8 MOM-umental Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

8 MOM-umental Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the Queen Bees in your life and show appreciation for the love, guidance, and strength they represent. While bouquets of flowers, chocolates, and handmade cards often take center stage, there are many other thoughtful gift-giving ideas that still say “I love you, Mom”.

As you take time to recognize some of the most important females in your circle, you may want to consider some of the following Giving Assistant-approved Mother’s Day gift ideas.

Edible Arrangements1. Edible Arrangements | A Berry Sweet ‘Thank You’

Express your everlasting gratitude for all that Mom does by treating her taste buds to an indulgent fruit assortment from Edible Arrangements. You certainly can’t go wrong with a box full of chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Want to level-up the presentation? Choose semisweet-coated berries touched with a bit of white chocolate Swizzle®. The Just For You Bouquet is a pretty impressive sight to see. A spray of pineapple daisies, juicy grapes, and chocolate-dipped strawberries are situated inside a geometrically-patterned mug.

Order online and it’ll be ready for pickup or delivery starting May 8th.

2. Sam’s Club | Be ‘Scent’sative

Perfume is one of the most sought-after gift ideas for women. You can stick with tried-and-true favorites or introduce Mama to a new scent. You may not think of Sam’s Club as a hub for top-rated fragrances, but you’ll find plenty of online-only specials and discounted prices on sprays and gift sets for Mother’s Day. Think Dolce & Gabbana, Vera Wang, Elizabeth Arden, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Versace, Burberry, Juicy Couture, and DKNY.

On a side note, it also pays to be a Sam’s Club Plus member – you’ll score free shipping for this gift purchase.

3. The Home Depot | Keep Mom Comfy

What mom doesn’t love to kick her feet up? Give Mom the gift of relaxation with a beautiful, new bathrobe. In addition to enjoying up to 8% cash back on any Home Depot purchase, you can also save up to 40% off select bathrobes.

4. Kay Jewelers | A Gem of a Gift

Birthstone jewelry as a Mother’s Day gift idea truly tugs at the heartstrings when gemstones are used to represent the birth month of a child or children. Get lost in the Kay Jewelers lineup of customizable rings, necklaces, lockets, and bracelets that feature hearts, birds, circles, crosses, keys, and the Tree of Life. Just a thought, melt a new mama’s heart with the Color Stone Mother’s Footprint Ring. Have it engraved with baby’s name and birth date.

Get your personalized jewelry orders in by May 3rd to ensure delivery in time for Mother’s Day.

5. Walgreens | Put a Smile on That Mug

What mama doesn’t love to show off her kids, grandkids, pets and unforgettable family moments? Custom photo print mugs offer just the right touch of heartfelt personalization and Mom is definitely sure to smile every time she takes a sip of her java, tea, or H2O. This year, you’ll have another fun option to consider; Walgreens just added Stainless Insulated Water Bottles with your favorite photos or designs wrapped around the base.

Hair Care Gift Set6. Bed Bath & Beyond | A Gift Set that’ll Blow Mom Away

Of course, Mom is beautiful no matter what, but what woman wouldn’t want a hair care gift set?

Pretty in pink (or fuchsia, to be exact), the Dyson Supersonic™ Special Edition Mother’s Day Hair Dryer Gift Set has everything a stylish mama needs to straighten, smooth, volumize, and detangle their do. This high-speed, 1600-watt powerhouse of a dryer comes with a paddle brush, detangling comb and magnetic attachments, such as a smoothing nozzle.

As an added bonus, Bed Bath & Beyond ships orders over $39 for free.

7. Macy’s | Show Mom How Much She Rocks

To celebrate the special lady in your life, Macy’s has limited-time deals and special savings on all sorts of diamond jewelry. There’s a 70% off sale on 1/3-Karat Diamond Stud Earrings in 14K gold, rose gold, and white gold. The Diamond Halo 18″ Pendant Necklace is an elegant find.

If Mom prefers her bling in the kitchen, Macy’s sells retro-styled KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart Stand Mixers in colorfully appetizing shades, such as Watermelon, Cranberry, Kitchen Aid Mixer Boysenberry, Bordeaux, Empire Red, Cinnamon, and Tangerine.

