Perfect Christmas Gifts for Mom


Perfect Christmas Gifts for Mom

Christmas gift buying is a challenge for many people. You do not want to be gifting mom a present that will end up in the back of the cupboard or in the local thrift store before the new year. Here we look at some ideas, that go far beyond garage-bought chocolates and flowers. Here we’ve chosen the perfect Christmas gifts tailored for every mom you need to shop for:

For the Domestic Goddess

Sign up with an online florist and send a bouquet of flowers to your mom each month. Having flowers at home has to been proven by science to boost creativity, and reduce anxiety. For longer lasting blooms, choose potted plants that can be transferred to the garden. For one of the most perfect Christmas gifts choose a flower that will never die. An Eternity Rose, a natural rose, dipped in either gold, platinum or silver, or a rose that is glazed in colour and trimmed with gold is a wonderful token of your unending love to your mom.

For the mom who loves to entertain

Attractive Le Creuset products are trusted by professional chefs and loved by those who enjoy cooking, make them ideal Christmas gifts for those who love to entertain. Le Creuset is most famous for its cast iron cookware, but they also produce stainless steel and stoneware products for the kitchen and the dining room, plus accessories that also make great gift ideas.

Oscar de la Renta not only has a successful line of lingerie, he also has a home-ware range that includes an amazing tortoise glass ice bucket paired with a gold lid and tongs that will add elegance to any Christmas party.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York have the most fabulous contemporary gifts, from a hand-blown coffee maker through to an Italiani Cheese Connoisseur Set that includes high-quality knives crafted specifically for slicing and serving soft, semi-soft and hard cheeses.

For the Yogi

Yoga company Hugger Mugger offer eco-friendly yoga equipment with mats and blocks made from cork, jute, bamboo as well as natural rubber. Manduka sell well-designed, sustainable, seam-free yoga kit to help mom stretch and bend in comfort.

A yoga retreat in the hills of Portugal, whilst sleeping in a teepee or yurt may just be the break your mom deserves. Choose between a 5 star spa retreat or a more rustic rural escape. For something closer to home, choose a gift certificate for a local studio and promise to mind the kids whilst she’s at class.

For the Gym Buff

If mom’s going to the gym with the same bag she used before the kids were born, now is a time for an upgrade and a bag that she will not be embarrassed to carry. This could be a Tommy Hilfiger tote, a Stella McCartney sports bag or a Kate Spade weekender, that can double-up as a bag to take on a weekend away with the girls

Moms, particularly new moms, sometimes struggle to get used to their new body shape after pregnancy. A gift certificate for personal training can teach mom some new moves at the gym, build strength and grow confidence. Consider joining her as working out with a friend can bring even better results.

For the Runner

If your marathon mum still has her Garmin Forerunner 10, it’s time for an upgrade. The Garmin Forerunner 630 crunches all the data necessary for training and racing. It even has a built in recovery advisor that will tell mom when to take a break.

Comfortable headphones that deliver good sound quality make for a much easier run. SENSO have built Bluetooth Headphones that include 4.1 CSR technology, an IPX-7 waterproof rating and an eight-hour battery life.

For Sleeping Beauty

La Perla is famous for it’s ultra-luxe lingerie, but also has some gorgeous nightwear too, because as a mom, she’s a woman who deserves to feel special.

Being mom is tiring, particularly for new moms. Rest may not be easy, but changing out of an old T-shirt and sweats into luxury leisurewear will make her instantly feel better. Asceno’s satin pyjama pants with side-seam stripes will look good at any time.


10 Benefits of Cloth Diapers




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Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two, the blogger behind Mom Loves Best, and a modern eco-friendly mom. In her spare time Jenny enjoys writing engaging content that aims to encourage new parents to consider more natural and sustainable parenting methods such as cloth diapering and breastfeeding. She is best known for her article "The 111 Benefits of Breastfeeding" which has been shared by hundreds of bloggers and industry leaders.





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Parenting in Peace

By Daisy L. Hall
Contact Hall at: DaisyHall@choosepeace.com


I urge you to be at peace with your children. Many parents are at 'war' with their children - constantly fighting over homework, chores, curfew, etc. Such households are characterized by frustrated, yelling parents; and fearful, crying, unhappy children. If you find a need to chastise or punish your children on a daily basis, there is a need for change. Isn't it time to end the conflict? Make a commitment to peaceful parenting and a peaceful household by embracing the concepts outlined here.

To parent in peace:

1. Give some thought to your childhood. Think about what you liked and did not like about your growing up experience. Think about your childhood relationship with your parents.

