Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Part 2

Here's the second part of our gift guide for all those very deserving mums out there.  Whether you're buying for your mum or dropping hints on what you'd like, we have something for everyone and ideas at all price levels.  Which is your favourite?



The Elle Macpherson Wet and Dry Face and Body Brush is a brilliant innovation for those of us looking to get super soft skin fast, in those snatched bathroom moments when you've managed to prise a small person off your leg just long enough to close the door.  The 4 in 1 body treatment can be used in or out of the shower and has a comfortable soft grip handle for ease of use, and is suitable for all skin types.  It comes with four detachable heads, including a cactus dry brush, a loofah, a pumice stone and a facial cleansing brush, for top to toe loveliness.


As Elle herself says:

"A key part of my beauty regime is exfoliation. The benefits are amazing helping to remove dead skin cells, increase circulation and aid cell renewal. I always feel a noticeable difference leaving my skin smooth and glowing. Take the hassle out of dry brushing with my new 4 in 1 wet and dry brush. The battery-powered rotating head means it does all the hard work for you! You can use it all over your body and it's even suitable for the shower."

The Elle Macpherson Wet and Dry Face and Body Brush retails at £39.99, and is available from Argos, Amazon, Debenhams, House of Fraser and www.lookfantastic.com)


We're all loving the new AirMotion Pro hairbrush, designed by industry experts to minimise the everyday stresses and strains hair goes through.  The brush aims to reduce daily wear and tear by using superlite™ materials, and gliding scross the head's contours like no other brush can.  With three different lengths and diameters of bristle, the brush glides through all hair types with ease, detangling and smoothing as it goes.  It even coped with my thick, wavy and often knotty hair.  Its ergonomically designed handle is great even for Sophia's tiny hands, and it can also be used left or right-handed easily.  Priced at £11.95, this would make a lovely Mother's Day gift to make mornings go that little bit easier!


Dunelm has a lovely range of Mother's Day gifts in-store, including this delightful selection that we were sent.  I adore the gardener's gloves and little trowel and fork set and will be putting those to good use this spring, priced from just £2.99.  There are pretty candles, notepads and other delights in this lovely spring print too, such a lovely pattern.


I also noticed the other day that they have a lovely range of candles as part of their partnership with Dorma, which would make beautiful gifts for mum too.  Definitely worth a visit to Dunelm a.s.a.p. to snap up some lovely gifts.


After all that gardening your mum's hands will be desperate for a good moisturiser and the Calendula Cream from Nelson's really does the job.  Made from 100% natural calendula, it nourishes and moisturises skin leaving it soft and smooth.  This fab multi-purpose cream is great for dry, rough or chapped skin and it's always worth having a tube handy.  Priced at £5.09 for a 30g tube, Nelsons Calendula is available from Boots, Holland & Barrett and independent pharmacies and health stores.



If you are looking for delicious chocolates for mum, head over to the amazing Artisan Du Chocolat website where you will find a fantastic selection of Mother's Day gifts including this hand-painted Lilies Bouquet fan-shaped box, priced £24.99.  This beautiful box contains an exquisite selection of couture ganaches, shimmering hearts filled with fruit coulis, rose-scented dragees, chocolate pearls, salted caramels and incredibly moreish coconut and milk chocolate coated macadamias.  The delicately and intricately painted box would make a beautiful keepsake too, perfect for filling with special cards, photos or mementoes.  Just lovely.


Beautifully scented candles are always popular and none more so than this gorgeous luxe one from Voluspa, priced £35.  Beautifully scented with the rare pink jasmine and the perennial catkin-like amaranthus, this candle will burn for up to 100 hours. Voluspa use a coconut wax base which burns more cleanly and holds a higher volume of fragrance than soy, and the coconut base doesn't alter the true notes and character of the fragrance like soy can.  All Voluspa Scented Candles are made with no phthalates, no parabens, no sulfates, no animal testing and 100% cotton wicks for a clean, long lasting burn.  With striking, reusable packaging and beautiful scents, plus the long burn time, these candles make the perfect gift for Mother's Day.  Available from a number of prestigious retailers worldwide, the full range is also available to purchase directly from the UK website, currently with free delivery.


The range of Belgian chocolatier Guylian has been extended to include Caramel, Crunchy Biscuit and Milk Truffle Sea Horses as well as the traditional Praline Sea Shells.  We have been sampling the caramel ones which are lush!  Made with fine Belgian chocolate that melts in the mouth and a soft, smooth caramel filling, we love them.

Whichever version you go for, Guylian chocolates are the perfect gift for mum.  They are widely available from supermarkets and independent stores, priced £4.00 for a 250g box.  They can also be purchased from the Guylian web shop www.guylianshop.co.uk


If a mum you know wants to celebrate with bubbles this Mothering Sunday but doesn't want alcohol, why not try the lovely Celebration from Shloer?  Complete with cork to pop and lots of fizzy bubbles in the glass, it looks and feels the part but without the alcohol.  A chilled bottle of Celebration would be the perfect treat for Mother's Day lunch or afternoon tea, and is available in two delicious flavours: crisp and full-bodied White Bubbly, and fresh and fruity Pink Fizz.  They contain no preservatives, artificial colours, sweeteners or flavourings, and are widely available from all good supermarkets.

This week, tell Shloer why your mum deserves a sparkling treat for the chance to win a bespoke gift bag, complete with a bottle of Celebration.  Just use the hashtag #SayItWithShloer on social media.


Liqueur specialist Demijohn has created a hand-crafted presentation rack with three 100ml bottles of its artisan liqueurs: Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur, fruity Damson Gin and velvety smooth Spiced Rum.  The Liqueur Carousel can also be personalised with a special message for your mum making this an extra special Mother's Day gift.  We sampled the damson and rhubarb liqueurs and they are delicious.  The Carousel retails at £43.35; a wide range of  other liqueurs, spirits, fruit vinegars and oils are also available on the Demijohn website.


We love the range of natural and organic goodies at London retailer Baldwin's and their mail order service is fantastic.  So I was delighted to be sent one of their gift sets for this guide.  Containing 250ml Moisturising Body Wash and 250ml Moisturising Body Balm, both beautifully scented with Ylang Ylang, Lavender and Orange, a face cloth, and a 25g travel soap,and candle in the same fragrance.  A perfect gift as we emerge from the winter season and start thinking about prepping our skin for summer, the Moisturising Gift Set is priced £24.99.  Other gift sets are available, and also some great Essential Oil burners, Candle Making Kits and Natural Soap Making kits, all of which would make great gifts.  Have a browse on the Baldwins website.

There are lots more gift ideas for mums in our Mother's Day Gift Guide: Part 1, in our 10 Most Wanted...Mother's Day Gifts feature and in our Christmas Gift Guide: For Her.


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