London Mums’ ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2023
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- Published on Friday, 10 March 2023 10:35
- Last Updated on 17 March 2023
- Monica Costa
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London Mums’ ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2023 is finally here. With Mother’s day a little over one week away, the search for thoughtful gifts for some of the most special women in our lives is well underway. As experts in motherhood, we have put together a gifting wish list and tips on how you can make the mother figure in your life feel extra special this year.
What Mother’s Day Gift are Brits buying this year?
‘Mother’s day gift’ alone is currently being searched 27,100 every month in the UK and this number is up +22% YoY. With the cost of living currently on our minds, it is also unsurprising to see that searches for ‘cheap mothers day gifts’ have actually increased by +125% YoY – Expert Karolina Glowacka (also product developer at Cartwright & Butler) has provided some tips on making mum feel special on a budget this year.
What are the most searched-for mother’s day gifts in 2023?
- Hampers – 3,600, +24% YoY
- Flowers – 2,900, +21% YoY
- Crafts – 2,400, +50% YoY
- Mug – 880
- Chocolates – 590, +23% YoY
- Candle – 590, +23% YoY
- Handmade card – 590
- Plant – 480, +85%
- Treat boxes – 390
- Baskets – 320, +191%
- Photo frame – 210, +91%
- Keyrings – 210, -34%
- Plaques – 170
- Balloon Bouquet – 140
- Jewellery gifts – 140
- Gift vouchers – 140, +27%
- Experience gifts – 140
- Photo gifts – 110
- Coasters – 110, +57%
- Beauty gifts – 110, +120%
The classic mother’s day hamper trumps the leader-board for mother’s day gifts this year, with 3,600 monthly searches and a +24% increase in search volume YoY – and it’s easy to see why Brits favour this eclectic, thoughtful gift, which can be personalised to really show mum you care.
The second most popular gift idea for mum is the classic, never-failing bunch of flowers – with 2,900 monthly searches (up +21% YoY). In third position is the pocket-friendly idea of Mother’s day crafts, with 2,400 monthly searches (up a whopping +80% YoY).
London Mums’ favourite hamper for a cosy breakfast in bed has to be the one by luxury gift brand Cartwright & Butler (£55.00). Go big or go home. Their oat biscuits and coffee leave you with a lovely taste in your mouth. Shame that my son ‘kidnapped’ most of the cookies from the hamper. We made delicious toast with the marmelade like Paddington bear and strawberry jam. The prosecco is also luxurious (not the supermarket type).
Budget-friendly ways to treat mum this Mother’s day
Nothing says ‘I love you’ like getting your hands mucky and creating something handmade and personalised for mum. Whether that be a simple card, a personalised keyring or charm or a piece of art. The possibilities really are endless, just have a think about what mum would like the most (and what is best suited to your personal craft skill levels). TikTok has some great, easily digestible craft ideas for you to follow, so just head over to your local store for any of the essentials you think you might need.
Remember – whatever you make doesn’t have to be perfect, it will be special because of the time and effort you put into creating it.
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Create an experience
If mum loves an experience, consider setting one up for her at home. You could create something simple like a scavenger hunt out of notes on why you love mum so much, or set-up something to get her thinking – like an at-home escape room in her favourite theme.
The best part of gifting mum and experience is that it’s something you are able to enjoy together – and there really is no better gift than that!
Bake up a storm
Of course, one easy way to treat mum is to get into the kitchen and get creative with cooking. Whether mum prefers a sweet treat or a savoury meal, make sure to cook up something out of the ordinary that she’ll really enjoy.
The most-searched-for Mother’s day foods include:
- Cupcakes – 1,600 (click on the link for the recipe)
- Cake – 1,000
- Chocolate – 590
- Biscuits – 210
- Sweets – 170
- Roast – 70
- Cheesecake – 50
- Chocolate bar – 30
- Sugar cookies – 30
- Crackers – 30
What better way than by giving mums time and space to enjoy afternoon tea. Mothers spend their whole lives caring for us, so why not encourage them to relax and find time for themselves on this special day?
