Posted by Devenia Besant on 28 Feb 2024

I recently came across a blog we published a few years ago titled “What Mums Really Want for Mother’s Day” this blog was put together with quotes from local mums, a few that stood out and made me giggle were:

“My friends and I spoke about this over coffee and we said we’d like to be booked into a hotel, ALONE, to sleep. Haha!”
– Kalli

“I’d really like the toilet flushed please! “
– Emily

“To not spend it with the mother in law”
– Anonymous (for good reason!!!!)

Anyway upon discovering this blog I decided to put together a guide of gifts / treats ideas, places to go for Mother’s Day (not necessarily on the day), some low cost, some a bit more extravagant, some from personal experience, some I’d like for myself (ha ha!) and some from some of the the small businesses on the Epsom and Ewell Families directory….something you can subtly share with your husbands, partners and children!

45 (maybe more maybe less!!!) gifts ideas in no particular order apart from low cost / practical first, are:

A card or gift handmade by the kids
A lie in
Breakfast in bed
A WHOLE day alone
The house cleaned (properly!!!!)
Dinner cooked (with everything cleaned and tidied away after)
A family walk at one of our many local parks / green spaces

Handmade Gifts

I recently attended the Maker’s Market at The Horton and picked up some lovely treats from local crafters including:

Creative Carole

A pocket hug from Creative Carole, super cute, will definitely raise a smile.  Carole has an array of colourful items that will brighten up anyone’s day.

Mamas Bees Wax

Honey & Salt Scrub Bar from Mamas Bees Wax, Helen also has many other Honey related items suitable for gifts.

Lanre Retro

I also purchased lovely cards from Lanre Retro the cards are made 100% from recycling materials and are embedded with 6 types of wildflower seeds so can be planted at any point, what a lovely idea ❤

Personalised Key Ring from Ember Design

I recently purchased personalised key rings from Ember Designs for friends alongside a positive quote card, they went down a treat and they were super affordable and an easy service to use.  Visit the Ember Design website here.

Gifts from Styled Right

For the breakfast in bed of course.  The breakfast in bed set can be ordered online here you can also order many other lovely gifts on the site including clothes, jewellery, candles and more.

Gifts from ReStory

A business set up by local ladies Alexis and Jill, shop online for beautiful pieces from their collection including clothing, jewellery and accessories or book in a personal styling session.  Visit the website here.

Flowers by BBL Design

Who doesn’t like flowers? Simply pop in the shop in Ewell Village or order over the phone (02083936322) or visit the website and order online –

Events by Banqueting Records

I recently saw Paloma Faith at Pryzm in Kingston, these tickets were just £12, it’s just a short showcase but we had a super time, find out about upcoming events on the website here.  Before the concert we had early dinner at Mojen a lovely Turkish restaurant near the river, this was on a Friday afternoon around 4pm, not sure if this is the norm but they were still serving their lunch menu which was just £14.95 for 2 courses and absolutely delicious

Candle Light Concerts – London

I’ve recently come across these London events and will definitely be booking tickets if I don’t receive tickets as a pressie (hint hint) upcoming shows include classical tributes by candle light to Coldplay, ABBA, Adele and Beyonce more info here.

I also came across a more local candle light concert experience with concerts in Reigate and Guildford, find more info on the website here.

Swan Lake at The Royal Opera House

Classical ballet’s most powerful tale of love, treachery and forgiveness. Find out more about this famous show here.

Cirque du Soleil at The Royal Albert Hall

On the website it say’s “Cirque du Soleil has constantly sought to invoke imagination, provoke senses and evoke emotions. Discover the highly creative and artistic shows.”

I recently went to see this and we had the most amazing time, I’m not really a “theatre” person as I can’t keep still and I like to talk – I stayed fully engaged throughout, this experience is suitable for all the family my 7 year old niece absolutely loved it. More info here.

Spa Days

The ultimate treat, peace tranquility and pampering what more could you ask for?  I’ve not been before but have only heard amazing things about Nirvana Spa, you’ve only got to look at the video on their website to know you are in for a relaxing time, visit the website here.

Spa’s I have been to and can definitely recommend are:
Pennyhill Park
South Lodge
Beauty Cocktail Spa this one is super and just 30/40 minutes drive away, you can hire this Spa exclusively with friends, you can bring your own fizz and the food they put on is home grown, home made and absolutely delicious.
Alexander House & Utopia Spa

Quirky Hotel

If you don’t want a spa break but fancy a night away The Crazy Bear Group have quirky hotels, great restaurants and if you do fancy a pamper they do offer Thai massage.

The website say’s:

“enchanting space boasts flourishing gardens, a blend of eclectic designs, acclaimed dining experiences, and innovative facilities. Nestled within working farmlands and the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside, each element harmoniously contributes to our one-of-a-kind personality.”

