So I’m not entirely sure where Mother’s Day snuck up from this year, but with only a week to go it’s time to get your thinking caps on if you want to get the mama in your life something impressive. When buying your Mother’s Day gift, remember to keep the recipient in mind and don’t get lured into the balloons and bouquets trap like a sucker. There are at least 10 things every modern mama would prefer, and for what it’s worth, here’s my low down.
Cook books got cool
Gone are the days of dinner parties with Delia, now every modern mama wants to nurture herself from the inside out, and there’s no better way to do it than with the gorgeous Hemsley sisters. Their new book Good + Simple (£12) is definitely on my wish list, and is out now. If you want to push the boat out, why not get her a spiralizer too? Nothing says I love you like courgetti.
If she hates cooking but loves books, then check out One Day Young, Hey Natalie Jean, How to be a Hip Mama Without Losing your Cool or The Mother Book. They all get a big thumbs up from me!
I’m sorry but there’s no denying my love affair for all things Selfish Mother. Her iconic Mother sweathshirts are loved by celebs and mortals alike, and profits from the new range of Winging It tees (£30) go to KIDS CHARITY UK, who do amazing work with disabled children and their families. What’s not to love? Parent Apparel also do some cool mama sweats, as do Gray by Southwood Stores.
Candles are always a good idea
Before I had kids I always wondered why people bought each other candles. Now I understand. Candles are a mother’s chance to rekindle a tiny sense of calm and tranquility in what is normally a madhouse. I genuinely can’t get enough of beautiful candles these days. My favourites are Om Candle Co’s Strength & Rest candles (which are a bargain at £10 a pop), Diptyque’s Tubereuse (£20/£40) and NEOM Organics Happiness candle (£30).
Speaking of things you didn’t appreciate before becoming a mother – let’s talk about the must-haves that are face savers! Things that miraculously cover bags and brighten complexions – that’s the sort of thing we need on our side. My can’t-live-withouts include Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (£29), YSL touche éclat (£25) and Aesop anti-oxidant eye cream (not cheap at £59 but literally the product of dreams).
A little lovely light box
Now this I love. A Dutch made A4 light box (£30) which you can write your own messages on using the characters enclosed. I was kindly sent one of these from the lovely crew at Yellow Lolly (everything on their site is awesome) and it looks so effective in our living room, plus it’s LED so doesn’t generate much heat, meaning you could just as happily keep it in your kid’s room too. Leave mum a little message to wake up to on Mother’s Day – preferably one that says “stay in bed” for extra brownie points.
Stationery got sexy
I don’t know about you but I’m a first class sucker for stationery, and these Happiness Planners (£35) are the ultimate in paper positivity. Alternatively, check out this awesome Anya Hindmarch pencil case (£140), a more tongue-in-cheek “people I want to punch in the face” notebook (£11.99), or pretty much anything from one of my favourite shops – Present & Correct.
Flowers got wild
I know I said to steer clear of bouquets, but there are a couple of exceptions to the rule! Basically, don’t buy an extravagant bunch of different flowers and colours – less is most definitely more when it comes to blooms, so if you want to go traditional posy but don’t have any idea what to pick, avoid Interflora and go with someone trusty like The Fresh Flower Company or JamJar Flowers and you won’t go wrong. Alternatively, I’ve just discovered Bloomon who deliver beautiful wild flowers to your lucky recipient as often as you like (weekly, monthly, you name it!) – these ones are definitely on my wish list. Go check out their ethos – they’re awesome!
If flowers aren’t mum’s bag or if you’re short on time/creativity, then look no further than Don’t Buy Her Flowers. Mums work hard, so the gorgeous Steph at DBHF wants them to know just how much they’re appreciated and loved. Gorgeous products that have been thoughtfully put together, with options so each package can be tailored for the recipient. All of their packages are gift wrapped and £1 from every Mother’s Day gift will go to charity Kicks Count and I should add that you can now add a pack of my yesmum affirmation cards (original or to-be) to any Mother’s Day gift box. Huzzah!
Jewels for your queen
If the mamas I know are anything to go by, some sweet jewels are going to be well received on Mother’s Day! My favourites are Cult of Youth’s Mama chain (£35), these gorgeous hallmarked Irish Coin charms by Katie Mullally (from £50), or get personal with an iconic gold name necklace by Anna Lou of London (£58).
The wild cards
So just for good measure I’m throwing in these wild cards. First up we’ve got pretty much anything from the amazing Mére Soeur online shop. This is a fine example of an awesome woman making awesome products for awesome mamas. I couldn’t be a bigger fan!
Then we have these brilliant statement tees by Katharine Hamnett x YMC (£50). Instantly recognisable, Hamnett’s high impact slogan t-shirts were first created in the early 80s as a simple medium to convey an important message – a sartorial call to arms. A cultural marker of the times, her t-shirts have reached cult status worldwide. Utilising environmentally friendly ink, the t-shirts are ethically made in India from white sustainable, certified organic cotton. Love.
There you have it – you now have no excuse not to get the mama in your life something gorgeous this Mother’s Day, and if in doubt, a lie-in and breakfast in bed is always a good place to start! Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing mamas out there – you are all doing the best job ever, and if it’s a 10 minute recharge you’re looking for, check out the new Relax & Recharge MP3 in my shop.