Bradfords Bakers has put together the most amazing Strawberry Afternoon Tea Gift Set (£29.90) including 4 mouth-watering Belgian Chocolate luxury dipped strawberries, a light Victoria Sponge cake filled with Jam and Buttercream, premium English Breakfast Tea in Pyramid Bags, a jar of both Bradford’s own Strawberry and Raspberry Jam, as well as 3 Sultana Scones, very high quality Clotted Cream and 4 Belgian Chocolate Luxury Dipped Strawberries – all freshly made to order. They are delivered in a gift box along with a free gift card.
Perfume is the repository of memories: its evocative power brings moments and people to mind.
Laura Biagiotti Forever is a perfume that seizes the moment and makes it infinite. It celebrates the love of women: infinite and boundless by definition. The bottle of FOREVER vertically reproduces the infinity symbol, shaped like an eight lying on its side. It is based upon the precious swirls of a metal ribbon that forms the cap on the top and embraces the crystal bottle on the bottom. Its top notes include Bergamot, Blackcurrant, Pear Accord, Apple Accord. Its heart notes remind us of Rose, Lily of the Valley, Violet, Praline, Tuberos and the base note is Vanilla, Musk, Tonka. RRP £85.00 / 100ml / Available at Aromorfia.co.uk
Fresh ground coffee is an ideal pick me up for a Mother’s Day’s Gift!
Löfbergs – a Swedish coffee company – has created a new luxury blend – the Fika Dark Roast Ground Coffee – at a reasonable price and available from Tesco (RRP: £5.00). A soft and delicate dark roasted coffee that emphasises the fine notes of cocoa in its long aftertaste. Made with 100% Arabica coffee from South and Central America and East Africa. This is the perfect coffee to catch up over. I LOVE the pink packaging and I guess it’ll be a hit for girls too! Little curiosity: Fika translates to “Coffee” in Swedish, and is the practice of reconnecting with others by making time in your day to stop and catch up over a hot coffee and delicious snacks. In Italian, however, has a naughty meaning and sometimes translates as ‘hot girl’. You decide! (giggles)
A relaxing tea moment can help mums find the peace and calm in their busy lives. Pukka Herbs tea has created a lovely new gifting range full of organic and delicious herbal tea. My favourite one is Pukka Favourites Selection Box (RRP £19.39), a self-care gift in a recyclable box containing 45 sachets of organic herbal teas, with flavours for every occasion including Love, Three Ginger, Turmeric Gold, Feel New, Peppermint & Liquorice and their best selling Night Time Tea.
Red Velvet Tea (from £6.35) birdandblendtea.com
Red Velvet Tea is a Bird & Blend’s rich tea with luxurious Sri Lankan black tea, cocoa shells, sweet beetroot slices, Vanilla Pieces, Calendula Petals, Sunflower Petals & pomegranate flowers. Afternoon tea just got fun! It turns pink when you add a splash of milk – Here’s a Pink Red Velvet Latte Recipe. It’s delicious! Even better try it as an iced latte, learn how to cold brew tea.
If you eat some sweets while sipping Red Velvet, the flavour of the candies or chocolate is enhanced.
The nation’s favourite sweet manufacturer, Swizzels, has launched its first ever Chocolate Coin as part of its iconic Love Hearts range. Available in Home Bargains and online, the Chocolate Coin features a ‘FOR YOU’ message, making it suitable for sharing with anyone. It’s perfect for Mother’s Day or any other occasion to make a loved one smile. For sweet lovers who are after some non-chocolate sweets this Mother’s Day, Swizzels offers their iconic Sweet Shop Favourites Gift Box, including some of the UK’s most well-loved sweets: Love Hearts, Refreshers, Parma Violets, Drumstick, Double Lollies and more.
Lindt Lindor collection
Ask anyone and they would say that their favourite chocolate is Lindt. The new Lindor collection is the perfect Mother’s Day Gift. Cheap and cheerful. It’s a no brainer. The Swiss Lindt Master Chocolatiers have created new enticing flavours for this special occasion: Lindt LINDOR Blood Orange (200g RRP £6.00) are classic milk chocolate truffles filled with a smooth and rich blood orange filling, to elevate the sense of indulgence; the Lindt LINDOR Strawberries & Cream truffles (200g RRP £6.00) inside a pretty pink box, include white chocolate truffles filled with a smooth melting strawberry and cream filling.
