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Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day Gift Guide


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This time of year is one of my favourites: the days are finally getting more warm and sunny, the flowers are starting to show themselves, and it seems to be as much a time for giving as  Christmas is due to all the gifting days! 

We can put a big tick next to Valentine's Day, and before we know it it'll be Easter and Father's Day, but for now, it's time to focus on giving back to our wonderful mums. 

If you're looking for some ideas for what to gift your mum this Sunday, then take a peek at the options I have below for you - the majority are beauty related, but I also have a couple of book offerings too (as well as an exciting book giveaway). 
SARAH JESSICA PARKER BORN LOVELY FRAGRANCE



To keep mum smelling lovely I have two options at different price points that you can't go wrong with. Firstly, we have a beautiful sweet scent from Sarah Jessica Parker. Keeping in with SJP's femininity, this new fragrance offers a more youthful and lively feel to it thanks to the mix of florals, citrus, berries caramel and woods in it. 

If your mum likes sweet fragrances with a touch of depth to them, then this will be right up her street. The design of the bottle is also gorgeous, and I love the hint to SJP's love of ballet with the pink ribbon around the neck of the bottle. 

As far as cost, even though this is slightly more expensive than the other perfumes in this guide, it is still really reasonable with a 100ml bottle costing just under £50. 

SARAH JESSICA PARKER BORN LOVELY FRAGRANCE* £48 FOR 100ML

AVON ARTISTIQUE EAU DE PARFUMS IN IRIS FÉTICHE, MAGNOLIA EN FLEURS & PATCHOULI INDULGENCE


If you're on a tighter budget but still want to gift your mum a scent that still has that luxury quality to it, then Avon has just launched a new eau de parfum collection called Artistique which offers three luxurious floral 50ml scents at £18 each. 

Each perfume has been created by three renowned French perfumers, with the end result being three unique fragrances: Iris Fétiche an enchanting delicate floriental scent, Magnolia En Fleurs an uplifting mix of florals and soft musks, and Patchouli Indulgence a deep and intense scent with spices, florals and amber. 

Avon hasn't missed a detail with these, as the bottles are also beautifully designed in the style of apothecary bottles, making them as beautiful on the outside as the scents on the inside. 

AVON ARTISTIQUE EAU DE PARFUMS IN IRIS FÉTICHE, MAGNOLIA EN FLEURS & PATCHOULI INDULGENCE £18 EACH*

AVON MARK. SUPREME PLAYBOOK EYESHADOW PALETTE


A versatile eyeshadow palette is essential to any beauty lover's makeup collection, and this palette also from Avon really packs a punch! 

This playbook features 20 beautiful eyeshadows which can also double up as highlighters and liners, and is a great way for your mum to experiment with different looks and colours. There are some shades that are very subtle, while others really stand out and there's also a great mix of mattes and shimmers. 

As well as the 20 shades, this also comes with a full mirror and some guides for different eye looks if inspiration is needed. It is quite heavy, so not the best for travelling, but it would make the perfect addition to anyone's dresser table. 

AVON MARK. SUPREME PLAYBOOK EYESHADOW PALETTE £25*

EMBRYOLISSE LAIT CRÈME CONCENTRATE LONDON LIMITED EDITION


 If skincare is more your mum's thing, then why not treat her to a new indulgent cream? First off, we have this multitasking one from Embryolisse, the Lait Crème Concentrate which is a cult favourite. With 6 different uses (primer, moisturiser, make-up remover, repairing mask, an after-shave cream, and a care product) it's loved by many - I've seen quite a few makeup artists on film sets with it in their kits. 

Due to its popularity, they have brought out some limited edition bottles, and this London one would be a perfect gift for any London lover. 

For anyone who has sensitive skin, I also highly recommend it as it's amazing for soothing and hydrating skin that is prone to eczema, and find I can use this anywhere on my body too to treat any dry patches.

EMBRYOLISSE LAIT CRÈME CONCENTRATE LONDON LIMITED EDITION £17.99*



GARNIER ORGANIC ANTI-AGEING LAVANDIN SLEEPING CREAM


For getting a moisture fix at night, Garnier has just launched their new Anti-Ageing Lavandin Sleeping Cream, which has been certified organic by the Soil Association. This cream boosts skin renewal to leave it with a radiant glow, and the lavandin oil in it helps to calm and soothe the skin. 

The thing that I'm loving about Garnier at the moment is that they are really making a push to be more sustainable, and they are very transparent about how the ingredients they use, how they source them, and the materials they use. 

This cream is vegan and organic, with the lavandin specifically selected to respect the biodiversity of the plant. It's also ethically sourced, using a steam distillation method to extract the lavandin oil and the packaging is made from 25% recycled glass. So if your mum is trying to be more sustainable, then supporting a brand like Garnier by gifting this will keep her happy too!

