Mother’s day isn’t just an occasion to treat your mum, or even be treated yourself; it’s an opportunity to celebrate all those different amazing women we’re lucky enough to have in our lives. So if you’re thinking of gifts or just some simple tokens of appreciation, here are a few ideas.
I loved the concept around Galentine’s day recently, didn’t you? Instead of just honouring couples, women all over the world, (single or otherwise) reclaimed Valentine’s day as a chance to show their favourite girlfriends some love. And I think we should start to consider Mother’s day in a much looser way too, if we decide to celebrate it.
After all, not everyone has a mum or has become one, for many different reasons. But that doesn’t mean we can’t use the day to celebrate other mums or mother figures in our lives as well. Whatever the circumstance, whether it’s a friend, sister, auntie, grandma, mother-in-law, neighbour or female mentor, a little love makes the world go round don’t you think? And yes, I know the cynical amongst us might say it’s just a day and we should show people what they mean to us all year round. But it’s worth thinking about some of the women in our lives when events like this one roll around. Who knows how they might be feeling and perhaps a phone call, card, visit or even a special treat might really make their day.
I’ve teamed up with The White Company as part of their #MumsWisdoms campaign to bring you my pick of some of the lovely items available from their Mother’s Day gift selection plus a few thoughts on how to treat those special women. For me, flowers will always bring a smile and brighten up my day. Florists are like an eye candy shop to me and I relish buying them for others as much as receiving them. Extra points are awarded if someone knows my favourites or guesses my preferred colour palette but really anything floral will do. Or if you know someone prefers a plant, surprise them with a new leafy friend to add to their collection.
Of course, a beautiful vase is a great gift for someone who loves flowers too and this Amberley vase is a really good size if you want to push the boat out. It’s large enough to take bigger statement flowers like lilies, which I always think have the wow factor and also perfume the house nicely. Alternatively, a vase this size would easily take an armful of pretty blossom pruned from the garden now that cherry, magnolia and forsythia trees are all coming into bloom. You can spend a little or a lot, it’s the thought that counts.
Alternatively, I’ve really started to appreciate home fragrances, like this Iris reed diffuser and rose candle. Apart from the beautiful floral perfume of each, the smooth white porcelain design is just so simple and yet modern; you could give this to anyone, regardless of their home style or interior taste, and you know it would fit into their room scheme seamlessly. They’d be great for anyone who wants to spruce up their desk space, bed side table or even their kitchen. Or why not give these to a new mum or friend who deserves something treaty, that encourages them to light a candle and slow down for a bit.
Books are also a great gift, especially in the digital age! It’s almost like an excuse to take time out and indulge in something that will truly inspire, nourish, entertain or enlighten you. I think there’s something lovely about sharing your favourite book with others too, like a gift you pass on. Here are a few of my recent favourites that would suit a variety of ages:
Love Style Life by Garance Dore / The Way We Wore by Daphne Selfe / Grace by Grace Coddington / Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes / The New Garconne: How to be a modern gentlewoman by Navaz Batliwalla
And finally, perfume is always a winner for me. Something that I wear every day and makes me feel good is a gift that keeps on giving. And scent is so emotive and evocative, I think it can hold so many memories and feel-good sensations. Sometimes it can remind us of a special person or become a sensory calling card that our friends or even children come to associate with us over the years. I always hope my kids might one day find comfort in being able to identify me with a particular smell.
But a bit like jewellery, it is a really personal thing and many women pride themselves on having one (or several) signature fragrances. So again, I think it’s a really thoughtful gift if you buy someone their favourite or even give them a gift voucher so they can discover their new favourite themselves. I first came across Twenty One by The White Company a year or so ago when I was gifted a candle in the same fragrance and I instantly fell in love with it.
It’s a fusion of citrusy lemon, neroli and grapefruit, laced with jasmine and magnolia, and finished with a base of aromatic vertivert. These are all my favourite kinds of scents; fresh, floral but not too sweet and it smells smart and sophisticated – kind of how I always wanted to feel as a grown up! So anyone who really knows me well (and has a good nose themselves) could take an educated gamble on this. And every time I sprayed some on, I’d like to think it would remind me of them (the bottle doesn’t look bad on the old dressing table either).
For more ideas, take a look at The White Company’s Mother’s day gift selection online.
P.S. I’m wearing this linen tee from the current range if you fancy treating yourself to a new Spring top while you’re at it!
Disclosure: In collaboration with The White Company. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.
Photo credit: Greig Sharman