By Eva Whalen
Certain items present a surefire way to please pregnant, new or frazzled moms: shoes and boots that look great but are comfortable, a cookbook that actually inspires cooking, and anything relaxing, healthy, comfortable, natural and beautiful.
Patagonia boots are not only stylish but they’re also practical and smart for pregnant moms-to-be, and moms who have to walk or chase kids around the city. The Bandha style, shown above, is as soft as a leather glove and unbelievably comfortable, so there’s absolutely no reason to sacrifice style this winter. Visit http://www.Patagonia.com for the complete winter boot roundup, where you’ll also find coats, sweaters and more.
Merrell is another brand that fuses style, comfort and winter warmth to make your wintry play days and sledding as fun as possible. You can schlepp all over the city running errands, pushing strollers, or working in any of Merrell’s boots all day long without discomfort. That’s a great gift! Visit http://www.Merrell.com to view the full lineup of styles.
Yummie Tummie is a shape-wear brand that helps moms pull it all together, so to speak, and pull it all in for a smooth, sleek silhouette. Comfortable corsets, camisoles, leggings, dresses, yoga wear and lingerie are featured in numerous shape-enhancing styles at http://www.YummieTummie.com and at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue stores. There’s even a men’s line on the website if hubby needs to smooth it all out, too.
The Golden Luxe Teapot from Liuli’s San Francisco Gallery is a gift that becomes a treasured family heirloom, along with any of the other exquisite items found at http://www.LiuLiusa.com, which includes jewelry, statues, sculptures and one-of-a-kind works of art. What to put in your unique teapot? Organic and fair trade Rishi Teas are perfect to give alone or with the above-mentioned teapot, and these award-winning teas come from around the globe and are fresh each season. Rishi sets the quality standard for tea, and flavors include Earl Grey lavender, ginseng, tangerine, mint, chai, plum, black, green, caffeine-free, African Rooibos, yerba mate, oolong, and much more. Visit http://www.Rishi-Tea.com.
What To Cook and How To Cook It by Jane Hornby is absolutely my favorite cookbook. With at least 8 photographs per recipe, and a selection of dishes to please every palette, this all-purpose cookbook with 100 recipes works for formal dinners with exotic offerings as well as simple family fare — and it covers everything from hors d’oeuvres and soup to main courses and dessert. I love this book and recommend it highly; I’ve been glued to it for a month now! Find it at the Phaidon store in Soho at 83 Wooster Street or online at http://www.Phaidon.com.
The Fabulous Beekman Boys Holiday Special airs on Wednesday, December 8th EST on Planet Green, so make some gourmet hot chocolate and watch these inventive guys in action. One of the many things that make the Beekman Boys so special is their seasonal Holiday Sugar Plums and Generous Fruitcake. Other offerings at http://www.Beekman1802.com include iron icicle ornaments, December soap, Back Porch soap, unique hand towels, chair throws, sour cherry stuffing, artisan goat milk cheeses, and a mind-boggling assortment of other distinctive offerings.
Goat-milk soaps are incredibly rich and beneficial for the skin, and the soaps found at http://www.GoatMilkStuff.com are particularly wonderful. Goat Milk Stuff soaps are sliced into thick, generous slabs and infused with black cherry, chardonnay, raspberry, cider press, cranberry, rosebud, honeysuckle, basil citrus, sandalwood, peppermint and dozens of other aromas (and essential oils). Order them packaged as gifts for moms, grandparents, teachers, neighbors and friends. Bonus: you’ll be supporting a family business: the Jonas family has 8 children.
Kiehl’s and artist Jeff Koons teamed together to create a limited edition skin lotion set called Creme de Corps to benefit and raise awareness for the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The packaging is gorgeous and Kiehls is known for its high-quality products, so this is a sure-fire winner as a pick for mom. Find this set at http://www.Kiehls.com.
Tom’s of Maine soaps, toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash and floss are simply good for you, and make great stocking stuffers as a result. Soaps come in a variety of scents (and unscented), including moisturizing lavender and chamomile, energizing citrus, and deodorant. Visit http://www.TomsofMaine.com and choose from an array of fantastic, natural stocking stuffers.
Slip a package of Hem-Eze in mom’s stocking too. Hem-Eze will enable her to lengthen or shorten pants and skirts for herself and the family without ironing or sewing – it’s as simple as pressing down, and the result is an incredibly durable hold. This will truly be appreciated, as it saves time, which is golden. Visit http://www.Hem-Eze.com.
Finally, last but certainly not least, wrap your gifts in reusable Chico Bags this year – not only can recipients use the bags year round, but you’ll be able to use them too for toting your gifts around. At http://www.ChicoBag.com, you’ll find bags for produce, grocery shopping, biking, messenger bags, bottle slings (great for runners!) and even fanny packs for hiking. Decorations range from the simple to elaborate and pretty vintage models.
Happy Holidays from the Metro Mama section!