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Shopping for your mum is a thing that largely only happens a couple of times a year (Mother’s Day, their birthday, Christmas or another big faith-based event), but often the experience can be tricky because it needs to hit the mark every time. After all, who wants to knowingly disappoint their own mother?
If she’s got a thing for lotions and potions, a lavish beauty gift might be just the ticket to present-giving success (not to mention secure your status as favourite child).
Whether she’s got a cabinet dedicated to fragrances, is famed for her lippie obsession, or loves nothing more than trying the latest anti-ageing miracle product, we’ve rounded up the best options for mums and mother-figures in your life.
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La Mer The Luminous Renewal Oil Collection
What better gift than the mother of all skincare brands? This gift set includes La Mer’s bestsellers: think The Renewal Oil, The Eye Concentrate and the Crème de la Mer Moisturising Cream, giving a boost to her skincare arsenal.
Buy now £205.00, Harvey Nichols
Christian Louboutin Loubiworld Miniature fragrance gift set
If the way to your mum’s heart is through a brand new fragrance, this beautiful set from Christian Louboutin will hit the mark. The box, in the label’s signature red, contains the full Loubiworld fragrance portfolio.
Seven miniature scents sit waiting to be discovered, all finished with ornate caps that render each bottle a masterpiece. Each measures 9ml, the perfect size to stash in a handbag or for travel.
Buy now £225.00, Harrods
Forest Essentials Soundarya Gift Box
Drawing from ancient Ayurveda, Forest Essentials brings age-old beauty rituals to a modern audience in ultra-chic Indian-style packaging. There is a wealth of products available to bring out the best in hair and skin, but for gifting, we’re loving the Soundarya set.
It offers five of the brand’s hero products: think a rich body oil to leave skin with the feel of silk, body milk, a 24kt gold infused face serum, radiance-boosting face cream and a silk soap. And, with packaging this pretty, all you’ll need is some ribbon for extra ceremony.
Buy now £180.00, Lookfantastic
Jo Malone London Bitter Mandarin Cologne
A Spring 2022 release for the coveted fragrance house, Jo Malone London’s Bitter Mandarin cologne is part of the brand’s Sardinian Summer collection, which also includes the solar floral fragrance, Sea Daffodil.
Bitter Mandarin is inspired by a warm Mediterranean evening at aperitivo hour, instantly transporting her to warmer, sunnier climes.
Buy now £76.00, John Lewis
Jimmy Choo I Want Choo
The latest Jimmy Choo fragrance comes in a blush pink bottle with the luxury label’s new brand in gold with a matching top, a look that will sit pride of place on her dresser. I Want Choo is made for lovers of sweet, oriental fragrances, playful yet glamorous all at once. Sound like anyone you know?
Buy now £45.00, The Perfume Shop
Dolce & Gabbana Exclusive Dolce Roses Face and Lip Set
Radiant smiles are all but guaranteed with the gift of D&G Beauty’s face and lips gift set, themed on the quintessential flower of love, the rose. The uplifting tones will add a rosy glow to your mum’s complexion, and wrapped in limited edition packaging, they’re pieces she’ll want to display on her dressing table for years to come.
Buy now £75.00, Lookfantastic
Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Bath & Shower Oil Collection
If pushed, most mums will say the only thing they want is five minutes peace and quiet - especially if they’ve got school-age kids running riot around the house. This special trunk of bath oils from Aromatherapy Associates represents more than five minutes of ‘me time’ and promises to give bathtimes a five-star upgrade, every time.
Buy now £67.00, Liberty of London
Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Home Scented Candle, 200g
Jo Malone’s best selling candle fragrance is Pomegranate Noir, and with good reason. It’s rich, velvety yet delightfully fresh, adding warmth to any room. Known for it’s iconic cream and black gift wrapping, anything from this London fragrance house is sure to delight your mum, but a great candle really hits the mark.
