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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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.
I have never made it any secret that I have insomnia and that it has evolved over the years I have been a Mum. I have what we call Mumdar (a bit like radar but for any noise my children make), so not only do I find it a challenge to get to sleep but also stay asleep if I hear them. I have tried all sorts of earplugs but nothing has totally worked for me, until now. I was sent these QuietOn 3.1 Sleep Earbuds. I was intrigued and actually thought they sounded a little too good to be true, something of an expensive gimmick. I have had them for over a week now and I am a convert. It took a little while to get used to them (I have very small ear canals) but once I did there is no going back.
They are an investment, but one I would be happy to make as nothing is better than sleep. My boys are teenagers now and I go to bed before them and often was awoken by one of them shouting when on their video games. That hasn’t happened once since I have been wearing Quieton Sleep Earbuds. I had also been waking at dawn and the dawn chorus was preventing me from going back to sleep. All I need do is pop them back in (as I seem to take them out when I am asleep) and the birds a silenced.
Some of my favourite gifts over the last few years have been LEGO Botanicals. I think that I actually have most of them! I mean what isn’t to love about them, you get to have fun building them and then all the beauty of everlasting plants and flowers. In fact my boys just got me the daffodils for Mother’s Day.
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.
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 having 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.
100% silk scrunchies are not just for curly girls but perfect for all hair types and they smooth the cuticle and protect the hair (UK Link/US Link). I would love these for myself!
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.
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.
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So many to choose from but the Duchess necklace is wonderful and naturally i’d have both my babies names on it. (and maybe my little dog Rascal’s name on the back, as we’ve just had him put to sleep) . I know that’s a bit depressing but he was with me before i had any family of my own so he was always very special to me. x
So many to choose from but the Duchess necklace is wonderful and naturally i’d have both my babies names on it. (and maybe my little dog Rascal’s name on the back, as we’ve just had him put to sleep) . I know that’s a bit depressing but he was with me before i had any family of my own so he was always very special to me.
I like the motto necklace, it would be a great way to be reminded of an important message through the day and give your mood a boost whenever you had a look at it.
And I love functional kitchen gifts too!
I like the tree of life necklace that is on offer, I would have my children’s names engraved on it.
I love the Women’s Personalised Gold Plated Tree of Life Necklace and would have the names of my six children engraved on it! Thank you x
I love the Tree of Life Necklace and would have my childrens name and D.O.B on it
Has to be the tree of life necklace, would love this with my son’s name and my husband and me too xx
I have set my hopes on getting a Duchess necklace for a while now. I would have my 3 children’s names on it.
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Women’s Personalised Sterling Silver Constellation Necklace would be the one i pick and i would have my name my husband name and my daughters name put on there x
I’d choose the silver tree of life necklace, it is gorgeous. Engraved with ‘Finn, Angus, Islay and Katie’
I’ve been dropping heavy hints for a similar personalised necklace in silver, not holding my breath though!
That necklace is lovely. My OH has a bracelet from the same place and it’s great – plus it has dates of birth on the back so he won’t forget them!
Women’s Personalised Sterling Silver Locket Necklace
Now there’s just no excuses to be getting it wrong is there – some fantastic ideas.
Your Comments i love the Mother’s Personalised Stork Necklace it is so cute
The tree of life for my Mum with mine, my brother and my sisters names on 🙂
I would get the Women’s Personalised Gold Plated Eternity Trio Necklace and have my kids names on it
love the Duchess Necklace, i would have my son’s names on it 🙂
I love the personalised liberty bracelet, and I would have this personalised with my childrens names and dates of birth 🙂
http://www.mercimamanboutique.com/cart/for-him/mens-personalised-embroidered-lanyard this would be perfect for my partner he could wear it to work every day and the message would be we love you dad !! 😉
The Tree of Life necklace is so pretty! I would have my mum and sister’s names on it xx
Some fab ideas there! I love nice smellies as I rarely treat myself to anything posh, but books is my real wish at Christmas!
I like the duchess necklace with my kids names!
I totally admit I am a sucker for jewellery – always happy with that as a present 🙂 x
I’ve actually been looking at the nest storage this week. It’s so bright and cheerful for the kitchen.
