A Violet-approved array of elegant holiday presents that are all about your mother.
Written By Christine Whitney
Market By Cynthia Cook Smith
She has been planning your holiday visit for months, from the social itinerary to the menu (which surely includes your favorite pie), to dog-proofing the house so your beloved Brussels Griffon can feel at home (and her carpets can be spared). Here, a crop of gifts to show your mother how much you appreciate her efforts.
Any place setting–obsessed mother will appreciate a selection of these rustically charming ladybug plates from Astier de Villate’s collaboration with John Derian. (Versions featuring other insects, including dragonflies, allow for mix-and-match opportunities.)
ASTIER DE VILLATE
Because she’s probably already looking forward to your next visit. Circle it in this mini calendar for an extra-thoughtful touch.
MRS. JOHN L. STRONG
LE PETIT CALENDAR REFILL
What could be a more perfect addition to her famous country-breakfast spreads than one of these fruit-shaped marmalade jars?
STERLING SILVER AND MURANO GLASS APPLE JAM JAR
Home for the holidays means hot toddies by the tree and games around the table. Up the ante with this custom backgammon board. She’ll love a hand-painted rendition from Alexandra Llewellyn, but what she’ll love even more is spending some quality time engaged in a good match with you.
EBONY BACKGAMMON BOARD
Her bijoux collection rivals the Queen’s, and she prefers to take her breakfast meetings at Tiffany’s. And although she is hard to impress, she can’t help but be bowled over by these beauties from up-and-coming jeweler Fernando Jorge.
STREAM LOOP EARRINGS WITH STONES
The book to accompany the scent! This new compilation of Vreeland’s groundbreaking work for Harper’s Bazaar (edited by her grandson, Alexander) will dazzle your fashionable mother.
DIANA VREELAND: THE MODERN WOMAN
EDITED BY ALEXANDER VREELAND
Your family compares her handbag to Mary Poppins’, and with good reason. She likes nothing more than to be prepared, and feels naked without 15 pounds of essentials on her person. Upgrade her arsenal with this understatedly elegant carryall, which is ample enough to accommodate anything she throws its way.
SUEDE MARKET BAG
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