Five More Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

We’re just a week away from Mother’s Day now, so today I am bringing you my penultimate gift guide. This one contains the best cards on the market, a tipple that your mom will totally love you for, and a cute and affordable personlised gift that should help your mom lay claim to her favourite (and best) chair in the house. There are also candles for mom to use as she has a relaxing bath, and the perfect relaxing tonic to keep in your handbag for those moments when you need a pick me up.

Carthy & Black’s Yorkshire Cream Liqueur From 31Dover
31Dover is one of the UK’s leading online drinks retailers and is definitely a destination if you want to treat mom to a special tipple this Mother’s Day. They have a superb collection of artisan spirits and liqueurs, with my key pick being Carthy & Black’s Yorkshire Cream Liqueur, a must try for anyone who loves Baileys or Sheridans.
So what is so special about this Yorkshire Cream  Liqueur? 31Dover explains:-

Created by two proud Yorkshiremen who wanted to give the rest of the UK a taste of what their glorious heartland has to offer. Carthy & Black’s Yorkshire Cream Liqueur is made from fresh, silky smooth cream from Payne’s Dairies’ happiest cows and the best Irish whiskey they could get their hands on for a refreshinly moreish sipping experience.

The liqueur is deliciously creamy, with a slight licorice aftertaste that gives it a uniquely gorgeous flavour. The bottle is very stylish, and you can also have this git boxed by 31Dover which makes it a perfect gift idea.

Choose A Card From Scribbler

Scribbler is the home of cards, from cute to quirky, and now, online, you can also get personlised options that can include anything from a childhood photograph to a special, personal message.  Scribbler cards can be rude, they can be sweary, they can be touching, they can be funny, and this makes them perfect, because there is something to suit every mom.

There is a great Scribbler store in the Bullring, which also sells a range of gift ideas, but if you can’t get to a store, you can find a range of cards on their online store.

Here a few of my faves.

Personalised Wreath Cushion Cover from BornGifted

A personlised gift is always wonderful because it shows the thought that went into it, and it can only be for you. It can also be perfect if you have an unusual name that is not usually seen on personalised products, or, if like me, you insist on being called ‘mom’ rather than ‘mum’.

The personalised wreath cushion cover from baby and children’s brand Borngifted is a beautiful idea. Made from polyester cotton, the idea is that this is ‘moms cushion’ to sit on mom’s chair, totally reserved for her. You can personalise the cushion with your choice of role/name up to 12 characters and a short message up to 30 characters.

Angela Langford Freshen Up Hydrating and Refreshing Tonic

A perfect sized bottle to keep in your handbag, and the most gorgeous and reviving fragrance of rose, orange blossom and aloe vera, the Freshen Up spray by Angela Langford can act as a facial sprtz, a tonic and a toner. Angela Langford was a finalist in the 2014 Masterchef finals and now creates organic, vegan, cruelty free, mood-boosting skincare products by hand in Somerset.

The Angela Langford skincare range is based around feeding your skin from both the inside and the outside. The products use a range of nourishing natural ingredients that will help to hydrate, refresh, cleanse and moisturise the skin, with the tagline being ‘a recipe for great skin’. I love that each product also comes with a recipe card so that as well as putting goodness into your skin through your skincare, you can also feed your skin through the food you eat.

The Freshen Up spray is a hero product, this is something you will use every day as pick me up when your skin is feeling tired. It is fantastic now with the colder days, and will be a savour come summer as a cool refreshing spray when the heat is on.

freshen up
hydrating & refreshing tonic £14 Click to visit Angela Langford

Parks Candles London

A warm soapy bath, peace and quiet, and the scent of aromatherapy candles as they flicker gently, this sounds like a pretty perfect recipe for the perfect Valentine’s day. That is why I think this stunning 3 piece natural wax candle set from Parks Candles London is just the most amazing gift idea for mom this Sunday.

The candles look beautiful, stylishly presented in a monochrome gift box that calls to mind the packaging of Links of London and Chanel No 5. The box contains three small candles, stylishly mounted in glass candle holders and with an eye catching Parks pink label on the front. So far, so lovely, and then comes the scent.

The scent is just incredible. A heady mix of Wild Fig, Cassis & Orange Blossom, which combine to make a perfect, sensuous mix that is strong and vibrant. I love the scent, it has become a firm favourite with the intoxicating aroma. Each candle has 20 hours burn time, which is a good return for a small, elegant candle.

Wild Fig, Cassis & Orange Blossom Candle 3 Tots Gift Set £36 Click to visit Parkes London

A personalised Teapot from Giftpup.com

If your mom’s day starts with tea, ends with tea, and has a lot of tea in between, then a personalised teapot may be the gift you have been looking for. Giftpup, which has a huge range of gorgeous, personalised gifts has the perfect teapot that would be a pretty special gift for many occassions, not just Mother’s Day, and would appeal to fans of the Beatles as well as tea drinkers.

