The only thing better than treating yourself is treating someone else… or so I’m told, and who is a better candidate than your own Mam?
Mother’s Day is Sunday 31st March, put it in your calendars, tell Siri to remind you or put a note in your purse, but whatever you do – Jesus don’t forget. My mam hit me with the ‘oh no, I don’t need gifts’ one year and I’d like you all to know that if your Mam says this, that this is a lie. I fell for it once, and I shan’t again.
Flowers are nice, chocolates are basic (and my mam is diabetic). Skincare is better.
I trooped around Birmingham to find the best picks and pulled in the big guns as I’ve enlisted the help of my own mother for this top 5 edit, quality content coming your way.
In no particular order we have:
Lush Bath Bombs
You have potential to go super over the top in Lush and get carried away (
like I did), but what I really like about the BIGGEST LUSH SHOP IN THE WORLD in Birmingham is the catering for every budget. You could pick up a single bath bomb like the Incredible Mum or butterfly ones (£4.50/£4.95) which are gorgeous and always a crowd-pleaser for a budget. OR you could go big/if you’re sharing the cost with siblings and get a tin, these vary in price, but you’re looking at £20+. Top choices would be ‘Mum’ giftset (£32.95) and ‘Wham, Bam, Thank you Mam’ (£18.95). All of the labels tell you what’s vegan or vegetarian too which is super helpful if you’re looking for that. I don’t think my mam is arsed.
Mam’s opinion: ‘I think they’re lovely’. Quality input there.
The Body Shop gift sets
There’s three Body Shops in town, one in Grand Central, one in the Bullring and one on New Street, there’s literally no excuse for not seeing one.
Again, The Body Shop is a firm favourite for gift giving, and if you know which scents they like the world is your oyster in there. If you’re unsure of scents to choose from, they’ve recently relaunched their Shea butter collection which is my absolute favourite, it’s like a neutral but clean and comforting scent. I’ve bought pretty much everything from it. The range also helps to fund a women’s empowerment project in Ghana where the butter is made, which I think is really cool and is a great way to help mother’s all over the world as well as your own. Again, the range is vegan so suitable for all. The Shea butter body lotion, body butter and hand cream minis can be bought in a set for £12. I, personally would go for the shower cream (£5) or if your mam has super curly hair the 100% natural shea butter (£15). You can rub the butter into the ends of your hair, or straight in to your skin or use it to make your own scrubs.
Whilst I was there, I was kindly gifted some products from the Cactus Blossom special collection which has launched in time for Mother’s Day, which is nothing short of delightful. I didn’t know cactus blossoms were a thing before I saw them, I still don’t know much about them now, other than they smell a dream.
Mam’s opinion: On cactus blossom -‘This smells lovely but I wish the pot wasn’t green’. ‘Oooh I like the Shea butter stuff, can I use this?’
Again, quality content.
Clinique Facial Soap
If you were born in the 90s your Mam has 100% used and knows of Clinique. I grew up knowing my Mam use the Facial Soap. You can pick it up from any counter for £15 – it is the ultimate blast from the past. If you’re after something maybe a bit more boujee if you have the budget, currently in Clinique in Boots you can pick up the ‘Party Pamper Set’ which is £117 worth of products for £42 I’ve added a helpful link for you here.
Mam’s opinion: ‘This is my favourite thing’, ‘yes I know, that’s why I’m putting it in’.
Burts Bees Tops and Toes kit
This kit has a little bit of everything in it, if you’re not sure if she likes hand creams or different scents or what not, this is a nice universal gift which looks like you’ve put in some serious effort to source. They’re nice size products that she can keep in her bag for whenever, or if your Mam really isn’t into all fancy skincare this is a great introductory set. It’s £12.80 in Marks and Spencer at the moment, but varying prices (I mean more expensive) if you buy it from Amazon or their direct website currently. It sells out pretty fast online, so you’ll need to swing by your nearest shop to see if there are any left!
Mam’s opinion: ‘I quite like it’ on the brand as a whole, I hasten to add. She thinks it’s fancy.
L’Occitane relaxing pillow mist
There’s nothing better than a good sleep, I think I could nap anywhere. My mam however, couldn’t. When she’s grumpy the chances of her ordering in Chinese food also slip to 0%, so it’s best to keep her sweet. She’s struggled a lot with a solid night’s sleep over the past few years and has tried all different kinds of sprays and bath oils etc. This spray goes directly onto your pillow (or wherever really I guess, the mist police aren’t going to show up) and has all your usual suspects in there; lavender, geranium, bergamot etc. and my Mam works down one bottle every two months which is pretty steep going. It’s £18 a bottle but it’s money well spent and my Mam swears by it. (They also do the most beautiful gift wrapping in store for free.
Mam’s opinion: ‘I LOVE that a lot, it’s a 10/10, but I’ve lost mine somewhere in the wardrobe’.
There are SO many beautiful products out there geared towards Mother’s Day, this is merely the tiniest of insights of what you can get, but it’s very easy to be carried away in a marketing frenzy. Stick with one main thing like the mist or body shop set and dress it up nicely in a gift bag (always check they do wrapping in store, it will 100% look better than yours – these are professionals, people) and you’ll be the golden child.