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Sunday 24 March 2019

Last-minute Mother's Day gifts that aren't chocolates, flowers or scented candles

Experiences you can enjoy together

Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in Ladybird
Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in Ladybird

Sasha Brady

Stuck for ideas of what to give your mum on Sunday?

Mother's Day can creep up out of the blue and it's all too easy to fall back on the failsafe gift options. There's nothing wrong with that, of course but sometimes it's nice to gift someone an experience, rather than a product.

We've rounded up a selection of last-minute ideas for experiences you can enjoy together. All mum-approved from simple and thoughtful gestures to trying something new and spots where you can celebrate her in the manner that she deserves.

Delicious Dublin Food Tours

Delicious Dublin Food Tours

Follow the flavours of Dublin on a guided walking tour. Delicious Dublin Food Tours is run by Ketty Quigley, the blogger behind French Foodie in Dublin.

Ketty’s expert guidance will open up the city in a completely new way, whether you’re a born-and-bred Dub or just up for the day. Her enthusiasm, passion and intimate knowledge of the flourishing Irish food scene gives you the kind of experience you just don’t get if you’re walking around the city by yourself. You and your mum might be surprised at how much of the city you’ve taken for granted.

The two-and-a-half hour guided tour includes non-stop treats, coffee, artisan cheese, a sit-down lunch, whiskey and a few surprises. Groups tend to be small so it's an intimate experience.

Tickets from €60, including postage. See here for more details.

Night at the Theatre

Inject some culture into your gift planning and book tickets for a show.

The Unmanageable Sisters at The Abbey is running until April 7 and sees some of Ireland's best-known actresses lead the 15-strong female ensemble cast. The comedy takes place on one night in Ballymun in 1974 when a group of friends and family get together. It's funny, it's sweet and it's packed with nostalgia. Expect to be dancing in your seats to The Nolans.

Tickets from €13. See here for more details.

Day out with dinner

Ananda Dundrum

Plan a day out of pampering and self-indulgence treats. Technically you can do this anywhere in Ireland but we went with Dundrum Town Centre as a blueprint. Your mum can have all sorts of experiences here without walking too far or getting wet. So make a day of it. Book your mum in for a massage at Edvar & Pink, a blow-dry at Peter Marks and then head to the cinema (the mother-daughter love story Lady Bird is still showing) or take her out to dinner.

There are plenty to dining spots to choose from including Jamie’s Italian, Beefstreet and Zizzi but one of our favourites, Ananda, is slightly removed from the hustle and bustle of the main square. The menu offers an eclectic repertoire of Indian dishes. Standouts include tamarind-infused Wicklow lamb and and pan-fried seabass fillet with spice potato mash. Stay for dessert.

Summer concert

Glastonbury Festival 2017 – Day 3

The summer gig schedule is jam-packed this year. In Cork, you have Kodaline, Gavin James and Chic all headlining Live at the Marquee at different dates. In Dublin, Paul Simon's at the RDS in July, the Rolling Stones and Michael Buble will play Croke Park, Billy Joel takes to the Aviva Stadium in June, Bryan Adams headlines the 3Arena in May, Bruno Mars is at Marlay Park in July, Grace Jones will perform in Trinity College in July... and the list goes on. There's something for every musical taste.

Check, MCD or Aiken for inspiration.

Give her the day off

Sometimes it really is the thought that counts.

Call over to her house early, cook her lunch or dinner, offer to do any odd jobs around the house that she doesn’t fancy doing herself. Later on in the day, pick out your favourite movie, have a cup of tea or a glass of wine together and relax.

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