Farhi luxury chocolate
Farhi assorted Belgian Chocolate Ganache and Praline Hearts selection box (365g £35.00) and Pastel Sugared Almonds (220g £12.50) is a fantastic combination and the most delicious way to say I Love You to any mum. The chocolates are filled with several flavours of tangy fruit ganache. The Luxury Belgian Chocolate Hearts Selection Gift Box contains a variety of chocolate; white chocolate with grapefruit ganache; milk chocolate with passion fruit ganache; milk chocolate with rhubarb ganache; dark chocolate with pear ganache; dark chocolate with lime ganache. Beautifully presented in a luxury gift box, this selection will tickle every chocolate lover’s taste buds. The Pastel Sugared Almonds are wonderful afternoon nibbles. They are sugared almonds which can become attractive cake toppers. While they’re delightful all year through, these pastel sugared almonds, presented in a stylish tin, make a wonderful gift.
Award-winning female empowerment sportswear brand, MAAREE has my favourite fitness clothing clothing. It’s perfect for any fitness loving mother or runner or people who practise outdoor sport. I personally use the EMAAREE mpower Medium-Impact Sports Bra (£49) and hoodie Sisterhoodie (£79) when I do brisk walks in Richmond Park. The Empower sports bra is made from sustainable Econyl fabric and features a special Overband technology to support upward motion to provide breast support. The Sisterhoodie provides a great base layer for activity as well as a comfortable post workout hoodie also. The soft and thermal polyamide fabric gives you a fitted silhouette without being restricted; I use it in all seasons and has become a wardrobe staple.
GIFTS FOR NEW MOTHERS
Little Butterfly London – a luxurious organic skincare brand for mothers and babies – has gift sets that are particularly lovely for a new or expectant mother, in need of an extra bit of pampering. The pamper gift box at £85.00 includes a collection of three mother skincare products, delicately presented in a stunning keep-sake gift box that features a grass print inside and glossy butterflies on the outside, then tied with a beautifully designed cotton ribbon. The box comes with a luxury branded carrier bag. The products are all gentle on the skin so they are suitable both for mum and baby: cocoon of bliss – stretch mark butter, scent of seas – toning body serum, fresh meadows – cooling leg gel, and a luxuriously soft washcloth made of 100% cotton.
VistaPrint has lots of affordable personalised gift suggestions that create special unforgettable memories and are un-regiftable. Here are some of my favourite ones:
- Personalised Pouche
- Mother’s Day Note Cards 10 starting at £7.99 (inc. VAT)
- Mugs 1 starting at £9.49 (inc. VAT)
- Photo Books 1 (13X10m) starting at £7.49 (inc. VAT)
- Cushions 1 starting at £14.99 (inc. VAT)
- Photo Keyrings 1 starting at £9. 89 (inc. VAT)
- Photo Coaster: 1 starting at £9.89 (inc. VAT)
- T-shirts 1 starting at £10.95 (inc. VAT)
- Tote bags 1 starting at £3.46 (inc. VAT)
- Poster Prints 1 starting at £5.98 (inc. VAT)
- Photo Tiles 1 starting at £16.82 (inc. VAT)
- Wireless charging Pads 1 starting at £17.59 (inc. VAT)
- Mouse pads 1 starting at 5.99 (inc. VAT)
- Personalised Jumpers 1 starting at £ 10.82 (inc. VAT)
- Canvas Prints 1 starting at £26.98 (inc. VAT)
- Blankets 1 from £45.28 (inc. VAT)
- Aprons 1 starting at £27.00 (inc. VAT)
- Tote bags 1 starting at £3.46 (inc. VAT)
- Poster Prints 1 starting at £5.98 (inc. VAT)
- Wood Prints 1 starting at £34.65 (inc. VAT)
- Desktop Photo Plaque 1 starting at £31.50 (inc. VAT)
- Foam Prints 1 starting at £31.43 (inc. VAT)
- Personalized photo towel 1 starting at £32.40 (inc. VAT)
Gifts for the homey mummy
There are candles and candles. Naturalmat Baby candle Sleep Scent One Candle helps creating a relaxing, spa-like experience at home for mothers who like to relax and unwind at the end of a busy day. Featuring aroma notes of sweet bergamot, soothing lavender, fresh eucalyptus and mild citrus, this candle is designed to achieve complete relaxation, and encourage a good night’s sleep. The candles are hand-poured in Cornwall by sustainable, specialist chandlers at the St Eval Candle Company, who have been mastering the art of candle making for over 25 years. The unique pots are moulded and glazed using traditional techniques by craftsman at the Western Mill Pottery exclusively for Naturalmat.
