The previous two years — bursting with lockdowns, sourdough starters, banana breads, incessant Netflix binges, WFH, false dawns, aggressive swabs-up-the-nostrils and ‘Partygate’ — have taken quite their toll on the public. And, for many of us, we wouldn’t have coped with the struggle if it weren’t for the rock-solid support of the mother figures in our lives.
So, for this Mother’s Day, we recommend you circumvent the overdone cop-out gifts – supermarket-bought bouquets and personalised mugs (…really?) – and stop blaming the courier for a delayed delivery, and instead offer the all-important woman in your life a genuinely thoughtful token of your gratitude. From fresh fragrances to bottles of bubbly, here are the gifts worth considering…
Boost her beauty regime
With brighter days now in bloom, your mum is probably thinking it’s a good time to shake up the beauty routine. So, out go the heavy creams, the viscous balms and the dark, heavily spiced scents – and to swap in for the latter, we suggest lighter, more spring-friendly options that are easier on the olfactory system.
Wind Flowers is the latest concoction from the House of Creed, and offers freshness thanks to notes of sweet jasmine, Tunisian orange blossom, and peach, all offset by a soft rose extract and praline. We’d also point you towards Floris’s Bergamotto di Positano, which, through a combination of mandarin, vanilla and ginger, might call to mind breezy, sun-kissed afternoons by the Med. Elisabethan Rose, by Penhaligon’s, encases a soft medley of hazelnut leaf, vetiver and rose within a pared-back, transparent bottle complete with glass stopper.
Creed Wind Flowers
Floris Bergamotto di Positano
Penhaligon's Elisabethan rose eau de parfum
Turbocharge the toast
Like we’ve mentioned, it’s been a taxing couple of years – we’ve all probably had a few too many badly made quarantinis and tough-to-swallow alcohol-free alternatives. This Sunday, why not gift something a bit more celebratory and, well, palatable?
The Cristal 2014, courtesy of Louis Roederer, one of the few remaining family-owned Champagne houses, is a foolproof option as its blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes results in a lively and rich mixture of juicy, ripe fruits, roasted nuts, and citrus peel. For something worthy of displaying on the drinks cart, The London No.1 Original blue gin, with its unique tint, offers a fine alternative to more mainstream, one-note counterparts; produced in small batches, it is distilled four times, and its flavour comes from an infusion of thirteen botanicals, including left-field ingredients such as gardenia. If needing something for the dinner table, try a magnum of the Côte Pelée, which draws upon grapes from Savoie.
Louis Roederer Cristal 2014
The London No.1 Original Blue Gin
Jean-Yves Peron Côte Pelée (Magnum) 2009
When it comes to the sartorial department, don’t veer too far away from neutral essentials. Sure, that mustard-hued puffa jacket with room for storing extra hypebeast points may be a good talking point for the next few months, and those platform sneakers might value well on the resell market (or maybe help your mum have a better view at gigs) – but they most likely won’t have the longevity of those go-to wardrobe classics.
Officine Générale‘s straight-cut, striped ‘Colombe’ shirt, for example, is a timeless, versatile piece that can work in an office setting; at the lunch table; or when abroad. For downtime in the evenings, the ‘Loxodonta Print’ blue pyjama set, from Desmond & Dempsey, is a tailored take on a loungewear classic, and its detailed print of the African Bush helps separate it from tartan alternatives. For languorous days – and your mum is sure due a few of those – this oversized wool-and-mohair sweater by Acne Studios has a relaxed feel, yet is far from slapdash.
Officine Generale Colombe striped woven shirt
Desmond & Dempsey 'Loxodonta' Pyjama Set
Acne Studios Oversized knitted sweater
Back the best bags
With society now fully opened, your mum has probably got a calendar chock full of catch ups and more trips booked than a caged-up peripatetic. And few accessories are as essential to plans and travel than the all-trusty day bag, replete with whatever emergency items you may need for the hours ahead.
Tod’s leather shopping bag is suitable for most ensembles, whether casual or more formal, and has ample room for digital devices, a Moleskin, water bottle and more. The grain texture and flowing lines also provide it with a sculptural quality. Saint Laurent’s black shopping bag is equally elegant, and has a slim and sleek silhouette. And finally, the easygoing hand-woven ‘Surfside’ tote, by Ulla Johnson, is perfect for whether your mum is heading to the coast, the countryside or the farmer’s market.
Tod's Timeless shopping bag
Saint Laurent Leather shopper bag
Ulla Johnson Surfside leather-trimmed woven straw tote