It’s time to treat your mum to something out of the ordinary - welcome to our sensational guide of fabulously unusual gifts for Mother’s Day, and be prepared to want them all for yourself.
They may hold one of the most important roles in our lives, our mums only get one official day of recognition a year. So we say, let’s make it a bloody good one.
Of course, receiving flowers and chocolate is always nice. If you want to make your mum feel really special on the 31 March, though, it might be nice to get her something a little… well, a little different.
And, as the hunt to find an unusual Mother’s Day gift can be a tricky one (especially when every shop is filled with twee, samey merchandise), we’ve consulted our experts in food, fashion and culture to come up with a list of Mother’s Day gift ideas that will make your mum glow with glee.
Subscription Mother’s Day gift ideas
Birchbox Mother’s Day special
Monthly beauty box, Birchbox, has created a special, postable gift for mums everywhere filled with beauty favourites and things to make her smile.
The Mother’s Day curated edition contains 10 beauty must-haves, some full and some sample sizes, including a VQ rose quartz face roller, Philosophy Amazing Grace perfume and MaxFactor mascara. Although the box is worth £145, it will be available to buy online for £28 from Monday 11 March. You can pop yourself on the waiting list below.
Rare Birds Book Club subscription
So, what could be a better gift for the most important woman in your life, than introducing her to other strong women? The Rare Birds Book Club sends recipients a monthly surprise book written by a lesser known female author, to raise the profile of women in the industry and celebrate their phenomenal works.
Women supporting women? Sounds like a perfect way to toast the most femalecentric day of the year, and, thanks to the rolling nature of the subscription (£10 a month) it’s a gift that keeps giving.
The Self Care Parcel
Mums are so busy looking after everyone else, we sometimes think they need a little reminding to look after themselves. Cue: The Self Care Parcel.
If you’re a fan of snail mail (like these mindfulness packages) then you need to get to know Parcel, the brand that specialises in luxury posted boxes following all sorts of themes, from best friends to coffee addicts. Not only do they look unbelievably pretty but you can even build them yourself if there isn’t a box that fits your needs - although we think that would be a hard feat.
The Self Care Parcel is priced at £68 and includes The Positive Planner which is a mindful gratitude journal to encourage mental wellbeing, a relaxing gardenia and jasmine travel candle and some ginger tea with organic Nordic honey. While Cult vinegar tonic will also help them to keep up the healthy habit of a vinegar shot every day.
Sipping Society subscription
We’re willing to bet our mums aren’t the only ones who love a bit of Mother’s Ruin after a long week, so if yours is the same, we reckon Sipsmith Gin’s Sipping Society could be the answer to her prayers.
Members of the society receive a delivery of two 20cl bottles direct to their door every other month, with each one in a unique flavour hand crafted by the Sipsmith Distilling Team from a backbone of their classic London Dry Gin. For example, this month lucky subscription holders will be privy to a zesty Tangerine Old Tom Gin and a Golden Treacle Gin Liqueur.
You can purchase a year’s gift membership for £185 which includes a giftable box containing a 5cl of Sipsmith London Dry Gin alongside a gift car, or simply pay £35 every other month until you think she’s had her fill.
Petalon flower delivery subscription
Okay, flowers for Mother’s day isn’t a ground-breaking idea, but hooking your mum up with a gift that keeps giving especially with a lovely, independent business like Petalon is something we reckon she’ll love.
Essentially Petalon is a flower delivery service, a few of which have appeared on our radars over the last couple of years. But what we particularly like about this one is the sustainable nature of how the business is run.
Not only does Petalon deliver all flowers in Central London by bike and in biodegradable packaging, but it also donates £1 from every bunch to a the Bee Collective charity and plants a tree for every 100 bunches delivered.
Every week the Petalon team put together two types of bunches which you can either choose your favourite of, or if they don’t hear from you they’ll send one at random. These go live on the site on a Sunday and are emailed to you for you to pick. How many bunches you choose to gift is up to you, as there’s a handy drop down selection box that lets you select your desired amount of flowers vs the weeks or months. Frequent flowers are discounted to £35 per delivery for an original bunch or £55 for a bigger bunch. You can pay the full amount for your subscription in advance for a further 5% discount.
And if your mum doesn’t live in London, don’t fear. Petalon ships nationwide and ensures that all the packaging used is sustainable, too.
Just-because-it’s-pretty Mother’s Day gifts
Coco de Mer V&A collaboration
Exclusive lingerie brand, Coco de Mer, is already well respected for its intricate styles but we think they may have taken things to a new level with their simply gorgeous collaboration with the V&A.
With an emphasis on Art Deco, the collection aims to explore the escapism of the Jazz Age and the marrying of luxury and function in a versatile way, mixing exotic embroidery with the brand’s signature silhouette.
This set is from the Golden Peacock part of the collection, inspired by the museum’s rich archives with a blend of amethyst silk and golden embroidery.
This bra is priced at £165 with briefs at £105, but check out the whole collection for more ideas.
