Mother’s Day

I’m sure I bought, or made my mum some ridiculously bad Mother’s Day gifts when I was younger. And I’m sure she held them dear, and cherished them – well at least until I wasn’t looking. As a mother myself now, to two preschoolers, I’m looking forward to those years, when my boys have free rein on what Mother’s Day Gift Ideas they come up with!

The Life of Stuff - Mother's Day Gift Ideas - gifts your Mum might actually want!

But for now Daddy is the boss when it comes to Mother’s Day gift ideas. Basically because he’s the one with the scissors when it comes to making homemade cards. And the one with the moolah when it comes to choosing a gift. And so with him, and all the other adults buying Mother’s Day gifts in mind, I created this post. Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – gifts your Mum might actually want! (Plus it’s just another way of showing support for some great Irish businesses)

But first this. A gorgeous poem called ‘Any Mother’ by Irish writer and poet Katherine Tynan.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas - gifts your Mum might actually want! - Any Mother by Katherine Tynan

Seven Super Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

1. Irish Made Beauty Products

Mother's Day Gift Ideas - gifts your Mum might actually want! - Irish Beauty Products

Made in Ireland with natural ingredients and no nasties, that make your skin feel and smell great. What’s not to love!

Check out these articles for some fabulous Irish brands: Trish’s Honey Products and Five Irish Made Natural and Sustainable Products for Everyday Pampering. And for more Beauty Fixes click through to our Beauty Fixes here.

2. Beautiful Fresh Flowers

Mother's Day Gift Ideas - gifts your Mum might actually want! - Bloom Magic

A gift of beautiful fresh flowers or indeed a oversized house plant never goes out of fashion for me.

The gifted deluxe bouquet pictured above were Bloom Magic’s ‘Parc Floral de Paris Hatbox’. They were absolutely gorgeous, and lasted weeks. In fact as they began to wither I dismantled the bouquet – keeping the carnations in one vase and roses in another – spreading their cheer throughout our home. I also dried the fresh smelling eucalyptus that came in the bouquet and displayed them in their own little bouquet.

3. Irish Designed & Made Jewellery

Irish Jewellery Design: Gemma O'Leary and Inner Island

Okay, I know what you’re thinking! Beauty products, flowers, and jewellery – a little bit of a Mother’s Day cliché perhaps? NOT AT ALL. Not when it’s done right! And when it comes to right, Gemma’s designs at Inner Island are just perfect. Check out one of my favourite Irish Jewellery Brands to own here: Inner Island. And one which I admire and covet: Edge Only.

Or why not get your Mum a jewellery making course! Then she can make her own masterpieces! I went to one of Fiona Fewer’s classes in the The Rathgar Bookshop in Dublin and loved every minute. And nowadays the mastermind behind Dink Design runs the course from her specially designed home studio. Check her out here:

Learn to MAKE YOUR OWN Jewellery with Dink Design

4. Afternoon Tea

Win Luxury Afternoon Tea for Two at The Fitzwilliam Hotel in Dublin


Fancy sandwiches with their crusts cut off, sweet delights, scones with clotted cream and jam. Washed down with copious amounts of tea, coffee or booze. There’s a reason Afternoon Tea is a thing. Personally I love it. And I’m always happy to partake, locally, nationally or internationally! But for inspiration’s sake here are some of Dublin’s best:

Five of the Best Afternoon Tea in Dublin

5. Beauty Treatment aka ‘A good ol’ Pamper’

The Life of Stuff - Win a 75 Minute Deluxe Manicure worth €65 at Skinfull Affairs, Dublin

Us mums work hard, always. So a pamper that has been paid for us will never go out of style. If you’re not sure what type of pamper the mum in your life would like, or even be confident with, then opt for a hand treatment. A good package will include a massage, nail treatment, file and polish. Ask around for tips on where to go but if you are considering Dublin – I recommend Skinful Affairs on Exchequer St in Dublin 2. This place is all about “Conscientious Cosmetics and Treatments” and you can check them out here:

My New Favourite Beauty Spot – Skinfull Affairs, 34 Exchequer St, Dublin 2

6. Live Music Tickets

Mother's Day Gift Ideas - gifts your Mum might actually want! - Irish Music - Live Music

THERE IS NOTHING LIKE WITNESSING LIVE MUSIC, especially if it’s your favourite singer, musician, band or group. Or perhaps theatre is your thing. And food – well who doesn’t love a good food experience?

My top picks for this years music, arts, culture and food festivals are published here:

The Ultimate Guide to:

7. Irish Art & Design

Mother's Day Gift Ideas - gifts your Mum might actually want! - Irish Art & Design

Ireland is extremely rich in the amount of artistic talent its people are gifted with. A gift from an Irish Artist or Designer, really is a gift that keeps on giving. Your mum will be delighted with a unique Irish made piece of art or design. You’ll be happy in the knowledge that you’re supporting a worthy business. And the artist or designer you purchase from will be able to continue creating those pieces of happiness that we all need to survive in life. For inspiration check out:

A Guide to Independent Irish-Based Art, Design & Interiors Shops


The Life of Stuff - Mother's Day Gift Ideas - gifts your Mum might actually want!

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