Lots of fab things i like the tree of life x
I love the silver tree of life necklace. I’d have our names put on it (mine, hubby’s and our 2 boys)
Mother’s Personalised Gold Plated Family Necklace so i could have everyone on it
I would love the tree of life necklace with my children’s names on it. I’m not a huge jewellery fan but I love this. If I got kitchen stuff for Xmas I would wrap it around my husband’s head!
I love tree of life necklace
I would love the eternity bracelet with our wedding date engraved.
I really like the sound of a pamper parcel!
I love the pendant and would give it to my mum with my name and that of my brothers and sister on it x
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fab ideas – the necklace is beautiful x
Tree of Life Necklace – I’d actually love to personalise this for a lady I work with who sadly lost her husband earlier this year. I’d put both their names on with their three daughters
A Philips air fryer would be my ideal gift. I also love Merci Maman jewellery
I would really like a Tea Tasters Subscription. I think it would be a lovely gift to receive.
The Tree of Life necklace is beautiful ad would be lovely with the inscription “It’s been lovely to know you”.
the tree of life is my fav, I would have it for my Wife with all the families names on it
I love the Duchess necklace as it’s a little bit different. I have an intertwined necklace from Merci Maman with my daughters’, my husband’s and my name on it, I love it and wear it all the time. I would have the same names 🙂
I actually love the Tree of Life and I’d have mine and my daughter’s names engraved.
I do like Women’s Personalised Gold Plated Eternity Trio Necklace – I’d have my three children’s names
I think the Tree of Life Necklace is my favourite on the site. I would love it with mine, hubby’s and our children’s names on it.
I love all the collection especially the kitchen and foodie stuff.
Women’s Personalised Sterling Silver Family Key Ring with my 4 childrens names and love forever in the middle
I love the Personalised Sterling Silver Dove Charm Bracelet
with my childrens names around it.
I love all their products and the tree of life necklace os stunning :0)
Is it sad that i just had a little cry when i saw that beautiful necklace?! Without a doubt it would be the family tree necklace, its is beautifully unique and what a precious treasure to pass down in the family in years to come. I would have Maria, Dean, Ronan engraved into it…all of our names xxx
I love the Tree of Life necklace. I would make a beautiful gift for my step daughter with the names of her 3 little ones on it
I love the tree of life necklace that is on offer, I would have my children’s names engraved on it and my partner’s name … that would be really special ^_^
I like the tree of life necklace. My partner and I are trying for a baby so I would have both our names engraved but with space left over so as my family grows I can add additional names. The necklace would be symbolic of our growing family.
This is a fabulous prize.
I would chose the infinity bracelet & would have my partners name on it.
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I love the tree of life necklace. My family mean everything to me.
I love the tree of life necklace- I would love my children’s names and date of births on.
I love the silver constellations keyring and would personalise it with my children’s names
My fav is the tree of life necklace, I’d have my children’s names engraved on it.
I love the Personalised Initial Rings. I’d love them engraved with family name initials.
I love the BIRTHDAY Personalised Intertwined Necklace and would have My Boo Bear Forever written on the large side with Katie on the small side
tree of life necklace with my mum and son on it
Yeah the tree of life for me too its beaut ,3 .. id get my daughter name 🙂
Love this necklace:
I’d love the Mother’s Personalised Sterling Silver Intertwined Necklace with my two kids’ names and DOBs on it 🙂
Your Commentslove the idea of these type of necklaces
The eternity trio necklace with my son’s details on it.
I love the gold plated liberty bracelet and I would have a family quote on it! x
Duchess necklace with my name on it
I would want the Women’s Personalised Gold Plated Tree of Life Necklace as I have a Tree of Life Wall Hanging. I would want the names of my five grandchildren on it.
Women’s Personalised Gold Plated Tree of Life Necklace – I would put my partners names , my name and the puppy names on.
A Duchess necklace, with my daughter’s name on it.
The tree of life is beautiful and I’d love my and my partners names on it.
I like the Personalised Sterling Silver GPS Coordinate Open Disc Bracelet and I’d personalise it with the place where we met
I love anything Aromatherapy Associates too. The necklace is gorgeous.