As Mother’s Day approaches, I’m thinking beyond the traditional flowers and chocolates. This year, why not surprise your mum or grandmother with something truly unique and special from a small creative business right here in the UK? I’ve curated a list of alternative Mother’s Day gift ideas that will delight and inspire.

1. Handcrafted Artisanal Jewellery

There are hundreds of wonderful independent jewellers, creating unique pieces with love and attention to detail. I love Posh Totty, a Brighton business local to me. Each Posh Totty piece is designed to be treasured, made by hand and personalised with special works, dates, moments and memories. Their birthstone range is gorgeous with little details representing the loved ones in your life.

2. Custom Illustrations or Portraits:

Commission a talented artist to create a custom illustration or portrait that she’ll treasure for years to come. These pet portraits by Lil Wabbit are fantastic, created with traditional water-colour techniques.

3. Handmade Ceramics:

Surprise your mum with a set of beautifully handcrafted ceramics, such as a hand-thrown mug, a decorative vase, or a set of ceramic plates. These pieces from Aeyglom Ceramics in Sussex are exquisite. The colours are perfect for getting into Spring, individually handcrafted in porcelain.

4. DIY Craft Kits:

For the creative mum who loves getting hands-on with a fun and relaxing activity, consider gifting a DIY craft kit from a local maker. My best selling ‘Afternoon Tea Embroidery Kits’ are fantastic for beginners, learn new skills while creating a practical piece of art! If you fancy something different, Imogen Melissa’s beadwork kits are fantastically creative and unique works of art.

Afternoon Tea Napkin Kit square
Afternoon Tea Napkin Kit square

5. Sustainable Homeware:

Eco-friendly and sustainable homeware items not only look great but also have a positive impact on the environment. From reusable beeswax wraps and bamboo kitchen utensils to recycled glass vases and organic cotton linens, there are plenty of stylish and eco-conscious options to choose from. Dried flowers are a great alternative, lasting a lot longer than real ones and easily picked up from your local florist. These preserved dried flowers from Shida are low maintenance, reduce waste, and arrive hand -prepared by florists in plastic-free packaging.

This Mother’s Day, show your appreciation for your mum with a unique and heartfelt gift from a small creative business in the UK. Not only will you be supporting local artisans and makers, but you’ll also be giving your mum a gift that’s as special and one-of-a-kind as she is.

Gift’s For Mum…

Bamboo Pyjama Review 

My Mum was over the moon with her bamboo pyjamas . They fitted perfectly, great embroidery and wonderful service. We shall definitely be buying again. Thank you.