It is usual to say it with flowers on Mothering Sunday, but most mothers will love a thoughtfully chosen edible gift and of course are bound to share it with you. Helen Best-Shaw’s guide will appeal to everyone and to all budgets from pocket money upwards.

Chocolates

Chocolate plaque, personalised with your own hand iced message, other personalised items are available.  From Thorntons, £5

Pretty pink Lindor Strawberries & Cream white chocolate truffles from major supermarkets 200g RRP £4.89.

The new gourmet hot chocolate flake range from Whittard includes white & dark, vanilla caramel and both 66% and 77% dark chocolates, £12, 350g

Marshmallows are right on trend at the moment and if your mother does not like chocolate, this selection box from Yumbles might be the ticket. It contains 4 packs of gourmet marshmallows including raspberry & salted caramel flavours, £25, 4x100g

This handmade chocolate cocoa pod filled with Chococo truffles and butterflies is almost too attractive to eat. Some of the flavours included are raspberry, vanilla & cardamom. From Chococo £17.50/350g

 

Drinks

A pretty bottle of premium Rosé champagne from Billecart-Salmon, pairs perfectly with salmon or red fruit based pudding.  Berry Bros. & Rudd, Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, Selfridges or online at champagnedirect.co.uk, £60

Jokes about Mother’s Ruin aside, there is a vast selection of excellent premium gin. Gin Mare is a Mediterranean gin distilled with olives, thyme, rosemary and basil, summer sunshine is a glass.  From Waitrose, Ocado & online spirits retailers £38.35.  There are more gin ideas in our Gin Lover’s Gift Guide.  

The Vintage Milestones service from Waitrose cellar where the top wines from each vintage from the last 12 years are highlighted, makes it easy to choose bottles from certain years to remember anniversaries, births or special occasions.  A perfect present from a Dad to a special Mum. Mixed cases of 6 from £59. 

A good bottle of dessert wine is a luscious, sticky and indulgent tread. Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc balances sweetness with citrus and fresh melon. Perfect for after Mothering Sunday lunch. From Waitrose Cellar & Majestic, £12.99, 37.5ml

 

Other

With antioxidant packed matcha this gift set from Lalania contains everything including a matcha bowl and whisk that your mum needs to make a relaxing cup of tea. £75

Bright and fun perfect day tea towel from a range at Gone Crabbing, just make sure you offer to wash and dry. £7.50

This hen on a nest is perfect for egg storage in a country themed kitchen. Various designs from Adventino £49.95

If your Mum does not have a sweet tooth Maille mustard have a collection of summer themed mustard including Rhubarb, Strawberry & White Wine, and Aubergine & Rosemary. Presented in an attractive gift box. £25 (3x100ml) La Maison Maille, Piccadilly Arcade London, and maille.com

Delicious looking but certainly not edible patisserie themed bath melts from Beauty Naturals are a bit of fun for a Mum who wants to be pampered. £14 for a box of 6.

Elizabeth David’s classic cook books can be read like fiction, the Folio Society has a beautiful edition of Italian Food, that taught the British public in the 1950’s there was so much more to Italian food than spaghetti. £39.95

 

Experiences & Days Out

One of the most precious gifts a grown up child can give their mother is time, doing something fun together, or learning a new skill together can be hugely fun and rewarding.

Virgin Gifts offer a fun visit to the top of the Shard followed by a bus tour on a vintage Routemaster bus which has been converted to a tea room.  A fun and different way to get two perspectives on London, £149.

Edinburgh New Town Cookery School runs a wide range of classes with something to appeal to everyone.  Choose from bread making, chocolate, patisserie and all manner of world cuisines such as Thai, French or Japanese.  Between £45 - £155 per person.

In London you can brush up your skills at the world famous Leith’s.  Day courses include knife skills, French Bistro, Macaron making or days with celebrity chefs such as Valentine Warner. £110 - £185 per person.  

 

Helen Best-Shaw, is a freelance food & recipe writer and blogger at Fuss Free Flavours.

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