The ‘All you need is tea’ teapot can be personalised with a name and a message and is a real stylish piece that would grace any kitchen or table. It is also a decent size, well big enough for making a family brew. Let’s be honest, tea tastes so much better when it is allowed time to sit and stew, making this my perfect gift this year.

Beautiful Blooms From Prestige Flowers

If there is one thing that I truly love, it is having fresh flowers in my house. I love the look and the scent of real blooms, and I always think they signify that Spring is actually here, even if for a few days it was masquerading behind wintry snow. On Mother’s Day, I am always presented with flowers, even if I have other gifts too, and these are the gifts I really love to receive.

If you are looking to present your mom with flowers this Mother’s Day, then I can highly recommend the beautiful Mother’s Day blooms from Prestige flowers. Prestige has a truly fabulous collection, and offer next day delivery, perfect if you are one of those people who leave everything until the last minute. The flowers arrive in a large box which gives them room to breathe, and with a good supply of water attached to the stems to keep them hydrated. This means that when they arrive they are fresh and blooming, not wilting but stunning.

The bouquets have all been skillfully arranged by British Florists and you can see this in the riot of colour and mixture of blooms and leaves. The arrangements are super attractive, sure to delight anyone receiving them as a gift. For Mother’s Day, Prestige have also created special gift packages that not only include the gorgeous flowers, but also delicious luxury chocolates and a cute teddy bear, creating a rather wonderful gift idea, particularly for a mom experiencing her very first Mother’s Day.

I have received my own bouquet from Prestige, and you can see from my pictures just how bright and beautiful the arrangement really is. If you are stuck for an idea of what to treat your mom to, you really don’t need to reinvent the wheel, sometimes the traditional gift idea is the best and still the most appreciated, because everyone loves to receive flowers from a loved one.

 

 

Sensio Spa Complete Hydrotherapy Facial

A visit to a spa for a facial is definitely a treat that leaves us feeling refreshed and leaves our skin soft and healthy, but this is not something we can be doing everyday…or is it? What about a product that gives you the opportunity for spa treated skin in your own home? The Sensio Spa complete hydrotherapy facial allows you to complete a five step salon programme within your own home, leaving skin feeling soft and renewed.

I have been using this product for a few weeks now, with my skin problems being an ageing skin that is also oily and still prone to outbreaks. I do have facials, but wanted something that will plug the gaps when money or time is too tight to get to a salon, something that offers a little more than simply cleansing and toning. This is a product that fits the bill.

But, first things first. When using this product, water direct from the tap just won’t cut it. Yes it will work, but the limescale build up will shorten the life of the device, so you need to get some distilled water, the sort you might use in steam irons for exactly the same reasons. (This can be picked up very cheaply at Amazon here.) You also need 2 AA batteries for the facial cleanser – alkaline ones work better and for longer.

Setting up your equipment is quick and easy. I used the facial cleanser first to remove all grime from my face. I used Micellar water to remove initial make up, and then opted for the sponge attachment and an Elemis cream cleanser for a deep cleanse, using the number 1 setting. This actually feels really pleasant, you need to just press gently in a circular motion. If this hurts or stings, you are doing it too hard. If you are exfoliating the skin, I would recommend the slightly rougher texture of the brush. You can use this with a facial scrub on the number 2 setting and give you skin a real deep cleanse – perfect for removing those dead skin cells that leave our skin looking dull.

The next thing to use is the plug in hot and cold bar. This is to open the pores. To start the process switch to hot and wait for the red light. The bar will be hot within a minute and you can then use this to massage the skin. Be gentle and, if it feels too hot, take it away.

The steamer itself is a real surprise package. Forget those old fashioned machines where you had to virtually immerse your whole face, the Sensio Spa is much easier and more comfortable to use. Adding water is easy – it comes with a little pouring jug, again very similar to those used with a steam iron. Once you have filled up, you press the button on the front until it clicks and the water will start to warm up to create the steam. This happens very quickly, within a few minutes you have enough steam for a facial cleanse.

You can then use the machine. The steam nozzle is moveable, so you can put it into a place that is comfortable to you, and the steam should also be comfortable – don’t get too close or you will burn your skin, and don’t forget to move your face around so that the steam hits all areas of your face – you do not just want to steam the front, especially if your skin problems affect the extremities. I never steamed my face for any longer than 10 minutes, with 6-7 minutes being the average.

Once the process is finished, the hot and cold bar can be used again, this time to close the pores.  Change the setting to cold and wait for the green light, and again massage over the face. Finish with a gentle moisturiser.

For me, this product has worked very well. I like the pamper aspect of using the Spa, and find it all quite easy and straight-forward to use. I think it offers a much deeper cleanse and exfoliation than you can get from simply using products, and I like how clean and soft my skin feels after using it.  I did get an initial breakout, but have had these after salon facials, and know that this is your skin getting rid of impurities, dirt etc, and this didn’t happen after the first use.

The Sensio Spa is a great treatment which could be a fabulous present for Mother’s Day. I would totally recommend this.