Don't forget the momshells who did nothing but slave, stuff and
serve last month, not to mention the dads who shoveled, scraped and
played Santa this one.
And, since busy, procrastisanta parents have no time to choose a
little something to put under the tree for their spouse because of
all the aforementioned reasons, Cosmotot put together a
pick-and-click grown-up gift list of goodies that come ready for
giving, sharing and craving.
FOR THE STYLEHOUND
With a suede upper and furry fleece lining,
Crocs' Croccasin Boots are perfect for those days
when regular Crocs just won't do. The fleece and croslite material
combination makes for an amazing way to keep a man's feet warm and
comfy when it's cold and crummy.
Everything in JuJuBe's flagship collection is
rave-worthy, ergonomically designed and so well organized, it'll
make your mommy brain seem brilliant. Don't miss the BeQuick wristlet. Whether you're an fabulist
or minimalist, you'll love it.
Known for their handmade greeting cards and artisan letterpress
stationery, Egg Press and Blue
Sky partnered to bring their unique aesthetic to everyday
planners. Nature-inspired designs are modern with a vintage
feel, and showcase unexpected colors that perfectly express an
independent, artistic spirit. The collection includes
earth-friendly, recycled paper calendars and planners printed with
soy-based inks that come in a range of sizes, colors and formats to
suit individual preferences. Cover choices include leather-like
sewn vinyl, stylish printed paper with book cloth binding and
flexible frosted covers.
Keep baby as fresh as a Frenchman with help from
Pouchee. The ultimate purse organizer works well for diaper
bags since it has space for all the trimmings and trappings that
come with kids (think credit cards, iPhones, sunglasses, rash
cream, small snacks), and better yet, it's machine washable.
Diaper Dude has gone digitial with the
introduction of aptly named Digi Dude laptop bags and cases. Made with
breathable mesh padded back panels for comfort, heavily padded
pockets, front-flap magnetic closures, magazine pockets, interior
CD and DVD sleeves, and double-zipper closures, even dad will feel
pretty cool while toting around the usual wipes and dipes.
FOR THE FITNESS FREAK
Book a relaxing spa or salon service for a steal with
Chicago-based SpaCiety. With an average of 100
different treatments available at places like Halo for Men, Lincoln
Park Massage, Infuse Yoga Spa and many others (with
more being added every day), the site nixes the need for numerous
calls calls and endless deal hunting. Simply go to go to www.spaciety.com, choose your date, select your
service (think nails, massage, wax, fitness, etc.), compare deals
from over 50 spas around Chicagoland - some with
prices up to 60% off standard rates - and make your choice. Use
Cosmotot2010 for an extra 10% any service.
Expires 3/2011 and has a limit of one use per person.
Pregnancy rocks for sure, but the stretch marks and nausea
that come with it aren't all that exciting. Let it all hang out in
clothes from meSheeky. Staying fit is
important to a healthy pregnancy, and with soft pieces that feature
foldable waistbands, adjustable drawstring cinch details and fluid
ends, zen mamas can go from the yoga studio to the coffee shop in
Download social-network based fitness app
MapMyFitness. It equips runners, cyclists,
walkers, triathletes and hikers with an array of online training
tools, including an advanced geo-mapping application, a database of
searchable saved routes, training logs, fitness calculators,
GPS-tracking for the iPhone and Blackberry, and opportunities to
compete virtually. Take the app on the go and tune into favorite
podcasts or playlists while on the go with Wahoo Fitness'
lightweight armband for iPhone 3G and 3GS. Find it in the
Keep mom's (and dad's) hands warm and dry with the Mommy
Mitten, a hand warmer that secures around the stroller
handlebar. Insulated and lined with fleece, it comes equipped with
an external zipper pocket for easy access to keys, iPhone or baby's
FOR THE GOURMAND
Indulge a little with the mid-luxury home brewing
system from Keurig that offers a blend of
styling and convenient features (think chrome accents, a blue
backlit LCD display, three brew size options and programmable
choices) that make it feel luxe without looking out of place among
the kids' Flintstones vitamins and baby bottles. Instead of using
coffee grounds, filters and pre-measured water, the system uses K-Cups that come in 100's of varieties,
flavors and brands - even fair trade and organic. Each K-Cup is an
airtight, mini-brewer that locks out oxygen, light, moisture and
humidity while locking in freshness and flavor, and brews one cup
of coffee, tea or cocoa whenever you're ready to enjoy it. No
leftovers warming in a pot.
Regardless of whether mom or dad is the resdient kitchen
gourmet, both can appreciate a hand-painted (100% non-toxic and
lead free), kitschy oven-shaped recipe box from Tatutina to
house their index card collection of favorite edibles.
FOR THE GADGET GEEK
Got a gadget geek? Gift him with a member of the designer Star
Wars flash drive collection from MIMOBOT. Now
on its third serices, MIMOBOT is continuing its wildly popular
crossover with LucasFilm, bringing together Return of the
Jedi goodness with everyday techie practicality.
Hitachi's new LifeStudio line reinvents the
hard drive, making it an essential assistant to your digital life.
Capture special moments in a cinch with easy ways to store and
share them. LifeStudio seamlessly pulls together photos,
movies, music, and documents into a 3D wall, which makes files easy
to find, view and share on social networks using mobile, mobile
plus, desk and desk plus formats.
Imagine road-tripping with kids who keep quiet for most of the
drive, or flying with little ones who don't kick the seats. It's
all possible with an RCA Portable Blu-Ray player. Crisp playback on the
widescreen LCD display and smooth refresh rates provides the
ultimate viewing experience. Built-in stereo speakers and a
headphone jack eliminate the need to pack extras, and the player is
compatible with Blu-ray discs, DVD's, CD's will even display JPG
files. Use the portable player at home by hooking it up to your TV
or take it along while traveling using the included AC adapter, car
adapter, carrying bag with headrest attachments and remote
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
See more of Pilar's stories here.
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