Mum’s the word

The Royal Exchange has Mother's Day all wrapped up, with beautifully crafted gifts from an array of iconic brands

01 March, 2018

Mother’s Day comes around every spring, yet buying the perfect gift always feels like an impossible task. But don’t despair. If you’re in need of some serious shopping inspiration, The Royal Exchange has plenty of thoughtful ideas for presents she can cherish all year round.

The adage may go that a woman can never have too many pairs of shoes, but surely the same sentiment applies to scarves. Aspinal of London’s new Summer Field silk scarf will make a stylish addition to your mum’s wardrobe, no matter how many accessories she may already own. Ideal for all kinds of occasions and ensembles, the scarf is illustrated with nature-inspired motifs and made from the lightest of Italian silks.

Smythson, like Aspinal of London, is another great British heritage brand with plenty to offer in the way of luxury, handcrafted gifts. Ideal for fashion-conscious mums, the Grosvenor Continental Purse – which comes in Smythson’s new season shades of palm green and cold grey – is both stylish and eminently practical.

Cosmetics and fragrances are always a winner on Mother’s Day. If you’re not sure where to begin, or want to buy something a bit different, pay a visit to L’Occitane to peruse a range of beautiful, hand-picked gift sets filled with natural wonders. A welcome addition to any dressing table is the limited-edition Terre de Lumière fragrance – a refreshing honey, almond and lavender scent that comes in a retro-inspired glass bottle.

But let’s face it, there’s no gift that will be more well-received than making time for a cup of tea and a catch-up. If a tea break with Mum is long overdue, then treating her to some beautiful fine bone china will be the icing on the cake. Halcyon Days has collaborated with The Castle of Mey & Gardens Trust on the ultimate Mother’s Day tea set. Situated along Scotland’s rugged north coast, the Castle of Mey was a beloved holiday destination of the Queen Mother. Inspired by her favourite flowers from the castle grounds, Halcyon Days has created a limited-edition collection of teacups and saucers, handmade and painted right here in the UK. Good enough for royalty and (just about) good enough for Mum.

Pictured above L-R: Shell Garden Floral Thistle teacup and saucer, £55, Halcyon Days; Grosvenor Continental Purse in cold grey, £395, Smythson; The Summer Field silk scarf, £95, Aspinal of London; Limited Editon Design Terre de Lumière Eau de Parfum, £59 for 50ml, L’Occitane