Mother’s Day Gift Guide – From personalised present ideas to mother and daughter days out

Stuck for thoughts on what to get your mum for mother’s day this Sunday?

If your mum is anything like mine- she already has everything you think she could ever need! Well this was the dilemma for me this year because every present idea I thought of i’d already got her before as a gift or she has three!

To help everyone who is struggling too, I’ve gone on a hunt for some gifts that are much better than flowers and will make you look really thoughtful.

Top 5 ideas for all the lovely mum’s out there… who already have everything:

1. Afternoon Tea with a difference

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Now my mum is very much an afternoon tea fanatic and although she has probably already had enough for a lifetime- these special afternoon tea packages are far from the standard to give a unique twist on the special day. From Afternoon Tea after a Segway tour, to boozy packages and high tea in a castle – there are SO many options.

Wherever you are across England there are a lot of places and options to choose from (with discounts too)– be it boozy, creative or scenic. You can’t go wrong really! Plus I don’t think you can ever actually have enough tea and cake!

2. Personalised scented candles £14.99

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For mums who love to light up their home with candles and nice smells. My mum loves candles and they are a very popular present she receives from me and my sister but this gives it a special personalised touch and a home to put her collection of candles in! You can write any message you want and there are lots of different styles of candles and designs to choose from over at gettingpersonal.co.uk.

3. Pamper Day/Mother and Daughter break

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Let’s face it we all like to unwind and have a little bit of pampering every now and then and what a great excuse for you to treat yourself too while giving your mum something special! There are plenty of 2 for 1 offers on spa days and and mini breaks across the country. From chocolate manis and pedis in London to the ultimate spa getaway with afternoon tea- there are so many tempting offers over at lastminute.com.

4. Monthly Surprise Hammock

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I don’t think you can get much more thoughtful than this… giving presents to your mum every month for a year is most definitely going to get you brownie points over your siblings this mother’s day and keep her sweet all-year-round. If your mum is a jet-setter like mine or always dreaming about where to go next on holiday, then the monthly themes of selected products from different destinations will allow her to have a much needed getaway without even leaving home. Each Hammock Pack is filled with a mix of food, bath products, housewares, and accessories you’ll only find while visiting the cities.

5. Personalised Drink Coasters, £15

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A bad habbit of my mum’s is definitely wacking out the family photo album whenever she has guests over and the pictures of me really shouldn’t ever be allowed to be shared in public especially when boys come over! Well this adorable personalised present could be a nifty trick into distracting my mum away from the hideous album of baby snaps!! She can have a new thing to show off with pictures chosen by me that aren’t so embarrassing! And because the notonthehighstreet gift comes in a set of four- I can  be cheeky and create coasters with any photo of my dad and sister I like…whether they do or not. 😛

And in case you’ve totally forgotten there is still time to get a little something!

Hope this has given you some help with ideas and you all have a lovely Sunday!

Love Leeanna xo

Do Secret Santa under a tenner

Housemates, workplaces and friends all over the country partake in Secret Santa, which means the gift for your selected buddy needs to be perfect for them without you having to break the budget.

So whether you are aiming to make someone laugh, suit the needs of a gadget lover or find something pretty and cute, here are some ideas for all under a tenner.

1. For the chocoholics– Give them brownies every month with this Brownie Club subscription.

£9.75 notonthehighstreet.com

£9.75 notonthehighstreet.com

2. For the beauty queens– Give them some sparkle with these glitsy nail varnishes perfect for Christmas parties.

£2.99 Barry M

£2.99 Barry M

3. For the ‘adults’/alcoholics–  A pop up wine glass, especially perfect for work colleagues who feel the same stress as you. At such a bargain price, you should even be able to stretch your pocket to a fiver bottle of blossom hill from Tesco.

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£4.94 A1gifts.co.uk

4. For the selfie addictsInstagram Mini Prints. Inkifi allows you to upload images from your friends’ social media accounts and turns them into classic polaroid snapshots. Write your own captions and notes to your favourite memories.

Christmas Jumpers: The novelty, the funny and the ugly

Christmas jumpers are one of my favourite things this time of year along with sparkly decorations, mulled wine and of course my chocolate advent calendar!

Christmas jumpers are everywhere at the moment from novelty designs with flashing lights and all the trimmings, to subtle Fair Isle patterns that look pretty and perfect for this season.

If you haven’t got yours yet, I have selected a few that will definitely keep you feeling cosy and looking festive for when you’re snuggled on the sofa watching Elf.

 

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Ruby reindeer jumper: £20 at Boohoo.com

Blue candy cane and bauble print jumper: £25 from H&M

Conversational gingerbread and candy cane print jumper: £24 at Missguided.com

Fair Isle pattern Trainee Elf slogan jumper: £35 at ASOS.com

Fluffy I’m on the naughty list slogan crop jumper: £19.99 at Missguided.com

Novelty reindeer jumper: £20 from House of Fraser

And who says novelty knits can’t work after hours too… combine your knits with sequins, leather and killer heels for a festive-party look.

Fair Isle print jumper: Boohoo £15

Fair Isle print jumper: Boohoo £15

Outfit: New Look, Jumper £18.50

Outfit: New Look, Jumper £18.50

Christmas jumpers are a perfect gift for friends and family, a great way to bring some festive cheer to work and a fun way to keep cosy on cold winter nights.

Love Leeanna xo

Valentines Cookies <3

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So everyone says ‘food is the key to a man’s heart’ and for my boyfriend I think that is definitely the case.

I know how much he loves cookies so I thought as an extra treat to go with his valentines gifts I would make love heart cookies with a personal touch of the love heart sweets-style.

They are so easy to make and I think they are very cute!

Ingredients:

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175g plain flour

100g chilled butter

85g caster sugar

1tsp vanilla extract                                                                              

1 egg yolk

For decorating:

Icing tubes (colors of your choice)

Icing sugar mixed with water

Step 1:

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Put the flour, butter, sugar, vanilla and egg yolk in a food processor. Dribble in 1 tbsp water and blitz until the mixture comes together to form a dough. Tip onto a work surface and knead briefly to bring together. Make sure you put flour on the surface otherwise things may get pretty sticky! Then wrap in cling film and chill for 20 mins.

Step 2:

Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Roll out the dough to the thickness of a £1 coin. If you have a heart cutter to stamp out heart shapes that’s great! But if not you can just as easily make your own heart shapes by cutting them out with a knife. Make as many hearts as you want from the dough of sizes you would like. Put the hearts on 2 baking trays and bake for 12 mins, swapping the trays over halfway through, until pale golden and crisp. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

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Step 3:

Once the cookies have completely cooled it’s time to get decorating! I used the theme of Love Heart sweets to decide how to top my cookies. Firstly pour icing sugar into a bowl to fill about half of it and then gradually add water until it is a thick consistency and a very white color. Then spread this on each cookie to give it a white background. I chose pink and purple sparkly icing tubes for writing and drawing a heart outline of my cookies- you can choose whatever you like. I copied the Love Heart sweets and iced the cookies with phrases such as ‘I ❤ U’, ‘Hug me’, ‘Kiss me’ etc. But you can write whatever you like!

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And there you have it your own personalised Love Heart cookies, perfect for Valentines!

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