Mother’s Day Gifts – 7 Ideas
I’m sure I bought, or made my mum some ridiculously bad Mother’s Day gifts when I was a child. 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 little wildlings, my boys have yet to have free rein on what Mother’s Day Gifts they come up with!
And so 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 do mháthair / mhamaí, and all the other adults buying Mother’s Day gifts in mind, I curated this article: Mother’s Day Gifts – gifts your Mum might actually want! (Plus it’s just another way of showing support for some great Irish businesses).
Further Reading: 15 Fantastic Designers and Makers Based in Kildare, Ireland
But first this. A gorgeous poem called ‘Any Mother’ by Irish writer and poet Katharine Tynan.
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Seven Super Mother’s Day Gifts – 7 Ideas
Irish Made 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
- Five Irish Made Natural and Sustainable Products for Everyday Pampering
- 5 Fabulous Facial Oils – Irish and International Natural Skincare
- Irish Perfumer: Questions and Answers with Joanne of Jo Browne Perfume
- Beauty Fix – Yogandha Oils, Mind Body Therapy
- Irish Made & Natural – Four Fabulous Irish Candle Makers
For more Beauty Fixes click through to our Beauty Fixes here.
Beautiful Fresh Flowers or Plants
A gift of beautiful fresh flowers or indeed a oversized house plant never goes out of fashion for me.
The gifted bouquet pictured above were called ‘Parc Floral de Paris’. 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.
Support your local or national florist.
Irish Designed & Made Jewellery
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. Read more about it here.
For more ‘Mother’s Day Gift Ideas’ and Irish Design inspiration visit:
The Life of Stuff – Irish Design Q&A Series
For quirky and fun pieces try Sandia Dublin – Betzy Nina’s designs and creations will help brighten your day. For beautiful one of a kind handmade sustainable jewellery try ROTHLÚ by Frances McGonigle – so personal and lovely.
For clothing I love Stencilize, for their hoodies and sweatshirts – Aoife’s designs are funky and the quality is super, needless to say my collection is growing. Also give the Irish Socksciety a try – who doesn’t love Irish designed socks, and they’ve fab hats too! Plus they’re always highlighting really important causes and donating % of their sales too – so an Irish company worth supporting!
Afternoon Tea or Brunch
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!
Further Reading: Five of the Best Afternoon Tea in Dublin
For inspiration visit these articles. And remember, if you can’t be there in person you can always enjoy your Afternoon Tea experience at home! Always check in with your favourite hotels, restaurants and cafes for updates on their dining at home services.
Or maybe consider the mother in your life a lie-in! and treat them to brunch instead of breakfast … from Eggs Benedict to Smoked Salmon, brunch menus are usually the best of both the breakfast and lunch. She these guides for some inspiration:
- Breakfast or Brunch? 5 of THE BEST Brunch in Kildare
- Brunch at Brasserie Sixty6, South Great George’s St, Dublin 2
- Kai Cafe and Restaurant, 20 Sea Road, Galway
- Sunday Brunch at The Cellar Bar, The Merrion Hotel, Dublin 2
5. Beauty Treatment aka ‘A good ol’ Pamper’
Us mams, mums, moms and mammies 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.
If you are considering Dublin – I recommend Skinfull 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.
Locally I’m really looking forward to returning to Revive Garden Spa for: A Heavenly Afternoon Pamper at Revive Garden Spa Athy, Kildare.
For ‘Mother’s Day Gift Ideas’ from Hotel Spas visit our page: Hotels & Getaways – Irish & International
6. 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 ‘Mother’s Day Gift Ideas’ and inspiration check out:
- The Life of Stuff – Irish Art Q&A Series
- A Guide to Independent Irish-Based Art, Design & Interiors Shops
7. Music & Culture Tickets and Events
Tickets and passes to cultural and musical experiences are always the best gifts. Providing a way to share or create happy memories and potentially fulfilling a lifelong dream is priceless. From recordings or concerts of your mum’s favourite music act, band or singer, to a theatre production she’s always wanted to see. Think ahead, and outside the box – for events, if she can’t be there in person, perhaps she can be there virtually! Or maybe you’d like to give her something to look forward to.
Further Reading: The Ultimate Guide to Music Festivals in Ireland 2023
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