Mother's Day Gift Guide

In a week's time it is your primary duty to make your mum feel like a million dollars, and if you have very young children, your wife deserves a fantastic day too.  Make sure flowers are involved and food, either out or at home, but with no contribution from Mum.  She should be too busy putting her feet up or having fun with the family to have to think about cooking, cleaning or washing up!  Oh, and she might like one of these gorgeous gifts too...

A daily treat for mum and a bit of a boost, with less calories than a glass of wine or a bar of chocolate, are the lovely scented diffusers from Landon Tyler.  Now available from Boots stores nationwide, these delightful scents will pick mum up, help her relax, or remind of her memories past, and at this great price she could have a different one in each room.  Just insert the rattan reeds into the scent bottle for 12 weeks of luxury fragrance.  A set of two is priced £12, bath products are also available, from Boots stores and online, and directly from

Gentle, natural skincare is the only thing that should go anywhere near your baby or toddler's precious skin, and the lovely range from Baby Blooms is just perfect.  Made from scratch using all natural ingredients at their Cornish farm, the creams are inspired by old country recipes and contain no parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate, fragrances, palm oil or lanolin.  Beautifully packaged, we tried the Pampering Repair Collection which contains nourishing and moisturising skincare, the perfect gift to spoil a new mum on her first Mother’s Day.  Gift sets are priced around £25 and are perfect for mums-to-be, new mums, baby showers, baby gifts and more.

Babywearing is better for baby, better for bonding and better for parents, but when you move on from wrap to ring sling to structured carrier, what's next?  Maintain the same level of freedom, comfort and portability by treating mum to the Thule Sapling Elite child carrier.  Perfect for hiking, trekking, urban and country use, there is no need to stop enjoying long walks because little legs can't manage the distance.  Hope for fine weather next weekend and you could even manage a countryside trek followed by a hearty pub lunch.

With fully adjustable shoulder and hip belts plus it's strong torso, the Thule Sapling Elite also includes premium features such as a child viewing mirror, removable backpack and roomy hipbelt pockets to stash essential toys, snacks and gadgets in.  Easily transferrable between parents, it is built for family life with a large zippered compartment perfect for storing water bottles, spare clothes, nappies, rain gear, etc.  A rain cover is also available.

For baby's and parent's comfort, load stabilizer straps allow on-the-go adjustments to the backpack's centre of gravity by pulling the child closer to the parent for a more comfortable carry, while a deployable sunshade keeps them child cool and protected from the sun.  A plush, height adjustable, ergonomic seat efficiently distributes the child’s weight by providing inner thigh support and dual access loading allows you to load your child from the top or side of the carrier.  Removable stirrups let your little one rest their legs and readjust themselves on the trail, but parent can stay comfy with the breathable back panel providing padding and support at critical contact points, allowing air to circulate around your back, keeping you cool.

Available in silver and cobalt blue colourways, the Thule Sapling Elite retails at £220.

If pampering is more her thing than hiking, the Braun Silk-epil 9 SkinSpa is the ultimate pampering present for Mother’s Day.  This 2 in 1 epilator and body brush effortlessly removes hair and polishes the skin for a flawless smooth finish, while the two body brush attachments deeply exfoliate for a pore deep cleanse, or more gentle cleansing for sensitive areas by swapping attachments.

With two exfoliating brushes which sweep away dead skin and impurities in seconds, leaving skin looking gorgeous, refreshed and radiant, the Braun Silk-épil SkinSpa Range Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa provides 6x better exfoliation1 vs. a manual exfoliation scrub alone.  The Sensitive Exfoliation Brush gently sweeps away dead skin cells, visibly refining skin, even in sensitive areas.

When epilating the Silk-épil 9 epilator captures up to 80% of hairs in the first stroke, thanks to the 40% wider head.  MicroGrip tweezer technology captures 4 x shorter hairs than wax giving up to 4 weeks of smoothness and no more in between days, while the high-frequency massage cap vibrates, raising the hairs and stimulating the skin for a gentler experience, whether used wet or dry.

The Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa, available at Boots, and Argos, RRP £179.99.

For an array of different gifts, including Prosecco, cuddly toys, beautiful bouquets and accessories, head to Aldi.  Whatever your mum's tastes or interests, you'll find just the thing, including lovely handmade cards for just £1.99.

With crisp, dry Valdobbiadene Prosecco at £7.49 a bottle (case of six £44.94), she can have a great night in, a pre-dinner treat, or a sophisticated afternoon tea.  This easy drinking fizz is light and refreshing with pleasing bubbles, attractive autumn fruits and delicate floral touches.  Kids will love buying mummy a cuddly teddy or plush animal (£3.99), and this cute lunch tote (£7.99) and flask are perfect for working mums.  All gifts are available in store and online.

The days may be getting warmer, but with chilly mornings and evenings continuing for a while yet, treat mum to a Zippo hand warmer.  Famous for their lighters, Zippo also has a practical range of classically-designed accessories, including hand warmers in a variety of colours.  Priced from £20.75, they are perfect for anyone tackling the outdoors in cold weather.

If your mum is a bit of a chocoholic, treat her to a gift from the Mother's Day range at Thorntons.  They have lots of different gifts available, with those shown her priced from £5 to £30.

Give the gift of anti-ageing this Mother’s Day with the Skin Doctors Younger Hands and Beelift products.  Perfect for celebrating one of the most inspirational women in your life, these gifts will make her feel glamorous and pampered.  The anti-ageing Skin Doctors Younger Hands treatment (RRP. £30.60) is designed to hydrate and soften dry hands, taking 10 years off hands in just 6 weeks!  Skin will be visibly plumper with thickness and texture returning to the levels of 10 years ago, fine lines and wrinkles dramatically reduced, and roughness reduced by more than half in 28 days.  Age spots and freckles are visibly lightened and skin has a smoother, more uniform appearance and softness.

Luxurious facial hydrating treatment Skin Doctors Beelift (RRP. £38.99) is the perfect gift for the Queen Bee in your life.  Designed to combat fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity in the skin, it is paraben-free, and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, ageing skin, and increasing collagen by up to 300%.

I don't know many mums who don't make lists, so these cute Personalised Keepsake Card Notebooks from thortful are sure to go down well.  Choose from any of thortful’s 1000s of card designs, have it printed onto an A5 Keepsake Card notebook, and add your personalised message on the inside front cover.  This gift will make your Mother’s Day message last and last.  The thortful Keepsake Card notebook retails at £6.99 from or via the thortful app.

To pamper nails, the wonderful range from Renunail, including Hand & Nail Cream, Nail Strengthener and Nourishing Oil is perfect.  The Sensitive Nail Strengthener is enriched with Pearl Extract and Diamond Powder to condition and strengthen weak nails without making them brittle.  Follow with the Hand & Nail Cream, infused with Pearl Extract and Green Tea to nourish the skin and Calcium to strengthen the nails, a great dual-purpose product.  And for real nail recovery, give her the Nourishing Oil, a soothing oil formula with herbal extracts and Vitamins A & E to nourish both nails and cuticles for perfect-looking hands.

Give your mum some 'quality time' all year round with a gift from Thomas Kent Clocks.  We love this pretty floral Portobello Clock.  The ceramic clock has pretty wild flowers around the edge and a clear open face.  Just 4" round this lovely gift clock will sit perfectly on any shelf.  Decorated with a range of different designs and colourways by talented artists in the company's Isle of Wight studio, the Portobello is just one of the ranges Thomas Kent Clocks offer.  The Portobello retails at £24.

Most mums need more 'me time' to relax and chill out, and the lovely naturally healthy handcrafted gift kits from Indigo Herbs are the perfect gift for just that.  We tried the De-stress and Unwind gift set which contains some herbal helpers to assist the nervous system in relaxing, and to combat mum’s stress. 