Buy now £50.00, John Lewis
Kenzo Kokeshi Doll
Fragrance fans will go wild for the immensely collectable Kenzo Kokeshi Doll, a beautifully detailed wooden design encasing a 50ml EDP from the brand’s Flower collection. The bold fragrance is ideal for spring; fresh and floral with a white musk and vanilla dry down.
Buy now £67.00, The Fragrance Shop
Liberty Sweet Mother of Mine Beauty Kit
Whether she has a favourite brand or is always on the lookout for new labels to add to her bathroom cabinet, Liberty’s bundle of beauty goodness offers a wave of freshness in the form of skincare and fragrance. All the cult favourites are here, from Byredo to Sarah Chapman, Dr Barbara Sturm and Omorovicza, plus plenty more besides.
Buy now £65.00, Liberty of London
Revive Collagen Enhanced Plus Premium Liquid Marine Collagen Drink 28 Sachets
We all know real beauty starts from within, but that doesn't mean you can't give it a step up. Skin loses collagen as we age, making the complexion appear tired and lacklustre. Help restore your mum's natural vitality with a little help from Revive Collagen's liquid sachets, supercharged with vitamins B6, B12 and C & D, as well as Hydrolysed Marine Collagen (collected from ethically farmed fish skin) and retinol.
Simply add one orange-flavour 22ml packet to a glass of water or juice (or have it straight from the sachet) to help rebuild and restore collagen levels every day. It’s that easy to get brighter, bouncier, firmer skin.
Buy now £39.99, Feel Unique
Nursem Mother’s Day Gift Set
Lockdown may be over but the pandemic is still trickling on, which means our frontline heroes need all the help they can get. Buy beauty presents from Nursem and the company will donate more product to nurses and midwives through its giving initiative, helping healing hands do what they do best. This gift set is perfect for encouraging mum to indulge in a little #selflove.
Buy now £30.00, Nursem
Estee Lauder Limited-Edition Gold Advanced Night Repair, 50ml
Housed in a beautiful bottle, Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair may just be the show-stopping present you have been searching for. The hero product is a must for mature skin; simply smooth a few drops onto the face and neck before bed for glowing, younger-looking skin.
Buy now £48.00, Lookfantastic
RoC Multi Correxion Hydrate + Plump Moisturiser SPF30 50ml
She's been your rock since you were tiny, now's your chance to repay the favour. And with what better skincare label than RoC? The brand has all sorts to help her feel and look her best.
Any one thing from the RoC Hydrate + Plump Range is a winner frankly, but we particularly love the results from the RoC® Multi Correxion Hydrate + Plump Moisturiser which comes with built-in protecting SPF30. Use every day and watch her blossom before your very eyes.
Buy now £35.99, FeelUnique
Sundry Ice Globes
For the mum who is forever on the hunt for a way to minimise the bags under her eyes, why not treat her to new beauty kit from Sundry Skincare? These glass ice globes are perfect for improving skin’s circulation, soothing redness and puffiness.
To use, simply pop one globe in the freezer for half an hour before rolling it over the fragile under-eye skin to feel the reviving benefits of cryotherapy. That’ll restore her twinkly sparkle.
Buy now £36.00, Sundry Skincare
RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Day Cream
Make your mum look even lovelier by adding some luxe skincare to her beauty kit. ReVive’s latest day cream has built-in SPF 30 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection along with antioxidants, minerals, marine adaptogens and vitamins C and E to help rejuvenate the skin. In a four week clinical study the cream was said to have 100 per cent improvement in fine lines and wrinkles - now, that’s a figure you can’t argue with. Her complexion will look radiant and firmer with skin silky soft to the touch.
Buy now £155.00, RéVive
Irene Forte Skincare Hibiscus Night Cream Age-Defying with Myoxinol 50ml
Outstanding results in customer trials has made this cream a must-have for beauty-mad mums everywhere. In just ten days, you can expect younger, bouncier, healthy-looking skin as well as a reduction in lines and wrinkles. Keep using it for four weeks and expect to see head-turning results.
Buy now £139.00, Net-a-Porter