In 2017, the National Retail Federation’s annual survey forecasted that Americans would spend more than ever on Mother’s Day gifts, with anticipated spending pushing $23.6 billion –the highest in the survey’s then 14-year history, topping the prior year’s record of $21.4 billion. For 2018, tens of billions more will surely be generated for the holiday once again as we collectively seek to shower Mom with gifts duly conveying our adoration. But, one need not spend a fortune to show her your love as there are any number of cost conscious foodie-forward gift options like these that’ll induce that eagerly anticipated smile.
Aervana Luxury Wine Aerator (www.Aervana.com) – $99.98
Here’s a gadget that’s designed to help people enjoy wine at its best in an innovative, effective and fun way. The Aervana Luxury Wine Aerator helps people enjoy wine the way winemakers envision. It uses a patented, advanced one-touch process that provides proper aeration with half the effort. It’s reportedly the only wine aerator designed to keep wine sediment in the bottom of the bottle and not in your glass. It also helps reduce tannins, acidity and sulfides and pours a perfect amount of aerated wine with each and every glass—it works especially great with young, tannic red wines. With it, you can say goodbye to messy decanters or aerating time delays. The gadget also boasts a sophisticated, sleek modern aesthetic, food safe materials and takes just seconds to use. Pouring is so easy. Just press the button for a perfect amount of aerated wine—every time. With the Aervana, there’s no lifting, aiming, holding or spilling. The technology allowing the simple push of a button for instant wine aeration can give you more freedom to enjoy wine in any environment, in any quantity, quickly and easily. Cheers!
Hand-Gilded Grapevine Wine Glasses (www.UnoAllaVolta.com) – $70.00
Help Mom entertain guests in fabulous artisan style with stunning hand gilded grapevine wine glasses masterfully handcrafted in a third-generation workshop in Verona, Italy. Founder Amedeo, along with his two sons Valentino and Roberto, transform each grape wine glass into a work of art, no two glasses will ever be exactly alike. After applying stucco vines and leaves to the glass, a layer of color and gold leaf is added by hand. Once completely dry, each is hand polished to a gleaming luster. Large capacity measuring 8.5 inches tall and holding 20 ounces, this wine glass is a truly artful and elegant addition to your wine bar.
Vivajennz Genevieve Wine Purse/Beverage Carrier (www.Vivajennz.com) – $74.98
Speaking of wine, with this gift you can give Mom the gift of freedom to go where she please without the sacrifice of leaving things—and her favorite beverage—behind with this purse designed by Vivajennz. Originally created by a mom to carry her autistic son’s organic juice, anything can go inside the replaceable three-liter BPA-free bag. Forget the heavy and fragile glass bottle and bottle openers, as you can carry your liquids of choice without breaking a sweat. Reduce your carbon footprint by filling your drink in the refillable bag. There are many different bag styles to choose from, and each has its own secret insulated compartment that holds your drink choice—wine, mixed cocktail, juice, alkaline water…all no problem. Additionally, a portion of each sale is donated to support autism services.
Giusto Sapore Italian Fine Foods (www.GiustoSapore.com) – Prices vary
For all of those gourmet-loving moms, Giusto Sapore’s various Bruschetta Spreads are a delicous gift idea. They offer a flavor-packed taste of Italy to serve on crackers, crostini and, of course, on bruschetta. These versatile spreads can also be mixed with mayonnaise to create aioli, with tomato sauce for pasta, used in sandwiches, placed on top a pizza, or swirled into focaccia dough. They’re also great as savory accompaniments with grilled meats, or to use as a party dip. There are so many culinary possibilities with these spreads, which are packed in distinctive 10.23 ounce orcio glass jars. Guisto Sapore offers a number of great selections: green olive, artichoke, spun dried tomatoes, eggplant, garlic, mushroom and more. The company also offers an array of fine imported vinegars, olive oil, pasta and more. My fav is the Fig Sweet Fruit Vinegar made from fruit juice, wine vinegar and grape juice. Using 20% pure fig fruit juice, this option brings a sweet distinguished full bodied taste that’s perfect for dressings, marinades, glazes and as a dessert compliment.
Melora Mānuka Honey (In-Store: Costco San Diego) – Starting at $35.00
Also for health and wellness-minded moms with a sweet tooth is Melora—the only UMF-certified, non-GMO mānuka honey on the market that’s now available in the U.S. Celebrated for its antibacterial properties, Melora Mānuka Honey offers a guarantee on quality, purity, and responsible harvesting practices, underscoring the most healing properties of the mānuka superplant. Research shows that, when ingested, mānuka honey can help with stomach problems such as H.Pylori (in in-vitro), which also links with internal health and wellbeing benefits. Additionally, more research is emerging on mānuka’s prebiotic role in promoting beneficial bacteria and gut health. When applied topically, mānuka honey has been shown to have antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and antioxidant properties. Mānuka honey is also a natural humectant for beauty and skin wellbeing, and has been used for its wound healing, acne care and skin infection-fighting capacities. Crucially, there are no reported cases of bacteria developing resistance to honey, nor can mānuka or other honey resistance be generated in the laboratory. The UMF quality trademark is an indication to consumers that they are buying the best, 100% natural, unadulterated mānuka honey.
As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded consumer product trends expert and hospitality industry voice of authority—a travel, dining, leisure and lifestyle expert who spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers. She reports on exemplary travel destinations and experiences, extraordinary events and newsworthy products and services across all categories. Reach her online at www.TheLuxeList.com, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList and on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews.
***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided at no cost or sponsored to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***
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