Mother’s Day is taking place early this year on March 14. That means, you have got less than a month to think of a way to mark Mothering Sunday. If you don’t live in the same household, a family get-together will be off the agenda.
There will be no meals out, trip to the shops or a short break. Mother’s Day in 2021 will be one of improvisations. Think along the lines of video chats and cards through the post. You could add a touch of ‘something different’ to the mix with a virtually shared meal. If you are stuck at home during the lockdown, how about spending some time making an extra special gift? You don’t have to be particularly arty or good at crafts to produce something spectacular. Take a look at these simple but eye-catching diamond painting kits.
If you are home-schooling the kids and simply don’t have the time to make a gift, you can always purchase one. But, while it is easy to find plenty of ideas, choosing one that will match your mum’s personality or lifestyle can be difficult. Flowers and chocolates, while nice thoughts, are no good at all if the recipient suffers from allergies or is watching their weight.
Some thoughtful ideas for this year include:
- Practical gifts, such as a good quality hand cream or lip balm
- Items that support a hobby, such as gardening or walking
- Bath-time treats
- Replenishing a favourite skin care product
- Something to treasure
Like many other people of my age, I don’t have a mum. She died three decades ago when I was in my twenties. However, I am now a mum myself. In fact, I’m a grandmother – so I will be making subtle hints about what I’d like left on my doorstep this year. Nothing expensive. Just something I know I will both like and use. There is not much worse than being given something you know has cost a packet but think is unlikely to ever make it out of the box.
Mothering Sunday Gift List
Mothers can generally be placed into one of two groups when it comes to Mother’s Day – those who aren’t that fussed and will be grateful for a card or ‘phone call and the ones who expect the whole day to evolve around them. Before choosing a gift, it may be wise to consider which one applies to your mum.
I am afraid, I fall into the latter category. And why not? It’s only one day of the year!
If you have siblings, it is a sensible idea to find out what they may be buying before you get out your debit card. Especially if Mum has been dropping the same hints to different people!
A specific day of the year to celebrate mums was first instigated by us Brits, so this is one tradition that has not been imported from America. In fact, it dates back to the 16th century. Today, people use the event to remember the sacrifices mothers make for their families and to reward them. Mums aren’t just those who gave birth to us and changed our nappies when we were little. They are the constant shoulder to cry on, free-givers of sage advice and often the cheapest and best babysitters. They are our cheerleaders and biggest fans.
For all that, they deserve our thanks – because they have earned it.
The gift ideas outlined below can all be delivered directly to your mum, if required. This may be useful if they live a long distance away. Full product information, including ingredients where applicable, is available by clicking an image.
Sweet Love Hand Cream Gift Set, £19.99.
A coffee mug that states the obvious! Practical but funny too, £10.99.
The Winter in Venice Lavender Mist Bath Set, £26.50.
SWEETLOVE Gift Basket, £22.99.
Stunning Gobesty Preserved Rose Set, £20.99.
Super Facialist Rose Collection in carry case, £16.
Luxury 18-piece Winter in Venice hand care collection, £14.50.
Petite Retreat gift bag from Sanctuary Spa, from £10.12.
Pamper bundle with bag from Spa Luxetique, £32.99.
Top to toe kit from Vintage & Co, £12.
The iconic Casablanca spa set in a jewellery case from Winter in Venice, £30. Also available in blue, pink and red.
Ocean boutique gift set from Body & Earth, £14.99.
Luxury bath bomb set by Aofmee, £18.99.
A spa set with slippers by Fuzzy Duck and Baylis & Harding, £29.99.
Q10 Power Regime Gift Pack by NIVEA, £33.
The Icons Collection from L’Oreal Paris, from £19.40.
Moisture gift set by Maui, £20.
Party Ready gift set by Elizabeth Arden, £65. Read our review of this product.
Lancome La Vie Est Belle gift set, £44.95.
Cath Kidston’s Beauty Cottage Patchwork Picnic Tin Gift Set, £17.95.
Elemis gift set, from £58.65.
*Prices correct at the time of publishing but can be subject to change.
Today’s note to readers: Well, there are certainly a few ideas for my daughter in there!
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