10 best Mother’s Day gifts to treat the queen in your life
This March 31 get her the gift she won't buy herself
Our mothers are as diverse as we are, united only by the fact that they have raised, or are raising, children.
So assembling a list of ideas that might satisfy broad array of mothers is no mean feat.
Or so we thought. In our research, we asked friends – and our own mothers – what they’d like to receive, and were surprised in the unanimity of their answers.
“Posh hand cream, jewellery, handbag, posh clothes, wine (lots of wine),” said one. “A cocktail ring, expensive facial cleansers, decent pyjamas and a good book” replied another.
Essentially, they wanted the kind of luxuries that they’re unlikely to buy for themselves because life demands that funds be diverted to more practical endeavours like home repairs and school uniforms.
The items we’ve chosen couldn’t be less essential and are all the better for it.
Pour Les Femmes navy star-print pyjamas: £180, Matches Fashion
Made from lightweight, breathable cotton in a loose-fitting cut, she’ll want to put these on as soon as she walks through the door. The drawstring waist makes sizing adjustable and they’re machine-washable too. We also love that this brand is creating economic opportunities for women through its manufacturing in India.
5ive organic extra-virgin olive oil: £14.99 for 200ml, Selfridges
A bottle of wine is an easy gift. A bottle of high-quality olive oil is a really thoughtful one for someone who is into their food. A drizzle can improve virtually any dish or can simply be mopped up with a loaf of great bread. This 5ive organic extra-virgin olive oil is made in Greece from sustainable Koroneiki olives and comes in a beautiful bottle that will take pride of place on her kitchen counter.
Away leather monogram stickers: £15 each, Away
A set of leather suitcase monogram stickers is a stylish way to help her identify her bag on the luggage carousel, and we love the fun offering from Away, which includes two different types of fonts, as well as arrows and even dogs. A super-tough glue helps them stay on the case no matter how roughly it’s treated by baggage handlers are and you can have fun trying before you buy on Away’s interactive website which shows how it will look it real life.
Plinth Bella Freud X Gillian Wearing suffragette city teacup and saucer: £45, Wolf & Badger
For those who like their tea with a side of female empowerment, go for this cup and saucer set which is a collaboration between fashion designer Bella Freud and artist Gillian Wearing, who created the statue of Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK last year. A portion of the proceeds is donated to the Fawcett Society. Pair it with a box of her favourite tea.
Strathberry nano tote, bottle green: £295, Strathberry.com
This Scottish brand shot to fame when Meghan Markle carried one of its bags last year, though fans also include Lady Gaga and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Each piece is designed in Edinburgh and made in Spain using the finest leather. This nano tote is a mini version of its signature bag and comes in a rainbow of colours. The unique bar closure is inspired by the folios used by music students for sheet music.
Hay sowden reusable bottle: £29, Liberty
We all need to cut down on single-use plastic and this is probably the prettiest reusable water bottle you’ll find. Created by designer Edward Sowden for Danish firm Hay, it comes in an array of colours with contrasting screw lids. It keeps cold things cold and hot things hot, so can be used for her morning coffee too.
Otiumberg oval hoop earrings: From £50 for a mini single silver hoop, Otiumberg
Otiumberg co-founder Christie Wollenberg designed her oval hoop earring because she couldn’t find what she wanted anywhere else. Today, it remains a mainstay of the sustainable demi-fine jewellery brand’s offering, in plain gold or silver, as well as black onyx and white topaz-embellished versions too. They can be worn on their own or customised with an array of charms including stars and moons.
Crème de la Mer moisturiser: From £60 for 15ml, Creme de la Mer
The original wonder product – though there are many high-performance luxury face creams out there, this is still among the best thanks to its trademark Miracle Broth, which contains nutrients including naturally fermented sea kelp. They’ll even engrave the lid with a name or short message for free on tubs over 30ml.
Diptyque centifolia candle: £53, Diptyque
Scented candles are one of those things that everybody loves, but rarely buys for themselves. French brand Diptyque’s are especially pretty and we love this limited-edition version inspired by the glorious centifolia rose which is native to Grasse, in the South of France – and so-called because each bloom is believed to have 100 petals – though we’d gladly take it for the packaging alone.
Daunt Books fiction collection: £26.99, Daunt Books
Books are a difficult thing to buy for another person, particularly if they’re the type to tear through every major new release and have already checked Michelle Obama’s Becoming off their list. Enter Daunt, beloved Marylebone bookshop, which sells gift bundles of three recommended books. They come beautifully packaged and they’ll trade one title for another if you ask nicely. The fiction bundle is especially strong, featuring After the Party by Cressida Connelly, Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles and Heather Morris’s Tattooist of Auschwitz.
The verdict: Mother’s Day gifts
Personalities and budgets will dictate your choice of gift, and in all honesty we want them all. It’s hard to think of anyone who won’t love this pair of luxury star-print pyjamas from Pour Les Femmes – and if they don’t, they can at least go wild with the credit note.
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