I am writing this whilst simultaneously cooking dinner and eyeing up the pile of post which really needs a firm hand. I have just run in from work, had an intense chat about dancing at Gymboree (apparently), and Meg and Mog, followed by the usual bath and bedtime fun. I am prepared to bet Alex has done the same (and she has two small people to wrestle into bedtime submission). And about a zillion other mothers.
In short: mothers rock. So here’s a few ideas of how you can treat yours/yourself this mother’s day.
With love from,
My mum would love…
Spring is knocking on the door, which means my mum’s thoughts (and my mother-in-law’s. come to that) turn to her (lovely) garden. So something from The Balcony Gardner would go down very nicely indeed.
My friends would love…
Failing a night or two at a delicious hotel with spa attached for wallowing, I think pretty much any of my friends would be very happy with a spa voucher.
Lavish is a clever idea: it offers vouchers for luxe-y treatments and breaks which are redeemable in over spa 400 destinations in the UK.
For London-based mamas, I love a bit of Cowshed and Bliss. If your children are really hard-pressed for time (what with all those playdates, nursery sessions, art classes…), they can order online (with free delivery) from Cowshed – who wouldn’t want to be a Gorgeous Cow?
The sentimental mamas of my acquaintance would adore a personalised bracelet from Merci Maman (these also make an excellent present to mark the arrival of a new baby, btw). Choose from gold or silver, the leather bracelet (if in doubt, opt for a classic colour), choose your disc (personally, I like the open disc or the simple round disc charm, as they have a bit of more of a tough-cute vibe) and then customise. They also do necklaces (and you can add discs if you add to your brood!)
I would like…
Obviously, I would love a handmade card and an abundance of cuddles. I would, if pressed, also accept a reminder of what C has brought to my world one hundredfold and then some. (With thanks to my super stylish colleague, Claire, who tipped me off about this): Alex Monroe‘s gorgeous, extra fine, extraordinarily sweet ‘love’ bracelet.
I’m not especially high-maintenance when it comes to Mother’s Day. At least I don’t think I’m high-maintenance, but to paraphrase Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally, I’m probably the worst kind of high-maintenance – the high-maintenance type who thinks they’re low maintenance. Anyway, while my ideal mother’s day would go like this..lie-in, cuddles, ‘I love you mummy’, cuddles, hand-made card, cuddles and coffee (maybe some flowers – am I sounding high maintenance yet?), I wouldn’t be so terribly upset to receive any of the following (although if I’m honest, I don’t actually think you should give huge presents on mother’s day, just like I’m not one to make a fuss on Valentine’s Day – although on birthdays and at Christmas I’m ALL about the presents)
Love and hugs to all mothers this Sunday
My mum would love…
Aside for something for the garden (maybe some new pots like this), Mum loves notecards. She also loves Agas. So, I’m thinking that personalised Aga notecards from Honeytree publishing might just be the perfect gift. If you are looking to splash out then go for Smythson, you’ll be in her good books forever.
My friends would love…
I think Billy Crystal might be right. While I say I don’t really want anything, I would be not-so-secretly over the moon to receive something from Philippa Holland (who wouldn’t?) While I would go loopy over this, I know that my friends would love this seriously sweet Little People Charm necklace. In gold or silver, you can choose boy or girl charms depending on the flavour of your children, short or long chains and even have it engraved – hmmm, think I’d quite like one of these as well.
By March, most people’s winter feet are in desperate need of a pedicure, so I know my friends would love to be given a voucher for that (if you’re in London, Julie’s nails on Kensington Church Street is brilliant and cheap). If I was going, I might even choose this ridiculously bright colour in praise of the smokin’ hot summer we’re about to have.
I would love…
It doesn’t especially shout ‘Mother’s Day’, but who doesn’t like being given new clothes? I particularly like this go-anywhere jumper by NY-based label Duffy. Slouchy, soft and slightly shimmery thanks to the metallic stripes, this gorgeous mohair and wool fine-knit sweater is just the kind of thing I’d wear in the day. Every day (I have a tendency to get obsessed with an item of clothing). I love the soft grey overall colour, the taupe cuffs and the see-through nature of the knit. Wear with a black vest top, beaten-up jeans and killer jewellery.
Who doesn’t love a star print? This beautiful wool and silk scarf by Danish design duo Becksondergaard will take me through spring, summer, autumn and another winter. Available from Fenwick
IMAGE: Audrey Hepburn and son by Bob Willoughby/Taschen