Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Guide

As Mother's Day is approaching, I thought I would share with you some of my ideas for Mother's Day. The obvious choice would be chocolate and flowers (which, by the way, are fab gifts) but if you want a little bit more inspiration, look no further.

Beauty Gifts
As this is primarily a beauty blog, I will start with the most obvious! Although anti-age type creams may be in a gift set - I would strongly advise against buying it. No one wants a kick in the teeth and no one wants to receive an anti-aging gift.

Lipsticks are really easy products to buy and are loved by all. Although I am a fan of Mac lipsticks, I would recommend going for a different brand for a (presumably) older loved one. I love the Dior and Estée Lauder lipsticks, and I know my Mum does too. Avoid matte consistencies, go for sheer or creamy consistencies and choose a more wearable colour, think nude pinks and reds (unless your Mum is often seen wearing really bold lips of course!). Clinique's Chubby Sticks are also really wearable and easy to use. Debenhams is a great place to have a look for products like these. If you are planning to buy it in person and are stuck on a colour, ask one of the wonderful people who work behind the counters. http://www.debenhams.com. For a smaller budget, have a look at Rimmel, Sleek and Makeup Revolution. All found at Superdrug http://www.superdrug.com

Chances are your loved one already has a favourite perfume and perhaps a "signature scent", so I would ask her what her favourite perfume is and to just repurchase that one. It seems like a bit of a cop out but it's likely that she was planning on repurchase it in the future, so it saves her the time and money and also you get to give a gift that you know she likes!

Bath Products
I've put the header Bath products but what I really mean is get her awesome bath bombs and delicious nice smelling things from Lush, not just some run of the mill bubble bath. The bath bombs start at prices as low as £1.95 and can be knot-wrapped for you, to add that little bit extra. https://www.lush.co.uk

Photo Gifts
These gifts are definitely one of the best gifts to give a loved one. They are relatively fail safe and can be inexpensive. With all of the technology online, it is easy to order prints online or to even create gifts with your photo printed on it. 
You can create your own photo albums here or you can simply order prints. You can also get your favourite picture of you and your loved one onto a mug or even a teddy bear. 
Boots is well known for its picture services, but it definitely deserves credit for its inexpensive frames and photo albums. I would advise getting your Boots gifts in-store because you will have to pay separately for delivery for prints and albums/frames. All you have to do is take in a memory card and pop into their printing machines and it will print within seconds!
This is one of my favourite shops, and I currently have 3 of their photo frames above my desk. They have really cute and pretty designs, yet they also have some really elegant and chic pieces. They sell both photo albums and frames. Unfortunately you will have to source prints out through another website. 
As for more traditional frames and styles, I would opt for Matalan, Next, John Lewis and Laura Ashley. These are in order for price and quality of the products they sell. These shops also sell collage photo frames.
This is such a fab online store, you can find pretty much anything you want on here, whilst helping out small businesses! They sell photo albums and frames, and you can even get them personalised. I have found which I thought was a really nice idea was a Scrapbook personalised for a mother. (http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/hannahlloyd/product/mum-s-memory-book-envelope-album

All of those websites have sections designated for Mother's Day, so even if you don't want to get your loved one a photo based gift, I am sure you will find some nice things which tailor each budget. 

As Mother's Day always falls on a Sunday, I have included a few films that are perfect for a Sunday afternoon that can also be doubled up as gifts. Obviously, if your loved one has a preference in films, I would advise you to choose a film that is more suited to their tastes. These are just some films that I like and I think my Mum would like as well. 
  • Titanic 
  • Marley and Me
  • My Sisters Keeper
  • The Help
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's 
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Meet the Parents
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Pretty Woman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Forrest Gump
  • About a Boy
  • Billy Elliot
  • Thelma & Louise

CDs are also a good choice. Again, I would advise you choosing a CD based on her tastes. A good idea would be to get a new release of a band or artist you know she likes. If you have no idea, I would stick to the classic young male singer! Think Olly Murs and Sam Smith. 

Amazon is of course a good place to buy CDs and DVDs.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this and I hope it has been helpful and informative! Please feel free to comment on ideas you have and your thoughts on the blogpost. 

Happy Mother's Day!

Lots of G Love xxxxx

G Beauty

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