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Boostology has also various gift ideas which really appeal to me. First of all, it is a London based independent business, which plants one tree for every order placed and delivers in plastic free parcels. This gets brownie points from me. The volcanic made products are really unique. For example, this Volcanic Potpourri (£39) which now sits on my desk is made of Lava & Obsidian stones and diffuse essential oils into my workspace, naturally. The box includes one bottle from a choice of essential oil blends (“Unwind”, “Sunshine” & “Bloom”). Their Hamsa Aromatherapy Necklace (£39) is also something I never came across before. It is a stylish and pretty necklace also made of volcanic rock that diffuses essential oils to you throughout the day. It’s actually made from natural Lava & a 14K gold plated hamsa charm – a symbol of protection. The sweet box includes a bottle of Lavender, Bergamot & Ylang Ylang essential oil blend to uplift.
Kikkerland 12 Piece Charcuterie Set £35 from Kikkerlandeu.com
For mums who love cheese and like to have people over for dinner, this 12 piece charcuterie set is the perfect present. This 12 Piece Set is crafted from wood and a slate plate top, giving it style and elegance for any cheese board. It is robust and solid. This set includes 3 cheese knives with 5 cheese markers, 1 chalk, and an olive dish to complete the selection.
Useful presents are perhaps my favourite ones. They usually come from close people who know what you really need. This Mother’s Day we’ve reviewed something reliable, durable, and perfect for my home office encouraging myself to be a little tidier and organised. The BiG340 Red Shelf (£119.99) from storage solutions specialist, BiGDUG boasts a Valentine’s red and grey steel frame, 5 x 15mm thick adjustable shelves, can store up to 340kg per shelf and is a completely boltless design. It’s easy to put together even for single mums.
BiG340 Red 1980mm High Shelving with Melamine Faced Chipboard Shelves | Clearance | BiGDUG https://www.bigdug.co.uk
Sherpa Padma Wrap Dress
Whether you’re looking for a simple throw-on for lazy days this Spring or an outfit for your next big hike, this new Sherpa Padma Wrap Dress (£65) is a versatile staple. Light, stylish and simple, it’s beautifully composed of a soft drape cotton fabric for an effortless fit and a light and breezy feel. It feels really soft on the skin. It might be because of the Modal fabric component.
Modal fabric is a semi-synthetic fabric made from beech tree pulp that is used primarily for clothing, such as underwear and pyjamas, and household items, like bed sheets and towels. Modal is a form of rayon, another plant-based textile, though it is slightly more durable and flexible than the standard version. Some call it a sustainable textile and others worry that its popularity is a result of green-washing.
The Padma dress is faux-wrap design together with the detailed forward set shoulder seam and easy closure offers a feminine silhouette and perfect coverage. Finished with a handy secure pocket woven onto the zip that makes an ideal space for keys and mobile on the go. Strikingly simple and bold, this piece is a timeless classic. I love the fact that Padma translates to “lotus” in Hindi and is often used as an example of divine beauty and purity.
The Florence Breastfeeding Friendly Smock Dress (£ 39.99) and the matching mini Florence dress for the Baby/Child (£14.99)
Nursing dresses have never looked so stylish! Juno Jacks has created the sweetest breastfeeding-friendly smock dress for both the mum and the daughter. The dress is called The Florence and is available in a stylish polka or floral print design, and six stunning colourways, it features Juno Jack’s unique registered TwinZip nursing design. The hidden double-ended zips open both ways as much (or as little!) as needed, for comfortable and discreet breastfeeding wherever the occasion calls for it.
