Springtime is approaching and as nature reminds us of the wonders of new life, we also take time to celebrate the life-giving love and nurture of mothers this month. Mother’s Day – on Sunday 22 March – serves as a special reminder to pause and show gratitude to all the amazing mums out there. Discover the perfect Mother’s Day gift to express your admiration with from our curated collection of items, all available within The Royal Exchange’s exceptional boutiques.
SUGAR, SPICE AND ALL THINGS NICE
These Spring Flowers Iced Biscuits from Fortnum & Mason are as pretty as a picture and look almost too good to eat. We suggest serving these warming gingerbread treats with a pot of Fortnum’s tea, and paired with an extra-long catch up. However, if you really want to push the boat out we’d highly recommend Fortnum’s Very Important Parent Package, which encompasses champagne and truffles, a tea tasting experience for two and a champagne afternoon tea for two with a bouquet of flowers awaiting your mother at the table.
The Very Important Parent Package, £225, Fortnum & Mason
LIFETIME OF WARMTH
Aspinal of London’s refined designs are made to last a lifetime and the Ombre ‘A’ Floral Silk Scarf is handcrafted in Italy – from soft, pure silk twill – to exacting standards. The versatile, square design features a beautiful vintage-inspired print of springtime flowers and butterflies, with the brand’s signature ‘A’ in the centre. Pictured in peppermint but available in five different colour options, this warm-hearted gift will make a vibrant and uplifting addition to any wardrobe.
Mandarin, mimosa and jasmine are blended with Indian sandalwood and musk to create The Favourite, a new perfume from Penhaligon’s. Each spray delivers a burst of bright and elegant floral notes, accompanied by a powdery whisper that lingers a little longer – just like an afternoon spent with her ‘favourite’ child.
CRAFTED WITH CARE
Renowned for its hand-painted enamelware, Halcyon Days’ artisanal craftsmanship has been handed down through generations. Attention to detail, patience and dedication are some of the key skills required to deliver the exquisite end results – not dissimilar to those required of a mother. The 2020 edition of the enamel Mother’s Day Box encapsulates true artistry with its beautiful floral design – a keepsake that will convey your love and appreciation for years to come.
Jo Malone London’s new limited-edition Lavenderland collection encompasses three colognes – pairing the iconic aroma of English lavender with coriander, silver birch and wisteria to showcase it in a versatile new light – and two home products that pair lavender with musk to enhance its relaxation qualities. The diffuser is perfect for imbuing the family home with an air of calm, while the pillow mist spray is a splendid remedy for sleepless nights.
Happiness is a result of a well looked after body, mind and spirit, making Bamford’s Rose Collection a luxurious pampering experience that every mother deserves. Made with pure ingredients including moroccan rose, camomile, ylang ylang and lemon, the range includes soap, hand and body wash, hand and body lotion, bath oil and body cream. Designed to restore and revitalise the body in harmony with its natural rhythms.
Established over two centuries ago, British fine jeweller Boodles is committed to achieving excellence in all facets of design, craftsmanship and service. Its new Luna collection is inspired by the moon, which reminds us of the infinity of motherly love. The Luna Pearl and Diamond Earrings feature Tahitian and freshwater pearls amid a diamond framework, reminiscent of a starry night sky. Since every mother is worthy of the very best, this is a gift that’s certain to convey the sentiment of everlasting love.
Compact, functional and stylish, Smythson’s Ludlow Concertina Crossbody Bag features an adjustable chain strap and plenty of storage space, making it a reliable companion day in and day out – just like Mum. Crafted from soft and smooth calf leather, choose from an array of colours or go with our favourite –the versatile ‘blush’.
Rococo’s rose and violet cream chocolates are made with the finest organic essential oils, enveloped in rich dark chocolate and finished with crystallised petals. Encased in an elegant, illustrated box, tied with a pretty lilac bow, each delicate treat will remind Mum to take a moment for herself.
This friendship bracelet from Tateossian’s new Wild Flower collection features a pastel-coloured, marquise-cut stone held in a barley-shaped setting – choose from the lilac tones of Rose de France Amethyst or the milky pale Blue Moon Quartz (pictured). A sliding toggle can be used to adjust the bracelet to the perfect fit, reminding Mum that she has a friend for life in you.
The gift of sight cannot be underestimated, and a gift voucher for a bespoke experience at Tom Davies Bespoke Opticians will let Mum improve her vision and update her look at the same time. This exciting experience includes an in-depth, state-of-the-art eye examination, a tailored design consultation and a pair of bespoke, handmade frames. This is a thoughtful gift that goes beyond the tangible.
Mulberry founder Roger Saul named the brand after the trees he would pass on his way to school each day, and his sister designed the brand’s iconic tree logo, representing a love of nature and the importance of family. Now approaching its 50th year, the Somerset-based brand has become synonymous with British luxury and craftsmanship, producing leather goods that combine traditional skills with contemporary design to stand the test of time.
A selection of treats from all-natural bakery Cutter & Squidge will never fail to delight. Its signature ‘biskies’ are a cross between a cake and a cookie sandwich with a variety of fillings to choose from including flavoured creams, handmade jams and salted caramel. Beautifully decorated – and with complimentary Mother’s Day gift-wrapping available from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 March – turn up with a box of these scrumptious bites and you’ll definitely be in the good books.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Objects with sentimental significance imbue a home with joy. Flowers may always need replenishing, but a beautiful vessel will serve its purpose time and time again, reminding its owner they are loved with every use. The sculptural design of this mouth-blown glass vase from Georg Jensen’s Duo collection looks almost as good empty as it does when it’s filled with blooms, and features a mirror-polished, stainless steel band that reflects back the flowers in the vase for an enhanced visual effect.
Discover all of the above and many more inspired Mother’s Day gifts at The Royal Exchange