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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. 

GIFTS FOR 
MOM

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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
LADYBIRD BOWL

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Her elaborate bedtime routine is legendary, so butter her up with this luxe, nightstand-friendly beauty set. 

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Her glassware collection is outdone only by the drinks she makes to fill it. Nason & Moretti’s colorful Murano glass tumbler is just the thing to add to the festivities. 
Nason & moretti
Dandy tUmbler, color 9

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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

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What could be a more perfect addition to her famous country-breakfast spreads than one of these fruit-shaped marmalade jars? 
BUcellati
STERLING SILVER AND MURANO GLASS APPLE JAM JAR

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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.
ALEXANDRA LLEWELLYN
EBONY BACKGAMMON BOARD

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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.
FERNANDO JORGE
STREAM LOOP EARRINGS WITH STONES

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Two things she can’t live without: chocolate and travel, in that order. Indulge both with French chocolatier François Pralus’ tropical gift set, which features beans harvested from warm places all over the world.
FRANCOIS PRALUS
TROPICAL PYRAMID

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The fashion enthusiast and Chanel devotee will rejoice at this stunning new tortoiseshell clutch, which she’ll gleefully trot out for all her New Year’s Eve parties.
CHANEL
PLEXIGLASS, BRASS, AND AGED GOLD METAL CLUTCH

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Iconic fashion editor Diana Vreeland famously said that elegance is good taste with a dash of daring—words that describe your mother to a T. One of the perfumes from the Vreeland-inspired series will surely suit her just as well.

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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. 
RIZZOLI
DIANA VREELAND: THE MODERN WOMAN
EDITED BY ALEXANDER VREELAND

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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.
THE ROW
SUEDE MARKET BAG

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Give her the gift of forever young-looking eyes with this brightening, cooling, and restoring cream from beloved brand Erno Laszlo.

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Florist to the stars Eric Buterbaugh’s recent foray into scents takes a unique form in this one-of-a-kind scented rooster, which is his inventive alternative to the fragrance diffuser. You know she’ll love it.
ERIC BUTERBAUGH
Scented rooster

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In polite society, family values include both EMILY POST 
etiquette and ERNO LASZLO eye cream.
— VIOLET GREY
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What your mother wants above all else—even a custom handbag—is some quality time with you. And it doens’t get more quality than a relaxing trip for two to Amangiri’s illustrious desert retreat.