality on it. Starting at $149.99 from Flip.
3. Family Necklace
This truly classic sterling silver pendant from RedEnvelope.com has stood the test of time. Its elegant design features 1, 2, or 3 children to represent many common family types. It measures 5/8″ by 7/8″ and, when purchased at Red Envelope, comes with a 20″ chain. And for moms who are patriotic, it’s made in the USA. The design is common to several stores, however, so if you want to shop around, try a Froogle search. $49.95
2. Primula Flowering Tea Set
Flowering teas are truly the pinnacle of elegance and beauty when enjoying a serene cup of tea by yourself or when serving tea while entertaining. This set includes a durable, microwave and dishwasher safe 40 oz. glass pot with lid, and comes with a 12 pack of jasmine-scented flowering green teas. Flowering teas are actually hand-tied bundles of tea leaves and flowers that, when in contact with hot water, bloom before your eyes. Each flower makes up to 15 cups of tea in a 24 hour period. $27.99 at Amazon
1. Polaroid PoGo Instant Digital Camera (CZA-05300)
Traditional Polaroid cameras may be on their way out, but the PoGo is very much in. It allows you to capture photos and print them instantly with the camera’s built-in printer, which still gives you the novelty and nostalgia factor of the old Polaroids. Each photo print measures 2″ x 3″. And the sleek camera itself, despite containing its own printer, fits in a pocket or purse with ease. Your mom can take precious photos to have and to hold right in the moment. As a bonus, it’s a great option for scrapbooking moms, with no need to wait for traditional prints to be developed. $199.99 from Polaroid.