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Afternoon Tea on the Orient Express

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Orient ExpressThis is quite an expensive gift but I think it’s something that many Mums’ would really enjoy and a chance for you to score some brownie points. The Orient Express is offering afternoon tea on board their British Pullman for £165 per person. If you cannot afford to go with your Mum, why not try and see if one of her friend’s children can do the same for their Mum. Also, if you book online you can get a 10% discount.

The luxurious train consists of 11 carriages, each one decorated in a different design with its own name and history. Passengers will be escorted through the English countryside and just be able to enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon with a lovely cup of tea. The train leaves Victoria station at approximately 3.15pm and arrives back at 6pm giving your Mum enough time to feel completely relaxed.

If you want to go one step further, there is a Mother’s Day lunch on the Northern Belle for £190, this includes a five course meal with champagne and departs from Birmingham International. Both trips are available on Sunday 18th March.

Get Pampered in Style

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Celtic Manor SpaThis Mother’s Day you could take your Mum to get totally pampered at the Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales. You will be blown away by the five star luxury treatments and surroundings and there is entertainment for the whole family even if you have young children. You can book you and your Mum in for some spa treatments, send Dad off to the golf course and let the little ones be entertained in the Hideaway Club. Then all meet for lunch in one of the hotel’s fine restaurants.

The Mother’s Day spa package costs £160 per person and consists of a Moisture Dew Facial, manicure or pedicure, lunch in The Olive Tree restaurant, afternoon tea and cake, a complimentary gift and use of saunas, steam rooms, the spa bath and pools. This may be a pricey pressie but go on – treat your Mum and yourself!

You can book the Mother’s Day package on the Celtic Manor Website.

Best Mum Tatty Teddy

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

If you pop down to Clinton Cards you’ll find a Tatty Teddy for every occasion and Mother’s Day is no exception. There are several different Tatty Teddies to choose from all with cute messages on their bellies like ‘Best Mum’, ’Mummy’ and ‘We Love You Mum’.

The great thing about these bears is that they’re thoughtful gifts and not too expensive. The bear to the left is 6 inches tall (the smaller range) and costs £8.99. There are smaller, cheaper ones if you’re on a strict budget and also a huge 24 inch bear costing £50 if you really want to splash out.

Some of the bears can be found on the Clinton Cards Website but I would probably head down to your local store to see if there’s even more variety.

Adopt a Hen!

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

chicks_rt.jpgLooking for a quirky gift for your favorite mum on mother’s day? Well why not adopt a hen? If your mum fancies herself as Barbara from The Good Life but doesn’t have the time to pick potatoes and pluck chickens herself this could be the perfect gift.

Adopting a hen involves selecting the breed and age of hen you would like to adopt, and then the people at Adopt a Hen will go and buy this hen for you and house it within their sanctuary where hens can roam in woodland amongst 30-50 other hens, saving it from a life in a battery farm. Costs vary depending on the hen but the average is about £25 for a year. For this money you get an information pack, an invitation to come and visit the farm at anytime and access to the hen web cam, so you can see your happy hen clucking away!

Extra options such as adopting a pair of chicks for a one off £25 fee, who will be reared in safety joining the hen farm when they are old enough, are available. The best thing about the service is that providing you don’t live too far from the hen sanctuaries you can get a package which includes tasty free range eggs from your happy hens. Yummy!

Chocolat Fondue

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

chocfondue.jpgI love food that doesn’t just taste yummy but is fun to eat. The kind of thing I’m talking about is when you get to cook your own meats on a hot stone in front of you and the ‘design your own dessert’ trolleys that come round at the end of the meals at some restaurants. Fondue is a fun thing to eat but I’ve never really fancied the thought of dipping stuff into melting cheese. It’s just not very glamorous….chocolate on the other hand is perfect!

Chocolate fondue is about the most indulgent thing to eat that I can think of, especially when what you are dipping into it are cherries in kirsch and whole apricots soaked in Cointreau. The chocolate fondue kit from Hotel Chocolat includes just such delicious things and would be a perfect gift to spoil your mum with on mothers day. It costs £21 and includes free delivery if you don’t leave ordering it until the day before. Mind you I don’t think I could handle having it in my house for too long, so maybe i will buy it the day before!

Send your Mum an eCard

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Why not surprise your Mum when she opens her emails by sending a Mother’s Day eCard. There are many websites that offer this service free and you can add a personalised message at the bottom.

There are some great ecards at Blue Mountain; the one to the left is my personal favourite. Make sure you click on Mother’s Day UK on the left menu, in the US Mother’s Day isn’t until 13th May. Blue Mountain have eCards for all special occasions throughout the year.

ECards are animated or still images that are sent by email rather than by post and are becoming more and more popular each year. I think they get the message across better than a normal card and some of them are really funny animations so you can give the recipient a good old giggle.

On A Budget This Year?

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

I wouldn’t usually think of Tesco when deciding where to buy my Mother’s Day pressie but if you’re on a bit of a budget this year they have some pretty nice gifts at very low prices. This Ceramic Candle Set would look great in the front room or up in the bathroom – the ceramic plate and pebbles make the gift look far more expensive than it really is.

At only £7.97 you could wrap this up in expensive paper and pretend you bought it from a specialist candle store – for at least £10 per candle! She’ll never know! Or if you can afford to splash out a little more you could always send some flowers too?

Mother's Day Hamper

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

If you’ve got a little bit of spare cash saved up then why not treat your Mum to a really lovely Mother’s Day gift this year. I came across this hamper today and I think it would be very well received by most Mums’. The wicker hamper contains a 75cl bottle of Louis Dornier & Fils Champagne, a box of Belgian chocolates, a handmade linen photograph album, a honeysuckle scented candle and a box of bath grains.

All items are beautifully packaged in either a gift box or with a ribbon and the hamper is fastened by a leather strap so will last for a long time. The hamper is available from Gift Inspiration and is currently priced at £69.95 – not the cheapest Mother’s Day present but definitely one she wont forget.

'Thank You For Being My Mum' Ornament

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

This beautifully designed ornament will be something your mum can keep forever and will be a constant reminder of how appreciated she is. With the words ‘thank you for being my mum’ written on it, I think most mums would love to have this gift from a son or daughter, and what better time to give it than Mother’s Day!

At £22.95 it’s quite reasonably priced too so you could always get some flowers or choccies to go with it. Available from The Inspirations Store, it comes nicely presented in a box so you don’t even have to worry about wrapping it.

Fresh Flowers Bouquets from Next

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

I’ve just been over to the Next website where they have a brilliant selection of gifts and ideas for Mother’s Day. Among the ideas was this beautiful bunch of pink roses mixed with lilies and astilbe called ‘Pleasure’. The bouquet costs £28 or £33 for a larger version plus a £3.75 delivery charge. This particular bunch was my favourite but there are many others to choose from and the prices vary from £20 to £38. A free card with personalised message is also included.

Other gift ideas include a purple helium Mother’s Day balloon just £2.50, chocolates, cuddly toys, fragrances and a selection of wines and champagnes. Check out the Next Website for more information on how to order these special Mother’s Day gifts.