2021 Gift Guide for Moms, Dads, and Grads


By Christopher Cussat

The months of May and June can sometimes catch gift givers off guard. With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, as well as high school and college graduations, there are suddenly many people to shop for in your life in such a short time span.

To help our readers, Senior Outlook Today has prepared its 8th Annual Gift Guide for Moms, Dads and Grads:

Tough as a Mother Tribe

Parents…Do you remember what you used to envision parenting would be like, before you had kids? Maybe you pictured it as sitting on a park bench, sipping extra foamy latte in the trendiest clothes (with no stains), with your trendy diaper bag sitting beside you. It would be nothing short of a dream (are you laughing yet? Yeah… me too)

Jennifer Cervantes, founder and CEO of jewelry brand Tough as a Mother Tribe, discovered that being a parent is actually way messier, louder, and chaotic than she ever thought possible (but in the best ways possible). 

That is why she founded Tough as a Mother… to help women, and parents alike, find the strength to endure the real challenges of motherhood. Tough as a Mother jewelry is here to help you find the energy to make it through sleepless nights and challenges that we never even knew existed, whether that’s a miscarriage, the darkness of postpartum depression, the stress of feeling overwhealmed and underprepared, or just being there when your kid needs support.

Tough as a Mother utilizes the power and meanings of gemstones and the power of names to design pieces that honor the most joyous and raw parts of motherhood and parenthood. 


“When you purchase a personalized Tough as a Mother piece, you quietly unite with mothers across the world through our common bond. Our trials and triumphs through our motherhood journeys become shared experiences with each other, each of us silently cheering the others on. Whether you are buying for yourself, a first-time mom just embarking on her motherhood journey, or a third-time mom choosing hope as she carries her rainbow baby, you are in the right place,” says Jennifer. 

Oh, and did I mention the celebrity recognition the brand is getting? Actor Griffin Matthews says, “One of my favorite experiences of the [Golden Globes] was getting to meet other beautiful artists. We have been so starved for human connection. Tough as a Mother gifted me a stone necklace to protect me on my journey as a daddy.”

Tough as a Mother has also been recognized by actress Viola Davis, singer Andra Day, actress Blanca Blanco, and actress Celeste Thorson, to name a few!

Sugar Plum

Sugar Plum Signature Chocolate Covered Cookie Sandwich Gift Tin:

When it comes to chocolate-covered treats, perhaps nothing is more of a boldly-written signature underlining the whole idea of chocolate-covered stuff than the chocolate-covered sandwich cookies, which is why Sugar Plum has   made a giftset sampler that takes the concept and dresses it up to the nines!  What a special treat for MOM!

Their Signature Chocolate-Covered Sandwich Cookie Sampler includes nine (9) total chocolate-covered sandwich cookies, including one (1) each of their renowned milk, dark, and white chocolate-covered sandwich cookies.

The sampler also includes 6 additional cookies, which are comprised of one (1) each of the following varieties: Milk Chocolate with Ground Cookie, White Chocolate with Cranberry, Dark Chocolate with Toasted Coconut, Milk Chocolate with Ground Toffee, White Chocolate with Peanut Butter Chips, Dark Chocolate with Chocolate Chips.  

Sugar Plum Beer & Bourbon Nuts Gift Tin

Addicting and sweet, but not too sweet!

Sugar Plum’s Beer and Bourbon Liquor Nuts will have him thanking you and craving more. This 16 ounce assortment of Sugar Plum’s mouth-watering, hand-crafted, and small-batch roasted nuts features three of the brand’s most popular booze-infused flavors, including Irish stout-infused cashews, Jamaican lager-infused peanuts, and Kentucky bourbon-infused almonds. Extraordinary and tasty all tossed into one fantastic tin, this trio of these favorite gourmet nuts is “ahh”-mazing! $30

Sleepletics Celliant Sheets

Experience Celliant Performance Sheets –  an FDA-determined medical device and general wellness product – the perfect combination of five-star comfort and revolutionary technology designed to promote a healthier, more restful sleep. These luxurious sateen weave sheets are made with a blend of premium long-staple cotton and patented Celliant polyester yarns.  This combination of special yarns creates a soft, smooth and wrinkle-resistant fabric that looks and feels amazing while providing wellness benefits that support a healthy and active lifestyle.