This gorgeous nursing smock dress has handy pockets, an elasticated waist and tiered skirt to give a flattering, floaty fit. A comfortable and fashionable style that’s no longer impossible to breastfeed in. I wish I had this when I breastfed my son in public almost 16 years ago.
You can team the Florence with sandals, sunglasses and a belt for an effortless summer look, or a black leather jacket and ankle boots for the colder seasons.
Gabor Java Women’s Wedge Sandals (£95.00) in white are the sandals I have chosen to pair with the above dresses for everyday wear. They are very comfortable. The Nubuck leather is soft and adapting to the feet. These Gabor Java wedge sandals are perfect for day or night wear in late Spring and Summer. They feature soft uppers with platform wedge sole for added height to any look. The wide strap detailing and buckle fastening is very handy and easy to put on and off. They are designed with Gabor’s Best Fitting technology, which makes them ideal for those who experience discomfort when wearing shoes all day.
Billie’s bumper Beauty Box ‘Born to dream’
Star mum of three Billie Shepherd has created a limited-edition OK! Beauty Box packed full with 11 of her favourite skin, hair and body products from top brands like Elizabeth Arden, REN and Burt’s Bees. Billie’s bumper Beauty Box is worth over £200 in total, and is available to buy for just £45 from here.
The goodie bag includes the following products:
REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm. Full size, worth £45 – a rich night cream packed full of skin-soothing ingredients to repair stressed skin while you sleep; Nip + Fab Vitamin C Scrub. Full size, worth £12.95 – a good facial scrub that gently exfoliates dead skin cells without irritating; Grow Gorgeous Hair Growth Serum Original. Full size, worth £30 an easy-to-apply liquid scalp tonic that helps make hair look thicker and fuller; REN Clean Skincare Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream. Full size, worth £44; Gatineau Age Benefit Cream. Travel size, worth £32 – the perfect anti-ageing moisturiser; Grow Gorgeous Thickening Hair & Scalp Mask. Travel size, worth £8; Baylis & Harding Goodness Sleep Lavender & Bergamot Sleep Pillow Mist. Full size, worth £7; Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tin. Full size, worth £4.99; Childs Farm Everyday Sensitive Bubble Bath Organic Sweet Orange. Full size, worth £4.50 – the fragrance is fantastic and suitable for the whole family; Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant. Deluxe sample.
Other ideas to make a mum happy
Ask family members and special friends, young and old, to help create a memory box by making something that shows how they feel about the special person. So, if you’re the family artist, paint a picture, or if poetry is your thing, write something that captures a special moment or memory, get children and grandchildren involved with crafts, making handprints, taking photos of the session with them. This is the sort of gift that will last a lifetime.
Cooking for mum
As mums are the most involved in making family meals so it would be nice to arrange a family baking or cooking session together – either in person or online or a combination. Food really can be the way to someone’s heart and as we all spend more time than ever watching cooking themed shows, what better way to celebrate together than creating a delicious treat or meal. Those far away can take part through video call so you can create a celebratory and truly memorable event across the miles too.
Me time for new hobbies
Sometimes time is the best gift you can give someone. Sign you and your loved one up for a class (online or real life) that you’d both enjoy – flower arranging, cooking, coasteering, crafting, paddle boarding, dancing – whatever you and your mum are into.
The gift of time
Spend time together volunteering at an event or for a local charity. Sometimes doing things for other people can be the best bonding experience you can have together and can create a special moment for you both. It’s also a great way to give something back to your local community or to a special cause.
Tackle a home or garden project together, a job or task that has been on her to do list forever. Sometimes taking worry or responsibility away from the ones we love can be the best gift of all. If it’s gardening take the tools, a plan and also a picnic lunch to make it more of an occasion. If it’s a home decorating task bring style ideas or a mood board and go spend the day creating a plan and completing the task together.
Mother’s Day is a special occasion that deserves a thoughtful and meaningful gift. Whether it’s a personalised piece of jewellery, a spa day, a virtual book club membership, arty activities or a donation to a charity, the gift ideas mentioned above will surely make your mother feel loved, appreciated, and special on this special day.
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Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums