Great gift ideas for women (anybody, actually) are ones you’ve selected based on their personality, lifestyle and needs. These are gifts that won’t ever be re-gifted that she’ll really love and use. The selections appeal to different interests and varying budget. Keep them in mind for the women in your life for Mothers Day and any other time.
Treat yourself, too!
For women who are always “out and about” and especially when they travel, a secure bag is a must. She really does need a bag that protects her valuables but still looks nice. It also has to hold everything she need to get through the day or evening.
That’s a tall order. The Travelon Anti-theft Signature 3326 Anti-Theft Signature Slim Day Bag ($40) is a chic and slimline bag that coordinates to her outfits in one of five colors (ours was ruby, a rich wine).
The nylon bag is a medium sized 7″ x 8.5″ x 2.5″ (big enough to hold an Ipad mini) with an adjustable 60″ strap. It features two zippered outside pockets. Inside, there’s a detachable LED light.
What makes this bag a powerhouse of protection is an interior organizer with RFID blocking card and passport slots, and locking slash-resistant shoulder strap (the bag also has slash-resistant body panels). The strap locks down and can be attached to a post or chair.
A note about RFID: With a simple skimmer device, a thief can supposedly read information off some RFID tags on your credit cards, even if they’re beyond your sight line. This kind of theft is still a “thing” in other parts of the world. * Most skimmers can’t read the numerical security codes on the back of your card so even if they scan the front, you’re partially safe. The RFID protection is just an extra layer.
It may not have a designer logo or name, but when you’re shopping or traveling, safety with style is key. Leave the designer bag that screams “I’ve got money and expensive things in my purse” at home.
She’ll thank you every day for this hardworking crossbody bag.
For more information visit https://www.travelonbags.com
For the Stylista:
Does she have an herb garden, or grow herbs on her window sill? Is she a cook who loves to spice things up with fresh herbs?
The Cole & Mason Frozen Herb Mill ($29.99) is something really unique she might not buy for herself, but that makes her time in the kitchen easier, more sucessful, and more fun.
Herbs are like roses. They’re aromatic and beautiful when you get them fresh, but they wither quickly.
The Cole & Mason Frozen Herb Mill Set lets her freeze fresh herbs of just about any type (minus those with hard stems). Stuff them into one of three plastic containers with lids, and when she needs that herb, she can safely grind just the amount required,
I like the lightweight grinder and it has razor sharp blades. The entire thing comes apart for easy cleanup.
Grate a little, or grate a lot…either way, having fresh herbs is .. just great! For more information visit https://www.coleandmasonusa.com/
Salt & pepper are everyday staples, but dressing them up with high-quality grinders is a nice accent for the table, and the aroma and taste are enhanced. Cole & Mason’s Oldbury Mill Salt & Pepper Grinder Set ($79) is just one of a number of grinder sets the company produces.
I really love this set because it’s so elegant, featuring a walnut stained beech body and brushed stainless steel accents. The classy steel bands rotate to select one of six pre-selected settings for pepper, and there are three for salt.
It’s also a better ginder because doesn’t crush the peppercorns like the budget grinders do. Instead, the grinder uses a hardened carbon steel mechanism strips the peppercorns every time you twist the grinder, to release the most flavor.
The salt mill has a diamond sharp ceramic mechanism. If you’ve ever ground rock salt you know that to get the consistency you want, you really need a sharp mill and this salt mill really delivers.
Good to know it’s ready for gifting in a nice presentation box and even mills even are filled with salt & pepper! For more informatton Visit https://www.coleandmasonusa.com
For the Tekkie:
The new Echo Spot from Amazon (srp. $129)is the perfect gift not just for a tech-savvy, but for anyone who likes Alexa but wants something small and visual.
I saw this at the Amazon 2018 Summer Product Preview, and instantly flipped over it! (our sample shown above is Black, it’s also available in White) .
This cute round ball is powered by the same Alexa as all the other Amazon Devices. What makes this Alexa device different than all the others is that it has a screen. See the time, get reminders, put up your favorite photos, change the clock faces, and so much more.
What can the Spot do? Anything the other Alexa devices can do, but it is a lot more powerful using 2nd generation far-field voice recognition to let you watch video flash briefings, see music lyrics, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks,etc. I personalized mine with my cat.
Oh! and there is a lot more you can do, visually. It also has a camera (you can turn it off if you wish).
This is all hands-free—just ask The Echo Spot to “learn skills” with the app. Control a smart home, ask Alexa to make cat sounds (my favorite thing and it drives my real cats batty)!
The cool thing is the video calling. It takes a bit of a learning curve but everything you need is online and in the alexa app.
For more information visit Amazon.com
For The Entrepreneur
I saw so many cute, clever and practical things from See Jane Work and Flipshelf at the Housewares Preview for Editors in NYC, so it was really difficult to choose just the following three gift ideas: the Mousepad & Coaster Set, and Gold Motivational Easel, and the 3-shelf narrow Flipshelf.
Show her how much you love her with the See Jane Work Mousepad and Coaster set ($14) in red hearts. Bright Faux leather has a slip-resistant rubberized back to keep it from slipping.
The coaster measures about 5 x 6.5″, the Mousepad measures 7.5 x 10.”Even if you don’t have a lot of money, this set reminds her every day that she is loved. And that’s priceless!
For more information visit https://www.seejanework.com/
Inspire her every day with easy affirmations. The See Jane Work Motivational Easel ($14) is a small gold metal easel that comes with a dozen inspirational quotes (e.g. “Strong Women Never Settle” and “Be Original” ) .
The set is beautifully boxed with a clear cover. One way to make this gift really personal by adding a personal card of your own with “I appreciate you ” or “You Are Loved.” Put it on the top of the pile!
A little easel won’t take up much room on her desk measuring just 3.25 x 5.25 x .5.0.” The cards are each 3.25 x 5.25 x .50″ This would be a great gift for a new grad starting a new job, or for yourself.
For more information on See Jane Work visit https://www.seejanework.com/
For the Organizer
There’s always a need for a temporary or permanent storage, but she doesn’t have to sacrifice space for it.
The Narrow, 3-shelf unit by Flipshelf (Srp. $29.99) is such an easy, clever and affordable way to showcase special items or anything, anywhere she wants and needs it. However, this FlipShelf literally folds down flat when she doesn’t need it.
There are several sizes and shapes of Flipshelf. I chose the Narrow 3-shelf Unit because it fits in a tiny space (I tested mine in a bathroom so small I couldn’t back up enough to take a photo).
Flipshelves are lightweight, durable, and made of heavy-duty, powder-coated steel. All you have to do is flip open the shelves from the flat position, and it’s ready to use.
She won’t need any help to set it up or move it around. She can carry it in one hand but it’s strong and will hold 75 pounds on each shelf.
It’s the gift she doesn’t realize she needs –to organize everything from shoes to supplies. When she gets this gift she’ll be thanking you, daily!
You can find the Flipshelf at mass market retailers and for more information visit http://flipshelfinseconds.com/