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2 Mar

What To Get The Mum Who Has Everything

W hether it be mum, mam, mom, mommy, mummy, mother or step-mum, or mother-in-law. Or gran, granny, grandma, nan or nanna. Or whatever you call the mother-figure in your life, celebrating them on Mother’s Day is just another chance to say I love you and thank you for all you do for me/us.

And by now, you’ll know that every time you ask a parent what gift they want for any occasion the answer is either ‘I have everything I need’ or ‘your love is enough’. Making it even harder to show your appreciation.

Now, there are the obvious choices of flowers and chocolates, which will more than likely go over well. But what could you gift the person who has everything, and still manage to shock and awe them?

For the FOODIE:

Rather than forcing your mum or mother figure to a meal at a restaurant on a certain date and at a certain time, think outside the box and purchase a voucher for somewhere they may have mentioned they wanted to try or somewhere they really love. They are then free to go on their terms, whenever and with whomever they wish. Most restaurants that offer vouchers can be redeemed up to a year after purchase, meaning there is no rush to eat a special meal.

 

Alternatively, a food hamper is something a little different to try. You can create your own and fill it with their favourite sweet treats, drinks (alcoholic or otherwise), snacks or ingredients to make the perfect meal. Or, ramp up the hamper idea by heading to John Lewis and viewing their range to find the perfect one. From afternoon tea to vegan to gin and tonic, there’s sure to be a one for all. 

For the COFFEE ADDICT:

Making coffee at home has become one of the biggest trends in recent years, and I’m not talking about instant coffee from a jar (not that there’s anything wrong with that). No, I’m talking about bean to cup and capsule machines. Nespresso has become one of the most popular brands to purchase when it comes to making coffee at home. They have simple and sleek designs that require a touch of a button to create the perfect coffee, but also more ‘barista’ style machines that allow you to steam your milk and practice that latte art. There are obviously more brands out there to try, but if you’re aiming to ease your coffee-loving mother into making their own, Nespresso is luxury but easy to use. 

For the READER:

Is your mum always sitting with her head in a book? If so, why not upgrade the paperbacks to the paperwhite Kindle; they’re full of storage meaning the thousands of books available to buy can all be loaded into one place. They’re also compact and lightweight, perfect for carrying in your handbag or to put in your luggage without taking up half the room and adding all the unnecessary weight. Yes, you don’t get the feel of the pages of the book, but you also don’t have shoulder ache from your bag weighing you down.

For the BEAUTY LOVER:

Everyone needs a spa day, right? And what better way to treat someone than giving them the time out they need to relax. Whether it be an hour-long treatment, or a full day of relaxation, giving the gift of a spa voucher is the perfect treat any mum needs. 

For the TICKET COLLECTOR:

An experience is something that can create memories to last a lifetime. What is a better gift than tickets to a favourite theatre performance, comedy show or music concert? Tickets are such a personalised gift to give, as they are tailored to the person you are buying for and are always there as something to look forward to and back on as memories – especially if it is a once in a lifetime show.

For the FUSSY MUM:

Now, obviously, nobody wants to say their parents are ‘fussy’ when it comes to gifting, but this links back to them saying they have everything they need in life already. For those who are still struggling on a gift to purchase this Mother’s Day, some ‘all-rounder’ gifts to try could be:

– Sheepskin slippers – UGG and Celtic & Co are the top brands for toasty feet

– Candles – Everyone loves a scented candle and they’re the perfect gift for when you’re not sure what to buy.

– Personalised jewellery – Initials, a name or a date imprinted into a necklace or bracelet is the perfect sentimental gift to give, and they’ll last a lifetime.

Sophie Cain

I am a 24-year-old journalism graduate from the University of Huddersfield, currently completing a business administration apprenticeship within the NHS. I currently write a monthly fashion article for a local lifestyle magazine, Excelle and have done for the last three years. I also currently manage the social media accounts for Ragdoll Nails and love to keep up with friends, brands and celebrities through social media. In my free time I do a lot of shopping, but I also love to read - true crime mainly - and have a slight obsession with gin and tonics.

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