Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
Spoil your mum this Mother’s Day with one of these loving gift ideas. Whether it’s a spa trip, a make-up lesson or an elegant afternoon tea – give your mum a treat to remember.
The Pampering Spa Day
Who: Akasha Spa at Cafe Royal
Cost: Day Spa packages from £95. Neom treatments from £120 for 60 minutes
The closest thing to a Marrakech mini break – without setting foot at the airport – would have to be Akasha Spa at Café Royal. A haven of pale sandstone and flickering Moroccan floor lanterns complete with a white marble hammam to steam your stress away. A day pass means ‘open sesame’ to a healthy menu lounge, lap pool, sauna, steam room and high-tech gym. But, the real deal for mothers is the special, mood-enhancing and energising 60 or 90-minute Neom treatment. Consisting of meditation, shiatsu, Thai massage and reflexology it targets lack of sleep and stress. That’s an add on treatment and is available throughout March. There’s also a double treatment suite, so daughters can tag along too.
The Country House Hotel and Spa Sleepover
Who: Dormy House
Cost: The Timeless Spa Break at Dormy House costs £212.50 per person based on two sharing an ‘Intimate’ room (ie a small double, but she’s your mum!). Available from Sunday to Thursday.
The pretty Dormy House in the Cotswolds offers a great value Timeless Spa Break; perfect for mother and daughter quality time. Included is a 60-minute spa treatment each – a knot-beating massage or soothing facial; a light Champagne lunch in The Greenhouse (their gorgeous light and airy restaurant) and full use of the fantastic spa facilities, including outdoor hot tub. Dinner is also included in The Potting Shed (offering a more relaxed pub style atmosphere) as well as breakfast the next morning. And not a jot of washing up for either of you.
Who: Fletcher’s Cottage at Archerfield House
Cost: Harmony Spa Day costs £149 per person, and the Pavilion Suites with space for two start from £185 per suite per night, including full Scottish breakfast.
As if the bracing air of Scotland isn’t enough to give you a glow, the ‘Harmony Spa Day’ package available at Fletcher’s Cottage will leave you radiant. First, a deep bath sprinkled with organic rose buds, ylang ylang and sweet orange to calm and relax (in the prettiest ‘garden shed’ you’ll ever see, complete with wood-burning stove). Followed by a de-stressing back, neck and shoulder massage using hot stones and organic oils over in the main spa’s treatment rooms, followed by a facial and scalp treatment with warm stones and rose oil – and a focus on pressure points to increase circulation. To finish, pad through in your dressing gowns, relaxed and with the best sheen you’ve had in ages. Then get comfy on the squidgy sofas as you tuck into a cream tea, and tell each other how well you look. Heavenly.
The Healthista Afternoon Teas
Who: Pret a Portea at The Berkeley
Cost: from £57
Inspired by the fashion world, Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea is all you’d expect, including a pot of piping hot darjeeling or other tea of your choice, finger cut sandwiches and cakes. The cakes are inspired by a swanky fashion brand and are in the shape of high heeled boots and shoes, handbags and other accessories. The latest twist? A gluten free option.
Who: Tea-Tox at Brown’s Hotel
Those in the know have long regarded Brown’s as one the capital’s best places for afternoon tea. Instead of the usual fat and sugar laden offerings, you can choose on-trend delights such as; smoked chicken and guacamole served on spelt bread, gem heart leaves brimming with tabbouleh and mango and coconut rice condé (posh for pudding). You can, of course, relapse into decadence with a glass of Dosnon & Lepage champagne: after all, few of us are intolerant to good old-fashioned fizz it seems…
The Make-Up Lesson
Who: Bobbi Brown Make-Up Lesson
Cost: From £30 redeemable against Bobbi Brown products
Bobbi Brown make-up lessons are undoubtedly the best in class. This is not only because they are taught by expertly trained make-up artists, but because they understand how to tweak your look to near perfection, regardless of your age. Lessons range from twenty minute sessions to a full hour. Don’t fret about re-creating that perfect pout at home: a personalised Face Chart will help you recreate your new look, along with easy-to-follow online tutorials, videos and step-by-step routines. For Mother’s Day why not treat yourself with a mother and daughter session so you can both try out a new look?
The perfect present for every personality…
The Glamour Puss
You can’t go wrong with lippy and perfume. The iconic, bullet-shaped Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain, £34 at Selfridges is both beautiful and useful – it flips open to reveal a nifty mirror. The actual lippy is buttery, hydrating and intensely pigmented: instant feel-good factor. Once your lips are pouty pretty, choose a scent to suit your mood from the beautifully bottled Aerin Lauder Fragrance Coffret, £80 at Esteelauder.co.uk. The mini selection comprises Woody Amber Musk, linen-fresh Lilac Path, Evening Rose, Spring Iris Meadow and Waterlily Sun.