I’ve stayed at the Beaconsfield one, it was many years ago the room was AMAZING and the food in their Thai restaurant was just the same. Visit the website for more info.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

This is an absolute treat for breakfast, the all-butter croissant comes with a choice of eggs Florentine, Cornish crab muffins, Faroe-Islands smoked salmon, as well as other mouthwatering options. If you would rather an afternoon visit then you can go for their Tiffany Tea featuring cute finger sandwiches (with a luxury twist), freshly baked scones and a beautiful selection of patisseries.

I was treated to this as a birthday gift a few years ago and had the most amazing time, table bookings are released on the 2nd of the month and get snapped up quicky find out more on the website here.

Cobham Coppa Club

This place is pretty outside and pretty inside and you can go for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner more info here.

The Ivy

I’ve visited Cobham, Guildford and St Pauls for special occasions and the ambience and food has been lovely, find out more and other restaurants over on Kalli’s fine dining blog here.

Private Chef Experience

For a real treat, you could experience fine dining at home with a private chef.  Local Chef Renu B can help you to plan your perfect, bespoke dine-in experience. Using her expert culinary knowledge and her curiosity about flavours, Renu creates the most incredible personal food experiences – both in taste and atmosphere.  Find out more about Renu and her offerings over on her website here.

Family Photoshoot

Book a family photoshoot and capture beautiful memories, check out local photographers Magda Bright Photography or Little Pip Photography.  I often look at photos of the children from over the years and I’m so pleased that this is something we invested in, precious moments to treasure forever.

image: Little Pip Photography

Hairdressing Vouchers

I would never say no to a voucher for the hairdressers (hint hint!!!) this is such a practical gift and one that would definitely be appreciated by all I’m sure.  Local hair salons listed on the directory include:

Mulberry & Thyme
Hair by Allie
Campbell & Co Hair
Rush Reigate
Hairdressing by Bella

Gym Membership


Check out VFit located in the heart of Ewell Village, VFit is a small friendly gym that offers state-of-the-art Technogym equipment on the gym floor, PT sessions and an array of classes including pilates, yoga, body pump and more, there’s something for everyone. More info on their website here.

CrossFit Epsom

Cross Fit Epsom AKA Ascension Training mission is to empower you to take control of your own health and fitness, while having fun along the way. Their aim is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to improve your physical and mental wellbeing.  More info on the website here.

Henius Gym Kit

Sustainable wear for the gym made from recycled materials, a great sustainable gift.  Receive 20% off your first order by signing up to the newsletter via their website, view the full collection of leggings and tops here.

Theatre Tickets
Check out what’s on at our local theatre the Epsom Playhouse –

Get Creative @ The Horton, Epsom

Have a look at what’s coming up that may bring you joy –

Wellbeing Events @ Bodhi Eden

Saturday 9th March, 12 – 4.30pm Be. Well. an afternoon of Holistic Health and Healing, expect mini treatments, wellness talks, massage, reflexology, reiki, sound healing, card reading, nutrition, kids corner, handmade goods are more.  This event is FREE to attend with mini treatments just £5.

Sunday 10th March, an evening of moon musings, journalling to dream and manifest your desires before relaxing into a deeply meditative state whilst healing frequencies and vibrations wash over you.  For more information on both events visit the website here.

Mother’s Day Events @ Epsom Social 

Epsom Social are putting on some lovely events, on Saturday 9th March @ 2pm they are running a Poem Workshop and on Sunday 10th March @ 3pm you can attend their Paper Flower Workshop after either event stay on for a bite to eat or a cocktail.  Find out more info on the website.

Afternoon Tea @ The Ginistry Mothers Day Event

This event is on Saturday 9th March 2pm – 4pm and is an afternoon filled with delectable food from All Thing’s Nice, tantalizing gin, and soul-stirring music from the incredible Sax Player Jermaine Jones, a lovely day to spend with your mum, daughter or friends!

Current special offer means you can savour our Afternoon Tea Menu featuring Peach & Rose Gin Fizz, savoury sandwiches, and lovely sweet treats for just £25pp offer ends Sunday 3rd March!🌹 book tickets here.

Afternoon Tea @ the Well House Inn

Enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea with mum for Mother’s Day Saturday, 9th March 1pm or 4pm.  Call or message to book: 01737 830640/

Afternoon Tea @ The Mayfield Lavender

Enjoy a delicious sharing stand for 2 with a glass of Prosecco on Sunday 10th March between 11:30pm and 4pm.  Delicious food includes: Assorted finger sandwiches; Sausage Rolls & Mini Quiche; Warm Lavender Scones with Cornish Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam; Assorted Macarons, chocolate brownies and mini cakes.  Plus your choice of Mayfield’s Signature Lavender Tea or Coffee and a complementary gift.

This is such a pretty venue, one that everyone should experience, plenty of lovely items to be purchased in the gift shop too! Pre-book Afternoon Tea here.

