A couple of years ago, just before Christmas, my daughter asked me, "Which would you want more: a million dollars or a really hard necklace?" Was I honest? No. I told her that I love "hard necklaces" and would surely appreciate one. And that a million dollars wouldn't hurt either.
If you want to get something for your mom that she will love this Christmas, aim somewhere between macaroni necklace and a million dollars. Here are 37 things I'd love to get to help get you started in the right direction.
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Life Looks Pretty Perfect in This Hammock ChairMaybe it's good that I don't own this Hammock Chair, because if I did I'd have a hard time ever not being in it. In my dream life, I'm the kind of woman who has this hammock chair and the luxury of time to use it. Then again, a true gift would be the chair and the promise of a few minutes of peace and quiet. Yes. This is the perfect gift for me, and probably many other women in your life.
This Sweary Inspirational Bracelet Would Make the Perfect Gift For A Lot of Women I KnowIt's a simple bangle on the outside, and a fabulously Sweary Inspirational Bracelet on the inside. Let's face it, you can have all the lovely poetic inspirational sayings on Earth, but in the end, when times get tough, you just need to keep f*cking going. On my hardest days I'm not looking for flowery platitudes. This may not be the inspirational bracelet for everyone, but we all know at least one woman in our lives who would love this.
I Want This Desktop Pen Because I Live With ThievesI don't ask for much. I just want a pen and paper handy when I need it. So, I dutifully stock my desk but you'd better believe that next time I need to jot something down there isn't a pen in sight. I don't just want one of these bank-style, chained Desktop Pens. No. I want one for my desk, one for my car, and one for that little counter in my kitchen where all the junk lives. I want my pens chained up everywhere, and my thieving family can find their own dang pens!
Your Life Might be a Mess, But Your Nails Could be On Fleek With This Chrome Nail PolishDo I try to keep my wardrobe up to date with a few well chosen on-trend pieces each season? No. But do I try to stay current with updated accessories and makeup? Also no. But that doesn't mean I don't want to! I have a lot of other things on my plate and, unfortunately, staying cute and trendy isn't top priority. This is how mom jeans happen. That's why this gorgeous and completely on-trend Chrome Nail Polish would make such a great gift for me, or just about any other mom I know.
You Don't Have to be a Runner to Need a Stashbandz Running BeltI am not a runner. But I am a woman, which means that my clothes have no pockets. Especially the clothes I exercise in. Why can't we have pockets like our male peers? Is it because the male dominated fashion industry is worried that if women had pockets they'd have no need for men at all? That's silly. Until we have equal access to pockets, we need creative solutions for carrying our stuff. I don't always want to carry a bag, and fanny packs aren't cool, so I have been wanting one of these Stashbandz Running Belts. Not only is this the perfect solution for your average walk or hike, but it's great for securely carrying your stuff when you travel too.
The New York Times Bestseller "I Just Want to Pee Alone" is for Moms Who Understand That Motherhood is Messy and Hilarious"I Just Want to Pee Alone" is a compilation of essays on motherhood written by some of my favorite bloggers and writers. Selected Review:
Loved it. Really. Because I am sick and tired of listening to women talk about their perfect trips to Disney, their perfect children and their perfect homes. Finally, a dose of reality, albeit in a hilariously snarky and over-sharing way. Get a box of tissues, because you will laugh until you cry. - C. Stewart
This Superwoman Floating Bookshelf is Maybe the Most Clever and Charming Bookshelf EverWhy not have a superhero holding up your books? This clever and adorable Superwoman Floating Bookshelf creates the illusion that your books are held up only by the superpowers of this little lady. It's really magnets at work, but no one has to know. These also come in a male superhero version, and a cute superwoman bookend variety. I want them all and I definitely want to put this one in my daughter's bedroom.
A Lady Can Never Have Too Many Lightweight ScarvesIf you're looking for a gift for me, you won't go wrong with a pretty Lightweight Scarf. They are the perfect outfit accessory to help bridge the seasons and survive the arctic air conditioning that everyone else seems to like all summer. I never go to a movie or a restaurant without a light scarf in case it's cold. And it's always cold. Who are all these moviegoers who like to freeze for three hours? Would my husband think I have enough scarves? Yes. Is he wrong? Also yes. This lovely red one with little birds on it would be a perfect addition to my scarf collection.
Keep Your Cash Right in Your Water Bottle With the Kangaroo Water BottleUnfortunately, my husband might divorce me if I buy one more water bottle. But look at this thing! It's genius and better than all the others. Not only do you get a top notch, leak proof Autoseal sports bottle, but with the Kangaroo Water Bottle you also have a handy place for your cash and cards. The number of times this would come in handy in my life is ridiculous. Until women's clothes have real pockets, we all need this water bottle.
