2015 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

There’s nothing a mother appreciates more than when you put some thought into their gift. You can never go wrong with classics like flowers or chocolates, but something more personal is usually better. Whether you’re buying for your mom, your wife or another important woman in your life, think about their interests and what would best bring a smile to their face.

Some moms also love gadgets that make their lives easier, so keep that in mind as well. Here are just a few suggestions to get you started.

Vivitar LifeCam


For mothers with an active or busy lifestyle, the new Vivitar LifeCam ensures they’ll never miss another important moment again. It’s a wearable camcorder that boasts 1920x1080p HD video quality, a fixed lens with a 160-degree field of view, and the ability to capture photos and record live or time-lapsed video. The device is about 3 inches long, so it’s small enough to carry around without worrying about losing it, and comes with seven different accessory mounts for hands-free recording. There’s a head mount and bike mount for adventure-seekers who partake in outdoor activities like mountain climbing, snowboarding and cycling; a tripod mount for getting more professional shots; a clip mount for wearing it on the go; and suction, magnet and desktop mounts for a variety of everyday uses. In addition to a MicroSD card slot for saving your photos and videos, the LifeCam includes an HDMI port for HDTV playback and connects via a built-in iOS and Android app to sync, view and share your media on any mobile device.

Soundfreaq Sound Rise Speaker

We loved this compact, minimalistic wireless bedroom speaker so much that after testing it, we promptly unplugged our current iHome unit and replaced it with the Soundfreaq Sound Rise. Featuring Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and a USB power port in the back for charging, this cube-shaped speaker also operates as a dual alarm clock with weekday/weekend settings, as well as an FM radio with the option for six presets. That means you can wake up to whatever your connected device may be streaming (like iTunes music or Pandora), your favorite FM radio station or the built-in chime sound. Though the audio quality won’t blow you away, it’s more than adequate for everyday use, while the simple design fits nicely with just about any décor. The Sound Rise is available in black and wood tone, but there’s also a limited edition floral print appropriately called Flower Freaq that most women will absolutely love.


T-fal ActiBread


Bread tastes amazing. Bread smells amazing. Heck, bread is just plain amazing. (It also makes you fat, but that’s neither here nor there.) So why wouldn’t you want to make bread in your own home, with your own ingredients, catered to your own tastes and dietary requirements? Exactly, which is why we really dig the T-fal ActiBread, an electronic bread machine with 15 automatic programs that make three gluten-free options, whole wheat bread, French bread, cake, jam, pasta and more. Additionally, you can choose from three different loaf sizes (1 pound, 1.5 pounds and 2 pounds) and crust settings (light, medium and dark), and there’s a delayed start feature so you can schedule it to turn on any time within a 15-hour period. That means fresh bread pretty much whenever you want it, and with the keep-warm function, you can prepare it early in the day and still serve warm bread for dinner. That’s what you call a win-win.

Jewelry from Tiffany


Every woman loves that pretty blue box from Tiffany, and you don’t have to break the bank to find a gift that your mother or wife will enjoy while earning some serious style points with this premium brand. Tiffany offers a wide variety of bracelets, necklaces, rings, charms and more in sterling silver at very reasonable prices. Check out their website and sort by price, and you’ll see all the beautiful options that are available. You can get the best brand and top quality, which beats picking up something from the jewelry store at your local mall.

Scarves from Stella McCartney


Some women are into the trendier brands and designers, and Stella McCartney has become quite popular recently. Her stuff isn’t cheap, but some items like scarves are fairly reasonable. She has a wide variety of styles, but you may want to stick with more classic designs, like this one. You’ll also find some interesting lingerie if you’re shopping for your wife (no need to make things weird with mom or dear old grandma), and Stella’s collection boasts some lovely bags as well. Or you can play it safe with her fragrances.

Spafinder Gift Cards

Women love to be pampered, and a day at the spa is one of the best ways to show the women in your life that you care by hiring professionals to pamper them in a luxurious setting. This is something we recommend every year, and these cards from Spafinder.com never expire. She’ll be able to use them at over 20,000 spa and wellness locations worldwide. If she and her friends have a favorite spot, you can always get her a gift card there as well.