All About Your Mother — 2010 Mother’s Day Gift Guide
What can you possibly buy the woman who gave you life, who watched you take your first step, taught you how to read, packed your lunchbox for every day of Kindergarten, held you tight when you were having nightmares, and who still continues to offer you her undying love and support? Well, it IS the thought that counts, and your momma will love any gesture you make for Mother's Day precisely because it's coming from you, her precious child. But, if you can afford to give your queen a treasure trove of goodies, you should follow your heart and do so. After all, who could be more important, more worthy of praise and adulation than your mom?
Here, a few crowd-pleasing gift ideas ranging from fine jewelry to affordable toiletry sets and home fragrance pieces. This Mother's Day, knock momma out with your good taste!
Judith Ripka Romance Bangles, starting at $3900 each. Available at JudithRipka.com
Perfect for any royal court, Judith Ripka's 18k yellow gold "Romance" bangles are available in a range of styles: from a piece with heart shaped accents in diamond and pink tourmaline to a bracelet featuring a rope-like design along the center, as well as bezel-set round brilliant diamonds. Prices vary depending on the bangle style, but expect to spend a minimum of $3900 on this big ticket item (clearly an option for cash flush customers).
When I saw this funky leopard print diaper bag from trendsetting designer Rebecca Minkoff, all I could think was, Where was this bag when I had my son?! Those of you with kids who are toddler-aged or older know precisely what I'm talking about: just a few years ago, our diaper bag options consisted of ugly and uglier styles, all with cheesy prints and bulky compartments. This number, however, replaces those open exterior compartments with nifty diagonal zippers, chucks the nylon strap in favor of a jaunty leather handle, and laughs in the face of all those ducky and pacific motifs with its fierce animal print.
Jinny Kim "Rock Star" Heels, $348. Available at JinnyKimShoes.com
Just because a gal has embraced motherhood, she all of a sudden has to dispense of all her woman-on-the-prowl heels and slip her feet into some drab moccasins? Not so. I, for one, look to the inimitable Posh Spice with equal amounts of admiration and envy — she may have three active boys, but she manages to keep up with them and does so in some baddass heels. These strappy Rock Star heels by Korean designer Jinny Kim, with their caged design and golden pyramid stud details, would make any woman feel like chanting Rihanna's "Hard."
Dannijo "Covina" Necklace, $488. Available at Dannijo.com
Count on Dannijo for statement-making jewelry: their new "Covina" necklace boldly says, "I am as confident and regal as Cleopatra." The oxidized silver plated necklace, which measures 17", is encrusted with Swarovski crystals creating leaf-like shapes and features an oversize, cameo-shaped black crystal centerpiece with raised teardrop-shaped black crystal accents along its perimeter and two larger teardrop-shaped crystals placed opposite one another creating an almost elliptical shape at the core of the pendant.
Pevonia Botanica Myoxy Caviar Luxury Gift Set, $388.50. Available at ShopPevonia.com
Does your queen have caviar tastes? Then she'll appreciate this exquisite gift set from Pevonia Botanica, which features the star products from the Myoxy-Caviar Timeless Repair collection, all of which help to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, restore elasticity to the skin, repair existing photo damage, hydrate skin, and promote cellular turnover. The set includes the: Timeless Balm Cleanser, a lightweight but slightly creamy face wash that foams as you rub it in between your palms for a really great, satisfying cleanse; Timeless Repair Lotion, which you apply as you would a toner, using a cotton pad and sweeping it over your entire face to hydrate the skin and infuse it with nutrients; Timeless Repair Serum, which includes a high concentration of caviar and Pevonia's proprietary Escutox treatment, helping to smooth out wrinkles and restore radiance to the skin (it's particularly fantastic around the eye area); and Timeless Repair Cream, an indulgent, slightly richer cream with a decadently silky texture that features caviar, pearl and Escutox to combat aging signs. After trying this range of products, she'll feel like Grace Kelly — during her Princess of Monaco years, that is!
Kaia Peterka "Virtue" Clutch in Silk Tropical and Silk Lagoon, $200 each. Available at KaiaPeterka.com
Sometimes you want a classic, sleek, understated clutch that will match any evening number, but other times, you want your accessories to do the talking. Any LBD-loving mom will see the infinite potential of a satin-covered Kaia Peterka "Virtue" clutch — particularly one with a whimsical, summery print such as the two styles featured above.
Martin Katz Sapphire Earrings, $49,500. Visit MartinKatz.com for more information.
