Ask any mum what she’d like for Mother’s Day and she’ll say, “For us to be together” or “I don’t know, just surprise me.”
It’s sweet, yes, but it’s no help in the quest for the actual perfect Mother’s Day gift.
To save you time and guesswork, here are nine beauty gifts that strike a chic balance between safe bet and wow-factor.
If she's a fan of 'Sex and the City,' she probably knows all about these Borghese gloves--they were featured on the show. Enriched with natural oils and brightening acids, she can slide these on over her favourite hand cream while she's watching T.V.
Get it at most Lord & Taylor stores or right here
Sleeping masks are hugely popular in Korea, where 24/7 hydration is touted as the key to anti-ageing. Swiss brand La Prairie offers a Rolls-Royce version with its Skin Caviar Luxe Sleeping Mask, which harnesses omega-3 fatty acids and collagen plumping botanicals. Brushing the mask on before bedtime will be her new favourite ritual.
Get it at Saks Fifth Avenue or right here
First off, it's pink and it comes in a nice box. So we're halfway to the Mother's Day finish line already. Philip Kingsley's Pamper Time Collection brings the salon hair treatment experience to her bathroom. The spray bottle dampens hair, the treatments condition and strengthen, and the plush cotton wrap ensures product absorption.
Get it at Philip Kingsley New York or right here
This silky body cream is based on Chanel's Coco Noir fragrance, which has a woody floral scent that's absolutely intoxicating. The chic black jar begs to be displayed on a vanity or bedside table.
Get it at any Chanel beauty counter or right here
Gifting a woman with perfume is a tricky business. But if she loves all things 'Mad Men' and mid-century, she will instantly fall for Bis by Rodin. Fragrance critics liken it to the scent of 1950s lipstick and powder puffs, with a splash of iris. Bonus: It comes with a card and a Rodin lip balm she can carry in her purse.
Get it at select Barneys New York stores or right here
Price: $US30, 2.4 ounce; $US60, 6.5 ounce
Here's why all women love Diptyque candles: The jars are chic and reusable and the scents linger long after the candle has been blown out. One might even say this Roses candle--made with spicy Bulgarian and May Roses--is a step above fresh roses. It certainly has a longer shelf life.
Get it at Nordstrom stores or right here
Price: from $US220
Not only does Krigler's English Promenade 19 (circa 1919) hold the distinction of being a favourite of Audrey Hepburn's, it also has a film credit: Hepburn wore it while filming 'Roman Holiday.' With notes of sweet orange blossom, grapefruit, white musk, neroli, and ylang ylang, it's a gourmand scent with a creamy, slightly sweet effect.
Get it at Krigler inside New York's Plaza Hotel or right here
Mums on the natural and fair-trade skin care train will appreciate this limited edition Home Spa Facial Kit by Dr. Hauschka. The set includes five pieces: two face masks, a face mask brush, a porcelain mixing bowl, and a detoxifying steam bath treatment.
Get it at Whole Foods Markets or right here
True, you won't find this at the beauty counter, but it is the ultimate beauty gift. Louis Vuitton trunks are like diamonds--they are forever. This monogrammed beauty case can be passed down from generation to generation.
Get it at your local Louis Vuitton boutique or right here
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