12 Gift Ideas That Mom Will Love For Mother’s Day



Mom’s special day is coming up—this year Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 10—and with it comes the inevitable question of what to get her. You may have fallen into the rut of giving her the same type of thing to show your appreciation and love for all she’s done for you. But this year it’s time to do something different. The Atkin Report has curated a selection of products that are unique and designed to delight her senses, and sensibilities. Take a look at these gift ideas, which should also fit just about any budget. Happy Mother’s Day!


Estylo Sterling Silver Post Earrings with Swarovski Crystallized Elements


Mom can glam up any ensemble with these gorgeous drop earrings from Estylo Jewelry. The handmade sterling silver earrings, which hang from posts, are made with Swarovski Crystallized Elements and clear cubic zirconia drops and round cubic zirconia connectors. The Swarovski crystals measure one inch each and the entire length of the earrings measures about 2.5 inches.

Available colors are Clear, Clear AB, Ocean Blue, Fireopal, Vitrail Medium, Vitrail Light, Volcano, Heliotrope, Bermuda Blue. https://www.etsy.com/listing/187625044 $48, and check out more beautiful styles from www.estylojewelry.com

Tess Genuine Leather Vanessa Tote

 This is the smartest-looking, most fashionable, sturdy tote we’ve seen that’s large enough for workday essentials like a laptop or tablet—or for simply toting around town in style. The genuine leather tote from Tess Handbags features silver studs and  measures 12.6 x 5.9 x 13.8 inches. It’s available in black, blue, green, khaki, navy, orange, blush, red and pink. $225 but viewers of our gift guide can get 50% off at checkout by using the code ARMCANDY (one word/all caps)    http://www.tesshandbags.com/Tess-Genuine-Leather-Vanessa-Tote/dp/B00G26DG6G


Roku 3 With Voice-Search Remote Control


Released in April, this new version of the streaming player adds a voice activated remote, making it easy for mom to quickly find results for movies, television shows actors and directors, as well as navigating to various platforms including Hulu Plus, YouTube and Amazon Prime. No more need for the time-consuming task of trying to type titles by toggling the remote. The Roku 3 lists $99 at retailers including Best Buy, Amazon and Staples and is available at www.roku.com.

Program note: if the voice activation is not important and you want to save about $30, the Roku 2 is also a great gift option.


Kelley West Microderm 360°


Save mom the trouble of an office or salon visit—and a wad of cash – for microdermabrasion with this at home tool. The Microderm 360° is equipped with a 180° swivel neck which allows the diamond tip to access areas of the skin at a precise angle, including the face, hands, neck, elbows and feet. They will all benefit from the easy to use treatments, which gently remove the outer layer of skin cells, stimulate blood circulation and the body’s own production of a last-in, protein and vitamin D. Afterwards, the skin is better able to absorb products and makeup stays looking fresher longer. The kit, which includes two diamond steel tips is $249 at www.microderm360.com.

Cardtorial Laser-Cut Wood Keepsake Box and Journal


Moms who love artisanal products will be thrilled to receive a personalized keepsake box or a journal from Cardtorial, a company based in LA’s downtown arts district. It specializes in in laser-cut handcrafted wood made entirely of 100% American sustainable wood. The gorgeous keepsake boxes ($98) are perfect for storing jewelry and other mementos and measure 9.5″ x 7″ x 3.5.” The journals are $24, with dimensions of 5.25″ x 7.25″ and have 80 blank sheets. Both can be customized with names or phrases. Check out the rest of the product line as well, which includes photo albums, cards and guestbooks at www.cardtorial.com

Dressing for the Dark: From the Silver Screen to the Red Carpet

Mother’s Day itself may not be a dress-up day, but this gorgeous book by celebrity stylist Kate Young makes a great gift for fashionable, glamorous moms. It highlights the most influential eveningwear styles in history – as seen on the silver screen – and illustrates how contemporary women can adapt these looks for special nights out, complete with a directory of ready-to-wear items that look fab. The book, from Assouline Publishing, retails for $45 and is available at Amazon and prestige booksellers.


Veuve Clicquot Rosé with Megaphone

Shout your love for your mom with Veuve’s unique case designed for Veuve Clicquot Non-Vintage Rosé. Shaped as a retro megaphone, Say It With Clicquot makes a perfect gift for those who love the bubbly. The isothermic case is designed to keep a bottle of champagne perfectly chilled for up to two hours.

Veuve Clicquot Rosé is a deliciously fruity and balanced wine that is perfect by itself, or paired with a variety of sweet and savory dishes.

