Footloose and Fancy -- Purple velvet and silk brocade make up the outside of these fanciful house slippers that are decorated with purple and green taffeta rosebuds. The inside is a soft chartruese insole and black-and-white polka dot sides and the bottom sole is suede by Goody Goody Bon Bons, $45. Mom may not want to give up these beautiful hand towels to the guest bath when she unwraps them: they're fine white linen with hand- embroidered and beaded flowers, plus they come in their own button bag by Sethi & Sethi, $42 for two; both from Arabella (3902 Hwy. 22, Mandeville 985-727-9787).
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Dominique Giordano Designs
Wearable Delicacies -- When only the finest will do for your mother, pick out something from the "caviar" series created by local jewelry artist Dominique Giordano. The square-shaped caviar bubbles of pearls come on a necklace, $1,340 for 14-karat gold or $195 for silver; with matching earrings, $480 for 14-karat gold or $95 for silver; from Dominique Giordano Jewelry Design (5420 Magazine St., 895-3909; www.dgiordanojewelry.com).
Inside the Box -- Show mom she's a classic with a traditional green Jasperware covered box from the early 1900s with a bas relief of a classical maiden on top, $65, from Kohlert- Winters Antiques LLC (1537 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-4514)
Stellar Gift -- Don't just promise her the moon, give your mom her own galaxy to wear with the Milky Way collection by jewelry artist Barbara Heinrich, made with platinum and diamonds and ranging from $22,000 to $24,000 from Katy Beh Contemporary Jewelry (3701 Magazine St., 896-9600)
Get Organized -- No one can organize a family like a mother, so give her tools to make it easy, plus a little something for memories. Start with a small fuscia leather pocket portfolio with a notepad and spaces for credit or business cards, plus a small matching pen by Retro 51, $29 for the set; and a beautiful environmentally conscious album for drawings, photos or a journal, handmade from recycled cloth and embellished on the cover with dried flower petals, $22; help her read between the lines better with an ornate magnifying glass on a cord, $8; all from Scriptura (3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 137, Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 219-1113; 5423 Magazine St., 897-1555; 328 Chartres St., 299- 1234)
Putting the "Fun" in Functional -- Spice up the practical side of Mom's life with a whimsical- but-useful handbag such as a reversible cocktail purse with silk and feathers around the top on one side and beaded embellishments on the other in a range of colors (here shown in chartreuse amd pink, or in gold, cream and brown), $125 each; a handcrafted pink bag with translucent pink beads on the handles and pink mother-of-pearl disks all over the outside by Monya, $89; all from Objets Trouves 3713 Magazine St., 897- 5066).