Mother’s Day Gifts She Won’t Return

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Whether your mom is a technophile, a craft-lover or a culture queen, our no-fail gift guide will help you find a present she's guaranteed to love. Not sure which “type" she is? Don't worry, we'll help you ID her too. The only problem? Finding a way to top yourself next year.

  1. The Mom-About-Town

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    How to spot her: Do boutiques call her the second the new collections hit the floor? Is she on a first-name basis with the maitre d’s of the hottest restaurants in town? Sounds like you’ve got one! Here are four picks just for her.

    Question: What’s more chic than shiny black snakeskin?

    Answer: Nothing.

    We say, tuck one of your old class photos inside and you’ve bought her a ticket to mom heaven.

    MICHAEL Michael Kors Wallet, $118, Bloomingdales.com

  2. For the Mom-About-Town: Silver Screen Combo

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    Let her invoke old Hollywood glamour (think riding in a convertible along the Pacific Coast Highway) with this chic scarf and sunglasses pair. Absolutely fabulous.

    En plein air scarf, $55 JCrew.com

    A|X Armani Exchange sunglasses, $70, Macys.com

  3. For the Mom-About-Town: Serious Skin Love

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    Though the skin care market is crowded with newfangled lines, Elizabeth Arden’s famed Eight Hour Cream remains the gold standard. Beloved for its miracle abilities by the “ladies who lunch” set, your mom will appreciate the pedigree.

    Eight Hour Cream 100th Anniversary Celebration, $29.50, ElizabethArden.com

  4. The Proud Mama

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    How to spot her: If she owned a Picasso it would have to fight for wall space among the many portraits of her children and grandchildren. She loves to be surrounded by family and takes every opportunity to show off their milestones and accomplishments. These three gifts will show how proud you are of her.

    I Heart U Print, $20, Etsy.com

  5. For the Proud Mama: Family Picnic

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    The next al fresco family get-together she hosts will be a breeze with this picnic set. All the colorful components fit neatly inside an insulated backpack with straps on the side for a picnic blanket. So cute!

    Picnic set, $150, FrenchBull.com

  6. For the Proud Mama: Fine Art

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    Elevate a family photo to an “official” work of art by having it printed on canvas. Trust us -- it’ll be the focal point of her gallery.

    Photo to canvas prints, from $42.50, CanvasPress.com

  7. The Foodie Mom

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    How to spot her: Is her television always tuned to the Food Network? Does she read the Sur La Table catalog cover to cover as if it were a romance novel? Sounds like the shoe fits! Here are three picks she’ll savor.

    Satisfy her sweet tooth with this unique assortment of top-shelf goodies.

    Black Hound New York Small Spring Gift Tower, $75, SaksFifthAvenue.com

  8. For the Foodie Mom: Top Tips

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    It’s only natural for food lovers to have a sizeable cookbook collection (if the sky-high stacks on TheNest.com editors’ desks are any indication). Here are two good ones we bet she doesn’t have yet.

    Top Chef: The Cookbook, $20, ShopByBravo.com

    Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook, , $19, ShopByBravo.com

  9. For the Foodie Mom: Artist Within

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    Let her get truly creative the next time she arranges an hors d’oeuvres platter with this artist palette-inspired cheese tray.

    Artist Palette Cheese Tray, $23, FishsEddy.com

  10. The Earth Mama

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    How to spot her: She’d rather go on a yoga retreat than stay at a 4-star spa. She takes pottery classes at the local community center, and her favorite book is The Feminine Mystique. Sound like anyone you know? These three gifts are just right for her. The Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is located in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley. With a thick catalog of weekend retreats and classes -- you can snag her a certificate for the holistic getaway class of her choosing.

    Gift certificate, $25 and up, EOmega.org

  11. For the Earth Mama: Her Story

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    She’ll love documenting her day in these hand-bound personalized journals.

    Two personalized journals, $60, NeimanMarcus.com

  12. For the Earth Mama: Culture Club

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    What’s on the coffee table of this free-spirited mama? The landmark book from the Museum of Modern Art, highlighting the collections of modern female artists.

    Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art, $45, Amazon.com

  13. The Entertainer

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    How to spot her: Could she throw parties for a living if she wanted to? Is she the consummate hostess who never lets a platter or glass go empty? If so, here are three gifts that say, “Let’s celebrate!”

    Finally, a solution to the epic “too many appetizers; too few hands” party conundrum. Genius!

    Wine glass top appetizer plates, $17 (set of 4), CatchingFireflies.com

  14. For the Entertainer: Conversation Piece

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    With a rotating roster of guests, she’ll create countless cool centerpieces in this eye-catching bowl.

    Loop-De-Loop Bowl, $45, Uncommongoods.com

  15. For the Entertainer: End of the Night!

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    At the finish of a successful fete, let her kick off her heels and relax in these adorable ballet-inspired slippers.

    Kate Spade Chime Slippers, $60, SaksFifthAvenue.com