9 Perfect Mother's Day Gifts & Experiences

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Mother’s day gift guide

A box of chocolates and flowers from the supermarket don’t quite cut it nowadays. So, if you want to treat your Mum to something extra special this Mother’s Day I’ve put together a few experiences that you could enjoy with your mom as well as a few thoughtful and useful gift ideas that I’m sure will be more appreciated and last longer then gifts with a short life span. You may also find my luxury Gift guide for her helpful too.

Evening at the theatre

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Physical gifts are lovely, but personally, I feel that sharing experiences and creating memories to look back on are worth so much more. This year I booked my Mum and me an evening at the theatre to see Respect - The Aretha Franklin Songbook at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham. We've only ever been to the panto together when I was a lot younger, so this is an experience gift courtesy of Groupon that we really enjoyed because it was something new, different and fun for us to do!

However, if musicals aren't your mom’s thing then Groupon has a huge choice of discounted activities, there's something for everyone, including helicopter rides, go-karting and skydiving to name a few so that your Mom’s day doesn’t have to be an ordinary Mother’s Day, you can book something fun and extraordinary to do!

Laura Ashley Afternoon tea

The last time I went to the Laura Ashley Tearoom in Solihull, my Mom treated us all to afternoon tea to celebrate my graduation, we all thoroughly enjoyed it. So, to celebrate Mother’s Day, it was my turn to treat my Mom. But this time we experienced the new Vegan afternoon tea priced at just £20pp. The new vegan offering consists of scrumptious sandwiches made of dairy-free cheese & pickle, Hummus & roasted vegetable, Tomato & shallot chutney, and Avocado & lime crostini.

To sweeten thing’s up it comes with an assortment of cakes and scones accompanied with a choice of jam and delicious coconut cream. The scones and sandwiches are bottomless, so I requested a few more vegan cheese & pickle sandwiches because I just couldn’t get enough of them. We also chose from a selection of herbal teas; my favourite was the red berry & hibiscus flower. To have a closer look at the vegan afternoon tea, see my Facebook album or read my Laura Ashley review of the vegetarian and standard afternoon tea offering.

Vegan cocktails

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It’s not very often my mom gets time to go out for cocktails at the weekend, especially on a night out with me. So recently we visited Dirty Martini in Birmingham to try out their five new vegan cocktails. I’ve been to the swanky new bar numerous times, so I knew she’d love it! We tried the ‘pink garden’, ’24 carrot gold’, ‘the green mile’ and the ‘lemon & ginger collins’. They were all gorgeous, my favourite was the pink garden made with gin, pomegranate, raspberries and citrus while my moms were the green mile consisting of vodka, almond milk, coconut and matcha. To have a closer look at the vegan cocktails, see my Facebook album.

Natural skin-loving skincare

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Just like me, my mom is always seeking natural clean skincare products, that are not only proven to be better for the skin but are also kinder to the environment and provide noticeable results when it comes to anti-ageing. Novexpert is a French cosmetic brand who have recently launched in the UK, they use only 100% natural skin-loving ingredients and don’t contain any unnecessary harmful chemicals or preservatives. In fact, their products are 100% hypoallergenic so are claimed to be safe on all skin types, which is great news considering my skin is so sensitive.

Novexpert is vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and are biodegradable. The effective skincare formulas have been designed by expert doctors and researchers in the skincare industry and have been inspired by the latest advances in anti-ageing medicine.

I’ve been using the Booster Serum with Hyaluronic Acid and the Booster serum with vitamin C for the past month, and I’m absolutely in love with my new skincare regime. Just one bottle of Hyaluronic Acid is the equivalent of 20 pure hyaluronic acid injections, making it the highest concentration of Hyaluronic Acid in the world. The HA serum helps to plump, moisturise and smooth skin while the vitamin C serum helps fight sun damage, deliver antioxidants, improve radiance and stimulate natural collagen and contains the highest concentration of vitamin C in a single serum.

The gift of time

Why not give the gift of time? with a minimalist yet functional watch that should suit the majority of your mamma’s wardrobe. This Accurist Milanese silver stainless steel watch (currently £64) from Debenhams is a great investment piece and will add style and elegance to an outfit without breaking the bank. To make the watch feel extra special, it would be a lovely idea to have it engraved to give it a personalised and thoughtful touch.

Monthly Gin Subscription

During the week after a long day at work, my Mom’s evenings are complete with a small glass of gin in front of the telly. So, if your Mum is anything like mine then a monthly subscription to Craft Gin Club may just be the perfect gift. For £40 a month, you’ll receive a full-size bottle of gin, a couple of mixers and some sweet and savoury snacks. Every month is a different theme and comes with a glossy Ginned magazine.

Anti-grey hair treatment

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To reverse time why not gift the Phyto RE30 Anti-grey hair treatment . This makes the perfect gift for a mature woman in your life. At first, they may be offended, but I’m sure secretly they’ll be over the moon especially when they start to see results. The Phyto RE30 is backed by 6 years of scientific research and is made of 98% natural ingredients.

It helps boost the hair’s natural pigmentation process to protect it against depigmentation. Youthful hair can also experience depigmentation if it gets bleached and coloured often, so it’s not just for grey hair. The RE30 also has a beautifying action, with its purple tulip extract that helps to strengthen hair by acting on proteins located at the heart of the hair fibre, which is essential to its structure, to ensure better connections between keratins.

To find out more about the amazing botanical haircare range from Phyto Paris see my post #PhytoSummerFestival and Phyto for coloured & damaged hair.

Perfume

Two luxury branded fragrances I’ve been loving are Elie Saab in White and Issey Miyake L'Eau D'issey Pure Nectar. In White has a modern scent with notes of red fruits, orange blossom, Jasmin and white musk. While Pure Nectar has top notes of honey pear, heart notes of rose and base notes of sandalwood. Both fragrances are available in 30ml, 50ml and 90ml.

Elie Saab Girl of Now is the most recent fragrance, it has top notes of roasted pistachio and sparkling pear. Heart of bitter almond and orange blossom paired together with notes of the Ormond flower.

Picnic Basket

This lovely wicker picnic basket is from Studio, it’s perfect for spontaneous days out during Spring & Summer. Simply just throw in some delicious food and you are good to go, it comes with all the essential cutlery you would need including four plates, glasses and a bottle opener just in case you want to enjoy a bottle of fizz. You can use code 089 for free delivery at Studio.co.uk.

Clothing & Accessories

Monsoon and Accessorize always have a great selection of clothing, pyjama sets, jewellery and handbags as well as super trendy items perfect for stocking fillers. So, whether you purchase something for yourself to wear for a special occasion or to pick something out as a gift you are bound to find something they’ll love. The joint Monsoon and Accessorize store in Grand Central Birmingham have a fantastic selection of products all under one roof, so definitely worth a visit!

Still not sure what to get your Mum this Mother’s Day? You may also find my blog post luxury gifts for her helpful.


Disclaimer: All items and experiences were complimentary. All photos and words are my own.