Tips You Just Can't Ignore!

What do moms really want for the holidays? For starters, you'll want to avoid the Vacuum Cleaner Effect. You don't want to give a mother anything that has to do with cooking or cleaning. It's also important to give a mom something that will help her enjoy herself in her daily life -- something that she can't turn around and use for someone else.

Susie Michelle Cortright


With those two rules in mind, here are four great gift ideas for the moms on your list.

1. Something to help her sleep
Quality sleep can be a problem for mamas. Consider giving her a natural sleep aid or two. One idea is the Serenity Set ($50), silk aromatherapy neck and eye pillows, containing soothing lavender with complementary herbs packaged with a 60-minute CD, "Adagio Music for Relaxation."

For $99 more, you can pair it with the Dreamate Sleep Aid, which will normalize her biological clock to reduce insomnia. The band works by delivering a micro-massage to specific pulse points--known as the Sleeping Golden Triangle in traditional Chinese medicine. These sleep aids are both available at For more ideas, search for "sleep" here: (If you order $99 or more, use code HS99 for free regular delivery.)

2. Scrapbooking supplies
Lots of moms love to scrapbook. It's a great way to express ourselves, plus it shows our families how much they mean to us. But it's hard to find the time.

Give the gift of creative inspiration with some good scrapbooking materials that she won't want to wait one minute to use. A few rolls of film (or some good photo paper if she's got a digital camera), an album or two, and a three-month subscription to an auto-delivery program that brings new themed scrapbooking materials to her door every month is a great gift idea. One such program is called Out of the Box:

3. A spa gift certificate
A gift certificate to a local day spa ensures that she'll take a little time out for herself. (Make sure to throw in a personal offer to take care of her kids while she indulges.) Here's a web site that will get you the best rates on the day spas in her neighborhood.

4. Flowers, flowers, flowers
There's something indulgent about a bouquet of fresh flowers. And many moms have a hard time buying them for themselves. Treat her to a pretty centerpiece. The web has all kinds of flower stores, but gets my vote for the most talented floral designers. is also where you can give a Blooming Plant of the Month Subscription. Every month she'll receive a bright blooming plant...Jasmine in March, Fuchsia in May, a pomegranate plant in August. You can sign up for 3, 6, or 12-month subscriptions.


Need more ideas? is a well-kept secret. Here, you'll find categories of perfect gifts for a wide variety of tastes, characteristics, and quirks. (The site even has a category of gift ideas for "people who are always cold" and "people who want a little peace and quiet," which, come to think of it, describes more than a couple of moms we know.

Of course, you mothers should feel free to share this article with anyone who is in the position to buy these things for you. Happy holidays!

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