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Kurt Armstrong

These are the most important women in your life. Don't skimp. $100 is the entry-level gift for your mom; $100 is the least you can do for your wife; and $100 is a drop in the bucket of what you paid in college tuition for your daughter.

While it is a good rule of thumb not to buy your mom anything with a plug, a juicer or a Cuisinart (Ginger's Kitchen, Old Mill, 375 SW Powerhouse) are good exceptions, items that make cooking more fun and easier.

An iPad is a wonderful gift that can serve as a library or a treasure trove of recipes, or a map or travel guide (iPad minis start at $299, Connecting Point, 514 NW Franklin). Load up with a few choice apps, like StyleBook, Intuition, Shop Savvy and My Fitness Pal.

This hi-low overcoat is classy enough for an evening at 900 Wall, and casual enough for catching a show at Tin Pan Theater ($128, Deena from BB Dakota, from Kariella, 750 NW Lava #120).

And, help keep sexy alive with a pair of non-mom jeans. Because higher-end jeans at Local Joe Jeans (929 NW Wall) and Hot Box Betty (903 NW Wall) are stylized and nearly custom-fitted, it is best to give her a pair, which she can return for something that fits just right. Recommended brands: Citizens of Humanity Denim (starting around $100) and AG Denim (starting at $160). Complete the look with a pair of Fyre Boots (also at Hot Box Betty).

Also, making sure that the women in your life are treated like queens is important: Keep her warm and comfortable while camping with a Mountain Hard Wear Laminina 20 degrees synthetic sleeping bag. ($200, Mountain Supply, 834 NW Colorado). And, keep her active this winter with an unrestricted 4-of-6 ski pass at Mount Bachelor allows for a bundle of skiing ($159, four out of six consecutive days). The Jet Boil is also a piece of luxury to bring along to the great outdoors—an ultra-light, quick-starting burner for camp cooking and nearly instantly hot cups of tea. ($99.95, REI, 380 SW Powerhouse)

And, after all that outdoor activity, Spa W (125 NW Wall) is a great way for her to unwind ($65, 30-minute massage certificates) Still looking? There are plenty of tasteful pottery selections at Cindercone Clay Center (Old Iron Works, 50 SW Scott St.) and classy jewelry for every taste and occasion at Silverado (1001 NW Wall).

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