Put a Bow On It: Last-Minute Fragrance Gifts for Mother's Day

(Source: Tommy Hilfiger, Estee Lauder, Salvatore Ferragamo)By now you're well aware that this Sunday is Mother's Day, and if you've heeded our advice, you've already picked out a thoughtful yet affordable gift. But if life has gotten in the way and the holiday has simply snuck up on you (as both are wont to do), there's still time to make a mad dash to your nearest department store and pick up a fail-proof mom present: perfume.

But how do you make such a generic, de rigueur gift seem thoughtful? By reaching for one of these bow-adorned bottles that will sit on her vanity like a pretty wrapped present for months to come. Here are a few of our favorites, for every personality.

For the Sophisticated Mom: Estee Lauder Modern Muse Bow Edition eau de parfum, .7oz $48; Estee Lauder Modern Muse eau de parfum, 1oz $58; 1.7oz $78; 3.4oz $98
(Source: Estee Lauder)If you have memories of your mother kissing you goodnight after she'd come home dressed to the nines from some fabulous affair, she probably smelled like this. Featuring dichotomous accords of jasmine and wood, this clean yet refined scent captures the essence of the modern woman about town. While we adore the fragrance's original sleek design, it also comes in a limited-edition bottle shaped like an oversized bow.

For the Ultra Feminine Mom: Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Eleganza eau de parfum, 1.7oz $87; 3.4oz $109 
(Source: Salvatore Ferragamo)This soft, powdery scent is delicate, warm and not overpowering, like being enveloped in a comforting hug from your mom while she's wearing a cashmere sweater. The rectangular bottle is secured with the Florentine fashion house's signature grosgrain Vara bow, also found on its ladylike bags, belts and shoes.

For the Preppy Mom: Hilfiger Woman Cheerfully Pink eau de parfum, 1.7oz $49
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Unlike overly cloying fruity-floral scents, this mix of juicy mandarin orange, blackberry and litchi with lush magnolia, rose and jasmine is blended so well, it's hard to distinguish the fruit from the blooms. What results is a light, pretty fragrance that's upbeat without being over-the-top—sort of like our favorite childhood cheerleader.

For the Retro Mom: Dolce & Gabbana Dolce eau de parfum, 1oz $70; 1.6oz $90; 2.5oz $112
(Source: Dolce & Gabbana)The first fragrance to ever use the South African white amaryllis, this bold, lush white-flower blend is a throwback to the classics. Its skinny black grosgrain-ribbon bow is a nod to the bow-ties that routinely appeared on the catwalks at early Dolce & Gabbana shows while the flower stopper serves as a tribute to the brand's Sicilian roots.

For the Sweet-Toothed Mom: Viktor & Rolf Bonbon eau de parfum, 1.7oz $115; 3oz $165
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From its candy-wrapper–shaped bottle to its notes of caramel and toffee, this fragrance evokes one thing: dessert. Indulge your mom the sugar-free way with Viktor & Rolf's sweet yet sultry scent, featuring a warm vanilla musk reminiscent of those gooey tarts she'd always bake.
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