How to treat Mum without flowers this Mother’s Day

You know what Sunday 26th March 2017 means, don’t you? If you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day present, think outside the flower vase…

Pop a card in the post and call her, but if you want to pull out all the reasonably priced stops this Mother’s Day, here’s how you make mum’s day without a cliché bunch of flowers.

The New Mum

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If it’s her first Mother’s Day, what more could a girl want than a boozy gift that keeps on giving for six months – in the form of a Tipplebox Cocktails subscription from John Lewis? She’ll learn to shake and stir two tantalising tipples each month, because six glasses-worth of spirits and ingredients will be delivered to her door, along with handy step-by-step-recipes.

All mum has to do is add ice, a garnish and voilà, she’ll master a new party trick to show off to her mates – from a PS I Love You to Pink Lady and Chocolate Martini cocktails. Better yet, this Mother’s Day gift lasts a whopping 24 times longer than a bunch of flowers.

The Creative Mum

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If your mum’s creatively inclined, encourage her to take time out and express herself this Mother’s Day – with a mindful colouring book for adults and fresh felt tips or fine art pencils. Amazon’s Enchanted Forest: An Inky Adventure & Colouring Book will give you change from a tenner, so why not have it oh-so conveniently gift wrapped and sent straight to her door?

Alternatively, treat your bookworm mum to the Amazon Kindle Voyage, if she doesn’t already have an eReader. Or top up an Amazon Kindle gift card, so she can read all the latest releases, from The Good People by Hannah Kent to Jojo Moyes’ Paris for One.

The Grandmother

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Sure, you could treat gran to a new dressing gown, but a sentimental photograph of her loving family could put a bigger smile on her face this Mother’s Day. Have a professional photographer snap the picture, starting as little as £20 on a Red Letter Day with John Lewis – and frame the complimentary 10’ x 8’ print as a present.

The Trendy Mum

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Fashion-conscious mums are notoriously tricky to buy for, so unless you’re topping up her favourite lipstick or perfume, get inspired by 2017’s fashion trends before picking out her Mother’s Day present.

Stripes are all the rage, plus bubble gum pink is the ‘it’ colour of the year, so you can’t go wrong with a silk scarf. But why not have fun with oversized retro sunglasses, setting mum up for a stylish summer? Think double rim aviators, round cat eye sunglasses or retro wire rimmed shades from the likes of John Lewis.

Prefer to make a day of it? Take mum to see designer outfits by the likes of Christine Dior paired with sculptures by Henry Moore and others at The Hepworth Gallery’s ‘Disobedient Bodies’ exhibition in Wakefield.

The Foodie Mum

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Nothing beats mum’s cooking, especially if you treat her to a Bread Making Course at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage – with a Red Letter Experience Day via John Lewis this Mother’s Day. After a tractor ride and tea with her tutor, mum will learn to knead, shape and bake everything from focaccia to wood-fired pizza, from scratch.

Alternatively, treat her to something useful, like a quirky pair of oven gloves or a brand new appliance that will make her life easier in the kitchen – of course, she’ll put her feet up on Mother’s Day, when you slave in the kitchen whipping up her favourite meal, right?

If your Mother’s Day present doesn’t arrive on time or you change your mind call the company’s customer service representatives directly to resolve your complaint or organise a refund.