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From mojito-scented soaps to artsy-looking hair stylers, we got all your moms covered. (Err, hopefully.)
One gift does not fit all, which is why we rounded up fun and unique beauty buys for over a dozen type of moms. Does she love art, the sun, maybe even just alcohol? Below are some ideas to help narrow your Mother’s Day gift search:
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For the sun lover
A mom should know better than to hang out in the sun. Show her she raised a smart, responsible child by gifting with her Tarte’s Maracuja Self-Tanner kit ($32.74, QVC.com), an oil-infused and Vitamin C-packed self-tanner that comes with its own handy mitt (look, Mom, no mess!).
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For the drinker
She’s in good company: Our own Kathie Lee and Hoda love a glass as well. If your mom prefers a cocktail over flowers, indulge her with Malin + Goetz’s Mojito Soap Set or Rum Lime Hand Wash ($30-$40, malinandgoetz.com), which offer the sweet, citrus scent of a good time (without the morning hangover).
For the makeup lover
If makeup’s more your mom’s thing, consider Lorac’s Wild For TANtalizer Collection ($39 for $135 value, Sephora.com), a deluxe summer set that includes bronzing powder, eye shadow quad, peach-bronze lip gloss and a stylish, animal-print canvas bag. (It’s the easiest way to trick friends and family into thinking you actually got her a trip to the Bahamas.)
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For the TV lover
Is she a classic Betty, or maybe a seductive Joan? Whatever her “Mad Men” character, she’s sure to love the luxurious Estée Lauder Mad Men Collection ($25-$40, esteelauder.com), inspired by the AMC hit’s vintage-chic aesthetic. Available in several shades, the lipstick and crème rouge come in elegant packaging — sleek golden compact and accompanying leather pouch — reminiscent of the ’60s. It’ll make touch-ups seem all the more dramatic.
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For the perfectionist
Is everything always neat and every dish clean? Nurture her OCD with a most practical beauty set, the Per-fekt Eye Love You Mom Duo ($37.50, perfektbeauty.com) featuring a silky brow and lash gel to help smooth and enhance out-of-place hairs. It’ll make her look just as precise as her organizational talents.
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For the gardener
That green thumb should be nurtured, and only with the most hydrating of ingredients. Crabtree Evelyn’s Gardeners Shed Bag ($48, crabtree-evelyn.com) includes an adorably decorated trowel and spade alongside a lightly-scented, herb-packed scrub and moisturizer to help remove dirt. Her hands will be soft, gentle and smelling of a garden bouquet: lavender, sage, rosemary and thyme.
For the world traveler
Before she jet-sets off on her next trip, help ease Mom’s packing with a resourceful and stylish cosmetic bag by Sonia Kashuk ($5.99-$19.99, target.com). Available in bright abstract prints, bright polka dots or even sleek stripes, these cosmetic hold-it-alls come with clever pockets and handy sections to make fitting in all her essentials as easy and delightful as first class.
Or does she need something a little bigger? Maybe the ultimate plane carry-all? Opt for Kipling’s new Walu bag in the spring-appropriate “Disco Flowers” print ($69.99, Kipling-usa.com).
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For the glamorous mom
TOCCA’s new Bagno Profumato bath and body collection, a luxe collection of body washes and creams ($18 and $20, tocca.com), boasts olive oil, honey and calendula extracts. Available in three scents – grapefruit cucumber, pink tulip and green apple, and Italian blood orange – it’s the perfectly sophisticated gift for mom.
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Does she shop at Bloomies and label-drop DVF? If mom likes her things nice, then we suggest a fail-proof gift: The Fresh Fig La Petite Patisserie Trio by Laura Mercier ($45, lauramercier.com) which includes a body wash, body cream and half-ounce bottle of perfume in the fresh and luxurious fruit scent of figs, apricot nectar, vanilla and sandalwood.
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For the cool mom
If she’s a little more adventurous, give Mom something unexpected yet useful: TokyoMilk Gin Rosewater line ($10-$60, tokyo-milk.com), featuring perfume, lotion, lip balm, bubble bath gel and more in a unique and fresh scent that combines citrus zest, rosewood, mimosa and mandarin. All the items come complete in retro-designed bottles that feel just different enough to pique interest and remain delightful.
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For the art lover
Does she have an eye for the finer things in life? Get the cultured mom one aesthetically pleasing gift: the Amika x Cynthia Rowley Ceramic Styler ($115, Sephora.com), boasting a modern floral print straight from designer Cynthia Rowley’s Spring 2012 runway collection. Not only will liven up her beauty tools section, it’ll keep her locks safe, thanks to 100 percent ceramic plates that spare hair from frizz and dryness.
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For the romantic
She’s got a big heart — and you should cater to it. The Philosophy Falling in Love Summer Layering Set ($50, philosophy.com) comes with both a body moisturizer and spray fragrance of the hit fruity floral scent that’s soft, dreamy and utterly feminine. With both items, the scent is sure to stay put — how can you not fall for that?
Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with roses. That’s why she’ll love Roger Gallet Rose perfume ($30, rogerandgalletus.com), a delicate aroma of roses, peonies, mandarin orange, amber and almond milk. Perfect for summer, it’s refined without being stuffy — just like (hopefully) your mom.
For the picky mom
Buying for the picky sure is tricky: You can’t just give her a gift certificate (too thoughtless) and you can’t buy her something too specific (she’ll likely hate it). Take the middle road and get her the Sephora Fresh Florals Deluxe Fragrance Sampler ($42, Sephora.com). The set includes a sample selection of best-selling fragrances — including Dolce Gabbana’s Light Blue and COACH Poppy Flower — along with a Sephora scent certificate that can be redeemed for a full-size bottle. Give her a few options, then let her choose. Done deal.
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For the new mom
You know what she misses most? Sleep. While you can’t replenish that, you can help her fake the look. The REN Active 7 Radiant Eye Gel ($45, RenSkincare.com) is a refreshing cooling gel that claims to revive tired eyes and encourage a firmer, smoother eye contour. Then make those eyes pop with Josie Maran’s GOGO Natural Volume Argan Mascara ($22, Sephora), a volumizing booster that should nourish and condition lashes with aloe leaf juice, algae, beet root and soybean extracts. Better yet, it’s 80 percent natural and free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and dyes.
Is she almost a new mom? Expectant mothers will thank you for introducing them to Josie Maran’s cult fave argan oil, which is rich in vitamin E to heal stretch marks . The new limited-edition “Model Citizen” collection — three pretty bottles designed by models Josie Maran, Petra Nemcova and Angela Lindvall — might seem a little pricey ($52, josiemarancosmetics.com), but fans swear that just one drop goes a long way.
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For the mom who needs a vacation
Is ma overworked? In desperate need of some relaxation? Maybe needs some downtime to read “Fifty Shades of Gray”? She needs a bubble bath (if not a vacation as well). The Soap Glory Do A Bubble Take Set ($36, sephora.com) makes a night in the tub seem all the more enticing: a bubbly shower gel, pouf, shampoo, exfoliating body polish, body butter, hand cream, and a refreshing moisturizing spray – all in a snazzy barrel bag. Then she give her tired feet the spa treatment with Bliss’ Softening Socks ($48, blissworld.com), which help soften hardened heels and abused feet with an enveloping nourishing polymer gel. It’s toe-tally perfect.
Rina Raphael is a TODAY.com editor who is a mother to a houseplant named Lily van der Woodsen.
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