These Literary and Book-Themed Canvas Totes Are All I Want in a Tote BagI'm a fully loud and proud nerd. If you have a bibliophile in your life, look no further than these Book-Themed Canvas Totes for the perfect gift. With patterns that range from this adorable composition book to old school library stamp cards to the covers of classic literature or children's books, these roomy totes are delightfully nerdy. They even make mini totes for kids, so you and your mini reader can have matching nerd bags.
Do I Need These Novelty Crew Socks? Yes.I don't know what it is about Novelty Socks that make them so appealing. Maybe it's because you can secretly be wearing a snarky, sweary message, and no one has to know. They make great gifts for so many occasions! Selected Review:
Wonderful and fun for my sis who's traveling a path of chemo & radiation. She loves them as do anyone who sees them (nurses, docs, other patients). Since she has to dis-robe regularly except for her socks, they really stand out...What a small thing to add such a positive. - Nettie Ridley
These Beautiful Inverted Umbrellas Take Being an Umbrella to a New LevelI almost never use an umbrella because wet umbrellas are the worst thing to be stuck with all day. But then I saw these brilliant Inverted Umbrellas. They close with the dry side out so you aren't left carrying a soaking wet nightmare around with you. Why didn't someone think of this ages ago? We put men on the moon before we realized that wet umbrellas were wet! That seems absurd. These umbrellas are not only ingenious, but they're so pretty that you'll almost hope for a rainy day. Almost.
This UPF 50+ Side Split Shirt Looks Good and Keeps You ProtectedI was not made for the sun. My fair skin burns easily, never tans, and is prone to skin cancer. Effective sun protection is always high on my list of summertime needs. I've found that protective clothing is both better and much easier than buckets of sunscreen. But sun shirts are rarely cute shirts, and they're often expensive. That's why when there is a cute one, it would make a terrific gift. This UPF 50+ Side Split Shirt is a flattering cut that I'd wear anyway, even without the extra sun protection.
Have a Second Great Hair Day By Sleeping on This Silk Pillow CoverI've been hinting at wanting a Silk Pillow Cover for a long time now. I might just have to get one for myself. You see, my hair is wavy/curly and, no matter what I do, in the morning it looks frizzy, bent, and crazy. Apparently it's all the fault of my cotton pillowcase. If I switched it out for a silk one, I'd wake up like a freaking curly girl goddess every day. Not only that, on the rare occasion that I blow out my hair straight, a silk pillowcase helps preserve all that sleek, straight magic too.
I've Been Dying to Try This Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Face MaskMaybe I'm just a sucker for marketing, but I've been seeing this Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Face Mask everywhere and now I really want it. I love the idea of brushing it on and then having invisible pores and radiant skin! Selected Review:
I really do love this product. I have had cystic acne since reaching middle age and this has helped a ton. And it really does make your skin brighter and pores smaller. I sometimes use it over night, just putting a dab on a problem spot and it stays on while I sleep too. I'm very happy I made the investment and I've re-ordered too! Give it a try. - Amazon Customer
Never Wait for Iced Coffee Again With the HyperChillerI love coffee. It is my favorite thing that happens to me every day. I like it all ways, except diluted. Making the perfect cup of iced coffee at home isn't necessarily easy or quick. Unless you have the magical HyperChiller. Defying the laws of science, it cools your hot coffee down an alarming 130+° in as little as 60 seconds without diluting it! That's one minute from hot to iced! AMAZING!
Say Goodbye to Fighting Over the Lone Car Charger With This 5-Port Car ChargerHere's one of those why didn't I think of that? products. With two USB ports on the plug itself, and a five foot cord ending in three additional ports, this Car Charger makes all other car chargers look foolish. Of course you need to charge up the kids' devices on those long rides. With up to 2.4 amps per port, the RapidX charges up to twice the speed of typical car chargers. This thing is brilliant!
Everyone Deserves a Great Pair ofSlippersI love nothing more than hanging out at home. If you're going to spend a lot of time at home, you need a good pair of house shoes. I tend to wear mine out every couple of years, so new slippers is always a welcome gift. These cozy Slippers are perfect. Soft enough to provide comfort while you're standing in the kitchen, and warm enough to protect your feet from those cold winter floors. The rubber sole means that you can step outside or grab something you forgot in the garage.
The Sunbeam Heated Throw Blanket Puts All Other Throw Blankets to ShameI'm cheating a little bit because technically I already have one of these. I received one as a gift a few years ago, fell in love, and have since given them as gifts several times because they're the best thing ever. My problem is that one Heated Throw Blanket isn't enough for my household. We all want under this decidedly snuggly blanket, and I don't necessarily want to share.
