Leonard Cohen once said, “Once you’ve seen Paris, there’s no going back to the farm.” Or Kitsilano for that matter. Give Mom a Gallic gift from Fabrics de France, like a bottle of wine wrapped in a Parisian tea towel, or a French tablecloth shrouding a good Tomme or Camembert from Les Amis du Fromage (on the same block). From $20. Fabrics de France, 1738 W. Second Ave., Vancouver, 604-737-0502, www.fabricsdefrance.com
And if you can’t take her to Normandy, get her a timeless pair of espadrilles by Le Pont St Michel in the colours of the French flag ($105 at Misch, 2960 Granville St., Vancouver, 604-731-1017, www.misch.ca), and a wide brimmed hat from Goorin Bros., 1188 Hamilton St., Vancouver, 604-683-1895, www.goorin.com
Remember, gifts you give mom may become yours one day, so choose wisely. Like this vintage-looking sterling silver frame from Birks ($395, pictured, 698 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, 604-669-3333, www.birks.com), or beautiful French ceramics by Astier de Villatte (from $50) at The Cross Décor & Design, 1198 Homer St., Vancouver, 604-689-2900, thecrossdesign.com
Gwyneth Paltrow says she never takes off her gold tag necklaces engraved with her kids names ($270 to order at www.chloeinstyle.com), or give mom a necklace made from an antique baby spoon by Vancouver’s Anna de Courcy ($300) from Misch, 2960 Granville St., Vancouver, 604-731-1017, www.misch.ca. Hang them on The Icelet jewellery tree from Umbra so they never get tangled. $24.95 (pictured) at Room In Order, 1055 Davie St., Vancouver, 604-684-8884, www.roominorder.com
For her beach read, we suggest the tongue-in-cheek Life’s Too Short To Fold Fitted Sheets by Lisa Quinn ($22.95) or Stuff Every Woman Should Know by Alanna Kalb ($9.95), both from Raincoast Books or, let’s face it, Oprah by Kitty Kelley ($17.50) at Amazon.ca and the new DVD It’s Complicated with Meryl Streep.
Enforce relaxation with The Cross’s new house candles ($20) in Harmony and Unity (The Cross Décor & Design, 1198 Homer St., Vancouver 604-689-2900, thecrossdesign.com), and French mint tea and a modern teapot ($50) and Kusmi spearmint French tea ($22) at Homewerx, 1053 Davie St., Vancouver, 604-682-2204, www.homewerx.ca
A treat from Agent Provocateur won’t go unnoticed. By anyone. Think cream silk corsets for this spring’s lingerie trend ($650, pictured, 1020 Alberni St., Vancouver, 604-688-2712, www.agentprovocateur.com). In case she feels underdressed, add a Michael Kors purse ($375) with the new DSquared2 oversized sunglasses ($450) for that Almost Famous look. At Holt Renfrew, 737 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver, 604-681-3121, www.holtrenfrew.com
LOVE YOU MOM!