Gift Guide: Mothers Day 2013

Especially with my still living in Los Angeles this year, I have absolutely no idea what to get my Mummy for Mothers Day (10th March for those of you who have forgotten, and we’re talking British Mothering Sunday here, so my American readers can stop panicking!) While I get a bit impatient with the commercialism of Valentines Day (I allow Halloween as it allows me to dress up, carve pumpkins and generally embrace my darker side), I adore Mothers Day as it has remained to this day what it was traditionally meant to be; a day to celebrate how special our Mummy’s are and a chance to do something special for time or treat them to something lovely which they really deserve after everything they do for us during the year!

L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Gift Basket: £20, Godiva Mothers Day Chocolate Box: £22, Diptyque Freesia Candle: £40, Biscuiteers Butterfly Gift Selection: £30, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook: £11, Chanel No. 5 Parfum: £86, Cath Kidston Floral Mug: £6.50

As for things I have included in this guide that I have actually tried myself (I believe in everything being tried and tested!) I want to single out the L’Occitane gift basket and The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. I simply adore L’Occitane products and I like to share the love for their ranges, especially their fantastic hand creams, so their gift sets, prettily packaged and containing at least one tube is one of the gifts I give most often. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman based off of the New Yorker’s fantastic blog came out yesterday in the UK, and if you’re looking for the ultimate cookbook for your mother at any level, I cannot recommend this one enough. I’ve had my US edition since November when I went to her book signing in Beverly Hills and I’ve already made so many of the recipes; they’re all delicious, simple and the book is teaching me so many new skills; I made potato gnocchi out of it for the first time the other night!

My Mummy loves coffee chocolates, so one year I got her a nice big Cath Kidston mug and ordered coffee truffles to be freshly made from one of my favourite independent handmade chocolate shops in Canterbury (Madame Oiseau right by the Mint Yard Gate of the Cathedral for local readers) and filled the mug with them, all wrapped up in cellophane and tissue. Sometimes you don’t have to spend a lot on a flashy gift; it is the thought that counts! Also on this roundup that I have actually given her this year is the beautiful box of Spring Godiva chocolates, a bit of a departure from my usual Hotel Chocolat go to – the box is so lovely (and the chocolates are pretty awesome too) I’m pretty sure she’s actually kept it in her desk drawer.

I really must mention Biscuiteers when we are talking about any type of gift giving, not just for Mothers Day. How incredible are their delicately iced biscuits. I’d be head over heels if someone got me a box, and they have so many different themed collections so you can get one personal to your Mummy.

Finally, if you are based in London, or at least your mother is last Spring I had the privilage as a guest of Yardley London to attend an afternoon class in putting together a beautiful floral hatbox arrangement at the Jane Packer Flower School. Why not buy your mother something like a flower arranging class (I’d really recommend this one!) so she can learn something new?

What will you be treating your mother to this Mothers Day?