If You're Looking for Coffee With an Extra Kick, Death Wish Coffee is What You're Looking ForListen, anytime you want to buy someone a gift, just get them what you know they love. I love coffee. You will never be wrong if you get me coffee. And you'll be extra right if you get me Death Wish Coffee. Selected Review:
I'm sold. I bought this to keep me alert and focused at work. By my second cup I no longer needed a keyboard or mouse, as I was able to control my computer directly by thought. By the third cup I could hear colors and smell sounds. After my fourth cup, I decided to burn off some of the excess energy with a quick jog, and ended up finishing the Kessel Run in 11 parsecs flat! Seriously... Buy this stuff! - Erick W.
If You Want to Give an Unusual and Fun Gift, This Dead Sea Mud Soap Bar is Just the TicketI don't tend to buy fancy soaps for myself, but that doesn't mean I don't want fancy soaps. It just means that fancy soaps make terrific gifts. I'm probably not the only person who wants to try them all but doesn't want to spring for them all. This Dead Sea Mud Soap Bar gets rave reviews, is packaged beautifully, and it's it's hand made from pure Dead Sea mud and charcoal, so it's automatically cool and intriguing and super gifty. OMG, I really want to try it!
This Essential Oil Car Diffuser Vent Clip Allows You to Take Your Favorite Essential Oils With You Wherever You GoHow clever is this Essential Oil Car Diffuser? Simply dampen the felt pad with your favorite essential oil, place it into the pretty locket, and clip it onto your car's vent. I don't know about you, but I have emotional needs and moods while driving. That maniac weaving in and out of the highway lanes that nearly clipped the front of my car? I could use some freaking soothing lavender! That long drive home from a weekend away, with precious little sleep? Some invigorating peppermint should do the trick!
These Bright Coral Happy Walking Flats Scream Summer TimeAre bright coral flats something that will be in style forever? Nope. That's why you don't want to spend a ton of money on them, but you do want to get them. These Happy Walking Flats will set you back around $20 and they come in so many colors that you might have a hard time deciding. I'm in love with the coral, but maybe you're more into bright yellow, or leopard print, or the shimmery rose gold champagne color. Of course, there's also the basic colors so your feet can be comfy and cute with any outfit.
This Universal Socket Instantly Self Adjusts to Fit Whatever You Need it toOK, so a Universal Socket drill attachment might not be an intuitive gift for me. While I don't do a ton of handy work, I do occasionally need to loosen or tighten nuts and bolts. So I grab a socket wrench, realize it's the wrong size, get another, wrong again. This thing just adjusts itself to fit everything. It works on stripped bolts, rounded edges, and odd sizes.
This Vegetable Peeler Looks Like a Giant Pencil Sharpener and I WANT ITWhy not have more fun when peeling carrots? I love this pencil sharpener peeler. And, not only does it regular peel carrots, but you can actually sharpen carrots too, giving you carrot shavings in the shape of pencil shavings for your next salad or slaw. Selected Review:
This is so cool!! Really fun to play with your veggies and I even involved my kiddos help which 1) kept them interested, 2) helped prep our meal 3) created their interest n veggies!! All around win. It looks and feels like a giant pencil sharpener. I’ve used rainbow carrots & cucumber so far. Definitely would recommend and great value for the price - Kristen
Everyone Should Have Aqua Notes in Their ShowerI don't know about you, but when I'm in the shower I always come up with the BEST comebacks to arguments that happened many years ago, or are entirely in my imagination. But that's not all I think of in there. There's something about the shower that gives writers the best ideas, makes us remember the super important phone call we keep forgetting to make, and reminds us that we're out of conditioner. These clever waterproof Aqua Notes Pads will ensure that your brilliant ideas don't disappear the moment you step out of the shower.
This Motion Sensor Light Switch Easily Makes Any Light AutomaticI walk around with my arms full so often, you'd think it was my favorite hobby. Whether it's carrying all the groceries in one trip, no matter what or collecting all the rogue cups and glasses I find on a simple walk across my house, my hands and arms are always full. And so I generally turn lights on with my elbows, or I don't manage it and I walk blindly in the dark. What I'm trying to say is that I really could use a few well placed Motion Sensor Light Switches around my house.
An Amazon Gift Card is Never WrongLet's get real here for a minute. There is no gift giving occasion or gift recipient where an Amazon Gift Card would be unwelcome. It always fits. Looks great. Suits every taste. Whether you're giving a gift to someone you know well or someone you hardly know, you will hit the mark with one of these. Guaranteed. Even kids love to receive an Amazon gift card!
