Celebrating Mom with the Movies

April 30, 2008

Mother’s Day is one of the biggest gift-giving holidays of the year, but that doesn’t mean it’s always an easy one. Some moms are notoriously hard to shop for, while others try to shun gifts and opt for spending time together. In honor of the new Portero spotlight–Mother’s Day–I have rounded up some of the classic movie moms that might give you some inspiration for your own shopping. Do any of these silver screen legends remind you of your own? 
Let’s start with Anne Bancroft (above) as Mrs. Robinson in the 1967 coming-of-age story The Graduate. Instead of focusing on her choice in men, let’s look at her choice in fashion. Mrs. Robinson’s “cougar” attitude was shown in her animal print clothing and home decor, and her glam/mod look was all about a put-together facade with a bit of edge. If you have a fiesty mom:
Fendi B Pony Hair Leopard Bag. Still an “it” bag, this has the roar of animal print but has a distinct structured look. 
SOHO Urban Safari Enamel Bracelet. Perfect to stack with other, less attention-grabbing, bangles. 
Next let’s move to the ’70s and Barbara Harris’ portrayal of a mother who switches bodies with her daughter in Freaky Friday. Trading places with a sports-loving teenager means that Mrs. Harris has to learn to be a bit of a tomboy. If your mom loves the great outdoors and isn’t afraid of getting a little dirty, try these:
Bulgari Diagono Aluminum and Rubber watch. Water resistant and surrounded with black rubber, this is a watch that looks good while in any conditions, rain or shine. 
Roberto Coin Afrika ring. Brown rubber mingles with 18-karat gold and diamonds in this mix of sporty and feminine. 
Sally Field played a reserved Southern mama to the hilt in 1994’s Forrest Gump. Always nearby with a kind word or a good meal, this character was awash in florals, delicate jewelry and woven handbags. If your mom is always doting on you and your family like down-home Mrs. Gump, here are some sure-to-please gift ideas:
Richard Ginori Perugia Coffee Pot and Teapots. I love this delicate porcelain set hand painted with fruits and flora. Perfect present for the perfect hostess. 
Mikimoto White Cultured Pearl necklace. Just the thing for a cultured lady–classic and sophisticated, just like this mom. 
Julia Roberts won an oscar for her 2000 portrayal of Erin Brockovich, a tough-talking, hard-working woman who juggled a career with her young family. Many moms, like mine, worked full-time while raising a family and still did it with style. If you’re shopping for a mother who balances 9 to 5 with family time, try these options:
Chanel quilted lambskin oversized tote. I think this is the perfect all-occasion bag. It’s large enough to fit paperwork, a laptop, or snacks and toys for a new baby. 
Philip Stein Teslar Mini watch. Not only does this timepiece have dual time zones for the on-the-go mom, but its magnetic properties are known to relieve stress and calm nerves. 

This year’s Oscar darling, Ellen Page, played sassy Juno MacGuff with enough charm and grace to win over audiences and critics. If you’re gifting a new mom who is a little left-of-center and trendy, give these quirky gifts a shot:

Stephen Webster Attention Seeker 18-karat gold hoops. I love this unusual riff on classic hoops–they bridge rock-and-roll and glamour perfectly. 
Jimmy Choo watersnake Tayten bag. Functional as both a shoulder bag and a clutch, this purse has enough personality to last a lifetime. 
Images via imdb.com
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