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A Mother's Love

Gifts That Show How Much You Care

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Photo courtesy Symmetry Jewelers
Happy Times Two -- Make Mom smile really big when she unwraps this 18-karat white gold "Double Happiness" pendant with diamonds, $880, from Symmetry Jewelers (8138 Hampson St., 861-9925; www.symmetryjewelers.com)
Love in bloom -- What woman can resist an iris, especially one that's a pendant (also available as a brooch) in sterling silver, $115, or 14-karat gold, $850; that hangs from a beaded chain with faceted amethyst, $150 for sterling silver, $325 for 14-karat gold; and has matching calyx dangle earrings with faceted amethyst, $125 for sterling silver, $185 for 14-karat gold; all by jewelry designer Mignon Faget, available at Mignon Faget Ltd. (3801 Magazine St., 891-2005; 333 Canal St., The Shops at Canal Place, 524-2973; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 835-2244; www.mignonfaget.com)
Photo courtesy Mignon Faget
Keep in touch -- This bright orange vintage Argentine rotary-dial telephone has been retrofitted with modern components by Art Thang, $240, from Plum (5430 Magazine St., 897-3388; www.plumneworleans.com).
Functional art -- There are few things more special than an original piece of art, especially when it is beautiful and handmade by Louisiana artists. Choose a fused-glass platter in rich red, aqua and black stripes with lime dots by Linda Diaz Pia, $140; a round copper box with a lid enameled with sea foam and yellow by Catherine Evelyn DeYoung, $165; or a clock made from a metal cube painted in blue with designs etched in it by found-object artist Denice Bizot, $48; all from RHINO Gallery (333 Canal St., The Shops at Canal Place, 523-7945).
Light of my love -- Richly scented candles in a variety of colors are poured into clear glasses, each decorated with a sculpted fleur de lis by Lux, $24 for the large candle; $20 for a gift set of three small candles; from Audubon Institute Gift Shop (6500 Magazine St., 861-5111)
Perfectly coifed -- Tame her locks -- or make them prettily playful -- with quality products such as Bumble & Bumble's Big Shine, which makes hair glimmer with a smooth, silky texture, $34; Kenra platinum texturizing taffy, which sculpts and separates hair, $12; Bumble & Bumble's Red Hair Powder, an updated centuries-old technique to add luster to red hair or rosy tones to brunette and blond shades, $34; Shine and Control styler by Pureology, $20; and safeguard Your Color healing treatment with hair-thickening volcanic ash by Pureology, $36; all from Tee and Tulips (802 Nashville St., Sweet Pea, 899-4044).
Lasting beauty -- Give your mother flowers that will last with a hot-pink potted 6-inch New Guinea impatiens plant, $10.50 (also available in larger sizes), from Green Parrot Nursery (4920 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-1100).
On the go -- Dress Mom in comfortable, good looking clothes that can take her from a workout to lunch with a friend and are made from dry-flux fabric that wicks away sweat, is easy to care for and doesn't shrink and comes in a range of styles, including boot-cut long or Capri-length pants, tops and jackets, all by City Tech by City Lights, about $150 for a three-piece outfit, from Priorities (8128 Hampson St., 861-8780).
Good, clean fun -- Getting clean can be luxurious when you outfit your bathroom with great-smelling soaps such as a shaker-tube of passion-fruit bath soak by MOR, $21; a large purple passion fruit bar of soap (in a groovy box) by MOR, $9; an assortment of bath bars in Rivale, Parada and Voga scents by Claus Porto, $24.75 for a box of three; and an assortment of luxury shea-butter-enriched guest soap medallions in five scents by Claus Porto, $20 for box of 15; all from Belladonna Day Spa and Retail Therapy (2900 Magazine St., 891-4393; www.belladonnadayspa.com).
Head-to-toe fashion -- Cover her head with a lime straw sun bonnet trimmed in pink grosgrain with an open top and wide brim that can be rolled up for easy packing by San Diego Hat Co., $22; and tickle her toes with soft, lime leather cork-sole sandals by Teva, $75; both from Gentry (6047 Magazine St., 899-4223).

In the bag -- A cream canvas handbag with cognac leather lacings and trim has a lilac suede interior, side pockets and plenty of room for whatever you need to tote by Kooba, $495, from Rubensteins (102 St. Charles Ave., 581-6666; www.rubensteinsfashion.com).

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