Mother’s Day 2019: the best gifts and experiences

From hampers to champers and afternoon teas, treat mum to a present she will treasure

(Image credit: © Patricia NIven)

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, here are some great ideas to help you find the perfect gift or experience.

Fortnum & Mason hamper

If you’re looking for a classic Mother’s Day gift, Fortnum & Mason has a variety of options to cater for the special day. The luxury department store’s new Fit For Your Queen Hamper is packed to the brim with treats including lavender milk chocolate, beautifully iced gingerbread biscuits and decadent Marc de Champagne truffles.

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So much for Mother’s Ruin, gin is more like Mother’s Favourite. For mums who love a tipple, Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin is an award-winner with icon status. Infused with juniper, orange peel, coriander, cassia, cloves and cardamom, each bottle is hand-wrapped in brown paper and sealed with wax.

For more adventurous gin-lovers, try Bluecoat American Dry Gin, with organic juniper, citrus peel, angelica root and coriander among its botanicals. Or for a sweeter flavour, look no further than the Marula Gin with Pomegranate, showcasing the fruit of the marula tree in Africa with the notable addition of pomegranate.

Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin, £33; waitrose.comBluecoat American Dry Gin, £35; ocado.comMarula Pomegranate, £37.95;

Hester jewellery box from STOW

An ideal present for a glamorous globe-trotter, this Spanish leather zip-up jewellery box provides a supremely fashionable way to carry treasured trinkets. Complete with an Italian goat suede interior and tiny stow-away envelope inside, it comes in a range of colours including soft coral and emerald green and can be personalised to make it a truly unique gift.


Thameen: Patiala

British perfumery Thameen has a new fragrance in time for this year’s Mother’s Day: Patiala, inspired by the mysterious Patiala necklace of India. Once one of the most extravagant pieces of jewellery in the world, containing 2,930 diamonds set in platinum, the necklace vanished in the 1940s. Thameen says the new scent, with piquant, floral aromas at its heart, is - like the famous necklace - “a manifestation of true craftsmanship and a mark of true sophistication”.


Riedel mini decanters

If you are after something a bit different for a wine-loving mum, Riedel has launched a new range of mini decanters. The Austrian glassware house has shrunk some of its best-selling designs, including the horn and mamba. Each of the six limited-edition decanters can hold half a bottle of wine and every piece is unique, made by hand and mouth-blown from crystal glass


Primephonic subscription

Be it Songs My Mother Taught Me or Requiem for an Angel, classical musicians have taken great inspiration from their own mums. If yours is inspired by classical music, this subscription gift might be a winner. New classical music-streaming service Primephonic has launched in the UK after a successful stint in the US and its home country, the Netherlands. Available on smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops, the high-quality service allows users to access a library of more than one million symphonies, concertos and sonatas by everyone from Scriabin to Satie, and features an adaptable bit-rate system that means buffering is never an issue.

From £7.99 a month or £79.99 a year;

Sunday lunch at Thyme

The lauded Thyme in the Cotswolds has devised Mother’s Day specific menus at both its Ox Barn restaurant and the village pub it runs, The Swan, on Sunday 31 March. The Ox Barn will serve up a Sunday brunch featuring lamb shoulder with celeriac, wild chive and potato gratin and buttermilk pancakes with rhubarb and almonds, while over at The Swan roasted sweet potato soup with chilli and coconut will be followed by baked plaice fillet with buttered spinach and fennel velouté (among other options). Meals at both restaurants even come with a special gift of primroses for Mum to take home. Also available are gift vouchers to the cookery school and the Meadow Spa.

Gift vouchers start at £50, lunch price varies;

Eve Sleep linen sheets

Make up for all those nights of uninterrupted sleep your mother sacrificed with these fine Portuguese linen sheets from Eve Sleep. Extra soft and comfortable, they are the perfect complement to breakfast in bed on her special day. The relaxed yet smart stonewashed texture comes in reversible two-toned solid colours, with six fabulous combinations.

Bedding sets start at £148;

Pandora rose sparkling strand gift set

With the colour of rose gold still as popular as ever, mums are bound to love this bracelet and earring set. It comes in Pandora’s unique metal blend Rose and is part of the jeweller’s new 2019 spring collection. Elegant and effortlessly chic.


Mother’s Day at Beck at Brown’s

If fine dining is your mother’s thing, then a champagne lunch at Beck at Brown’s may be the perfect gift. Michelin-starred chef Heinz Beck has devised a special four-course tasting menu for the occasion, which is topped off with a spring bouquet for your mum created by bespoke florist, Ellie Hartley Flowers.

From £85 per person. to book, email

Super Mom Retreat at The Landmark London

Can’t decide between treating mum to a classy afternoon tea or relaxing spa treatment? Why not give her both with this special Mother’s Day package from The Landmark London hotel. The spa experience includes a 50-minute facial treatment, 30-minute back massage and leisure time in the pool, jacuzzi and steam rooms. This is followed by an award-winning afternoon tea in the hotel’s Winter Garden.

£200 per person;

The Petersham Restaurant

Treat your Mum to a four-course meal - and save yourself a penny or two - as she eats for free at The Petersham Restaurant in Richmond. Tables of four booked at 4pm or later on 31 March are eligible for the special offer. Head chef Jean-Didier Gouges’ Mother’s Day menu features seasonal produce in dishes such as pan-fried cod and crab tortellini with samphire, fried leeks, crispy capers and avocado puree - while diners can enjoy floor-to-ceiling views of the River Thames.

£55 per person;

Afternoon tea at Rosewood London

At the glitzy Rosewood London, executive pastry chef Mark Perkins offers up a creative, art-inspired feast that earned the accolade of “Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea” in the UK last year. It’s easy to see why, as famous works by the likes of Jeff Koons, Wassily Kandinsky, Banksy and Jackson Pollock are deftly transformed into patisserie masterpieces that deliver on both visuals and flavour.

From £70 per person; (Image by Patricia Niven)

Dolce Vita Mother's Day Lunch at Theo Randall


Chef Theo Randall’s namesake restaurant at the InterContinental delivers produce-driven rustic Italian food with a loyal following. This Mother’s Day, diners can opt for special lunch, with a selection of Italian salads, cured meats and cheeses, ravioli di erbette, a secondi plate of your choice, porchetta, and desserts for the table. Unlimited Prosecco and Bloody Maria’s are available for two hours and each mother will receive a Moyses Stevens bouquet.

From £65 per person;

Blade Hairclubbing

If you want to take your mum out for a drink and leave looking even better than when you walked in, this little secret bar in Soho is the one for you. Blade offers a Hairclubbing experience, which brings together top stylists and connoisseur-curated drinks. This year’s event has an apple twist: share a half-price bottle of Brännland Artisanal Swedish Cider or two-for-one cocktails by quoting “Apple Of Their Eye” when you book an appointment on 31 March for Mother’s Day.

Brindisa Stores Tasting Box

The Spanish food market Brindisa has brought together a balanced collection of sweet and savoury foods sourced from different areas of Spain. One of the best ways to explore a country is through its foods, and this hamper brings that experience straight to your home. With honey chocolate and almonds from Catalonia, Gordal olives and game pate from Andalusia, fish from the north coast, and chorizo from La Rioja, there’s no need to send your mum off in order to give her a tasting adventure that is almost a match for visit to Spain.


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