8. See’s Candies | Say It with Flowers

Flowers eventually wilt, but the new floral and “Pretty Petals” collection of Mother’s Day gifts at See’s Candies is a gift that keeps on giving with decorative souvenir tins and boxes. Packaged in a spring-themed, floral container, spoil Mom with the Sweet Bouquet Keepsake Tin’s 19-piece melt-in-your-mouth selection of sweet treats. The 21-piece Floral Fancy Box is an embossed keepsake filled with an assortment of milk, dark and white chocolates, including Walnut Squares and Raspberry Truffles.

Expedited shipping for $9.95 on deliveries over $35 also sweetens this Mother’s Day gift idea.

You Can’t Go Wrong With These Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

And don’t forget, after surviving Mother’s Day, it’ll soon be time to start shopping for Dad. To avoid the last-minute rush of choosing just the right Father’s Day gift and taking advantage of the best deals around, don’t forget to use or download our Giving Assistant Button.

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10 Awesome Easter Basket Ideas for All Ages

10 Awesome Easter Basket Ideas for All Ages

Regardless of your age, you are never too old to receive an Easter basket. The highly-anticipated assortments of goodies are part of a thousand-year plus tradition. And, there’s no right or wrong way to go about it. Stuffing baskets with jelly beans, chocolate, toys, bunnies, shades of pastel and other signs of spring are classic moves that have all stood the test of time.

However, if you’re looking for fun Easter basket ideas that help create extra special moments, take a look at some of our suggestions below.

Lord & Taylor Bunnies By the Bay1. A New Buddy for Some’bunny’

Browse the Bunnies by the Bay collection at Lord & Taylor to find a furry friend for the infant, baby or toddler in your life. Choose from many irresistibly-cute buddy blankets, stuffed animals, and plush rattles in the shape of bunnies and lambs. To make a gift basket for a slightly older tot, pair one of their three-piece gift sets (embroidered plush critter, board book, and canvas backpack) with a few sweet treats.

2. Egg-Cellent Confections

When nothing but chocolate eggs will do, check out See’s Candies to level up your Easter basket edibles. Amuse youngsters with milk chocolate Sweet Surprise Chicks eggs that crack open to reveal a solid white chocolate treat. You can shop single eggs or spring for the larger Easter Collection: four different chocolate egg flavors and a bag of fruity jelly beans. The company’s Easter-only Scotchmallow Eggs offer a mouthwatering combo of chocolate-covered caramel and honey marshmallow – a sought-after sweet for this time of the year.

Personalized Peeps3. Personalized Plush Peeps

You either love them or you don’t!

The colors and shapes of these sugar-dusted marshmallow bunnies and chicks (known as Peeps) have inspired many creative minds. Novelty items make awesome Easter basket fillers and there is no shortage of Peeps-related items sold on Etsy. Here, you can shop handmade standouts, such as a Chillin’ with my Peeps onesie for babies and new parents, personalized plush Peeps, wood home décor, and endless T-shirt designs for all ages.

4. Think Outside the Box

Not all Easter treats come in a basket! Toolboxes filled with brand new screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches and DIY gadgets work just as fine for handy fellas. Home Depot is a one-stop shop for all the things that’ll satisfy a jack of all trades. Think portable power tools, socket sets, laser levels, safety glasses, and any other small hand tools, like the digital Zircon Multi-Function Wall Scanner – an ideal accessory for Mr. Home Improvement.

Minted Journals5. Encourage Young Minds to Blossom

Don’t let personal reflection, poetic thoughts, and artistic creativity of today’s youth go to waste – give it a space to grow! Customizable notebooks, weekly/monthly planners, and 80-page journals from Minted provide just the right keepsake for tween and teen self-expression. Personalize the cover with their name, favorite saying, or photographs. There are literally hundreds of designs to consider, including modern, preppy, funny and vintage styles.

6. What a Sweet Surprise!

Imagine the look of surprise when your loved one finds a personalized piece of jewelry buried inside an Easter basket! The customizable Kendra Scott Reid Necklace lets you select the metal chain of your choice (gold, rose gold, rhodium or gunmetal) and stones, like the Peach Mother of Pearl, Purple Jade, Dichroic Glass, and Bronze Veined Turquoise Magnesite, which gives off beautifully energetic springtime vibes.

