December 3, 2012

Gift Ideas For Grown-Ups


One DivaLysscious mom suggests the best holiday buys for parents.

By Lyss Stern


The holiday season is a time for glitz, glamour, and, of course, gift-giving. Don’t know what to buy the mom or dad who has it all? Here are some suggestions for finds that every city parent would want to unwrap.

For The Fitness Fanatic Mom: Splits59 Sadie Scoop Back Pullover and Nova Capri Tight
Working out is no excuse to let the fashion barometer drop. I absolutely love Splits59’s high-style, quick-dry activewear. My faves this season are this versatile pant and scoop-back top, which easily transition from a fitness class to a post-class cocktail.
Pullover, $86; Tight, $98; splits59.com

 

For The Fitness Fanatic Dad: Flywheel Sports Class Package
Moms who can’t live without indoor cycling classes (like myself!) will love sharing the gift of Flywheel, which has three locations in NYC and two out East. Dads who play team sports or love to watch them will embrace the friendly but competitive nature of these high-energy rides, which also feature weighted-bar lifting.
5 rides for $155, flywheelsports.com

 

For The Pampered Mom: Birchbox Subscription Service
Moms who can’t wait to try every new skincare product on the market will adore Birchbox. Each month, the lucky lady will receive a customized package of deluxe samples from amazing brands like NARS, Fresh, and Kerastase, and then have the option to buy the ones she likes.
6 months for $60, birchbox.com

 

For The Pampered Dad: Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers “The Works” Package
The ultimate gift for any dad in need of a little “me” time, this package from the swanky Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers includes a hot-lather straight-edge shave, scalp massage, haircut, manicure, and shoe shine. What more could a dad want?
$135, trumans-nyc.com

 

For The Fragrance Fiend Mom: Marchesa Parfum D’Extase Eau de Parfum
From Jessica Alba to Naomi Watts, so many hot mamas have rocked Marchesa’s gorgeous gowns on the red carpet. And now New Yorkers can embrace the design house’s glamour on a daily basis with this beautiful fragrance of iris, freesia, jasmine, ambrox, and musks.
$85 (1.7 oz.), sephora.com

 

For The Fragrance Fiend Dad: Cartier Declaration d’Un Soir Eau de Toilette
This latest scent from Cartier is woodsy, masculine, and perfect for the holiday season, with pepper, sandalwood, and a hint of rose. Plus, the intoxicating scent will be as much a gift for moms as it is for dads!
$105 (3.3 oz.); bloomingdales.com

 

For The Techie Mom: Amazon Kindle Fire HD
You can’t gift every book, movie, magazine, and TV show ever made, but with the Kindle Fire HD e-reader, you can come pretty close! With more than 22 million downloadable media options—including the latest Divamoms Book Club picks! —are just a click away.
Starting at $199 (16 GB), amazon.com

 

For The Techie Dad: Apple iPad Mini
The hottest tech gift this season is probably the iPad Mini. Great for dads who travel a lot or commute to work, the new version of the beyond-popular Apple tablet is two inches smaller than the original but includes the same fantastic features, like FaceTime and iSight camera.
Starting at $329 (16G), apple.com

 

For The Snow Bunny Mommy: Crown Cap by Paul Leinburd Red Fox Russian Hat
A beautiful fur hat is the ultimate in cold-weather chic. This sophisticated red fox style will take any woman from a busy day in the Big Apple with the kids to a romantic stroll upstate with a significant other.
$695, barneys.com

 

For The Snow Bunny Daddy: Sorel Boots (various styles available)
A heavy, durable pair of boots is a winter must-have for any man. Your guy will love you this season (and for many to come) when you present him with this classic pair from seasonal staple Sorel.
$200, saks.com

 

For The Style Star Mama: Prabal Gurung for Target + Neiman Marcus Cape
This season’s collaboration between high-end department store Neiman Marcus, mass marketer Target, and some of the top designers in the biz have resulted in some seriously gorgeous styles, including this sequin-accented cape designed by Prabal Gurung.
$79.99, target.com

 

For The Style Star Papa: Calvin Klein Sweater
A neutral color palette and simple yet dynamic print make this sweater a versatile pick for holiday. Dads can pair it with jeans for the weekend or underneath a textured blazer for a fashion-forward twist.
$119, macys.com

 

For The Accessory Addict Mom: Henri Bendel Smoke & Mirrors Chandelier Earrings
The holiday season is the perfect time to add some sparkle to any wardrobe, which these festive gold-plated brass earrings do perfectly. Now you just have to wait for that holiday party invite!
$158, henribendel.com

 

For The Accessory Addict Dad: Fairfax Abstract Square Print Tie
A dad who wears a tie to the office on a daily basis will certainly love adding a more fun, after-hours pick to his collection.
$140, barneys.com

 

For The Traveler Mother: Henri Bendel Disturbed Stripe Train Case
On-the-go moms can fit all their products and small accessories in this chic coated canvas train case, which features four slip pockets, six elasticized bottle containers, and a removable inner tray.
$178,
henribendel.com

 

For The Traveler Father: The Men’s Store at Bloomingdale’s Passport Case
There’s nothing less fashionable than frantically rummaging through a travel bag to find a passport, ID, and credit cards.  Dads who travel frequently will appreciate this beautiful leather case, which also contains five credit card pockets and a money slot. Available in brown, red, gray, or blue.
$115,
bloomingdales.com

Lyss Stern, an Upper East Side mom of two, is the founder of Divalysscious Moms, divamoms.com

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