What to Buy Your Mom for Christmas

What to Buy Your Mom for Christmas

The holidays are upon us and it’s time to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. But what do you buy for the mom  who has everything? The struggle is real.What to get your mom for Christmas

QB’s got you covered – we’ve polled more than 300 moms and come up with a list that can’t miss. Here’s what to buy your mom for Christmas this year. 

What Does Mom Really Want for Christmas?

A Kindle?

An ereader, such as a Nook or Kindle would give her hours of reading pleasure. No more having a list of unread books piling up on the bedside table or sitting on the shelf waiting for the day she’ll find time to sift through them and pick one out.

With the Kindle, all of the books she wants are at her fingertips. They’re organized by category and genre and they’re available whenever she wants a new book – even if it’s the wee hours of the morning and she can’t sleep.

You could also get her an Amazon gift card and she can download the free Kindle app on her phone – this would mean she could dowload all sorts of books to read too

The perfect Christmas gift for Mom is the kind of gift that will continually bring her joy throughout the upcoming years, too. She can read best selling novels (and you can get many for such huge discount prices) and she’ll also have access to newspapers, magazines and audiobooks, too.

This gift will quickly become one of her favorites. She’ll be able to read from the screen no matter what the lighting is like because glare isn’t a problem. With the lending library, she’ll never run out of choices and money won’t be an object either.

Using this feature, she can borrow books – and unlike the local library, there are no due dates! She can take her time reading the bestsellers and savor every word, getting the most enjoyment out of her reading experience.

But if she wants to check books out from the library, she can even do that by going to her library’s website. This is the perfect gift for moms who love to read and struggle with eyesight problems since the Kindle has the Read-to-Me feature.

To help protect the Kindle purchase, don’t forget to pick up one of the Kindle Lighted Leather Cover items. She’ll love being able to take the device anywhere she goes and always have something to read.

Kindle has the Kindle Fire, which would also make the perfect Christmas gift for Mom. If you’re looking for a different eReader, PanDigital 72-70FW 7-Inch Tablet is another popular brand and so is the Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook Reader. You can pick up a pack of 3 Pack of Universal Touch Screen Stylus Pen for stocking stuffers to go along with the eReader.

Movies?

Out of all of the things you could possibly buy for her, what does Mom really want for Christmas? How about a good movie? From the chilling to the thrilling to the classics, she loves that time when she can relax in her favorite chair or on the sofa, have some popcorn and let the day seep away.

When she was growing up, she probably had a long list of movies that she enjoyed. The holidays would be a great time to thrill her with the old classics like Roman Holiday, or the Audrey Hepburn collection.

Who could forget Breakfast at Tiffanys or Sabrina? If she’s a James Dean fan, you can pick up the Complete James Dean collection, which includes the acclaimed East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause.

But if your mom prefers movies set in present times, there are several endearing movies she would love. Movies like P.S. I Love You, which is based on the novel by Cecelia Ahern might be fitting.

If Only is another touching movie Mom would love. Of course, if she’s a Johnny Depp fan, then the Pirates of the Caribbean Four-Movie Collection is sure to be a valuable treasure for her. This collection has a pirate’s chest, a map and is a skull case that looks like it would have fit very well in the actual movie!

Not only are individual movies a great gift, but if you want to know what mom really wants for Christmas, do a little sleuthing and find out what her favorite television series are.

You can bet she would love to have those shows on DVD collection. Shows like Castle or NCIS top the charts right now and some that were incredibly popular like Friday Night Lights, Friends and JAG are also shows Mom likes and can be purchased as a collection for incredible money saving deals.

Hand in hand with movies of course, are those snack treats she loves to munch on while seeing her leading men or leading women in action. Gourmet Popcorn Variety 3-Pack by Wisconsinmade is a delicious treat.

Or you can put together a movie basket complete with a selection of movies, some popcorn, a few sweet treats, a whimsical mug and hot cocoa. You can find all the items including the basket online and it would be easy to put it all together. Put on your detective hat and do a little snooping to see what it is she loves spending her time doing.

More Great Gift Ideas for Mom

Since moms are usually the historians of the family, digital cameras take quality photos, preserving the funny and endearing moments of lives well lived.

Cameras like the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W530 14.1 MP Digital Still Camera has great features such as intelligent auto mode, which will automatically adjust whatever is needed to turn out great photographs. This camera also has the Sweep Panorama feature, which means that she’ll be able to get fuller gorgeous panoramic photos because of the camera’s high speed shooting ability.

If your mom loves to record family history through photos and she’s also into taking pictures as a hobby, then you’ll want to take a look at the next camera on the top Christmas gift ideas for Mom.

