The UK's Mother's Day 2023 falls on 19th March, so you've got plenty time to source the perfect gift for the mums, mothers, mums, grans, nana's, grandmas, great grandmothers and other mother figures in your life.
Whether you are looking for a little token of appreciation, or to lavish her in luxury, the small businesses of the North East have plenty of thoughtful and unique gift ideas!
Here are a few of my top picks and I challenge you NOT to find something suitable!
1. For the glamourous one
Jewellery is always a winner. The beautiful pieces of sea glass jewellery from Seaham's Shaped By Waves are as stunningly well crafted as they are stunning! There are lots of gorgeous options from necklaces to earrings and more, but my personal favourite has to be this gorgeous necklace made with rare cornflower blue sea glass found on the beaches of the North East.
2. For the practical one
All mothers have a billion keys, many of which for unknown locks, so why not give her something to bling up her keys with a liberty print key fob with optional 'mum' charm from the very talented Northstar Needlework from Newcastle. Also useful as a scissor fob for any crafty mothers! Who said practical can't be pretty.
Liberty Print Key Fob - £6.50
Mum Charm - £0.75
3. for the new mother
Becoming a new mother can be a very stressful (and smelly!) time. These gorgeous diffusers from Ashington's The Aromatary help to create a calming environment while banishing any less-than-pleasant newborn smells. For a particularly relaxing experience, the No.26 scent is perfect and is available with a matching room mist for fighting those nappy smells!
4. for the crafter
Give the mother figure in your life the gift of mindfulness with a craft that she can come back to time and time again. Our cross stitch gift sets include everything needed to create a piece of local art that will bring colour to the home, and some cute accessories too! You can select items you think your mother figure would love most, or let me pick for you! Not to mention it comes in a gift box with ribbon, so you don't have to worry about wrapping!
Cross Stitch Gift Set - from £36
5. for the one spinning all the plates
A planner is the perfect way to keep organised, stay on track of tasks and know where you (and everyone else in the family!) is meant to be. I absolutely love the retro design of these gorgeous planners by York's Fabulous Planning, but there are lots of other designs to choose from! Each planning journal is undated, meaning if it isn't needed one week it doesn't go to waste, and each one comes with free decorative tape, and a free gift box to make the perfect gift.
Retro Planning Journal - £48
6. for the interiors lover
The beautiful pieces of pottery by Newcastle's Rebecca Ridley Ceramics are each as unique as the person you're buying for, with each piece turning out slightly different to the one before. Beautiful in it's own way. And given that we both know you're probably going to buy flowers anyway, why not get a stunning vase to put them in?
Moody Blue Vase - £39
7. for the reader
With a book you're not just gifting a lump of paper and words, you're gifting an escape. An escape into the story and the world it is in. The DCI Ryan series by Northumbrian author LJ Ross has been a huge hit since it's release... not to mention it is set in the North East.... and you can pick up Holy Island, the first in the series, from the wonderful For The Love Of The North in Whitley Bay (or in their online shop!), a business whose ethos is supporting Northern artists.... can this get any more Northern?!
'Holy Island' by LJ Ross - £7.99
8. for the plant lover
Speaking from experience, houseplants are always such a welcome gift... as long as they are easy to look after! Nobody wants to be given a job and the pressure to keep it alive! So easy care plants, such as this Aloe from Darlington's Plantopia are the perfect plant gift!
Aloe Plant - £6.50
9. for the eco conscious
Cards can often feel wasteful, but these beautiful plantable wildflower seed cards by Consett's Lauren Young Illustration are like a card and gift combined. Once your mam is ready to take her cards down (a good couple of months if she's anything like me!), she simply has to tear the card up, plant it, water it, and watch the wild flowers grow! And for those Northern mothers, there is a 'Mam' version too!
10. Still don't know?
You can never go wrong with a gift card! With our e-gift cards you can choose the amount you would like to gift then the recipient can choose their own item to suit them!
I hope this has helped!