Parsing the Bee Shaffer Gift Guide

'Tis the season of the gift guide, and our fave Anna Wintour spawn, Columbia undergrad Bee Shaffer, has some ideas of what you can get your nearest and dearest, as published in the Columbia Spectator magazine The Eye. She's got suggestions for girlfriends, boyfriends, roommates, kids ... and moms. Well, isn't that interesting. After all, what do you get the mom who already has portraits of herself by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Helmut Newton hanging in her office?

Bee suggests:

Stay-at-Home Mom—Bliss Spa is now pampering in six cities, meaning even non-New York moms can de-clog, de-stress, and take delight in relaxation. Try the new steep clean body polish ($115).
Socialite Mom—The new musical Grey Gardens chronicles the lives of two of America's most famous socialites, Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, "little Edie." Surprise mom with the cult-classic documentary that inspired the show ($31.99).
Working Mom—The Panama Diary from Smythson is a functional and stylish datebook, made of crocodile and calf leather, and available in a variety of fun colors like fuschia and emerald. Now mom won't ever forget to send care packages during reading week. Available at 4 W. 57th St. or online at www.smythson.com ($170).
Bliss Spa, okay, lovely, all moms like a little pampering, fine.

But Grey Gardens? Why, that's the true story of a young socialite who returns to her depressed mother's estate in the Hamptons to care for her in seclusion, for years. Interesting choice for your mom, no?

And we couldn't help but notice how Bee describes the Panama Diary: "Now mom won't ever forget to send care packages during reading week." We're no psychoanalysts, but it seems that Bee might have some Mommy issues. Just, you know, sayin'.


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