GARNIER ORGANIC ANTI-AGEING LAVANDIN SLEEPING CREAM £10.99* (ad-aff) 


WOODS OF WINDSOR TRUE ROSE HAND WASH £4.66, SOAP £3.33, HAND CREAM £6.66 AND DUSTING POWDER


For the mum's who like a pamper session every now and again, there are some great body sets out there that would make the perfect gift. 

Woods of Windsor is a brand that I reckon most mums have heard of as they have been around for a long while. They are really making a comeback with their beautiful classic scents and I've been a fan of theirs for a few years now. If you like stripped back traditional scents (think rose, lavender, lily of the valley and white jasmine), then you'll become a fan into no time. 

My personal favourite is the True Rose scent, and they have a great range of different bath and body products to go along with their Eau De Toilettes. Think hand washes and soaps (which are like gold-dust right now), hand creams and dusting powders to name a few. They also currently have a third off of all their products to celebrate Mother's Day, so why not pick up a few products to try out for yourself too...

WOODS OF WINDSOR TRUE ROSE HAND WASH £4.66, SOAP £3.33, HAND CREAM £6.66 AND DUSTING POWDER £6.66*



LIVE IN THE LIGHT BUBBLY GIFT SET £15


When it comes to pampering, there's nothing like relaxing with a bubble bath surrounded by candles. Live In The Light (ad-aff) is one of my favourite places to look for natural organic gifts and to discover amazing new eco brands, and as well as buying all their brands products individually, they have also put together gift sets depending on what you're looking for. 

This Bubbly set is a great eco gift idea for your mum to give her an excuse to switch off and relax, and the lavender themed box features the Carina Organics bubble bath and a Way Out Way candle to make bath times that bit more special. 

Live In The Light have also given me a 15% off coupon code for you all to use on their site, so to save a bit on your gifts then type on GEORGIEMB15 at the checkout. 

LIVE IN THE LIGHT BUBBLY GIFT SET £15* (ad-aff)


WESTLAB MINDFUL BATHING SALTS


Going along with the theme of baths, Westlab has brought out their Mindful Bathing Salts to encourage people to take a step back and relax from the daily grind. 

These fragrant, mineral-infused salts contain Epsom and Himalayan Salts that are known for their muscle relaxation properties, as well as frankincense, bergamot and CBD oil to relax the mind. They're also 100% natural and vegan, so perfect for those trying to use more eco-friendly products. 

You get serious value for money with this huge bag, and it is currently half price at Holland & Barrett! 


WESTLAB MINDFUL BATHING SALTS £3.49*



THE HAIRY BIKER'S MEDITERRANEAN ADVENTURE


Now, this is a book that I've actually bought my mum for Mother's Day, so I'm praying she doesn't see this. But this was such a great gift idea that I couldn't not mention it. 

If your mum is a cook, then she'll love this Hairy Bikers Mediterranean Adventure recipe book. This book coincides with the TV programme that aired a few years ago, where the guys hopped on their bikes and took a culinary tour through France, Spain and Italy. 

They really embrace the healthy Mediterranean diet in these recipes that are easy to make, so I think this would be a great gift for anyone who is trying to stay healthy while not scrimping on taste. 

THE HAIRY BIKER'S MEDITERRANEAN ADVENTURE £17.38 (ad-aff)


LIVING WITH THE DEAD BY PHILIP G REED


Lastly, for those who love to lose themselves in a good novel, then Living With The Dead by Philip G Reed (ad-aff) is a great option. 

On an archaeological dig in 1930s India, Rebecca pursues love but violence and a lone man on the mountain disrupt her plans. The excavations reveal dramatic finds but there is more danger present than Rebecca and the team realise. She must fight her way up the wild Indian coast to discover the truth. 

Almost eighty years later, Magsie also struggles north on her own journey to Scotland. Driven onward by a story of shattered lives from her youth, she must save her grand-daughter from the prejudices of the 21st century.

I love a good historical novel, and this one looks seriously promising, especially as a debut! Reed has a background in archaeology and anthropology and I love that his knowledge has made its way into this book. 

LIVING WITH THE DEAD BY PHILIP G REED* (ad-aff)

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And now onto the giveaway! You can win a copy of Living with The Dead thanks to the Book Guild! All you have to do to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter giveaway below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


The winner will receive one copy of Living With The Dead. 

The giveaway starts from the publication of this post and ends on 25/03/20. The winner, chosen at random, will then be informed by the email they provided upon entry. 

This giveaway is open to UK residents only.

If entrants are disqualified for not following the rules and there no viable entrants left, this giveaway will be moved over to my social media channels to find a suitable winner.

Best of luck in the giveaway, and I hope that this gift guide helped you get some ideas for what to buy your mum this Mother's Day!

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