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Marvelous Moms: Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2012

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by Mark Thompson

Bungalow360: Eva Hummingbird Reversible Tote

Was your mother a bit of a hippie? Did she wear flowers in her hair and flash the peace sign with her big, happy smile?

Some mothers stay forever young, still radiating the love and joy that marked the Sixties and Seventies. If your mother still believes in helping Mother Earth and saving the sea turtles, then she’ll be thrilled with a gift from Bungalow360.

Started in 1998 as a handcrafted handbag business, Bungalow360 is an eco-friendly, fashion company with legions of fanatical devotees. Now sold in over 2,000 stores, Bungalow360’s entire collection of totes, bags, wallets, and accessories are made of 100% natural cotton canvas and water-based ink - and completely vegan.

Bungalow360 founder Susie Pusch and her husband Franz create all of the "earth happy" company’s original designs and prints, which are available in a variety of colors. Best of all, the Puschs and Bungalow360 play it forward with donations to their "Powered by Love" program, which donates solar power to various nonprofit service organizations, such as no kill animal shelters.

Made of lead-free natural cotton canvas, all the tote bags are reversible (for those days when your mother’s wearing pink peace signs or yellow smiley faces) - and come with a silver peace sign zipper pull. As colorful - and practical - as your mother, a Bungalow360 reversible tote is perfect for the beach or the market - or her next protest on Wall Street.

In truth, the Eva Hummingbird Reversible Tote is so adorable that you might consider buying one for yourself, which would fulfill that desire you’ve always had for you and your mother to have matching handbags.

PRICE: $29.00
LINK: Bungalow360 Eva Hummingbird Reversible Tote


Aveda: Stress-fix Soaking Salts, Rollerball Concentrate, and Body Lotion

Here’s an interesting factoid that we read in a recent study: nearly 70% of mothers admitted that they lock themselves in the bathroom - merely to get away from their families and to enjoy a little private time.

Think about it. Remember how stressed your mother was when you told her that you were...going to be an actor. And how stressed your mother was when you decided to take a year off college and return to your old bedroom. How about the year that you went goth and painted your bedroom black? Let’s face it, you worked your mother’s last nerves, so it’s no wonder her bathroom door was always locked.

Which is why your mother is certain to appreciate Aveda’s Stress-fix Soaking Salts. After all, if your mother is locking herself in the bathroom, she might as well be enjoying a long, leisurely soak in an aromatherapeutic tub.

Aveda’s new line of Stress-fix aromaology products is all about replacing tension with relaxation. Infused with essences of lavender, lavandin, and clary sage, Aveda Stress-fix Soaking Salts are formulated with sugar and mineral-rich salt and pure essential oils. The salts soften the bath water and since Aveda Stress-fix Soaking Salts are certified organic by Eco-Cert, your mother can soak happily, knowing that she’s supporting sustainable agriculture.

There’s also the Aveda Stress-fix Concentrate portable rollerball applicator, which utilizes the same formulation for a pocket-sized stress reliever. Glide the rollerball over your mother’s pulse points, on her wrists and around her neck - and watch her face light up. She’ll be putty in your hands. Just imagine if she’d had the Aveda Stress-fix Concentrate those nights that she was driving all over town looking for your sorry ass.

This year, give your mother some Aveda Stress-fix relief - and remind her how well you turned out, in spite of all the tats.

PRICE: $90 / pre-wrapped gift set of three items
$40.00 / 16 oz. soaking salts $22.00 / 7 ml. rollerball $28.00 / 6.7 fl. oz. body lotion
LINK: Aveda Stress-fix Soaking Salts, Rollerball Concentrate, and Body Lotion Gift Set


Banfi: Rosa Regale

It’s likely that at least one of your siblings will give your mother a box of gourmet chocolates. Why not trump them with a bottle of Banfi Rosa Regale? A sparkling, semi-dry dessert wine, Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto complements chocolate beautifully - from chocolate mousse to an étagère of chocolate macarons.

According to legend, Cleopatra coaxed her lovers into drinking gourds of Brachetto, the better to unleash their amatory passions. As red as a ruby, Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto smells like a pint of freshly-picked raspberries. A faint hint of summer roses wafts from the flute as the crisp bubbles rise to the air. Haunting and seductive, the fresh berry flavors pair nicely with the velvet smoothness of chocolate.

If you’re hosting your mother for Mother’s Day brunch, Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto works beautifully with crêpes or French toast. And at meal’s end, you can regale her guests with the legend of Cleopatra - and toast to your mother, the original empress.

PRICE: $20 - 25
LINK: Banfi Rosa Regale


Urban Moonshine: Joy Tonic

Yes, of course you’ve always been your mother’s little bundle of joy. But sometimes mother needs her little helper - to get her through the day.

If your mother is less inclined to reach for the gin than the gingko biloba, then it’s likely that she’ll enjoy a little Organic Joy Tonic from Urban Moonshine.

A small family business based in Vermont, Urban Moonshine seeks to return herbal medicine to everyday life. Urban Moonshine’s line of tonics are formulated with some of the world’s most restorative herbs, which help to increase energy and the body’s natural defenses.

Urban Moonshine’s Certified Organic Joy Tonic helps to calm the mind and lift the spirit by adjusting the level of tension in the body’s nervous system. The proprietary blend includes organic herbs such as motherwort, linden, rose, lemon balm, lemongrass, and mugwort. The volatile components work together to reawaken the spirit, helping to redirect stress into a tool for positive change.

Sounds like the elixir of eternal youth, right? To use, spray into your mother’s mouth 4-6 times - and then stand back. At this point, your mother might well start dancing around the kitchen. Next stop, "Dancing with the Stars" - and all because of your thoughtfulness and a little Urban Moonshine Organic Joy Tonic.

PRICE: $15.50 / 2 fl. oz.
LINK: Urban Moonshine Organic Joy Tonic


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