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Mother's Day Gift Guide: Pampering Essentials

With all the wonderful things mom has done for us, isn’t it only fair that we pamper her every once in a while? This Mother’s Day, get her a gift that will wrap her in comfy luxury. After all, mom deserves a little R&R!

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1. Beadhead Stretch Cami & Pant Set,2. P.J. Salvage Cocktails PJ Set, 3. Lacoste Smash Robe, 4. Bliss Hot Salt Scrub,5. Me! Bath Mini Ice Cream, 6. Betsey Johnson I Heart Slippers

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Mother's Day Gift Guide: The Gourmet Goddess

For the mom who loves to work her magic in the kitchen, a gift of a fabulous kitchen gadget is not only thoughtful; you reap some benefits from it, too!

Mom’s culinary talents will shine even brighter with a few quality kitchen essentials in her arsenal. Maybe she’ll even whip you up a delicious treat for giving her such a great Mother’s Day gift!

Check out a few of our favorite kitchen helpers that mom will surely love:

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1. Wusthof Gourmet 7-Piece Block Set, 2. Le Creuset 5-Piece Signature Set, 3. DeLonghi Hand Blender Set, 4. Higbury Bistro de Paris 4-Piece Bowl Set, 5. Le Creuset 4.5 Qt Casserole, 6. Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer

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Staff Picks: Mother's Day Gifts

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Zappos employees ham it up during our Mother's Day Picks photoshoot.

Mom definitely deserves more than just one day out of the year in her honor; all those sleepless nights, all the lunches she’s packed for us over the years, and the countless rides to soccer games and the mall—we think she’s better than any superhero!

However, since there’s only one designated Mother’s Day, it’s your chance to really make it count. Show her your appreciation with thoughtful gifts she won’t have to fake enthusiasm for!

We asked this week’s Zappos employee “models” about their own moms (and wife) and their gift picks for her. To get a real mom’s perspective, we also threw in Sunshine who is a mom of two.

Cheers to all you moms out there! We love you!

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What was the best/craziest/most creative gift you have ever given your mom for Mother’s Day?

T: I surprised her with a huge bouquet of tulips last year. I'm bad about forgetting holidays, so she was genuinely shocked that I remembered! 

What is your fondest, most cherished memory of your mom?

T: I had a lot of hearing problems when I was a kid, and I remember her putting her hands over my ears and praying for me every day. 

What three words best describe her as a mom?

T: Affectionate, self-sacrificing, and fun! 

What three things are currently on your Mother’s Day gift list?

T:  Essie 6 Piece Mega Mini Color Cube in Winter , Dooney & Bourke Lambskin Collection O-Ring Shopper , UGG Coquette

 

 

 

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What was the best/craziest/most creative gift you have ever given your mom for Mother’s Day?

D: Five years ago my brother, dad, and myself bought my mom a Jack Russell Terrier puppy for Mother’s Day. His name is Rusty.

What is your fondest, most cherished memory of your mom?

D: Going to the mountains with her.

What three words best describe her as a mom?

D: Loving, Cheerful, Humble 

What three things are currently on your Mother’s Day gift list?

D: Keen Coronado sandals,  LeSportsac Cosmetic Bag Combo , Lucky Brand Garden Stack Ring Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What was the best/craziest/most creative gift you (or your kids) have ever given your wife for Mother’s Day?

S: The gift of making her a mother! 

It’s Mother’s Day morning—what is the first thing you and the kids do to greet mom for her special day?

S: Hugs and kisses.  

 What three words best describe her as a mom?

S: Best Mom Ever.

What three things are currently on your Mother’s Day gift list?

S: Volcom All Day Long Creedlers Sandals, Michael Kors MK5038 Watch, Michael Kors MK5216 Watch

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What was the best/craziest/most creative gift your kids have ever given you for Mother’s Day?

S:  They always make me breakfast in bed. It's fun to listen to them "cooking" downstairs while they think I'm still sleeping. One year I got to eat soggy Cherrios, gummy worms and a Diet Coke.

Describe each of your kids in three words (each):

S:  Scarlett: Independent, willful, wise. Zack: Empathetic, funny, lovable.  

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?

S: They give me purpose. Everything I do is for them.  

What three things are currently on your Mother’s Day wish list? (Kids, pay attention!):

S: Kitchenaid 5-Quart Artisan Design Series Stand Mixer, Fossil Flight Chronograph Watch , Ray-Ban New Wayfarer

 

 

 

Check out our Gifts page for more gifts ideas for mom!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Kids

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BOYS: 1. Quiksilver Kids JP Hat, 2. Heelys Wave, 3. LEGO Kids Star Wars Darth Vader Minifigure Clock, 4. Heys Disney 18" Fiber Optic Toy Story Playtime Rolling Luggage, 5. adidas Kids Youth Condivo Training Jacket, 6. Razor Siege Caster Scooter

GIRLS: 1. Roxy Kids Frolic Wristlet, 2. Heelys Sassy, 3. Ugg Kids Cardy, 4. Billabong Kids Beach Bliss Zip-Up Hoodie, 5. Skip Hop Zoo Backpack, 6. Heys Disney Fairies Fiber Optic Lights Carry-on

Make the kids on your gift list merry with some of the coolest gifts around. From the must-have boots on the school campus to the coolest Heelys on the block, put a smile on their face with a gift from our Kids' Gifts shop!

There’s still time to get those gifts shipped, wrapped and under the tree. Make sure to order before 1PM PST this Friday to ensure delivery before Christmas!