Bottle Size: 750ml, $65 at http://www.reservebar.com/products/say-it-with-clicquot-megaphone and wine retailers


Terry’s Toffee


With 17 flavors to choose from, Terry’s treats—made from his grandmother’s recipes–come in beautiful hatboxes or distinctive lacquer boxes, filled with your choice of scrumptious and unique varieties that include Peppermint Pistachio Crunch, Chai-cago Spice, Cran-Orange Passion, Hazelicious, Lemon Paradise and Koffee Toffee.

Check them out and purchase at www.terrystoffee.com, at its Chicago-area stores or call 877-TOFFEE4 outside Illinois. Prices range from $8.99 for ¼ pound to $29.99 for a pound. Boxed toffee is $27.99.

Kerstin Florian Facial Oils


What could be a better gift than beautiful skin? To that end, Kerstin Florian offers three facial oils that serve to rehydrate, clarify and rejuvenate. Gift mom with the trio, or each can be purchased individually. There’s rehydrating Neroli oil, clarifying lavender oil and rejuvenating antistress oil. Each is $40 and .5  fluid ounce/15 ml and available at Montage Hotel spas and at www.kerstinflorian.com or www.skinstore.com.



RenewU Fitness App


What could be more convenient for your mom than summoning a personal trainer for sessions, like, in just a few minutes? This new app enables users to find a trainer in their area using their phone’s GPS and to set up workouts at home, at the office or a nearby park. There are no long-term commitments necessary, as is the norm with traditional training, and sessions start at just $25 each for yoga, pilates, cross-training and weight training. Payment is done in app (available at iTunes and GooglePlay) and trainers bring all the equipment.  www.renewu.com


Michael Todd True Organics Soniclear Antimicrobial Skin Cleansing Brush


Cleaner skin begins with a cleaner brush, say the skin gurus at Michael Todd, last year released this new facial brush with the first ever long-lasting, effective protection against microbial contamination. It’s built into the brush heads when they are manufactured. That means the brushes stay cleaner, fresher, longer than the competitors.’ Meanwhile the cleansing process wipes away dirt, oil and makeup and gently exfoliate’s at brush speeds in excess of 300 times per second while being gentle enough for sensitive skin. The kit, available for $150 at www.michaeltoddtrueorganics.com  comes with a brush head for facial cleansing and an extra large one for body cleansing. The device features six speed options that make it easy to customize to your liking as well as an automatic timer.

Glass Handbag Rave Clutch in Silver


In addition to this eye-catching design, the evening batch features a patented built-in lighting system that lets the wearer quickly find anything inside. This stunner is made of metal alloy, with a snap-lock closure and satin lining. It measures 8.5” x 3.5” x 2.” It’s $228 and batteries are included.




Shadora’s Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend

Buying fine jewelry on a budget sounds like an oxymoron, until you’ve checked out the beautiful baubles at www.shadora.com –where you will find fabulous pieces at incredibly low prices.

We’re talking up to 90% off list for gorgeous rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces—pieces that look infinitely more expensive.

How does Shadora offer a wide selection of well-crafted, top-quality jewelry —from white topaz stud earrings to black diamond accented pendants—for such affordable prices?

The website features a limited number of items at a time, and each item is up for sale for no longer than 30 days, if the stock does not get sold out sooner. Because it doesn’t maintain a huge inventory, Shadora can bring you exciting new looks for a fraction of what you would pay retail.

We fell in love with a pair of 6.5 Carat Blue Topaz and 1/10 Carat Diamond and Sterling Silver Teardrop Earrings set in sterling silver—and got tons of compliments on them when worn with an LBD to an event at the Beverly Hilton recently. The list price was $479.99, but at Shadora.com they were a total steal at $39.99.

We’re not alone in this. Nearly 40,000 people had “liked” them on Facebook, but at last glance, there were still some left in stock.

For less formal occasions, but still providing some glitz, we liked the 2.5 Carat London Blue, White Topaz and Sterling Silver Earrings. Especially for $19.99.

Both sets of earrings are classic and will be in style for years to come. Shadora’s founders say that’s the goal, to offer jewelry that is selected with elegance and longevity in mind. They say they only choose pieces they consider classic, that will stand the test of time.

All items–some of which sell for under $12– come in a lovely gift box, at no additional cost.

An added bonus, unlike most other online retailers that require a minimum purchase for free shipping, Shadora’s merchandise—no matter how much or little you purchase, is shipped for free.

