Mum’s the word.


You might have already bundled a card into your basket whilst in the queue at Tescos, or even have gone as far as to promise to take her for tea, but with Mother’s Day quickly approaching, I came across some alternative gift ideas that might make you look at that shop-bought bunch of flowers and card in a wholly different light…

1. A taxidermy class

You might remember one of my early posts about my first taxidermy class and taking the ‘soft’ approach to starting out with a butterflies class. Our tutor mentioned how booked up they get around Mother’s Day and having given one of my final pieces to a relative recently who thoroughly appreciated the time and effort gone into creating each one of these, I would thoroughly recommend it as a lovely activity to do together with your Mum. (So long as she has a degree of patience and isn’t too squeamish that is!) I did my course at the London Taxidermy Academy where courses begin at £120 or you can purchase gift vouchers if perhaps they fancy doing something a little more challenging.

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2. Flower arranging

Instead of just handing over a bunch of flowers you bought on the way, why not learn to create your own, or better still – take your mum along with you to learn with you! The wonderful ladies at The Flower Appreciation Society are running at their studio (72A Southgate Rd, N1 3JF), 3-4.30pm and costs £45.

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3. Get pampered at Selfridges

Selfridges Birmingham, Manchester Trafford and Manchester Exchange Square are hosting an evening of pampering so you can enjoy mini-makeovers, product personalisation and have beauty hints & tips from the experts. Tickets cost £10 which is redeemable against any purchase.

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4. For the fash-pack

If your Mum is a bit more Vogue than Vague then this is the event to be seen at Mother’s Day weekend. Hosted at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Southbank Centre, The Vogue Festival speakers confirmed include Alexa Chung, Manolo Blahnik, Miroslava Duma, Nick Knight and Tory Burch to name but a fashionable few. Brush up on your next season’s trends, get inspired by the wonderful entrepreneurs or simply enjoy the people spotting, either way, it’s going to be #trending so don’t miss out on the front row action. You can buy tickets here.

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5. Swing out!

If like my Mum, yours has more energy than an Energizer bunny after four cans of Red Bull and a dose of b12, then this is the thing for you. Get on your dancing shoes and get to a swing dance class! Catering for all levels and abilities, Swing Patrol have a host of brilliant (and very patient!) teachers, their classes are informal and they positively encourage social dancing to put your newly acquired steps to good use. You can see all swing dance events throughout London here.

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