Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Part 1

With ten days to go until Mother's Day it's time to get those presents sorted, and luckily we have plenty of ideas for you.  Here are some of our favourite things...

The Edie Reversible Jumper from Joules is practical, versatile, comfy and really rather gorgeous.  It is knitted in a lightweight cotton yarn making it perfect for layering at this time of year and as an evening cover up for summer.  Its boxy, sweatshirt shape is perfect for lounging in or dressing up more formally, and with a button-through back it can also be reversed into a cardigan.  A really lovely addition to any mum's wardrobe.  Also available in green and cream/blue colourways.

Aldi has a great range of Mother's Day gifts in store, including these cosy but cute ballet-style slippers.  They have a padded inner, sweet bow detail and are very, very comfy.  Perfect for slipping in a holiday bag as well as for wearing around the house, they are also available in cream, lilac and blue stripe.  Sizes 4-7 are in store now, priced £2.99.

Also from Aldi is this gorgeous, soft and pretty scarf in six different prints.  Practical and pretty the scarf makes a lovely accessory for spring/summer and will enhance any outfit, all for a bargain price of £3.49.  I'm going through a scarf phase at the moment, so this is perfect for me!

Also in Aldi's Mother's Day range is this fab watch.  Available in 9 different designs, these fun fashion watches go with everything and help to accessorise your look, as well as keeping time.  Priced at £9.99 each one of these would make a lovely gift for mum.

If you want to say it with chocolate, head to leading chocolatier Thorntons who have a fantastic Mother's Day range, including this cute spell-it-out 'I love Mum' in chocolate truffles for just £3.50.  They are currently offering 20% off all Mother's Day gifts with the code MDAY20 too.

There are some fab Peppa Pig/Mummy Pig-themed gifts available too, including this supersized Mummy Pig Weeble which Tatiana is delighted with.  She received the car and treehouse for her birthday and Christmas so Mummy Pig has been busy chasing Peppa and her friends round the playroom floor!  The fun tale of invincible Mummy Pig in the sweet book My Mummy and the lovely Peppa Pig: Mummy and Me Sticker Colouring Book are fab too, hours of fun for mummies and little ones on Sunday.  Prices from £2.49.  George at Asda also has very cute Mummy Pig slippers, socks and pyjamas.  Head over to for a whole host of Mother's Day Mummy Pig fun, including a downloadable Mummy Pig Mother’s Day card, activity sheets and themed episodes!

Like most mums, I find time for self is extremely limited so anything that can make my semblance of a beauty routine quicker and easier is fine by me!  The Love My Skin Cleansing System is fast, convenient and effective.  Used with your face wash for 60 seconds a day it gives skin a deep clean, and removes impurities and dead skin cells effectively.  The first of the two unique brushes is a bristle bush which removes daily dirt and make-up; the second is a soft, tapered brush which cleans deeper to shift dead skin cells and embedded impurities.  I was intrigued by this gadget and am delighted with the results, so much better than my usual hand or flannel wash.  Suitable for even sensitive skin, the Cleansing System also boosts circulation, improving skin brightness, tone and texture, thus making it easier for skin to absorb serums and moisturisers when applied after cleansing.  Water-resistant, mains rechargeable and packed in a handy storage case for easy travelling.  The Love My Skin Cleansing System is available from Boots and online at, priced £29.99.

All that cleansing will leave skin primed for some great products, and the new Argan Oil additions to Aldi's Lacura range certainly fit the bill.  These new anti-ageing creams are available in Day Cream and Night Cream variants, both of which contain the much-feted Argan Oil.  They are available in store now, priced just £2.99 each.

The day cream is enriched with skin-smoothing ingredients to help to tighten and firm both normal and dry skin.  Argan oil's antioxidant properties protect the skin whilst helping to improves elasticity.  The Lacura Anti-Ageing Night Cream is enhanced with nourishing Shea Butter as well as Argan oil, and helps to regenerate and smooth the skin in its overnight recovery phase.

A Lacura Anti-Ageing Hand Cream is also available for those hardworking hands, treating them to the intensive care they deserve.  The organic Argan Oil helps protect dry hands from premature ageing, and is well worth the £1.79 price tag.

Also returning to the stores this month is the popular Carino Miracle Oil with Argan Oil, a luxurious conditioning oil which controls frizz and moisturises & restores winter-worn hair.  Its lightweight formulation helps hair look and feel better after just one application, and with continued use the overall condition of hair improves, preventing split ends and breakage.  Priced at £2.99 for 50ml, this is going to sell fast!  A shampoo and conditioner are also available in the range, priced £1.99 each.

Finally, make sure you include the thing top of most mum's wish lists - a lie-in!  You can even download a personalised voucher promising just that from the Silentnight website, click here!

There are lots more gift ideas for mums in our Mother's Day Gift Guide: Part 2 and Mother's Day Gift Guide: Part 3, in our 10 Most Wanted...Mother's Day Gifts feature and in our Christmas Gift Guide: For Her.

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