It’s that time of year again to praise mom for all that she does, and has done, on your behalf—and others. Take full advantage of this annual opportunity to shower her with gifts that help her relax, rejuvenate, and renew. This year’s Luxe List of mom-worthy products help her look and feel her best and many of the lifestyle items can make her life easier and more enjoyable all year through.
Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven (www.PuckOven.com) -- $250
If your mom loves to cook, then she will fall head over heels with this first-ever countertop pressure oven from the award-winning chef and celebrated restaurateur Wolfgang Puck. Resembling a traditional convection oven, the Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven can be set to bake, toast, roast, broil, rotisserie or warm, and can create healthy meals in a fraction of the time as conventional ovens. The combination mechanics of the sealing lever and the vent release valve control the output of constant heat for even cooking. Following two and a half years of research and development, this oven maintains the benefits of a traditional pressure cooker by retaining nutrition while offering the versatility of a countertop oven.
Yonanas (www.Yonanas.com) -- $50
If mom likes kitchen appliances and also delicious desserts than this is the gift for her! Yonanas creates treats that look, taste, and feel like soft-serve ice cream but are actually made from frozen fruit. Unlike a juicer, the Yonanas does not separate the fiber from the fruits that are run through it, so she’ll get 100% of the fruits’ nutritional benefits. This is a great way to use up overripe fruit or take advantage of frozen fruit. Mom can even treat herself – and you – by adding chocolate into the mix. This device does not need milk, yogurt, or cream to create this delightful dessert, so vegans, diabetics, and the lactose intolerant can en joy these frozen treats. The machine even comes with a recipe book to inspire mom to get creative in the kitchen, and indulge in a nutritious way.
Takeya Deluxe Iced Tea Beverage System (www.TakeyaUSA.com) -- $40
Show mom that she doesn’t need that old pitcher and tea bags when she can enjoy a high-tech solution. Takeya offers a proprietary ice tea system comprised of a stylish ice tea maker that comes in several colors and loose, whole-leaf tea packets offered in six delicious, all-natural flavors. Takeya’s ice tea system allows mom to make handcrafted, artisan ice tea beverages in just minutes. It comes with a recipe book so that mom can make special drinks like Spiced Chair Latter or Sparkling Cherry & Blood Orange drinks. It uses a patented Flash Chill technology that revolutionizes what was once a lengthy process of iced tea making. It comes with a two-quart iced tea maker, tea infuser, infuser extender, infuser holder, fruit infuser, citrus juicer and thermos jacket in addition to the recipe book and six-packet starter of tea. Meet mom on the porch for a nice, chilled ice tea as soon as she gets this easy-to-use beverage system set up.
GE X450 Digital Camera (www.General-Imaging.com) -- $150
What mom doesn’t love taking pictures of the kids and grandkids? Treat her to a new camera that is user-friendly but also gives her a host of options and features that make her feel like a pro. The GE X450 is a new high-performance camera from GE that includes a convenient Eye-Fi feature, which allows mom to upload photos and videos to her favorite social media sites. With this camera, she can post her favorite photos or HD videos online without fumbling with cords and a laptop. The camera also features optical image stabilization for crystal-clear pictures, a 2.7” LCD screen to edit photos on the spot, and 25X optical zoom to get up close to the action. It’s available in white or black.
Stitch Fix Professionally Styled Fashion Packs (www.StitchFix.com) -- $20 Styling Fee; Prices Average $55 per Item
Stitch Fix is for the time-starved woman who wants an effortless way to look pulled together. As the next generation fashion retailer, Stitch Fix blends smart technology with expert styling and a unique product to create a truly personalized experience that gives her the confidence to be her best self every day. It was created for the woman who wants to look and feel great, effortlessly. First, you start by filling in a style profile online (what you think mom likes) and then five items will be hand-picked by a stylist and sent to her. Then she keeps what she loves and sends back what she doesn’t. This allows mom to try on everything in front of her mirror at home as well as mix and match these items with what she already has in her wardrobe. She can schedule her next fashion Stich Fix whenever she likes. As the stylists get to know her better, she will most likely love it even more. Users set their own price range, but items average about $55 per each. There is also a $20 styling fee but this can be used towards the order. Customers receive 25% off the order if all five items are kept. Don’t know what mom likes or wants? No worries! A gift card to Stitch Fix makes a great gift for Mother’s Day!
Hipzbag (www.Hipzbag.com) -- $19.95 and up
When traveling, it can be hard to find a free hand to access those items you need to have at –the-ready. To keep it all in place, the Hipzbag offers a hands-free and pretty pouch. With super-cool styling, this is no fanny pack…it’s wearable, enviable fashion! With a built-in rear pocket that is designed to fit any cell phone, you don’t have to worry about missing a call or misplacing your phone. Hipzbag hooks directly onto your belt loops or you can use the matching strip that lets you hang the Hipzbag across your body or around your waist, offering three ways to wear this cute and convenient travel accessory.
