EXCEPTIONAL GIFTS
FOR THE
EXCEPTIONAL MOM
Text by Kathryn Brooks + Fiona Clarke

On May 9, celebrate the exceptional woman in your life by treating her to an exceptional Mother’s Day gift. Here are foolproof ideas, from sparkling jewelry and a captivating getaway, to a stylish handbag and an over-the-top facial. This year, we’ve amped it up with a dozen carefully curated items that are guaranteed to make her day.

It’s a Wrap

It’s always a good call to send flowers, but it’s an even better to send them frequently. Camelback Flowershop has created a service for just that purpose.  The Wrap subscription delivers flowers 12 different times…You pick how often: weekly, bimonthly or monthly. Once you sign up, a fresh-flower bouquet beautifully wrapped in decorative paper will be delivered on the Thursdays you choose depending on the frequency you selected.  The stems will vary season to season, and each wrap will be unique with the shops distinctive flair. To place an order, stop by the shop at 4214 East Indian School Road, Phoenix or visit www.camelbackflowershop.com

Work It Out

Mirror, a high-tech workout product that bills itself as an “interactive home gym,” looks like a normal mirror, but it streams live and on-demand fitness classes in a broad range of workout genres. With programs like Cardio Training, Competitive Challenge, Abs + Arms, Train for a Marathon, Kickboxing, Total Body Strength and Intro to Weight Loss among others, she’ll have an endless array of choices, including an option for personal training. User-friendly interface, over 10,000 on-demand classes available 24/7, world-class instructors, a screen that takes up minimal space and eliminating commute time to and from the gym are just some of the reasons for its popularity. Visit www.mirror.co

Retreat to Paradise

Spending time together, laughing, relaxing and talking about everything under the sun is what strengthens relationships. Given the past 15 months, both you and mom deserve some quality downtime together. A stay at Esperanza, located on the Baja Peninsula just outside of the town of Cabo San Lucas, is an ideal spot to renew those bonds. Unwind on your secluded oceanfront terrace, start the day with yoga, horseback ride along the beaches, sail along the tranquil Sea of Cortez, go on a whale-watching photo safari, explore the quaint town of Cabo, bask on the resort’s private beach, take a mezcal tasting class or simply chill…the options are endless. Book your reservation at www.aubergeresorts.com

Sound Off

Mom can select a song, check the news, organize her day, connect for online meetings and hand-free calls – all thanks to the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Generation) The product reviews are unanimous: “The Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Generation) delivers a pleasingly comfortable yet authoritative performance that you’d be happy listening to all day. Throw in its classy, well-made design, easy to use operation and the bonus of Alexa, and you’re looking at a Bluetooth speaker sequel that has very much been worth the wait.” It’s expansive sound, weighty bass, competent Alexa integration, longer playtime, fully waterproof, stunning build and finish, and portable size seals the deal. Drop in to the Scottsdale showroom or visit www.bang-olufsen.com

Mastermind 

Whether your mom is an art lover, a foodie, a film buff or a sports enthusiast, Masterclass is sure to have an offering that strikes her fancy. Taught by some of the biggest names in their respective fields, the lineup includes such notables as chef Thomas Keller, interior designer Kelly Wearstler, novelist James Patterson, actress Natalie Portman, tennis superstar Serena Williams and comedian Steve Martin. Each class has video lessons, exercises, workbooks and interview sessions with the instructor. A typical class has about 10-25 video lessons that are 2-5 hours each. The positive feedback from participants is that the classes provide insight into the grueling nature of artistic pursuits while inspiring a love of the craft. An All-Access Pass is priced at $180 per year. www.masterclass.com

Look, No Hands 

Does the fashion brand behind the world’s most coveted bag (mais oui, the Birkin) need to introduce a new one? Not really, but Hermès did it anyway with the stylish Perspective Cavalière handbag. The asymmetric design, which appears flat, is a fashionable option for everyday wear. The oh-so-practical shoulder-strap model is offered in two sizes and a variety of colors colors like red, black and brown. Impeccably well-made by French craftsmen, it will quickly become mom’s go-to bag as she goes about her daily errands. Visit www.hermes.com

