10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas That Are Better Than Flowers

Stuck for what to buy your mum for Mother’s day this year? If she’s a tough one to buy for, how about treating her to a special day out? From afternoon tea in the city to pampering days in the country, here are some fantastic ways to make her feel appreciated this Mother’s Day.

A quintessential afternoon tea experience

Harrods is an iconic London institution and its Georgian Restaurant has been satisfying customers since 1913. Recently refurbished, the decor combines the elegance of 1920s and 30s fine dining with modern elements. Your mum will be treated like royalty from the moment she enters with this exceptional afternoon tea for two. She will be met by staff and seated at an impeccable table before being served a luxurious version of the quintessentially British treat. The delicious food will be accompanied by unlimited loose-leaf tea of her choice, taken from Harrods’ extensive menu including the finest teas from around the world; each blend on offer has been specially selected by Harrods’ tea experts.

Book tea for two at Harrods’ Georgian restaurant now. 

Appreciate some English wines

This unique and fascinating tour takes you all the way through the wine making process to the most important part – the tasting. Mum and her guest will begin in the vineyard, where they will see the seeds being planted and learn how they “train” the vines and harvest the perfectly ripe grapes. The expert guide will then take them to the winery. Here she will be navigated through the wine-making method, watching the grapes come in and seeing how the fermentation process works before the finished product is bottled for sale. Then comes the very special experience of sampling the vineyard’s wines right there on site, before she is treated to a delicious lunch or indulgent afternoon tea to soak it all up. Available at five locations across England, this tour is a wonderful opportunity to discover the beauty and elegance of English wines.

Book a vineyard tour and tasting here. 

Take a cruise on the Thames

There’s no better way to take in the sights of the capital than by taking a pleasure cruise down the Thames. Away from the bustling crowds and traffic, you’ll sip on sparkling wine and be served some wonderful canapés to accompany your trip, whilst enjoying the atmosphere of live pop, rock, swing, and funk music. As London’s workforce rushes home, you’ll be gliding gently past some of the Big Smoke’s most famous landmarks, such as Big Ben, The London Eye, Tate Modern, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe and The Cutty Sark – a perfect way to end the day!

Book an evening Thames cruise now. 

Escape to a luxury spa

Let mum take some time out for a luxurious and relaxing overnight stay at one of the exceptional Champneys spa resorts. Have her senses brought to life as her mind and body are given space and time to relax and detox from the busyness of everyday life. A buffet-style lunch and an a la carte three-course dinner are provided on the first day, as well as a full breakfast on day two, allowing her to fully switch off and focus on enjoying herself – she deserves it! All spa facilities will be available to her, including swimming pool, sauna, steam room, fitness suite and more, leaving her to while away the hours at her chosen location, each of which also boasts a picturesque setting within unique grounds that can you explore.

Check in for an overnight stay at a Champneys spa.

Treat her like a queen

Your mum will take a step back in time with entry for two to The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace followed by a delicious meal. She’ll begin by exploring the gallery, a truly stunning setting for up to 450 incredible artworks and artefacts at any one time, ever-changing yet all from the exquisite Royal Collection. Marvel at portraits of monarchs past, delight in renaissance pieces and compare today’s fashions with furniture from the Georgian era, and once she’s seen the collection, it’s time to head to London’s vibrant Soho and step into the relaxed surroundings of the chic Latium restaurant for a delectable four course meal, accompanied by a chilled glass of champagne – the perfect way to round off a day in the capital!

Book in for a four-course dinner at Buckingham Palace.

Give back to charity

Buyagift is supporting Breast Cancer Care for the Mum of a Kind campaign by giving 25% of the sale price from each of its Superwoman, Afternoon Tea with Bubbles and Indulgent Pamper Treat Smartboxes sold between 19th February and 11th March.

Whether purchasing a thoughtful gift for your mum, another special woman in your life or even yourself, by choosing one of these three Smartboxes you’ll be helping families affected by breast cancer get the support they need. These Smartboxes can be purchased both online at www.buyagift.com and in Debenham’s stores in mainland U.K.

Treat mum and support Breast Cancer care.

Book in for bottomless bubbles

What better way for mum to indulge in champagne afternoon tea than in complete style and luxury! Grosvenor House Hotel, with its tranquil atmosphere and elegant interiors, offers everything you’d expect from a 5-Star hotel in the heart of London. Welcoming and attentive staff will have a quintessential British feast prepared especially for her in The Park Room, boasting stunning views overlooking Hyde Park and set in a typically British stately home environment. She’ll sample a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, warm scones with preserves, scrumptious cakes and pastries. This is all topped off perfectly with bottomless Champagne – perfect for toasting a special occasion like Mother’s Day!

Book a champagne afternoon tea at a 5* hotel 

Relax and pamper

Your mum will experience a full day of blissful rest and relaxation with a friend, when they head to their chosen Bannatyne Health Spa for the perfect spa retreat! Both she and her companion will enjoy a peaceful spa day together at one of the 40 convenient Bannatyne locations across the UK. They will each enjoy 70 minutes of pampering, with a leg and back massage, facial and OPI manicure or pedicure included to ensure they’re feeling de-stressed, refreshed and renewed! The rest of the spa day will be devoted to self-indulgence, allowing mum and her guest full access to the great spa and leisure facilities which may include a pool, gym, sauna and more!

A spa retreat for two, find out more here 

A quirky afternoon tea party

Mum will enjoy a fantastical tea party with a friend at Taj 51’s elegant and vibrant Kona dining room. savouring a delightful Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea inspired by Lewis Carroll’s much-loved literary classic. The uniquely inspired décor will certainly have her and her companion feeling as though they truly have fallen down the rabbit hole as they eat their way through this wondrous tea inspired by the famous characters. They’ll choose a tea to start and dive into an eclectic mix of treats, from the ‘Alice’ to the ‘Fish Footman’, to the ‘Queen’s Recipe Drop Scones’, ‘Drink Me’ strawberry potion, ‘Pocket Watch’ bubble gum macaroon, the ‘Queen of Hearts’ mango tart and many more edible delights inspired by Alice’s Wonderland.

Sign up here for an Alice In Wonderland afternoon tea party

A Michelin-starred dining experience

Mum can indulge in an afternoon of top end dining in the stylish surroundings of one Michelin star restaurant Amersa with Arzak Instruction. Led by a team that includes esteemed chef Elena Arzak, this is a wonderful opportunity for her and a loved one to sample the finer things in life. They’ll choose from a delicious three course lunch inspired by Spain’s Basque region, accompanied by a glass of cava. A truly delightful way for mum to spend the day!

Find out more about the three-course lunch at Ametsa here. 

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