Gift Ideas for Mom

Gift Ideas for Mom 2016 Christmas Holiday gift guide

So many of the moms in my life; my friends, my aunts, my grandmother, my sisters-in-law, my mother-in-law, my own mama, are so selfless and routinely go without so that their children can have whatever it is that they need.  This was something that I didn’t fully appreciate it until I felt it myself.  That you really don’t mind going without – that you would absolutely go without food and sleep and whatever else in order to make sure that your babies are happy and healthy. And the wonderful part is – you don’t really feel like anything is lacking. So sometimes I find it difficult to buy gifts for moms because they claim they don’t need or want anything.

So I put together a little gift guide for all the moms in your life – both brand new mamas and mamas who are grandmothers or great-grandmothers. I tried to focus on a few themes: 1. experience gifts, 2. memory gifts, 3. gifts that are JUST for them, and 4. gifts that can be “used up.”


one and two:  Something JUST for them. Pretty gifts that are not for the home or the family, but things that will make the mom in your life feel pretty! This cozy monogrammed blanket scarf and the pom can be color-coordinated to help brighten up winter outfits, and bonus – the pom makes it SO much easier to find your keys in your purse/diaper bag.

three:  Something that can be used up. My mom and my grandma especially always say they don’t need more “stuff.” So for them, I either like to get them experience gifts or gifts that can be used up. These Antica Farmacista diffusers are great because they last for ages, require no fire if mom has little ones around, and smell amazing.  Amazing.  This Holiday Trio Set is sold at Nordstrom and Bergdorfs and makes the sweetest gift.  I have two of these three diffusers currently in my house and they make our house smell so festive and clean. (And it is not clean right now, I can assure you).

four and five:  Something just for her. I was gifted this dual birthstone ring last year for Mothers’ Day and my mom loved it so much that my dad bought one for her as well.  On mine I have my birthstone and Cora’s.  On my mom’s she has mine and my sister’s.  I wear this ring every day – it is delicate and lovely and pairs with any other metal you might be wearing because it isn’t overwhelming. And to complete the gift – a cute, monogrammed jewelry tray for the ring and her other baubles!

six:  A memory gift. Have photos from a memorable trip or experience with the mom you’re gifting printed and pick out a pretty frame. Put the photo in the frame and then back in the frame box so she is surprised that it is more than just the frame!

seven:  An experience gift. Gift mom a pretty vase and make a reservation for the two of you to go to a flower arrangement class at a local florist.

eight:  An experience gift. Pick a cookbook that would interest the mom you’re buying for and then schedule a cooking or baking class together. Lots of local restaurants offer classes and Williams Sonoma or Sur la Table do as well.

nine:  An experience gift. Get mom some cute, monogrammed travel bags and schedule a weekend getaway to see a band she likes, have a spa weekend or go hiking!




Holiday Dresses – Under $100

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Today I put together some of my favorite types of holiday dresses. From super dressy numbers to cozy sweater dresses (basically what I wear all winter long). And the best part is – they are ALL under $100.


I also included a few pairs of shoes – some to work with the fancier dresses and other to work with the more casual dresses.  And the shoes are all under $125!


And a number of these are from sites that offer free shipping right now!!!


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Order of Operations for Your Face

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Remember PEMDAS.  You remember. You remember your middle school math teacher drilling that phrase into your head. “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally,” which stood for Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition and Subtraction.  And I didn’t have to look that up.  Neither did you. That shit stays with you forever.

The entire point of the phrase was to help you remember the Order of Operations in a math equation.  I used to make up little phrases like this in law school to help me remember different things.  The weirder my phrases were, the more likely I was to remember them come test day.

Now I don’t know about you, but I love skin care products, (how’s that for a transition). That little checkout line at Sephora with all the samples gets me every time.  And our medicine cabinet in our master bathroom is filled with oils, serums, moisturizers, eye creams, masks and a few things I can’t even name.  I got to thinking recently, that I’m not sure of the perfect order in which I should apply each of these things.  I need an Order of Operations for My Face.

I consulted an esthitician friend of mine who helped put me on track. She reminded me that the order of application is important because it will ensure you get the full benefit of each product.  Incorrect use could mean that the expensive face cream you’re slathering on is doing NOTHING.  Based on her advice and the directions on every skin care product I own…I tried to put together my own Order of Operations phrase.  But I was having trouble coming up with a good one that had no curse words.  So my friend Chelsea came to the rescue with this gem.  And I’m fairly certain the phrase is true too.

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“Mariah Carey Tapes Some Sexy Movies Every Saturday”

  1. Makeup Remover (evening only)

  2. Cleanser

  3. Toner

  4. Spot Treatment

  5. Serum

  6. Moisturizer or Face Oil (moisturizer in the morning and oil in the evening)

  7. Eye Cream

  8. Sunscreen (morning only)