mothers day gifts

The Mother’s Day gifts that are guaranteed to impress

Limp daffodils aren’t going to cut it anymore - here’s the grown-up way to gift this Mother’s Day…

Okay gents, Mother’s Day (in the UK at least) is on 22 March – that’s less than three short weeks away. You still have time to get a gift that will really impress but you’re going to have to act fast. Lucky for you, we’ve done the hard work and sought out the finest fragrances, jewels and accessories that are sure to please even the most discerning of mothers.

But, of course, Mother’s Day is about more than just a gift. If you’re looking to properly thank the woman who spent years, nay decades, caring for you, we’ve found a classic ballet and a quirky afternoon tea to treat her to here and have some expert tips for cooking an exquisite roast lamb here. But first, on with the gifting…


Let’s start with the quintessential Mother’s Day gift: jewellery. It’s a surefire hit – if you get it right. Pro tip: next time you visit have a sneak peek inside your mum’s jewellery box to see if she wears gold or silver and whether she prefers dainty chains or chunky designs. If she’s the former you can’t go wrong with Chopard’s Happy Diamonds collection. Its delicate, elegant designs feel special without being overly grand and are ideal for everyday wear – we’re particularly taken with the interlocking rings of this rose gold Happy Dreams bracelet.

If she’s a woman who likes something a little more modern, Nawal Laoui’s designs for Parisian brand Persée are perfect. Handmade in 18 karat gold; citrine, sapphire, topaz, amethyst, ruby and peridot stones suspend freely from this necklace allowing them to move in tune with their wearer. Finally, these Enchanted Lotus stud earrings from De Beers are a sophisticated choice for more minimalist mothers who appreciate the power of a subtle flash of diamond.

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Chopard Happy Dreams bracele


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Persée multi-stone necklace


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De Beers Enchanted Lotus stud earrings


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A fine fragrance is a mainstay on every woman’s dressing table so it follows that they’re also a great Mother’s Day gift. But where to begin? If she’s a frequent flyer may we suggest Issey Miyake’s brand new L’Eau d’Issey IGO. The house’s signature scent, with notes of lotus, rose water, freesia and musk, has been rehoused in a bottle which, as well as containing the standard 80ml measure, also houses a 20ml travel fragrance in its reportedly indestructible lid.

For true matriarchs Creed’s Fantasia de Fleurs is the clear choice. Inspired by the legendary beauty of Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary, this is a bold yet graceful fragrance full of rose, jasmine, white iris and tuberose tones. However, if your mother has been loyal to her scent for decades we don’t recommend trying to change her mind. Instead why not offer up a type of fragrance she’s probably never even considered? Acqua di Parma’s hugely popular Nobile fragrances also come as a range of hair mists offering a gentle yet deeply elegant way to wear its scents. You can’t go wrong with the refined Magnolia Nobile

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Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey IGO


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Creed Fantasia de Fleurs


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Acqua di Parma Magnolia Nobile hair mist


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They say money can’t buy love – but it can buy a watch that shows your mum how much you love her. And, if you’re looking to really splash the cash this year, we’ve got a few ideas in the watch department. First up is the IWC Portofino Automatic 34. Perfectly proportioned for smaller wrists, its 34mm yellow gold case houses a self-winding automatic movement and is finished with a silver-plated dial discreetly set with diamond indices.

Got a mum who’s always on the go? The Omega Speedmaster is the watch for her. In particular, we’d recommend the sporty White Side of the Moon edition with its pristine white ceramic case, diamond-set bezel and chronometer movement. And, finally, a family heirloom from Piaget. Just 19mm in diameter, the Traditional watch is designed for the daintiest of wrists, set with 24 brilliant-cut diamonds and comes on an 18 karat rose gold bracelet. A truly feminine timepiece to treasure for generations.

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IWC Portofino Automatic 34


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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch


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Piaget Traditional Watch


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Don’t want to risk getting it wrong with jewellery or fragrance? We understand – which is why we’ve selected a few crowd-pleasing home accessories for the more cautious gift giver. Think scented candles are obvious and low on personality? Then you haven’t lit one of Floris’ show-stopping room fillers. Swirling heart notes of sandalwood and patchouli with a base of vetiver and hints of vanilla and musk, this oriental, woody candle gets our seal of approval. Equally cosy is this merino wool and cashmere throw from Heal’s. Woven in Ireland, it comes in four hues to suit any interior design scheme.

Lastly, what is a celebration without champagne? Louis Roederer’s Rosé 2012 is a great choice for an early spring toast thanks to its combination of fruity Cumières Pinot noir grapes and fresh Chardonnay grapes – the ideal pre-Sunday lunch fizz.

The Mother’s Day gifts that are guaranteed to impress

Floris Sandalwood & Patchouli scented candle


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The Mother’s Day gifts that are guaranteed to impress

Heal’s merino and cashmere herringbone throw


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The Mother’s Day gifts that are guaranteed to impress

Louis Roederer Rosé 2012


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And finally we come to the gifts for mothers who have everything – except, we hope, these modern updates to timeless designs. Montblanc’s world-class fountain pen is given a French twist in the form of this Breton-inspired Bonheur Weekend number. Meanwhile, Ettinger’s Hurlingham overnight bag and Loro Piana’s cashmere and silk scarf are travel essentials that make a new case for neutrals.

The Mother’s Day gifts that are guaranteed to impress

Montblanc Bonheur Weekend fountain pen


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The Mother’s Day gifts that are guaranteed to impress

Ettinger Hurlingham overnight bag


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The Mother’s Day gifts that are guaranteed to impress

Loro Piana cashmere and silk scarf


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