And by the way, only buyers who reside in New York state pay sales tax.

Check out the selection at www.shadora.com and don’t miss out on items you will treasure.

Writ Large: A Parker Pen Makes the Perfect Gold-Accented Accessory


June is not only the time for dads and grads. It’s the start of the golden season of summer. Golden sunshine, golden tans, golden jewelry and accessories – it’s all perfect for the warm weather months.


And so is an accessory that combines fashionability and function, a gold accented Parker pen, because elegance never goes out of style.


We are loving the feel of writing instrument from the company’s Ingenuity collection, which includes other styles in addition to the gold and black pictured here. The collection, which ranges in price from $160 -$190, combines the best in technology and style.


So write on, and enjoyed the pleasure of timeless quality, a feeling you just don’t get from tapping on the touch screen on your iPhone.

Giving New Life to Summer White Clothing

It’s pretty rare to get excited about a cleaning product, but that’s exactly what happened with something called Deo-Go. Imported from the UK, the almond-scented liquid removes those yucky, yellow underarm stains that come from using deodorant and antiperspirant.


Yeah, that’s right. It’s probably not your own perspiration that is staining light-colored garments – it’s the chemicals we use that stop us from sweating. Now, you don’t have to throw those close away. You can bring them to life again very easily. And what could be more economical and ecological than that?


With warmer weather approaching, I got out a pretty white tank top that had such stains and tried out the product. It’s really easy to use–you spray it on the stain, scrub it with, in my case, a toothbrush, let it sit for 30 minutes and then wash it.


I hand-washed this top, just for safety, but machine washing is fine as well. Voila! Amazing results. The stains are completely gone, making the top look absolutely brand-new. I will be using this on all my other white and light-colored clothing that need the treatment.


Deo-go comes in a clear, 9 ounce bottle with a spray pump and is available for about  $11  at Drugstore.com and Amazon.com as well as at www.getdeogo.com where you can also get more information.


The product offers a money-back guarantee and is also certified by the Good Housekeeping Institute.

Sounding Off on a Portable Speaker: Great Audio at Your Fingertips

Talk about amping things up. It may be about the same size as your smart phone, and as easy to tote around, but what the WOWee ONE Slim does is create a wall of sound wherever you may go.

The slim speaker came out earlier this year – the evolution of the original WOWee ONE, and has been one of the hottest items in portable audio.


The new incarnation is about the size of a standard smart phone, meaning it can easily fit in your pocket or purse.  Of course, it’s rechargeable and works with just about every device from an iPod to a laptop, an iPad to a MacBook.


Just make sure your neighbors don’t mind huge sound, because that’s what you will get from this product after you attach it to any surface including a wall, a desk, a surfboard or even a cooler.


Just think of the possibilities. In addition to being a portable speaker for any music player device, or for watching movies, it’s a great tool for presentations or for providing speakerphone capability for any cell phone with a standard headphone jack.

The WOWee ONE Slim and Classic come in several colors and styles, including black on black and black and chrome, as well as the recently released white WOWee ONE, a perfect companion for the white iPhone.

The WOWee ONE Slim boasts a dynamic response range of 40Hz – 20KHz and reaches 90 decibels, yet weighs only 4 ounces. The Slim has a battery life of 10 hours and measures just 4.3″ by 2.2″ by .7″, ideal for a pocket, handbag, backpack, or glove compartment, so it’s always handy.

The WOWee ONE Classic has a dynamic response range of 40Hz – 20KHz and reaches 90 decibels yet weighs 7 ounces. The Classic has a battery life of 20 hours and measures 4.7″ by 2.4″ by 1″.

The Slim retails for $89.99, and the WOWee ONE Classic at $79.99. Available at www.woweeone.com

Sound That Will Blow Your Socks Off in a Limited Edition Wireless Way



Hi-tech audiophiles will be falling in love with a futuristic new product from Parrot, and clamoring for a set for their living room—or any room.


Parrot, the leader in high-end wireless devices, is releasing a limited edition series of their Zikmu Parrot by Philippe Starck wireless speakers just in time for the holiday shopping season, in the striking metallic colors Ancient Gold and Electric Blue. (They’ve previously been available in black, white and red.)


The Zikmu speakers, fashioned in an ultra-modern sculpted shape, combine sophisticated wireless technology with the sleek artistry of renowned designer Starck, known worldwide for his architecture and product design. The design of the speakers reflects the inventiveness of his artistry and he says, his personality.


