Maternal love: comforting, boundless and complete. It’s a bond to celebrate, whether it’s for your actual mum, step mum, mother-in-law, a friend who’s just become one, an adoptive auntie, or (drop the selflessness for a moment), yourself! All that our mother figures do for others day-in, day-out, for zero in return. Just becasue they’re damn good people. So for me, Mother’s Day is about letting them know how loved and appreciated they are. Period.
Of course the obvious choice for mums on Mother’s Day is a stunning big bunch of flowers, but for some of you this won’t be a viable option. For me personally, my mum is a florist, and so gifting flowers isn’t on the agenda for me this year. Additionally, if your mama suffers from bastard hayfever, she may not enjoy a house full of pollen come the 14th March. That being said, I’ve still incorporated a floral thread through this week’s gift guide, as well as my fave colours to inject spring into 2021.
I wanted to curate a Mother’s Day gift guide to help those who are lacking inspiration or those simply short on time. Initially I was going to offer ideas for different types of mums – those new to parenthood, mums who enjoy travelling, or those who keep up-to-date with the latest trends. However, it led me down an uncomfortable path that strayed a little too near to female sterotypes for my liking. And so I give you a bevy of fun and thoughtful gifts – but not just for your mum. Let’s celebrate our sisterhoods, grandmothers or friends who do a great job and deserve a treat too. If you’re after something tipple-based then head to my recent blog post here on the best cocktail deliveries money can buy right now.
If you don’t know by now, the general vibe here is one of independents, small businesses, alternative and off the beaten path. Sometimes I’ll throw in a wildcard big brand, but thats because sometimes there is nothing better. Enjoy.
Wildflower Notebook £19.99
For mums that can often can be found organising getaways, for family and friends. Some of our loveliest relationships are with our notebooks – those trusty places to scribble travel plans and itineraries. Once you’ve chosen whether you want lined, dotted or plain paper inside, you can choose to personalise the cover with your mama’s name, nickname, or special note.
For wonderlust. The Travel Wallet made from vegan friendly faux leather – essentially a really fancy version of a simple and functional pouch. An essential stylish holiday item that can take the hassle out of travelling with an ever expanding brood, with storage for passports, tickets and credit cards. You can personalise it so every time mum reaches for her passport, she thinks of you.
17th Century Cotswolds Cottage Stay from £127
Why not treat your baby mama to a weekend in the Cotswolds? This place is within easy reach of London and boasts picturesque views of quiet village life from the bedroom window. Brew your morning coffee before drinking it at the bistro table in the garden and heading out for a day of leisurely exploration.
Toiletry Travel Bag £41.43
This chic cosmetics bag might fit the whole family’s toiletries… Or maybe just mum’s, which is completely fair. This classic monochromatic travel bag is the perfect fit for all your essentials. Carefully handmade using premium recycled washable paper (sustainable leather alternative) in full harmony with you and the environment.
City Lights Bath Bombs £32.95
There is no denying that we’re all absolutely gagging to get on a plane and go on holiday. And even then, when you get home after travelling with kids you need another holiday. These bath bombs are the perfect gift for end-of-holiday blues, as well as keeping us going till we can board planes again.
For mums that love a brew. If you’re looking for an affordable Mother’s Day gift idea to send this year, Anthropologie’s monogrammed mug is the perfect choice. Because lets face it, a morning brew is one of life’s simple pleasures right now.
Hey Mum Candle £22
Remind mum how much she’s loved, appreciated and needed with this hilariously accurate vegan candle. Indulge in this uplifting natural candle for mutha: lemongrass enlivens the senses, working perfectly with the warming and powerful scent of ginger; Lime revives the mind while coriander aids relaxation; Sensual patchouli grounds the blend to finish off this wonderfully balanced spicy yet fresh aroma. Beautifully presented in a cloth bag for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Handcrafted using 100% natural wax and pure essential oils, this candle is vegan, clean and contains no nasties.
Here for giving mum a much-needed minute to herself at home, these gorgeous bath salts from Corinne Taylor create beautifully scented baths for a fail-safe winner in relaxation. This gift box includes one sachet of each of our best selling Himalayan Bath Salt blends – Aches & Pains, Balance, Calm, Detox and Recharge. All beautifully presented in an eco-friendly kraft box, each bath salt is made with mineral rich pink Himalayan crystal salt, pure coconut oil to leave your skin beautifully soft and supple, and a unique blend of organic essential oils. I was lucky enough to recently receive some of these as a gift, and can honestly say I haven’t felt that relaxed in a long time. Highly recommend.
Play to mother’s romantic side with this swallows print. Barn swallows mate for life, so this is a lovely gift for a mum who likes to celebrate the love of her life. It’s a really joyous print and makes me smile just to look at it.
Table Manners The Cookbook £15.40
Warning: this glorious item will make you nostalgic for cooking with your mum – which really is something when a cookbook has the power to make you well-up. Full of anecdotes and family photos peppered between recipes, personal highlight is the aubergine and puy lentil bolognese (you know me!). Filled with delicious, easy dishes all designed for real people with busy and sometimes chaotic lives with the ultimate goal of everyone eating together so that unfiltered chat may flourish.
Mama, madre, the boss – whatever you call your mum, show her you love her on Mother’s Day with this colourfully printed tea towel. It’s perfect for cleaning up after that lavish breakfast in bed you’re planning to make right? This tea towel is an adorable yet affordable Mother’s Day gift if you aren’t feeling flush this year. A mood-boosting accessory for the kitchen if ever I saw one.
