Face it: we’ve now entered Mother’s Day gift crunch time, wherein you try to surreptitiously find out what mom likes these days and pray that whatever store carries it also offers expedited shipping so that you don’t feel like a disappointment of a child when Sunday rolls around. To expedite that process on your behalf (and avoid tipping mom off that you’ve waited until now to search for a gift), we have a suggestion: get her something luxe that doesn’t require you to guess her size.

If that’s not a big enough of a hint, then let us spell it out: accessories and housewares make the best last-minute gifts for any occasion involving most moms. Below, we’ve crawled the Internet in search of things your mom might actually use or wear, please a couple ultra-luxe gifts that you should consider if you need to thank good ol’ ma for, say, paying for your medical school tuition back in the day. If you’re not the gift-giver in your family who needs help, feel free to forward this list to your brother, too.


Dogeared Small Gold-Dipped Love Ring
$42 via Neiman Marcus

Dogeared Small Gold-Dipped Love Ring

Ippolita 18k Gold Rock Candy Large Lapis Teardrop Earrings
$1,495 via Neiman Marcus

Ippolita 18k Gold Rock Candy Large Lapis Teardrop Earrings

Proenza Schouler PS1 iPad Case
$685 via Neiman Marcus

Proenza Schouler PS1 iPad Case

Bottega Veneta Cosmetic Case
$570 via Neiman Marcus

Bottega Veneta Cosmetic Case

Salvatore Ferragamo Classic Mediterraneo Continental Wallet
$495 via Neiman Marcus

Salvatore Ferragamo Classic Mediterraneo Continental Wallet

Assouline “The Impossible Collection of Jewelry” by Vivienne Becker
$695 via Net-a-Porter

Assouline The Impossible Collection of Jewelry Book

Etro Modal and Cashmere Printed Scarf
$600 via Net-a-Porter

Etro Modal and Cashmere Printed Scarf

Jonathan Adler Brass Love Box
$198 via ShopBop

Jonathan Adler Brass Love Box

Lunares Pint Ice Cream Holder and Scoop
$48 via ShopBop

Lunares Pint Ice Cream Holder and Scoop

Mother’s Day can be an extremely tough gift-giving occasion, especially when shopping for your own mother. What do you get for a woman who’s well established in her life, has grown children and who you’ve already given dozens of gifts for Mother’s Days, birthdays and Christmases or Hanukahs in the past? How do you pick something meaningful that’s not basically a repeat of a gift from a couple years ago? If you’re smart, you go with a vintage or pre-owned gift from our friends at Portero.com.

We’ve told you about Portero’s incredible selection of handbags in the past, but the online retailer offers much more than just purses. Portero also jewelry, watches and accessories, both vintage and contemporary pre-owned. Because the pieces aren’t brand new (although some things are still in their packaging!), many of them can be had for less than retail, which gives you a lot of bang for your gift-giving buck. When your mom knows how strategic you were in finding her perfect Mother’s Day gift, she’ll be so proud.

Want to see more of our Mother’s Day picks? Check out the full list at Portero!


Pick up this Judith Leiber Vintage Swarovski Crystal Gold Fan Minaudiere for your mom, and then take her someplace she can carry it – the opera, perhaps? Buy through Portero for $2,400.

Judith Leiber Vintage Swarovski Crystal Gold Fan Minaudiere Evening Bag

Diamonds are a mom’s best friend, and this Tiffany & Co. Platinum and Diamond Estate Petals Key Pendant is a far more unique gift than a regular ol’ pair of studs. Buy through Portero for $4,900.

Tiffany and Co Platinum and 1.18ctw Diamond Estate Petals Key Pendant

I distinctly remember my mom’s olive leather toiletry case from when I was a child, but it was nowhere near as luxurious as this Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Canvas Toiletry Trunk Case. Buy through Portero for $2,183.

Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Canvas Toiletry Trunk Case

A vintage handbag always feels appropriate for a woman who has lived a long, interesting, full life, and this Hermes Cocaon Niloticus Crocodile Kelly Bag, manufactured in 1983, might be the ultimate vintage coup. Buy through Portero for $23,000.

Hermès 1983 Vintage Cocaon Niloticus Crocodile 35cm Kelly Bag

If mom would prefer some contemporary Hermes, this Hermes Menthe Chevre Trifold Bearn Wallet would brighten up the interior of any bag. Buy through Portero for $3,420.

Hermes Menthe Chèvre Trifold Bearn Wallet

A luxurious watch, like this Hermes Stainless Steel H Hour Ladies Watch, is a must-have for a woman in her prime. Buy for $1,236 via Portero.

Hermes Stainless Steel H Hour Ladies Watch

The Chanel Black Satin Patterned Mini Flap Bag mixes a classic that moms love with a little bit of modern fun. Buy through Portero for $1,099.

