Mother's Day 2018: Top gifts for mum
Still after the perfect gift for Mother's Day?
We've tried and tested the below, to give you the best of options when it comes to showing your mum how much she means to you:
Gordon’s Pink Gin - £16.50 for 70cl (over 18s only) - Available from all leading supermarkets
4.5 out of 5
Inspired by the original 1880s recipe, Gordon’s Pink Gin is the perfect present for your gin-loving mother.
The sweet tipple blends the refreshing taste of Gordon's, with the sweetness of raspberries and strawberries, as well as the sharp tang of redcurrant.
The drink is made using only natural flavourings, which creates an authentic and bold taste with every sip.
As well as boasting a strong flavour, the gin also champions a strong appearance - being sold in an intricately-decorated bottle, as well as being pink - that really makes it stand out from other gins on the market.
Because of this, the spirit is particularly eye-catching when poured straight, and adds an extra ‘wow’ factor to any cocktail.
Sleek, sharp, sweet and scrumptious - Gordon’s Pink Gin is a must-have in your home bar.
Tudor Book Of Days - £15 - www.tudortimes.co.uk
4 out of 5
Perfect for my mom - who loves nothing more than the Tudors and being organised - the Tudor Book Of Days is a beautifully designed diary for keeping important dates, events, and seasonal notes.
The diary pages have a week in a double page spread, and list important Tudor events by month and by day, giving you a fun little fact each morning that you turn the pages.
The book also has a section with biographical details of significant Tudor figures, for you to refer to when reading each event.
Despite being packed full of information, the diary has a lot of writing space for each day, meaning you can plan your days as thoroughly as possible.
The Tudor Book of Days is inspired by the Book of Hours, prized in the Tudor and Renaissance period, and equally prized as a present due to its attention to detail and historical facts.
The book itself is bound in a linen effect hardback cover, and features stunningly-detailed images of Tudor roses and embroidered flowers.
Rebecca - £36.95 - The Folio Society
5 out of 5
Hit novel Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, has been revamped by The Folio Society, making the perfect gift for your bookworm mom this Mother’s Day.
The classic 20th century literature was an immediate success on its release, and captivated readers with its drama, romance, and mystery, before being adapted for film by Alfred Hitchcock.
The book can now captivate readers further with its dazzling illustrations and presentation. The book is bound in hardback navy material, and embellished with gold foil and opulent red poppy illustrations that are truly dazzling.
Hand-drawn illustrations of the characters are shown throughout the book, and breathe new life into the gripping tale.
Protected in a black sleeve for that extra special touch, this book is a thoughtful gift for any mom who loves to read.
Nescafé Dolce Lumio by De’Longhi - £70 - Available at www.johnlewis.com and other leading retailers
5 out of 5
Spruce up your mother’s kitchen with a hunt of style and a caffeine boost with the Nescafe Lumbi by De’Longhi.
The compact machine is lightweight, but also packs a flavour punch with a range of different coffee pods, used to create delicious beverages.
The machine comes with three different flavour options - grande intenso, cappuccino, and cortado - that all come in small packages, that dispense moderately-sized drinks.
The product is also incredible simple and easy to use, with you simply inserting a pod into the machine, craft your coffee to the ideal volume, and pour away.
The machine comes in a range of different changeable colours, and can be personalised to match your kitchen's design, or your own personal style.
Easy to use, compact and eye-catching - the Nescafé Lumio by De’Longhi is a great gift for the coffee-loving mother in your life.
Carthy and Black Yorkshire Lemon Gin Cream Liqueur (over 18s only) - £11.95 - www.31dover.com
6 out of 5
Treat your mum to this exquisite drink this Mother’s Day, which is unlike any other cream liqueur.
This stunning tipple is smooth, silky and sweet, without being sickly or overly thick.
Flavoured with lemon, the drink has an added zest and a beautiful balance of flavours.
Carthy and Black Yorkshire Lemon Gin Cream Liqueur was created by two Yorkshire men who ‘wanted to give the rest of the UK a taste of what their glorious heartland has to offer’, says sellers 31dover.com - and thank goodness they did.
Containing cream from Paynes Dairies and Harrogate-sourced Slingsby Gin, this was a firm favourite in our household - and perfect for any mum who is a fan of gin or cream liquers.
Eyejusters Combination Gold and Horn - £79 - www.eyejusters.com
5 out of 5
These reading glasses are the perfect gift when looking to combine practical and pretty.
Not sure what prescription your mum needs? No need to worry - these are adjustable with a small dial either side of the lenses, which zooms in and out of objects being looked at. This also gives the ability to magnify.
Lovely to look at with attractive gold-coloured rims and warm, light brown-coloured horn arms, these are a far cry from the old-looking reading glasses which are normally seen in the shops.
And though they may be more costly than most reading glasses, their great-looking design and extra-special function makes them well-worth the money.
Vivienne Westwood Frederic Pendant in gunmetal - £126 - www.mainlinemenswear.co.uk
5 out of 5
This uniquely-designed necklace is ideal for the fashion-conscious mum who loves designers.
It is made from gunmetal ruthenium, a rare metal belonging to the platinum group of the periodic table, making it unreactive to most chemicals; limiting the chance of a reaction when worn or tarnishing.
