Our mothers have been with us from the very beginning, wiping away tears and patiently listening to exaggerated stories of goal glory and despair – but in spite of this we all too often take them for granted.
This is why Mothering Sunday – March 30, 2014 – is the perfect day to celebrate their magnificence and everything (from giving birth to washing our socks) they have done for us over the years.
Here are six brilliant gift ideas that will show that once in a lifetime woman just how much she means to you…
Tea and cakes
Sometimes the best way to say ‘I love you’ is by having a natter over a pot of tea and a plate of cakes and Cupcakery is the perfect place for this. Light and airy, this little shop looks over College Green outside the Minster.
A pot of tea and cakes for two is £7.90, coffee and cakes £8.70. If you and your mum can’t be together, the post-able cup cakes in a jar cost £2.50 individually and £6 with postage and packing. Find lovely Crumbs Cupcakery on College Street.
With plenty of Mother’s Day goodies to choose from, including bespoke personalised signs (£19.99) and “I love you Mum” hearts (£4.50-£5.99) and mugs (£6.99), Blossom and Walker let you say it how it is.
They also offer gift cards for any mum who deserves to treat herself from their interesting and distinctive collection of furnishings that help make any house a home. You’ll find this lovely shop at the corner of Lord Mayor’s Walk near Monk Bar.
For a fragrant way to show how much you care, a Mother’s Day gift basket from Mooch is ideal (£9.99). It includes a slice of soap with Mum embedded in the bar, a loofa sponge, a bath bomb and an elegant soap dish.
This new, family run business offers a range of bathroom smellies and gifts all produced in York. For the smaller budget it is also possible to purchase just the Mum soap bar for a discounted price of £2.99. Mooch is on Shambles.
Vom Fass offers a range oils and vinegars to spirits and liquors there is something for everyone. From a Amaretto Disaronno served up in a comet bottle for £14 to a glass stiletto filled with blood orange and vodka at £23.50, there’s a tipple to tickle her fancy. Find Vom Fass on Low Petergate.
Here’s an excellent way for young families to spend time together and come away with a memento that lasts forever. With an extensive array of vibrant paints and a range of ceramics Rainbows Studio is a fun way to get creative and personalise any kitchen with your individual designs.
Ceramics start at £6 and there is a studio fee of £4 which covers an unlimited supply of paint colours, use of all materials, firing in their kiln, and staff help. Find them on Bootham.
For a tasty and completely original Mother’s Day gift head to The York Sausage Shop to personalise a pie.
Whether yours is a pork pie kind of mum or if she prefers a bacon, ham and leek delight there is a handmade delicacy for her.
Order your unique pie 48 hours in advance to make sure your mum gets to sink her teeth into magnificent comestible made and given with love. Keep your messages to ten letters or fewer to ensure clarity. Prices start at £9, and the shop is on Shambles.