A ubiquitous presence in award show red carpets, esteemed celebrity jeweler Martin Katz created these Elizabeth Taylor-worthy earrings, which feature 4.32 and 4.49 ct sapphires micro-set with approximately 142 diamonds weighing a total of 0.63 cts. They're blue heaven for your earlobes.
H20+ Sea Salt Must-Haves, $24. Available at H2oplus.com
What woman doesn't want a spa-like experience at home? Give her that option with this adorable gift set, which includes five products from the H2O+ Sea Salt line: a 2 oz. Sea Salt Body Wash, 2 oz. Sea Salt Body Butter, 2 oz. Sea Salt Body Scrub, 1.9 oz. Sea Salt Hydrating Body Gloss, and 2 oz. Hand and Nail Cream. With its invigorating aroma, which mixes together citrus, green tea, and minty notes, the body wash is perfect for livening your spirit in the shower since it literally clears you sinuses (and your mind). Another fave: the hand cream, which strikes a balance between a Vaseline-like consistency and a milky lotion, giving your mitts some serious lovin'.
One October Bianca Hobo Bag, $300. Available at OneOctober.net
Measuring 8.5" in width and 10" in height, One October's Bianca makes for a versatile cross-body bag — an ideal style for moms on-the-run. Plus, the tassel embellishment along the front flap adds a sense of whimsy to the understated style.
Kate Spade 10" Larabee Dot Cylinder Vase, $125. Available at KateSpade.com
Want to give mom some flowers? Then consider accompanying them with a vase she'll treasure way after the precious blooms it held have withered. This 10" vase from Kate Spade is perfect for long-stem roses and calla lilies.
Suki Mother's Day Collection, $60. Available at SukiSkinCare.com
This limited-edition set from 100% natural, eco-friendly skincare line Suki features: a 0.5 oz. Moisture-Rich Cleansing Lotion, which includes ingredients like oil-reducing lemon extract, soothing lavender extract, purifying sage extract, and rosemary extract; a 0.5 oz. Concentrated Nourishing Toner, with moisturizing and antioxidant-rich olive leaf extract, skin firming shitake extract, and purifying seaweed extract; a 1/8 oz. Bio-C 10% Formula Face Serum, which helps to even skin tone, stimulate collagen promotion, and reduce the appearance of aging signs with a copper polypeptide protein complex, tetrapeptide-9, white grapeseed extract, and vitamin C glucoside; a 0.25 oz. Facial Lift Ultimate Firming Cream, which features antioxidant-rich grapeseed extract, moisturizing hyaluronic acid, firming tetrapeptide-9, and collagen; a 0.5 oz. Velvet Moisturizing Cream, a lightweight body cream featuring calming chamomile extract, moisturizing and softening organic shea butter, soothing green tea extract, antioxidant-rich grapeseed extract, skin balancing rose extract, and healing comfrey extract; and a Luscious Lips Berry Cream Trio palette.
I'm particularly fond of the Luscious Lips Berry Cream, a palette that features a Lip Repair Butter packed with jojoba extract, sunflower oil, 100% natural beeswax, calendula, vitamin E, and chamomile, as well as two sheer tinted lip colors: Wineberry, a deep mauve-meets-brick-red shade, and Sugarberry, a mauve-ish pink tone. My other favorite is the Velvet Moisturizing Cream, which mixes the earthy scent of chamomile with the velvety soft fragrance of rose blossoms, and which softens skin without leaving it feeling oily or greasy.
Jo Malone Farrow & Ball Coloured Candles, $65 each. Available at JoMalone.com
In May, Jo Malone unveiled a new limited-edition collection of colored candles developed alongside wallpaper company Farrow & Ball. Together, the two companies pinpointed the most popular Jo Malone scented candles (Grapefruit, Lime Basil & Mandarin, Wild Fig & Cassis, Pomegranate Noir and Blue Agava & Cacao) and paired them with fitting Farrow & Ball colors (Cream, Breakfast Room Green, Pelt, Eating Room Red and Oval Room Blue), matching each color with each scent so as to create an experience that's stimulating on both a visual and olfactory level. Here's to fusing together home décor and fragrance, thereby creating the desired mood.
Hot Diamonds Ula Maxi Drop Earrings, $130. Available at HotDiamonds.com
Does your mom still have a "Disco Inferno" burning inside her little heart? These earrings feature a vertical strand of shimmering round silver beads and anemone-spiked orbs linked together, with accent diamonds interspersed throughout.