  • Twin Sheet Set includes: one flat sheet, one fitted sheet and one standard pillowcase
  • Full/Queen Sheet Set includes: one flat sheet, one fitted sheet and two standard pillowcases
  • King/Cal King Sheet Set includes: one flat sheet, one fitted sheet and two king pillowcases
  • Queen/King fitted sheets are available in two different pocket sizes, 12” and 15” deep. To ensure the best fit with your mattress, please see our Size Guide for further information. Twin, Full and California King are not available in a 12″ depth. 
  • Fabric: 60% cotton, 40% Celliant polyester
  • Easy care:  Machine Wash/Tumble Dry
  • Wrinkle-resistant
  • Maintains softness and durability wash after wash
  • Celliant is permanent and won’t wash out. The health and wellness benefits last the life of the product

What they can do for you: Celliant mineral-infused yarns convert body heat into infrared energy and returns it to your body in a natural and safe way. This energy temporarily increases blood flow to your muscles and improves local circulation, helping you to sleep better and recover faster from physical activity. Through better sleep and faster recovery, Celliant Sheets can help boost energy and stamina, improve strength and enhance athletic performance.  Celliant Sheets can also help regulate your body temperature for a more comfortable night’s sleep.

Help Your Body Recover While You Sleep with Sleepletics Celliant Sheets:

From $114.99 (Depends on Size.)

Salonpas® Arthritis Pain Relief Gel

Hisamitsu America, a division of Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Inc., and the manufacturers of the Salonpas® line of pain-relieving products, announce the availability of the Salonpas® Arthritis Pain Relief Gel, which features the most prescribed topical pain medicine clinically proven to relieve arthritis pain in major joints. That medicine is prescription-strength diclofenac, which was approved by the FDA for over-the-counter (OTC) use in 2020.

“Salonpas® has a long history of driving growth through our scientific approach to pain relief which includes providing the first FDA-approved OTC topical pain reliever to the public in 2008,” said John Incledon, President & CEO, Hisamitsu America. “Our science-based approach is critical to our support of the Salonpas® Arthritis Pain Relief Gel, as diclofenac is a globally important NSAID drug which is clinically proven to reduce arthritis pain in major joints (foot, ankle, knee, elbow, wrist, hand), and safe to use for up to 21 days.”

Mindful Thoughts for Mothers

A journey of loving-awareness

Mindful Thoughts for Mothers

Part of the Mindful Thoughts series, this beautifully illustrated little book meditates on all aspects of motherhood, including:
The first few months
Your identity as a mother
Boundaries and compromise
…and many more

Motherhood is one of the most wonderful and powerful experiences we can have in life. As the early years of our children’s lives unfold, we will undoubtedly experience the joys they bring, but will also encounter the stresses and demands that appear daily and nightly on the parenting path. Using mindfulness practice to manage these demands we can become more present and meet life with awareness, in the moment. These 25 focused reflections on motherhood will help you find greater self-understanding and enable you to navigate a mindful path along this exciting journey.

