Mother’s Day: Hermes or Burberry?

love-opera-victoria-baker“God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers” said Rudyard Kipling.

Mother’s Day is coming up soon and I am just starting to brainstorm some possible gift ideas. I’m debating between two options: a traditional gift that comes in a box or an experience I know she would enjoy.

The positives about the fun experience such as a pair of plane tickets, an impressive dinner or tickets to a Cirque du Soleil Show are they are non-returnable, non-disputable and the memory of them outlives flowers, clothes or chocolates. But sometimes it’s best to go the traditional route and get something in a box, so here are some ideas I’m mulling over.

My mother loves Ralph Lauren almost as much as I do. Getting something by him is a safe bet and I know it has her stamp of approval. All I need to say is “I got you something from Ralph” and I’ve done well. If I really wanted to impress her I could get the Soft Ricky 27 for $2,250. It’s quite pricey but you only get one mother. Of course I like it too, so maybe I could borrow it from time to time…is that wrong?

I could always get perfume. Her favorite is Caleche by Hermes. If anybody else out there wants to get this for Mother’s Day I recommend the Soie de Parfum. It’s better than Eau de Toilette because it will last longer and the fragrance is more intense. The epitome of Parisian chic, it’s reserved and elegant without being excessive.

Hermes, originally founded in 1837 as a saddle shop in Paris, is known for its infamous Kelly and Birkin Bags but if those are out of reach the perfume still provides the whiff of elegance we all strive for.

If I wanted to secure a spot in her heart as “most thoughtful daughter ever” I know she has always wanted a Burberry trench coat. Burberry trench coats are made of gabardine: weatherproof fabric invented by Thomas Burberry in 1879. Protected from the most extreme weather, gabardine was worn by the first explorers to the poles and pioneering aviators. Of course today the Burberry trench is more for the urban explorer than anything else, but it’s a classic.

I’ve offered up a lot of indulgent Mother’s Day gift ideas but all our mothers really want is to know we love and appreciate them and you don’t need to spend a penny to get that message across.

I came across these words by George Washington and I found them so poignant I’d like to share them with you “My Mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother.”

Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or e-mail [email protected]

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