I am a big advocate for spoiling my mum on Mother’s Day and showing her how much I care and love her although annoyingly my mum’s birthday is also in March and almost always falls within a week or so of Mother’s Day which is bad planning. This year there’s two days between the two which means I’ve had to scour even further around to find more present ideas.
I am a huge fan of getting my mum pampering gifts as I know she doesn’t always buy expensive treats for herself and who doesn’t love a good old pamper. TJ Hughes have such a great collection of gifts this year and their gifts for her section is bursting full of ideas which are great value such as this Sanctuary Spa white lily and damask rose body scrub* (£3.99)which smells amazing. Hair care is always a good way to go as I know my mum usually just picks whatever is on offer in Boots so this Kerastase Cristalliste shampoo for thick hair* (£14.30) is a great nourishing shampoo for the hair and to go alongside this you can’t beat a good hair mask such as the Sanctuary Spa long lasting oil cream moisture mask* (£2.99) to keep hair smooth and silky.
Skincare seems to be a running theme when it comes to gifts for my mum as she trusts me implicitly to buy her products and items so I chose two items from The Hero Project who were created to break all the beauty rules out there and deliver on their promises to look good, slot into your routine and not leave you penniless afterwards. The first item I chose was the Glow Drops* (£24) which is a blend of 10 essential oils and vitamin C which is designed to both brighten the complexion and add a gorgeous glow to your skin. I have been using this quite a lot just massaging a few drops onto my face and neck before applying my make up and it has made my skin glow in that sun kissed, post-workout kind of want. Another great thing is the bottle has a button dropper so you always get the right amount.
I chose the Vitamin C-30 serum* (£34) for my mum as it’s design to help improve the appearance of fine lines and protect the skin from potential future damage due to the 30% ethylated L-Ascorbic Acid within the serum. As it’s quite a strong serum it’s designed for slightly older skin (30+ which scarily will be me pretty soon) and I have to say my mum loved how it felt on her skin as not only does it brighten the skin but it made the skin feel more supple with an added bounce.
Perfume is always a great option when it comes to Mother’s Day especially as mine seems to go through bottle after bottle. Last Valentines Day I was bought the Jimmy Choo fragrance* (£28) and I fell in love with it so I decided to grab a bottle for my mum as I know she’d love it too.
The scent itself is quite sweet and fruity which is what I love about it with top notes of Pear and Sweet Orange which makes it such the perfect scent as we (slowly) approach Springtime.
Alcohol of some sort is always a good Mother’s Day guide and these miniature gins from Just Miniatures are a great way of trying out a selection of brands to see which one’s your favourite is. I know when I’ve been to bars and restaurants and been met with a whole list of potential gins to try that I’ve always just stuck with the one’s I know and love, but trying out a selection could help you find a new favourite. There’s so many on offer from staples like Bombay Sapphire and Beefeater through to Belgravia and Black Tomato.
I am a huge stationary and specifically notebook hoarder and am always on the look out for beautiful items and this Honeycomb Gold Notebook* (£13.95) from The Gifted Notebook ticked all the boxes. The black book with the gold embossed honeycomb patterning is so pretty and luxurious looking and it’s a dotted ruled notebook which means it’s actually a really good option to use as a bullet journal. One of the really great things about this is the pen loop so you always know that you’ll have a pen handy when ever you’re looking to make notes.
If your mum has a sweet tooth but you’re looking for something a little more exciting than just plain chocolates then what about some chocolate figs with cherry and almonds* (£12.50) which satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. Each fig is dried and stuffed with cherries and almonds before being encased in a layer of chocolate giving them that perfect gooey texture.
The Eden Project have teamed up with Ulster Weavers to create some absolutely beautiful kitchenware designed to bring wildlife into the home, ranging from reusable bags to pot mitts and oven gloves like the one above. I opted for the blue bee-eater oven glove* (£13.50) as it’s a lovely pattern and I was so impressed when it arrived with me as the glove is such a good quality.
One thing that I hate about some oven gloves is that they’re not quite thick enough so if you hold something hot for more than a few seconds you feel the heat, but there’s no chance of that with this pair.
A tried and tested favourite for Mother’s Day is always going to be chocolate and my go to tends to be Thorntons as you get quality chocolate at an affordable price. My mum is a massive fan of truffles and fruit creams and at Thornton’s there’s so much choice I know I can get her a good box. I’m also already thinking ahead to Easter as last year due to being away I had a massive box of eggs delivered to my boyfriend’s house for him and his family and I’m thinking I might do the same again this year.
I absolutely love the Orla Kiely candles as not only do they all smell divine but the jars are always decorated so well. The candle above is the Lavender Candle* (£25) which has such a strong smell that you don’t even need to light it to feel the benefits. The beautiful glass jar has the brands signature print on it in this lovely blue/lilac colour and there’s a heat mat underneath to help protect surfaces when the candle gets hot.
My mum has been struggling to sleep recently so I opted for this candle as the lavender is designed to help you feel more relaxed and unwind and it’s the scent used in pillow sprays so I hoped it would help. Whether it’s the placebo affect or not my mum has said she’s slept a lot better since she put the candle by her bed, and either way she drifts into sleep with a beautiful scent around her.
If I was a mum I’d absolutely love a spinner silver ring like the one’s from Biker Ring Shop as they’re sterling silver, chunky and I am just a little obsessed with skulls. I like to fidget a lot and play with my rings which makes spinner rings the perfect choice.
If you’ve seen any of my previous gift guides then you’ll know how much I love the Pretty Gifted* personalised giftwrap. I picked up some for my mum as she’s been eyeing up all the previous paper I’ve got and I have to say this is the most stunning variation I have got. The photos just don’t do it justice as it’s a pearlesant rainbow spectrum background with rose gold writing but it just doesn’t photograph anywhere near as well as the black and rose combo I usually go for. Personalised paper is perfect for adding that little something extra to a present, especially when it’s this pretty.