For those exhausting early days, new mums could benefit from a little extra pampering. Celebrate a new arrival with gifts just for mum, any treat is welcome, so start with an Indigo Aromatherapy Mask. This mask will make those snippets of downtime as blissful as possible. Included are insertable lavender sachets, which is proven to be a natural remedy for a range of ailments, from sleeplessness and anxiety to depression. The fabric is hand dyed with indigo extract using an ancient dyeing technique to create a beautiful intense blue colour, and the whole process is 100% chemical and toxic free.
A beautiful item whether mama has time for a relaxing bath or not. Even if it does end up being used for the kids’ bath toys, it’s a winner. The beautiful solid wood bath caddy is perfect for those relaxing baths with all your essentials – whether its a glass of wine or a lush cup of tea. The clever design allows you to relax with space for to chuck on a few tealight candles, a glass or mug, kindle or book. Designed and crafted using solid Beech wood from sustainable woodlands, they are eco-friendly and hand finished using a nourishing wood oil & wax to not only enrich the woodgrain finish, but also protect the wood making it a long lasting bathroom addition.
If you’re on the hunt for a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift for the new mum in your life, you can’t get much better than this little book of self-care. A little pick-me-up, offering tips on managing the emotional and physical rollercoaster of becoming a new mum. Bringing together decades of experience from a midwife and a doula, you’ll find tips and tricks to boost confidence and calm frazzled nerves – plus answers to all those questions you may be too embarrassed to ask. From creating cooling breast pads with chamomile tea and quick stretches to relieve aching muscles, through to easy recipes to nourish your postnatal body and 5-minute fixes to restore your sense of humour, this is the book you can turn to when the overwhelm sets in. Beautifully illustrated in full-colour, it covers everything you need to know about the postnatal period to feel supported, empowered and understood.
This gift is perfect for mums needing a little self-care – with a bit of at-home spa kit. ESPA’s Rose Quartz Gua Sha tool encourages the stimulation of the skin, helping to de-puff and awaken a tired complexion. The delicately curved, smooth stone is crafted from Rose Quartz, which has been used in traditional skincare routines for centuries. Rose Quartz is said to radiate love and peace, making it the perfect stone to help you unwind after a challenging day. Pop it in the fridge and then allow it glide in different directions and areas with the aid of a serum or oil, to help boost blood circulation and stimulate the skin.
Custom Art Piece £60
For something really special to mark a new addition though, consider a custom art piece. New mums will relish in receiving a sentimental keepsake to mark the beginning of their journey into motherhood. I don’t think you can go wrong with one of these, especially as the drawing will be minus those new parent eye bags that a photo won’t be so forgiving of. You’re welcome.
Bee Hotel £54
This mum is a keen gardener and is often found admiring back-garden life. Bees are said to represent family, so why not bee (get it?!) a bit different and opt for a Bee House – a lovely little gift for mums who are at one with nature. Plus the kids (and grandkids) will love it too. A delightful piece to view from the kitchen window.
Blurring the lines between home and garden, this print is flowers with attitude. A fantastic gift that will blow life and air into every dark and wintery corner of home. This GODDESS chick was created to inspire you, you are continuously growing, so just embrace your journey…
If your mum is into her gardening, these cute AF suede gloves are the most perfect gift there is. They can even be personalised with embroidered birth flowers for a gorgeous, thoughtful touch.
While mum’s pottering in the garden, this travel mug will do the trick in keeping her hydrated. I realise it’s a travel mug, but it’s also perfect for taking out into the garden so mum can keep topped up without worry of spillage or bugs getting in on the action. Ditch the plasic bottle and go 100% sustainable with this beautiful premium bamboo and stainless steel water bottle. It will keep hot drinks piping hot for up to 8 hours, and your drinks icy cold for up to 12. A win win.
Hands down my favourite item this week. Add a touch of lively colour to any space with the collage kit from Cai & Jo. Featuring 50, yes 50 vintage water colour botanical prints, on premium 225gsm matte paper. If for whatever reason you can’t send real flowers, send a flower meadow that will last forever instead! All prints are A4 size (self-adhesive stickers not included).
The truth is that bulky jewellery can be cumbersome when looking after little people, so I love the simplicity of this Personalised Silver Little Letters Necklace. A quality handmade piece that can be worn every day. Handcrafted in sterling silver and available in both silver and 18ct gold plated.
A leather wallet is always a great choice, and this small wonder is perfectly formed and made from recycled leather material. I’m a sucker for a nice wallet. Especially one that can be personalised. The gold foil is so chic, so this is the perfect gift for the stylish mum.
Girls in Marrakech Series of Prints £19.36 ea
This striking Girls in Marrakech print truly celebrates women: motherhood is about the female bond as much as anything else, and having your gals around you is everything. I love that this picture denotes women being together, reminding us that we have each other. Sisterhood. Available as a series of 3, meaning if you’re flush for space and dollar – get the whole set.
Ceramic Vase £34
You’ve probably seen these brick-shaped vases all over your Instagram, and they’re a Mother’s Day present she’s sure to adore. Handcrafted from glazed ceramic earthenware, these unique brick vases exude urban style. You can choose from a plethora of colours and sizes though this gorgeous canary yellow is my fave, and a trend colour for 2021.