Mother’s Day 2018: gift guide

The best ways to treat mum on March 11

Traditional presents


It might be a bit of a cliché, but a stunning bouquet is still sure to be a welcome present on Mother’s Day. Floom arrange beautiful bundles of pastel snapdragon and eustoma, and deliver nationwide. If you’re looking to send something last minute then check out our list of the best florists that deliver.


Sherry is enjoying a revival, so why not treat your mum to a decent bottle of the stuff? Manzanilla La Pastrana is one to go for, and features in our list of top tipples of 2018.  Other ideas from the list include bottles of artisan vermouth and gin. If spirits aren’t her thing, then a bottle of wine is trusty option. Try out some of the brilliant English wines recommended here.

Sweet treats

The Biscuiteers are purveyors of luxury biscuits for those who prefer something slightly more savoury, while Betty’s Tea Room sells a gorgeous Mother’s Day gift selection box that includes gingerbread and tea. Choccywoccydoodah delivers salted caramel delights to the door. If you would prefer to send a simple but elegant box of chocolates then Thornton’s can deliver personalised alphabet truffles and their chocolate parcels are affordable and delicious. 


The Perfume Shop is offering personalised engraved bottles of fragrance that include sophisticated scents such as Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium and Gucci’s Modern Muse Le Rouge. Chanel is always a reliable bet, too. No.5 is the enduring classic, but try the recently launched Gabrielle Chanel, with notes of orange blossom and jasmine, to ring the changes.


Afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason

Afternoon Tea

If your mum would appreciate an afternoon tea, try booking a spot at your nearest National Trust property. In London, 108 Pantry hosts an Spring English Country Garden afternoon tea that includes plain homemade scones served with clotted cream, rhubarb jam and orange curd. Fortnum and Mason is famous for its  afternoon tea – book on March 11 and 12 and you’ll be treated to a Mother’s Day Top Plate, packed with extra treats.


A spa experience could well be just what your mother is in need of, so find a package that will help her achieve maximum relaxation. Lucknam Spa Hotel, a luxury hotel in Bath, and The Grand Hotel in York offer a wide range of packages and treatments. If you want a London-based spa, then you won’t go far wrong with The Berkley and its signature body treatment.


Charlotte Tilbury offers a range of face, eye and lip kits, Buying beauty products can be daunting for the uninitiated, so you can also play it safe with an e-gift cards. Estee Lauder offers smaller skincare bundles, and Bobbi Brown has limited edition beauty cases, skincare sets and make-up, as well as gift vouchers.

Something different…

First edition books

The gift of a book can be so much more than a hastily-bought, last-minute job, thanks to AbeBooks, which has a huge array of rare books, first editions and signed copies. Bookseller Peter Harrington is another one to try, especially if you want to push the boat out.

Twist Teas

Twist Teas come in a variety of extraordinary flavours including choffee mint, banana shake and orange chai. But the newly-launched strawberry and rose tea called To Mother With Love sounds like the ideal gift for the tea-loving mum in your life.

Theatre and exhibition tickets

If your mother is into the arts, take a look at our guide to plays to book ahead for, including Poldark’s Aidan Turner in a Martin McDonagh revival and Christopher Eccleston in the ‘Scottish play’ in Stratford. Or try our list of exhibitions to see, featuring the stunning new show at the Royal Academy reuniting paintings from Charles I’s legendary collection and an upcoming Egon Schiele exhibition at Tate Liverpool.