Saturday, 27 February 2016

Gifts For Mum | Last Minute Gift Guide

Mothering Sunday is fast approaching here in the UK, in fact it’s now only one week away! As always I’ve put together a list of my favourite gifts, so that you don’t have to spend hours searching the internet! If you’re struggling with what to buy this year, here are some of best gifts out there. I have pampering gifts, chocolate gifts, jewellery, candles and even some makeup, from some of my favourite brands.

Home fragrance gifts
Another great present idea is home fragrance and I have two fabulous suggestions. The first is the Happiness Candle from Neom(£30 here), which is part of a full “Scent To Make You Happy” range. Neom believe that happiness starts with a positive state of mind. The Happiness fragrance is a blend of 7 of the purest possible essential oils. They have been used since the 17th century to balance emotions and shed unnecessary worries. The candle is a blend of Neroli, Mimosa, Lemon and Peppermint which all work to lift your mood.

My second home fragrance gift suggestion is the MONUSpa Reed Diffusers, which come in three different scents. MONUSpa say that these are the perfect way to add ambience to your home. They come packaged in a very chic and simple bottle, so they will not look out of place in whatever room you choose! I have the Rejuvenating Reed Diffuser* (£19.99 here), which is very pretty.

Bath and body beauty gifts
When it comes to naming favourite brands, Roger & Gallet would be high up the list. Every product I've ever tried I've fallen instantly in love with and my ultimate favourite line is the Fleur de Figuier range. The scent is a blend of figs, grapefruit and mandarin blended with musk and fig wood; it's heavenly! The Fleur de Figuier Fragrant Water Spray* (£32 here) is a gorgeous fragranced water, it's so light and delicate to wear! I love spritzing this for work or for special nights out. It's the perfect scent and it's fairly cheap when it comes to perfume. The Roger & Gallet Perfumed Soaps are an amazing multi-purpose product. They come in a beautiful gift box and inside you get three 100g soaps. Each is elegantly finished with pink pleated silk paper and a pretty sticker. The soaps are created in special packaging, which allows you to use them in your drawers and wardrobe. The scent infuses your clothes and linens with a really subtle scent of summer, which is gorgeous! 

As always the M&S Beauty Halls are stacked full of fabulous beauty gifts. They have an array of pampering and indulgent beauty gifts to delight your loved one this Mothers Day. I personally love the L’Occitane Pretty en Provence Gift Set (£20 here). The set includes the Lavender Foaming Bath, Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette, Bone Mere Soap Lavender, Verbena Shower Gel & Body Lotion and the Cherry Blossom Hand Cream, all packaged in a pretty makeup bag.

Skincare gifts
NIVEA have a range of pampering products, which would be lovely presents without breaking the bank. The NIVEA Q10 Plus Firming Body Oil* (£6.99 here) is fresh, lightweight and highly moisturising. It’s a body oil which is the perfect skin treat; it improves firmess and it is also suitable for massaging stretchmarks. The NIVEA Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Energising Face Cream* (£9.99 here) is a formula packed with powerful active ingredients to boost the skin’s radiance and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Last but not least we have the NIVEA Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls (£13.99 here), which look very impressive in their tube. This is proven to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but also helps to prevent the formation of new ones.

Makeup gifts

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for an eyeshadow obsessive, I have just the thing. The Truffles Collection from Laura Geller* (£33 here) is a collection of four miniature palettes, packaged up like a box of chocolates. The mini palettes are designed to suit your every mood. In each of the four mini palettes, there are three complementary baked eyeshadows and a double-ended brush, making the perfect addition to your travel makeup bag. I’m utterly obsessed with these! 

I love the new duo sets from Ciate London (£17 here), each set comes with a nail polish and one of Ciate’s Lip Chalk pencils. They come in five different colour combinations, so there’s bound to be one that your Mum would love. The duos cost £17 each and they are worth over £20.

If my recent blog post wasn’t a huge give away, I’m a huge fan of ESPA. All year round they have a website stacked full of beautiful beauty gifts. I’m really fond of their “Little Luxuries” section, which is a selection of gifts that do not break the bank. One of my favourites is the Love Your Lips Collection (£24 here). Inside the box you get three limited edition sheer lip balms, which protect your lips whilst providing a little bit of colour. If you missed my recent blog post on ESPA, you can click here to catch up.

Lifestyle gifts
Whilst I’m obviously a huge beauty fan, I think sometimes it’s lovely to give something you can keep forever. Sass & Belle have some lovely signs and trinkets, which are really pretty and very cheap too! I love their ‘Mum You Are Amazing’ Enamel Mug (£6.50 here) and the Always My Mother Plaque (£3.50 here) will look lovely in any room of the house. As always, Beaverbrooks have a wide array of Jewellery suggestions, this Mother’s Day they are celebrating the release of their brand new Morganite collection. There are three items in the collection, my favourite piece are the Stud Earrings (£60 here), but you can actually get the whole collection in a handy set (£140 here).

I'm currently obsessed with kikki.K stationery (I have a huge haul going live on Tuesday). The DIY Sticker Book in the Inspiration theme is a stunning sticker book, which is full of pretty stickers, finished with pictures, quotes and gold detailing. They'd be fabulous for anyone who is a scrapbooker or just loves customising things. My other favourite item is the pack of Quote Cards in the Be Brave. These are stunning little motivational cards, finished in beautiful gold typography. They come packaged in a beautiful box and they even come with a wooden stand so you put your favourite on display. 

Now I love gifting a physical present, but one of my favourite things to gift is an experience. I think the idea of gifting memories is so wonderful! One great idea is the ‘Perfect Gift for Her – Smartbox by Buyagift*’ (£49.99 here). This gift box is great if you’re not sure what gift to give, as it allows her to pick her favourite activity from over 1000 different ideas. There are Afternoon Teas, Spa Days and even Adrenaline Adventures for her to choose from! However, if you know she’s a spa fan the Champneys Luxury Spa Day (£135 here) is fabulous! It includes breakfast, lunch and a 25-minute treatment in a lovely tranquil atmosphere.

If you’re looking for something a bit different IWOOT have launched the Mystery Gift Box (£24.99 here). They can’t tell you what is inside, but they say that they sourced the best beauty products, stationery, quirky gifts and more. Each box will have a minimum of 6 perfect gifts, will be worth over £50 and will arrive expertly packaged in a sleek, black gift box.

Chocolate themed gifts
An obvious gift for anyone on Mothers Day is chocolate! I think these Personalised Thorntons Chocolates (£20 here) are really sweet, there are 33 delicious truffles in each box and they can be personalised with a message of your choice. Of course, there is also the option of guilt-free chocolate gifts. A favourite of mine is the NIVEA In Shower Body Moisturiser in the Cocoa scent (£5 here). It is designed to be a guilt free treat chocolate treat for your body, it includes a lovely cocoa scent and it helps to nourish and moisturise the skin. Another great range is the Cocoa range from The Body Shop (prices start at £4 here). They have everything you could ever dream of; body butters, hair oils, shower gels, body scrub and lip products. 

What are you buying for the mother figure in your life? I’d love to hear some of your ideas in the comments below!
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