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The Momual: The Essential Guide For Mother’s Day

One of our jobs here at The Manual is to make life easier by helping you guys out any way we can. So first off, take out your calendar and mark down May 12th, because that’s Mother’s Day. “WHAT?! Mother’s Day is next week? I haven’t gotten her anything yet.” Well, that’s where we come in. We’ve put together a gift guide for all the mommas out there – young and old.

TasselAire by Agraria – Moms love fragrances. It’s like a scientific fact. Why not get her something that she can enjoy all the time? TasselAire is a unique product – it’s a tassel, it’s an air freshener, it’s a great gift. With scents like Bitter Orange, Lemon Verbena, Mediterranean Jasmine, and others, we’re sure you’ll be able to find something that will brighten up her day – and make it smell nice as well.

Phoebe Cates Kline’s store Blue Tree in NYC is known for its awesome and quirky collection of gifts for men, women and children.  If you want to get mom some jewelry, check out their Moon Line– which features a wide range of fun sayings. You can give your mom “the moon”, “unconditional love” or “1,000,000 kisses”. This sweet line comes in a variety of precious metals and prices and can be purchased in store or online.

If she doesn’t have time for a trip to the beach, give her a glow the healthy way. Urban Decay NAKED Flushed 3-in-1 compact features a bronzer, highlighter and blush and gives all skin tones a fresh, radiant look.  The product is also free of parabens, fragrances, alcohol and mineral oil.

Save your mom a trip to the dermatologist with StriVectin’s  Ageless Best Seller’s Kit. This limited edition kit contains four bestselling age fighters from their top collections, including:  StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Night Treatment, StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles, StriVectin-SD Intensive Concentrate and StriVectin-TL Tightening Neck Cream.

Give mom the gift of a whiter smile in less than a week. The Go Smile 6 Day Double Action Whitening System kit is a fast, easy, safe and effective way to deliver superior whitening with virtually no sensitivity. It is also an excellent alternative for those whose teeth have not responded to other whitening products. Keep smiling!

For those who don’t mind getting their hands a little dirty – AHAVA’s Natural Dead Sea Body Mud is a trip to the spa inside a bag. The mineral-rich formula absorbs excess oil and removes dead skin cells, dirt and toxins to reveal fresh, soft skin. This mud stimulates circulation and refines skin’s texture, clarity and tone. Mud treatment can also be heated to help relieve stress and muscle aches and back pain.

Our friends at Elemis helped us out when we had razor burn, now they are helping us out in the gift set department.

Mom will love the Elemis Time for You Gift Set, which comes packaged in a cosmetics bag she can use for travel. The following Elemis products are included: Elemis Quiet Mind Bath Elixir – A luxurious skin conditioning formula that is gentle on the skin and induces a sense of peace and serenity; Elemis Pro-Radiance Hand & Nail Cream –A super-smooth anti-aging hand cream that quickly absorbs to instantly rejuvenate hands and condition nails; Elemis Skin Nourishing Body Lotion – A silky formula that is rich in concentrated milk protein to replenish dry skin; Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser Pump – An anti-aging cleanser that withdraws impurities from the skin.

Candles are always a great gift. Astier de Villatte has a great selection of candles inspired by cities like Quebec ( the rustic scent of forage plants, sweet grass and Amerindian incense), and Jerusalem (cedar wood, nutmeg, followed by the lighter, more vegetal gum resin and cypress), even Broadway acts as an inspiration (a curious effervescent aroma, inspired by the secret formula of the legendary soft drink, refreshing, citrusy and caramelized). These candles have a 60 hour burn time and can be purchased online at Barney’s.

This one seems like a little bit of a touchy subject – but if you love your mom, but not her smoking, try throwing in a pack of NJOY’s. Give her a little hint – you want her to be as healthy as possible. And hopefully she has a sense of humor…hehe (nervous laugh).

Do you have some good gift ideas for Mother’s Day this year? Let us know in the comments below or start a convo in our Q&A section.

Stefan Doyno
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Stefan Doyno is a two-time Emmy-winning television producer who has worked for various shows at ABC News, including Good…
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