Updated on October 5th, 2014
I received a variety of samples for inclusion in this gift guide. Affiliate links are used below. Opinions are my own.
For the woman that loves to cook, Good Cook has high quality products that are budget friendly! She will love their 3 qt Ceramic Baking Dish ($28) and it pairs perfectly with an adjustable roast rack ($9) that makes cooking a roast or fowl easier to cook. You can get them both for under $40 which will make a very beautiful, well presented gift she will use for years to come. We had a chance to check out these two products. The baking dish is beautiful and very well made. It gives our completed meals a beautiful presentation with no extra work. The adjustable rack is a perfect fit for the dish and stores flat when not in use.
The perfect gift for a busy mom is something that gives her comfort and makers her feel great! Genie Bra (3 pack is $30) can give her a boost of confidence and comfort at the same time. I had a chance to check out Genie Bra’s products and I have been really impressed. They are super comfortable and supportive! Choose with or without pads. With the pads in, I think the bra gives me great shape and a seamless look under my shirts. I absolutely love their Milana style bras (3 pack is $60) that have a lace overlay that is really pretty and great for layering to keep you covered. Genie Bra offers leggings, too, that help to slim and offer coverage.
For the woman that wants to relax and slim down this year – she will appreciate an It Works wrap! The warp is botanically-based and combines a soothing fragrance with a mix of herbs that can help her relax while the wrap does it’s job to tighten, tone and firm. It works by reducing the appearance of cellulite and can be used on our biggest problem areas including abdomen, love handles, thighs and more. Applications take about 45 minutes and can be done from the comfort and privacy of your own home. A pack of 4 Ultimate Body Applicators retails for $99.
The women that love to get all dressed up and beautiful will adore the new beauty collections from Mary Kay. Pick out one of their perfect set combinations that are already coordinated to go great together. Try their Special-Edition Plum Perfect Set ($47) that can give her a smoky eye look with the introduction of a deep and rich plum color that is really in right now. Looking for something unique? Their Special-Edition Beautiful Brows set ($62) will be an unexpected and welcome gift. This set includes the Mary Kay Lash & Brow Building Serum that works to build thicker, fuller looking lashes with results in just 30 days!
For the woman that can clean like a pro, arm her with all the very best tools! Dyson’s latest vacuum from their wonderful line of upright vacuums is the DC41 Animal. They offer the vacuum by itself or look for the DC41 Animal Complete ($649) set that includes four extra cleaning tools and a bag of Zorb carpet maintenance powder to help tackle all the trouble areas and any dust. I’m a huge fan of Dyson vacuums. They are as hard working as they are beautiful. I’m always amazed when I vacuum by just how much dust and dirt gets sucked up. If you’re looking for a gift to wow her this year, this is it!
If she loves to learn you can gift a subscription to Lynda.com ($25/month) that will fill her passion and give her something that helps her learn and grow. Lynda.com is an online learning platform where you can find more than 2,000 online courses from photography, time management to instructions on certain software programs to help increase your productivity and skills. I got a dslr camera for my birthday and I have really been enjoying the instructional videos on Lynda.com that teach and instruct me how to use my new tech! The videos are easy to follow along with and so much nicer than just reading a textbook.
The fitness lover will be thrilled with a new Fitness DVD to mix up her routine. Try one of these two new titles! Targeted Toning Pilates for Beginners ($15) introduces you to the Pilates style workouts with three 20-minute workouts that target specific areas from waistline to strength training. Or focus on a particular area, your back side, in the 10 Minute Solutions: Butt Lift DVD ($15) that includes 5 different 10-minute workouts and a bonus ab workout! Eithere of these workouts can give her the confidence to put her best foot forward for the new year and help her look and feel great.
Any board game fanatic will love the perfect game to play with family and friends on Christmas day and many more get together down the road. The Game Chef has two fun games, one award winner game, Rollick! ($25), and one new title just released this year, Long Story Short ($25)! In Rollick! you work together as a team to try to act out clue charades style with a fast-paced game play and a variety of variations for a new game every time you play. Long Story Short uses your social media and texting knowledge and puts it to good use. Turn the storytellers tale into a text, tweet, headline, or picture for a LOL game night.
Help her get organized and on track for the new year! Personal Planner lets you make your planner completely your own. Customize the planner with your own photos or designs for your cover, add in the elements that you want in your planner like workout, to-do list, preschool schedules, and more. Then, fill up your back extra pages with the things that matter to you like music lines, coloring pages, sudoku, grid pages, address or one of the other options. You can even customize the start date. Create the planner that will be perfect for her or select a gift card that will let her design her own personalized planner!
If she loves to dance, get her moving and grooving while getting in shape and having a ball with the latest game by Zumba! Take the latin heat to a whole new level in Zumba Fitness World Party! Take a journey to fantastic destinations across the globe including Brazil, India, and Hawaii as you workout along with 40+ new high energy routines. Don’t think she’ll wear out the moves as she will have the opportunity to try 30 different international dance styles! With the all new visual presentation, the game feels much more true to life like she will be partying and dancing right along with the instructors live at each destination. To get more from the game, she can make her own fitness goals and track your progress against technique score, calories burned, achievements, and more. Zumba Fitness World Party is rated E for Everyone and is available now for Xbox One, Kinect for 360, Wii and Wii U.
The woman who loves to bake will wonder how she ever lived without a non-stick baking mat by Silpat. They offer superior stick resistance without needed to grease or butter the pan or use parchment paper. She will also love the quick and easy clean up of a flexible mat that fits easily into the sink saving her time and energy. The mat evens the heat distribution as well making the baked goods cook beautifully. The Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat is made in France and is available at Sur La Table and Amazon in several different sizes.