Why is this important? Because parents will inevitably relive their childhoods through their children. And, whatever unresolved issues you have from childhood, will show up, one way or another, in your relationship with your children - often in very unhealthy ways.

What issues have you carried into adulthood? Do you have unresolved issues with your parents? Do you have issues around control, sexuality, school performance, anger , trust or intimacy? If so, think about how these issues may be affecting your ability to be a good parent. See my article, Do Your Own Therapy.


2. Think about the problems you are having with your children. For each problem, ask yourself, is this really important? Why does this bother me so much? If the child does not change this behavior, will there be serious consequences? Sometimes a problem becomes a power struggle that the parent is unnecessarily determined to win. But, what value is winning if you destroy your relationship with your child? Ongoing conflict carries with it the risk of seriously damaging the parent-child relationship. And with ongoing conflict, there can be no peace.

3. Accept your child as a separate, unique individual, who at times may think and behave very differently from you. Too often parents are threatened by, or uncomfortable with, differences. Conflicts arise when the parent tries to change the way a child thinks or behaves. Ask yourself, "Is this really a problem I should be concerned about?" Or, is it simply the child expressing his or her unique personality?

For example, you feel your child is much too outgoing and constantly warn him to be more cautious about people, not to be so friendly. After you have adequately expressed your concerns, it may be time to let go and accept the child for who he is. Recognizing that we all learn by experience.

4. Think about the expectations you have of your children. Are they realistic? Are they fair? Children are often held to higher expectations than adults - i.e. "You must always tell the truth," when lying by adults is often excepted or overlooked. Children are often punished for breaking a glass, spilling the milk, or losing his jacket; when adults are not. Children are frequently punished for getting a bad grade, but adults are not punished for getting a bad performance evaluation. In regards to school work, the issue should be, whether or not the child did the best he or she could.

5. Respect your children. Just as adults want and need respect, so do children. Respect your children by listening to them, accepting their individuality, accepting that they are not perfect, allowing them to make mistakes, and allowing them to make decisions and have input about things that affect them (as age appropriate). And remember, if you must demand a child's respect, you don't really have it.


6. Contemplate your concept of a "good child." Is a good child one that always does what he or she is told? Never disobeys? Always does the right thing? Always pleases his parents? Think about it. Would you really want a child like that? And how prepared would such a child be to function in our society? Sometimes "disobedience" can be a sign or strength or independence. If parenting was a simple as telling a child once, parents would not be needed. A child needs to be taught, and teaching and training takes time and repetition. If you have to correct your child many times for the same misbehavior, this does not necessarily mean the child is bad or disrespectful. A child is a work in progress, who will need support and guidance for many years.

And remember, there are no perfect children, as there are no perfect parents. You must forgive yourself for the mistakes you make as a parent, and you must forgive your children. A parent will often be required to forgive a child for not being born at the right time, for not being the child you wanted, for not living up to your expectations, for not fulfilling your dreams, and for making mistakes.

7. Have fun together, as a family. Create your own family traditions. Such as, pizza night or movie night once a week. Make cookies, popcorn, or other treats. Work a puzzle, play a board game, read stories together. Sit down with the children and come up with fun things you can do on your "fun night." Children need to have fun and so do you. I recognize that this can be difficult with our busy lives, however, investing time in your children reaps great rewards.

8. Be a loving parent and do the very best you can. This is the best advice anyone can give a parent. If you are doing the very best you can, there is never any reason for guilt. Most parents "love" their children, but "loving" is about how you treat your children. Be loving with your children. Praise them specifically, give them attention when they're doing things right, show them respect as human beings, and tell them you love them - often.

And, if you are getting it right, you will know. Within your household, there will be smiles, there will be laughter, and there will be peace.



Saving Our Sons Fall Benefit



Saving Our Sons Benefit

To donate an item:

• Quality photo of your item(s)*
• Item value (retail + shipping)
• Item description (material, size, ingredients, etc.)
• Your shop name and website (if applicable) 
• Where you will ship (U.S. only, Canada, other nations)*

Email this information to SavingSons@gmail.com

*You may also ship donated items to SOS directly at the address below,
and we will photograph and ship to winning recipients.

Bidding goes live Nov 25, and ends Dec 1.
New items may be added through Thursday, Nov 30.
All donors agree to ship items to winning bidders no later than Friday, Dec 8.

Items will be highlighted with the Peaceful Parenting, Intact Network, and Saving Our Sons communities, among other parenting and human rights groups and social media networks.