Containing Chamomile flower tea and a single cup strainer, perfect for drinking before bed or when reading her favourite book in the evening; a De-Stress & Unwind Essential Oil (10ml) blend of Basil, Geranium, Grapefruit and Peppermint; and a De-Stress & Unwind Massage Oil (100ml) of the same essential oils in Almond and Wheatgerm carrier oils.  Available directly from Indigo Herbs, or from Not on the High Street, priced £19.99

Combining practical storage or planter trug with lovely products, the La Maison Linen Rose & Cotton Bathing Essentials Tin from Baylis & Harding makes a delightful gift.  It contains 300ml Body Cleanser, 300ml Bath & Shower Creme, 125ml Bath & Shower Gel and 125ml Body Balm all in the calming soft scent of Linen Rose and Cotton, redolent of freshly laundered linen blowing freshly in a summer breeze, a hint of rose on the air.  The beautiful tin with pink heart decoration can be used for bathroom storage, or as a herb planter afterwards.  The La Maison Linen Rose & Cotton Bathing Essentials Tin is available from Argos, priced £19.99.

Add another charm - and another reminder of treasured memories - with a delightful charm from Tresor Paris.  With our serious beach habit we love this cute flip flop charm.  Fashioned from stainless steel with a ruby red enamel coating, it will look beautiful on a special bracelet.  The crystal detailing finishes this charm off beautifully with a subtle sparkle.  The Tresor Paris flip flop charm retails at £19, other charms are available.

What Skin Needs is an Australian natural skincare brand utilising all natural ingredients, including Plantolin, a substance derived from an indigenous plant used for centuries.  Internationally patent-protected for its novel active compounds, Plantolin (derived from Centipeda cunninghamii) has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant action.  Once the inflammation is eradicated and the effect of 'free radicals' is controlled the skin can naturally regenerate and replace damaged skin with a healthy renewed appearance.

The Soothing Skin Gel retails at £9.99, and is great for itchy skin, windburn or sun damage.  It absorbs into the skin upon application and provides long-term hydration, leaving skin supple.  While the Hydrating Facial Serum by What Skin Needs (£12.99) has a light, non-greasy formula that penetrates the skin leaving skin healthier and younger looking.  Great for balancing and hydrating skin, whilst also combatting any pigmentation.  Both are available directly from What Skin Needs.

Buffed and shiny nails are all the rage at the moment, so help mum achieve the look with this Silky Nails kit from Carnation Footcare.  Perfect for finger and toenails, this is the cost effective way to perfect a home manicure.  Silky Nails features 3 different rotating heads to file, buff and polish nails.  There are 2 speed settings, high and low for control, and the direction of rotation can be reversed for use in either hand.  Battery operated this lightweight device is available from Savers stores nationwide, priced £14.99.

Give tired mums a chance to indulge with the deliciously scented Chris James Mind Body Buddhi Bath.  This Detoxifying Himilayan Crystal Bath Salt contains detoxifying organic essential oils to soften skin, soothe tired muscles, and replenish and rejuvenate mind, body and spirit.  Oils such as Juniper, Patchouli, Frankincense, Vetiver, and Lemon combine to create a magical bath time experience.  Buddhi Bath Detoxifying Himilayan Bath Rock Salt is available directly from Chris's website priced £10.

Or let mum treat her tresses with the lovely Urtekram Nordic Birch range which includes shampoo and conditioner,  Made with fresh birch leaves picked late in the season, with their super-moisturising properties, this shampoo and conditioner combo provides strength for skin and hair.  This Danish organic beauty specialist offers natural care for your body from the outside in and has an extensive range of products, all free from parabens, synthetic ingredients and artificial colours.  Products are hypoallergenic and vegan, and can be purchased from all good health shops.

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