That camera is the Nikon COOLPIX L120 14.1 MP Digital Camera. This one has an incredible zoom lens, which can grab pictures up close and clear no matter what the distance is.

Because one of the camera’s features is the Image Stabilization tool, Mom won’t have the frustration of taking any blurred pictures. The camera turns blurry into quality with the built in sensor.

Third on the list of great cameras is the Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12.1 MP. This camera happens to be the most slender in width that you can find anywhere. With smart technology, Mom can simply point and shoot and she’ll have great photos every time. The camera has a built in system that eliminates the use of a flash so even in situations without the proper amount of light pictures still come out clear and beautiful.

While cameras are top Christmas gift ideas for Mom, you don’t want to forget the accessories like a sturdy camera case to go along with the purchase to protect the camera. That way, Mom can take it wherever she goes and know that it will be safe.

For moms that enjoy putting the pictures they take into scrapbooks, you can find a wealth of scrapbook supplies to go along with the gift of the camera. Supplies like designer paper made by K and Company has 12-Inch by 12-Inch Best of Brenda Walton Designer Paper Pad. Die-cuts and sticker packs like KandCompany Que Sera Sera Die-Cuts & Acetates are gifts that will make this holiday a great holiday for Mom.

Musical Gift Ideas for Mom for Christmas

It’s been said that music speaks a universal language – and one of the statements it makes is that it tops the charts as one of the great gift ideas for Moms for Christmas. There’s nothing like jogging or speed walking to the tune of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep or Bruno Mars’ Grenade. Having a cup of hot tea or a glass of a wine before a roaring fire while listening to Michael Buble’s mellow songs is a great way for moms to unwind.

Some moms don’t like the newer ways of listening to music. Instead, they prefer stereos and CD players. CD players make a great gift to sit on the side table while Mom sinks into the luxury of a frothy bubble bath.

The Emerson PD6548SL Portable Radio CD Player has a cassette recorder and AM/FM radio, too. The RCA RP3013 Personal CD Player with FM Radio is also a favorite because of its portability. Moms can use it while jogging, on the commute to work and more.

But another choice on the list of great gift ideas for Mom for Christmas are MP3 players.
She will love the Apple iPod touch 8GB (4th Generation). With the capacity for storage that this gadget has, she can store right at 2,000 songs, which will give her a melody for every day for any mood.

The device will also keep thousands of photos at her fingertips (about 10,000) so she can share photos she takes of her family, friends or ones she takes simply because they’re a beautiful setting. The iPod also holds plenty of hours of videos making it great for capturing the moments in time that she wants to hold onto.

Using the FaceTime feature will let her see the loved ones she’s interacting with, which for moms whose children have moved on to college or no longer live at home, it’s a sweet connection for her heart.

In the same line of music devices is the Apple iPod shuffle 2 GB Silver (4th Generation). The device has 2 GB of storage, which enables it to hold about 500 songs in varying lengths.

It’s a hands free gift so Mom can attach it to her clothes while she’s running errands or going out for a walk. Make sure you add a music gift card so she can download some free tunes for her new gadget. Music is one of many great gift ideas for Mom for Christmas and the cool thing about the shuffle is that it slips easily into a stocking making it a great stocking stuffer gift!

Gardening Gifts 

The best Christmas gift for Mom is one that she can enjoy all year long. When the winter months are at their coldest and snow is on the ground, it can be difficult to think of gifts that aren’t associated with chilly weather.

But no matter how cold the temperatures drop, you can bet that spring is coming. What better way for Mom to be able to enjoy the New Year than with things that go hand in hand with the great outdoors?

If she’s into gardening, then gardening tools and flower bulbs arranged in a decorative basket can be a great idea. Growing a lovely flower garden is something that many women enjoy doing and you can provide Mom with the perfect gardening set with the Bond 6930 Pink 5 Piece Garden Tool Bag.

It has a pocket for the tools she needs to help those lovely flowers grow beautifully. To add to this gift, you can also pick up the Bond 6927 Extra Soft Kneeling Cushion – and don’t forget the gardening gloves!

A best Christmas gift for Mom is something that brings tranquility into her life or helps her enjoy tranquility. Beautiful decorations for her yard, for her garden or deck items are things that moms enjoy.

You can find wonderful patio furniture, flower boxes and many more gifts to give your mom the gift of backyard beauty. To make the gift more special, you can buy the tools or the project kit to put together something she’s always wanted – like a gazebo or gardening shed and then spend time with her putting the project together. She’ll love the gift and she’ll love the added bonus of having you around for the time it takes to complete the project.

