Nordstrom, so far, is beating out the other department stores in their online selection of fun gift sets for Mother's Day. Here is a great one for Thierry Mugler Angel fans: a black case with Celestial Showers (3.5 oz.), Celestial Body Cream (1.7 oz.) and Angel Refillable Eau de Parfum Spray (1.7 oz.). $119.
For the niche fragrance fans, here is a lovely set from i Profumi di Firenze: the Vanilla Collection, with 12 ml miniature spray bottles of three of their most popular scents: Ambra del Nepal, Vaniglia del Madagascar, and Zenzero, all in a travel case. $90 at Beauty Habit.
A Terra Cotta Urn filled with potpourri from Santa Maria Novella. The ingredients for the "secret recipe" of herbs and flowers from the Florentine hills is 100% organic and pesticide-free, and the fragrance should last 12-16 months. Two sizes, 150 gr for $85 or 70 gr for $60, at Aedes.
For the gardener, a Crabtree & Evelyn minature glass conservatory filled with shea butter Hand Therapy Hand Cream, Nail & Cuticle cream and exfoliating Pumice Scrub, and a crushable canvas hat. $45.
From Ren Clean Skincare (no petrochemicals, sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrances or colors), a Grapefruit Duo gift set with Neroli and Grapefruit Body Wash (8.5 fl.oz) and Grapeseed Jojoba & Shea Butter Body Cream (8.5 fl.oz), along with two bonus samples: Frankincense Repair Cream and Omega 3 Facial Serum. At Luilei, $58.
And the budget alternative: the always-welcome soaps from Roger & Gallet, available in a variety of fragrances (my favorite: sandalwood) at Hampton Court. Single bars are packaged in plastic travel cases ($10), or buy boxed sets of 3 ($16.95).