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Mom will find these bags both stylish and useful.
By "Today" Style Editor
updated 5/6/2005 10:19:22 AM ET 2005-05-06T14:19:22

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.

She'll love pulling one of these out of her purse.

Bragging rights
Every mother loves to brag about her children, so give her just what she needs in the form of a colorful and fun “brag book” for photos on the go. These easy-to-tote photo albums are a hot trend and you’ll find them at whatever price point you need to fit your budget. Best idea for Mom? Stock the brag book with recent photos of you — and your siblings!

Trend Tip:
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).

Mom never smelled so sweet.

Home sweet home
Want to do the unexpected? Go beyond the beauty gifts for Mom and include her in the fastest growing trend — beauty products for the home. They range from scented linen waters (for ironing) to perfume sprays for the kitchen and living room. Throw in a gift certificate for a maid service such as TheMaidBrigade.com or Mollymaid.com and your mom can finally have time to luxuriate with the scented bubble bath and soaps that you gave her last year.

Trend Tip:
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!

Eat the chocs, you still got the box....

Yummy mummy
Going the chocolate route? Then get mom in on the latest trend — yummy chocolates that come in beautiful, decorative boxes. Once the goodies are gone, the box can be displayed — plus, mom can pack the box with practical items such as photos, jewelry, magazine clippings — and more! So, she gets two gifts in one — and a present that lasts for years.

Trend Tip:
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.

Luxury sheets from Chris Madden will make Mom feel pampered.

Sweet dreams
Give mom the gift of luxury without breaking the bank. Start with 400-thread-count sheets that will help her drift away comfortably from her everyday world. Upon waking, present her with breakfast in bed with all the goodies placed on a pretty tray — she may still think she’s dreaming!

Trend Tip:
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.

Abrams Books
This book on charms is ... charming.

Charmed, I’m sure
Charm mom with one of the hottest accessories of the season, a charm necklace or bracelet (they can be found in every major department store and jewelry shop). And make her gift extra-special by including one of the newest coffee table books, “The Charm of Charms.” Surprisingly readable (and the pictures are great), it features the favorite charms of celebs from Madonna to Muiccia Prada.

Trend Tip:
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, TheTrendReport.com, which highlights style trends in America and across the world.

firstVIEW is the primary supplier of photos to Fashion Friday. Go to www.firstVIEW.com for the latest pictures from top fashion shows around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Milan, Brazil, New Zealand, South Korea and more.

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