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Fun Gifts for Moms

  • Valerie Fischel

    Mommy Mocktails
    Pregnant and nursing moms listen up: There's no reason to feel left out this holiday season when it's time for a toast. Pick up a copy of Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-to-Be, by Natalie Bovis-Nelsen (GPP Life) to learn how to make yummy liquorless libations that will have you knocking 'em back with the rest of them. ($11.53; at amazon.com)

  • Passell

    This Don't Stop candle from Booty Parlor, available in Spicy Chocolate Cinnamon and Exotic Sandalwood Vanilla, is soy based, so when you blow it out, it will feel so. damn. good. on your skin. (Or your husband's skin.) There's even a tapered pour spout, so it's perfect for a sexy massage. Suggestion: burn it while you unwind in the bath, then let your husband know when you're ready to party.

    ($36, bootyparlor.com)

    Plus:
    12 Gifts For Your Best Friend
    7 Great Things For Kids
    12 Gifts Moms Want
    5 Gifts For Dad
    5 Gifts to Bring to a Party
    5 Baby Shower Gifts

  • Passell

    It's easy to get addicted to this stuff—a soothing lavendar balm to rub on your temples or wrists. It's tiny and only takes seconds to apply, so stick it in your purse for those days you're running around and could use an instant ahhhhhhhhhhh.

    (Do Not Disturb, dodisturb.com)

    Plus:
    12 Gifts For Your Best Friend
    7 Great Things For Kids
    12 Gifts Moms Want
    5 Gifts For Dad
    5 Gifts to Bring to a Party
    5 Baby Shower Gifts

  • Passell

    You know you want this this stunning blue bag from Jimeale. It's big enough to lug everything around.

    ($60, jimeale.com)

    Plus:
    12 Gifts For Your Best Friend
    7 Great Things For Kids
    12 Gifts Moms Want
    5 Gifts For Dad
    5 Gifts to Bring to a Party
    5 Baby Shower Gifts

  • Passell

    Chose one of these stunning bracelets from Wimberly. The shiny enamel coating is totally eye-catching and the bold, detailed designs make them extra sweet.

    (from $42, wimberlyinc.com)

    Plus:
    12 Gifts For Your Best Friend
    7 Great Things For Kids
    12 Gifts Moms Want
    5 Gifts For Dad
    5 Gifts to Bring to a Party
    5 Baby Shower Gifts

  • Passell

    You have to buy socks, so why not buy cute ones? Wiggle your toes in these charismatic footsies.

    (from $10, ozonesocks.com)

    Plus:
    12 Gifts For Your Best Friend
    7 Great Things For Kids
    12 Gifts Moms Want
    5 Gifts For Dad
    5 Gifts to Bring to a Party
    5 Baby Shower Gifts

  • Passell

    Buy one of these 10-in-1 Convertibles and you'll have ten new ways to spruce up your look. Use it as a hair tie, a bracelet, a long necklace, a choker and more. The website, bazner.com, shows you how.

    ($24, bazner.com)

    Plus:
    12 Gifts For Your Best Friend
    7 Great Things For Kids
    12 Gifts Moms Want
    5 Gifts For Dad
    5 Gifts to Bring to a Party
    5 Baby Shower Gifts

  • Ned Matura

    Snap Judgment
    Your sweeties' adorable faces deserve better than the tiny, hard-to-see screen on your cell phone. The My Life Digital Photo Album easily fits in a purse and shows off up to 4,000 pics (probably a little more than you need!) in vibrant color. You can flip through your shots with the slide-show feature, too. ($99.95; brookstone.com)

  • Passell

    If this sleep mask actually works, it will be totally worth it. And even if it doesn't, who cares? Just wearing a sleep mask makes us feel more glamorous.

    ($13.50-$22, marygreen.com)

    Plus:
    12 Gifts For Your Best Friend
    7 Great Things For Kids
    12 Gifts Moms Want
    5 Gifts For Dad
    5 Gifts to Bring to a Party
    5 Baby Shower Gifts

  • Ned Matura

    Petal to the Metal
    The FlowerVest sheath protects your iPod's delicate visage yet lets you access the connectors, hold switch, and touch screen. Also in pink. (Nano style shown, $20, other styles, $30; www.agent18.com)

  • Ned Matura

    Nose it All
    Each fun Crazystick hides a different, glorious solid fragrance. There's a petite perfume to suit every mood. We like the Vanilla Lemon Pie for the warmer days ahead. (Available in 21 scents, $16 each; beautyhabit.com)

    Plus:
    12 Gifts for Your Best Friend
    22 Cheaper Ways to Go Green
    Best Gifts of 2009: Ways to Treat Yourself

  • Ned Matura

    Write On!
    Two reads we couldn't put down: Happens Every Day (by Isabel Gillies; $10, amazon.com) is a memoir by a jilted wife, as intimate as if it came from your best friend; the funny, sad, moving essays in Unbuttoned (edited by Dana Sullivan and Maureen Connolly; $10.08, amazon.com) sum up the joys and challenges of breastfeeding.