You can order plants online like olive trees, which are aptly known as a symbol of peace – or you can order banana plants or flowers that you know she loves. If your mom already has a stunning flower garden that she cares for faithfully, you can get some indoor plants for her or ones to brighten up her porch.

There are plenty of colorful, decorative planters such as the Dale Tiffany PA500199 Pasque Flower Decorative Pot or the popular Jade Planters Set, which has three planters in the set. There are also rectangle planters like Wald Imports Rectangular Wood Pot Cover with Embossed Decorative Design, too.

Gardening and spending time with you is the best Christmas gift for Mom that you can give her. You can add to her gardening collection through the year by ordering more special trees or flowers or planters.

What other ideas do you have for holiday gifts for mom? Share your thoughts in the comments below and help out your fellow shoppers. 🙂

Hack Your To-Do List: 13 Ways Everybody Can Get More Stuff Done

Hack Your To-Do List: 13 Ways Everybody Can Get More Stuff Done

These days, there are all kinds of ways to get things done, and many people find that a to-do list is just what they need to stay on task. But not every mind works the same way and not every t0-do list will work for everyone. 

Hack Your To Do List

 

If you want to hack your to-do list and make it custom-fit for you and your life, you have to consider a few different things. Do you want to use a traditional notepad, or would you rather go electronic? How seriously techie are you? How can you create the ideal tool for yourself? 

Coach Tip: Google Sheets offers several templates that will help you get things done – check them out here.  Other apps I love for getting things done are Google Calendar, Evernote, IdeaGrowr and Trello. And for my editorial calendar and daily schedule, I use a manually-written teacher’s planner that I’ve modified to fit my needs. 🙂 

How do you get things done? What kind of to-do list do you think could work best for you? 

Okay, so we know that to do lists help you track your activities and manage your time. Then again, what happens when your lists grow out of control because they’re too long or there are too many of them?

You might also like to read 127 Powerfully Simple Life Makeover Hacks: Easy Ways to Empower Yourself and Improve Your Life in 30 Days or Less.

Maybe the solution is using a different kind of list. Take a look at your options for designing an effective to do list, along with suggestions for using any productivity tool more effectively.

TO-DO LIST HACKS: How to Build a To-Do List That Works for You

1. Limit the length. Many experts recommend keeping your list as short as 3 to 5 items. Promptly cross off any tasks you complete. Move projects you’re unlikely to get to off to a separate wish list.

2. Consider categories. If you prefer longer lists, categories are one way to stay organized. Separate business and personal items. Group similar activities like shopping, reading, or making phone calls.

3. Juggle timelines. Maybe your projects are interrelated with structured stages and strict deadlines. Calendar functions and color-coding could help you strategize.

4. Add detail. When you need more than a simple list, create a full log. Build in supplementary information like daily summaries, phone numbers, and websites you visit frequently.

5. Block out your time. Do you tend to waste small blocks of time? Planning your day in 30-minute increments could help you spot when you’ll have 10 minutes free for filing or checking messages.

6. Choose paper or digital. You may already know that GTD stands for Get Things Done, and there are a growing number of GTD apps to choose from. On the other hand, paper journals are still popular too. What matters is using them consistently.

Tip: I find that a combination of the two works best for me. Check out my post on which electronic tools I use every day (over at OnlineWritingPro.com)

TO DO LIST HACKS: How to Use Any To Do List Effectively

1. Set priorities. A successful list lets you see your major responsibilities at a glance and approach them systematically. Arrange your list so your top concerns stand out.

2. Distinguish between urgency and importance. Prioritizing raises some tricky questions. Picking up your dry cleaning before the shop closes in 10 minutes is urgent. Spending time with your friends is less time sensitive, but contributes more to your wellbeing. Pay attention to essentials that may otherwise be bumped.

3. Automate routine tasks. Eliminate chores that robots and computers can do for you. Electronic banking frees up your time and gives you peace of mind knowing that your bills have been paid on time.

4. Build in leeway. Studies show that most adults underestimate the time it takes to complete many everyday tasks. Give yourself an extra 10 minutes between appointments. Assume that a new dinner recipe may take you 20 minutes to pull together even if the cookbook claims you can do it in 10.

5. Take a break. Put adequate rest and play on your list each day. It’s time well spent when it keeps you in top shape and prevents burnout.

6. Expect surprises. However comprehensive your list is, you’re sometimes going to run into circumstances that you couldn’t predict. Be prepared to shuffle your other obligations to the next week if your car breaks down or you win a trip to a tropical resort.

