Find the perfect gift for your mom
by Amanda barrett, firstname.lastname@example.org May 9, 2012 5:40PM
FOR THE BEAUTIFUL MOM: Give her Be&D’s limited edition makeup kit, the Irina bag in a honey-colored clutch, and watch her ooh and aah over the sheer number of luxe products to sample, which include Perricone Advanced Face Firming Activator, Skyn Iceland Oxygen Infusion Night Cream (full size), Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner, Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Cream for hair and many more. Go to Beauty.com; $148.
Updated: June 11, 2012 8:08AM
FOR THE PRACTICAL, STYLISH MOM
Totes are hot right now, but Hadaki’s City Tote Jazz Cobalt Ruby stands apart from your run-of-the-mill bag; it’s chic with an eye-popping color and extremely durable, plus it has lots of room for whatever you want to carry (and that’s no small thing — women carry a lot of stuff, don’t we?). $80 at Hadakishop.com.
FOR THE CHARITABLE MOM
Buy a pair of Sseko sandals and you’ll help young women earn money for continuing education in Uganda. The shoes ($49-51) come in a variety of hot colors and look great with dresses for the weekend or a casual night on the town. Visit Ssekodesigns.com. (There’s also a tutorial to show you different ways to tie the laces to make the shoes your own style.) SSEKO is also sold in Chicago at City Soles, 2001 W. North Ave., and Comfort Me Boutique, 651 W. Armitage.
FOR THE PAMPERED MOM
The Spa @ Equinox last month began giving Thermal Ice facials at their Gold Coast, Highland Park and Lincoln Park locations. The 50-minute service features a standard facial, followed by a cool mask made of seaweed and a host of vitamins. The mask then heats up to 107 degrees and then cools as it hardens. It’s healing, toning and helps the all-important collagen dig deep into the skin. Beginning May 14, the price is $185. If you can make an appointment before then, the price is reduced to $150. Visit equinox.com for location addresses and more info.
FOR THE VINO-LOVING MOM
Check out TastingRoom.com, which offers Wine by the Glass, which means you don’t have to to commit to a whole bottle before deciding if it is palate-pleasing. Enjoy a single 100 ml serving (3.4 ounce) without having to leave the comfort of your home. Wineries include Silver Oak, Hess and Duckhorn. Individual and four-packs are available; prices vary.
FOR THE MOM WITH A BIG HEART
What could be better for the mom who loves jewelry than the Gemvara Key to an Open Heart pendant? It’s made of sterling silver and available at an affordable $172; visit Gemvara.com. (By the way, Gemvara has one of the largest fine jewelry selections in the world, with 1.5 million design possibilities that can be custom-made.)
for the luxe mom
Consider this gorgeous garnet cashmere robe ($369) from Restoration Hardware; it’s wonderfully soft and not big and bulky at all (a pet peeve of mine) and comes in several other colors, including oatmeal, ivory, chocolate, gray, charcoal and silver sage. Visit restorationhardware.com.
FOR THE SWEET-SMELLING MOM
You can never go wrong with Gucci anything, and this perfume — in three beautiful fragrances, magnolia, gardenia and tuberose — resonate on the skin in an oblique but lasting way. Buy at Gucci, 900 N. Michigan Ave.; $100 each.
FOR THE SEXY MOM
Hey — she may be your mom but she still wants to look and feel great about herself; this bralette ($42) and boyshort ($24) outfit will do the trick (and maybe you can get your dad to buy it for her). This beautifully well-made Itty Bitty Bra lingerie is available at Posh Essentials in Highland Park, 658 Central Ave., or visit Ittybittybra.com.
FOR THE SWEET MOM
Godiva is offering its Feed 10 Tote Bag as part of its new corporate philanthropy initiative, “The Lady Godiva Program.” Made in Africa’s first Fair Trade Certified garment women-run factory in Liberia, each bag will help the UN World Food Program by providing 10 school meals for children in cocoa-producing regions of Africa. The bags come in a variety of colors and patterns. The tote ($25) can be purchased at Godiva stores and online. Visit Godiva.com.
FOR THE MOM WHO LIKES TO BE CUFFED
Judith Ripka jewelry is very popular, and this to-die-for Silver Estate Cuff — made with sterling silver and emerald cut blue topaz stones — show why; it’s pristine, simple and attention-grabbing. It’s $625 at Judithripka.com.
FOR THE BEAUTIFUL MOM
Give her Be&D’s limited edition makeup kit, the Irina bag in a honey-colored clutch, and watch her ooh and aah over the sheer number of luxe products to sample, which include Perricone Advanced Face Firming Activator, Skyn Iceland Oxygen Infusion Night Cream (full size), Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner, Murad Environmental Shield Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15, Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm in Nude Glow, Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Cream for hair and many
more. Go to Beauty.com; $148.