Agraria PetiteEssence in Balsam, $45. Available at AgrariaHome.com
This reed diffuser set features a fragrant oil housed in a refined 1.7 oz. glass bottle with domed edges and a square base (not to mention a teeny plate-like surface on which to place the bottle). The fragrant oil blends together sweet balsam, Canadian redwood, French sage, and a white flower bouquet, and the result is a comforting, slightly Christmas-like scent.
Ever wondered why kitchen and tea towels tend to be so incredible dull with their checkered, plaid, or floral prints? Well, so have the folks at Girls Can Tell — that's why they designed these irreverent towels with tongue-in-cheek diagrams of basic kitchen staples (from teacups and saucers to sauté pans, Dutch oven pots, and sauce pans).
Hot Diamonds "Special Delivery" Silver Charm, $90. Available at HotDiamonds.com
Buying for someone with a bun in the oven? If motherhood is just around the corner for a special gal in your life, celebrate the milestone in advance with this "Special Delivery" charm from Hot Diamonds, which features a stork dangling a hefty bundle from its beak.
You don't have to be a cold-hearted snake to revel in the beauty of these roomy exotic totes from Sang A. The practically bottomless Sang A "Way" bag pictured above features black-and-white natural cobra skin, along with elastic striped leather and black suede, while the "Pop" style pictured below it features shiny grey watersnake along the center with black elastic striped leather and black suede along the side panels and shoulder strap.
Pura Lopez Peep-Toe Platform Slingback Pumps, $395. Available at Endless.com
Didn't think you could dress up raffia, a material we associate with summer espadrilles and wedges? Well, check out how designer Pura Lopez breathed new, sophisticated life into the material with this platform slingback, featuring a coquettish rosette at the edge of the peep toe, as well as a towering 3 1/2" heel.
This special edition translucent red lacquer ring, shaped like a candy apple-coated mouth, was designed by Solange Azagury-Patridge for (PRODUCT) RED. Not only is this a showstopping accessory, but it represents a major philanthropic effort since 50% of the proceeds from its sale are donated to the Global Fund, which works to eliminate AIDS in Africa.
Judith Leiber "Cicely" in Etoile, $1295. Available at JudithLeiber.com
This dusted metallic calf-skin clutch, accentuated by ridged, rectangular golden plate details along the front flap's sides, would make Lily Van Der Woodsen swoon. Thankfully, at under $1500, you don't need to be an Upper East Side socialite to afford this chic and timeless addition to your wardrobe.
Pour La Victoire Dierda Platform Sandal, $290.95. Available at Endless.com
These authoritative camel-colored platforms feature horizontal slits along the top and criss-crossed, basket-like strips along the ankle area that add a cheeky and flirtatious vibe to the hefty silhouette.
One Kiss by Cindy Crawford Color-Enhanced Black Diamond Bracelet, $129.99. Available at JCP.com
This sterling silver bracelet features interlocking shapes inspired by the Henna symbol for the word "kiss," as well as a stylish charm featuring color-enhanced black diamonds and white diamonds measuring 1/4 ct. in total. How's that for a kiss mama will remember?
Korres Jasmine Gift Set, $34, and Korres Guava Littles Trio, $19.50. Available at KorresUSA.com
My love of Korres' Body Butters, Lip Butters, and Shower Gels is well-documented, and it gives me such pleasure to share this fascination with others via affordable assortment packs such as the Korres Jasmine Gift Set and Korres Guava Littles Trio pictured above. Call it a tender loving Korres treat.
Crabtree & Evelyn Limited Edition "Tea for One" Set, $20. Available at Crabtree-Evelyn.com
A stoneware tea pot and tea cup in one, Crabtree & Evelyn's "Tea For One" set features a new poppy print designed by textiles guru Arum Han. Every time mom pours some piping hot water out of this shabby chic, floral print tea pot, she'll think of you and smile.
Rethink the way you give flowers with this paradise-worthy necklace, which features a peach-colored dendrobium orchid pendant on a multi-strand necklace measuring 22" made of chunky gold vermeil and black metal chains. The detailed, glossy orchid pendant will make any gal feel like a Hawaiian princess.
Blackberry Curve 8530 in Ruby Red, $349. Available at Shop.Sprint.com
This popular handheld device features all of the 8530 model's features (trackpad navigation, dedicated media keys, GPS capabilities, a 320 x 240 pixel screen and more), but now comes in a ruby red colorway released specifically for Mother's Day. Hey, they do say it's the color of love!
Free Calyx Orchid Plant with Calvin Klein Euphoria Purchase of $70 or More at Macy's Stores. Visit Macys.com for More Information.
From April 1st through June 30th, customers who purchase a large spray from the Calvin Klein Euphoria collection at Macy's stores will receive a free orchid plant from Calyx Flowers. What could be better than perfume and flowers?
