What a Manicure Obsessed Mom Really Wants for a Mother’s Day Gift

I am a self-professed manicure obsessed mom. I’m just as happy getting the manicure at a salon as I am doing them myself. When I do at-home manicures, getting my nails to dry fast is always the top priority before my husband or A.J. require my attention. You can see the video I created below explaining how I manage that and I’ll refer you to where to buy products through my Amazon affiliate links.

As Mother’s Day approaches, I wanted to help anyone else who’s as fixated as I am – on keeping her nails in tip top shape.

What a Manicure Obsessed Mom Really Wants for a Mother's Day Gift

Groupon Gift Card

This might sound weird but Groupon Gift Cards are on my wish list for Mother’s Day. I’d love to have one handy in case I stumble upon an awesome deal on a nail or pedicure deal.  I always search for salons nearby that offer 20-80% off salon services.
Groupon offers several ways to deliver it: via email for an eGift card or order a plastic gift card for delivery.

Groupon Gift Card

Nail Polish Polish Set

I like to bring my own polish to a salon because inevitably I’m going to smudge it during the week or break a nail.

I also like to switch up my manicure colors each week. A set of nail polish from trusted brands like Essie, OPI, or Orly are among my favs!

I received this ORLY set inspired by life in Los Angeles.

ORLY Muholland Nail Collection


Nail Polish Rack

I’ve seen a few Pinterest ideas where folks used spice racks to organize their nail polish. My friend Michele grabbed one for me at Marshall’s. You can find a nail polish rack that’s perfect to display your collection of colors like this Dazone Nail Polish Rack available on Amazon.

Dazone Nail Polish Rack
Photo Credit: Amazon

Nail Strengthener

For natural nail moms, having strong nails is the key to a picture perfect set of 10. I’ve tested almost through every nail polish strengthener on the market.

My recommendations for a nail strengthener that’s affordable: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails.

My recommendation for a nail strengthener that’s a splurge: OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener.

Manicure Obsessed Mom

Nail Dryer

I’ve had the same trusty-dusty  nail dryer for more than 10 years. I found it during our last move and I’ve been using it ever since.

Most dryers now are designed for gel nail polish, but there are plenty of portable nail dryers you can set on a table to help dry your nails faster.

Cuticle Oil

Keeping your cuticles moisturized is a must. When they’re dry, they’re likely to tear and snag which makes your hands looks less attractive.  Anytime I buff my nails, I’m sure to brush on cuticle oil, rub it in and let it soak it. Then I use a gentle hand wash to get rid of the excess.

In salons I’ve noticed they use Creative Solar Oil & Nail Treatment which gets five-star reviews on Amazon.

Hand Scrub

I rarely do this at home, but using hand scrub at the nail salon is one of my favorites. I love the feeling of sloughing off any dead skin and the moisturized feeling of the oil it leaves behind.

The L’Occitane Shea Oil One Minute Hand Scrub also gets rave reviews on Amazon.

L'Occitane One Minute Hand Scrub
Photo Credit: Amazon

Comment below: Did I miss anything on the Mother’s Day Gift Idea List for a Manicure Obsessed Mom?


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About Joyce Brewer

Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

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One comment

  1. I am religious with my manis and pedis and get my nails done about every two weeks. I often use gel because it lasts longer and there’s no drying wait time.

    That one minute hand scrub looks fabulous. Must try!