Gifts for the Gift Challenged: Mom & Bride

I consider myself extremely gift challenged.  I have absolutely no idea what would make a good gift for someone no matter how well I know them!  I stress over it, I wonder "Will they even USE this, or LIKE this, will they be offended, will it be a waste?"  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE giving and I adore that giddy feeling the moment I excitedly hand over a wrapped present, but MAN, I rarely get it right and more often than not, I'm handing it over with fear.  I laugh out loud right now as I think about how true that is.

I'm sure part of it is not only am I gift challenged but I'm also time challenged.  Perhaps I'd have a better chance of being a pleasant gifter if I wouldn't wait until the very last minute!  Anyhoo, here's what I came up with for my mom for Mother's Day.  Word of caution: they're reaaaaaally practical and not the least bit creative or splurgy...

1.  FHI Runway.  Yes, it's a silly straightener, but my mom loves to have her hair straightened whenever she gets it cut and it always looks fantastic that day!  Like most people, it's always difficult to recreate the locks you love at home, but this one should do the trick! I think it's time to upgrade her current straightener (CHI) to the best one on the market, plus it'll protect her coarser hair from heat damage when you combine it with NuStyle Organic Hair Smoothing Serum

2.  NuStyle Organic Hair Smoothing Serum is perfect for keeping nasty chemicals away from mom.  Plus, it's safer and less likely to pollute our ground water, made from all natural ingredients, and practices sustainability.  After reading Kerry's post though, I'm really liking the Josie Maran line!  That packaging/branding is beyootiful!  Thanks for finding that, K!  You still have time to Save 10% on the entire Josie website by using code: lovemom
Good through May 13, 2012.

3.  Viva Day Spa in Austin, TX has some great packages for mom that include scrubs, wraps, scalp rejuvenation, oils...SO GOOD!  I had the pleasure of having a well pampered session with them last February and LOVED IT!  Everyone should go to the spa more!  We might be happier people!  My mom works tirelessly all week long and then runs around on the weekends doing case studies or forensic reports or garderning or cheering on the Mavs.  The spa is BEAUTIFUL, smells fantastic, and has some great showers.  Somebody should do an interiors tour of their little place!  The fam is heading down to Austin in late June for my bro's orientation, so that might be a great time for her to relax and celebrate that she's raised such a successful son.  Also, she just offered the upstairs section of her house to her aunt so the time, effort, and adjustment period of a new family member is well worth a spa trip!  

4.  EbookFling for the literature mom could be great for fast leisure readers.   It's a digital lending site where anybody can lend books to anybody else.  Each successful lend that YOU give, earns you a free download!  Right now, Gilt has it for 12 ebooks/year to download for $12, but it's usually $36 so hurry!  This will give mom a chance to read that latest book she keeps hearing about.  The only catch is that you only get the book for 14 days, so mom better read fast!

My close friend, Wenny, got married last weekend (hence the absence from the blog - sorry!) and here are some gift ideas for bridesmaids to spoil the blushing bride with!

1.  La Sardina St. Tropez 35mm Camera would be a beauty to tug along for honeymooning time!  The beauty of film is that you have to wait for your photos to develop.  I can't tell you how amazing it is to open that package from the mail and see what you've created.  It's better than any of my Christmas mornings! :)

2.  Lisbeth Dahl Cosmetic Bag  is the prettiest little ruffly thing I've ever seen!  It could double as a wedding day clutch or work as a makeup bag.  Or this one is very pretty too!  Champagne Rose Purse by HeidiCreations

3.  Chantal Robe (no longer available)  would be so posh to sit around in as the bride gets all dolled up.  I'm SOOO in love with it!  If ANYBODY finds one for sale ANYWHERE, please tell me ASAP!

4.  Makeup Forever HD Complexion Starter Kit  for the bride who wants to do her own makeup (like Wenny).  I'll be doing a review of this kit later on in the month, but I can say one thing - it works SO well and so far Makeup Forever has been 2 for 2 with me!  I love their blush and now am a fan of their foundation!

5.  Sexy Time  And of course, the girl friends can't forget about the lingerie!  We debated whether we should rock her boat and get really sexy or go a little more practical and have something comfortable she would feel sexy in but still enjoy wearing throughout the night as sleepwear.  Sadly, I can't find the exact thing we bought her online, (we found it at the Domain location in Austin) but BOY was it incredibly soft!  It was made of jersey I think, but still sweet and oh-la-la!  I couldn't stop touching it!  Here's a little mashup I sent the other bridesmaids with some lingerie options.  For myself, I particularly like the prettiness of the first and fourth ones on the second row, but I don't think I'd like the wired cups.  I guess you're only wearing it for a little bit huh? *wink*

Top Row

Middle Row

Bottom Row

My dear friends happen to be fantastic gift givers, so I'm one lucky girl to learn from them.  I can add Maigen and Kerry to the list too now because their gift posts are fabulous!


Kerry at: May 14, 2012 at 7:50 PM said...

I love a practical gift!

I can't wait to hear your make-up forever review, and that 35mm camera looks like so much fun!

Also, having received gifts from you {secret pal} I know that you're an amazingly thoughtful and detail-oriented gift giver. You blew me away with what you gifted me! Count yourself a fantastic gift giver, friend. xoxo

Maigen at: May 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM said...

I agree, practical gifts are definitely awesome! Although, I think your gift ideas have a lot of flair! Loving the ruffly bags and that PINK ROBE! Also, the spa idea is priceless! Who doesn't love being pampered? I totally think YOU could be the one to do the interiors tour of that spa! Your pics are so great, they should be so lucky!
One last thing, and it's totally random: I am OB-SESSED with that metallic wallpaper behind the guy with the e-reader. But, you probably could have guessed I would be ;)

Isabel at: May 21, 2012 at 5:54 PM said...

@Maigen - I think that's why I used that picture of that cute guy. That wallpaper is perfect and I want it!

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