Lovely Christmas Gift Ideas for Mom

Struggling to come up with the perfect Christmas gift for mom? They deserve a nice big treat at the end of the year. She might love some new home accessories or clothing. Or how about taking her out for a day?

Lovely Christmas Gift Ideas for Mom

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Home & Kitchen Accessories

Most moms spend a considerable amount of time in the home, looking after the house and its residents. Give a gift to thank her for all her efforts. She may well appreciate something that can help her with her daily chores, or brighten up the house.

It’s not just dads who love a clever gadget. There are so many intelligent kitchen aids available to buy nowadays, designed to make cooking much easier. How about getting mom a coffee machine, a waffle pan or a mixer? Some are designed to look so trendy, they’ll instantly brighten up the kitchen!

Alternatively, get her something for herself and no one else. This could be a personalised gift, for example, such as a mug with a print by you, a name-embroidered blanket to wrap up in when it gets chilly, or customised duvet and pillow covers with photos or a unique design.

Gifts for Working Moms

Working moms will be grateful for a little something that can help them keep things on track, from work appointments to when you have an important performance at school. How about a good, old-fashioned calendar? Depending on the size of her favourite handbag, choose a compact style or a big, bulky one to fit all her contacts and notes.

Nowadays, you can choose from a vast range of covers, from classic leather ones to abstract prints.

A Day Out

You could treat your mom to a change of scenery by taking her out somewhere for the day.

Keep up to date with what’s going on in your local area to see if there are any concerts or exhibitions that she might like to attend. Also, chat to friends and family about good places to go for lunch, cakes and coffee or dinner.

If you can convince someone to drive you, heading that little bit further afield could also be nice for a change. Perhaps there’s something going on in a town nearby?

To present your gift, design and create a “ticket” that entitles her to spend the day with you, pursuing whatever activity you’ve chosen.

Fashion

Does your mom enjoy the occasional fashion splurge? Has she been eyeing something up at the local department store? If you know exactly what she’s after, your gift shopping couldn’t be made any easier.

Alternatively, think about something your mom’s in need of. Items that can be put to use straight away will always be appreciated.

Perhaps you’re all going on holiday in the near future and your mom could do with a new bathing suit or a floaty summer dress. Or have you noticed her gloves are falling apart? Buy a pair of luxurious leather gloves to replace them.

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The Future of Home Furnishings

Imagine that 20 years ago someone had told you that you would purchase your music, car insurance, airline and hotel tickets, stocks, books and even shoes on a computer that fit in your hip pocket. That you would not have an agent or broker between you and the stock exchange or the airline or insurance company. And imagine that you could do all the comparative research needed to execute your transaction in  your pajamas! You would have told that person they were dreaming.

The Future of Home Furnishings

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Well, lately I have been dreaming as well. As my generation (the baby boomers) settles into its post-nesting years, less and less of our disposable income will go to durable goods such as home furnishings. Instead, once college for the kids is taken care of, our disposable dollars will go back into bolstering our retirement accounts, and then to travel.

Our absence leaves the future of home furnishing consumption to the next generations: Gen-X, Y and soon, the Millennials. This generation, many of whom grew up with a cell phone as a birthright, will have no qualms about not sitting on a sofa before they buy it. This generation put companies like Zappos the online shoe retailer on the map. They grew eBay into a monolithic clearing house for everything from rare coins and dolls to automobiles and airplanes.

Buy a pair of shoes online without even trying them on? Sure, this generation can reconcile the relatively benign inconvenience of returning something, with the huge convenience of carrying on with their multitasking. Think of this: these “kids” watch T.V., carry on a live chat on the computer, text message friends from their smart phones, reply to Facebook posts AND do their homework at the same time! These power users of all things tech will drive the explosive growth of home furnishings online.

All that is good news for an ailing industry. But, the glacial pace at which the Home Fashion Industry moves may keep us from a fully realized online presence a bit longer, but it will eventually change. The early adopters may unfortunately suffer some ridicule and perhaps a backlash from the traditional forms of distribution, e.g. walk-in Furniture Stores. However, the momentum toward adopting online furniture sales is inevitable and moving forward. Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma Home and other large furniture retailers report faster than expected growth within the online sector.

The ultra-lux online retailer Gilt  is adding Home Fashion as major new growth campaign on its invitation only website. Gilt is a luxury online retailer of fashion and jewelry. Eventually and by necessity, the Home Fashion market will have the perfect vehicle in the Web to remove the multiple layers between the manufacturer and the eventual consumer. This will of course spell bad news for the middle-men. What to say about that is another topic altogether.

The online Home Furnishings future also portends a new egalitarianism for the small independent Interior Designer. In the past, the small or “housewife” …

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