Macy's Easter Collection7. Pretty Pastels and Florals

Created exclusively for Macy’s, Martha Stewart brightens dining room tables with the appropriately-themed Easter Collection and the Pastel Open Stock Collection, which includes the Pink Bunny Spoon Rest. Choose from dinnerware sets, salad plates, cereal bowls, serving pieces and embroidered white cotton napkins featuring delicately-colorful, floral designs. Here’s a thought: mix and match pieces to create an unexpectedly unique, Easter gift basket for Grandma.

8. Numero UNO Basket Fillers

Card games, mini-board games, and travel-size versions of childhood classics not only keep children busy, but also stimulate their minds. Target is home to plenty of brainteasers, puzzles, and welcome distractions that easily add a fun, non-candy element to Easter baskets for kids like UNO. Stick with the original version or ramp up the level of competition with something new, like the double-sided deck(ed) out the challenge of UNO Flip!

Easter Bunny Arrangement9. A Berry Special Arrangement

Another way to avoid extreme sugar overloads is to opt for a healthy Easter basket alternative. Edible Arrangements works their magic with strawberries, pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, and grapes to create impressive displays of affection—and without all the artificial sugar! The company uses chocolate-drizzled strawberries and chocolate-dipped pineapple bunnies to liven up their Easter-themed fruit baskets, as seen in their ‘Easter Bunny Celebration,’ ‘Have a Hoppy Easter’, and ‘Easter Bunny Festival’ selections.

10. Give the Gift of Entertainment

Regardless of whether you have a house of Mickey Mouse, sports, or Walking Dead fans, here’s an Easter basket gift that is fun for the whole household… Bundle DIRECTV + AT&T internet for an epic alliance to keep the whole house entertained. Plus, get $250 in AT&T Visa® Reward Cards with qualifying TV and Internet when you order online.

Awesome Easter Basket Ideas for All Ages

Easter gift baskets help celebrate every special occasion, holiday, and milestone imaginable. If you’re looking to create your own using the brands and products you love most – download our Giving Assistant Button and we’ll connect you to exclusive opportunities to save money.

 

9 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas That Everyone Will Fall in Love With

9 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas That Everyone Will Fall in Love With

It’s February! This means that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This also means it’s time for you to start shopping for your honey! The good news is you can find something your sweetie will love and that show him or her that you care—without breaking the bank. Check out these budget-friendly, thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift ideas that your significant other will love.

1. Prepare a delicious downtown adventure

Is your lover a big-time foodie or has the ultimate sweet tooth? The search for chocolate ganache heart-shaped tarts, strawberry cannoli, and red velvet cherry cheesecake is on! Restaurants, bakeries, and cafes have a knack for whipping up creative edibles for Valentine’s Day. This is the perfect time for you and your love to indulge in a unique assortment of fun sweets, treats, and drinks! Hop around from bakery to cafe to food trucks and stroll through parks in between to enjoy all of your tasty finds. Pinpoint all the spots you want to hit on a map and gift it along with a pair of Toms shoes to ensure they will definitely be comfy walking from place to place! Pro tip: Save room for the next stops by splitting the heavier desserts. 

2. Hold your own concert with your favorite greatest hits.  

Making mixtapes filled with love songs might be a thing of the past, but the warm memories you feel when listening to music that means something to you isn’t. This year, create a digital playlist with songs that pay homage to the experiences, moments and milestones that have helped shape your relationship. Include prom hits, old school jams, favorite tunes, your wedding song, and of course, the track dubbed ‘our‘ song. Set the mood for the night by playing your special collection of jams on a new Bluetooth speaker from GearBest. And, since Bluetooth speakers are portable, it means you can enjoy your musical trip down memory lane anywhere. A picnic in the park. A rented cabin by the lake. Dancing under the stars. 

3. Shake it up by taking dance lessons—on the dance floor and at home.

Taking dance lessons on Valentine’s Day is a fun way for couples to stay active, explore new things, and even learn to laugh together. For example, the rhythm and movements of Latin music allow sweethearts to let loose and move together, which can definitely help heat things up in the bedroom. Salsa dance gets the heart pumping and blood flowing. Tango is full of passion. And how can we forget the Lambada? Once home from your dance lesson, it’s time to test out your new moves…in the bedroom. Put on music and challenge your love to a seductive dance battle dressed in something a little more comfortable from Lingerie.com.

