Dec 17, 2010 9:53 AM
Says Shannon: "I was wondering if you had any ideas for Christmas gifts for my Mom. She is the hardest person to buy for. I always try to get something fun and she doesn't tell me she doesn't like it but I can always tell. I feel like I always waste my money and she will never actually tell me what she wants. Please help me with some ideas for Christmas gifts for my Mom. Also something not that expensive as I am just a recent college grad. She also loves the beach, wine, reading and YOGA is her favorite. I hope this helps. THANKS so much."
Hi, Shannon - Marian the Contrarian here. Some folks are just hard to shop for, it's true, but maybe one or more of the following will do the trick!
Starting with a very affordable gift for a wine lover, we have 1) Bottle Shock ($8), which stars Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman, and Chris Pine, and tells the story of the rise of the Napa Valley wineries in an entertaining, easygoing way. A bit pricier is this 2) set of two wine aerators from Vinturi, one for red wines and one for white ($60). If you want to splurge on a wine-related gift, how about a 3) Wine Essence Kit ($80), which will teach you how to recognize the subtle flavors that sommeliers go on about?
Moving from one interest to another, these 4) Super Grippy Yoga Gloves in black and pink ($8) make a small but useful present for a yoga practitioner. Our favorite yoga-related gift, though, would be a 5) personalized yoga mat ($30) from Gaiam and CafePress, featuring photos, text, and/or clip art of your choice, on your choice of background.
The out-there-but-why-not option is aimed straight at your mom's beachy side - would she like 6) her own cabana ($290)?
A merry Christmas to you and to your mom, Shannon, and thanks for thinking of us! Tell us if she likes them?