To give in lieu of the auction, become an SOS Sponsor, donate,
or support the upcoming SOS Odyssey.

Saving Our Sons
P.O. Box 1302
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Thank you for your generosity and support as we
work toward a future of genital autonomy for all.

Click on an item below to bid on Facebook or use the Win-It-Now option.

** NEW ITEMS ADDED DAILY **
All items include shipping in the U.S.
View full album on Facebook here.

New Baby Care Kit
Included with this bundle is an Expecting Mom pack of informational items, 25 Lanolin single use packets, 8 travel packs of Calmoseptine (good for 2-3 typical applications), The Windi (to relieve newborn babies of painful gas/gut issues), and a small breastfeeding journal with coupons from Boppy and Target.
Retail Value (with shipping): $13
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Circumcision? Never Again!
Share why you would make a different decision next time around, and spark conversation with parents-to-be. This canvas tote bag expands to hold 2 1/2 gallon jugs, plus extra, or plenty of groceries. It is also a good size to use as a quick school or gym bag.
Included is a matching button, two bracelets of your choosing, and a set of info cards or stickers of your choosing.
Retail Value (with shipping): $20
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Plastibell with Clear-Top Metal Tin
One new sealed Plastibell for use in education and at expos, in a clear-top metal tin that is perfect for display (so your Plastibell does not disappear at your next event). This item is meant for educators and those leading exposition booths.
Retail Value (with shipping): $15
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GIAW Commemorative T-shirt
Deep purple from Washington D.C.'s Genital Integrity Awareness Week and Worldwide Week of Genital Autonomy. Gildan Heavy Cotton
Winner may select from Small, Medium, or 2XL
Retail Value (with shipping): $15
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Tim McGraw & Faith Hill: The Rest of Our Lives
Newly released (Nov 2017) CD | Factory Sealed
Will be shipped with a stash of intact stickers or cards (winner's choice)
Retail Value (with shipping): $15
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Click Here to Win-it-Now ($12)

Sparkle Intact / Genital Autonomy Key Chain
Vinyl, Felt, Lobster Clasp
Winner selects color choice (blue, white, green, purple)
Donated by: Starlight Dragonfly
Retail Value (with shipping): $9
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Custom crocheted Saving Our Sons / Intact Symbol Ornament
Non-breakable | RedHeart Yarn
Retail Value (with shipping): $10
Donated by Made For You By Anu
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Placenta Encapsulation Package: $175 Gift Card
Whispering Willow Birth Services serves the Hampton Roads, Virginia and surrounding areas (including some of NE North Carolina). Included in this package are: • Placenta Pickup, • Placenta Encapsulation, • 2 Placenta Prints, • Cord keepsake, and • Return delivery to the client.
Retail Value: $175
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The Village Birth Center $1,000.00 Gift Card
The Village Birth Center is the first and only freestanding birth center in Hampton Roads, Virginia, serving all of Tidewater and surrounding areas. Midwife, Jennifer Rector, is the longest practicing midwife serving mothers in SE Virginia, attending births at home and at the birth center, and handling all forms of prenatal care. In case of transfer, The Village Birth Center is 4 minutes from a supportive major medical facility.
Retail Value: $1,000.00
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Rare YouTube Elephant in the Hospital Bumper Sticker
Extra Long - 22.5 inches | New Navy/White Outdoor Heavy Vinyl
Retail (with shipping): $22
*Winner agrees to share a photo of their new bumper sticker in action with donors
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Custom crochet GA Symbol slouchy hat
Superwash Merino Wool | Adult Size | Burnt Orange & Chocolate
Retail Value (with shipping): $40
Donated by Elvish Knittables
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Kinderpack - Infant/Standard
Brand new, tags attached. "The Good Fight" print.
Has attached matching Pink/White Polka-Dot hoody-hood.
Has seat 'cinch strap' and 6 strap size adjustments.
Fits babies 8lbs-35lbs (approximately birth to age 2).
Will ship with 2 "Born to Be Worn" babywearing bracelets.
Retail (with shipping): $179
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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Click Here to Win-It-Now ($159)

