Still important enough to fuss over, yet not as hyped in the shops as Christmas or Valentine’s Day (or maybe it’s just all the Easter eggs distracting us?!), Mother’s Day is one of those events which has the nasty habit of creeping up on us. Every year, you make a promise to yourself that, next year, you will buy a thoughtful gift for your mum two weeks in advance – only to find yourself panic-buying flowers and Ferrero Rocher in Tesco 12 months later.
When it comes down to it, presents aren’t important at all. This Sunday, your mum will probably be happy with a thoughtful phone call, or for you to pop over to her house for a coffee, but, if you have the spare cash, it’s nice to treat the special lady in your life with material things. She has probably treated you an infinite amount of times in the past, after all. Thanks to the invention of next-day delivery and online shopping, you can now buy gorgeous, unique gifts online to show that you care. No last-minute rush to the supermarket required!
For the foodie…##
Whether she has a massive sweet tooth or is a bit of a health freak, there’s no shortage of food-related gifts available for mums who, without playing to gender stereotypes, love being in the kitchen. We love Sweetpea Pantry’s ready-to-go baking mixes, which make indulging with sweet treats look positively saintly, while those who already have their ingredients sorted will love Leon’s new collab with John Lewis – see here for flashes of colour and retro-look prints to jazz up the kitchen. The Phaidon-produced Cook it Raw book, meanwhile, is a dream for food nerds.
Healthy Baking Mix Collection, £13.50, Sweetpea Pantry
Large storage tin, £10, Leon x John Lewis
‘Cook it Raw’ book, £35, Phaidon
For the glam mum…##
Luxury make-up is always a winning gift, regardless of occasion. You could treat your mum to a ‘starter’ kit to overhaul her look (we love pÃ¼rminerals’) or treat her to a failsafe like one of By Terry’s Eye Designer palettes. However, buying make-up is very personal so, unless you’re well-attuned to your mum’s style, you might prefer to consider taking her out for a day at a spa. Red Letter Days is currently running a £55 promotion on Bannatyne spa days for two, with locations all over the country.
Start Now! Beauty-To-Go Collection, £39.50, pÃ¼rminerals
Eye Designer Palette, £44, By Terry
Pamper Day for Two, £55 via Red Letter Days
For the music-lover…##
While it might be a little indulgent, a Roberts Revival radio is one of life’s luxuries and, arguably, totally worth the money for its sound quality and good (like, really good) looks. Mums love them. If you’re on a budget, check out Urban Outfitters for cute, portable wireless speakers that pack a helluva lot of sound into a tiny space. We also love House of Yve’s personalised ‘favourite song’ soundwave prints from Not on the High Street – they’re guaranteed to be unique!
Revival Mini Radio, £149.99, Roberts
Wireless panda mini speaker, £12, Urban Outfitters
Personalised soundwave print, £30, House of Yve
For the mum who enjoys a tipple##
Unless, of course, she’s teetotal, booze is a failsafe gift. For Mother’s Day, you can go simple with a bottle of wine she likes or opt for something a bit fancier. We vote you go for the latter. Who wants Gordon’s when you can buy Eden Mill’s Love Gin, packaged so beautifully that you almost don’t want to crack it open (try Edinburgh Gin and Sipsmith for similarly beaut packaging but at a lower cost)? And why buy prosecco off the shelf when you can have a little bottle, with homemade cupcakes on the side, delivered to your mum’s door?
Love Gin, £36, Eden Mill
Cupcakes and prosecco gift set, £21, Bradfords Bakers
Mini wine duo with glasses, £15, M&S
For the arty mum…##
The Tate gift shop is an obvious, but brilliant, choice for artsy gifts. Grayson Perry’s designs for the Tate, etched onto silk scarves and tote bags, make for lovely pressies, as do Bridie Hall’s delightful brush pots. If your mum likes photography, why not buy her an original print without breaking the bank? The Telegram Gallery’s #telegraphtakeover series offers a constantly revolving range of works from both established and upcoming photographers, for £50 a pop.
Grayson Perry design silk scarf, £75, Tate
‘Taroudant II’ print, £50, Telegram Gallery
Alphabet brush pots, £40, Bridie Hall
For the adventurer…##
You can’t really go wrong with a Wallpaper City Guide; they’re cheap, there are loads to choose from, they’re a modern design classic, and they’re actually really handy if you want to familiarise yourself with a city’s history and culture before you visit (if you want a practical guide, though, Tripadvisor and maps are still better). Otherwise, enrich your mum’s travels with a pretty printed foldaway travel bag from Cath Kidston, or treat her to a Popcord charger, which is tiny and attaches to your keys, so there’s no risk of her being caught short with 0% battery when she’s away from home.
Wallpaper City Guides, from £6.95, Phaidon
Popcord charger, from £29, Popcord
Foldaway overnight bag, £42, Cath Kidston