May 7 2013

DIY Mother’s Day Gifts We Heart From Pinterest

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Flowers for Mother’s Day is so cliche. “Spice up” her special day (literally) by making her these adorable personalized chalkboard paint planters! Basil, chives, and mint oh my!


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An easy and fun craft that involves kids of all ages. This is a gift that is truly full of memories and will be kept forever!


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Dig out Mom’s beautiful vintage tea cups and turn them into candles. Turn old into new… BUT, make sure to ask to use them before you start melting that wax!


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Make mom a shadow box cork board to put all of her jewelry right on the wall. Personalize the cork board with with her initials or make it unique with vintage doorknobs! Extra points if you also give her some jewelry to add to her collection.

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Turn that plain classic-piece pitcher into a truly unique and wonderful item.


May 4 2013

Mother’s Day Picks // Creative Gift Ideas For Your Awesome Mama

Mom’s are just amazing. They gave birth to you, raised you and helped you navigate through this crazy world. And on one day of the year you get to celebrate just how much she rocks. Check out our picks for some Mother’s Day creative gift ideas. Plus exclusive Gift Insider discount codes.

Box for a Bottle for Mom


Treat mom to a good bottle of vino with a sentimental and personalized box to go along with it.



Child Artwork Pendant


Preserve your child’s artwork and always wear close to your heart with this personalized pendant.



Treat mom to a spa weekend in picturesque Santa Barbara and have the kids help make her pancakes in their Kid Kitchen Station!

Precious Terrarium Garden


Give mom a miniature garden she can nurture all year long.



GiGi New York Tote


Get mom minted up in this lovely tote that you can also adorn with her initials.

PLUS, you could win up to $500 worth of custom GiGi New York Goodies when you enter in our Minted&Mine Pinterest Contest. Pin your favorite personalized gifts to  your own Minted&Mine board, tag The Gift Insider and you’ll be entered for a chance to win! Enter the contest here.

Luxury Bath Affirmations


What goes good with an amazing aroma-filled bath? Positive affirmations of course! This is the perfect combo to help mom relax while she reads about how wonderful she truly is.


Carry All Tote from Car Cubby


A perfectly organized tote for the on-the-go mom. Fit everything you need in this stylish tote and keep it organized too!


Teapot Set


The perfect combo for the tea lover! A tea pot and cup combo along with assorted teas and chocolate covered grahams — is all mom needs to have a tea party for one.


Nail Bar at the Beverly Hills Wilshire


Make a girls weekend out of it and take mom to get her nails did at the iconic Pretty Woman hotel!  The posh Beverly Hills Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel is the perfect place to relax and get pampered while watching Pretty Women and sippin’ some champs.

Card Cubby


It’s a perfect little pouch that fits up to 40 plastic cards or 80 business cards. Plus, it’s all alphabetized.


Monthly Paper Goods Gift Set


Get a delightful box of unique paper goods and lifestyle products like cards, inspiring books and artwork.


** This is a Dedicated Gift Guide, highly curated and invite-only. We pride ourselves on only recommending the most unique and creative products out there and that we think you’ll love!

Watch a lot of these items on our segment on NBC 5 Chicago

What are you giving Mom this year? Tell us below!


May 16 2012

PRESS: Down and Dirty Radio Show – DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

We had such a great time at Craftsman Studio on the DOWN AND DIRTY Radio Show w/ Frank Fontana for Mother’s Day.  They are all about DIY gift ideas so we offered some fun tips and advice on what these down and dirttty men should get their mommaassss.

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Apr 27 2012

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Seen On NY1 News

[1] The Pampered Pregnancy Box for the Mom-To-Be

[2] Wine Bottle Vases for the Crafty Mom

[3] Personalized Collection of Scented Soaps for the Mom Who Loves to Entertain (use code MothersNY1 for 15% off)

[4] Custom Charm Necklaces for the Sentimental Mom (GI120 20% off & Free shipping)

[5] Special Edition Bond No.9 “I Love New York” Perfume for Mother’s Day for the Trendsetting Mom


Apr 25 2012

31 Bits: Give to Mom While Giving Back

We just adore 31 Bits jewelry & love their mission! Each piece of jewelry you buy from them is handmade from a woman in Uganda, who they are in turn helping to fund her own business, education and other avenues that can help her succeed. Learn more about 31 Bits & their mission

This is such a great gift for Mother’s Day! Because when you buy a piece of 31 Bits, you’re also helping mothers in Uganda & then, everyone wins. This Mother’s Day they are offering special packaging where you have the option to personalize a gift tag at no extra charge.