The Fitness Freak
ESPA Fitness Collection, £85 at Espa Skincare
ESPA, made in the UK, is renowned for supplying some of the world’s most luxurious spas and wellbeing centres with scrubs and serums. But it also offers ranges ideal for more active lifestyles. Fitness fanatics will relish this set which is designed to be used before and after exercise. Body Reviver scrubs away dull, dry cells – while Fitness Bath and Body Oils have been blended to ease muscle tension, speed recovery and soothe aching joints…before AND after exercise. Just applying them all should be considered as some sort of workout!
The Keen Cook
Hemsley & Hemsley Good + Simple, Ebury Press (available from 27th February at Amazon £17)
Fresh off the shelves, this is the Hemsley sisters’ newest and shiniest contribution to right-on eating, with over 140 affordable new recipes – all so deliciously innovative that your mum will be whipping up a healthy storm in the kitchen in no time. Jasmine and Melissa’s motto is ‘Good food, good mood, good digestion, good health!’ and it’s true that H+H strip back the principles of lifelong healthy eating to make it easy to maintain. The recipes are built around a down-to-earth ‘meat and two veg’ approach, with simple methods, well-known ingredients, reworked classics and fast recipes for those short on time. So that’ll keep everyone in the family happy at mealtimes!
The Busy One
Page Thirty Three Oil Burner: £130 at Content Beauty
Each burner comes with a 5ml tester bottle of Australian grown Lavender Oil, and an Australian made Beeswax Candle.
Burning oil is a relaxing, purifying process so what better than to choose a burner with clean lines, inspired by the aesthetics of the chemistry lab? Handcrafted in Sydney, the Page Thirty Three Oil Burner’s stunning dark metal stand, Tasmanian oak base and clear glass flask makes a striking statement piece for any interior. Add a splash of water and a dousing of oil, then light the candle, lower the flask and wait for the smell of essential oils to lift the mood. Pure indulgence. To aid that soporific effect, each burner comes with a 5ml bottle of Australian-grown lavender oil and a beeswax candle.
The Frequent Traveller
This Works In Transit collection Spray on moisturiser: £18 at This Works
Award-winning natural skincare from This Works really does do what it says on the box. Their ‘In Transit’ collection features a 100ml spray on moisturiser that is so handy and so instantly nurturing that it should be the first thing in any regular traveller’s hand luggage. The spray-and-go formulation contains Organic Aloe Vera Water to soothe irritated (or sunburnt) skin and Sea Minerals to add a shot of instant hydration. Ideal for spritzing in dry hot air, during a long flight or drive, or simply when you’re feeling in need of hydration.
Mio Skincare Liquid Yoga Space Spray: £19.50 at Mio Skincare
One of the benefits of yoga is to achieve a state of total mind and body calm. But can you really capture this yoga feeling in a bottle? In a way, yes! Mio Skincare Liquid Yoga Space Spray contains a calming, yet invigorating cocktail of essential oils of lemon (stimulating, can help concentration and alertness); cypress (rebalancing) and chamomile (increases feelings of happiness and raises the spirits). If you can’t access your inner downward dog, simply mist the spray on pillow, pulse points and any other places where you need a moment of instant stress-free zen.
Elemis Botanical Hand Cream: £18 at House of Fraser
Keen gardeners think nothing of planting and pruning in all weathers – green-fingered they may be, but this does nothing for their actual fingers, leaving them with calloused, dry skin. The nourishing ‘Elemis Botanical Hand Cream’ is not simply a common-or-garden hand cream: a key ingredient, moabi butter, soaks in fast, while soothing, balancing British lavender and chamomile scent provide time out for the mind too. Or take her domestic goddess status to another level with ‘Grow your own Cocktail Garden’. It includes all the cocktail garden plants you’ll need to cultivate that caipirinha, plus 18 original mixologist-created recipes. Never has a simple slice of lemon seemed so dull. Grow Your Own Cocktail Garden: £13.50 Notonthehighstreet.com.
The Girl Racer
Diptyque Scented Oval; £32 at Diptyque Paris
THIS is clever – a pure white little medallion that is a scented wax oval to perfume and decorate small spaces – an undies draw, a linen cupboard, a glove compartment. It comes in three scents – Rose, Rose and Blackcurrant, and Fig. SO much more sophisticated than a magic tree…don’t you think?