Healthy Back Bag; Stewart/Stand Stainless steel wallet; myWalit; pinch provisions; gift giving; handbags; wallets

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenLast month, I had the opportunity to visit the NY NOW Show – The Market for Lifestyle, Home + Gift – at the Javits Center in New York City. This  group hosts a winter and summer show each year. It’s geared to retailers, but they let the media attend too.

After a positive response to my holiday gift-giving guide, I thought I would walk the February NY NOW Show and bring back ideas for spring gift giving. Whether you’re in need of a birthday present for a friend, seeking ideas for Mother’s Day, or just want to treat yourself to something fun because you deserve it (and you do), I hope you’ll like my offerings. Maybe JudiBoomergirl’s gift guides will become as popular as Oprah’s monthly “O List” – you think?

For Those Who Love Handcrafted Jewelry

NY NOW Show; jewelry; Becoming jewelry; gift giving

There were many handcrafted jewels at the NY NOW Show.

“Handmade with love and sandy hands” as their tagline says, Dune Jewelry, the Original Beach Sand Jewelry Company®, captures sand from different beaches in their jewels. You can even customize a piece with your own sand.
 Tara and Laurie from Hazel + Harmony make stackable bracelets inspired by the energy of semiprecious stones and minerals.
You’ll be motivated by the words on the bracelets, earrings and necklaces from Becoming, a line of jewelry from Maine entrepreneur Tracey Graves.
Whitney Howard Designs makes all types of jewelry. I was attracted to their Acai Seeds of Life Bracelets in multiple colors.
Bella Vita Jewelry from Arkansas creator Brandy Thomason McNair features “artisan jewelry with an eye for design and a love of all things vintage.”

For Storing Your Jewelry and Accessories

Umbra accessories; gift giving; NY NOW Show

Contemporary and playful ways to store your jewels and scarves

Umbra makes modern and functional solutions for your closet, bath, walls, and more. Isn’t this Audrey Freestanding Metal Wire Frame Scarf and Jewelry Organizer a “must have” for your closet or to keep out in the open in your bedroom? I’m definitely adding it to my “to buy” list. Or if you just want a cool scarf hanger, check out the Pendant Square.

For Those Who Desire Luxurious Slippers To Cover Your Feet

Goody Goody shoes; gift giving; NY NOW Show

Cover your feet in pretty slippers.

From Goody Goody, these adorable slippers come in women’s, girl’s, and infant’s sizes. Each item is handcrafted with beautiful silks and exquisite embellishments.

For Those Who Want (Not Need) An Extra Handbag or Wallet

Healthy Back Bag; Stewart/Stand Stainless steel wallet; myWalit; pinch provisions; gift giving; handbags; wallets

A boomer girl can never have too many handbags or wallets.

The Healthy Back Bag is great for your life after 50. It’s designed to mold to the shape of your back, minimizing the strain on your spine, neck and shoulders.
 The Copacabana collection of Italian leather handbags and accessories from mywalit will brighten up your style for spring and summer.
Stainless Steel Wallets and cardholders from STEWART/STAND have RFID blocking protection from credit card and ID theft.
 Mini essentials kits with everything from dental floss, to emery boards, to earring backs, and more were on display from Pinch Provisions.  These small gifts may prove to be a lifesaver for emergencies on-the-go. You’ll want to keep one in your handbag at all times.

For Yoga, Zen, and Spa Time

spa gifts; snow globes; rock cotton tees; spa sisters; gift giving

Spa gifts to help you get zen at home.

Sonoma Lavender offers a variety of hot/cold therapy wraps, diffusers, sachets, candles  and body elixers in scents of lavender, eucalyptus, and ocean aire.
Spa Sister sells cute hair covers for the bath or shower.
You’ll “zen out” when you shake these Cool Snow Globes. Soon they will be available in smaller sizes. I just love, love, love snow globes.
These ombre tees from Rock Cotton are so comfortable for yoga or just lounging around. Made of 100% cotton, they are available in new spring pastels.

For The Beach and Pool

the beach people; beach towels; flip flops; Jayes Studio; turkish t; Baja Zen

Is it summer yet?

Being a beach person, I gravitated to these aztec and seashell roundie beach towels from the beach people. I thought their circular shape was unique and would be easy to spot in a crowd. Jute bags, leather towel holders, and beach carts are also available.
For those who like a tie-dyed look, check out Baja Zen. The towels are made of soft and comfy cotton. Baja Zen also makes tie-dyed totes, eye soothers, and candles. I stopped by Turkish T too, which makes high-quality beach candy and attire in soft Turkish terry.
 During the summer, I’m constantly tripping over everyone’s flip-flops at my condo-on-the-corner at the shore. When I saw these cute flip flop and sunscreen pails  from Jayes Studio, I immediately thought of the perfect spot on my indoor patio. Jayes has other nice home decor for housewarming gifts.

For Your Bohemian Attire

Rising Tide; NY NOW Show, scarves, artisan products

Rising Tide scarves, tops, and bags are made by artisans from the developing world.

When you shop Rising Tide, you help a community thrive. The company’s mission is to assist in creating products from the developing world that can be marketed in the USA while at the same time, improving the living standards of the low income artisans that make these items. Their team works with the artisans to meld traditional textiles and  techniques (such as weaving, knitting, and felting) to create beautiful scarves, bags and tops.

Happy shopping! 

Judi