The unusual necklace is fastened at the front, with the signature Vivienne Westwood Orb logo in black enamel as the main feature.
The chain length is 52cm, making it the perfect mid-way design to be worn with most items of clothing.
It also has free-moving gunmetal and imitation rhodium beads as an added unique feature.
A truly beautiful piece of jewellery.
Ghost Dream EDP - £27 for 30ml, £38 for 50ml and £48 for 100ml - www.boots.com
4.5 out of 5
This light, yet lasting perfume is lovely - and an ideal gift for mums of all ages.
The delicate, but complex scent boasts top notes of rose and aquaflora, with middle notes of violet, heliotrope, Morroccan orange flower and Egyptian jasmine. Base notes are ambroxan, musks and patchouli.
Among these the most obvious to me were the jasmine, rose and aquaflora; making it a beautifully floral, yet warm, woody and musky perfume - the perfect balance for a perfume ideal for daytime or evening wear.
I would, however, have liked it to be a little more concentrated.
The unique bottle design is lovely too, with a multi-dimensional shape and a purple and blue colouring.
Ted Baker Mia EDP - £30 for 100ml - www.tedbaker.com
4 out of 5
With a lovely mixture of lemon, raspberry, blackcurrant, patchouli and amber, this light, moreish perfume is ideal for a younger mum - and perfect for daytime wear.
Created as part of the Ted Baker Sweet Treats collection, this is the middle-range perfume of the set - not too sweet, but still light and girly.
A little more staying power would have been great, however.
Its presentation makes it a lovely gift, with a classic pink and gold box and a light pink to clear ombre-style bottle, with a rose gold top.
Ugg Luxe Cashmere Oversized Wrap - £99 - www.larizia.com
5 out of 5
This luxurious gift is absolutely ideal for mums of any age, with a beautiful, practical design and a gorgeously-soft cashmere and wool blended material.
Though it doesn’t actually look exactly like it does in the pictures, this wrap is actually far nicer, with a dark grey colouring and delicate, short black fringing around the outside at the front.
What makes this lovely item so unique is its thin design which, though deceivingly warm, means it can double up as a very warm, oversized scarf. Its sloped design not only works perfectly to throw around the shoulders, back and arms as a wrap, but also gives a beautifully tiered effect when used as a scarf.
Angelina Black Gloss mirror - £199.99 - www.hollywoodmirrors.co.uk
5 out of 5
Give your mum the gift of glamour this Mother’s Day with a Hollywood mirror - ideal for applying make-up under beautifully clear lights.
With 10 cool, white golf bulbs around the outside, this stand-out item is both eye catching and practical, projecting a clean, cool light; the intensity of which can be turned up and down with an adjuster at the side. The lights are also LEDs, making them energy efficient.
The mirror comes with a stand, meaning there is the option of having it on a dressing table or similar item of furniture, or hung on a wall.
Measuring 80cm by 60cm, this is also a large mirror which can be used to check attire before heading out.
Pressure King Pro 5L pressure cooker - £69.99 - www.highstreettv.com
5 out of 5
For the foodie mum who loves to cook, this pressure cooker is absolutely brilliant.
With 12 settings, this cooker enables a variety of different foods to be prepared, including meat joints and pieces, rice, stew, soup, pasta, fish and even desserts.
Different cooking functions are also on offer - from browning, to fast re-heat, and slow cook.
Though it takes a fair while to heat up when used with a considerable amount of water, this device cuts down cooking times considerably.
It also comes with a recipe book, which reveals you can use a pressure cooker for far more than I ever realised.
And because it it a standalone item, with a bowl that fits inside, it is easy to clean, and does not require a hob.
As it does not need any added oil, it also makes for a healthy cooking option.
Blue Splatter Set of 3 Vases - £34.95 - www.emmabridgewater.co.uk
4 out of 5
For the mom who loves home decoration, a piece from Emma Bridgewater is a beautiful gift.
Try as you may to spot similarities in this Emma Bridgewater Blue Splatter Set of 3 Vases, it will be like looking for identical patterns in snowflakes.
Each pattern is totally unique, making the set a touching gift for your mom.
The design itself is simple yet effective, boasting a vivid blue splatter pattern against a stark white background.
The vases appear to be small and delicate but are in-fact thick and sturdy, able to hold the weight of moderate bunches of flowers and decorations without toppling over.
Simple yet striking, the Blue Splatter Set of 3 Vases from Emma Bridgewater is yet another example of their sheer expertise.
Muck Boot Tremont Tall Boots - £100 - www.muckbootcompany.co.uk
5 out of 5
Whether your mum's a keen gardener, a festival-goer or dog walker - this wellies are absolutely ideal for comfort, style and practicality.
Though a little pricey at £100, wellies which can be bought from most high street stores and supermarkets for less money do not even compare.
Knee-high in length, these boots are well-made, excellently waterproof and very padded with a gel cushion insert, for added comfort, protection, warmth and shock absorbance. This is also helped by the added fleece lining, which feels very luxurious.
The soles, with a low heel, also have excellent grip; ideal for all wintry or wet weather conditions.
The top of the boots also have a soft material which makes up around 25 per cent of the boot (perhaps slightly less), meaning they do not rub yet still remain very waterproof and sturdy up to this point.