Best stocking stuffers for moms
If you have stockings hanging on your mantle, you aren't alone. But you may not realize that the tradition has a story behind it. According to folklore, a penniless father had his daughters' stockings hanging on the fireplace to dry when Saint Nicholas arrived for a visit. The generous bishop placed gold coins in each of the stocking, providing the dowry the daughters needed to marry.
But children aren't the only ones who should enjoy a stocking stuffed full of goodies. The mom in your household needs something in her own stocking. Here are a few ideas straight from Santa's workshop to help you start shopping.
We start with cheaper options and range up to more expensive gifts to consider:
If you spend any time on social media, you likely already know charcoal toothpaste is the latest craze in teeth whitening. It's been on the market so long now, there are multiple options. If she prefers organic options, Organic Activated Charcoal Toothpaste from Defining Stylez is 100 percent natural and fluoride free. FineVine has a version that freshens her breath while whitening. Or you can go with Peasant Charcoal, which includes peppermint essential oil.
They work like magic, dissipating in bath water and filling it with oils. Bath bombs are a great way to let her know that she deserves a little relaxation. Bonus: They're an eye-pleasing gift. The LifeAround2Angels Gift Set includes 12 handcrafted bombs with shea and cocoa butter to help with dry skin. If she's health-conscious, though, she'll probably prefer the Anjou Bath Bombs Gift Set or Beauty by Earth, both of which are made with organic and natural vegan ingredients.
She'll be on trend with a fancy new necklace displaying her name. These necklaces continue to be popular for the 2018 holiday season, meaning you'll have a variety of options. The Beam Reach Personalized Name Necklace Pendant is on a 16-inch gold tone cable chain with a lobster-claw clasp. If a more whimsical approach is more her style, check out the AOLO Personalized Name Necklace, which uses a more casual print for the name. For a necklace that's more subtle, while still being in style, Amazon offers the Sterling Silver Monogram Initial Pendant Necklace.
Find out the manufacturer and model of her phone and consider one of the wide range of cases out there. You're sure to find something that matches her personal preferences. If she has an iPhone 7 or 8, the Spigen Slim Armor CS iPhone 7 Case/iPhone 8 Case, which will hold her driver's license, one credit card and some cash. You could instead opt to keep her phone safe from drops with the OtterBox Defender Series Case, which uses a triple-layer design for extra protection. If she has the larger-size iPhone, the Cutebe Shockproof Bumper Case for Apple iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus is just what the doctor ordered.
Michael Kors Bracelet
Santa will wow her if she finds a designer bracelet in her stocking this year. Known for its luxury sportswear, Michael Kors has a line of beautiful bracelets that will fit comfortably into even an overcrowded stocking. The Women's Heritage Heart Adjustable Bracelet has a polished silver charm in the shape of a heart, decorated with pavé crystal halo. But she may prefer the Blush Rush Bead Bangle Bracelet, which is perfect for everyday wear. Some moms prefer bangles, though, and Michael Kors delivers with the Fulton Hinge Bangle Bracelet.
Kate Spade Wallet
A handbag may be too large to squeeze into a stocking, but a Kate Spade wallet is the perfect size. The Cameron Street Adalyn Wallet is available in six different colors and includes one interior and one exterior slip, an ID window, and six card slots. If you can squeeze a little extra room into your stocking this year, the Cameron Street Eliza Wristlet will hold all of her cards, cash, and IDs. It's available in eight different colors, and the zippered compartment is large enough to hold a smartphone.
Fitbit Fitness Tracker
Help her meet her fitness goals in the coming year with a new Fitbit tracker. On the low end of the pricing spectrum is the Fitbit Flex 2, which is also the right size to qualify as a stocking stuffer. If she'd prefer a screen with her fitness tracker, consider the Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, which will also provide call, text, and calendar notifications. For the full smartwatch experience, though, you'll need to upgrade to one of Fitbit's more advanced novels. The Fitbit Ionic GPS Smart Watch not only delivers apps and payment capabilities, but she can also launch personalized workouts directly from her watch.
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