Here’s how they work. The wireless speakers feature a dedicated iPod® / iPhone™ docking station and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® technologies. The two speakers communicate wirelessly with each other, allowing them to be positioned anywhere in any room. They deliver intense, 360 degree sound with spectacular clarity.


That means you can simply pop your mobile device into the docking station in one of the columns and spectacularly amplify all your favorite music, from Lady A to Led Z. You control the speakers from anywhere in the room using the intelligent remote control. At the same time, your device is charging up.

Along with music to the ears, you’ve got some gorgeous conversation pieces.

Available exclusively at Ron Robinson for Fred Segal, 8118 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, (323) 651-1800 www.ronrobinson.com  $3,400 for the pair

Terrific Toffee, The Old-Fashioned Way

Terry's Toffee, in more than a dozen flavors, can be addictive

Using his grandmother’s recipe, Terry Opalek brings together the ingredients for a selection of gourmet treats that taste like a little bit of sweet, crunchy heaven.

Opalek and his partner Michael Frontier created Terry’s Toffee in 2002, and soon after, it became a favorite of Hollywood’s elite.

For the seventh year running, Terry’s Toffee will be in the green room and the dressing rooms at the Kodak Theatre as a special treat to the presenters, nominees and winners at this year’s Academy Awards

Coated in fine dark, milk or white chocolate, the toffee comes in 15 flavors, including McCall’s Classic and Dark—using grandma’s recipe, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Koffee Toffee, Lavenilla, Orange Blossom, Hazelicious, Asian Accent, Cran-Orange Passion, Peppermint Pistachio Crunch and Chai-cago Spice.

Yes, Terry’s Toffee makes its home in the Windy City, where the Grand Ave. store and a shop at the Andersonville Galleria also sell six flavors of yummy toffee ice cream.

But don’t worry if you can’t stop by those locations. You can mail order all the mouth-watering flavors, in sizes from ¼ to a full pound (about $9-$36), along with Terry’s “Beyond Biscotti.”

Terry’s also does designer gift boxes for the toffee and can brand it for you, your company and special occasions.

Terry’s Toffee, 1117 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 733-2700, www.terrystoffee.com

Plugging into the Petersen

Ford Motor Co. is already very well represented at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, but now there’s a new kid on the street.  It’s Ford’s Electric Focus. A bright orange version of it has just joined the permanent collection of rare and collectible automobiles on display.

And who better to “induct” the vehicle than car guy Jay Leno, who had celebrities race the vehicle in a segment called the Green Car Challenge on his failed 10 p.m. show.  Leno, who still seemed bitter about the prime time program and not in a particularly good mood, nevertheless gamely answered questions about the vehicle and compared it to his own 1909 electric car that’s part of his extensive collection. He said it cost about $1.50 to charge the Focus and that the vehicle had a range of 100 miles– and went surprisingly fast, hitting a top speed of 78 mph. It takes about three or four hours to charge up the car through a 240-volt outlet, the type used for washing machines and refrigerators, and the battery lasts for up to 10 years.

The racing prototype of the vehicle was designed for Leno’s show and outfitted with Recaro racing seats and a vibrant orange paint scheme.  You can see it now in the museum’s permanent alternative power exhibit.

Lladro’s Limited Edition Treasures

A piece of Lladró always makes a beautiful gift for the collector, and now the famed Spanish porcelain company has come out with a limited edition line of beautiful sculptures and other pieces for the home called Lladró Atelier. Under that umbrella, two new collections, Rococo Mirrors and The Parrot Party, were showcased at a flamenco-flavored cocktail event at the company’s Rodeo Drive location, an occasion special enough that company president Rosa Lladro flew in from Valencia, Spain. Reflecting 18th century Rococo opulence, there are six mirrors available in six colors, each with a limited edition of 300, all hand-crafted by artisans in Spain, where the company was founded in 1958.

Lladro, 408 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 385-0690

Carry All and Looking Good

Fashion, form, function and affordability. Those words describe Caboodles, and if you’re not familiar with the brand, check it out. Since 1987, it’s made organizing your cosmetics fun and fashionable, with a variety of cases, some of which can double as handbags and be personalized for your needs. The “Envy” soft-sided bag shown here gives you outside zippered pockets and inner compartments to hold make-up, brushes, electronics. It has a hot pink satin lining and straps long enough to work as a shoulder bag. And get this, it’s only about $20.

Caboodles, available at Target, Amazon and some Walgreens stores, www.caboodles.com