Chanel Black Satin Patterned Mini Flap Bag

Lots of moms and grandmas have a thing for costume jewelry, and brooches in particular. This Chanel Gold Tone Lion Motif Black Line Stone Brooch would make a great addition to any collection. Buy through Portero for $900.

Chanel Gold Tone Lion Motif Black Line Stone Brooch

If your mom is thoroughly modern, you may want to look for a men’s watch for her instead of a women’s – the look is bolder and more contemporary, and with a watch like the Cartier Roadster Chronograph 18k Gold Men’s Automatic Watch, it’s no less luxurious. Buy through Portero for $24,690.

Cartier Roadster Chronograph 18k Yellow Gold Men's Automatic Watch 34-15

Happy May! We are already a few days in, but so far, May has gotten off to a great start with the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo. And for all you birthday girls, your birthstone is the lovely emerald and this color looks amazing on handbags. From a true green to a bit of a deeper hue, a green handbag is great to add to your wardrobe as it works well for those who wear brown and black and every color in between.

From funky clutches to sophisticated everyday bags, we’ve rounded up the best emerald green handbags for this year’s May Birthday Gift Guide! (more…)

I wish it were an April Fool’s joke that April is already here, but it’s not. 2013 is flying by, and while I sometimes wish it would slow down, I’m also ready for Mother Nature to bring on spring and warm weather, please! A new month also means a new slew of birthdays, and I think April birthday babies are pretty lucky – their birthstone is the coveted diamond.

When it comes to finding a great gift for an April birthday gal or guy, anything with an actual diamond is always welcomed, and we have some of the best handbags to match with your new diamond earrings. From a little sparkly bling to a classic white bag, our April birthday gift guide for 2013 is ready for your perusal!

March is one of my favorite birthday months because it’s Vlad’s birthday, and I love my friends’ and family’s birthdays as much, if not more, than my own. I always try to find the best gift for others, and although making this guide isn’t going to help me pick a gift for Vlad, it may help you pick something for your March birthday friends.

With the end of dreary winter months, I love the color aquamarine. It works beautifully with warm winter whites and will seamlessly transition into spring as well. This might be my new favorite color for handbags, so even if you’re birthday isn’t in March, this birthday gift guide may still be for you. (more…)

February is one of the busiest months I will experience this entire year, from moving into a new office (YAY!) to Fashion Week, this month is jam packed. I don’t want to leave out our birthday girls who celebrate a February birthday however, so here is the post you are expecting. I know Valentine’s Day falls this month as well, and if you love a purple handbag, which I consider a great neutral, then this guide works too. I hope all the significant others out there are busy shopping for fabulous gifts, and what better way to help than with this gift guide of amethyst handbags.

I love a new year, it means a fresh start. I’m just finishing up putting all my gifts away and reorganizing my closet, but for some people, January means their birthday. I feel a little bad for those folks, mostly because it seems like their birthdays are an afterthought to the holidays. But don’t fret all you January birthday babies, we have rounded up the best garnet handbags for you to ask for this year.

Garnet is one of my favorite birthstones, the red hue is perfect for the cold months of January and a great red bag will amp up your wardrobe. Happy birthday January babies, we know this gift guide will help you nab the perfect gift for yourself!

Calling all my paranoid sisters out there, this gift guide is for you! Don’t be bashful, we all get a little nervous at times, and whether it be about our personal safety or personal hygiene or ability to text non-stop. I must admit I’ve always run a little more on the anxious side, and I like to prepare for a variety of contigencies. If you have someone on your list this holiday season that is paranoid, we’ve got the most stylish gifts for you to give. And P.S., I don’t like to call it paranoid, I call it overly aware!

When Amanda mentioned that she and Megs were doing wish lists for PurseBlog and asked me to partake, it was a no brainer. We’ve spent the last two months staring at the best luxury items on the web to prepare for our holiday coverage, along with being fashion fanatics ourselves, so naturally everyone on the team has found themselves coveting a few items we’d really, really like to be surprised with. My list is totally, predictably “Hilary,” and upon reviewing this post, I realized it’s filled to the max with gold items. I suppose I’m in a golden mood this year! I’ll assume that’s an omen for all the good things to come. Feel free to send along some of these items to me over at PBHQ, or use it as a guide for the gold-obsessed girl in your life. I bet she’s totally awesome.

Truth be told, my wish list grows every single day; when I open my computer or walk around NYC, it’s super easy to find something I would absolutely love to have. What can I say, I really love gifts! But I wanted to put together a sweet and condensed list for you all to see what I am hoping I’ll find under the tree this year. Santa knows I’ve been a very good girl, but I understand that Santa can’t dish out every designer piece I have on my list, so many of these items may remain on my wish list well into 2013.

This mix is eclectic, from a pair of red-soled Christian Louboutins to anti-aging cream to funky and classic jewelry – here’s my Christmas wishlist!

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