Bubble bath, flowers, chocolates, afternoon tea? Really? Meh.
If your Mum is more AbFab than Radio Four and more Dirty Martinis than a nice cup of tea, here's our pick of cool Mother's Day gifts. We just might have her perfect pressie.
1. The Ultimate Burger & Lobster Box
If you've got the kind of Mum who'd rather have surf & turf than afternoon tea, then there's really only one option - and there's no need to worry about booking a restaurant, this beauty gets delivered straight to her door. The luxurious kit for two includes a starter of whole Nova Scotian Lobster with garlic butter sauce, followed by B&L’s famous combo starring a juicy 8oz Nebraskan Beef Burger and signature Lobster Roll, plus a generous portion of fries. Round things off with a Pots & Co salted caramel and chocolate ganache and two espresso martinis from MOTH Drinks.
RRP: Boxes are available for nationwide delivery, priced at £85.00 for two with free delivery*.
*Cut off for delivery on Wednesday, 23rd March at 1pm with orders delivered on Saturday 26th March.
2. Personalised Gin
Award-winning gin from the youngest Master Distiller in the UK, available in Rhubarb & Orange, Classic Dry and, our favourite, Oriental Spiced. Order before 27th March and you can add a free personalised label. What will yours say?
3. Clutch Lunchbox & Cutlery Set
Just because you care about the planet doesn't mean you can't be fashionable. Treat your cool eco-warrior mum to this super stylish lunchbox and cutlery set (also available in blue and dusty pink) made from ocean-bound plastic - plastic waste recovered from beaches and coastlines that would otherwise be transported to our oceans. Not only does this prevent pollution, it also minimises the need for virgin plastic in the production process, so it's a double win.
4. Cranes Liqueur Gift Set
Looking for something for a Mum who's just that bit out of the ordinary? This gift set includes some unusual liqueurs which are perfect for adding to a glass of prosecco, creating cocktails - or just enjoying neat. The flavours include: Cranberry & Blood Orange, Lemon & Lychee and Raspberry & Passion Fruit - plus the gift box
RRP: £25.00 - Enter the code CHATTINGFOOD10 at checkout for an exclusive discount!
5. Cocktail Gummies
If your Mum has a sweet tooth, forget the box of violet creams and get her something she'll really like. Individually wrapped cocktail gummies with 5% abv, perfect for a train picnic or little pick-me-up. Mixed like a drink, the five flavours include; Passionfruit Mojito, Berry Daiquiri, Cosmopolitan, Mandarin Spritz and Tequila Sunrise. Just don't expect her to share them.
6. WSET Wine Course
Give your restaurant-going Mum the gift of actually understanding a wine list or label with a WSET wine course. Starting at Level 1, they can be studied in person or online and will open her eyes to the world of wine.
RRP: From £140.00
7. Zerowater Filter Jug
Is your foodie Mum into the current fermenting craze? Fermentation guides, like the latest book by food writer Mark Diacono, recommend using filtered water for best results as the chlorine in tap water can inhibit fermentation. (Oh, and filtered water also makes a noticeable difference to tea & coffee and beautifully clear ice cubes.)
Zerowater reduces 99.6% of all total dissolved solids that are found in your drinking water, including 97% of lead, 96% of mercury and 95% of chlorine. The 12-Cup Zerowater comes with a free TDS Reader (Total Dissolved Solids). Tap water in some areas of the UK reads over 300; when filtered with this, it will drop to, you guessed it, zero.
8. Lum Reek 10-year-old Cask Strength Whisky
Not a pink prosecco kind of person? This Batch 1 Blended Malt Scotch Whisky is peaty, smoky and delicious, just right for the Mum whose character is that little bit more complex.
Crafted from a combination of the finest Speyside and Islay Single Malts, including aged GlenAllachie, Batch 1 of the Lum Reek 10-year-old is matured in premium Spanish sherry casks, wine barriques and virgin oak casks at The GlenAllachie Distillery. As time passes, the flavours marry and extract additional characteristics from the wood, creating a deliciously sweet yet subtly smoky flavour profile.
9. Women in Food Hamper
This year, to celebrate International Women’s Day, the team at Macknade have created a hamper that showcases a handful of the hard-working, passionate women who create fabulous produce - but we love it as a Mother's Day gift for a feminist Mum. Contents include:
Quinta da Mariposa, Dão Branco Wine - led by oenologist Lúcia Freitas
Choc Affair, Dark Chocolate - founded by Linda Barrie
Brindisa, Salted Marcona Almonds - from Founder & Owner, Monika Linton
Goupie, Ginger Vegan Chocolates - founded by Janet Simpson, with all recipes developed by her mother
Teastones Peace Mother Tea - led by Owner & Tea Connoisseur, Sev Michaels
Fudge Kitchen Rocksalt Peanut Brittle - led by Managing Director, Sian Holt
Benchmark Brewery, Pale Ale - from female Brewer, Amelia
Kent Crisps, Oyster & Vinegar - from Owner, Laura Bounds MBE
10. Pink Marmalade Gin
Does your mum change her mind like Beyonce changes outfits? Then gift her a bottle of this Pink Marmalade Gin; a dry, zesty, 100% natural, colour-changing, premium gin, together with 5 cans of Fever Tree 'Refreshingly Light' tonic..
When mixed with tonic, the gin majestically turns from a cool blue to a subtle pink thanks to the inclusion of Butterfly Pea flower that makes this possible via entirely natural methods.
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