As tempting as it is to give our beloved mothers the same, old (I mean that in a loving, tried-and-true way), an even more thoughtful act would be to introduce them to something new. Or new to them. Carefully selected and still in their comfort zone, of course, but fresh and possibly from an unknown brand.
Imagine how flattering it is to be introduced to a brave new world of options. Knowing that your descendants will think you’re sufficiently outgoing and modern to appreciate the young and the up-and-coming. Discovering that there are many beautiful fragrances, soaps, and creams to rival those you’ve been using for decades can be liberating and joyful. As far as fashion goes, ask yourself if you’d want one for yourself too. If the answer is yes, she would be flattered.
The tank top you can wear anywhere
A tank top is a brilliant way to turn a basic shirt and pants into a real “look”. If she loves color, this Brora option will earn you extra brownie points.
Merino lambswool tank top, £125, Brora
The extremely useful pochette
Can a woman ever have too many wallets and purses? NO! These from La Pochette are elegant and because they’re see-through, she knows right away if she’s got her lipstick.
Leather and TPU wallet, £50, La Pochette
The timeless handbag
Chic, youthful and timeless, the Sezane saddlebag is super VFM – it will last for years. It can also be monogrammed with your initials at no extra charge.
Suede bag, £265, Sézane
The flattering swimsuit
Vacation may be a long way off, but she’ll thank you for packing ahead of her in this beautiful, figure-flattering swimsuit. Given last year’s swimwear shortage, she’s fortunate that one of the best on the market is finding early success.
Halter swimsuit, £75, Boden
The luxurious silk scarf
Forget all thoughts of outdated silk scarves – the beautiful abstract print on this one from Soeur will add a touch of sophistication to any outfit, whether tied around her neck or knotted to her handbag.
Silk scarf, £75, Soeur
The perfect shirt
Everyone loves a shirt and With Nothing Underneath’s are some of the best women’s shirts out there. There is a perfect cut for everyone. This one is edgy and neat – much more youthful than the barrel of the mill.
Poplin shirt £95 with nothing underneath
The youthful sunglasses
Tortoiseshell suits everyone, while the square shape of this model from Linda Farrow’s collaboration with Cos is much more modern than a cat’s eye. Whether she’s walking the dog or lounging on a sun lounger, these instantly add cool elegance.
Acetate sunglasses, £115, Cos x Linda Farrow
The statement cuff
Perfect for jazzing up a cashmere sweater or silk shirt, this cuff will instantly add sophistication to any outfit – give it to her at breakfast and you’re guaranteed to have it on her for lunch.
Gilded and resin sleeve, £59.95, Massimo Dutti
The just enough lip tint
A barely tinted lip balm that suits every skin tone, this is sustainable luxury at its finest. The Hermes-embossed lipstick case is refillable (with any Hermes lip color), while the iconic orange box is the perfect size for storing jewellery.
Hermès Rosy Lip Perfector, £62, John Lewis
The foolproof blush
As far as makeup goes, there’s less and light more, and they don’t come much lighter than Merit’s Flash Balm, a sheer, foolproof blush perfect for all ages from an iconic “clean” US brand that mercifully makes few products. all of them the best in the category. Think shinier, but for adults.
Flush Balm in Fox, £30, merit
The ultimate bathroom soap
A super fine scrub, cleanser and natural antiseptic all in one. Mom will enjoy using this bergamot scented hand wash with chic looks. Also ideal for impressing guests.
Reverence Aromatique hand wash, £29, Aesop
The luxurious shower oil
This country is characterized by small, independent beauty brands, like Wildsmith, a cool, organic company with biodegradable packaging that’s beautifully thought out and a treat.
Vitality Shower Oil, £40, Wildsmith
The holiday scent
A bright and cheerful take on the classic bottle, created in collaboration with designer Samuel Ross, it brings Colonia’s timelessly fresh scent to life in a stunning commemorative bottle. Can’t go wrong.
Acqua di Parma Limited Edition by Samuel Ross Colonia fragrance, £140, Selfridges
The hair treatment
If she loves Chanel, Coco Mademoiselle’s hair perfume contains emollients to condition her hair and wrap her in a classic scent; She can pull this jewel bottle from her bag for a luxurious refresher with orange, rose and jasmine whenever a double air kiss is required.
Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Hairspray, £48, Chanel
The transformative eye cream
For moms who need some convincing, this luxurious eye cream not only looks stunning on her vanity, it’s clinically proven to reduce dark circles and fine lines while boosting radiance by 329 percent. Get the refillable engraved pot online for extra brownie points. Research-Powered Eye Duo, £91, Charlotte Tilbury
The nail polish that goes with everything
A 12-free (non-toxic) polish of distinguishable quality. I love this bright, opaque red that goes with everything. Tres French.
Nail polish in blush, £16, Nailberry