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Shopping Guide: Family Resort Destination

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GIRLS:

1. Lilly Pulitzer Kids Little Lilly Shift Dress, 2. Roxy Kids Shoreline Double Tiki Tri Set, 3. O’Neill Kids Reactor Spring wetsuit

BOYS:

1. Quiksilver Kids Public Assembly Tee, 2. DC Kids Campaign Boardshort, 3. O’Neill Kids Reactor Spring wetsuit

MOM:

1. Athena Heavenly Fashion One Piece, 2. Tommy Bahama Leaf Halter Bandeau Dress/Coverup, 3. Lucy Love Hard Rock Maxi Dress, 4. Flojos Foxy 2-Pair Flip Flop Pack

DAD:

1. Element Weekend Men’s Tank Top, 2. Billabong Shoots Boardshort, 3.Tommy Bahama Happy Huladays Swim Trunk, 4. Reef Draftsmen sandals

Have you and your family been plagued with the winter blues? Perhaps it’s time for an escape to a tropical beach destination! When you fly south for the winter, make sure to stock up on some beach-worthy staples for the entire family.

From boardshorts to bikinis, Zappos has your warm-weather essentials from your favorite brands for that welcome beach getaway. Our free and hassle-free shipping means you can spend more time planning those beach excursions and working on your tan!

Shop even more beach styles for the whole family in our Rideshop Surf page.

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How I Survived My Cross-Country Move

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Two weeks ago, my family made the big move from Phoenix, Arizona to New Hampshire. In case you're wondering, it was about 2,700 miles. Now, for those of you who have done a cross-country move before, I commend you! Those 4 days were the most exhausting, patience-testing days of my life. Not only did we have a van full luggage, 2 dogs, and our 10-year- old daughter, but we also had our daughter's harp (why should couldn't play something compact like the harmonica or recorder, is beyond me!), miscellaneous items that we couldn't live without for a week ,and lots of snacks for the long drive.

After going through the ordeal of driving 12-13 hour days with lots of stops along the way, I compiled a list of things from Zappos.com that would have made the drive so much easier:

Kavu Mini Travel Bag - First of all, isn't the pattern the cutest? You won't have to go groping through your entire suitcase for your toiletries, encountering items that you probably didn't want to touch along the way, and everything will stay nice and neat. Love it.

Eagle Creek Sandman Travel Pillow - My neck is still tilted towards my shoulder from taking naps while my husband was driving. I’m definitely using this travel pillow on my next trip!

Eagle Creek Quick View Travel Clock - I hate waking up in the middle of the night in a strange place and madly searching for my phone or watch to check the time. This portable alarm clock glows in the dark, and is perfect for checking to make sure you haven't overslept. And the alarm function is an added bonus to avoid having to remember to call in those wake-up calls, like a certain someone might have forgotten a time or two.

Eagle Creek Travel Ear Plugs - I wouldn't know what it's like at all, but I hear that some people have spouses who snore. These ear plugs might be really good for those people. They're also great for keeping the noise out when catching a snooze while on the road.

Tumi Flashlight Key Fob
- I can't tell you how many times we had to run to the car in the dark to grab something essential that we forgot to bring into the hotel room. Of course, it was never my fault that this happened, since I knew where everything was located! It was those other family members who wouldn't listen to where I said this or that was located. But I digress. This flashlight fits easily on your keyring so you'll always have it with you, and will help you avoid falling over curbs. Not that  I did that!

I'm still at the point where I curl into the fetal position upon seeing a car, but eventually I'm hoping to overcome that and take a roadtrip again. I'd love to know what travel accessories are on your must-have list!

Amy Lowe is founder of The Mom Hood, a blog about all her new (and entertaining) experiences living the country life in New Hampshire. She can be reached at themomhood@gmail.com.

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Bundle Up in Style: The Cutest Kids' Jackets

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BOYS: 1. Diesel Kids Jiful Jacket, 2. Alpha Industries Kids Mini McGyver, 3. Alpha Industries Kids Maverick Bomber, 4. Diesel Kids Jibett Jacket, 5. Alpha Industries Kids Quentin Quilted Jacket

GIRLS: 6. Kate Mack French Accent Poly Jacket w/ Fur Collar, 7. Ella Moss Girl Duncan Jacket, 8. Charlie Rocket Long Slub Fleece Coat, 9. Alpha Industries Kids Blair Bubble Jacket, 10. le top Kids Purrfectly Pink Faux Fur Jacket

Bundling up doesn’t have to mean plain, boring jackets! Welcome in the chilly weather with these totally stylish kids’ outerwear! Your little ones can partake in this season’s hottest trends like military-inspired, aviation-inspired and faux fur trim just by putting on a fall necessity.

You may never have to utter the words “Put your jacket on! It’s cold outside!” With jackets this cute, they may not want to take them off!

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Make it a Winter Wonderland with Obermeyer Kids

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1. Obermeyer Kids Sheer Bliss Jacket, 2. Obermeyer Kids Snoverall , 3. Obermeyer Kids Alice Jacket, 4. Obermeyer Kids Peace Suit, 5. Obermeyer Kids Giant Slalom Jacket, 6. Obermeyer Kids Kismit Jacket

Got big plans for a family winter trip this year? Make sure your little ones are ready to hit the bunny slopes with stylish and performance-driven Obermeyer Kids ski clothing!

With cool styles and kid-friendly features packed into each Obermeyer Kids jacket, suit and snow pant, it’s going to be a fun-filled winter for sure!