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UltimateMama always likes to bring a little something when stopping by a friend’s home.  These hostess gifts are usually quite unexpected but definitely greatly appreciated.  Recently, UltimateMama found chocolate boxes from MarieBelle New York really bring smiles no matter what time of year! Her favorite are the 4 piece chocolate ganache blue box sets which feature beautiful designs on hand-made chocolate.

UltimateMama and her children always bring flowers to thank generous hostesses and hosts for their hospitality and kindness.  No matter the season, UltimateMama selects (or picks) the perfect flowers and arranges them into a unique container for a sophisticated presentation. Sometimes the vase may be crystal or glass, but many times painted water pitchers or rustic metal buckets add an extra splash of sunshine to someone’s day. Amber Waves farm in Amagansett, New York has some lovely ideas for floral arrangements in clever containers that will make the recipient smile.









Recently, Ultimate Mama was in Austin, Texas and visited Kendra Scott’s aesthetically gorgeous store location on South Congress Avenue. Not only were the salespeople extremely friendly, but also very helpful.  There were so many beautiful gifts for girls, tweens, teens, and women of all ages.  The Elisa gold pendant necklace in rose quartz at $55 was a huge hit with some of my younger teen daughter’s friends.  My older teen loved the Brooke cuff bracelet in gold at $60. Look for new collections each season!

UltimateMama found the perfect party favors for her child’s first high school tennis match. Teammates were thrilled to get a few nice tennis gifts, including:

Racquet Inc. Tennis Ball Scrunchies

Nike Wristbands

Reusable Tennis Tumbler (personalized)

Hershey’s Kisses with Tennis Stickers (added by UltimateMama)



UltimateMama loves these cute emoji headbands for girls!  Perfect for holiday gifts, birthday gifts, or party favors!  Beautifully crafted with a hip and trendy emoji ribbon bow for  your favorite emoji lover.  Buy your emoji headband on Etsy today before they are gone.



UltimateMama does not believe the tooth fairy should break the bank when flying in to deliver her gift of money to children. She has heard urban legends of NYC tooth fairies gifting kids upwards of $50 per lost tooth! NOT happening at UltimateMama’s house!

The tooth fairy for UltimateMama’s girls leaves a fresh, crisp $2 bill each time she picks up a tooth! The gift of a two dollar bill gives UltimateMama a lot to talk to her girls about in the morning given the rarity of such a bill that has President Thomas Jefferson on its face!

Whether you celebrate Easter, school graduations, birthdays, or any other special occassion this Spring season UltimateMama recommends you create a clever, easy gift basket that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to your budget!

Take a look at these great Ultimate Spring Gift Baskets that contain items such as:

– Fun lace dresses from H&M

Melissa and Doug binoculars

Melissa and Doug painting kits

– Fun jewelry from The Children’s Place

– An egg full of chocolates

With Father’s Day right around the corner UltimateMama offers up a few suggestions for Father’s Day 2011:

– help your child create a paper doll of daddy

– take advantage of the free shipping offer at J.Crew with code: FREESHIP and pick up some blue gingham boxers or nautical socks

– buy him a classic dress shirt with french cuffs from Charles Tyrwhitt (many shirts are reduced to $39 from $139)

– assist your child in the kitchen and offer him a special afternooon snack of manchego cheese with quince paste 

– create a photo memory scrapbook with your child and include tickets from concerts, sporting events, plays, and other excursions

– surprise him with tickets to a baseball game, tennis match, or show

– order a personalized apron for daddy from allheartchefs

– get him a tee time at a GREAT golf course

UltimateMama believes manners should be taught early!  A child is never too young to receive personalized stationary that they can use for “thank you” cards and the like. 

UltimateMama loves for its unique designs for children.  One can personalize folded notes and single page cards with names and eveCheck out the “clearance” section for big savings!

UltimateMama believes that gifts really do not have to be expensive…especially in this tough economy.  Let mommy know how much you appreciate her with one of these inexpensive Ultimate Mother’s Day gifts:

– Balloon bouquet using her favorite colors or the colors of her alma mater (this one would bring a smile the face of any mommy who attended the University of Michigan)

– Homemade card with lots of glitter and sequins

– Handmade coupon book (for breakfast in bed, a tea party, or a back rub)

– Basket of nice smelling hand lotions

– Beaded bracelet or necklace – made by the child

– Fresh flower arrangement or even a silk flower arrangement

– Potted plant

– Vase painted by the children

– Fingerprint art done by the kids

– Shoebox diorama made by the little ones of mommy’s favorite city or top vacation destination (just cut out pictures from magazines or newspapers and glue them on an old shoebox)

– Photo gifts such as key chains, mouse pads, tote bags, calendars, books, puzzles, posters, etc.

– Story books written and illustrated by the little ones