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One fail-proof way to give Mom what she really wants for Mother's Day? Let her shop for herself. "We have a sign on our wall that says, 'Your husband called. He said you can buy anything you want,' says Barbara Ellick, who co-owns her eponymous Narberth boutique with her daughter, Debbie Ellick Wallace. "We think this is always a great plan for gift giving. Let her have a shopping spree within your budget. Make a day of it and go for lunch, dinner, brunch with her."
Here, Ellick and her daughter (who should both star in a reality series together; they're that hilarious) take us on a tour of their popular jewelry and accessories boutique, suggest a few of their favorite pieces, and share more tips for Mother's Day gift giving.
- A Main Line staple, the boutique houses a mix of vintage and unique, contemporary jewelry; prices range from $35 to the thousands for fine pieces.
- Store manager Amy Meinster (left), Barbara Ellick (center), Debbie Ellick Wallace (right)
- "You're not actually looking for a gift—you're looking for the reaction: the smile, gratitude, approval and happiness!"
- "When choosing a gift, consider the reaction you want to get. Big gifts get big reactions."
- One of the boutique's best-selling necklaces.
- Alexis Bittar panther cuff.
- Alexis Bittar earrings.
- "Your wife deserves a great gift, even though she's not your mother!"
- Some of Barbara's favorite gemstone pieces.
- "We think group gifts are great. Give the same gift to your mother, your daughter, and your grandmother."
- Jeweled brooches.
- "Mother's day is not just about your mom. Remember to acknowledge all of the women in your life—whoever mothers you."
- Men's cufflinks.