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Ohhhh, look! Another scarf! I can never have too many picture frames! If you’ve heard these words coming out of your mother’s mouth she’s being polite because she loves you but when you’re not looking she re-gifts your present to someone at the office. Here’s a way to guarantee your gift for mom is a hit, is useful, is funny and is interesting.
Why buy those sugary flavory powder things? This way your mom can flavor her water naturally with a fruit or veggie of her own choosing. Give the gift of healthy hydration so mom will always have beautiful skin and absorb calcium.
Have you ever poured champagne over a hibiscus flower? It’s heaven. With edible flowers, your mom can not only enjoy the scent and the beauty but she can sprinkle them over her salad, put them in olive oils for extra flavor or even make a nice jam or jelly. This would be the perfect gift with a nice bottle of champagne.
Want to add something small and fun to Mom’s gift? These are perfect. These earrings flash and blink with several color settings. Think of it this way: it’ll be a great way to locate her in the dark during New Year’s Eve, so think of it as a gift for your dad or step-dad too.
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When I reached out to my mother to ask for some ideas for affordable gifts for the holidays, she said these were the best things she’s ever purchased. They might seem silly, but my mother swears by it as the perfect way to keep a towel on your head and it helps dry your hair as well. Roll your eyes if you must, but this one is mom tested and mom approved.
She would never think to buy herself something like this, but let’s be honest, trying to find the light is tough. You know she’ll want to do a spot check before dinner with the old man or while she’s looking for the next husband. Throw this in with a few other small gifts and you’ll be set.
Finally, something she’ll actually use and probably needs. Too many women just grab the most affordable brush at the local big box store. These are fabulous and a step up from the cheap-o ones. She deserves better.
Ok, let’s keep this 100, this is because you want your mom’s brownies. It’s a brilliant idea so you don’t have to deal with cutting them and getting those damn crumbly bits everywhere. Offer to help her bake a pan so the two of you can do something together. She’ll love that the most. Suggestion: buy some marshmallows to throw on top, place briefly under the broiler, you’ll thank me later.
Make your mom smell as decedent as a chocolate torte with the most delicious soap you’ve ever smelled. It’s one thing to buy your mother standard boring old bath stuff that you see at the mall kiosk, this stuff is neither. It’s delectable. It’s enticing. It’s perfect for her.
The worst thing is coming into a dark house. Whether your mom is headed home from work or a late dinner with friends and the cold winter’s darkness has taken hold hours before, she can come home to a well-lighted home. No more fumbling around in the dark with arms full of packages, flowers, groceries, briefcase and documents, or grandbabies. This light switch makes any light in Mom’s place wireless. She can turn them on the from the car.
If you currently serve as the tech support guru for your parents’ calls for help, you’re going to love Roku. It’s super easy and allows them to livestream anything on their television without you having to walk them through it.
Winter is murder on your hands. While this may seem like some chintzy thing you’d grab at the local drug store on the way to a holiday meal, it’s actually the perfect gift that’s truly useful. If your mom constantly applying creams, cleansers, washing your hands, doing dishes and slapping away dirty palms of her second or third husband, she’s going to need this. You get the cuticle cream with the hand cream and a nice pair of cotton gloves to slide over them while it all soaks in.
If you have the kind of mom who isn’t the most tech-savvy she probably can’t download one of those awesome noise machine apps on her smartphone. Here’s a great alternative. Sleep on the beach or deep in the forest. Listen to the rainfall and the birds sing. It’s a beautiful and peaceful way to snooze.
Ok, these are just cool. When it’s cold outside there’s nothing anyone wants more than a hot beverage. Here’s an easy way to have a delicious hot cocoa by the fire. Make this gift even better by throwing in a bottle of Bailey’s.
Speaking of liquor, aerating your red wine is actually a thing. Opening a nice expensive bottle of red wine is a complete waste if you don’t let it breathe. So here’s a genius way your mom can aerate the beautiful bottle you select to go with it!