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Mother's Day

Whichever fashion camp mom falls into, gift options abound

Two tribes are emerging in the fashion landscape. The minimalists, who prefer unfussy silhouettes and practicality, may cling to the clean lines drawn by designers like Rick Owens and Celine's Pheobe Philo, but they're a savvy bunch who know that a quiet voice doesn't equate to one without power.

On the other hand, maximalists are having their moment, too, with a boisterous celebration of colour, pattern and texture all at once. From Rodarte to Marc Jacobs, brands are embracing the quirkiness that keeps lovers of OTT style ticking.

Whether mom is a Marie Kondo convert or an Iris Apfel devotee, gift options abound for Mother's Day. Odessa Paloma Parker shares the chicest presents for your mother, whichever fashion camp she falls into

The minamlist mom: Serenity now, beautiful forever: A mother with understated taste should be treated to gifts with subtle detailing and thoughtful functionality

The classic aesthetic of gold and marble looks extra special in this delicate Michael Kors bracelet. Michael Kors Gold Alabaster Hinge bracelet, $115 through

A special place for mom to stash papers, laundry or other household ephemera, Bookhou's screen-printed containers are made in Toronto with linen and organic cotton canvas. Small storage container, $18 (U.S.) through

Signature sunglasses are a must for any maven; a smoky grey outsized pair by Valentino let your mom know she's your ultimate icon. Valentino oversized round sunglasses, $310 at Holt Renfrew (

With its mellow cornflower blue hue and delicate knotted waist, Reiss's blouse goes from workday to weekend in a snap. West wrap top, $240 at Reiss (

The baguette is a timeless shape for handbags, and Roots's new two-tone style is big enough for mom to carry all her essentials, without weighing her down. Baguette Prince bag, $268 at Roots (

Floating from any wall space, CB2's mirrored shelf is ideal for adding storage – and – to mom's home. Slice mirror wall-mounted storage shelf, $399 at CB2 (

A white blazer by Judith and Charles gets a contemporary update with its five-button design and asymmetrical lapel. Guston jacket, $425 at Judith and Charles (

Help mom slide into summer with J.Crew's made-in-Italy leather sandals done in goes-with-everything beige. Bali slides, $99 at J.Crew (

The maximalist mom: If mother dearest prefers loud colours and over-the-top patterns, brighten her day with pieces that reflect her quirky personality

This new edition of one of Marc Jacobs' favourite fragrances has heady hits of pink grapefruit, freesia and musk. Marc Jacobs Fragrances Daisy Eau So Fresh Blush, $100 for 75 mL at Hudson's Bay, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart and Jean Coutu.

The romantic blooms and retro wide-leg style of Ted Baker's statement-making trousers will be a hit at the office, brunch or a night on the town. Milinda Forget Me Not culottes, $269 at Ted Baker London (

Let mom tie one on with a watercoloured scarf – ideal for around the neck but even better hanging from her favourite purse. Echo Abstract Print silk scarf, $103 at Hudson's Bay (

Made in Canada and boasting unique pieces of art, 1uv's shoulder bag is the perfect mix of practicality and pizzazz. P2 Emerald Cognac shoulder bag, $645 through

Inspired by free-spirited model Anita Pallenberg, Lulu Frost's eye-catching earrings are made from handcrafted Czech Precosia glass in a one-of-a-kind pattern. Anita earrings, $215 (U.S.) through

Talk about one fly gift. This bold brooch from Banana Republic has serious heirloom potential. You're welcome. Dragonfly brooch, $50 at Banana Republic (

Juice up just about any seating area with West Elm's fancifully textured handmade pillow cover. Angled crewel pillow cover, $49 (U.S.) at West Elm (

Iconic designer Diane Von Furstenberg became famous for updating womens' wardrobes in the 1970s; mom will channel the vibrant era well in this multi-patterned vest. Diane Von Furstenberg Lipari floral-print silk-chiffon vest, $300 (U.S.) through