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The Mother Lode 

A big batch of great gifts for Mom's special da

Photos by Carlton Mickle

Bold and sunny, this yellow cuff from Sparkling Sage will add a bright spot to any ensemble — $90 at Ballin's (712 Dante St., 866-4367; 806 E. Boston St., Covington, 985-892-0025; 2917 Magazine St., 891-4502; www.ballinsltd.com).
Help her garden grow more lively with a hand-blown glass hummingbird feeder — $12.99 at Harry's Ace Hardware (333 N. Carrollton Ave., 896-1540; 3535 Magazine St., 896-1500; 4817 Gen. Meyer Ave., 896-1520; www.harrysacehardware.com).
She'll be charmed for sure when you give her this Parisian-inspired Tuileries lamp with a dressmaker pleated shade and a bouquet of climbing metal flowers (28 inches tall) — $295 at Shop of the Two Sisters (1800 Magazine St., 525-2747).
She will find a place of pride on her mantle for an elegant set of 1890s finials — $2,200 a pair at Perch (2844 Magazine St., 899-2122; www.perch-home.com).
A brand new overnight bag gives a well-deserved weekend getaway an auspicious start — $54 at Miche (705 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 464-8986; www.micheclothing.com).
Colorful and comfy, this turquoise cotton blouse with red embroidery by Billabong will look lovely on Mom — $36 at Massey's Professional Outfitters (509 N. Carrollton Ave., 754-7467; 3363 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-1144; www.masseysoutfitters.com).
From Dominique Giordano's Bloom Collection, these vintage Lucite (shown in mint and mauve) and sterling silver blooms, $250 each, hang quite naturally on silver vine chokers, $125 each — at Dominique Giordano (5420 Magazine St., 895-3909; www.dgiordano.com).
Substantially luxurious, this pair of 18-karat yellow gold earrings with emeralds and diamonds will be an instant favorite — $9,450 at Wellington & Company (505 Royal St., 525-4855; www.wcjewelry.com).
Fill a willow basket with a few of Mom's favorite things: an Australian Chardonnay and a French red from the Rhone Valley, plus a few well-chosen sweet treats — $30 at Martin Wine Cellar (3500 Magazine St., 899-7411; 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7300; www.martinwine.com).
A top seller in the "carpool clothes" category, this ribbed cotton-lycra knit jacket by City Lights, $78, comes in a variety of colors, with matching pants available in two lengths — flood, $62, and long, $65 — at Priorities (8128 Hampson St., 861-8780).
Make your mother queen for more than just a day when you give her the jewels of a lifetime. Featuring diamonds exquisitely set in white gold, the earrings, $1,390, and necklace, $790, are by Jolie Designs from Symmetry Jewelers (8138 Hampson St., 861-9925; www.symmetryjewelers.com).
Is your mom passionate about cooking? In his new, 432-page book, Ralph Brennan's New Orleans Seafood Cookbook, the celebrated restaurateur shares 170 seafood recipes, a mix of classic and contemporary dishes — $45 at major booksellers and at www.ralphbrennancookbook.com.
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