With Mother’s Day looming, the hunt is on for unique and innovative gifts that’ll show Mom how much you care and, optimally, that she’ll benefit from in the months–and even years–to come. With this assortment of super-cool Mother’s Day gifts, sorted into Beauty, Technology and Lifestyle categories, Mom will appreciate you’ve gone above and beyond the underwhelming gestures of flowers and candy to give her a gift that’s truly useful—and that takes her personal proclivities into account.


Branché Silk Charmeuse Pillow Cases
Belle De Nuit Eye Masques

(www.BrancheBeautySleep.com) – From $49

Made of the finest quality mulberry silk, Branché pillow slips let hair and skin slip and slide as you toss and turn, preventing knotty, broken hair and creases in the skin. These posh pillow cases nourish with 18 naturally-occurring amino acids and also provide anti-microbial properties through high copper content.  Not only is hair and skin healthier with Branché, but the pillow slips also extend the life of a blowout, making it perfect for on-the-go moms who don’t have time to restyle their hair every day. The oversized Belle De Nuit Eye Masque also helps rejuvenate your skin while providing a deeper sleep through light filtering, especially from light pollution from electronics kept near the bed like alarm clocks, cell phones, laptops and iPads, and protecting the delicate skin around the eye area. With these slumber accessories, Mom will get her beauty sleep every night of the year.

BMR Electric Facial Toner (www.BMRBeauty.com/us) – $395
After the age of 30, facial muscles naturally atrophy, which leads to hallowing of the face and creasing of the skin. The innovative, FDA-cleared BMR Facial Toner uses natural, comfortable stimulation in the form of gentle electrical pulses to help enhance the beauty and youthful appearance of your face. Full results are noticeable after a 12-week period of using the device for five days a week for just 20 minutes at a time. This is another great product that Mom can enjoy in the comfort and privacy of her home while achieving the same effect that skincare professionals offer.

Rodan + Fields Macro Exfoliator (www.RodanAndFields.com) – $279
Developed by Drs. Rodan and Fields, the Rodan + Fields MACRO Exfoliator is an at-home, hand-held exfoliation tool that features patent-pending DOC-SMART technology, which provides optimal levels of macro-exfoliation for each facial cosmetic zone. By automatically varying the amount of exfoliation, the MACRO Exfoliator tailors the user experience—from deeper action in thick skinned areas like the forehead, to gentler in more delicate areas, such as the eye region. The result is professional-level, immediate and long-term improvements in texture, tone, and overall radiance. Used for only five minutes once a week, Rodan + Fields MACRO Exfoliator will have Mom feeling and looking younger in no time.

me smooth Hair Remover System (www.MePower.com) – $395
Many women are sick and tired of the never-ending task of shaving, and luckily there are fantastic solutions on the market today. One of them is the me smooth at-home hair removal system, allowing busy moms to put their razors away and achieve professional results in the privacy and convenience of their own home. As the first home hair removal device that’s FDA cleared and clinically proven to work on all skin types and tones, me smooth uses elos technology (a combination of IPL and Radio Frequency) to quickly, easily, and gently remove unwanted hair. Legs can be treated in as little as 10 minutes! In clinical trials, women reported up to 96% hair reduction three months after the last treatment in a series of seven weekly. Mom will love this convenient and effective way to keep her skin smooth year-round!

Pearl Hair Remover (www.PearlHairRemover.com) – $199.99
Another great solution at an affordable price point is the Pearl Hair Remover, which also addresses the escalating demand for easy, safe, and painless hair removal at home. By utilizing revolutionary thermotransmitter  technology to remove unwanted hair from the body, the Pearl Hair Remover eliminates the need for harsh chemicals, sticky messes, and expensive office visits. Professional quality results can be achieved on all hair types and skin color in the comfort and privacy of home. The Pearl Hair Remover can be used on face, legs, bikini line and more by utilizing technology  that radiates heat down into the hair follicle, slowing down the growth of hair. Unlike waxing that tears off the first layer of the epidermis, the Pearl gently glides across skin without irritating, leaving Mom’s skin silky smooth.

LightStim for Wrinkles (www.LightStim.com) – $249
LightStim for Wrinkles is another FDA-cleared, at-home device to ensure Mom puts her best face forward. This product uses LED light therapy to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the skin, providing a range of anti-aging benefits. This product uses unique multi-wave colors of light that enables users to achieve unparalleled, professional-grade results, such as enhancing the texture of skin, reducing pore size, and improving the appearance of sun-damaged skin. Most Moms will appreciate a gift that seems to turn back time, helping her look and feel years younger.

vbeauté IT Kit and Lip Spread (www.VBeaute.com) – $28-$165
For Moms on-the-go around town, or around the world, the vbeauté IT KIT and Lip Spread mean that she won’t sacrifice smoother, softer, and youthful-looking skin just because she’s on-the-run. Housed in an uber-chic, designer-inspired gunmetal clutch, the IT Kit takes the guesswork out of complete skincare maintenance by supplying serious skincare essentials in TSA-friendly containers. This kit is a perfect way to test some of vbeauté’s most popular Alpine Rose Botanical Technology (ARBT) and BioCellular Peptide (BCP)-rich products. vbeauté’s Lip Spread Anti-Age Tinting Lip Gloss also delivers silky smooth, lightweight moisture while imparting lips with an anti-aging gloss. The lip spread is formulated with self-adjusting vBotanicals that react with lip chemistry to create an individual afterglow. It’s also infused with cherry and pomegranate fruit extracts to keep lips feeling soothed and hydrated while a BioCellular Peptide works to correct and prevent environmental damages. Now that’s something to smile about.


