Janelle's top Mother's Day gift ideas

May 5, 2010 2:50:43 PM PDT
What does mom want for Mother's Day? Janelle shares her top gift ideas, all from Bay Area companies.

Local companies featured in the segment:

Julie Tuton

San Francisco designer Julie Tuton takes Goddess Jewelry to a new level. In a previous life she was the personal jeweler for Cleopatra and now every woman can bring out the goddess within by wearing a piece from her collection.

Not just for the elite, her wearable fashions range from simple and delicate, to whimsical and flamboyant. Either way the woman that wears her collection feels empowered to show up with confidence and allow the admiration of others, which in turn increases their receiving in all areas of life. She has a unique approach to her art.

Julie will get a feeling from the energy of the gemstones and how they would like to be created. Many times she will have visions of new collections. When designing a custom piece, she gets a sense of that woman's essence, and creates a unique piece that will truly allow her to bloom.

She has been creating jewelry and art gifts for over 19 years under her business name Arcadian Design. She has seen the success of her work featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1998.

Many celebs including Cybill Shepherd, Cindy Crawford, Danielle Steel, the president of Lucas Film, and producer of Avatar own pieces of her work. Julie has a showroom/studio in downtown San Francisco and ships to galleries and boutiques worldwide.

Earrings start at $40. Necklaces start at $68.

Julie Tuton Trunk Show
Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8
Noon-3 p.m.
Tiller Digs at the fountain
Corte Madera Town Center

For more information about Julie, go to www.julietuton.com

elizabethW:

Formerly an architect, Albert Nichols named his San Francisco perfumery after Elizabeth Wightman, his great-grandmother. In the 1800s, she founded a ranch in the Sierra Nevadas, when neither grace nor style were required or desired.

She was the obvious inspiration for his business. Established as a traditional perfumery, the elizabethW brand has expanded to include exquisite and original collections for bath, body, and home, through the founder's commitment to quality fragrances, superb ingredients, and innovative design.

Uniquely elizabethW, all products are designed by Albert and created onsite in our Russian Hill workshop. They are available at San Francisco's favorite fragrance house "elizabethW Ghirardelli Square" as well as exclusive boutiques and resorts worldwide.

Celebrity clients include Oprah Winfrey, Christina Aguilera, Naomi Watts, Sharon Stone, and Barbra Streisand.

For more information, go to www.elizabethw.com

  • Magnolia Bath Pouch - $12 regular price
  • Poppy Sleep Mask - $20 regular price
  • Magnolia Body Lotion - $24 regular price
  • Magnolia Perfume Candle - $30 regular price
  • Lavender Drawer Liner - $32 regular price
  • Rose Drawer Liner - $32 regular price
  • Cedar Drawer Liner - $32 regular price
  • Poppy Hot/Cold Flaxseed Pack - $38 regular price
  • Poppy Buckwheat Neck Pillow - $48 regular price
  • Magnolia Diffuser - $85 regular price
We're also offering 15% discount for online orders at elizabethW.com only, valid through May 9. Viewers must enter promotional code MOM2010.

Caroline Chu

Beauty begins on the inside and Caroline Chu, Inc. creates innovative, luxurious products centered on overall well - being. Using the highest quality natural ingredients available, our products represent what beauty should be like straight forward and effortless. Our philosophy is to promote women of all ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles, to feel confident and empowered.

Caroline traveled and did research all over the world and fell in love with the simplicity of all-natural skincare methods-fresh botanicals with no complex chemicals-that were both rejuvenating and extremely affordable.

Caroline believes that beauty is not just about appearances, but embracing the feeling of empowerment and comfort in one's own skin. Caroline Chu Skin Care & Cosmetics hopes to reach a wide audience of woman, and inspire them to feel the same.

Caroline Chu, Inc. was independently founded in January of 2007, and is currently pre-launching in Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

For more information, go to www.carolinechu.com

Minted

Minted is an online stationery company whose mission is to eradicate the boring and tired in the field of stationery design. They're based right here in San Francisco -- in fact, they're just around the corner from our studio!

Minted 'crowd-sources' their designs through monthly design competitions, entered by hundreds of professional designers from around the world. Consumers and designers alike vote to tell Minted what to sell.

Minted offers invitations, announcements, and stationery for all of life's special events, printed on thick, highest-quality paper-and for all of our green viewers out there, they also offer 100% recycled paper for a small premium. This spring, Minted offers an assortment of over 60 carefully selected women's personal stationery designs.

Starting at $35 for 15 cards that come in an embossed white box, they make a perfect gift for mom or mother-in-law.

