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The Top 3 Gifts To Give Busy Professionals

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There are probably more than a few people in your life who you struggle to pick out gifts for when you have to find them something for the holidays, a birthday, or other special celebrations. The busiest people you know who you consider to fit the classic “workaholic” archetype might seem like the very toughest people to please. Here are a few gift ideas that are a fantastic fit for the hard workers in your life are bound to love.

  1. Essential Oils

Aromatherapy is a great way for people who have a lot on their plate to recharge their mood. There are a lot of different applications for this type of natural remedy, and virtually all of them are relevant to folks who work long hours. It is a popular aid for relaxing and combating stress. Gentle and soothing scents such lavender and chamomile are an amazing mood enhancer when you’re trying to clear your thoughts or get ready to turn in. When you’re ultra-busy and you need to boost your mental stamina, stimulating scents such as grapefruit or peppermint may support your focus and concentration.

Not all essential oils have the same quality and concentration, so be sure to choose a product made with high-quality ingredients. Young Living Essential Oils are an ideal option because they are sourced sustainably, and the company has a strong commitment to the advancement of fair trade and economic empowerment. The product consists of natural ingredients, and including multiple varieties in your order is surprisingly affordable.

  1. Gourmet Coffee Subscription

If the person who you’re shopping for likes to start their busy workday with a cup of coffee, a subscription for monthly deliveries of gourmet coffee is a wonderfully thoughtful gift. The great thing about this type of selection is that it’s a gift that keeps on giving. A new delivery every month means that the recipient will receive ongoing reminders of your thoughtfulness and generosity.

A big perk of a gourmet coffee subscription is that it gives your friend or family member the opportunity to try new varieties that they otherwise wouldn’t. When it comes to buying coffee, people are typically creatures of habit and buy the same blend all the time. Picking a new brand seems like a gamble, so sticking with one that you like is the safe bet.

Nevertheless, variety is the spice of life. Having more than one blend at home at any given time lets you enjoy a change of pace when you’re up for it. Once more, gourmet blends are definitely a cut above the rest of the lot that you’d find lining supermarket shelves. They’re fresher and artisanally crafted, aiming to please self-professed coffee elitists. Your subscription gourmet coffee gift could turn the recipient onto a new favorite.

This present has a personalized touch because it suits a coffee lover’s unique interests. Hard-working professionals commonly take their coffee seriously, so enriching their regular coffee routine is certainly going to inspire appreciation and joy.

People who are immersed in their career tend to appear too preoccupied or serious to take delight in simple pleasures, and you may find your gift giving options a little more limited.

  1. Memory Foam Slippers

Folks who have to be hard at work for eight hours or more every day usually relish getting home and kicking off their shoes to rest their worn-out feet. However, padding around the house barefoot isn’t a particularly ergonomic thing to do, comfy though it may seem. This is particularly true on hard flooring surfaces such as concrete or marble. The very comfiest thing to do isn’t going barefoot or just wearing socks. Instead, putting on a pair of ultra-soft and supportive memory foam slippers is the most effective way to soothe sore feet. Having memory foam under your soles and arches feels like walking on a smushy cloud.

For this to be a viable gift option, you’ll need to know the shoe size of the person who you’re buying it for. Many slippers come in S, M, L sizes rather than numbered sizes, but packaging or product descriptions generally tell you which letter size corresponds with numbered sizes.

Ultimately, try to decide on a gift that has practical utility but also pampers. It’s the perfect way to please busy, career-driven professionals.

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The Perfect Travel and Summer Sandal

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Ipanema sandals are based in Brazil, and the sandal is named after one of the most famous beaches worldwide. Ipanema sandals are made with a durable Flexpand 100% recyclable plastic and use at least 30% recycled materials, while 99% of all factory waste is recycled or reused.

I Turkey this summer. Last year I really needed a sandal that looked great but handled well in water. Have you ever notice that a lot of summer shoes slip and slide when it rains? Also the beaches of the Mediterian  They take up no room in suitcase or a purse, are incredibly light being that they are all made of rubber. It feels like you are wearing nothing at all, yet are sturdy. These are perfect and you will not need another pair of sandals for anything.

I got the Ipanema Women’s Class Edge Glow Sandals ($32). The Ipanema Shimmer sandals are so soft, and feel great. They are silent when you walk in them, with no noise on the ground and no noise of anything hitting your foot. They also have a section on top that connects to the band around your ankle; this is the shimmer part. The strap is adjustable and o nce adjusted you do not need to undo it each time, making them very easy to slip on since the material is so stretchy.

I will definitely be ordering more.

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The Sweetest Mother’s Day Gifts

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This Mother’s Day there are so many sweet ways to show you love her. Some of our favorite treats are on sale now.

M&M’s Mom Dispenser

Create personalized M&M’S chocolate candies to fill this dispenser for Mom’s birthday or Mother’s Day.

Your customized treats will be delivered by the handful with every twist of the turnkey.

The taste is the tried and true that you always love. With bright colors and fun prints, Mom will love everything about this treat. It’s a perfect gift with a keepsake candy dispenser that can be used again and again. Truly the gift that keeps giving.

Ethel M Chocolates 5-Piece Truffle Sampler

Truffles are always the answer! Our favorite flavors are now available in a NEW 5-piece Sampler Collection. Creamy, rich ganache filling is expertly coated by gourmet dark, milk or white chocolate shells. Made in the traditional style from a cream and butter-based chocolate ganache, each exquisite chocolate gem offers an exploration of flavor in every bite. 

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Cover art by Zoe Schaeffer on Unsplash

 

 

 

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M is for the. . . 

