9 ‘Did You Really Wait Until The Day of?’ Gift Ideas
Did you really? After all my reminding – my suggestions and my gently prodding – you failed to buy that special lady in your life a Mother’s Day present. Now it is the morning of and you are in a panic (and very well might be reading this from your iPad – from the bathroom – as you settle your nervous stomach).
Fear not procrastinators! I still have some great ideas to help you out today. Ideas that will not only save your rear, but will make you look super creative and incredibly innovative (and not in the least bit a LAST MINUTE ANNIE).
You’re welcome (and while I have you, mark your 2015 calendar NOW, so we do not have this issue again).
1-4 FOR THE WOMAN WHO LIKES TO PRIMP AND PAMPER HERSELF**
There is nothing like a little non-invasive nipping, smoothing, whitening and suctioning…in this day and age, there are so many technologically advanced procedures you can turn back the hands of time on your lunch hour (yes, you heard me, correctly) with little to no pain and down time. Gone are the days of needing to go under the knife for subtle changes to your face, arms, legs, tummy, tushy and teeth (now that is some alliteration for you!).
We pounded the pavement in search of the newest innovations, top notch medspa specialties and the A++ facilities in the tri-state area to get them done. If you are looking for these services in another major city, check out LIFEBOOKER (you can purchase direct gifts or gift certificates for everything from blow outs, spray tanning and eyebrow threading to Botox and colon cleansing).
Does she constantly talk about her “muffin top”, her post baby “pooch” or her “Orka thighs” that stick when she walks? This could be the perfect service to buy for her. This nonsurgical technique is used for fat reduction on the areas of your body that you want to lose inches by freezing fat cells in your specified area(s). Yes FREEZING. Now don’t go run and sit in your kitchen sub-zero for an hour – CoolSculpt can ONLY be performed in a medical spa/office and by a certified technician. For those of you in the NYC area – our recommendations for this chilly body treat:
Just Melt MedSpa
30 East 40th Street, Suite 806, NYC
Gotham Plastic Surgery
60 East 56th St, Suite 3B, NYC
2. Venus Freeze
New mommy belly sag getting her down? Does she hate how her arm keeps waving even after her hand has stopped? Has she started to gobble around the house, hinting that she covets a new neckline? Well – perhaps a gift of Venus Freeze is one you should think about…Venus Freeze treatments use pulsed magnetic fields and radio frequency to consistently and uniformly heat the skin from the inside out, without the threat of laser burns. The collagen fibres heat up resulting in skin tightening. Treatments are non-invasive and painless (I promise, I felt nothing but soothing heat), with many patients comparing the treatment to a hot-stone massage. The treatment is very quick and effortless– only 15 minutes for the face and 40 minutes for the body. VF is effective in circumference reduction, improving cellulite, skin tightening and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Get your Venus Freeze on at these preferred Tri-State Area locations:
Norman J. Pastorek MD, PC, FACS
12 East 88th Street, NYC
Eterna Vita Medsa
196 Queen Street, Southington, CT
Park Avenue Medical Spa
495 N. Main Street, Armonk, NY
3. Teeth Whitening
Even if you “eat, drink, chew…Orbit”, you are NOT lifting deep set tooth stains caused by a myriad of things you put into your mouth every day (biggest offenders? red wine, coffee, nicotine and tea). So what do you get for the woman who wants a bright, white smile? You send her directly to one of the top dental practices and give her the gift of pearly whites. She doesn’t let you walk around in dingy t-shirts…don’t let her walk around with a less than white smile. This is a quick, easy and pain free ‘leave your-fear-at- the-door’ treatment.
Our top picks for whiter, brighter and all-around more fabulous chompers in NYC area…
Dr. Jacquie Smiles (Fulop-Goodling)
#1 National Invisaline Spokesperson (so you can straighten and whiten your teeth at the same time! BONUS)
12 locations throughout New York and New Jersey
Dr. Frank DiCicco
aka the tooth whisperer –
Dr. DiCicco caters to cowards (like me!) and uses sedation dentistry
30 Central Park South, Suite 2C, NYC
4. Dermal Fillers
If she is looking to restore a youthful fullness to her face, a slightly plumper pout,or soften a facial crease or two, dermal fillers may be the answer. Dermal fillers and “injectibles” (Juvederm Ultra/Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane/Perlane, Radiesse, Sculptra et al) have been called “liquid facelifts” because they offer many of the benefits of a surgical facelift without the downtime. If she is a needle-phob (like me!) you need not worry too much – special super thin needles are used, soyou barely even feel a pinch. And well worth it given most treatments can be completed within a 30 minute appointment.
