Before Mother's Day sneaks up on May 11, put some extra TLC into preparations to spoil that leading lady known as Mom with a gift that is as special as she is.
Check out the ideas here, and then think about maintaining favorite child status by adding a spa certificate. The Ritz-Carlton Spa in Los Angeles, for instance, offers a Royal Tea treatment on May 11 with high tea at WP24 restaurant, a massage, manicure and pedicure for $310. For an extra charge, add a hairstyle and makeup application. (Call  763-4400 to book.)
With a painterly print evoking the early work of Henri Matisse overlaid on laser-cut flowers embroidered on tulle, this limited-edition bustier top begs to be shown off. Part of a capsule collection of 200 pieces that debuted this month, each piece is individually numbered. Atelier Va Bien "Lily Dream" bustier, $275 at Bloomingdale's in Century City, (310) 772-2100, and www.vabienusa.com.
New color cosmetics brand Make Colour focuses on creative partnerships and donates 33% of proceeds to women-led cooperatives in the U.S. The company's latest Celeste e Verde collection ($23-$40), a collaboration with Los Angeles native and New York boutique owner Maryam Nassir Zadeh and makeup artist Ozzy Salvatierra, has a California-inspired palette of pastels, earthy reds and ocean blues. Special packaging is derived from stills from an accompanying short film shot in L.A. that reinterprets 1964 Italian film "Red Desert." Make Colour "Celeste e Verde" eye shadow and lipstick palette, $40 at www.weseebeauty.com, Barney's New York in Beverly Hills, (310) 276-4400, and www.barneys.com.
In sync with the "wearable art" movement in fashion, this sculptural ring is topped off with a traditional pearl embellishment, making it a modern classic that goes with pretty much everything. Chanel gold metal ring with pearly white metal and plexiglass detailing, $950 at the Chanel boutique in Beverly Hills, (310) 278-5500.
Mommy and me
Play up the mother-daughter fashion connection with matching designer dresses in a forget-me-not floral print by new children's line Mini Preen. A spinoff of London fashion brand Preen by design duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, the stylish label for tots launched in late January. Preen by Thornton Bregazzi satin floral "Wylie" Dress, $722 at Satine boutique in Los Angeles, (323) 655-2142, and www.mywardrobe.com, and Mini Preen satin floral dress, $264 at www.ChildrensSalon.com.
Time is precious, and so is Mom, so what better present than an haute watch? A covetable Dior timepiece, debuting this month, mixes diamonds and black mother-of-pearl with a metallic band (which also comes in old and rose gold). Dior Timepieces "La Mini D de Dior" with quartz movement, mother-of-pearl dial, stainless steel case, bezel and crown set with diamonds and metallic leather strap, $4,250 at the Dior boutique in Beverly Hills, (310) 859-4700.
Being a mom requires lots of running around, not to mention that one of the latest looks is pairing sneakers and skirts, so you just can't go wrong with a pick from the latest collaboration between Nike and Liberty London. Hitting May 7, the collection melds old-school, heritage styles with fresh floral prints. Nike x Liberty "Internationalist" sneaker, $100 at www.nike.com, (800) 806-6453 and select Nike stores, including Nike in Santa Monica, (310) 393-7384.
Luxury skin care
Upgrade her bathroom shelves with the new facial skin care range from French brand Diptyque, known for its luxurious candles and scents. Out last month, the line includes a facial spritz, cleansing balm, powder-based cleanser, exfoliant and moisturizer with radiance-inducing properties and natural ingredients, such as Damask rose, jasmine, white lily, clay and rice powder. Diptyque L'Art du Soin facial skin care line, $55-$72 at the Diptyque boutiques at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, (714) 850-9995, and Los Angeles, (323) 962-3622, and www.diptyqueparis.com.
Scent inspired by a mom
Created as an ode to her mother, the second scent from model, former editor and celebrity stylist Linda Rodin — known for her Olio Lusso skin care oils — is to launch on Mother's Day. The heady floral fragrance has top notes of bergamot, anise flower and lemon, with a heart of rose de mai, jasmine and violet, and a powdery base. Rodin "bis" perfume, $290 at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills, (310) 276-4400, and www.oliolusso.com.
A new bag
Often compared to the Hermès Birkin bag, Saint Laurent's posh and timeless Sac de Jour handbag is toted by style-setting stars (and moms) Angelina Jolie, Kate Moss and Nicole Richie. In two sizes and colors that range from neutrals to vibrant brights, this bag is sure to keep her organized in style. Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane "Baby Sac de Jour" handbag, $1,990 at Saint Laurent in Beverly Hills, (310) 271-4110.
Lady in waiting
Designed as a fashion solution for pregnancy and beyond, the Hatch Collection by Ariane Goldman offers a high-end loungewear set that is a perfect gift for moms-to-be yet cool-looking enough to fit any comfort-loving mother. "Hatch-To-Hospital" box with Cosabella x Hatch panty, jersey robe, modal nightgown and cashmere tube socks, $248 at www.hatchcollection.com.
[For the record, 2:10 p.m. PDT May 1, 2014: An earlier version of this post said the Ritz-Carlton spa package for $310 included a hairstyle and makeup application. Those services are not included but can be had for an additional fee.]Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times