Apr 18 2012

Hey Mama! Our Mother’s Day Gift Pick for the Stylish Hostess

Is your mom ever the entertainer? Always finding an excuse to have parties just so she can use her snazzy serving trays & try out some new appetizers she saw on Food Network? Well then these chic coasters from iomoi are sure to swoon…


Apr 13 2012

Hey Mama! Our Mother’s Day Gift Pick for New Mamas

One of the most unique birth announcements we’ve ever seen is served up here on a pillow in neatly designed type from Uncommon Goods. Choose blue or pink, customize the birth stats & you’ve got one comfy birth announcement. It’s perfect for new moms & will look great in any baby’s room! Get more info here




Apr 11 2012

Hey Mama! Our “Better Than a Card” gift pick for Mother’s Day









Mother’s Day is coming up & we wanted to get your creative gift-giving juices flowing with some fab gift ideas! We’ll be posting two gift picks a week leading up to Mother’s Day to help you find something special for the most important lady in your life.


Let’s kick-off our Hey Mama! Gift Picks with this heart-felt wooden sign from Kathy Black.

Your mom can hang this up & be reminded of her *favorite* child every time she looks at it!


May 4 2011

Apr 11 2011

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2011

After everything she’s done for you, it’s time to celebrate Mom! The Gift Giving Advisory Board is here to help you show Mom how special she is with our 2011 Mother’s Day Gift Guide. Our expert advisory board members include the women of, and We KNOW gifts. We live and breathe gifts every day. And so, in this sponsored gift guide, we have pooled our know-how to bring you this very selective guide of some of the most beautiful, meaningful gift ideas around that are sure to make any Mom feel appreciated. The businesses that were invited to join have in common the unique vision and passion of their founders, designers and creators (many who are Moms themselves!). 

Learn more about the Gift Giving Advisory Board on our Facebook page.


Ruche, is a modern boutique with a vintage touch. For Mother’s Day, browse their selection of home products, clothing & accessories for the perfect gift. Bakers will adore their fun aprons, the artist will swoon for their indie prints & the fashionista will fall in love with their spring scarves.


This Mother’s Day, select from a wide variety of stylish apparel, jewelry, and accessories, like this emerald crystal Mom Tee from our organic Go Green collection. Weddingish also offers apparel, cookies, and accessories for the bride and her bridal party. Enter code GGAB11 for 20% off! Shop here,

Kathy Bransfield Jewelry

“My work is a modern day conduit of the great writers that have come before us. Mother Nature’s abiding grace and human prose are the power behind each piece. My role is to simply design a form which allows its owner to hold such thoughts close to their hearts.” Shop here & enter code MOTHER for 10% off.

Pop.N.Go Rain Scarf

No umbrella? No problem! Look great even if you get caught in bad weather! Each soft-to-the-touch, 2-in-1 Pop.N.Go rain scarf is designed to pop around your neck for sophisticated style… Then, pop over your hair to save it from humidity, high winds, wet snow and rain! Enter code MOTHER here for 30% off.

Esscentual Alchemy

Autumn Spice botanical perfume, is reminiscent of a walk through a cathedral of green tinged with amber, red, orange, and yellow. A touch of crisp bite in the air. Worn by: Camryn Manheim, star of TV’s “The Practice”. Use code MOTHER10 for 10% off. Shop here.

Fingerprint Necklace

Loveprint Jewelry is created when yours or your loved one’s fingerprint impression is taken in soft wax and then cast in sterling silver or gold. Make it extra personalized with engraved initials. Such a special way to keep your loved ones close at heart. Shop here.

Sky of Blue Cards

Give a set of note cards as individual as she is. Our boxed sets of letterpress Whimsy monogram cards are bright & lovely and unlike any stationery you’ve ever seen. Perfect for mothers, daughters, friends, grandmothers and all who love stylish stationery! Use Code MDG for 10% off. Shop here.

Chill. Spa Bucket

Introducing the eyecandy chill. spa bucket – the ultimate, all-in-one, relaxation treat. Packaged in a clear and reusable paint can, includes a set of Classic Chillin’ Cucumber eye coolers, a luxe terry spa square, and a 4 oz. bottle of eucalyptus & mint bubble soak– everything you need to chill and smile! Shop Here.

ActivewearUSA carries more than 50 high-performance, stylish and stunning women’s active wear brands. Shop the fitness and yoga wear collections here. Enter code MOTHERS10 for 10% off your purchase.

