When I was younger I would have got really upset at receiving something for the house as a present, but now it thrills me to get something that I want! I also have found that the older I have got the more expensive my tastes have become! The Mad House’s guide to great gifts for Mums, but it really is Great Gifts I would Want to Receive, so I hope you are reading boys!
Great gift ideas for Mums
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I got a pair of these fabulous Bedroom Athletics Slipper Sandal Mules for Christmas last year and I have worn them all year and LOVE them. They are comfortable and half the price of some “similar” ones. A perfect gift.
There is no M&S magnolia range in this gift guide, oh no! For me, anything from Aromatherapy Associates is a HUGE hit. They are luxurious but also last. I am also a big fan of Liz Earle and swear by her Cleanse and Polish. We are a paraben-free household as much as we can be, so I would be really happy with any hair product from Aveda especially their scalp brush as I have had their paddle brush for 10 years! I love L’Occitane, particularly their fragrances.
This personalised locket from Loxlox London is the perfect gift and guess what? You don’t have to faff around and find photos and get them cut to fit. You can simply upload the images and adjust them and when the locket gets to you with the engraving you requested it will also have the images inside.
I have a Long Hot Water Bottle by YuYu and love it and this Body Bottle by them is Long Hot Water Bottle, with a wearable strap! Dimensions: L75xW15cm and the strap extend to 120cm to hold it against your body. It is great value at under £25 (UK Link/US Link).
I have never been a fan of traditional beauty boxes, partly as they seemed like a mish-mash of products that I would never use and partly due to not have anyone to share them with. But I think I have been converted by Cohorted, a beauty box that is actually curated and a little more grown-up. The products all work together with each other and are full sizes.
This year we started using Altruist Suncare after we couldn’t get our normal brand (my eldest has eczema) and it has been fantastic. It is really reasonably priced and over the last month, both he and I have been testing their Moisturising Fluid which at £6 is amazing value. I have also been using their Anti-Redness SPF 50 and I rave about it!
We are getting a new sofa next year and even though I am a quilter and I sew, there is something really magical about new cushions that I haven’t made. Luxe39 make amazing velvet cushions in over 100 stunning colour options in single or double colours. They are made from British velvet and are exquisitely made and amazing value for the work that goes into them. I can’t wait for our new cuddle chair to arrive to pop on our Mustand and Navy Blue Cushion. Now I just need to see if I can persuade Helen to share where the velvet is from as I so want to make a velvet quilt for the sofa.
This year has changed so many things and salon trips for waxing have been few and far between which is why this Sensilight Pro with RPL™ Technology For Permanent Hair Reduction is in my wish list. I am going to be reviewing this for you – I haven’t used it for long enough to tell you if it works long term, but the thought of not having to shave fills me with joy (I am as pale as a vampire with black hair, so have to shave a lot). I am not going to pretend that this isn’t an investment, but it is one that will pay for itself. But I have heard really great things about this model and it is rechargeable and also has a glide function for larger areas.
I featured these clogs from Lotta from Stockholm on my Teen Girl Gift Guide, but I pinched them for myself! It is one of the things that break the generation barrier and I love them, but also they are perfect for my teen nieces who told me they would wear them with turn-up jeans and glitter socks or see-through socks.
Jigsaws have really made a step into the modern era and with lockdown have become a favourite way of passing the time without a screen. Cloudberries jigsaw puzzles are beautiful and the gradients ones especially caught my eye.
Our Remedy is a rescue remedy that teams CBD with peppermint and clary sage, which gives this wellness elixir a wonderful and refreshing taste but it may also soothe menstrual symptoms such as period pain, mood swings, hormone imbalance, anxiety and sleep disruptions.
I read so much about it is being beneficial for the perimenopause and the menopause. It is also supposed to aim insmnoa and balance moods, which I really do suffer from when it is so dark early. I recently have been a little under the weather and Our Remedy has been a massive help.
Little Ant’s bouquets are the ideal ethical gift option for the environmentally conscious: lasting longer than fresh arrangements and using seasonal flowers which are carefully sourced and selected to have the least impact on the planet. Plus, they can be sent in a letterbox sized parcel, ideal for sending a special treat to those you can’t spend time with over the festive period.
I love giving the gift of experience and Jennie Maizels Sketchbook Club is affordable, achievable and excellent. I love this British Food module. Jennie proves that anyone can draw, you could add this to some drawing tools making the perfect gift for a creative mum.
No way back when I would have been pretty peeved to receive something for the kitchen as a gift, but now they make my heart sing. On my list this year are Joseph Joseph 6 Piece Nest Storage, yes Tupperware, but it stacks and it beautiful and functional (UK Link/US Link)! I would also love to receive Joseph Joseph Tri Scale, scales that fold up and I can store away (UK Link/US Link).
My Sage Tea Maker broke earlier in the year and I miss it. It would be the perfect gift for any tea lover (UK Link/US Link). Other items I used on a weekly basis and would be devastated if they broke include my Philips Airfryer (UK Link/US Link) or my Tefal OptiGrill (UK Link/US Link)both have been in my kitchen for well over a year. All are integral items in my kitchen used every week and always on the surfaces rather than in the cupboards.
One of the things that helped get me through the first lockdown and working from home was greenery. Yep, plants. Bringing the outside in is a brilliant way to improve any work from home environment. I am big fan of string of heart plants. I have two and they have thrived this year – super easy to look after and inexpensive. This one from Hey Ho & Co is £9.
Nothing beats the warming glow of candles and these beautiful candle holders from Lillian Daph are stunning.
Food and drink
What can I say, I am a tea monster and would love a Tea Tasters subscription from either Twinings or Teapigs and Post Tea have a great selection of teas and I have been delighted with the tea advent calendar that MadDad bought me. And whilst I am talking about Food you have to order buy something from Bettys its the Christmas Law, like speciality Yorkshire Fat Rascals which are my husbands favourite and I like the Family of Rascals so you get to try every flavour including the new gooey rascals.
I adore stationery and this list would be really long, so the highlights for me would be anything from Bread and Jam (I adore their notebooks), a gift voucher for Papermash so I can buy this beautiful Rifle Paper Co Tray, ink and pens from Bureau Direct.
This 3 part brass desk set from Made.com is made of beautiful brass and it is really practical too as it comes with a phone holder – perfect for video calls and it is in stylish brass too and a snip at £19.00, so this is certainly on my wish list.
I love jewellery that is meaningful. I wear a watch every day and also a pair of diamond earrings that MadDad bought me before the children came along. I also have a Links of London Sweetie Bracelet and have a few charms that each mean something special.
I have a Tree of Life personalised necklace from Merci Maman and it is beautiful. It is six years old and as beautiful as the day I got it. This year I would love a silver infinity bracelet as 2020 was my silver wedding anniversary.
Now for something a little different, but one that is a great way to save the planet and give a gift too. The Savemoeycutcarbon.com Club is a minimal monthly fee or annual membership, which you more than recover in your welcome box (worth £39.95) and membership and then it sends you ways to reduce your carbon footprint and save money each month.
As a mum, I love this £20 charity gift card to care for mums and babies from Oxfam Unwrapped.
Our Other 2020 Gift Guides Include:
- Gifts people working from Home will really love
- Great Kids books for Advent and Christmas
- A Candle Lovers Gift Guide
- Ultimate Teen Boy Gift Guide
- Fabulous Ethical and Plastic Free Gifts for Teens
- Great Gifts for teen girls
- Perfect Gifts for Grandparents