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Happy Mother’s Day! More Treats for Mom Dukes

“Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at the sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.” — Zora Neale Hurston

On Mother’s Day, celebrate all the women who have inspired their own children to “jump at the sun,” to dream while waking, to aspire to greatness. Whether you’re fêting a sister, friend, aunt, mother, grandmother, or in-law,   a simple trinket with a hand-written note is sure to make her feel like the work she does, the sleepless nights and sacrifices made, aren’t going unnoticed or unappreciated.

Below, you’ll find a few last-minute gift ideas — just in case you need to dip into a store before heading to that next destination (no judgment here — we all procrastinate sometimes!).



Carol’s Daughter Memorable Mists Trio, $29.50. Available at CarolsDaughter.com

This inbox contains three of Carol’s Daughter’s most popular and distinctive shower gel and body soufflé scents — Almond Cookie, Sugared Violets, and Orange Ambrosia — each in a dry oil mist formula that you can spritz on whenever your skin needs a moisturizing pick-me-up. The Almond Cookie Dry Oil Body Mist, of course, will make you feel like you’re in a quaint bakery thanks to its sugary almond-meets-marzipan smell, while the Orange Ambrosia Dry Oil Body Mist will invigorate your senses with its mixture of juicy Sicilian blood orange and mimosa notes and the Sugared Violets Dry Oil Body Mist will remind you of the violet candies so popular in France. Each dry oil body mist contains shea butter, sweet almond oil, açai extract, and soybean oil to hydrate, soothe, and protect the skin.


Philosophy Italian Soda Bar Trio, $25. Available at Sephora.com and Sephora stores.

Have you ever wondered what it must have felt like to hang out at a 1950s Italian soda bar after school, sipping your drink while propped atop one of the stools or sitting inside one of the snug booths therein. Well, while these mom-and-pop soda bars are virtually extinct, replaced by chain restaurants and coffee shops, you can at least try to keep the memory (or the fantasy) alive by turning your shower into an aromatic ode to these once ubiquitous establishments with this nostalgic shower gel set from Philosophy. Packaged inside a darling, house-shaped box with a faux striped awning decorating the angled top panels, the Italian Soda Bar Trio features three 6 oz. Shampoo, Shower Gel & Body Baths: Black Cherry Italian Soda (my personal favorite), Strawberry Italian Soda, and  Limoncello Italian Soda.

Mustela Newborn Set, $42. Available at ULTA, Buy Buy Baby, Babies “R” Us, Destination Maternity, Sephora.com, and MustelaUSA.com

If you know a recent mother or someone who is expecting, this gift will prove to be a perfect one  since it includes everything she’ll need to tend to her baby’s delicate skin. The Mustela Newborn Set includes: the Foam Shampoo For Newborns, which helps to prevent (and heal) cradle cap;  Physiobébé No-Rinse Cleanser, a soap-free cleanser perfect for sponge baths or quick wipe-downs; the Hydra Bébé Body Lotion, a hypoallergenic, phtalate- and paraben-free moisturizer for even the most sensitive skin; and the Vitamin Barrier Cream, the perfect end to a diaper change since it helps to prevent any rash from appearing.

And here’s a gift from Mustela to you — if you like Mustela on Facebook (Facebook.com/Mustela), you can enter to win the ultimate Mustela Baby Shower Prize Pack. Three fans will win the coveted grand prize, which includes over $500 in Mustela products, a $250 Diapers.com gift card (any mom will tell you there’s no such thing as having too many diapers on hand!), a $100 Tiny Prints gift card (so you can print invitations to your shower or send announcements of your baby’s birth after his/her arrival), an Eleni’s New York “Baby on the Way” cookie gift box (to ease those cravings!), and a Babybjörn Baby Carrier Miracle (so you can head out with your child resting close to your heart). In addition, 10 users will win the Mustela Newborn Set shown here, while another 15 will win a Dermo Cleansing bottle.

Sonia Kashuk Bright Idea 4-Piece Brush Set, $15. Available at Target stores.

Talk about getting bang for your buck! This set features four of Kashuk’s award-winning brushes (Domed Multi-Purpose Powder Brush, Eye Shadow Brush, Crease brush, and Pointed Liner Brush), all with remarkably soft bristles and tangerine-colored handles, packaged inside an envelope-shaped bamboo clutch with perky orange piping along the sides and the edge of the fold-over flap.

H2O+ Blue Body Lotion, $18. Available at H2oplus.com

Take mom on a trip under the sea with this lightweight but deeply hydrating body lotion, which features a summery, watery, evocative scent that recalls the ocean but also incorporates a hint of citrus zest and a floral femininity. The fragrance is the result of a mixture of sea plants, watery peony, rosewood, nectarine and bergamot notes. In addition to smelling like fresh sea spray, the Blue Body Lotion nourishes the skin thanks to ingredients like spirulina (a microalgae known to have anti-aging benefits), himanthalia (a mushroom-shaped seaweed plant), nori (a type of red algae), aloe vera, and vitamin E.
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