Ivory Jacks

Beautiful & eco-conscious jewelry handcrafted out of such curious items as mammoth ivory, fossil walrus ivory & vintage ebony wood. Bangles, silver earrings & pendants are designed by father/daughter Kurt & Courtney Tripp. Shop IvoryJacks & enter “Succulentwife1” for Free Shipping on orders over $50.

Malibu Chic Fashion Gift Collection

Included in this “Treasure Tower” is a hand dyed scarf, a necklace & matching earrings, and 2 rhinestone bangle bracelets. A unique gift for your fashionable Mom. Forget the fruit baskets! Give Glamour instead! 20% off with code ilovemom.


Beautiful, flattering jewelry pieces based on our collection of antique, vintage, and contemporary trade beads. Each piece is customized to fit you and most alterations are free. Please enter code SPRINGTHING at checkout for a 20% discount.

Ila Security ~ Dusk Alarm

A personal security alarm that emits a piercing, high decibel female scream designed to shock and disorientate an attacker. It’s a discreet, stylish accessory that is designed to be worn on the outside of purses just where you need it! Available at

For the fashionable woman in your life!

Distinguished by its classic shape and design, The Laurel clutch from sarah oliver handbags is understated style and classic elegance. Accentuate it with a brooch that speaks to you or enjoy the signature “O” brooch. Shop sarah oliver handbags.

Po Campo Armitage Satchel

Walking the little one through Lincoln Park is a breeze with the roomy & lovely Armitage Satchel. Blending beauty & function with urban style, waterproof fabrics, top grain leather detailing and the versatility to attach to your stroller. 15% off with coupon code MDGGAB15.

Sapna Mehra ~ Jewelry for the Global Soul

Did you know Number 2’s can tame a den of lions into purring lap cats or that 8’s can rise up from the ashes like a phoenix? Discover your personal number and your numerology-inspired, handcrafted & customized necklace! Use Code SHIP11 for free shipping!

FORMFIRE glassworks

“My architectural background led to a love of clean, colorful and modern styling which I translate into the fluid medium of glass. My favorite comment about my work is that my beads are like ‘liquid color.’ I strive to produce the highest quality modern lampwork glass jewelry”. Shop Formfire.

Montage Laguna Beach

Moms just want to spend time with their family on Mother’s Day. Make that time extra memorable and take her to the oh-so-fabulous, Montage Laguna Beach. Treat her to their Mother’s Day champagne brunch with complimentary family photographs and jazz trio.

NIX Frame

A Digital Photo Frame with a magic twist. It has a motion sensor that turns the frame on when you’re nearby and off when you’re not. Convenient for Mom; load the frame with photo’s & music, she enters the room, and is greeted with happy memories. No hands required! Shop NIX.

Hangers Couture

Hangers Couture are designer beaded hangers. They are a great way to display fine garments or delicate fabrics, and will add that feminine touch to your Mom’s closet and home. Shop Hangers Couture.


LoveBooks are the only customized book that says all the reasons why you love someone. The easy-to-use LoveBook Builder helps you edit and illustrate these unique gifts. They print it, bind it and ship it in hard or soft cover. Order here.

Aroma Persona is a new co-creation service for personalizing scented décor. It is a creative way for people to explore exciting scents on a monthly basis. The site allows anyone to design unique candles that are tailored to their own individual desires. Shop here.

Chai Baby ~ Sip in Style, Baby!

Chai, Baby!’s all natural, artistically blended tea leaves, spices and flowers are contained in lovely silken sachets for ultimate steeping convenience and packaged in vibrant signature tins. Visit us at Enter MOM2011 at checkout for a 20% discount.

BluebirdCards makes sending cards fast and easy, no running to the store or waiting in line. Send a card anywhere, anytime. Just enter the address and your signature, that’s it! They do the rest including adding a real stamp and putting it in the mail on time.

Bottled Up Designs

Give stunning jewelry handmade from antique glass reclaimed from wooded habitats and farmlands in an effort to help the environment and wildlife! Each piece includes “The Story of the Glass.” Preserving the past, while helping the future! Shop Bottle Up Designs.

Sky Dreams Handcrafted Jewelry

Sky Dreams ~ Heirloom quality artisan jewelry made with gems, colors, dreams, love and other things precious. “Mom, Thank you for giving me a heart to love! Happy Mother’s Day!” Shop & use code love20 to get 20% off.