Minted also offers chic matching address labels for the perfect finishing touch. In addition to personal stationery, Minted offers wedding invitations, holiday cards, shower invitations, birth announcements, birthday party invitations, and party invitations. 15 personalized cards in a nice white box are just $35.

For more information, go to www.minted.com

FFIT Bags

This is your diaper bag, gym bag, farmer's market bag, purse, overnight bag, beach bag, you name it bag! FFIT Bags are unique and versatile, "ffit" for today's multi-tasking women.

Every bag is hand crafted with a combination of new and repurposed materials. It's durable for indoor and outdoor use. Both interior and exterior nylon fabrics are highly abrasion resistant and waterproof.

All cotton portions have been treated with a "green" product formulated for UV protection/stain resistance/waterproofing. There is unique embroidered detailing. It's ergonomic, which means it distributes weight, reduces shoulder slip, and contours to the body. And it opens wide, so it's easy to see inside.

There are a variety of pockets to fit your needs. (e.g. Nalgene/standard sized water bottle, pens, wallet, keys, phone, etc.)

There is also nickel plated hardware and magnetic snap closure. This is your purse, diaper bag, gym bag, farmer's market bag, beach bag, you name it bag!

FFIT Bags are rugged, water-resistant and made from 20% repurposed materials.

Prices start at $158.

For more information, go to www.ffitbags.com

CaliBowl

The CaliBowl is a new bowl design which will change the way we eat. The bowl is designed with an inward-curving lip which, like a wave, pushes all the food back onto whatever you're eating with (e.g. utensil, chip,etc.) to create a no-spill result.

The features include a no-spill lip with an optimized angle for easy and mess free eating. No need to chase your food with your fingers anymore.

It's go an ergonomic ledge for drinking, holding and pouring, non-slip bottom which keeps bowl attached to the table. It's also durable and unbreakable. It's microwave safe, dishwasher safe and BPA Free.

The round bottom allows for complete and total consumption leaving behind no remnants.

Bowl sets range from $9.99 - $39.99.

For more information, go to www.calibowl.com

Lifefactory

Completely BPA free, the Lifefactory adult vessel mimics the superior design of the child bottle and is secured in a vibrant silicone sleeve that is 100% non-toxic and helps prevent breakage.

The sleeve offers stellar gripping capabilities for easy toting and can be boiled or put in the dishwasher for convenient disinfecting. The bottle is also equipped with a wide entry for effortless cleaning and even allows essentials such as ice cubes, tea bags or citrus slices to be simply added to your liquid.

The glass make-up of the reusable bottle means what you see is what you get. Glass is a nonporous material containing zero harmful chemicals and does not scratch, significantly reducing bacterial growth. With Lifefactory bottles you will never experience any type of leaching into your liquid nor will you ever be left with a metallic taste.

Best of all, glass is a low impact raw material that is readily abundant, easy to process and 100% recyclable, which is minimally taxing on our environment.

The retail price is $22 and the best place to buy is on-line or at the Sports Basement in San Francisco. They have the best selection.

For more information, go to www.lifefactory.com

DESARIE purse organizer insert

Switching purses has never been so easy! Just one motion transfers everything from one purse to another! Organizes your life and handbag with pockets that fit all of your essentials. Also perfect for diaper bags, backpacks, and gym bags. A clever gift for mom. Available in 2 sizes, your choice of trim color.

Small $25/Large $30

Picture Perfect Purse by DESARIE

Transform your favorite photo into a Picture Perfect Purse! Same photo on both sides of the purse. Your choice of full color, black & white, or sepia, and the color of the leather trimming. The perfect gift guaranteed to give an ear to ear smile every time your mom looks at her purse! Price ranging from $90.00 to $150.00.

About Desarie Sy de Borja:

Desarie honed her art skills at the Academy Art University in San Francisco. She loves designing & being able to create. Her inspiration comes from simple, everyday moments and pleasures, her family, and the love and friendship that surround her. Desarie also enjoys milk chocolate, badminton, & a good laugh. Cupcakes always puts a smile on her face.

Receive free shipping any where in the U.S. on your entire purchase for the month of May! Just send me an email "seen on View From the Bay" and you will get the full shipping refund!

For more information, go to www.desarie.com

Sea Star Underwater Portraits

Sea Star Underwater Portraits is a photography company specializing in childrens portraits -- underwater. Known for her creativity, technical expertise and gentle touch, award-winning photojournalist and Sea Star Underwater founder Abigail Smigel has created thousands of underwater images of children.

Whether as part of a swim school, swim team, party portraits or private session, Sea Star creates truly unique images of children experiencing the pure joy and freedom of water.

For more information, go to www.seastarportraits.com


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