  • Ned Matura

    Good Reads
    If you've ever wondered what goes on in other people's bedrooms (and who hasn't?), pick up Behind the Bedroom Door (Random House; $16.50, amazon.com), a collection of essays on sex. The writers, all women, don't spare any details—one-night stands, affairs, and XXX toys. Rather get lost in a mystery? Never Tell a Lie (Morrow; $7.99, amazon.com), by Hallie Ephron, centers on a missing pregnant woman. You'll be hooked from the get-go.

    Buy them on Amazon.com:
    Behind the Bedroom Door: Getting It, Giving It, Loving It, Missing It
    Never Tell a Lie: A Novel of Suspense

  • Ned Matura

    Preppy Chic
    You'll feel like a million bucks with one of these eye-catching bangles jangling on your arm—and you won't have to rob the college fund to get it. (The A. Tierney Bangle, $50 each; atierney.com)

  • Ned Matura

    Stress-Relieving Scents No cash for a day at the spa? Spring for a little aromatherapy at home with these fragrance sticks instead. Pour the sweet-smelling oil (tangerine bergamot is our fave) into the glass jar, put it on a (high) shelf, and bask in the aroma. (Fragrance sticks, $30; sweetgrassonline.com)

  • Ned Matura

    Top Hat (And Mittens!)
    Jazz up your coat with this combo. The hat is reversible, and you can wear the mittens long or flip the cuffs over to show off the print. Both are machine-washable. (Hat, $39, mittens, $44; thisisj.com)

  • Ned Matura

    Back It Up
    Make the most of that iPhone Santa brought you by doubling its life with this rechargeable battery. The iPhone fits neatly into the lightweight case, which means you can carry it around without weighing down your bag. When they're out of juice, rev them both up at once with your USB port or iPhone adapter. (Mophie Juice Pack 3G, $99; mophie.com)

  • Ned Matura

    Sharp Shooter
    This tiny camera is packed with big features, like a super-powerful zoom lens, automatic red-eye correction, and face- and motion-detection technology that will make blurry photos a thing of the past. In three perfectly retro pastel colors. (Canon Powershot E1-1, $199; usa.canon.com)

    Site We Love
    At Animoto.com you can create a very cool music video for free. Just upload 12 to 20 photos, pick a track from the site's library, and in five minutes you'll get a 30-second video e-mailed back. Longer vids will set you back $3—or pay $30 a year to make as many as you want.

  • Passell

    How did the ponytail get such a sloppy reputation? It can be totally chic, especially with these Shaune Bazner Hairstyx. I know what you're thinking: nobody can put those in their hair without a rubber band! Problem solved: there are quick videos on bazner.com that describe exactly how to perfect that effortless look.

    ($22-$38, bazner.com)

    Plus:
    7 Great Things For Kids
    12 Gifts Moms Want
    5 Gifts For Dad
    5 Gifts to Bring to a Party
    5 Baby Shower Gifts
    7 Ways to Treat Yourself

  • Ned Matura

    Foot Bath
    Homedics Jet Spa Plus, $40; homedics.com for stores
    You can paint your toes and exfoliate and moisturize your soles, but what about those special foot-bath treatments you get at the spa? You can have that at home, too, with this super-quiet device that boasts four powerful jets for a deep, soothing massage. With three salon attachments on the side—a pumice stone, brush, and massage toller—plus a carrying handle that makes it easy to take from room to room.
    "It's the perfect way to unwind after a busy day, and it leaves my feet baby-soft." —Carla Leightner, mom of Haley (9) and Caleb (3), Marshfield, MO

  • Ned Matura

    It's so nice sometimes to send a quick note—rather than an e-mail—to friends. Moms dug the classic yet modern designs of Wooster & Prince's Notecard Portfolios ($9) and Paper- Source's Norsa Wildflower Note Set ($12).

    "They have a lot of room to write. I got loads of compliments on them!" —Rica Stinson, mom of Enelia, 3, and Julian, 13 months, Wilmington, NC

  • Ned Matura

    Books. Remember those? You don't have to forsake fiction if you read short stories—you can finish one or two during naptime or soccer practice. Try Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum's Swimming With Strangers: Her tales of women and their complex relationships are gracefully written. (Chronicle Books; $17.90, amazon.com)

    "I really enjoyed the stories. It feels good to finish something for once!"
    —Katie Eschenbach, mom of Jack, 8, Drew, 7 Jane, 4, and Annie, 3, Oak Brook, IL

  • Ned Matura

    If you're splurging on a beauty treatment, you want to see results! Juara's Avocado Banana Moisture Mask takes just ten minutes—then wipes off, leaving your skin hydrated and supple. (Juara mask, $37; skinstore.com)

    "After one use, my dryness was gone. My skin felt nice and smooth. And I like that it doesn't have a strong smell."
    — Jaimee Snippert mom of Emily, 2 1/2, Middleburg, FL

  • Valerie Fischel

    Toasty Tootsies
    Toss those ratty slippers from last year and pick up a pair of these comfy pink ones or funky slipper socks to keep those toes cozy all winter long. ($14 to $16; kohls.com for store locations)

  • Ned Matura

    Soap Silly Bubble Bath Cupcakes look good enough to eat, don't they? But they're made to be tossed in a nice, warm tub for a soothing soak. (from $7.50; soapsilly.com)

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