Movies for Moms

This Mother’s Day, take mom to a film festival…at home! Movie game, Film Festival in a Box: LOVE includes a DVD of 4 award winning short films from festivals all over the globe. Choose BEST PICTURE & vote online to notify the filmmaker. Special Mother’s Day price $12 at

Make Love Not Trash

Make Love Not Trash, Spring 2011 Collection. Drop Zip Satchel in Midnight, $140. Use coupon code WICKED042011 to receive a 20% discount at checkout.

The Shoul ~ The perfect gift for any woman

For women everywhere – whether indoors or on-the-go, it’s the solution to fluctuating temperatures. Why is the Shoul the perfect gift? One size fits all. Unique design stays on shoulders. Compact & lightweight. Year-round use. Luxuriously soft. No second-guessing this gift idea! Shop The Shoul.

Bohème Jewelry

Eclectic bohemian jewelry for the free-spirited individual. Using reclaimed vintage pieces, quality gemstones & Swarovski crystals, these jewelry pieces are an alternative to mass produced jewelry. Use code DISCOUNT20 to receive 20% off of your purchase at checkout.

Auralee & Company

You’ll fall in love with our breathtaking jewelry, outstanding quality and amazing prices! Feel it, Wear it, Live it! Use code MD20 to save 20% on your first Order!

Rain Collection

Rain Collection is an online boutique featuring the latest in home decor and personal accessories. Shop our store for an unexpected blend of luxury products and gifts sure to satisfy your style-savvy mom. Visit our website or call 877.348.5558 for customer assistance.

Grimm Inc.

For 24 years people have enjoyed the humour infused pop art of Grimm. Armed with a warped sense of humour & a talent for twisting everyday themes phrases, Grimm has created 100‘s of designs on dozens of products. Shop here.

Bazil Essentials

Bazil Essentials creates their boutique quality soy candles, olive oil soap, & natural perfumes in small batches using natural ingredients & essential oils. Fabulous scents include Basil Blossom, Jasmine Rose, & Lemongrass. Use coupon code “motherlove & receive 10% off your order until May 9th!

SWAK by Sarah

Create a family heirloom inspired by your child’s artwork! Sometimes a little one brings home a piece of artwork that is so special it deserves more than a place on the refrigerator…it belongs over your heart. A custom Lil’ Masterpiece Pendant is a perfect gift! Order here.

Wylde Ivy

Give a truly inspired gift with Wylde Ivy’s unique hand blended perfumes. Let Wylde Ivy be your muse with over 60 one of a kind fragrance blends. Experience a scent inspired by a feeling, a moment, a season, or even a dream. Be inspired at Wylde Ivy and get 15% off with coupon code INSPIRED.

Belli Skincare

Belli Pregnancy – the only teratology-screened skincare line; excludes ingredients with links to birth defects, miscarriage. Belli Motherhood: LactMed screened to avoid ingredients linked to harmful effects during breastfeeding. Belli Baby: xenoestrogen-free. “VIPMOM” 20% OFF at checkout.

Naturally Delicious Skin!

Meet Naturally Delicious Skin the bath & body company. With over 90 scents offered in products from their bath bars, decadent body butters, hand & body lotion, bath salts, bath candy, & facial bars. delicious skin! is truly about pampering skin and arousing the olfactory senses of their customers.

pink papillon

pink papillon is well known for creating beautiful custom hand stamped jewelry in precious metal. Designer Mary Ann Springer is known as a perfectionist and for her attention to detail. Use code WICKED15 to receive a 15% discount on your purchase at checkout.

itiba beauty

You will find only the best natural, vegetable oils in our products. They don’t contain parabens or formaldehyde donors. Only the richness of Mother Earth can be found in our lotions, bath soaps, body mists, body polishes, bath salts and body washes. Shop itiba beauty here.


Neuaura is committed to bringing uncompromising fashion footwear to animal-friendly consumers. Our purpose is to provide fun & exciting quality footwear that does not involve unnecessary harm to animals & the environment. Season after season we introduce fresh, innovative & beautiful styles! Shop here.

Placemat, Menu, and Item Holders

Running out of space in your kitchen? Handy Gizmos offers these new holders made to ingeniously give you some extra space. They can be attached to any vertical surface and they provide an easy way to access your most frequently used items. Shop here.

Bidwell Botanicals

Are you clueless about what to give Mom? She will love the scents & sensations of our natural spa, bath & body treats, including decadent moisturizers, scrubs, artisan soaps & more. You’ll save 20% with discount code:WCMOM1. Free US shipping on $75.00 orders. What’s not to love?

Kim Drosdick

The You & Me Necklace makes a great gift – for yourself or the Mom in your life! This handmade sterling silver necklace has 2 rings that represent a Mother and child. You can add rings to represent more people if you like. It comes in 3 sizes as well as different chain lengths. $49. Shop here.

