Last-minute ideas for Mother´s Day
If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for Mother´s Day on March 19, Falstaff has some suggestions for culinary presents and experiences.
Mother´s Day 2023 is just around the corner, and many people are terrified: they still don't have a present. Unfortunately, there’s not much time left to find something suitable before March 19, so Falstaff is here to help and has put together some ideas for last-minute gifts.
Delicious presentsScones, jam, cream and tea – what´s not to like about this combination? Dart Farm´s ‘Cream Tea Hamper’ (starting at £29) has everything daughters and sons need as a present. A Ryder’s Bakery scone topped with a dollop of Sutton Lucy clotted cream and Waterhouse Fayre strawberry jam alongside a freshly brewed cup of tea: give it as a present and wait for someone else to prepare it for mum and you – and who might that be?
To bake or not to bake – that´s a good question on Mother´s Day. Some may find it questionable to give flour rather than flowers, but at least for baking-mad mums, a box of Matthews Cotswold Flour is something very special. Contents include five types of flour and a branded tea towel. The new Gift of Flours Box costs £13.90 and can be bought from the producer. You could offer to make use of it yourself but we all know how this ends.
Drinks and moreDoes an apple a day keep the doctor away? If you think so, why not extend this to cider? The ‘Fabulous Fruits Hamper’ from Sandorf Orchards contains four bottles of craft Devon cider, each infused with natural ingredients to produce unique flavoured drinks. The hamper includes a bottle of Fanny’s Bramble, Berry Lane, Old Blossom and Cider Ginger, and also includes a Sandford Orchards branded glass and two scrumptious bars of Willie’s Cacao chocolate.
Or you can celebrate Mother’s Day with ‘Luscombe Damascene Rose Bubbly’, which combines Damascene Rose, Muscat grape juice and Sicilian lemons with sparkling Dartmoor spring water to create a Champagne alternative. It is perfect for family gatherings and can be enjoyed on its own in a flute and garnished with a single strawberry, but it can also be paired with a variety of canapés or light seafood dishes such as scallops and white fish. Need more arguments? Damascene Rose Bubbly contains no artificial additives, sweeteners or concentrates.
If your mother prefers something a little stronger you might consider a gift from Hattiers Rum. This producer´s blends consist of selected rums married with other rare and fine rums, mixes that never usually meet (as you occasionally find in gathering on Mother´s Day, to be honest). They can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, whether it’s a classic rum on the rocks or a more creative cocktail. You can find some recipes for rum cocktails here. Hattiers Rum is available at Waitrose, Harvey Nichols and at other dealers.
Hotels and moreMany hotels have specials for Mother´s Day. An example is Portmarnock Hotel, Dublin´s only coastal resort and original home of the Jameson Whiskey family. A four-course lunch in the 1780 restaurant will cost €50 per person; mums get a glass of Prosecco. The hotel has an exclusive Mother's Day lunch, perfect for some quality time with your mum. There are also savings on holidays taken until March 31, 2023 (ten per cent off the total price for two nights, 15 per cent for three to five nights, and 20 per cent off the total price for five or more nights). Stays include complimentary parking, Wi-Fi and a room upgrade (subject to availability).
At the St. Ermin´s Hotel, London, there is a ‘Mother's Day Vintage Afternoon Tea Dance’ with ‘40s girl group The Lily Belles and professional dancers leading the way on the dancefloor with a Lindyhop or Jive. The Afternoon Tea Dance will take place in the hotel´s Crystal Ballroom on Mother's Day weekend (March 18 and 19). Afternoon tea will be served with unlimited French sparkling wine. Price: £80pp.
Swan London has a Mother´s Day brunch on Sunday, March 19. The service in the restaurant from 10am includes an assortment of Champagne and cocktails to accompany the morning meal. If you haven’t the time this weekend you could give a voucher for future dining experiences, like the Swan’s afternoon tea experience.
If you don´t have the financial wherewithal to reward your mother with lunch, high tea or even a holiday, why not a book about the best wine trails ready for Mother´s Day? The new Lonely Planet Wine Trails guide reveals 52 weekend-long guided tours through the world's most exciting wine regions, perfect for Mums who love to travel and enjoy a glass of wine. Whether it’s tasting a chilled glass of Prosecco in Puglia, France's local wines in the Jura region, a sparkling English blend in the South Downs, or enjoying California's cutting-edge wine scene or wineries in lesser-known locations such as Lebanon and Georgia, this guide is celebrating wines from around the world (£19.99, hardback, available in book shops and via their website.