The 2010 Jolly Holiday Guide: Top Gifts for Good ParentsThursday, December 02, 2010
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 calendars and 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 progressive workout 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 seamless style.
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 MapMyFitness store.
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 lovey.
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 control.