Metal lift-lid carrying tin with 150 advocacy stickers
Winner may select an assortment of stickers, or choose the styles they wish to have included.
 Retail Value (with shipping): $20
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Black metal carrying tin with lid and 150 advocacy stickers
Winner may select an assortment of stickers, or choose the styles they wish to have included.
 Retail Value (with shipping): $20
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Metal slide-top carrying tin with 150 advocacy stickers
Winner may select an assortment of stickers, or choose the styles they wish to have included.
 Retail Value (with shipping): $20
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Calmoseptine - Large 4 ounce tube
Will come with intact care materials and a hospital/daycare pack if winning bidder wishes ($3 value).
Retail Value (with shipping): $11
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 Handmade Boobie Beanie - Brown/Chocolate - 0-6 months
Will ship with a breastfeeding packet of assorted items, coupons, samples
and a "peace love momma milk" bracelet (standard or small size).
Retail Value (with shipping): $22
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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 Handmade Boobie Beanie - Beige/Brown - 0-6 months
Will ship with a breastfeeding packet of assorted items, coupons, samples
and a "peace love momma milk" bracelet (standard or small size).
Retail Value (with shipping): $22
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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Two mOmma 5-ounce Lansinoh Bottles
Perfect for pumping moms or babies who are also breastfeeding.
Will ship with a breastfeeding packet of assorted items, coupons, 25 individual packets of Lanolin,
and a "peace love momma milk" bracelet (standard or small size).
Retail Value (with shipping): $20
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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Custom crochet baby dress and hair band
Size 0-3 months | RedHeart Yarn
Retail Value (with shipping): $40 for combo
Donated by Made For You By Anu
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Custom Bunny Lovie
Made with RedHeart Yarn
Retail Value (with shipping): $18
Donated by Made For You By Anu
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Custom crochet baby hats
Hat One: 2 sided blues / Hat Two: with bear ears
Size 0-3 months | RedHeart Yarn
Retail Value (with shipping): $20 for combo
Donated by Made For You By Anu
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Custom crochet 2 sided hat
Purple/green and pink/navy
Hat size 0-3 months | RedHeart Yarn
Retail Value (with shipping): $15
Donated by Made For You By Anu
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Custom crocheted baby blanket
RedHeart Yarn
Retail Value (with shipping): $25
Donated by Made For You By Anu
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Custom Crochet Baby Booties
 Newborn - 3mo | Deep Purple-Pink with Chocolate | Acrylic
Retail Value (with shipping): $18
Donated by Elvish Knittables
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Custom crochet GA Symbol Pixie Hat
Superwash Merino Wool | Toddler-Child Size | Purple/Pink/Gray/Green
Retail Value (with shipping): $35
Donated by Elvish Knittables
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GA Symbol T-shirt
Size Adult Large (narrow fit) | TeeSpring | Black 
Reads: Circumcision is a Human Rights Violation
Will ship with a variety of #i2 stickers and cards
Retail Value (with shipping): $25
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Saving Our Sons T-shirt
Size Adult Small or Large (winner chooses) | White 
Will ship with a variety of #i2 stickers and cards
Retail Value (with shipping): $20
Donated by Saving Our Sons
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Saving Our Sons T-shirt
Size Adult XL (roomy fit) | White 
Will ship with a variety of #i2 stickers and cards
Retail Value (with shipping): $20
Donated by Saving Our Sons
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I Want My Foreskin for Giftmas (New) Hardcover Book
Will ship with a variety of #i2 stickers and cards
Retail Value (with shipping): $20
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Doctors Re-examine Circumcision (New) Book
Will ship with a variety of #i2 stickers and cards
Retail Value (with shipping): Unknown
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Miranda's Tangerine GA Lip Balm - 2 count
Lime Flavor | All Natural
Made with extra virgin olive oil, organic virgin coconut oil,
organic beeswax, and organic essential oils.
Two lip balms per set will ship with a variety of #i2 stickers and cards
Retail Value (with shipping): $10
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(winner selects cap colors while quantities last)


3rd Rock Sunblock!
The best natural sunblock available today.
Made only with natural, organic, toxin-free, food-grade ingredients. Baby safe!
PETA and Leaping Bunny approved. Non-scented. Learn more about 3rd Rock.
Each container of 3rd Rock Sunblock will come with an advocacy bracelet of your choice.
Retail Value (with shipping): $25
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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BabyComfy Nose
#1 tested nasal aspirator recommended by Dr. Sears and other gentle parenting pediatricians.
Learn more about the BabyComfy Nose.
BabyComfy Nose will arrive with a small variety of baby care materials.
Retail Value (with shipping): $16
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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Bebámour Diaper bag with changing pad and 2 insulated bottle totes.
Multiple compartments, brand new with tags attached.
Will come with 2 Lansinoh mOmma 5-ounce bottles for breastfeeding/pumping moms (if winning bidder is able to use them). $15 value
Will come with 25 Lanolin individual packets if winning bidder is able to use them. $9 value
Retail Value (with shipping): $70
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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