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Help your mom go through these rapidly-changing times with aromatherapy. The '21st Century Survival Kit' by 21 Drops contains three fragrant roll-ons designed to help her relax, find sleep,
and boost her energy.
$75, at 21Drops.com
Moms always complain about breaking their umbrellas, don't they? Opt for a sturdy piece with a very chic print from Williamsburg boutique
'In God We Trust'.
$100, at In God We Trust
129 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn (718-384-0700)
To hang in her closet, the most beautiful scented tablets in the world, artisanally made for more than 400 years in a small Tuscan village. Mixed with organic oils, the natural beeswax captures a delicious smell of pomegranate fruit.
$34, at Santa Maria Novella
Less aggressive than its name suggests
('Hotel Hooker' in French), this ultra-feminine fragrance is subtly seductive with a floral accord
of lily of the valley, rose, and violet, and notes of ginger and amber. If she doesn't like it, at least she'll have a story to tell her friends!
$80 (1.7oz), at C.O. Bigelow Chemists
A smart nylon toiletry case with plenty of compartments for the mom on the go. Complete the package with a few travel-size containers, all by the Japanese minimalists at Muji.
Case $22.95. Containers $1.25-$2.95. At Muji.us
Convenient to gather all that loose change into one place, an elegant coin purse in faux leather (for the vegan mom).
$14.99, at Mango.com
An ulta-rich, hydrating hand soap with 15% olive oil, and natural almond and coconut. Our recommendation: The celery and thyme scent, unusual and uplifting.
Box of Three Hand Soap Bars, $34, at LAFCO.com
One-stop shop Debra Moorefield in the West Village has a delightful selection of locally-made silk dresses and cashmere cardigans, as well as vintage jewellery and travel accessories. We like this tie-dye leather pouch, perfect to hold all her essentials.
$98, at Debra Moorefield
77 Perry Street, New York (212-924-3013)
Swedish brand Sachajuan steps into skincare with a line of shower gels and moisturizing lotions rich in oat beta glucan, an ingredient known for its anti-ageing virtues. Try our favorite: Ginger Flower,
a refreshing blend of bergamot and lemon.
Body wash $16 (10oz); Body lotion $18 (10oz),
at Woodley & Bunny
If you're still undecided, simply give her a pretty pocket-size notebook (here in black lambskin leather by Smythson) and ask her to write down
a few suggestions for next year.
$60, at Barney's