Re: Guitars for Mommy!
I don't know to much about Rickenbackers but you can't go wrong with any of those top brands as well as fender, gibson, prs etc
Do you know what your mum would prefer in a guitar eg, solid/hollow body, humbuckers or single coil pickups, neck length etc. If she's never had an expensive guitar before she'll be pretty stoked with anything top of the line though if you don't know what she prefers. I imagine she'd prefer something better for playing rhythm and chords rather than a super thin shreddy guitar.
I've got a Schecter S-1 Elite which is a cool rock guitar. The Schecter's were real good value for money. shame they went bust.