Dr. Bruce G. Freund
700 E Palisade Ave, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
Dr. Philip Miller
60 East 56th St, Suite 3B, NYC
Dr. Kenneth Mark
425 County Road 39a, Suite 201
Southampton, NY 11968
5. BEAUTY AT YOUR DOOR: Birchbox and Glossybox
Do you walk into your mother’s bathroom and see pile after pile of old and empty make-up containers and other cosmetic carcasses trying to find an unoccupied space? Then we have the perfect gift for any beauty hoarding mother! Sign her up for either Birchbox or Glossybox! Old makeup and empty containers will be gone as these boxes of new fresh (newly launched) cosmetics and hair care come in a perfectly organized box of its own, right to her door – each and every month.
6. FOR MOM’S ON A MISSION
Love with Food offers organic and all- natural snacks that can be hard to find in grocery stores delivered right to your mother’s door! And best of all with each box sold they donate a meal to several food banks that aid in stopping child hunger! You can choose a subscription plan, (even one as low as $10! ) and your mother will begin to make a difference while enjoying delicious and very healthy snacks with no extra stop at the grocery store- now that’s love! Go online to LoveWithFood and check out different plans and snack boxes!
7. FOR THE SEEKER OF ANSWERS FOR NOW AND BEYOND
Does your mom seem to have eyes in the back her head? Is she always able to somehow know how you are, what your up to, and whats bothering you- even when she isn’t with you? Perhaps there is a little psychic in her! Turn the tables and have her enjoy a session of 6th sense fun, by giving her a certificate to see world renowned psychic medium Thomas John (catch him on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing and upcoming episode of Dr. Phil). This is always a cherished gift especially if your mother has long wanted to speak with someone who has passed, whether it be a loved one, a friend, her own mother etc. grab her the gift of messages from “the other side” via certificate at MediumThomas.com
(classes such as Psychic Boot Camp are also available for purchase).
Need a read on the spot? Got a quick decision to make and don’t know which way to go? Some quick counsel by email, phone or even CHAT – we love ESPsychics.com (our faves include Sunhee, Chinhee, Patti and Van Doren). Gift certificates for a full reading are available, as well. Tell them Christabelle sent you!
8. A NIGHT OFF FROM COOKING
Some nights your mother would like a night off from shopping for ingredients, and would just like for everything to be available and ready to go for cooking. This has been made possible by Plated! So treat your mother to an extraordinary meal, delivered right to her door and made from fresh, local and seasonal ingredients (yum). It’s very simple: enter your zip code, choose a delivery day and choose from a menu for the land, sea or veggie, and prepare to have a wonderful meal sent to your door that you will enjoy cooking hassle free. She will love it, love you and love the food…
9. FOR THE CLASSY CRAFTY LASSY:
Is she a whiskey sipping, cigar smoking velvet robe kind of lass? Perhaps she celebrates Tequila Tuesdays, or enjoys spending her nights with gal pal Vodka. If your mother enjoys timeless liquor, then she will love a subscription to the Craft Spirits Club by Caskers. This subscription means three full-sized 750ML of the finest craft spirits delivered every 3 months to her door! You can choose membership length, ranging from 3 to 12 months (prices vary on club package, with the Whiskey club at $150 per package-a sweet deal!). If you would like to order just one bottle and choose based on preference and price range, you can do that too. And YES, they have organic selections.
One of these days, us procrastinators will need to get help for our procrastination problems (see what I did there?). We come in all shapes and sizes, yet have one thing in common- we LOVE to wait to the last minute to get whatever it is we need done…done! School work, house-work, work-work – but one of the top things that we tend to put off is buying gifts. Birthdays, Anniversaries, and yes even Mother’s Day pressies are put off until we absolutely have to get them, and wind up doing so in a panic.
Now thanks to me, you can be an incognito procrastinator!
You’re welcome 🙂
**these are suggestions based on personal experience and research – we in no way endorse or guarantee these treatments, services or providers – always consult your doctor before starting a program or moving forward with a medical treatment**