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Fun Gift Ideas for Mom – Light Photo, Bluetooth Sleep Speaker, Cookie Jar, etc. – as seen on ABC 33/40

Stumped for gift ideas? Check out these, featured on ABC 33/40′s Talk of Alabama on December 1:

A light “sculpture” from a favorite photo – Here’s something she won’t have seen anywhere else: a night light from Lightaffection that is custom made from any favorite photo. If she’s already filled every sort of picture frame, she’d love a new way to display her pride and joy.

Send Light Affection a photograph electronically or by mail, and they will sculpt it into a three-dimensional relief that is then backlit to accent every feature. A small light like this is perfect for a bookcase, to offer ambient illumination, or perhaps as a bedside light for a little one who gets skittish in the dark (my version portrays our beloved pet, Goody). Prices start at $49 for a nightlight and go up from there, depending on the size. Imagine how a grandmother with limited space (assisted living facility, for example) would love having a light that is also a memento of loved ones?

Sound Oasis Bluetooth Sleep Sound Therapy System – Drift off to your favorite music or some soothing white noise? This is a great idea. Besides streaming your own music, this speaker comes preloaded with white noise tracks such as a rippling brook or soft breezes. Mom can use it to get some shut-eye either by her own bedside or by the toddler’s crib (play lullabies or mask the sounds of noisy older siblings with the sound of ocean waves). The Sound Oasis Bluetooth Sleep Sound Therapy System streams music from a 30 foot range from a mobile device or PC, and its small size and USB-chargeable battery makes it great for travel. $59.99, soundoasis.com

Fits for the Occasion Cookie Jar/Place Tiles – Add to a festive atmosphere without having to change out entire dish sets. Fits for the Occasion lets you customize place tiles or serving pieces using interchangeable tiles that attach by magnet. This cookie jar is too cute, and it can go from birthday to Christmas with a quick swap of the magnetized tile. Plus, I can use a white board marker to display whether I am featuring chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin, all before someone sticks a hand in to find out. There are 16 motifs available from Fits for the Occasion at placetile.com. (Find these at A Little Something in Cahaba Heights and online at Ballard Designs, $14.95 – $38.95 depending on size.)

Cushies – No list of gifts for mom would be complete without house slippers, right? But these are made from neoprene, the material of wetsuits, so they are antimicrobial and water resistant but also soft and flexible. Nufoot manufactures these as well as a variety of footwear such as the Mary Jane style that works for yoga and barre or as “hotel shoes.” Slippers are $22 and shipping is free; Bama fans note that there is a houndstooth fabric available in the ballet flat style – see below.


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