This is the last of the Bonus sections for our Cool Moms Rule! Holiday Gift Guide. In addition to this listing, which might have a giveaway hidden inside (hint, hint!), we have a new giveaway coming up in the very next post, too! And I still have plenty of tips for making things a bit less stressful this holiday season, so stay tuned. Plus, if you are still shopping, I'm going to let you all in on another holiday gift guide to check out this season!
So, why do the Cool Moms have to wait until last? Well, let's face it, ladies: a majority of husbands and boyfriends are last-minute shoppers.
I used to work at a little boutique in the local shopping mall when I was in high school (wow, am I old!), and on CHRISTMAS EVE we would still have men coming in, absolutely panicking, looking for gifts for their wives. (Funny story--whenever we would ask, "Well, okay, what size is she?" The man in question, no matter which one of us he was talking too, would look completely bewildered and then invariably answer, "Oh, she's about your size!" Given that all of us were teens or young twenties, and not even shaped like each other, let alone any Moms I can think of, it's not surprising we got a LOT of returns the day after Christmas!)
So, round up the men in your life, and have them read this post. Or print it up for them. Make it easy. Then gently remind them that, yes, there really are only 10 days left until Christmas!
First up, let's deal with that holiday fashion dilemma, and some gifts you might just want to purchase yourself.
What to wear under those clingy holiday fashions? Shapeez has a garment called the Unbelievabra that will keep you looking svelte and sexy in the tightest sweater dress.
You can get the Unbelievabra in one of three styles to suit your body type (ultimate, mini, or shortee) , and let him purchase that sexy sweaterdress for you! (Shapeez Unbelievabra, $75-85, Sweater dress from Victoria's Secret, originally $58, on sale now for $39!).
Slip on a pair of sexy Flingz thong panties from Flingwear to complete the outfit! For convenience and freshness, each pair is individually folded into a small, resealable, clear bag - making it simple to pack and tuck in a handbag or clutch. Afterwards, treat them all to a handwashing with your favorite Soak wash, available in three fresh fragrances (Flora, Aquae, Citrus) Soak's rinse-free formulation is gentle and deliciously scented with fabric-friendly ingredients that revitalize fibers so they look great and last longer (Flingwear 3-pk $18, Soak, $16).
Keeping track of important dates, whether because you are (like me) over-scheduled, or because you have a special moment you want to remember for always, has never been easy with these next two gift ideas.
Weekdate is the perfect planner and schedule-keeper for busy Moms! With its unique, patent-pending design, you only write each event once, even for weekly, monthly, on-the-date, or annual re-occurring events, like those soccer games, after-school activities or play dates (Weekdate weekly planner, pictured in Red Rush, 34.95).
For those important dates (birthdays, anniversaries and the like) that are just too special to ever forget, the Not Just Any Old Day line of commemorative jewelry makes the perfect accompaniment to your holiday wardrobe. The unique Calendar keepsake has been designed to identify a very significant month and day in the life of the person who wears it, marked with a genuine Swarovski crystal on the date that holds a special meaning (Not Just Any Old Day jewelry, $98-258).
For those crafty Moms who prefer scrapbooking to Swarovski crystals and rose bushes to rolexes, we have suggestions, too!
HGTV, the #1 home improvement network, offers a home and gardening suite for your desktop that lets you plan out every bit of home design, including room additions and countertops, and all your landscaping from rose bushes to oak trees. You can even see how it will all look in 3-D (HGTV Home and Landscape Platinum Suite, 79.95).
Hallmark wants you to know that they have fun craft programs for Mom, too! Their Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe 2009 creates more than just cards.
Using their software, families can also create photo cubes, frames and mini-albums, calendars, gift tags, invitations, and more (Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe 2009, 49.95).
Last, but certainly not least, comes our GIVEAWAY! And you crafty Moms are going to love this.
We have a copy of the #1 selling scrapbooking software, Art Explosion Scrapbook Factory, to give away!
Scrapbook Factory gives you 6,000 Designs and customizable projects, with 60,000 (!) graphics right in the box and over 1500 fonts to choose from, so that you can customize the perfect scrapbook pages, and even view the photo scrapbooks you make right on TV! The software normally retails for 39.99, but you can WIN IT on Cool Moms Rule!
Just leave a comment below THIS post on your favorite gift idea from any of our Cool Moms Rule! Holiday Gift Guide listings to enter.
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We want to try to get Scrapbook Factory out to you by the holidays. No promises, but we will end the contest this Thursday, December 18th, and announce the winner Friday, so we can mail the software right out! So, deadline for all entries is midnight, December 18th.