7. Evaluate your progress. Hold onto your lists so you can review them periodically. Repeat the practices that simplify your life and fix the patterns that are causing you delays.

Keep your personal and professional life in order. Whether you prefer writing in a notebook with colored markers or downloading the latest productivity app to multiple devices, there’s a to do list that will help you to stay on top of your game.

Okay, now it’s your turn! What are your best to-do list hacks? Share them in the comments.

Want more life hacks? I’m the Queen (Bee)! Check out my books at BooksAngieWrote.com. 

Why IDGAF About Beyonce’s Thigh Gap (And You Shouldn’t Either)

Why IDGAF About Beyonce’s Thigh Gap (And You Shouldn’t Either)

Beyonce-No-Thigh-Gap-No-ProblemOkay, before you get all “you’re so late on this post, why did you even bother?”, give me a second to explain.

Yes, I’m writing about the whole “Beyonce‘s thigh gap” issue. Yes, it’s like  totally old news. But you know how sometimes, when you  hear something and it pisses you off, but you can’t tell anyone around you because they’d either be bored or otherwise not understand what you mean (or maybe, they’re just not the right audience for your message)? And you know how you write it down (or type it down in a passionate fury on Evernote on your phone in the middle of the night, or whatever)?

And then, you know, sometimes you get busy, and you forget about it. But then later, you find it, and there it is, begging you to publish it because clearly, someone needs to read it today?

Wait, is that just me? Oh…but anyway.

Read: More Reasons to Love Your Big Butt

I ranted to my ever-loving Evernote app about how much people don’t recognize how their criticisms of women like Bey are so very significant in the lives of and so damaging to the spirits of  young women (and not-so-young women, let’s be honest).

If you’re not feeling like reading a well-meaning, passionately overzealous rant today, you’ve totally got my permission to jump off here. Check  out one of these articles instead, maybe. No worries, I promise.

Alright, for the rest of you. Here’s what goes on inside my head when I’m feeling all self-righteous about haterism. Ha. 🙂

Dear mean girls and boys, 

Don’t you know when you try to make other people feel ugly, you’re just adding more ugly to your own energy space? Wanna feel really sexy? Try EMPOWERING each other for once.

Please stop talking a out Beyoncé ‘s damn thighs.

First of all, the woman is known for her delicious curves, among her many other assets. And I don’t believe she is under any pressure to have a thigh gap.

Secondly, while I appreciate Beyoncé and her efforts toward being the beautiful role model she is, you’re kind of screwing it up for all of us.

That’s because with your negative (jealous? just asking) ways, you are actively undoing the good the powerhouse has done (and continues to do) for women and girls by starting this stupid rumor.

See, while Mrs. Carter wants women to accept their bodies and clearly embraces the idea of strong, empowered women, y’all are over there trying to make us all believe that SHE believes that she needs a thigh gap.  STOP THAT, please.

Seriously. Unless you’re blind and deaf, you cannot deny that the woman is gorgeous, regardless of whether or not her thighs touch. She knows it. Jay-Z knows it. We all know it. And you do too.

I guarantee you that she’s not sitting around worrying about this silly issue, and I wish you wouldn’t either.

If you won’t hear my plea on behalf of the adult women in your life, then think of the babies, the little girls…the young teens.

Think of all of the struggles they have today already with body acceptance issues, eating disorders…crippling self-esteem deficiencies.

What, that doesn’t get you right in the ticker? Then try something else.

Think about yourself, maybe, and your own issues. Maybe you could, this very moment, be blocking some kind of awesome success because you’re too worried about who’s photoshopping which body parts (and oh, just in case anyone was wondering, yes I do use awesome filters on my Facebook profile pics, and I’m totally okay with it!). 

Don’t you want to try and change the things that aren’t working in your life? Why not just give this whole positive energy deal a shot. It certainly can’t hurt a thing; by the very nature of its existence it is toward what is good in the world, right?

What do you think? Is it sensible to put these negative connotations on one of the “good ones,” or on anyone at all? Doesn’t doing so take away from the potential benefit that Beyoncé or any other celebrity in the spotlight  could offer those girls when it comes to self-acceptance and empowerment?

Let it go. Please.

You wanna make a stir in the world? Want to change the face of the tabloid news? Try catching people doing good things. You know. Unsuspecting do-gooders. And then how about giving them a split of the commission you earn?

Pay it forward. Try making the world a better place. You won’t regret it. Remember: everything you focus on, whatever energy you send out into the world comes back to you. So try putting some good out there. You will be amazed at what could happen.

As my friend Steve used to say, peace, love and doves, y’all.

Angie

 

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