Perrin Paris "Large Riva Ball Bag" in Champagne, $1129. Available at PerrinParis.com
This modern bag seems to take a cue from the intrinsic beauty of a roll of yarn or a ball of rubberbands with its thick, overlapping metallic leather strips, which are arranged in a woven-like fashion so as to accentuate the bag's bulging sides and add emphasis to the practically sphere-like silhouette. Meanwhile, the deep plunging "V" cutout along the center, directly below the curved handle, adds a risqué sexiness to the sculptural style.
Do you know a beach-loving mom with a killer bod? And does this sun-loving siren have a precocious young daughter with equally fashionable tastes? Then consider gifting them both by investing in matching swimwear from Inca and IncaGirl (Inca's junior line). The embroidered Demetria bikini, pictured above, is available in both adult and children's sizes. How's that for a mother-daughter moment?
Matiko Diedre Shoes, $143. Available at Endless.com
Talk about chains of love. These edgy sandals feature a zipper front-and-center, with two wide cut-outs on either side, both lined with eyelets through which tiny silver-colored chain strands are threaded. Add the peep toe, the wooden talon heel, and that slingback shape, and you've got a style chain reaction.
DANNIJO Samea Necklace, $545. Available at Dannijo.com
The tribal influence of this giant bib necklace from Dannijo will appeal to worldly, Bohemian chic types thanks to its extraordinary mix of round turquoise stones, vintage orange beads, pearls, and vintage horn beaded details. I personally love how the tropical vibe of the turquoise and orange stones is imbued with a tough, city-girl edge thanks to the 14k gold chain, with its bold looping pattern.
Want to give the mommies in your life an eco-friendly gift? Check out the organic cotton "Mama Love Forever" tee from KC Los Angeles. And here's another incentive to purchase this timeless number: for every "Mama" tee purchased, the company will donate a "Bebe" onesie (like the one pictured here) and 15% of the proceeds from the sale to Room to Grow, a non-profit serving children in underprivileged areas. It's the ideal gift for the mom who wants to make a difference in her own lives and the lives of others.
The rose buds, chain links and pearl details on this black enamel bangle remind me of the baroque designs emblazoned on vintage Gianni Versace scarves. Hey, Biggie was right about many things, but one thing he got wrong: Miami and D.C. weren't the only ones preferring Versace!
This hand-painted wine glass features illustrations of all the requisite newborn paraphernalia (rattles, bonnets, receiving blankets, and booties) in pastel yellow, green, pink, and blue hues. The best detail: the words "Mommy's Pacifier" are painted along the foot of the glass. If the mom you're shopping for has a Dennis the Menace sort on her hands, she'll chuckle when she reads that bit of genius.
Loved by Heidi Klum for Motherhood Maternity "Home to the Hospital" Tote Bag, $39.95. Available at Motherhood.com
Clearly, with her back-to-back pregnancies (and the almost extraterrestrial weight loss following each child's birth), Project Runway host and supermodel Heidi Klum has this whole childbirth thing down to a science. Any first-time mother nearing the end of her third trimester has probably worried about that hospital bag she's supposed to have packed in case she goes into labor. Did she pack too much? Too little? Klum's "Home to Hospital" tote lets these expecting moms breathe a bit easier, as it's stockpiled with goodies like handy black socks, a cutesy V-neck tee with a gold medal ribbon design (so you can celebrate crossing the childbirth finish line), as well as a few other essentials.
One Kiss by Cindy Crawford Diamond & Iolite Earrings, $99.99. Available at JCPenney.com
When I first heard that retired supermodel Cindy Crawford had launched a jewelry line for JCPenney, I did some major eye rolling — particularly when I caught wind of its name, One Kiss (it sounded a bit too "We Are The World"-ish for me, I suppose). But, in that typical don't-judge-a-book-by-its-cover (or its name or celebrity designer/figurehead) manner, I actually spotted quite a few innovative, inspiring pieces in Crawford's debut collection. Among them were these sterling silver earrings, which feature a center iolite stone with a 0.38cw, as well as tiny diamond accents. I'm particularly fascinated by the Moroccan-inspired shape of these earrings, which give them an exotic and slightly Bohemian feel.
Mary Kay Fragrance-Free Satin Hands Pampering Set, $34. Available at MaryKay.com
Can't stand scented hand care sets? Then go the no-fuss route with Mary Kay's fragrance-free Satin Hands Pampering Set, which includes a hand scrub, hand softener, and hand cream.