She embarrassed you, grounded you, called your friends’ houses looking for you. Time to show Mama how much you love her.
For every mother, there is the perfect gift:
Personality Type: Saint Mom, the Perfect Martyr
“Oh, don’t worry about me.” Sound familiar? Time to splurge on her … because she never will.
Practical pampering: private pilates lessons at A Body Prepared (323-653-1981), at-home massage and facial with Robert Scott (323-656-5975), or Sports Club/LA gym membership (310-473-1447).
Fun pampering: a Mother-daughter spa trip in Brazil at Body Soul Adventures (866-341-3180; Mom gets 50 percent off if you book by May 17), or a color-therapy spa package at Ona (7373 Beverly Boulevard, 323-931-4442) for an indulgent getaway close to home.
Personality Type: The Holly Hobby Mom
She grows unidentifiable things on the windowsill, has a well-curated collection of Bundt-cake pans, and is always asking you to help with the yard.
House: Marc Bittman’s The Minimalist Cooks Dinner cookbook is brilliant; window boxes are adorable.
…and Garden: An adorable bucket hat and cute mary jane-style gardening shoes will make weeding glamorous.
Personality Type: I’m-As-Slick-As-You-Are Mom
More in-the-know than you are, your Glama Mama gives you a run for the money. (And no “borrowing” — these are for her.)
Fab accessories! Baccarat rings! Two Blonde Lizards turquoise baubles! A Dior belt!
Cool new tunes! On Verve Remixed, modern DJs revisit classics by Nina, Billie, and Ella. Orchestra Baobab’s Pirate’s Choice features amazing Afro-Cuban tunes.
Stop competing! You can both enjoy Lancel’s drawstring bags. Get a big one for Mom, a baby version for you (Lancel at the Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Boulevard, 310-360-1101, or call 866-4-LANCEL to order).
Personality Type: The New Mom
Her single days are over; a bundle of joy is on the way.
Fashion crisis: Take her mind off her disappearing waistline with very stylish maternity clothing. For her new staples, try GapMaternity.
Beauty bonanza: With all those hormones racing (and such great hair), what she’ll really want is a a melange of beauty products from Gloss.com and Bliss.
Personality Type: The Look-What-My-Child-Made Mom
When was the last time you finger-painted a masterpiece for her fridge? Or something a little more useful?
Coffee: Your mug on a mug? She’ll think of you with every sip.
Peony: Hit Flower District. Whip up a gorgeous arrangement. (Bonus: It only looks like it cost a fortune.)
Or me? Make Mom a vase, or a frame, or a jewelry box at Color Me Mine.
Personality Type: The Moms-Just-Wanna-Have-Fun Mom
Who you calling old?
Party on: Makeup-artist-to-the-stars Valerie (310-274-7348) will do her up for a big night on the town. Mom will move as well as she looks after tango lessons with Jorge and Monica Visconti (818-766-5225). Or, heck, just send her to Vegas! (Don’t forget some gambling money.)
Party in: Bridge more her bag? Try stylish cards. Remember, moms who entertain always need matches — for something or other.
Personality Type: The Oh-I’m-So-Neglected Mom
Animal love: You left the nest, so get her a puppy. That’ll keep her busy (and quiet). How about a subscription to the Wall Street Journal to take her mind off you? If not, back to the beasts: The book Dear Mom puts into words feelings that you can’t (or won’t).
If this doesn’t make her happy, nothing will.
And remember the most important part: “Mom, I love you. Thanks for everything.”