$9.99 / £6.99
Author: Riga Forbes
Format: Hardback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9781782407652
Publisher: Leaping Hare Press
Series: Mindful Thoughts
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Mindful Thoughts for Fathers: A Journey of Loving-Kindness
Mindful Thoughts for Fathers

The Joy of Loving-Kindness

Mindful Thoughts for Fathers is a series of beautifully illustrated reflections on different aspects of fatherhood, from the joy of holding your child for the first time and teaching them about the world, all the way through to the inevitability of illness and establishing bedtimes and boundaries. Pick this book up at any stage of fatherhood and dip into the calm of mindful awareness for deeper presence and understanding.
Comprised of 25 mindful reflections, each a thoughtful guide, Ady Griffiths (Vidyadasa) offers meditative reflections into the everyday details and bigger picture of fathering in today’s hectic world. In this carefully crafted little book, he encourages every father to find and embrace a mindful daily awareness for deeper presence, acceptance and understanding.
Covering topics such as the father’s changing identityloving yourself as well as your loved ones and being “good enough,” this book aims to address the internal worries and struggles of fathers during one of the most challenging and rewarding phases of life.

Whether you pick this little book up in a time of crisis, or in a moment of rare stillness, allow yourself to be guided through some of the ups and downs in a father’s life, and let your mind pause to enjoy and cherish every stage of your child’s life.

$9.99 / £6.99

Author: Ady Griffiths

Format: Hardback, 160 Pages

ISBN: 9781782409557

Publisher: Leaping Hare Press

Series: Mindful Thoughts

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Mindful Thoughts for Students

Nurture your mind, flourish in life

Mindful Thoughts for Students
Studying can be a stressful and anxious process, with deadlines and a focus on results taking away from the pleasure of learning. Mindful Thoughts for Students is an astute collection of 25 insights into how practicing awareness whilst studying can transform learning into a positive experience every day.In this beautifully illustrated little book, Georgina Hooper guides you on a thoughtful journey through the practice of studying with joyful intention. From mindfully managing the art of deadlines to cultivating a lifelong curiosity for knowledge, she connects us to the path of learning for the love of it.

The author

Georgina Hooper is a visual artist, painter, and lecturer based in Australia. She trained as a yoga teacher after 6 months of artists’ residences in China and Japan, and her work is in personal collections across the world including a 100 year ceiling installation in a Buddhist temple in Japan. She is also an arts researcher, specializing in Eastern artistic traditions, visual language, and the philosophies that underpin them. As part of her practice-led research she draws together neurology and art history to understand how painting as concentrated meditation can shape the brain and bring about enlightenment.

$9.99 / £6.99

Author: Georgina Hooper

Format: Hardback, 160 Pages

ISBN: 9780711261778

Publisher: Leaping Hare Press

Series: Mindful Thoughts

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Solve over 144 puzzles, navigate around maps of London and the English countryside, search for hidden clues, and—most importantly—exercise your sharp intellect and keen perception skills, just as Sherlock Holmes would. Hours of fun and entertainment await you inside, THE ULTIMATE SHERLOCK HOLMES PUZZLE BOOK (Wellfleet Press / March 30, 2021 / $19.99). Perfect for Father’s Day, this collection of literary-themed puzzles brings Sherlock Holmes to your home for hours of problem solving and armchair adventure.

First appearing in 1887, Sherlock Holmes and his loyal friend and biographer, Dr. John Watson, continue to be two of the most popular detective characters of all time. Who, then, could be better companions to accompany you on this three-challenge puzzle adventure, inspired by these six classic Sherlock Holmes short stories?

The Adventure of the Mazarin StoneThe Adventure of Wisteria LodgeThe Adventure of the Second StainThe Adventure of the Reigate PuzzleThe Adventure of the Greek InterpreterThe Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plan

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This illustrated edition includes:The Puzzle Challenge: Each of the six chapters, inspired by a Sherlock Holmes short story, contains 24 puzzles for you to solve, including cryptograms, crosswords, ciphers, and more.The Map Challenge: Each chapter has an accompanying map, so after you solve a puzzle, you consult the map clue box at the bottom of the page for your next stop on the map and puzzle to solve.The Sherlock Challenge: This challenge has you looking out for Sherlock’s magnifying glass with a number in it, prompting you to add words to grids and ultimately revealing a Sherlock Holmes quotation.

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