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A Giving Heart 

Gifts to make her feel extra special this Mother's Day

Photos by Romney Photography

Lasting love
The iris, a flower said to symbolize faith and wisdom, is perfect for Mother's Day. And she's sure to love this longer-lasting version, a sterling silver Mignon Faget Louisiana Iris pendant, $165, on a 16-inch sterling triple-chain necklace, $90 -- from Mignon Faget Ltd. (3801 Magazine St., 891-2005; 333 Canal St., The Shops at Canal Place, 524-2973; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 835-2244;

Spa memories
Book a mother/daughter spa day, $285, at Belladonna Day Spa for four hours of pampering plus a light lunch for two. And send mom home with a sweet little memento of your day: Voluspa's handmade Limoni Frosted Biscotti candle, $21, scented with hints of Italian lime peel, baked almond biscotti, whipped cream frosting and ground nutmeg -- from Belladonna Day Spa (2900 Magazine St., 891-4393;
How does her gardening go?
Give her sun protection in the form of a classic palm hat, $20, with an adjustable leather chin strap; manicure preservation with canvas Garden Party Gloves, $5.29; and a soft landing with a gardener's kneeling pad by Rumford Garden, $10 -- from Green Parrot Nursery (4920 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-1100;
Monogram mama
Luxury has a new name -- hers! Blend the simple goodness of fine soap with the charm of personalization and you have the perfect gift. From Solebury Soap Company, custom order a set of three bars, $26; guest soaps (set of six), $26; or napkins, $12, all in your choice of color, font and fragrance to make mom's powder room complete -- from Lakeview Gallery & Framing (819 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 464-1444).
Spot-on time
Only room for one on her left wrist? Give her the best of both with a bold cuff bracelet-and-watch combo by Oui Bee Art, $35. Ever so clever and stylish too, it comes in an assortment of colors and patterns -- from Thomas Mann Gallery I/O(1812 Magazine St., 581-2113,
Show her love
"Love Letter" is the title of this framed red heart painting, $440, by Michelle Allee, and there is even a love letter written by the artist on the back. It's a sweet yet straightforward way to earn much-needed points with your wife -- from Art For the Soul (818 Howard Ave., Ste. 101, 558-7770).
New Orleans lady
This exquisite, hand-painted symbolic fleur de lis sculpture, $699, was designed by a local artist and represents a part of New Orleans history. Each piece has a copyright and registered trademark and is exclusive to Gallery Nine Forty (940 Royal St., 558-0000).
Don't go changin'
Mom can enjoy her workout, then go about her day without changing her outfit with a roll-up I-Pod pant worn long or cropped, $96; matching roll-up I-Pod jacket, $110; and a Leila tank with built in bra, $62; all made of Brazilian supplex, a nylon lycra blend that wicks away moisture -- from Priorities (8128 Hampson St., 861-8780).
Mom rocks
Pure elegance describes these gorgeous pieces designed by Galatea. Freshwater pearls are accented with diamonds set in 14-karat white gold: earrings (.08-carat total), $450; pendant (.08-carat total), $425; from Symmetry (8138 Hampson St., 861-9925;
Hostess with the mostest
Wearing this vibrant, locally made, 100 percent cotton reversible apron by Desperate Hostess, $52, mom will look great when she uses this versatile collapsible silicone strainer, $14.99, which flattens to only 1-inch thick for storage. It also has a lip, allowing it to rest within pots and pans, and it's sturdy enough to maintain its expanded shape while resting on a counter -- from Savvy Gourmet (4519 Magazine St., 895-2665;
An eyeful of necklace
This tiger cowrie shell necklace, $200, has a special loop made for hanging sunglasses. She'll love to use it with a beautiful pair of Prada aviator silver wrap sunglasses, $245, or this classic Chanel pair, $390, both of which offer 100 percent UV protection -- from St. Charles Vision (8040 St. Charles Ave., 866-6311; 138 Carondelet St., 522-8026; 3200 Severn Ave., Metairie, 887-2020) and St. Charles Vision Outlet (837 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 733-0406; 817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 712-3551; 1844 N. Causeway Blvd., Northlake Shopping Center, Mandeville, 985-626-8103; 200 SW Railroad Ave., Hammond Square Mall, Hammond, 985-542-9410; 3909 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 328-9733;


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