Of COURSE I Want a Shiatsu Back, Neck and Shoulder MassagerA heated massage right where I want it? Yes please! I can't imagine any person not liking receiving this Shiatsu Back, Neck and Shoulder Massager as a gift. I tend to carry a lot of tension in my shoulders and I'm not springing for professional massages all the time. Selected Review:
Good massager for office... This massager is very powerful and can knead deeply into the muscles... It is very flexible. So it is very easy to move around on my back and neck a few tries to find the right position. Overall, I am very satisfied with this product. - Fantastli
This Wall Mount Jewelry Rack Solves A Lot of Storage ProblemsJewelry is one of those things that can be tricky to store properly. Necklaces tangle if not hung up, earrings lose their mates, and bracelets are forgotten. This Wall Mount Jewelry Rack not only lets you store all of your favorite jewelry in plain sight, but it also has a handy shelf for all those other little things that are nice to have right by your mirror.
You Can Be One of Those People Who Likes Water With This Infuser Water BottleDrinking enough water is on the to do list of just about every woman I know. And we try, but our to do lists are pretty long. We try to get enough sleep, eat right, exercise, relax, meditate, keep a tidy home, excel in the workplace, keep up with fashion, spend enough time outdoors, read the right books, watch the right shows, keep up with the news, read books aloud to our kids, cook healthy meals, volunteer... it's not easy being a grown adult these days! Staying hydrated would be easier if water tasted great. This Infuser Water BottleInfuser Water Bottle will help take "drink enough water" off your to do list.
These Pizza Scissors Cut Through Your Pie and Lift Out Your Slice PerfectlyI love pizza. We make it at home and we order it in regularly. It totally deserves its own special tool. Selected Review: It is insane how happy I feel every time I use these scissors because not only do they make pizza dividing easier, they are also just fun to use. Even if you only cook a pizza twice a year I still say buy these scissors... These scissors are my FAVORITE product in the kitchen. - Lisa
A Strategically Placed Anti Fatigue Mat Helps Provide Some Much Needed ReliefI definitely don't love standing in front of my sink or stove, but I do it anyway. Every dang day. My legs and back ache by the time I'm done prepping, cooking, and cleaning up. I could probably use a couple of these Anti Fatigue Mats. Selected Review:
This is a great mat for home bakers and cooks...having spent countless hours standing to produce cakes and other goodies, this mat brought a welcome relief from the hard kitchen tile floors. It is long enough to be able to span the greater length of the counter facilitating ease of movement necessary and firm enough to be able to withhold shape if standing in one fixed spot for some time. - MarkB
This Portable Door Lock Provides an Extra Layer of Security When You TravelI not only want one of these for myself for when I travel alone, but I want to give one to every college bound girl I know. The Addalock Portable Door Lock installs in seconds, with no tools, on any door that opens inwards and makes it impossible to open the door. Perfect for dorms, hotels, short term rentals, apartments, or anywhere else you want an added layer of security. As this makes it impossible for a door to be opened from the outside, Addalock is a good option for schools or offices for lock downs too.
Sun Bum Tinted Lip Balm Provides SPF 15 and a Sheer Hint of Gorgeous ColorI'm big on sun protection, so I am always on the hunt for products that do double duty by providing sun screen and whatever else they're meant to do. That means these SPF 15 Sun Bum Tinted Lip Balms are right up my alley. Selected Review:
The Sun Bum tinted lip balm really took me by surprise because the color (Bonfire), a beautiful mauvey berry shade, looks exactly the same on my lips as it does on the stick. Plus, it is super glossy and moisturizing and smells exactly like coconut macaroons. What's not to love? - Blake Fraina
I've Been Eyeing This Swimbuds Headphones and Waterproof MP3 Player Set For AwhileThis set comes with everything! I love to swim. But I'm also easily bored. Swimming laps is the best exercise for me, but without music I just can't stick it out for a full workout. Finding a music player that works for swimming isn't necessarily easy or affordable, but this set of Swimbuds Headphones and Waterproof MP3 Player has it all. Not only do you get the music, but a bunch of handy swimming accessories too, like that awesome, ear covering swim cap!
This Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker Has Great Sound, Is Pretty Darn Tiny, and is Seriously WaterproofOver 6,000 customers agree that this Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker is awesome, and I want to be one of them. Selected Review:
This speaker is absolutely amazing, and definitely worth the price...I was so impressed with the quality, the sound, and the bass...The battery life is spectacular, so you don't really have to worry about charging it often. Overall, great speaker! I would recommend this to anyone! - Kyia S.