Monday 27 February 2017

Mother's Day: 10 last-minute gift ideas

Sasha Brady

Mother-and-daughter duo Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn.
Mother-and-daughter duo Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn.
Kate has followed in mom Goldie's footsteps with a successful acting career.
There are plenty of nourishing and revitalising spa treatments to choose from at Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa in Clonakilty, Cork.
Diptyque Rose candle (€46 at Brown Thomas)
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Skin Trilogy (€225 at Brown Thomas)
Marks and Spencer's paisley print scarf (€30)
Aldi Mother's Day Tulips (€5.99)
Juvi Designs Gold Vermeil Boho Cat Eye Earrings with Gren Onyx (€69 at Arnott's)
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in La Fascinante (€32.50 at Debenhams)
Making It Up As I Go Along by Marian Keyes (€22.50 at Eason)
Contrapunto Albarino Wine (€18.45 at O'Brien's Off Licence)
Amber Rose Tea Company Champagne MaharIni - Darjeeling and Nepalese Afternoon Black Tea (€18 at Brown Thomas)

Lacking inspiration for Mother's Day gift ideas?

We've rounded up ten products that should be warmly received when you visit her this Sunday.

Diptyque Rose Candle (€50)

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Scented candles are the ultimate thought-giving gift. Perfume can be a bit risky as a lot of the time the right fragrance comes down to personal choice but when it comes to candles, it's hard to go wrong if you opt for a fresh and classic scent. French luxury candlemaker Diptuqye's Rose candle gently evokes the smell of fresh roses in bloom and is never overpowering.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Skin Trilogy (€225)

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The set contains Charlotte Tilbury's award-winning (and cult favourite) Magic Cream, renowned for its ability to create a flawless canvas for make-up application. It's complemented by the make-up artist's Magic Night Rescue Cream and Magic Eye Cream. Each product is packed with a potent mix of anti-ageing ingredients to hydrate dehydrated and ageing skin. Also, the luxurious, art-deco inspired packaging looks super elegant when displayed on a bedside table.

Marks and Spencer's paisley print scarf (€30)

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Scarves add a timeless and chic accent to any outfit. The floral paisley Marks and Spencer's print is perfect for the season and, best of all, it's 100 per cent cotton and machine washable so any make-up stains can be easily fixed without regular and expensive trips to the dry-cleaners.

Aldi Mother's Day Tulips (€5.99)

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This tonal mix of seasonal pink and lilac tulips make for a handy Mother's Day gift that won't break the bank. We love the adorable watering can vase which makes the product seem a lot more expensive than its pricetag.

Juvi Designs Gold Vermeil Boho Cat Eye Earrings with Green Onyx (€69 at Arnotts)

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Jewellery can be tricky but this eye-catching, cat-eye design from Dublin-based jeweller will make a really elegant gift. You have a good bit of choice when it comes to colour as the earrings are available in sterling silver or gold-plated designs. The moonstone comes in ruby, amethyst, aqua chalcedony, labradorite, lapiz lazuli, smokey quartz and green onyx.

Inchydoney Island Spa Treatment

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The award-winning spa at the four-star Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa in Cork offers a range of luxurious treatments from muscle-melting massages to revitalising facials, body treatments and more. When availing of a treatment, guests are invited to make complimentary use of the spa's healing seawater thermal pool.

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in La Fascinante (€32.50 at Debenhams)

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Chanel's Rouge Allure Velvet lipsticks are long-lasting but smooth and emollient thanks to the non-drying formula - it won't crumble or emphasise fine lines. All the shades are gorgeous but La Fascinate (which looks pink in the above image) is a universally flattering and elegant screen-siren, deep red. It's also loved by supermodels such as Helena Christensen and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Making It Up As I Go Along by Marian Keyes (€22.50 at Eason)

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The latest offering hugely successful novelist, Marian Keyes, is an enjoyable read that should keep bookworm mums occupied until the grand stretch has officially come in with the evenings. Marian’s quirky observations on life and its struggles shine through in her absorbing non-fiction work. Books are usually a safe bet when it comes to gifts - just have a wee think about where your mother's reading interests lie before picking it up, or remember a gift receipt at least.

Contrapunto Albarino Wine (€18.45 at O'Brien's Off Licence)

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A good wine makes a great present and you can't go wrong with a Spanish or Portuguese Albarino - one of the most fashionable white wines at the moment. Contrapunto offers a peachy-fresh, fragrant and zesty Albarino wine and will go down well at the dinner table on Sunday.

Amber Rose Tea Company Champagne MaharIni - Darjeeling and Nepalese Afternoon Black Tea (€18 at Brown Thomas)

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This tea is a lovely alternative to wine. The tea is made from exotic (non-alcoholic) fragrant black Darjeeling leaves from the Himalayan mountains. The company says says its "blend it with a superior Nepalese leaf tea to create the ultimate “Champagne” of Teas. Compare to a wonderful French sparkling wine" which sounds good to us. The packaging is also fancy which adds as a sweet little bonus.

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