4. Arrange a rose-themed scavenger hunt.  

Flowers are obviously one of the most popular Valentine’s Day gift ideas for her. If you’re looking for the best deals on flowers, arrange for delivery of a beautiful bouquet of roses and a wide range of other flowers from 1-800-Flowers. 

Looking for a new, creative, and unique way to give her flowers? Why not use rose or flower petals to create specific words or simply arrange in the shape of an arrow pointing towards their next destination? As she gets closer to her gift, you could also create a trail of rose petals leading to their surprise.

5. Plan a passionate staycation getaway.

You don’t have to travel far to enjoy an overnight adventure for Valentine’s Day. Embrace the concept of a staycation, where you get to enjoy a getaway within driving distance! Get out of the house to spice things up and to interrupt your usual day-to-day routine. Make arrangements to meet for after work drinks at a hotel lobby or nearby restaurant or bar. When the time seems right, slip your love an envelope with a message, room details, and key for accommodations that you booked through Hotels.com. Tell them to open the envelope in a few minutes. Give them a wink, and tell them ‘see you soon’ as you make your way to your hotel room. When they arrive, it’s up to you how you’ll surprise them. Champagne and strawberries? A gift on the bed? Lingerie and party games? The ideas are endless!

6. Get lost in a night of music, vintage style

If you really want to please a heavy music listener for Valentine’s Day, consider blowing their mind with the superior sound quality of their favorite tunes. Somewhere between online downloads and YouTube videos, the record player often gets forgotten. Vinyl has a reputation of delivering riveting bass lines and the emotional details of song much better than a digital copy. So, when you tell them it’s time to take a trip to the local record shop to select vinyls with songs that represent your relationship, also surprise them with a record player from AliExpress as a gift. Make a night of it, as you hunt for the first vinyls added to a collection that you create together.

7. Make a homemade meal from the heart.

Holiday celebrations are even more special when there is delicious food to enjoy! However, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to mean busy, crowded, and expensive restaurants. You can enjoy an intimate and romantic dinner right at home! In fact, is there anything better than a home-cooked meal made from the heart?

You can also kick it up a notch and transform your dining room into a French bistro. Write the name of your ‘restaurant’ on a chalkboard. Use fancy fonts to create a printed menu. Prepare a candle-lit seating arrangement with your finest tableware. Set the mood with playful jazz tunes.

Need a little help tapping into your inner chef? Uniquely colorful and healthy meals are just a subscription away when you sign up with HelloFresh, which sends fresh, pre-packaged ingredients and simple recipes directly to your front door. The meal kits fit nicely in the fridge, making them a convenient solution for many bistro dinners to come.

8. Stick to a simple yet sexy date night with wine and chocolate.

If you’re a laid-back couple that doesn’t need all the fancy frills, stick to the classic Valentine’s Day indulgences: chocolate and wine. Chocolate creates the kind of endorphin rush that puts lovers in just the right mood to have a very happy Valentine’s Day. Wine also has a stimulating effect that’s perfect for February 14th. The two aphrodisiacs together are a sexy pairing that will elevate the most popular “date night” of the year.

Try different Ethel M Chocolates varieties, from dark chocolate to creme liqueurs to sea-salted caramel. Sit atop a hill overlooking the city as the sun sets or pitch a tent in your back yard and toast to the two of you.

9. Cross off local hot spots on your to-do list.

If you’re single, there’s nothing wrong with seeking a little companionship for Valentine’s Day. It can be exhausting trying to sift through potential dates for a casual night out. That’s why eHarmony comes in handy. They match you with local singles who want to explore the latest and greatest that your city has to offer. Once you’ve arranged a date, have a list of places you’ve always wanted to visit handy. Make a day (or night) of it.

Check out that new restaurant that just opened. Attend a modern art gallery show. Sample craft beers at a quirky microbrewery. Enjoy sweet conversation over croissants at a popular Parisian bakery. You just might make a new best friend, or even better, find someone to enjoy all of your future Valentine’s Days with.

If you love saving money on products and services just as much as you enjoy celebrating special occasions, then download our Giving Assistant Button (if you haven’t already) to find the best Valentine’s Day gifts for him and her!