Many apologies for the belated post (too many holiday parties). Here are my last minute recommendations for (the hardest person to shop for on your list) your mother:
1.) House Proud: Nineteenth Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection: Does your mother love to constantly redecorate or "update" her abode? This exhibition catalogue (from the popular Cooper-Hewitt show of the same name) is filled with stunning and detailed illustrations of domestic spaces. This is a perfect gift for the mother who loves elegant interior decorating and beautiful art. Pick up a copy at the Cooper Hewitt Gift Shop on the corner of 91st and Fifth Avenue.
2.) Smythson's Beauty Bible: This little Schiaparelli-pink beauty diary is divided into categories like "Makeup," and it is ideal for keeping track of products, spa and weight-loss therapies, and beauty rituals. It comes packaged in a beautiful sky-blue pouch. Smythson of Bond Street is located at 4 West 57th Street.
3.) Dr. Sebagh First Experience Kit: This starter set is nearly as coveted as an appointment with the famed French dermatologist himself, who tends to the skin of Cindy Crawford and other famous beauties. Serum Repair will erase wrinkles when worn under makeup, the Deep Exfoliating Mask will work miracles on sun damage and uneven tone, Essential Glow with Vitamin C Powder will brighten, and Creme Vital and Creme Hormone-Like Effect will turn back the clock. Purchase your set at Barneys located at 660 Madison Avenue.
photo credit book: http://www.amazon.com
photo credit beauty bible: http://www.smythson.com
photo credit first experience kit: http://www.johnlewis.com