Re: Guitars for Mommy!
I would actually go for a Strat as well. I own a (slightly strange) Fender Strat and it's great - obviously. Now there are dozens of options within that as well. There are the relatively cheap Mexican Strats, which are actually absolutely fine and then there are the American Strats, which are better and in turn a lot more expensive for the extra return in quality.
I recently played a FANTASTIC Telecaster that was quite a cheap model. I'll look up what it was, but it was a Mexican model and absolutely stunning.
Rickenbackers are amazing, but very esoteric. You have to be absolutely sure that she'll want one before you buy it because they don't work for everyone.