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Many ways you can show your mother, or the mother of your children, or anyone who is like a mother to you, just how much you appreciate and love them. Here are a few suggestions that will make you the hero of Mother’s Day! 

Back by popular demand is Jessica Sherr in her sold-out one-woman show entitled Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies.  Sherr is a joy to watch as she reveals faces of this legendary actress you’ve never seen—her disappointments, her sorrows. 

Her characterization is so spot on that you’ll want to hug her when Bette is hurt and cheer for her when she’s on top of the world. Sherr’s ability to convey the mercurial nature of this iconic star is a marvel to behold.   

Don’t miss her this time around—it’s a real tour de force performance and one every mother will love. Sherr will be performing this well-written and gorgeously performed piece at the Triad on West 72nd Street on May 15 only.   If you’re in a sentimental mood this year, you’re invited to an Unveiling of The Baby Promise, An Elegant Collection of Mother’s Promise Rings, by Shana Farr on Thursday, May 9th from 5 – 7 pm at The Players, 16 Gramercy Park South. You may recognize Shana from her many cabaret appearances both here and abroad. Not only is she an accomplished actress and singer, but a mother and accomplished jewelry designer as well.   

Shana and Austin

What is the Baby Promise? It’s a vow she wrote when her son, Austin, was born and it lovingly expresses what every mother wishes for her child, and for herself, but never fully articulates. The complete version is available in a book she wrote of the same name, featuring artwork by–who else?–Austin. The Baby Promise Ring is a reminder of that sacred bond between a mother and child, exquisitely executed and available through Amazon.  Check it out at Thebabypromise.com.   

The ring is the quintessential way to express gratitude to the mother of your children; it comes with a copy of the book and is a perfect gift for any expectant mother.   

John Bolton

John Bolton

And if the lady you wish to honor is a fan of road trips, take her to the Bucks County Playhouse in Doylestown, PA for Noises Off, starring John Bolton.  It’s a quick ride from New York by car, with lots of interesting see there, like the Hammerstein home Highland Farms, or the shops in nearby Lambertville. Lots of fresh produce is available from roadside farmers. Or go in the other direction up to the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, about two hours from the city. There you’ll have your choice of The Mystery of Edwin Drood starring Lenny Wolpe or A Complicated Woman with Klea Blackhurst.  You can’t miss! 

And if you insist on staying close to home, Lucky Stiff  by Flaherty & Ahrens is being brought to us by J2 Spotlight performing on West 45th Street. You can take her on Mother’s Day for the 3 pm matinee.    

As for me, my son and I play to celebrate by singing along to our favorite Broadway CDs while we play Scrabble. I just hope he lets me win at least once. 

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Bonnie Comley, ART TO WARE and ChaShaMa Present Nothing to Wear

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Until April 30th Bonnie Comley, ART TO WARE and ChaShaMa Present Nothing to Wear in Port Authority’s 41st Street building.

Bonnie Comley and Anita Durst

Bonnie is a three-time Tony Award-winning producer. She has, also, won an Olivier Award and two Drama Desk Awards for her stage productions. She is on the Board President of The Drama League as well as a full member of The Broadway League and the Audience Engagement and Education Committee.

Nothing to Wear

Comley has produced over 40 films, winning five Telly Awards and one W3 Award. She is the founder and CEO of BroadwayHD, the world’s premier online streaming platform delivering over 300 premium live productions to theatre fans globally. Now she is an artist presenting her work at ART TO WARE (A2W) a wearable Art Gallery that curates up-cycled, hand-made, one-of-a-kind statement pieces to be seen, loved and taken home!

Bonnie Comley and Lelie Ware

Founded in 2021 by Lesley Ware, this Black-owned and women-run small business carries small-batch, socially conscious, up-cycled, and locally-made wearables and gifts. A2W curates an environment of creativity, acceptance, and collaboration within a dynamic retail setting that showcases the work of artists, designers, and creative visionaries.

Making this all happen is ChaShaMa and Anita Durst who helps create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive world by partnering with property owners to transform unused real estate. Currently, they present 150 events a year, have workspace for 120 artists, and have developed 80 workshops in under served communities. They award 11 million worth of real estate to artists, subsidizes 300 artist work spaces, provide over 215 free art classes, gives 200 artists free space to present and upport over 75 businesses with free space.

Nothing to Wear is a provocative look at our relationship with our clothing choices as it pertains to our self image, fast fashion and textile waste. It challenges the fashion industry to create an alternative to current business models and the global appetite for consumption and asks viewers to question dress codes like the current policing of women in political office.

Jose Febrillet from Port Authority

 

 

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FAO Schwarz Launches Teddy Bear for enCourage Kids Fundraising

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This is the cuddly gift that keeps giving.

FAO’s flagship store in the heart of New York City has launched the sale of a new look on Teddy with an enCourage Kids’ partnership. The high-quality plush toy is for the Send a Smile, Send a Bear program. Right now, Teddy is on sale at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Teddy will soon be able to help even more pediatric patients navigate the stress of treatment, illness, and hospitalization. The program also delivers stuffed animal bears to hospital partners nationwide to help pediatric patients navigate the stress of treatment, illness, and hospitalization.

FAO’s motto is to be a source of wonder for each new generation, along with being a relentless supporter of quality and innovation in the life of every child. enCourage Kids envision a world where every child experience joy, hope and emotional healing along their medical journey. Together, we look forward to providing each child with this Bear, the ultimate symbol of hope, strength and courage.

Since 1985, enCourage Kids Foundation has helped humanize healthcare for children and their families by resourcing impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the child life community. Serving more than one million children annually, enCourage Kids is focused on making hospitals a better place to get better.

 

Photos by Mychal Watts

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