The Mother’s Day gift dilemma is currently being experienced collectively by sons and daughters up and down the country right now. Mother’s Day beckons this Sunday 6th March, and the challenge of thinking of a gift more imaginative than flowers is yet to be wrestled with. We’ve hunted high and low to create this off-beat Mother’s Day gift guide to add grist to the mill for your gift-buying.
Rose & Bee Mum Large Teacup & Saucer, Emma Bridgewater, £32.95
The company Emma Bridgewater was actually started after the founder had tried and failed to find a present for her mum. She found a gap in the market for pottery that was both beautiful and practical. The pottery is made from traditional earthenware in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of British pottery. Each piece is individually hand-decorated, and we chose this sweet teacup and saucer for its pure prettiness. A traditional, well-made, high-quality Mother’s Day gift.
Gift Certificate, EDEN Perfumes, £15
A fellow Brighton-based vegan business, EDEN Perfumes creates fragrances to match your favourite perfumes with a striking likeness to the real thing, but using vegan ingredients not tested on animals. The switch from big brands to ethical products has never been easier – they stock fragrances similar to Gucci, Burberry, Chanel and Hugo Boss perfumes, among so many others. We are devout fans of EDEN and buy all our perfume from here, so we can’t recommend it enough!
Relaxing Home Diffuser, Green & Spring, £32.50
Green & Spring makes natural products created using herbs and flowers native to the British Isles, chosen for their therapeutic qualities by English apothecaries for centuries. None of their products are tested on animals, and all of them are made in the UK. We chose this natural home diffuser handmade in the UK, with its blend of lavender, geranium and rosemary, to add a scent of serenity to your mother’s home. Very posh, darling!
Friends Membership, Royal Academy, £97
A Mother’s Day gift for the son or daughter of a culture vulture. Art is good for the soul, and where better to sample the delights of the art world than the Royal Academy. With the Friends Membership, your mum can have free entry to all RA exhibitions along with a plus one, and she’ll receive the quarterly magazine and be invited to lectures and events. Not to mention the all day access to the lounges, restaurant, garden and (most importantly) the cocktail bar to boot.
And while we’re on the subject of art, this is the perfect opportunity to mention a vegan artist we found in the land of Facebook. Katy Murray paints Vegan Fine Art, exclusively using animal-free materials that have not been tested on animals. She takes commissions of pet portraits, and all proceeds go to charity. Check out her Facebook page to find out more!
Baby Jo Blue Concrete Cube Planter, DR Designs, £9
Succulents and concrete are the latest double act. Potted plants are mega fashionable at the minute, and these particular designs are right on the cutting edge. These are made by London-based artist Daniela Rubino, who produces the planters by hand in London, and chooses her materials for their strength and sustainability. We love small-scale, handmade products like these, and they are an ideal Mother’s Day gift.
Lemongrass & Green Tea Natural Soap, Pure Thoughts, £4.50
Pure Thoughts is a small company run with consideration for energy efficient methods, natural ingredients and social responsibilities, and all their products are made by hand in their workshop in Derbyshire in the UK. All their natural soaps (apart from the honey soap) are suitable for vegans, and all of their products are not tested on animals. Their lemongrass & green tea soap is exfoliating and zingy, with moisturising olive and coconut oil to keep skin soft and supple. At only £4.50, you could mix and match the different soaps to create a little selection for your mum.
Single Backless Framed Leaves, Hannah Brown Interiors, £35
Hannah Brown Interiors creates handmade framed decorative art, and this company was also created out of her not being about to find what she wanted on the market, so she made it herself! In this particular collection, you can choose from ginkgo leaves, the acer leaf or orchids in a painted distressed frame. The frame is then presented in a gift box, making them even more Mother’s Day-friendly. These frames are a graduation from a bunch of flowers, and they’ll certainly last a lot longer!
Orange and Rosemary Bath Salts, The Dirt Creative, £5.50
We found this product on Ethical Market (formerly Lost Lanes), a fantastic ethical marketplace, and a good place to start if you’re hunting for ethical gift ideas. All Dirt creations are made by hand using artisan techniques, no less, and they’re all natural, vegan and cruelty-free. This product’s ingredients list is refreshingly sparse. It can be added to hot running water or at the base of the shower. Sounds like a heavenly Mother’s Day gift that we wouldn’t mind receiving ourselves!
Jungle Tiger A6 Mini Notebook, Lydia Meiying, £2.30
Another find from The Lost Lanes was this notebook, which is fairly made using sustainable and recycled materials, and made with love in Manchester using eco-friendly ink. There are lots of great creative notebooks, but this one stood out for its beauty.
Luxury Shoes, Beyond Skin, from £79
It goes without saying that every mother’s true desire is a pair of Beyond Skin shoes! You could browse through what we have currently in stock, such as our metallic Luella sandals, our pretty Tara courts or our prim and proper Bertie lace-ups. Or you could pre-order her a present from our Spring Summer collection, perhaps choosing our floral Caya kitten heels, our nude bow-toed Dorothy courts, or Leah, our ivory sandals. All pre-orders have an early-bird discount, so it might be worth the wait!
If you’re still hungry for eco-friendly, ethical and sustainable gift inspiration, check out our Ethical Christmas Gift Guide.
Images courtesy of DR Designs, Emma Bridgewater, The Dirt Creative, Hannah Brown Interiors, Pure Thoughts, Green & Spring, EDEN Perfumes & the Royal Academy of Arts.