With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d put my mum’s wish list together. It could inspire you to treat yours to a unique gift this year.
Alternatively, you may wish to leave this page open on your phone or laptop to lend your partner a helping hand for you. Not a gentle nudge, more of a massive shove in the right direction!
The mum that likes a glass or ten
How about a vintage year champagne bottle to mark a special date? Or a tipple with a nod to your family’s favourite place? For me, good old mother’s ruin is my chosen poison. There is a gin distillery on the isle of Harris which produces a sugar kelp version, capturing the elemental nature of the Isle of Harris. I’m sure my boy would kind of like me saying ‘cheers’ with a gin sharing his name. I love the effort gone in to producing such a beautiful, natural-looking bottle too.
The sentimental mum
I promised myself to document elements of my baby’s early life so I can share stories and even look back on it with him when he’s older and giggle. So far, I’ve got nowhere. I have every intention but with life being so busy it’s just never been a priority. However, this week I came across this simplistic book by Emily Rollings which allows you to capture a letter to your child each year on their birthday. Pretty sure I can stretch to writing something down once a year so it’s the perfect choice for me. Helpful prompts include ‘this year you loved’ and ‘this year you learnt to’. The book itself can stand the test of time too being hand-bound in the UK. It makes a thoughtful gift for a new mum.
The super mum
Know a strong human who just happens to be the best mum ever? Then look no further than blogger, Selfish Mother’s, online store. Not only are the slogan sweaters, t-shirts, totes and candles super-chic but proceeds go towards a number of women’s charities too. I think I am more of a ‘winging it’ slogan kind of girl but there are lots of other options too including ‘mama’ ‘wonder woman’ and ‘strong’.
The mum that likes the finer things in life
Scent wise, I am loving Diptque. Totally my sis-in-law-to-be’s fault. She had a candle burning in her London pad and it was so unique. Now I’ve discovered the whole range so not only am I obsessed with the candles to hide the stench of my dog but I’m a little attracted to L’Ombre dans l’Eau Collection. Apparently, it will take me on a stroll among crushed blackcurrant leaves, Bulgarian rose petals and the fresh fragrance of sap. Hmmm, tad skeptical there but I’d like to drench myself in the fragrance nevertheless.
The stylish mum
Jewellery is always a great way of showing your appreciation. The Stella & Dot bespoke range is really on trend. Adored by celebrities in America and the UK, the brand helps you select your own style, whether you like the layering look or prefer statement pieces. Mark bought me a bespoke bar necklace in gold and I can honestly say I haven’t taken it off. It features Harris’ name and birth date but there’s lots of different options available too, whether you would like just the initial, momento locket or special date on a bracelet as opposed to a necklace. I find it the only item that’s baby proof because it’s not long enough to attract the attention of little grabbing hands.
The mum that has everything but time
Let’s be honest, we all deserve a little pamper but the biggest gift you can give is time. Rushing around putting everyone else first is no mean feat. To truly say thank you to the mum that means everything, a spa break or treatment is the perfect fit. My favourite rural retreat is Stanley House Hotel and Spa in Mellor. The Spa is boutique style so nice and small but boasts big panoramic views, even from its Finnish sauna! The thermal journey is extremely relaxing and the treatment list is like no other. For example, the Nature Bisse diamond treatment, loved by Queen Beyonce, involves a triple massage using crushed diamond elements which penetrate the deepest layers of the skin, repairing DNA. Marilyn Monroe wasn’t wrong when she sang ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend.’ Stanley House offers gift cards so mum can make a day of it at her own pace or enjoy the spa and patisseries package for mother and daughter time.
This list may look a little lavish but gives you a hint of what’s out there as a real treat. If I’m honest I’m a sucker for breakfast in bed, a loving hug from my Harris and an hour all to myself to do what the hell I want. Any tickets to ‘free time for me’ going spare?