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I need a great (last-minute) gift for Mom!

Oh, no! You’ve forgotten. Or you kept putting it off. Or you just didn’t know what to get.

We’re talking Mother’s Day gifts, of course. And, as always, you need a fun, fabulous — and last-minute — perfect present for the original woman in your life.

And, as always, we’re here to help. We’ve scouted out the best gifts and gifting ideas.

It’s all here in the latest edition of our weekly fashion and beauty update.


Brag books come in all price points, from colorful ones from Crate and Barrel (under $11) to dual-colored leather versions from Kate Spade ($95).

Get thyself to your local L’Occitane store. Besides having a great selection of home scents — such as lavender and verbena — many stores have a calligrapher on hand (Friday to Sunday) to personalize your card to Mom … for free!

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Upscale chocolate stores have a wide selection of decorative boxes, ranging from Godiva’s lavender and blue photo box (it comes with handy index cards for easy organizing) to La Maison du Chocolat’s silk boxes from upscale design companies such as Pierre Frey, Manuel Canovas and Boussac.

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Luxury sheets from name designers can be found at stores like JC Penney (Chris Madden’s collection) to Kmart (Martha Stewart). The good news? A complete set is usually under $100. Look for rich colors that blend patterns and colors instead of doing a predictable “matchy-matchy” set.


Coffee table books are not just interesting to look at, they’re also great for decoration (just check out the photos of fancy homes) and as conversation-starters. Start a collection for mom by giving her books that reflect her personal interests (fashion, hotels, country houses, cities, countries, states and so forth). If you really want to splurge, include an airline ticket and hotel accommodations to one of the destinations in the books!

Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and the “Today” show’s style editor. She has been covering the fashion and beauty beat for the past decade. To learn more about Gordon, you can visit her Web site, , which highlights style trends in America and across the world.

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