The best Mother’s Day gifts from your local indies
Forgo the bunch of tulips this year for something a bit more chic, from luxe homeware to chichi accessories, here's a curated selection from our Oxon and Bucks Indie Store sellers
Our homes are begging for an injection of colour this spring and nothing speaks to the season more than this daffodil yellow/orange Luxor Blanket from Haddenham’s Norsk. The perfect accessory for all that outdoor socialising she’ll be doing in the coming weeks.
Bags of love
What better way to celebrate the end of lockdown hibernation than with a fabulous new bag to show off? This Saddle Bag from Nephele should do nicely. Designed in Bucks and made by skilled artisans, paid a fair wage, in India, every bag is totally unique and handmade from beautiful pieces of leather off-cuts. It’s just the right size for a phone, wallet and lippy.
Would she buy this herself? Probably not. Which is why it makes a superb gift – who wouldn’t want to float round the house wearing this baby? Made by Oxon designer Alice Acerman Silks, the pretty floral design is hand painted before being digitised and printed onto delicate silk.
Bubbles of joy
Booze is always a winner (like mother, like daughter). Spoil her with some bubbly love in the form of Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Rose, a Burgundy fizz with a smidgen of strawberry and raspberry – fruity pop for grown-ups. Available from Haddenham’s Beerginvino.
A hug in the post
If you can’t give her a hug, why not send her one, with one of these cute little candles from the Bucks-based By Jane Studio. Each soy hand poured candle is hand crafted by Jane herself. They’re love in a tin.
bring the outside in
What better gift for a cooped-up Mum than 100 acres of British countryside captured in a single bottle? With notes of juicy grapefruit, sweet magnolia and lemon myrtle this Invigorating Bath & Body Oil from Oxfordshire-based 100 Acres is just the ticket for some well-warned pampering time.
21 Jun is within touching distance, meaning the whole family can finally get together around one table. If your Mum loves to play host, this beautiful coffee table cookbook is the ideal gift with sharing recipes and stories from 40 cooks and tastemakers who love to entertain.
Hands up who isn’t in need of some radiance right now? This Face Mask for Glowing Radiance has ‘me-time’ written all over it. She can shut the door on the rest of her bubble and chill in the good stuff – rose, argan and minerals. All of the products from the Woodstock based Ila are hand-blended in their barn using Ayurvedic techniques. Bliss.
Say it with stripes
Not a fan of the usual smellies, flowers and chocolates? Go graphic with this striking duffle bag from Haddenham’s Norsk that’s both stylish and functional.
Toast your bubbles
These vintage-style Champagne coupes are a little bit special and fabulously affordable at £6 each so you can decide whether to buy her one or two, for when you can toast to new beginnings together. They’re from Oxon-based Found in the Barn, but we reckon these would be more at home on a glamorous roof terrace.
All dressed up
Forget fresh flowers – this boho floral maxi dress, with floaty sleeves, will last much longer and add a splash of colour to her spring wardrobe (plus you can borrow it). Find it just over the border at Glos boutique Sue Parkinson.
Inspired by lockdown window rainbows, 20% of proceeds from this playful typography print from Bucks-based Little Peach Portraits are donated to NHS Charities Together. A cool gift for her wall, with added feel-good factor.
Let the Mother’s Day fun be gin
If your Mum is a G&T woman, she’ll want to try this elixir, distilled in Oxfordshire using Blenheim Palace natural spring water. Sky Wave comes in all manner of flavours but we fancy the Signature London Dry & Raspberry and Rhubarb Gin which covers all bases, whether she’s in the mood for a classic or something with a summery twist.
You’re all heart
If you’re looking for something a little bit unusual for your Mum, the vintage goodies and quirky gifts from Oxon/Bucks-based Qwinkydink should fit the bill. We love this cute White Ceramic Pot with Heart, perfect for some bright spring blooms, favourite wooden spoons or a pencil pot for the creative types. Either way, she’ll love it.
When in doubt – buy her a cushion! This one from Nettlebed’s Found in the Barn is 100% cotton and features a super-cool striking spot print to add interest to her space.
Great for globetrotters
Can’t get to Rome? Then send Rome to her. If your Mum is an avid city breaker who’s desperate for a weekend away, then a Holiday in a Box will keep her wanderlust in check until she can hop on a plane again. The Rome box includes Italian olive oil, amaretti biscuits, a citrus candle to evoke that lemon grove scent, bitesize language lesson, music playlist and a city guide so she can plan that weekend break IRL.
Pleased as punch
If your Mum has a bulging booze cabinet and an established spirits palate (hey, who doesn’t love working their way through the cocktail menu?) she might want to try something new. Rockfall Spiced Rum is smooth enough to be drunk neat, as well as yummy slugged into cocktails, so it’s a great tipple, whatever Mum’s mood.
Scent with love
Fill her favourite room with the scent of rose and geranium with this candle from Bucks-based Iris Organics. It’s love – and pure love at that – with no toxic or synthetic nasties, just essential oils and soy wax.
For more unusual and memorable gifts and goodies have a gander at our fabulous Indie Store