Afternoon Tea @ The Olive Tree (Ashtead Park Garden Centre)

Devour dainty finger sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream and a selection of sweet treats on Sunday 10th March, sittings at 12.00, 1.30pm & 2.30pm and booking is essential.  There is an option to upgrade your booking to include Prosecco or Gin.   Included is a gift of daffodils for every mum. £24.95 per person, £10 deposit per head.  To book, call 01372 271188

Afternoon Tea Box from All Things Nice

All Things Nice are offering a Mother’s Day special afternoon teas £19 for 1 and £35 for 2, tasty treats to enjoy at home. Collection will be Sunday morning (Mother’s Day).  Booking can be made by calling 0203 754 3873 or pop in to cafe or email

Mother’s Day Lunch @ Derby Arms

This Mother’s Day celebrate with The Derby Arms’ limited-edition three-course Mother’s Day menu on Sunday, 10th March. Enjoy a glass of Freixenet Prosecco D.O.C, bringing flavours of lemon, green apple and zesty grapefruit to the occasion! Check out the full menu here, I’ve got my eye on the trio of roasts.

This Little Yogini – Yoga & Breakfast

Another super event at the beautiful, light and bright Mayfield Lavender Glasshouse on Saturday 23rd March 8 – 10.30am, a morning of yoga. Gentle stretching to awaken your body as well as a moment of peace, relaxation and mindfulness. Followed by a wholesome breakfast spread.

This is set to be a morning of wellbeing and self-care.  Included is:

  • A Relaxing Yoga Class
  • Breakfast: Deep Filled Floured Baps – Bacon Bap, Sausage Bap, Avocado & Tomato Bap (v)
  • Unlimited Hot Drinks

Bookings can be made here.

This Little Yogini – Self Care Afternoon

If the above date doesn’t work for you Kalli is also running at Self Care afternoon on Sunday 21st April which promises to be a tranquil afternoon retreat to rejuvenate your body and mind.  Experience yoga, breath work, mindfulness and a sound bath.  Bookings can be made here.

Pancakes & Waffles @ Mandalina

This small friendly oasis is open on Sundays enjoy Sweet and Savoury Crepes and Waffles, Smoothies and Milkshakes and with all of the family.

Murad Facial – By Tegan & Co

Experience a Murad Express Peel facial Only £35 instead of £50 on Saturday 9th March! With a FREE skin scan at local salon by Tegan & Co.  This treatment has maximum results with minimum down time! It includes a deep cleanse with Murad’s AHA BHA exfoliator to remove excess oils and dirt and brighten the skin. Followed by Murad’s glycolic peel to resurface, hydrate and rejuvenate your skin.  A soothing cream mask is then applied followed by a serum and moisturiser!

The Murad skin scanner will take a photo of your face which will then analyse the surface and subsurface of your skin. Visually showing the effects of sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, pores and blemishes, inflammation and redness.  The team will discuss with you recommended treatments and home care products to help combat any of these skin concerns.  Message to make a booking here and read Juliet’s recent review here.

Events @ Craft My Day

Sip and Paint Evening

Craft My Day are hosting a Sip and Paint Evening on Friday 15th March 7 – 9pm, a chance to paint with a drink in hand a fab event to go to with friends, mum, daughter or on your own.  This event is for all skill-levels (so yes, even if you’ve never touched a paint-brush before) and you will be helped to create your own canvas, step-by-step.  This is event is all about the fun and joy of art, PLUS – all the materials and light refreshments are included (plus two glasses of bubbly!).  A lovely chance to unwind and get creative! Bookings can be made here.

Mummy & Me Painting 

Join in on Sunday 24th March 10am – 2pm, for the lovely mummy and child painting event.  There will be a design to follow (but they are also happy for you to go rogue and create your own design). Perfect for all the family to let loose and have some creative fun! All materials and light refreshments included.  Bookings can be made here.

Card Reading – Complementary Therapies with Christine

Card readings can help inspire you to see and breathe new life into what seems like an old routine. This could be exposing your blocks and barriers or prompting you to dive into something fresh and exciting, card reading can bust down those walls and help you see the many paths available to you.  Find out more on Christine’s website about a 121 session or a party booking here.

The card above is from a reading I had and it reminded me about the great people I have around me.

Reflexology – Balance & Wellness

A great special treat and offer – treatments of reflexology 4 the price of 3. A great gift as reflexology can promote better sleeping patterns, relieves the effects of stress, encourages the body to heal, boosts circulation and calms the nervous system.  Balance and Wellness Reflexology are based in Ewell village.  Read Kat’s recent review here.

Light Therapy @ Lisa’s

Suitable for all skin types, the Beauty Angel ELT equipment stimulates the skin to naturally build collagen and elastin for a significant reduction in the major signs of visible ageing.  With this treatment skin cells regenerate up to 150-200% faster and there is an improved supply of oxygen to the skin. After only one session, the Beauty Angel ELT promotes a radiant complexion. Skin looks brighter, refreshed and with a youthful glow. Enjoy the calming and tranquil experience from the therapy, as you relax in the pleasant, mood enhancing light.

Take me there now!!! Find out more information about this treatment here.

Whatever you choose (or are gifted) to do this Mother’s Day whether it’s a simple lie in and peace and quiet or a trip out either on the day or for a date ahead have a super time, you deserve it!

Dee xx

Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

Join Our Mailing List