Perfect Christmas gifts for the women in your life

Let the girl in your life find gifts that say I thought of you this holiday season. Photo: Gifts for her

Give a gift to the mom, grandmom, wife, girlfriend, sister, daughter - any of the women in your life that do so much for you that says “I thought about you before I went shopping….”

Engrave the memory of those she loves on gifts that add beauty to her life. Lisa Leonard Design hand stamped designs include stack rings to bookmarks that can be engraved with inspirational messages, names of those she love or that one perfect word that means the world to her.

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Lisa Leonard Designs

Lisa Leonard Designs

Lisa Leonard Design hand stamps the names and initials of those you care for most onto pewter that becomes one-of-a-kind necklaces and key rings.

The Family Tree Necklace is an organic pewter disc strung with a fresh water pearl on a 18” sterling silver-filled link chain ($49).  The rough drawn tree surrounded by the names of those she loves will become a family heirloom she will treasure.

Not just for mom, also available are the family tree ($36) and rectangle keychain ($34) for dad.

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Visit the web site and browse through the unique jewelry, paper – cards to posters, and cloth canvas bags with inspirational messages such as Life is a Journey.

Go one step better than a gift card and get the coffee drinker in your life the Mr. Coffee café barista espresso – cappuccino – latte machine.  This easy to use, small profile machine creates a perfect, expensive coffee store drink in moments. Easy to used, and clean, individual parts are rinse or dishwasher (top rack) clean.

Operation is fill and push button easy. 

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The machines auto milk frother is a favorite feature and it quickly, and easily, turns ordinary mile into a creamy foam – which is, after all what we pay those youthful barista’s to do for us.

The other feature I really appreciated is the water container, which is easy to fill and set back on the machine without having to pour water from one container to another.  The other complaint solved is the pump pressure – which for means how much flavor is extracted from the coffee.  For a lower price point machine, the café barista excels.  Price $275.00 (

For coffee fans, the smell of freshly ground beans is as awakening as that first cup of coffee. Kona Rainforest Private Reserve Estate Coffee ships Hawaii’s finest beans to your coffee drinker. This is the same coffee served in the White House since it was introduced to President Bush’s chef in 1006. 

Robert and Dawn Barnes, owners of Kona RainForest Farm, use organic farming techniques, then using precise, and often by hand, steps to harvest the fruit, remove the seeds, or coffee beans, dry and roast the beans.  

Kona Rainforest Coffee, Hawaii

Kona Rainforest Coffee, Hawaii

Kona RainForest Private Reserve coffee is my personal favorite and the café barista extracts all the deep flavors of from this heady flavor filled bean. Private reserve is only available through a 12-month CropShare subscription. 

For around a dollar a day, your coffee lover will receive a perfect 16oz/1 lb bag delivered to their door every month.  (approx. $39 per pound – note: availability is limited as crop yields are limited)  

Woman, from teens to grandmother, enjoy quality bath and beauty products – those wonderful stocking stuffers that make them feel special.  More and more woman are seeking natural products that not only smell good, make them feel good inside and out.  

Lush, Fresh Handmade Cosmetics has been creating fragrant rich soaps, oils, gels and more since  1970 using only organize fruit and vegetables, essential oils and safe synthectic.   From how they produce what they sell, to how they pack and deliver your products, if it can be done clean (100% BPA free) and biodegradable and green. 

Bar soap like Lush creates saves over 118,800 gallons of water every year while their plants and offices replenish with renewable energy from wind and low impact hydro power to using minimal packaging and selling direct to consumer all reduces the companies carbon footprint – they do it.

Lush takes its dedication to the planet by reducing the gross amount of paper used to wrap holiday gifts with The Knot Wraps, scarves that become a gift around your gift of Lush beauty products.

Perfect for Christmas are the Sandy Santa Body Butter, elfy Bombardino, Santa’s cola flavored lip scrub for mistletoe ready puckers, and the Celebrate Body Lotion – an invigorating mix of almond oil, cocoa butter and citrus oils that will smooth dry skin while providing an aromatic pick me up during the day.

Rose Jam shower gel, an aromatic blend of rose, vanilla and lemon, is a lovely start to your favorite girls day.

Lush body care items with Vivienne Westwood designer scarf

Lush body care items with Vivienne Westwood designer scarf

When ordering, ask that your gift be wrapped in a Knot-Wrap for a festive gift with gift that can be delivered around the world.

This year renowned fashion designed Vivienne Westwood is creating a beautiful and sustainable gift-wrapping with The Knot-Wraps.

Scarves that can be used to wrap your Lush gifts, and then worn with panache, each Knot-Wrap is made utilizing two recycled 500ml plastic bottles.

This year make your holiday decorations special, and unique to your family, with the Make-A-Wish 2013 engraved ornament from Things Remembered

Make-A-Wish holiday ornament

Make-A-Wish holiday ornament

This years ornament is the Angel of Light ($29.99) a large sized ornament bedecked in gold tones and sparkling crystals with a mirror shined heart perfect to be engraved with your holiday message or family name. 

A gift that creates a gift, for every engraveable Make-A-Wish ornament,  necklace, keychain or water globe, Things Remembered will make a donation to the foundation that makes the dreams of young, very sick, children come true. 

This holiday cover her back…end… with Spanx Shapewear from panties and body suits to leg shapers and now Spanx Denim Leggings.

Spanx make the beautiful women she is even more confident and allows for a bit of holiday indulging without holiday bulging.  

Shoppers can visit the Spanx web site where a shopping guide allows her to choose from style to solution – say leggings, tummy taming with a super slimming level. 

Give her a gift of a gift card she can use at or retailer Nordstrom where she can try on all the great Spanx items including front closure bras, body shapers, the new Star Power Spanx shaping tights and the taking the world by storm Denim Leggings… that everyone loves.

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Jacquie Kubin is an award winning journalist that began writing in 1993 following a successful career in marketing and advertising in Chicago.  She started Communities Digital News in 2009 as a way to adapt to the changing online journalism marketing place.  Jacquie is President and Managing Editor of Communities Digital News, LLC and a frequent contributor to The Washington Times Communities as well as a member of the National Association of Professional Woman, New American Foundation and the Society of Professional Journalist.  Email Jacquie here

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