Mommy Dearest: Christmas Gifts From Daughters to Mothers

All grown up, twentysomething daughters turn the tables and treat their mothers for the holidays, with jewelry, activewear and accessories.

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All grown up, twentysomething daughters turn the tables and treat their mothers for the holidays, with jewelry, activewear and accessories.

1. Name: Kelley Giffin
Home: New York City
Mother’s home: Atlanta
Gift: Pearl cocktail ring and matching earrings.
Store: Macy’s
Price: $800
Inspiration: “While [I was] out shopping one day with my mom, she expressed interest in a pearl ring — a strange thing to be extremely excited about, I must admit, but I was extremely excited that she had expressed interest in something! Plus, she has recently given me a beautiful cocktail ring to celebrate my growing up — yes, I believe I am actually a 24-year-old person in the world— and I wanted to return the favor.”

2. Name: Jessica Hilberman
Home: Oakland, Calif.
Mother’s home: Los Angeles
Gift: A pair of art glass and sterling earrings by Los Angeles artist Arlene Risi Steich.
Store: Montclair Art and Wine Festival in Oakland.
Price: $45
Inspiration: “I picked earrings because my mom’s hair is growing back from her chemo, so it’s very short and cute, but she needs some fun ear jewelry to help frame her face. Actually, she never had pierced ears, but she got them pierced over Thanksgiving so that she’d be able to wear earrings without losing them (and because I think she wants diamonds), so this will be her first pair of pierced earrings.”

3. Name: Ashley Allison
Home: Dallas
Mother’s home: Liberty, Tex.
Gift: Black Gucci bag.
Store: An outlet in Florence.
Price: $600
Inspiration: “I know she’ll love it, and I guess it’s a bit authentic since it came straight from Italy via my very large suitcase. The best part about it is that (a) I haven’t even slipped a word about it in five months, and (b) I didn’t use it even once.”

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4. Name: Erica Peppers
Home: Scarsdale, N.Y.
Mother’s home: Scarsdale, N.Y.
Gift: C9 by Champion fleece jacket, running capris and long-sleeve running singlettes.
Store: Target
Price: $80
Inspiration: “My mom mentioned that she liked my exercise clothes and that she wanted some for herself. She is becoming very diligent about her exercising, too, so I thought this would be a great gift. Plus, you can color coordinate, which she loves — i.e., the pants have an aqua stripe down the side, and I bought a matching white top with aqua piping.”

5. Name: Lee Heffner
Home: Washington
Mother’s home: Louisville, Ky. and Naples, Fla.
Gift: Tory Burch orange ballet flats.
Store: saks.com
Price: $195
Inspiration: “She loves her Prada ballet flats, so I thought I’d get her these since they’re a little spunkier with the metallic hardware, and the bright color is perfect for Naples.”

6. Name: Molly Waxman
Home: New York City
Mother’s home: Austin, Tex.
Gift: Kooba’s Jessie purse.
Store: kooba.com
Price: $465
Inspiration: “I wanted to get her something nice that wouldn’t just sit on a shelf somewhere. She has tons of great handbags for nighttime, but I wanted to give her something that she could use daily.”

7. Name: Katie Henderson
Home: Chicago
Mother’s home: Chicago
Gift: “Smitten Mitten.”
Store: smitten.com
Price: $14
Inspiration: “My parents are huge public hand-holders, and this fleece mitten let’s you hold hands and still keep warm. It’s the perfect gag gift.”

8. Name: Tazia Smith
Home: New York City
Mother’s home: Daytona Beach, Fla.
Gift: A floaty vest for exercising in the pool.
Store: Online
Price: $65
Inspiration: “She lives in Florida, and she has just gotten into working out in the pool. When I told her about ‘pool jogging,’ she got really excited and wanted to know where to get one of the floaty vests.”

9. Name: ThuZar Wynn
Home: Chicago
Mother’s home: Columbus, Ohio
Gift: A handmade scarf.
Store: Dragonfly
Price: $90
Inspiration: “I bought a present from an international, Southeast Asian-inspired goods store. The scarf’s colors are very oriental — orange, red, mango — and it will remind her of the ones she had purchased before from [Burma, her home country].”

10. Name: Ashley Clark
Home: New York City
Mother’s home: Lake Forrest, Ill.
Gift: “The Sonoma Diet” book, Jo Malone cologne and body crème, opera glasses, Elizabeth Arden EA 8-hour cream intensive moisturizing hand treatment, Williams-Sonoma’s apple martini cocktail mix and “The Original Peppermint Bark.”
Store: amazon.com, Saks Fifth Avenue, operanet.com, amazon.com, Williams-Sonoma in Bloomingdale’s in Chicago.
Price: $15, about $100 and $80, $50, $23, $14 and $24, respectively
Inspiration: “This is what she asked for — thus, we bought them!”

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