Gift Guide Part #1: Your Brilliant Mom Who Can Finish the New York Times Crossword Puzzle and Still Signs Her Emails “Mommy.”

Diane Keaton’s fantastic new memoir about her relationship with her mother–and Woody Allen, Warren Beatty and Al Pacino. $14.35.

Red lipstick, because she’d never buy it for herself. (Bonus: It’s moisturizing.) $32.

The iconic Finnish Aalto vase, because it makes even a bunch of daisies look straight out of Helsinki. $108.

Brownies and chocolate chip cookiescombined. Six for $14.

A beautiful tiny bar necklace, $49. (I wear this everyday and adore it.)

Pinecone candles, $29.

Silk pillowcase, which not only feels good (and perfectly cold!) but helps you not get wrinkles when you sleep. $18.

A rad natural sea sponge, because she always had one when you were growing up. They’re also unbelievably gentle on your face. $5.

Amagansett Sea Salt with a sweet, briny flavor, made by a husband and wife. All steps–from the ocean to the bottle–take place in their tiny town in the Hamptons.

(Photos by the New York Times.)

Striped slippers from France, $88. (Or duvet socks!)

P.S. More gifts for moms

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  4. love these! And I think my mom would too! Thanks for the tips.

  5. I just want to tell you that I look forward to your gift guides every year. There are so many blogs out there trying to do the same thing, but nobody does it like you. You always inspire me : )

  6. Thanks for such great ideas! I’ve been wanting to buy my sisters silk pillowcases but could only find ones that were crazy expensive – these LL Bean ones are lovely and cheap! And I’ll be keeping those choccy baked goods to myself thank you:)

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  7. I have the Alvar Aalto vase! Got it in Helsinki when I was there in college. So so lovely :) I want those striped slippers for myself!

  8. THANK YOU! I’ve been looking for a gift for my mom who definitely finishes the new york times crossword puzzle and still signs emails, “love momma”. I’m 26…

    Any fashion gifts for the older ladies in their 50’s?? I can’t seem to find anything that doesn’t look too “young” for her. Help!

  9. YAY! Gift guides! You perfectly described my “mommy” on this one, too. :)

  10. Joanna!

    I just ordered the sea salt and I’m soooo excited! I think it’ll be the perfect gift for my mom and I think they’ll make great hostess gifts too! You have the best blog!

  11. anonymous, i had no idea about the sea sponges, i’m going to look into this one….xoxo

  12. haha, danielle, i think they look awesome! :)

  13. Y says...

    oh, finally. the gift guide is back. you’re making me very happy, very! thanks.

  14. Anonymous says...

    I really look forward to all your gift guides. This one is perfectQ

  15. Anonymous says...

    not to be rude- i LOVE your blog, but sponging is a extremely destructive practice that happens in my backyard. i’m all for using natural sponges instead of adding more nonrecyclable synthetic crap to our lives, but only if they’re aquacultured (grown at “farms” in captivity)… unless they specifically say they’re aquacultured, then “sustainably harvested” still means habitat destruction.

    also, my mom would shoot me if i gave her anything anti-wrinkle, but that pillow looks amazing ;p

  16. So many good ideas here! Candles for my stepmom, the book for my aunt, the pillowcases for everyyone on my list, and the necklace for me ;) There’s some other great stuff at minoux too, loving those delicate bow hoops. Thanks so much! I can’t wait to see your other recommendations!

  17. So proud you picked Aalto’s Savoy vase! :) My Finnish grandma gave me one many years ago, in a very dark blue. I love it! Great picks.

  18. Anonymous says...

    joanna, do you have the 16 or 18 inch necklace? can’t decide–thanks!

  19. ohhh loving the silk pillows!

  20. Don’t mock the duvet socks! I have down booties (they are for backpacking/camping from REI) and they are still one of the best presents I have received. They are awkward looking but I use them all the time!

  21. Absolutely love every gift idea in this post! The pinecone candles are phenomenal.
    Oh – Fancy That.

  22. Ah! First 2011 gift guide post and already fantastic ideas… you amaze me! Can’t wait for more. :)

  23. Anonymous says...

    These are wonderful suggestions. I love the pine cone candles and slippers.

  24. so excited the gift guide is back. and omg – the brownie/cookie combo. i might buy those for my own stocking.

  25. I LOVED the Diane Keaton book. So thoughtful and sweet. A poignant look back on a life from a daughter who’d become a mother. Great gift idea!

    Love the necklace too!

  26. Sennie, that is awesome! and apologies about the slippers link, i just posted it — they’re from jcrew xoxo

  27. That necklace is really cool! I love the lipstick idea, my mom is totally like that. Gorgeous, but very unassuming.

  28. especially loving the vase and necklace! thank goodness for your gift guides!

  29. I’ve had a pair of the duvet socks for years and they are pretty ugly, but so so so comfy!

  30. This is a great list. I’m working the equivalent of these for my mom this year, but with a local twist – sea salt from the Cambodian coast, provincial macadamia honey, silk scarves from a weaving village, etc.

  31. Yay for Alvar Aalto (I was married in a church designed by him in Seinäjoki, Finland) <3

  32. Thanks for the ideas! That book would be a great read.

  33. Anonymous says...

    I’m over the moon for your gift guides! Looking forward to the days ahead.

  34. The slipper link…puhleeze:)

  35. This is so good Joanna.
    I want to get all of these for my mom.

  36. All very cool gifts .. Mine would love the vase, she’s a very proud Finn

  37. Perfect! I love the silk pillowcase especially x

  38. this is a really great list, thanks for sharing!!

  39. Ooh, what a lovely list. I know my mom would l.o.v.e that vase!

  40. I love your gift guides! These gifts are all so sweet and perfect for a mom.

  41. SO excited for your gift guides! I always look forward to them:) Can’t wait to get my hands on Diane Keaton’s memoir!

  42. Love all of these suggestions!

  43. Yay, it’s gift guide time! Your gift guides are always so helpful and unique :)

  44. Love it! The necklace and candles would be perfect for my mom:) can’t wait for more!