Shany Cosmetics Makeup Train Case with Mirror (www.Overstock.com) -- $36.99-$37.99
Every traveler likes to look fabulous on the road, so this Shany Makeup Train Case with mirror, available in in silver or zebra print, provides a stylish and sturdy way to tote all of those beauty products or hair accessories. This makeup case has two layers of storage and a large mirror which doubles as a lid. Both are made with a durable aluminum frame and 100 percent ABS plastic, making it strong but lightweight so it is easy to carry on any trip. It also has a swivel handle top and a secure, easy close latch with lock and key.
‘Jennifer’ Rain Boot from Kamik (www.Zappos.com) -- $65
Keep mom’s feet dry and looking their fashionable best with the Jennifer Rain Boot from Kamik (rhymes with hammock!). This waterproof, lightweight rubber rain boot is 100% recyclable and part of Kamik’s recycling program, which means you and mom will be helping the environment. Kamik’s super cool “Jennifer” design features a decorative side buckler and patch and is available in multiple colors, including green, burgundy, black, blue and charcoal. PVC free, the synthetic rubber used in this boot is designed to retain its flexibility and traction in both warm and cold temperatures. These boots also come with a removable 6mm EVA Kamik comfort insole to ensure the utmost comfort for mom’s feet.
SensorPEDIC Sensor Cool Pillow (www.JCPenney.com) -- $120-$140
Help mom relax and get the best beauty sleep possible. The SensorPEDIC Sensor Cool Pillow is the first pillow on the market to feature a gel layer on both sides, giving new meaning to the phrase, “the cool side of the pillow.” Mom will also enjoy the memory foam, which adds extra comfort and support, cradling her head as she sleeps. Since the pillow is the bed for her head, mom will appreciate the cutting-edge cooling technology this pillow provides and thank you for the hot gift item.
City Lips Plumping Gloss (www.CityCosmetics.com) -- $35
Help mom shine with lustrous and plush lips that come with a high-impact shine courtesy of City Cosmetics. The gloss is an award-winning treatment that has been infused with revolutionary technology for instant, long-lasting results, including smoother and fuller lips—by as much as 3mm within ten minutes of application! The results have been clinically proven to stimulate long-lasting natural collagen production for 30 days, so you know mom will look fantastic every time she applies this lip gloss. The tube comes with a soft brush that delivers the most precise application possible. The company uses exclusive ingredients and natural lip enhancers that work painlessly and safely to plump up Mom’s lips without invasive treatment.
Out of Africa Skin and Body Care (www.OutOfAfricaShea.com) -- $5.99-$40
Help mom keep soft, supple skin by gifting her with Out of Africa skin and body care products, including bar soaps, hand and body washes, body butters, lip balms, lotions, body oils and shea butter tins. Shea butter is especially good at helping with eczema, psoriasis, scars, fine lines, stretch marks and sunburn. This product line harvests and crushes the richest shea nuts available and supports several women’s cooperatives in democratic Benin, West Africa. Their shea butter is known as the “Women’s Gold” of Africa and is made by hand in order to maintain the maximum healing and moisturizing properties possible. These products are great for dry, cracked, sensitive and irritated skin, helping to restore and maintain skin elasticity and tone.
Madison Reed Permanent Radiant Cream Color Kit (www.Madison-Reed.com) -- $29.95
If mom likes to color her hair, consider giving her this breakthrough product that offers a new way of finding the perfect hair color to suit her perfectly. Madison Reed offers an online color advisor, mobile app, digital photo consultation, live web chat and the ability to speak to a real person on the phone to get that perfect hair color. Even better, they can send a colorist to your mom’s home to make the color selection and application a breeze. Then there is the fact that this hair color won’t damage mom’s hair. Leveraging micro-pigment color technology, Madison Reed has gotten rid of “the bad stuff” and only uses healthy ingredients like argan oil, which coats and shields hair, while ginseng root extract penetrates all the way to the cortex to improve strengths and alleviate spit ends. Keratin also repairs damaged cuticle layers, restores elasticity, and leaves hair looking shiny, strong, and healthy. All the products in the kit are gluten-free and smell great too!
Panasonic Heated Eyelash Curler (www.Shop.Panasonic.com) -- $29.99
Panasonic’s heated eyelash curler and precision body shaver fits easily into a carry-on bag or handbag for touch-ups on the go. The heated eyelash curler creates natural, long-lasting curls in seconds. Equipped with a 360-degree rotating comb, this device can change rotation direction with the flick of a button to create either a soft or super curl look.
Panasonic Precision Body Shaver (www.Shop.Panasonic.com) -- $23.99
The Panasonic Precision Body Shaver offers all the great features and reliability that you know and love from this trusted brand and helps mom achieve the smoothest skin possible even when she is in a hurry. The shaver features ultra-thin blades, which last up to two years, as well as a pivoting head. This compact tool offers an extra-close shave for the entire body while helping mom to avoid any of the nicks and cuts that other shavers do. This shaver can even be used without water, helping mom get primped on the go!
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