MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME
Posted by Stella Lang on 15 Mar 2020
Mother’s Day is on Sunday, 22nd March this year and if you want to spoil the special motherly figure in your life, you’ve come to the right place for inspiration.
Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring the mother, or mother figure, of the family. The day also celebrates motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. For the sake of simplicity, when I refer to ‘mother’ or ‘mom’ in this article, it includes all of the above. Mother’s Day is celebrated across the world on various days, usually in the months of March and May. The UK celebrates this special day on the fourth Sunday of Lent. North America, Australia, Africa and many parts Europe celebrate on May 10th.
Being an African-born mother, we celebrate both—lucky me! Thankfully, my ideal gift is an experience rather than material things—a win-win situation for the entire family.
Whilst writing about my recent experience at the Epsom and Ewell Gin and Rum Evening, I stumbled across an interesting Mother’s Day-related fact. According to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), gin sales for the first quarter of the last two years peaked in March, suggesting it is a popular Mother’s Day gift.
It is not really that surprising considering the rise in alternative flavours of gin, including pink gin, marshmallow gin or shimmering gin. All being packaged in the most beautifully decorated bottles, of which Silent Pool leads the way (in my humble opinion).
It’s no surprise then that spirit makers expect to see more bottles sold in March 2020 than ever before. And, then there is the whole category of gin-related gifts and experiences to consider…
Whenever I get the opportunity, I choose to spoil that special person with an experience rather than a material gift. A memory; something they can keep forever. Research shows people “enjoy greater well-being from life experiences and consider them to be a better use of money compared to material things.”
Below are five of the most unique gift experiences you can spoil your mom with this Mother’s Day.
1. A Mother’s Day feast over fire beneath the trees
I have been checking out The Salt Box for months trying to find the right occasion for our family to enjoy one of their wonderful outdoor woodland experiences. Lo and behold, the email for their Mother’s Day Three-Course Woodland Lunch dropped into my inbox a few days ago, I promptly forwarded it onto my husband with a little note: ‘If you are looking for inspiration…’
At least I made his life easy, right? Let’s see how this one plays out…
The Salt Box describes themselves as sustainably-minded cooks dedicated to curating unique and unforgettable feasts over fire and cookery workshops in their woodland setting in South Nutfield, Surrey. Their upcoming events include Foraging Walks & Wild Cookery, Natural Art Workshops & Seasonal Feasts, Wildflower Workshop & Sweet Treats and Woodland Yoga & Seasonal Feasts. This is just a small taster of all the events they offer, so, if you are not able to make it to their Mother’s Day Lunch, there are plenty other great experiences you could treat mom to, including their regular Woodland Sunday Roast under the trees and Dine Between the Vines.
The Mother’s Day Lunch starts off with a glass of local sparkling wine, followed by a three-course feast, cooked over an open fire in their woodland kitchens. Ingredients are foraged, seasonal or wild and are locally sources from Surrey and Sussex farmers and producers.
If you fancy the sound of this, book fast as these tickets fly. For more information, visit their website.
2. Mother’s Day Jazz Lunch at Pennyhill Hotel and Spa
If your mom likes Jazz, or even live entertainment, this is an experience you will not want her to miss. During a recent stay at the Pennyhill Park Hotel our family had Sunday lunch in the Brasserie. It was not just a lunch, but a performance. Musicians were rotating around the room walking from table to table taking requests for live musical entertainment. It was a wonderful experience so I can only imagine how special this Mother’s Day Jazz Lunch would be. A three-course buffet lunch is served alongside the musical entertainment.
3. Afternoon Tea with a Gin-twist
Silent Pool is hosting G&Tea parties between April and September at their distillery nested in Surrey Hills.
If your mother loves a gin and afternoon tea, this is a perfect experience showing her just how much you appreciate her.
The experience will start with a guided tour of the distillery. You will learn about the history of gin, Silent Pool and the botanicals they use to create their unique flavours after which you will enjoy a tasting of their favourite seasonal spirits. This will be followed by a classic English Afternoon Tea complete with fingers sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, tea and the all-important G&T in a complimentary Copa glass. Even though this experience is only available from April to September, why not treat your mother for her birthday or another special occasion? To book, visit their website.
4. You truly can treat your mom to a Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Is your mother a fan of jewellery or Audrey Hepburn? Then why not treat her to ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’? The American jeweller opened their first European Blue Box Café in Harrods, London in February 2020.
Alongside breakfast, they also serve lunch, dinner and afternoon tea.
The jewellery box-style space mirrors the Blue Box Cafe within the Fifth Avenue boutique in New York and is located on the lower ground floor in Harrods. The Blue Box Café is decorated a glossy palette of duck egg ‘Tiffany’ blue with dishes being served on signature Tiffany & Co. crockery, which is available to buy in-store.
It will be open for a limited time only so if you think your mom will love this experience, don’t delay. They open their bookings on a weekly basis on a Friday morning, through which you may book for the upcoming Friday to Thursday.
To book, visit their website.
5. A Mother’s Day Family Photo Session in Her Favourite Park
When my daughter turned two our entire family went to Mauritius on holiday. It was also the year my parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary and my sister turned 40. For special occasions you need special memories. We hired a location photographer who took the most amazing photos which all of us have framed in our houses. Such a lovely memory.
Mother’s Day is the ideal time to be photographed with your loved ones. Choose a location that bears special meaning to your mother and hire a photographer to capture these memories. Box Hill, Nonsuch Park, Epsom Common, Richmond Park or even your own back garden is just a few of the locations you could consider. To see a list of local photographers, visit the Epsom and Ewell Families Directory. We had a Christmas photo shoot with Karen from Little Pip Photography and I can highly recommend her.
Image: Little Pip Photography
And, given it is Leap Year with an extra day in February, I’ll throw in three additional ideas. Just because I can.
Denbies Wine Estate is putting on a spectacular variety of Mother’s Day activities from brunch to lunch and, from afternoon tea to dinner. If your mother enjoys a good wine, she will enjoy the Mother’s Day Brunch and Vineyard Tour. Brunch is served in the panoramic third floor Gallery Restaurant followed by the outdoor vineyard tour which comes with a glass of sparkling wine.
For more information on how to book, visit their website.
Mothers go free at Godstone Farm for the entire weekend of 21st and 22nd March. Spend quality time as a family visiting the many animals, enjoy the play areas and treat mom to something special to eat. Grandma is welcome too as it is a free mom for every paying child. There is personalised pottery painting*; an ideal activity for children and gift for mom.
Visit their website for more information.
* Pottery painting costs £2 and is subject to availability, tickets must be purchased on the day of your visit.
Does your mom like some relaxation and natural healing? A Reiki session might just be the gift for her. Earlier in the year I experienced my first Reiki treatment with Bobbie. I have drawn huge health and mental benefits from these treatments and am now regularly attending a session to keep myself balanced and grounded. If you are interested, you might find my review helpful.
Hoping all the mothers a wonderful and special Mother’s Day.