Maître Choux éclairs
Do pastries get prettier than this? We doubt it. Maître Choux is an adorable ‘artiste patissier’ which specialises in extraordinarily detailed eclairs.
From Asian-influenced styles to completely pink tasty treats, Maître Choux ensures an encounter with one of its desserts is a sensory experience, satisfying the eyes as well as the taste buds.
A little bit different from the usual chocolate selection box, these pastries are not only delightfully pretty but will be specially themed for Mother’s Day like the picture above.
Gift your mum with one personalised eclair for £5.20 or you could take her for Sweet Pink Afternoon Tea at either the King’s Road or Soho stores, which is priced from £22 and includes an expertly paired selection of éclairs and choux with glasses of Laurent-Perrier champagne.
philosophy Amazing Grace perfume
philosophy’s Amazing Grace fragrance has sparked somewhat of a fever pitch. An instant classic, customers world-wide (not to mention beauty editors) have gone crazy for the scent and the brand considers it a best-seller, so even if your mum hasn’t tried it herself yet, we reckon there’s a strong chance she’ll love it.
Although the perfume makes for the perfect handbag go-to, there’s a whole range of products in this clean, floral scent that we’re sure would be a welcome Mother’s day gift. For example, the shower gel and whipped body creme, both of which are deliciously indulgent and would work most effectively layered underneath the spray fragrance.
Le Creuset’s Ultra Violet range
Stylish kitchenware as you’ve never seen it before - we’re suckers for anything that will take our table game to the next level and if your mum shares our enthusiasm, we don’t think there’s a more fabulous addition to her dinner party antics than this electric Ultra Violet range.
Not only is Le Creuset the best in the business, we can’t get enough of this showstopping colour. It’s a world away from your average homeware buy and there’s so many pieces in the collection that you can pick something big or small, depending on your budget.
Papier photo book
When it comes down to it, the most important thing to our mums is their memories with us and the loved ones around us. Although physical photo albums have fallen out of favour with the introduction of technology, we think considering the majority of mums have grown up with them and how lovely it is to have a tangible memory to hold, she would love a super slick photo book like this one from Papier.
The books are completely customisable with different sizes and options for landscape, portrait or square crops. Whether you want to go hardback, softback, patterned or stick with one shade is all up to you. You can even get pretty fonts to write certain words next to your chosen pictures.
Prices vary from £21.99 to £59.99 depending on what you want, but all of them are guaranteed to pop a smile on her face.
One Hundred Stars and Kew Gardens gown collaboration
One Hundred Stars is the gorgeous kind of brand that makes for a perfect Mother’s Day present. Just under the radar enough to feel in-the-know, their screen-printed selection of pyjamas, gowns and kimonos exude specialness.
Each collection is created on a different theme (the maps series is particularly lovely if you and your mum hold a place like Paris, Venice or London close to your hearts) but we think their new collaboration with The Royal Botanical Gardens has Mother’s Day gift written all over it.
The range has been created from one of the world’s foremost archives of rare and historically significant artwork which is held at Kew, with each gown inspired by a different flower and colour scheme. We adore this green number with passion flowers, but there’s coral, grey, magnolia and blue versions too. Each gown is priced at £75, but the collection spans scarves, headbands and more so you can pick something that works for your budget.
Bluebella Elva slip
This beautiful slip is the kind of purchase you might struggle to justify making for yourself, but would be thrilled to receive as a gift. So if your mum isn’t the best at treating herself, we think she’d be over the moon to have something this lovely to lounge about in.
Lingerie brand Bluebella recently made headlines after teaming up with trans activist and model Munroe Bergdorf, showing how much they support strong women and women’s rights - something Bergdorf is a vocal campaigner of. So it makes sense that their collections are designed to make women feel their best selves, and would be a sumptuous addition to your mum’s underwear draw.
The Elva Slip is priced at £36, and there’s a version in black if lilac isn’t your mum’s thing.
Customisable Tada & Toy earrings
Jewelry feels like an obvious choice for Mother’s Day - but not if you opt for something special from Tada & Toy. London-based Tansy and Victoria have been friends since they were 13 and had always dreamed of starting their own jewelry brand. With an aesthetic that nods to a Scandinavian chicness but with a focus on layering, if you don’t pick out something for your mum we recommend taking a gander at their ear cuffs for yourself.
Their Lucky Cat Charm earrings feel on-trend enough to make your mum’s day, but allow for an injection of sentimentality thanks to each piece being able to hold up to five charms, so you can spell out a special message or include both of your initials. Prices start from £65 and increase with the amount of charms you pick.
Olivia Von Halle Alba Peregrine silk nightshirt set
Fancy splashing some serious cash on your mum this Mother’s Day? Let us introduce you to this undeniably soft silk nightshirt set from Olivia Von Halle.
Crafted in cream silk, adorned with a chic flamingo print and finished with blush metallic Lurex trims, these pajamas are almost too lovely to wear to bed. It’s understandable, then, that the shirt is also designed to work as day wear (which makes the £365 price tag a teensy bit easier to swallow, right?).
