The holidays are the perfect opportunity to thank your mom, sister, aunt and grandma for everything they do. If you’re on a budget, don’t worry: There are plenty of fantastic gifts that will make these ladies feel cherished. Even better? Almost all are under $75!
Natural Sound Soother With Mood Light ($49.99) at The Sharper Image
If her beauty rest is being interrupted by street noise (or her partner’s snoring), this chic-looking sound machine will help block out those distractions. It plays everything from white noise to crickets, keeping annoying sounds at bay. There is also a timer, colored night-light and a pillow speaker so the noise doesn’t disturb anyone else.
InBlue Handmade Leather Journal ($25) on Etsy
If she likes to jot down her thoughts, she’ll love these gorgeous handmade leather journals. They’re covered in pure cowhide and can be personalized with one of 3,000 images and a rainbow of colors.
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Black+Decker Personal Blender With Jar ($29.99) at Target
She loves to treat herself to a healthy smoothie in the morning, but cleaning that big blender is such a pain! This personal-size blender tackles even ice with ease, and the blending cup converts into a travel bottle.
Saint Vintage Love Drops Earrings ($50) at Saint Vintage
Beautiful earrings will brighten anyone’s day, and every pair in the Love Drops Collection is stunning. Some of my favorites are the Floral Eternity, Blush Bay and the Gold Orange & Sapphire Dainty Drop. These earrings are just fancy enough to wear when she’s out on the town but will also dress up jeans and a T-shirt. Bonus: A portion of every purchase is donated to help fund cancer research.
The Life Palette by Michelle Phan ($59) at Amazon
If she loves her beauty goodies, but you’re not sure what to get her, The Life Palette is a fabulous choice because it has a little bit of everything. It contains loads of well-chosen lip glosses, blushes and eye shadows—everything she needs to revamp her look as often as she wants.
Calista Tools Perfecter Fusion 1-inch Styler ($99.99) at Ulta
Is she trekking to the salon every week for a blowout? This easy-to-use tool, which is appropriate for all hair types, will allow her to do her own, even if she struggles with the classic round brush–blow dryer combo. This styler smoothes, lifts and perfects hair easily. The set includes the styler with auto shutoff, a heat-safe travel case, detangling brush and three styling clips.
Lay-n-Go Cosmo ($29.95–$34.95) at The Grommet
The Lay-n-Go Cosmo holds all of her makeup in its roomy pouch, which also transforms into rimmed tray that gives her access to all her necessities. The washable pouch, which is available in black or metallic, also has a zippered pocket that can hold anything from jewelry to unmentionables.
Govino “Go Anywhere” 12-ounce Glasses and 28-ounce Decanter ($14.95 for both) at Birchbox
These glasses (set of four) and decanter are elegant enough for her next soiree but sturdy enough to go anywhere from the park to the beach. The 12-ounce glasses are perfect for white wine or a cocktail (there’s also a 16-ounce red wine version), and the decanter allows wine to aerate and is also designed for one-hand, drip-free pouring.
Rackpack ($29.95) at The Grommet
The ideal companion for a lovely bottle of wine, the innovative Rackpack has two configurations: a stylish wine house or a rack that can hold up to 12 bottles of wine.
Star Wars R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set ($19.99) at ThinkGeek
The geeks on our list will squeal with delight at these new officially licensed R2-D2 measuring cups! R2’s body is built from four different-size cups, and his arms are measuring spoons. Bonus: They’re BPA-free.
Crock-Pot Casserole Crock ($29.99) at Walmart
For the hostess with the mostest, this slow cooker has a 3.5-quart capacity and includes oven-safe, rectangular, removable stoneware, plus a locking lid and handles for transporting from party to party.
Perfect Bake ($69.99) at Brookstone
If she loves to bake but her attempts are ill-fated, she’ll appreciate the high-tech Perfect Bake. This app-enabled scale will ensure she makes the perfect dessert every time by alerting her when to stop pouring. It even adjusts the other ingredients in the event of an over pour! Perfect Bake comes with the scale, oven thermometer and three mixing bowls.
Wireless Key Finder ($49.99) at The Sharper Image
Forgetful? This clever device will help prevent her from misplacing her keys or purse. Just press the button on the wireless transmitter, and a flashing light and beeping noise will lead her to the missing item. The key finder works up to 60 feet away inside and 90 feet away outside. It includes two fobs and one flat receiver that fits in a purse or bag.
Goldie Plus Charger ($24.99) at Nice by Design
Everyone needs chargers, and the Goldie Plus Charger is adorable and well-designed. It has a USB port, so it will boost almost any smartphone, tablet, MP3—you name it. The little guy is designed to hold loose cables snugly and serves as a convenient resting place for the device (it holds tablets under 7 inches). Check it out in four fun colors.
Punchcase by Leslie Hsu Tate Tech Wallet ($59) at Punchcase
The most convenient wallet ever, the Tate Tech Wallet holds her cash, credit cards, keys, lip gloss and smartphone. It’s substantial enough to carry on its own as a wristlet but slim enough to tuck into a purse. The $59 style is available in purple, pink or black. Other finishes are available for $69 and up.
Girl on the Go
Autoseal West Loop From Contigo ($20.99) at Contigo
This travel mug keeps drinks hot for five hours and cold for 12. The newly updated version features an easy-to-clean interior lid mechanism and a lid-lock button that prevents the contents from being dispensed accidentally. Pair the Contigo with a bag of delicious Upgraded Coffee ($18.95 at Amazon). The creator carefully sources these beans to make a coffee with a rich, dark taste and smooth finish.
Skidders Ballet Flats ($18) at Skidders
If she’s a comfort junkie, she will love you forever for giving her a pair of these flats. They are cute and stylish and great for everything from breezing through security at the airport to splashing in puddles with her kids. Available in six colors, they have a padded footbed, are 100% recyclable and made of hypoallergenic PVC.
ThinOptics ($24.95–$38.95) at Amazon
Does she habitually dig in her purse muttering, “Where did I put my glasses?” Never again. Ultra slim ThinOptics reading glasses are attached to her smartphone, which is always in her hand! There are several case options that are either incorporated into her Samsung or iPhone case or that attach to her existing phone. The glasses are available in three strengths, low range, mid range and high range.
Corkcicle Vinnebago ($29.99) at Amazon
A must-have for get-togethers, this cool carafe can be used to transport anything from hot toddies to homemade limoncello and maintains the temperature for hours (cold for 25 hours, hot for 12). There’s no breakable glass, so it’s great for a pool, beach or party. The bottle is available in black, white or silver, and no pre-freezing is required.
NapAnywhere ($59) at NapAnywhere
If she travels frequently, she will so love this! The ingenious travel companion is a portable pillow that actually provides support whether she’s seated in the window, aisle or dreaded middle seat. Strap on the NapAnywhere, bend it to be comfortable and snooze away. It folds flat for travel and is available in five colors.
Cuisine Cube ($34.99 for one month, $32.99 per month for three months and $29.99 per month for six months) at Cuisine Cube
She’s a sucker for food-filled gift baskets, but what to do about that pesky gluten allergy or gluten-free diet? Cuisine Cube packs a cute box every month with tasty gluten-free groceries from the best entrepreneurial food purveyors. Purchase her one cube to whet her appetite or a few to keep her well fed for months.
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