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Know a mom who's a California Girl or who loves her home state? These state necklaces are cut from recycled metal and make a great conversation piece.
State Pride Necklaces, $48 at krisnations.com
So your friend's obsessed with Sudoku? Don't call her a nerd, get her the perfect gift—this marble game will give her brain a heckuva workout and even looks pretty on the coffee table. (Skip it if she has a baby or toddler; the marbles are a choking hazard.)
ColorKu, $34.99 at marblesthebrainstore.com
If her cookies are the bomb, she'll love trade marking them with her own "Home Made" cookie stamper. Take that, packaged Chips Ahoy!
"Home Made" Cookie Stamper, $20 at fredflare.com
Everyone loves foot massages, but if she doesn't have time to spend at the spa, she'll be tickled by this tiny foot spa kit, complete with pumice stones and a nail brush, all in a cute little fabric box. Just tie a bow around it, and your gift is good to go.
Spa Kit, $20 at uncommongoods.com
The beautiful (and affordable!) jewelry at 1928 Jewelry just got personal. Upload a photo of her kiddo to be set in this toggle necklace, and you know she'll keep it close to her heart.
Silver Crystal Toggle Necklace, $31 at 1928.com
Whether she whips up five-course meals or mac ‘n’ cheese from a box, she'll like this pretty little apron. Cooking is way more fun when you look like a million bucks! Print out your favorite recipe and attach it to the card, or tie a pretty spoon to the ribbon to make your gift complete.
Jitterbug Apron, $32 at anthropologie.com
Who else but your girlfriend would buy you a shimmering scent inspired by Tinkerbelle? Made of citrus sorbet, candied fruits and summer rain, it’s a light and sweet fragrance—and something fun she’d never buy for herself.
Pixie Dust, $24.50 at disneystore.com
When Kids Say The Darnedest Things
If you know a mom who has a kid full of one-liners and hilarious zingers (who doesn't?!), get her a Quotable Kid journal. It's one of the only gifts that can serve as a lasting memory that her kid wants to be a Dolphin-asaurus Fireman when he grows up.
Quotable Kid Journal, $14.95 at amazon.com
Photos to Art Portrait
Have a great snap of you two that deserves a little extra attention? Turn it into wall art. Upload a photo to art.com and they'll print it on a high-quality canvas. When she hangs it in her house, she'll have a reminder of a fab time, and her amazing, thoughtful friend (that'd be you.)
Let's Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell
"It's an old, old story: I had a friend and we shared everything, and then she died and so we shared that, too," begins Gail Caldwell in her book Let's Take the Long Way Home. In it she documents her friendship with fellow writer Caroline Knapp in a funny, honest way, that reminds us of our own friendships, and makes us appreciate them a little more.
Chit Chat Cards
Tell her to plop these chit chat cards on her coffee table, and hilarious, interesting convos will never be far away. They ask thought-provoking questions (like "what act of kindness have you done that nobody knows about?") that'll get the party started every time. They're great for getting kids to open up too.
Peppermint Bark Duo
She loves eating peppermint bark, so why not bathing with it? She'll thank you out loud in the shower every time she uses this almost good-enough-to-eat all-in-one shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath. She can bring the yummyness everywhere she goes with the matching lip gloss.
Candles are always a nice gift, but think of a silly inside joke or message to customize this lasts-forever two-wick Celebration Candle, and your gift will stand out from the rest. Pick out the color, icon, and ink color, too; the ivory ceramic tray is included.
Loaded Questions: Adult Party
This version of Loaded Questions is a littler racier than the original, but the (awesome) premise is the same: you and your friends anonymously answer questions like "What television show would you watch if it included full nudity?", and then guess who answered what. It's a great way to get to know your friends even better (after the kids have gone to bed), and you'll probably be rolling on the floor laughing doing it.
Pocket Posh Word Scrimmage
If she fears the Wiggles are slowly turning her mind to mush, she'll think it's hilarious to get a book of brain-boosting puzzles. Plus, they come bound in a cute, toteable book that'll fit perfectly in her purse.
If you can't always be there to give her a hand, you can do the next best thing by giving her this really, really big preppy-cute re-usable shopping bag which folds down into a compact little square. It's large enough for her stuff, her kids' stuff, and even her kids' friends' stuff.