Enjoy the Classics!

Enjoy the 100 greatest books of all time without ever reading a word. Listen to these classics in audio book format, preloaded on an MP3 player. Just open, press play and enjoy. Includes: belt clip, adapter for listening in the car and a free bonus. Makes the perfect gift. Shop here.

Mohop Interchangeable Sandals

Mohop shoes are eco-friendly, comfy, and best of all, allow nearly infinite design options with just one pair of wooden soles. Simply lace any ribbon through our patent-pending elastic loops to create your own one-of-a-kind, custom-fit pair! Handmade in Chicago! Shop here.

Give Your Kids Art The Gallery Treatment

It take seconds to change your display. Strong magnets hold art (and a whole lot more) behind the clean lines of our single panel acrylic frames. Impressive, easy to install hardware floats the frame off the wall so you can change and rearrange without taking anything apart. Receive 15% off your order with code MOMMA..

Cambria Cove ~ Gifts for Moms Who Give Everything

Save 15% on gifts worthy of those amazing women who love endlessly. Celebrate her this Mother’s Day with heartfelt jewelry, personalized gifts, and gourmet chocolate. Shop now and use code SWMDAY for 15%off your order.


Discover more than 30,000 limited edition and one-of-a-kind works of art. This fair-trade marketplace offers artisan-crafted jewelry, handmade apparel and world-style home decor. Shoppers will receive $10 off orders over $40. Code: NOVICA2BK.

Beach Haus Designs

Jewelry designer June Beach, creates beautiful & fun jewelry for every season. There’s plenty of options for spring & don’t forget that bling can fill gaps in mom’s wardrobe and add sparkle to her life. Use code WICKED411 at checkout to receive a 20% discount on your purchase.

Amber’s Garden

Amber’s Garden provides vegetable garden seed mats taking the guesswork out of seed placement and what to plant for beginner gardeners and kids. Our veggie seed mats also fit perfectly into containers for urban gardens and raised bed gardens! Shop Amber’s Garden here.

Belartes Eco-Chic Jewels with a Story

A Fair Trade, grassroots business working with displaced women in Colombia, SA. Jewels are created from natural-sustainable materials TAGUA & AGAVE. As featured in Oprah: “Belart Tagua Necklaces are as Eco-Friendly as they are Beautiful”. Contact by email to mention code WOMEN for 20% off.


Beecology is a family run business that produces a full line of natural products – lip balm, soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion. Their happy customers enjoy keeping their skin and hair healthy the natural way. Use code MOTHER for a 30% discount at checkout.

Princess With A Backpack

Princess With A Backpack indulges us with an abundance of luxury-for-less travel advice on what to do and where to go, while still looking like a princess. Lauren’s advice is savvy, pragmatic and direct as she covers everything from wardrobe pointers to practical travel advice. Shop here.

Beach Girl Beauty

Beach Girl Beauty Keep summer vacation going all year! Our fragrances bring the tropical getaway to you. Beach Girl Beauty products are rich in natural butters and oils. Get beach girl soft skin with our sugar scrubs. No mineral oil, animal testing, or parabens. 15% off with code WC15.

Butterfly Kisses Jewelry Bouquet

A truly unique way to give jewelry! In this bouquet, you get a classic rhinestone heart necklace, CZ & hoop earrings in a keepsake box! Instead of flowers that are thrown away, give her the lasting jewelry bouquet! 20% off with code ilovemom. Shop here.

Natural Clothing Company

This beautiful cardigan works for a girl of any age. The lightweight jacquard knit is decorative, romantic & practical. It dress up any outfit. Made of eco–friendly fibers: organically grown bamboo & organic cotton. Take 15% off of any order with code HappyMD at checkout.

La Dolce Vita

Exquisite bath & body products which are made with the best ingredients available. Everything is hand blended fresh when you place your order by a former esthetician who spent years working in a French spa. Wide variety of luscious scents. Shop here.

P B Swammich Designs

Beautiful, encouraging note cards for mom packaged in a cello bag and tied with ribbon and charm. Give the gift that gives back as 20% of each retail purchase is donated to! P B Swammich Designs is a proud member of 1% for the Planet. Shop here.

And a Giveaway…

One of our advertiser’s ActivewearUSA is also holding a giveaway at Make sure to enter your name for a chance to win one of two $50 gift certificate to their fabulous collection of yoga and fitness wear. To give as a gift or keep for yourself! Enter here.




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