Mother’s Day is coming up on 31st March so I thought I’d blog some gift ideas in advance to give you time to head to the shops or put in your orders online. There’s something for all tastes and budgets in my gift guide so I hope you’ll find something that your mum will love…
When thinking about the kind of gifts that you mum will enjoy, try to come up with something meaningful. I think that a gorgeous leather photo album with protective overleaves is a great choice as you can fill it with family photos. Or you could look back at snaps from your childhood and put together a chronological record of your time together. You can either fill the album in advance or tackle the task together on Mother’s Day itself and enjoy reminiscing at the same time.
You could let mum fill up the album herself with her favourite photos. Or my favourite suggestion is to plan days out with mum over the coming months and write them onto the pages of the photo album. This not only gives mum plenty of things to look forward to, there’s also the promise of spending time together and filling up the pages of the photo album with pictures you took during the day out.
It’s everyone’s favourite treat, isn’t it? A luxurious box of chocolates will always go down well with mum on Mothering Sunday. Plus, she’ll probably share them with you – bonus! And if she’s got the willpower, she can enjoy the chocolates over a period of time, so they’ll bring her extra enjoyment waaay beyond Mother’s Day.
If you want to make it an even more special present, check out Thornton’s personalised gifts, where you can use chocolate truffles like the ones below to spell out any name you like, or can have your message piped onto a chocolate treat, or go for a whole hamper of chocolate with personalised packaging to make her feel really special.
Mother’s Day is supposed to be a day for mum to relax and put her feet up, while being showered with treats and lots of love. So you could always plan to pamper your mum for the day. First of all, light some candles to create a relaxing ambience. These Mother’s Day candles are a cute alternative to a card (saving on the cardboard recycling too!) and are a great way to set the scene for a chilled-out pampering session.
I’d also treat mum to some luxury beauty products. After all, it’s the one day of the year you can spoil her and she can’t complain! Caudalie’s Resveratrol[lift] is a face lifting, non-greasy soft cream for dry skin that’s packed with 93% natural ingredients and is cruelty-free.
There are some great offers on the Caudalie website at the moment: for Mother’s Day you’ll receive 4 mini products when you spend £45 with code BEAUTY45 and 6 minis when you spend £65 with the code BEAUTY65. Those minis could be an extra treat for mum on Mother’s Day (or something to keep for yourself!)
I much prefer the idea of doing something WITH mum on Mother’s Day so why not pack up a pretty picnic and head to the park together? Seeing as Mother’s Day is slap-bang in the middle of spring, there will be daffodils and crocuses galore to admire while you’re enjoying your al fresco meal.
You can make the occasion all the more special by using a cute floral backpack from Rex London to stow your sandwiches and a mini snack pot for healthy fresh berries, and you can wrap up the entire picnic-in-a-bag as a gift for mum to keep after the picnic is over. Fill up a ditsy rose print bamboo travel cup so that mum has a warming cup of tea to accompany her lunch.
Even if you can’t be with mum on Mother’s Day you could always plan ahead for a day out together. An experience voucher is the ideal way to set a date to spend some quality time doing an activity together. It could be an afternoon tea voucher (which my husband bought for my mum and I for Christmas, so we’ve got that day out to look forward to soon!) or a blissful spa retreat with lunch for two.
Choosing an experience that you know that your mum will enjoy is all part of the process – perhaps she’d like a vineyard tour or a 3 course meal? Or maybe an activity like horse riding or photoshoot would be fun for her? If you can’t visit on Mother’s Day, you can post the voucher to her as a promise that you’ll get the chance to spend a full day with her soon.
Make-up is a lovely treat for mum, especially if she doesn’t usually have much time to go cosmetic shopping for herself. If you’re not sure of your mother’s usual foundation colour you could choose a self-correcting mineral kit that blends into her skin tone.
This Mineral Magic kit can be found at Tesco, Asda, Wilko, Very and Argos (to name just a few stockists), as well as on the JML Direct website. It’s talc and fragrance free so shouldn’t irritate sensitive skin and it starts at under £10 for the foundation and brush set. A boxed beauty kit like this one that also contains blusher and mascara gives her all the cosmetics she’ll need for a make-up bag makeover.
If your mum’s a fan of Springwatch, treating her to something for the garden would be a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day. A heart bird feeder (like the one below from BoxWild) a wildlife camera or an insect hotel will attract wildlife into her garden so that she can observe them, like a real life Springwatch. It’ll take a while for the birds to get to know where the food is, but once the word gets round, her bird feeder will be covered in garden birds and will give her enjoyment all year round.
Let me know what other meaningful gifts you can think of for Mother’s Day in the comments below and I’d love to hear your ideas for days out with mum too 🙂