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Dear Mama: 2009 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Listen: she carried you for nine months, dealt with swollen feet, an aching back, unbearable flatulence, and the horror of labor — and that was just the beginning. After that, your mama had to change diapers, burp your greedy milk-guzzling behind, bathe you, feed you…. Yes, parenting is the hardest (albeit most rewarding) kind of work. The least you can do is show some appreciation for the woman that’s had your back like chiropractic (to borrow Andre 3000’s term) since your first reared your dopey little head!

With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, here are a few suggestions on what to get for the most powerful, magnificent queen in your life.


Paula Crevoshay E504K Earrings with Moonstones, Tsavorites, Zircons and Opals, $80,772. Visit Crevoshay.com

Okay, so clearly, these cost more than a year of college tuition but, for those of you who’ve got it like that, you can’t go wrong with these opulent drop earrings.

Tom Ford White Patchouli Spring Collection, $125. Visit TomFord.com

The most bohemian-luxe of Tom Ford fragrances, White Patchouli is now also available in a luxurious set that contains a white Touch Point rollerball fragrance, a Hydrating Body Lotion and, of course, the White Patchouli Eau de Parfum.

Beautiful People Capulet Spring 2009 Collection Little Rose in Strawberry 

Beautiful People Design “Little Rose” in Strawberry, $338. Visit BeautifuPeopleDesign.com

Roses wither and die, but this adorable clutch, expertly pleated to mimic the overlapping of rose petals, can stay with you for a lifetime.

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Mighty Leaf Abaca Spa Box, $19.95. Visit MightyLeaf.com

What mom can’t appreciate a nice box of fancy teas that she can offer to her friends when they come over for an afternoon of catching up? The Abaca Spa Box is a fantastic option containing two Oasis bath pouches filled with Dead Sea salts (so your mom can treat herself to a nice soak in the tub) and eight Artisan Whole Leaf tea pouches in African Nectar, Chamomile Citurs, Ginger Twist and Rainforest Maté.

Dannijo Whilhelmina Necklace, $318. Visit Dannijo.com

Whilhemina Slater wishes she had a necklace as fly as this Flapper-esque Dannijo brass and pearl beaded necklace, with its whimsical tassels and coquettish vibe.

Ahava Spa Beauty Gift Set, $28. Visit AHAVAUS.com

While surprisingly affordable, this Ahava gift set delivers plenty of pampering goodies: an 8.5 oz. Mineral Body Lotion, an 8.5 oz. pouch of Unscented Mineral Bath Salts, a 3.4 oz. bottle of Mineral Shower Gel, and a Chenille Bath Puff — all housed in a colorblock, terry cloth pouch.


Little Rooms Stork Scissors Necklace, $65, and Stork Scissors Ring, $45. Visit LittleRooms.com

These adorable jewelry pieces allude to two things mommies can relate to: storks, of course, and dainty scissors (like the ones your mom used to sew buttons on your shirts). The combination is as funky as can be!

Nancy Gonzalez Soft Patent Croc Satchel in Aqua, $2950. Available at BergdorfGoodman.com

This dreamy bag, courtesy of Colombiana Nancy Gonzalez, will make any mom feel like she can walk on water.

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Carol’s Daughter Limited Edition Pearls Gift Set, $48. Visit CarolsDaughter.com

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Carol’s Daughter Lisa Price (a proud mom herself) is unveiling this limited edition set, which includes her delicious Pearls Eau de Toilette (which features jasmine, violet, rose, vanilla, lemon verbena, apricot and peach notes), a Body Cream sample, and an adorable jewelry box in which your mom can store all her lovely pearl strands.

Miss Oops Critical Care Kit for Mom's to be
Miss Oops Critical Care for Moms-to-Be Kit, $18. Visit MissOops.com

You can always count on Miss Oops to solve some of those tedious, everyday fashion and beauty problems, and this kit is no exception. Aside from her popular Rescue Sponge (which removes deodorant stains from apparel) and her Pedicure in a Bottle (which softens even the roughest of feet), this kit also includes her Popper Stoppers, meant to conceal the popped-out belly buttons of pregnant women for a  smoother belly.


Paula Crevoshay R208AA 18K Yellow Gold Ring with Watermelon Tourmaline, Diamonds and Pink Tourmaline Accents. Visit Crevoshay.com

This luxurious ring feels like it should belong in some museum devoted to royal jewels… What better to bestow upon your que


Estee Lauder Private Collection Solid Compact in Amber Ylang-Ylang or Tuberose Gardenia, $175 each. Visit EsteeLauder.com

Not only are these fragrances the creme de la creme, but they’re housed in golden compacts embedded with semi-precious stones.


Carolee “Mother” Bracelet Engraved in Five Languages (English, German, French, Spanish and Italian), $115. Visit Carolee.com

Honor your mom in five different languages with this simple, sterling silver Carolee bangle bracelet, which features the word “mother” in English, German, French Spanish and Italian.


Timi and Leslie “Marie Antoinette” Quilted Nylon Convertible Diaper Bag, $189. Visit BlissDiaperBags.com

Know a new mommy who is always carrying around a huge diaper bag AND a purse? Well, help her get organized and look chic with this quilted Timi and Leslie tote.

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Thymes Goldleaf Set, $34. Visit Thymes.com

Featuring jasmine, rose, hyacinth and lily of the valley notes, Thymes’ Goldleaf fragrance oozes femininity. This yummy bath set includes a scented bofy wash, body cream, roller ball, and bath envelope — all your mom needs for some R&R.


Dannijo Callouge Ring, $188. Visit Dannijo.com

This oversize ring from Dannijo’s Eve’s Garden collection, features rounded, lily pad-like motifs and a beautiful, amber-colored stone.




Glam Noir “The Stud” 2GB USB Drive and “The Starlet” 2GB USB Drive, $45 each. Visit GlamNoir.com

Who doesn’t need more storage space, right? And why carry around an unsightly USB drive when you can get one that also doubles as a sassy keyring or charm?

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Tarte Lip Couture Set T5 Super Fruit Infused Lipstick Sets, $32. Visit TarteCosmetics.com

This adorable set features four unique lipstick shades (Aura, Eden, Paradise, Utopia) and a chunky lip liner — all in a fancy quilted box.


Catherine Angiel 14K gold black rhodium and white diamonds “Mother” Necklace (from Renegade Collection), $2900. Visit CatherineAngiel.com

Unconventional moms will appreciate this tattoo-inspired 14k gold necklace with black rhodium and embedded white diamonds. Give her a bit of tough love!

Sensuous Mothers Day Set 

Estee Lauder Sensuous Mother’s Day Gift Set, $75. Visit EsteeLauder.com

Help your mom turn her swag up with this indulgent set, featuring a 3.4 oz. Sensuous Eau de Parfum Spray, a 2.5 oz. Silken Shower Creme and a 2.5 oz. Satin Body Lotion.



TOUS “Mama” Pendant 18k Yellow Gold Pendant with Diamond Pave, $911. Visit Tous.com

This delicate, engraved pendant will make a welcome addition to any mother’s chain.

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