Book It

If your mom is inspired by style, art or design a book from Assouline is an excellent choice. Our favorite of the moment is Versailles: From Louis XIV to Jeff Koons. Welcome her to the most storied palace in the world, the glittering Château de Versailles. Beginning with the original proposal for a modest hunting lodge by Louis XIII in 1623, this volume encompasses the many momentous occasions that have taken place, including diplomatic summits, scientific advancements, and renowned visitors over the centuries, from Mozart, Benjamin Franklin and Queen Victoria to Fred Astaire and the Kennedys, not to mention exhibitions of today’s great artists, beginning with Jeff Koons in 2008. Lavishly illustrated with archival images and stunning photography, complimentary white gloves and a vibrant blue tote bag are included. Available at www.assouline.com

Scent-sational

Housed in the intricately designed Coromandel container, the Flora di Fornasetti candle has  a beautiful and elegant white floral bouquet. The scent, inspired by the lush flora that fills the gardens that envelope the artist’s family home in Milan, is a seamless blend of Top Notes (Lily of the Valley and White Rose); Heart Notes (Iris, Orange Blossom and Jasmine); and Base Notes (Tuberose, Sandalwood, Musk). After the burn time of approximately 60 hours, the now empty decorative jar will have other useful purposes such as a vessel to store bath salts or cotton swabs. Available at www.neimanmarcus.com

On Time

Bold in gold, the Serpenti Seduttori watch makes time even more precious. Reimagining Bvlgari’s indisputably seductive icon with a striking new design, the timepiece boasts the iconic drop shaped watch head, thinner than ever before, with a sensual, flexible bracelet featuring a hexagonal pattern inspired by the scales of a serpent. Alluring aesthetics and a nod to the glamour of high jewelry, the watch has a quartz movement, 33 mm 18k rose gold case, 18k rose gold bezel set with diamonds, 18k rose gold crown set with a cabochon-cut pink rubellite, white silver opaline dial, 18k rose gold bracelet and folding buckle. This gift is guaranteed to keep you in good graces for a very long time. Visit the Bulgari Boutique at Scottsdale Fashion Square or www.bulgari.com

About Face

Mom deserves some TLC this Mother’s Day, so why not treat her to an Over-The-Top Facial with aesthetician extraordinaire Jeni Pekar who works her magic at Olga Brow Studio in Scottsdale. This relaxing treatment includes sonic cleansing with a micro-exfoliant to purify and tone the skin, a 24k gold eye mask to soothe and hydrate, a white diamond collagen mask to firm and lift, a citrus-infused massage to alleviate tension in the scalp, neck and shoulders and, completing this heavenly experience, the perfect eye, lip and face moisturizers from Priori Advanced Skin Care. If you’d like to enhance the gift, also schedule a brow appointment and have one of the team artists wax, tweeze and sculpt mom’s brows to perfection. To book, visit www.olgabrowstudio.com

Measuring Up

A masterful artisan who revolutionized the world of design and forever changed the way women wear jewelry, Elsa Peretti’s legacy will remain a constant source of inspiration. A true pioneer of design, Peretti’s arrival at Tiffany & Co. in 1974 heralded a never-before-seen aesthetic. Among her acclaimed creations are Diamonds by the Yard, a combination of fine, fluid chains, and bezel-set stones that transformed the role of diamonds in fashion. Described as “timeless, distinct, and modern,” it’s the perfect gift for mom, Stop by Tiffany & Co. at Scottsdale Fashion Square to see the collection or visit www.tiffany.com 

A Sweet Note

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to splurge and there is none better than fine chocolate. La Maison du Chocolat of Paris is constantly reinventing this delicacy, developing its favors, mixing it with fruits, nuts or spices to create unique bites. “I am on a constant quest to search for new raw ingredients to craft the chocolate of tomorrow,” says Nicolas Cloiseau, master chef of La Maison du Chocolat. Beautifully presented in a signature box, your mom will know this is a special treat.  For door-to-door delivery via isothermal packaging, visit www.lamaisonduchocolat.us