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Making Mother's Day Gifts Easy For You, Because Who Has the Time?

1 May 2008

Beauty products are perhaps the best gift to give to your mother on Mother’s Day. Especially ones that pamper. It says to mom, “I appreciate you” in a language she can understand. When you were younger, you said this to her with smeared paint on a piece of paper. That’s all well and good, and maybe she even saved them – but you’re older now and that just won’t cut it. Besides, your finger painting skills haven’t gotten any better, have they? Didn’t think so.

So, what are good gifts for Mother’s Day? I have a very good feeling about the Jo Wood Amka Organic Bath & Body Collection ($85.00 – $125.00) from Bergdorf Goodman. “Amka” means “to awake” in Swahili. The prices are a lot, but think about all your mother has done for you: the nights she toiled awake until dawn to help you with school projects, driving you to ballet practice five times a week, letting you skip school to pick out a prom dress. Mom deserves this. jo_wood2.jpg

Did mom leave you with a nanny? (Yes, I just watched The Nanny Diaries with Scarlett Johansson this past weekend.) Do you resent her and go to therapy five times a week to rant? You can ‘kill her with kindness’ as they say. Nothing will annoy her more than you being nice. (Hell, maybe you can salvage your relationship.) If nothing else, you can certainly win brownie points. If she’s high strung and not on Xanax, maybe try the Usiku version of the Organic Bath & Body Collection by Jo Wood. Usiku means “Night”. As in, sleeeeep! If you’ve ever had the urge to crush up a sleeping pill in her food, this would be a more legal alternative.

Now is not the time to get your mother any sort of anti-aging product, especially if she’s a sensitive woman who will simply read into that “you’re old and getting ugly” – so unless you mean that, don’t do that.

The more and more I look, I spot potential mine fields. But then I found…


Marc Jacobs Home Room Fragrance Mist ($65.00) from Sephora. The scent is great, and although scents are a personal thing – this isn’t a scent to wear, but to spray in the house. And your mom may be longing to feel younger, and even if she somehow doesn’t like the scent – the fact that it’s Marc Jacobs and that you, her young and gorgeous daughter recommend it, might have her learning to love it. (If you don’t think the brain can be tricked then how do you explain why Katie Holmes married Tom Cruise?!)tocca_candles.jpg

Is mom the sort who can never make up her mind? Worried she’ll just want to return what you get her? Celebrate her indecisiveness, but call it a creative spirit that can’t settle! Then, buy her a bundle of (at least four) candles from the Tocca Candelina Travel Candle Collection ($16.00 each) from Sephora.

If you do happen to know her favorite Tocca candle scent, buy her that and a surprise one. ($36.00 each) Candles might not be the best gift when they’re generic and smell vaguely like your grandmother – but when it’s a name like Tocca attached, you can’t go wrong. And those? Those are odds I like.

Mother’s Day is on May 11th, 2008. So, get shopping!

Here’s to living in sublime style – and sharing that style with the women who made us what we are,

Jessica Rae

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