Made in Spain and created from Birch wood and cotton, Fern Fans is the work of journalist Daisy Hoppen and Amanda Borber.
Each fan in the collection was inspired by the historical practices and mannerisms of using a hand fan, and so has been beautifully designed in a range of patterns and colours.
We love this lilac one, but for those with colourful tastes be sure to check out the red polka dots which would make a fun addition to any sunny day. Prices start at £50 and go up to around the £100 mark.
Nailberry Pinkberry nail varnish
Nailberry’s nail colours all have one thing in common: they’re all right on the money. Whether it be springtime pastel or something a little richer, like the divine shade above, we love that each tone has just the right amount of depth.
It’s always nice to make your mum feel pampered on Mother’s Day, and to do this you don’t have to spend the earth on a spa trip. Choose a well-picked, seriously good quality nail varnish like this one, and organise a night in with a few glasses of wine and voila - you’ve got yourself a homemade pamper session.
We particularly like Pinkberry (£14.50) from the L’Oxygéné range which is kinder to your nails, made from a vegan, cruelty free, breathable blend.
Mother’s Day experiences gift ideas
Mother’s Day package trip to Barcelona
Go big or go home we say, when it comes to taking your mum away for a special occasion. And the Hotel & Spa Claris 5*GL, is certainly one way of sweeping her off her feet.
The five star hotel, which is part of the respected Derby Hotels Collection, is one of the most luxurious venues in Barcelona. Sitting in the central Eixample neighborhood, close to the city’s shopping district and also close to the beach, it’s the perfect spot for a weekend away.
Not only is it just a gorgeous place to be, with on-trend pastel pink furnishings and botanical wall murals, Claris has a bloody fabulous spa which can be booked as part of a Mother’s Day package, currently being offered by the hotel.
From £705 for two people, you and your mum can stay in one of the hotel’s fanciest rooms (we’re talking a Grand Duplex Suite no less), a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries in your room ready, a bath of rose petals and salts, a 50 minute massage for two, breakfast for two in your room and access to the other spa facilities.
We seriously can’t think of a weekend our mums (or us) would love more.
A calligraphy class
Professional calligrapher and designer Alice Gabb’s calligraphy classes are imbued with all the best things in life: fun, creativity and (depending on the venue) lots of cake!
Gabb holds between one and two classes a week at a plethora of venues around London, each one comprising of a small group with about two hours of teaching time, in which she talks you through the basics of calligraphy from loading and using a nib to writing joined up words in her style.
Not only is a Gabb a joy to be around and creates a lovely atmosphere in her classes, but if you go along with your mum we think you might be surprised just how bonding an experience it can be to spend two hours flexing your creative muscles together with no phone time. What’s more, after each class (prices between £55 and £75) every student is gifted with everything they need to practise at home, so it’s a hobby you could keep up together.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, so if your mum is a fan of the arts there’s basically no better place to gift her a membership.
The venue has housed some of the biggest and most memorable exhibitions of the decade, with many more to come such as Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, which recently opened and will be running until July.
A year’s membership is priced at £70 and includes free and early entry to exhibitions, access to the member’s room, priority booking for evening talks and events and the V&A magazine.
The Landmark London’s newly launched spa menu
Any Londoner worth their salt knows The Landmark London, the five star hotel that sits proudly in Marylebone with a famed spa and palm tree-studded dining room.
Since the new year, the hotel is making bigger waves than ever in the world of wellness by introducing some decadent-sounding new treatments to its spa menu. And there’s one in particular that sounds like it was made for mums. The Honey and Rose facial (£95-105) uses natural botanical and restorative ingredients, such as rose petals, rose hip oil and royal jelly, all of which soothe, nourish and repairs skin.
If you want to celebrate Mother’s Day in style and spend the whole weekend treating your mum, you could book in to experience the hotel’s iconic afternoon tea (£45) and spend the night, for an experience we don’t think she’ll forget in a hurry.
Champagne Afternoon Tea at The Ritz
Want to make your mum feel special? Taking her to The Ritz ought to do it.
Although announcing your scone-filled plans on the 31 March is sure to go down a treat, purchasing a Ritz gift card looks even more impressive.
The hotel has special vouchers exclusively for its world-famous teas, priced at £157 for two people. You can include your very own personalised message to make your gift even more special and all vouchers are beautifully presented in The Ritz signature gift box.
National Art Pass
What The National Art Pass has got going for it is prevalence. Spanning 240 museums, galleries and historic sites, if your mum isn’t a big fan of London, she can use this wherever she is and it’s perfect to take away on a staycation to explore more of what the UK’s culture scene has to offer.
There’s a decent selection of free entry venues as well as lots of places that offer half price entry, and she’ll also get a guidebook and magazine advising her what’s on currently.
Membership is £70 or £105 for a double, so you could go big and include a promise of monthly culture trips for the two of you - a gift we’re sure she’ll appreciate even more.
Images: Courtesy of brands / Liana Mikah