D-Link Cloud Camera 1100 (www.Dlink.com) – $99.99
Parents are often consumed with worry–whether it’s about leaving the children with the new nanny or babysitter, if the dog is still in the yard, or ensuring an elderly parent’s safety. With the D-Link Cloud Camera 1100, Mom can now remotely monitor the people and things she loves most from any computer or wirelessly connected device. Equipped with the free mydlink app for on-the-go viewing, users can even view live feed from their cloud camera on their iPhone, iPad, Android or Android tablet. The Cloud Camera 1100 is ready-to-use straight out of the box and only requires three simple steps for set up and use. Peace of mind for Mom…priceless.

-Key Keyboard, Mouse, and Desktop Heater (www.KeyboardHeater.com) – $89.99
Here ’s a gift that’ll warm Mom’s heart…and hands! The Rā-Key is the Radiant Keyboard, Mouse and Desktop Heater delivers soothing warmth to cold hands while using the keyboard and mouse. This unique patented heater was conservatively designed to safely deliver radiant heat to warm hands and fingers while using the computer—even laptops when using an external keyboard and mouse. There are three timer functions–four hours, eight hours or constant on. This “handy” heater provides quiet operation and automatic tip-over protection for safety. The unit’s smaller size ensures effective, consistent heating without getting in the way while saving money on energy bills as this unit only uses 400 watts of electricity. If Mom is stuck at the keyboard all day at work, this is a great gift that will keep her fingers from getting frosty, making her more comfortable and productive.

Kohler Moxie Showerhead and Wireless Speaker (www.Wayfair.com) – $149.25
Here’s a cool gift that takes singing in the shower to a whole new level—a luxurious KOHLER showerhead with internal wireless speaker that’ll allow Mom to synch any Bluetooth-enabled device from up to 32 feet away. That means she can enjoy her playlist, podcast, or live broadcast in the shower and not miss a beat! Even better, the Moxie speaker plays wirelessly in or out of the shower, meaning Mom can take it with her to the kitchen, bedroom, or anywhere her heart fancies. This showerhead features 60 angled nozzles that deliver the full, enveloping spray that you have come to expect from KOHLER. Available with a water-saving 2.0 gpm or a 2.5 gpm spray, Moxie saves water without sacrificing performance. The silicone spray face of the showerhead also makes it easy to wipe away mineral buildup.

Magnetyze Chargers (www.Buqutech.com) – $34.99-$99.99
Magnetyze will make the most of Mom’s smartphone at work, in the car, or at home with unparalleled convenience. Groundbreaking magnetic connectivity allows users to easily and seamlessly charge a phone without having to deal with cumbersome and unsightly docking stations or wires. Instead, it is all done with the power of magnetic attraction. The Magnetyze AC Wall Charger keeps desks and countertops free of cluttered cables, and its universal compatibility charges iPhones and Galaxy phones from one single base unit. The handy Magnetyze Car Charger provides a sturdy stand with powerful magnets that hold the device securely in place.


Cellairis Shout! Personalized Cell Phone Case (www.Cellaris.com) – $34.99-$59.99
Here’s a great gift when you want to add the personal touch of a photograph. Cellairis Shout! is an easy-to-use tool for creating custom cell phone cases. Shout! allows you or Mom to upload favorite pictures or images and customize case templates with varying formats, fonts and colors. Shout! cases are available for iPads as well as 14 different phone types, including the iPhone 5, 4/4s and 3, iPad 2/3, iPod Touch, Blackberry Bold and Curve, HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy The Web-based formatting process is incredibly user-friendly, making it easy to create a custom case she’ll boast about.

Destination Dinner Kits (www.DestinationDinners.com) – $30-$35
If you can’t take Mom around the world to taste different cuisines, bring the international dishes to her! Destination Dinner Kits are unique, gift-ready items that help inspire “tasty travel” experiences with families and friends. These unique kits feature specific international dishes, such as Jambalaya from America, Cochinita Pibil from the Yucatan, Kibbeh from Lebanan, Pad Thai from Thailand, Katsudon from japan, and Bulgogi from Korea, among others. Each contains two basic elements: Food and Culture. Food wise, the kits include pre-measured, hard-to-find non-perishables; a simple, fresh ingredient shopping list with all items guaranteed to be found at your local market; a shopper’s guide for learning more about the ingredients; and step-by-step instructions on how to prepare the dinner. On the cultural side, the kits have loads of tantalizing facts about the history of the food, the destination, and the culture of the country as well as after-dinner trivia to inspire learning, discussion, and maybe even a visit in the near future. There are 13 destinations to choose from that Mom will be sure to enjoy, whether she prepares it herself, makes it a fun family affair, or if the international delight is prepared on her behalf. Prolong the palate pleasure: three, six, and twelve-month subscriptions are available.

Sunbeam Faux Fur Heated Throw (www.SunbeamBedding.com) – $69.99
Here’s something that’ll wrap mom in luxury and elegance—the lush Sunbeam Faux Fur Heated Throw. Ultra-soft and reassuringly warm, the generously-sized 50” x 60” throw delivers maximum comfort and an exclusive warming system that senses and adjusts to deliver heat evenly. Innovative ergonomic control features soft glow and back lit buttons for easy adjustments even in dim conditions. Three heat settings allow for tailored warmth while a convenient three-hour auto-off feature provides peace of mind.

Blingsting Pepper Spray (www.BlingSting.com) – $25
Some Moms are all about glam, so why shouldn’t that extend to personal safety measures? Enter Blingsting—a super-cute pepper spray container that’s fully adorned in sparkly pink, red, black or clear rhinestones…with a heart cutout to boot. Mom can clip it to her purse, key ring, backpack, belt loop and leash. Blingsting will help keep her safe, confident, and looking fabulous all the while!


***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above were provided at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***