Sunday 11 March is a time to celebrate motherhood and spoil all the important women in your life. Bookmark this page and make this the best Mother’s Day yet, with a gift experience you (or she) will treasure forever (and thank us later)
Flowers from FlowerBe
A classic bouquet will always go down a treat, but for keen gardeners or budding flower enthusiasts, a delivery from FlowerBe offers something a bit different. The company sends a curated selection of stems along with a step-by-step guide for the recipient to arrange them herself, with additional design inspiration and tips tailored to suit your home. The brand offers a fully flexible service, so you can choose from a regular FlowerBe subscription or buy her a one-off arrangement especially for Mother’s Day.
Prices from £22, flowerbe.co.uk
A makeover with Beautii
Whether you consider yourself a make-up maestro or you barely get time in the mornings to apply a slick of mascara, nothing feels more indulgent than having your face ‘done’ by a professional. Cue Beautii – the capital’s luxury beauty concierge that brings treatments to your door. With a catalogue of hair and beauty treatments to choose from, not to mention some of the industry’s most reputable and professional artists all willing to offer their tips, advice and samples, mum will be ready for her Mother’s Day close-up in no time. Ahead of a big awards do, I called upon the services of Beautii’s Georgina Murtagh, who left my skin brilliantly flawless and glowing (no mean feat after a long day in the office, trust me). The team will personalise the service to incorporate any look you want, but I went big on eyes for a dramatic evening effect, including false eyelashes which come as part of the package. Naturally, when I usually apply them, five minutes later they’re flapping around my eyelids, but that isn’t a problem with Georgie’s expert hand. In fact, I forgot I was wearing any until I looked in the mirror (always a pleasant surprise), and my make-up lasted all night long.
Prices from £65, beautii.co
Afternoon tea at The Dorchester
If she’s the traditional type, afternoon tea is a classic choice – and it doesn’t get more classic than one of London’s finest hotels, The Dorchester. Enjoy a selection of homemade finger sandwiches (we’re looking at you, smoked salmon with sweet mustard and dill) in the quintessential surroundings, along with the works – warm raisin and plain scones served with homemade strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream, a selection of French pastries and speciality teas. For the ultimate indulgence, add a glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne.
From £58 per person, dorchestercollection.com
A massage from Missbeez
OK, so you may not be able to buy her the gift of time, but what you can treat her to is the next best thing – convenience. A spur-of-the-moment spa day or payday pedi may have become a thing of the past, but that’s where the at-home service from mobile beauty therapists Missbeez comes in. Created to help you order some of London’s top professional beauty services to your home 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all it takes is a few quick taps of the app. Choose from a whole menu of massage options for mum – deep-tissue, aromatherapy, calming or the ‘Missbeez Classic’. And if you’re expecting, you can even request a pregnancy massage. Bliss.
Prices from £65, missbeez.com
Lunch at The Arch London
This stylish hotel in the capital has launched its dedicated three-course menu for London families. We’re talking tasty starters like seafood cocktail with tiger prawns and Dorset crab with avocado, and pressed ham hock terrine with sticky apple compote; main courses such as Norfolk roast black chicken or poached salmon, and white chocolate and passionfruit creme brûlée or bread and butter pudding with marmalade ice cream for dessert. There’s even a special menu for little ones too, all served in the classic, open-plan surroundings of the Hunter 486 restaurant.
£35 per person, 12pm to 10pm, thearchlondon.com
Words: Danielle Wilkins