We like to think everyone treats their mum all year round, but a dedicated day to celebrate her calls for a few more bells and whistles. If your mum is a kitchen dweller or food fanatic, there are plenty of present options that go beyond the traditional bouquet.
Our top 10 gifts for Mother’s Day 2014
Eco-friendly KeepCup make a range of barista-approved sustainable, portable cups that can be filled with tea or coffee at home or taken to your favourite cafe. If your mum is a slave to caffeine pick her up a colourful ‘Movers and Shakers’ cup – guaranteed to turn heads on her morning commute.
Movers and Shakers 8oz coffee cup, £9.20, KeepCup
Raise a toast to mother dearest with a classy tipple from family-run distillery, Chase. This vodka-based liqueur is made with fresh elderflowers and will add a sweet, floral kick to Champagne, cocktails, ice cream or desserts. They also offer versions in rhubarb, blackcurrant and raspberry.
50cl bottle fruit liqueur, £19.50, Chase Distillery
Go for a touch of French farmhouse chic with a traditional copper, stovetop kettle. With its tooting whistle and curved design, it turns a functional object into a thing of beauty. Pull out all the stops by throwing in a homemade bake, then tell your mum to put her feet up while you pop on a brew.
Copper kettle, £30, Sainsbury’s
Betty’s Mother’s Day gift box
You don’t have to live in Yorkshire to enjoy the elegant treats made by family tea room, Betty’s. Their range of cakes, biscuits, drinks and confectionery is available by mail order too, including this beautiful heart-shaped gift box containing Champagne truffles, butter biscuits and lemon cake.
Betty’s gift box, £35, Betty’s
If your mum prefers to bake her own biscuits, these Italian-designed cookie cutters should see her right. The coffee pot shapes are ideal for putting together a quaint afternoon tea spread.
Alessi Progiotti cookie cutters, £27, John Lewis
If your mum likes to carry water in her bag, ensure she does so in style by ditching the crumpled old mineral water bottle in favour of this slick version with a cork stopper. The stick of charcoal naturally purifies the water and provides a talking point to boot.
Eau good filter water bottle, £14.95, black + blum
If your mum isn’t afraid of grappling with a ball of bread dough, pick her up a piece of traditional kit. This cane ‘banneton’, or proving basket, gives a professional swirl-top finish to a cob. Throw in a professional ‘grignette’ blade to slash the top and she’ll be halfway to starting her own bakery.
1kg round banneton, £12, and grignette, £9.85, Bakery Bits
Transparent tea pot
Japanese brand Hario take tea-brewing and coffee-making very seriously. Among their sleek range is this glass teapot with inbuilt filter. The transparent surface allows you to monitor the hue of your tea – perfect for a mum who’s a stickler for the perfect chai.
Hario Asian teapot, £24, Brewed by Hand
We’re firm advocates of a good lunchbox, even if you don’t take a packed lunch to work, they’re ideal for picnics and transporting food to parties. This version from Ben Di Lisi is elegant and functional – it has three compartments should you need to keep the contents separate.
Ben Di Lisi plastic lunchbox, £8, Debenhams
Traditional tipple of the mother – but hopefully not in any way ruinous – a special bottle of gin is perfect for mums who enjoy a G&T of an evening. Be sure to buy the best, this Scottish spirit just took silver at the World Gin Awards.
70cl bottle Boë Superior Gin, £26.99, Amazon
How do you like to treat your mum on Mother’s Day? If you’re planning on following up your gift with a day full of homemade treats, be sure to check out our recipe ideas…