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MOTHER’S DAY || i-on Magazine’s Amanda Southey Chooses Her Top 10 Gifts

 

Mum, we love you!

. . . and with Mother's Day fast approaching, we're on the hunt to find the perfect Mother's Day gifts to show the special women in our lives just how much we appreciate them.   To help inspire us, we invited i-on magazine's very own yummy mummy, Amanda Southey, to scour the new collections and pick out her favourite gift ideas, from pop-print accessories and relaxing smellies to a cheeky post-storytime tipple . . .    

For well-read mummies...

I've yet to meet anyone who's life hasn't been totally transformed after reading Marie Kondo's 'Spark Joy', so it's high up on my reading wish list.   These gorgeous books will look beautiful on the coffee table (and if I'm lucky, I might even get a spare moment to read them!).  
Stay for Breakfast by Simone Hawlisch £30.00
 
Spark Joy by Marie Kondo £14.99
 
50 Ways to Wear Accessories by Lauren Friedman £10.99.
 

For blooming marvellous mummies...

The store is looking incredible with all the gorgeous Spring flowers on display, so I couldn't resist picking up a {faux} bunch for my own Mum.     . . .and best of all for busy mummies? No watering required!  

Peony Pot, £60, and faux flower stems from £6.95

For little mummies of the future...

I can't wait to share these adorable books with my daughter, telling the super inspiring stories of some of the most incredible women in the world.   I love how they tell the stories of role models like Frida Kahlo and Marie Curie in a way that's accessible for children, hopefully inspiring them to grow into wonderful women themselves!  
'Little People, Big Dreams' book series,

For new mummies...

I'm sure every mum will agree that there's no greater gift than sleep during those early years!   Even though they might not feel like celebrating, Mother's Day will be extra special for new mums, and these magical remedies by This Works are a really thoughtful gift to pamper both mummy and baby.  
Deep Sleep Pillow Talk Spray £24, Deep Sleep Bath Soak £22, and Baby Sleep Pillow Spray £18 by This Works
 

For chocaholic mummies...

These gorgeous Arthouse Unlimited chocolate bars are almost too pretty to eat!   ...and I love that 100% off the sales revenue goes towards an amazing charity too.   Each bar is wrapped in the prettiest artworks, created by adults living with learning and physical disabilities, and the flavours are totally irresistable - Milk Chocolate with Popping Candy, anyone?  
Chocolate bars, Arthouse Unlimited, £4.50
 

For Dads who are Mums too...

There are so many super-Dads doing a wonderful job of being Mum too, and it's just as important we celebrate them too this Mother's Day!   I've fallen head-over-heels for all the amazing new arrivals in menswear (please tell me they do this in Women's sizes?!), especially these Spring-like printed shirts by Hartford in collaboration with Liberty London.  
Shirts by Hartford, £165

For Mums in need of a little 'me' time...

Every Mum should have one of these beauties in their home!   When you simply need some well-deserved peace and quiet, let this cushion do all the talking (if only it was that easy!).  
Don't Disturb Cushion, David Fussenegger, £39.95
 

For perfectly accessorised mummies...

Headbands are my absolute favourite trend this Spring.   They're so easy to style and add an instant pop of colour to any outfit - so I'm loving the huge selection of colours and patterns just arrived in store.   I found it impossible to choose just one, so I'm looking forward to building up a collection!
Headbands by Dansk Smykkekunst Copenhagen, £17.50
 

For fashionista mummies...

Whenever I find myself in a style crisis, I love the idea of being able to turn to the fashion greats for some words of wisdom!   These fun oracle cards are like having a mini fashion tribe in my pocket and they'll help me get out of any style-related pickle.  
Fashion Oracles Cards, £12.99
 

For difficult-to-buy-for mummies...

If all else fails, a Restoration Yard gift card is guaranteed to please every kind of Mum.   This little beauty can be spent anywhere at Restoration Yard, including the store, café and wellbeing lab, so you can spend it whenever and however you choose. Bliss!  
Restoration Yard Gift Card, available in store or online here.
 

For a day out with mummy...

Of course Mother's Day isn't all about the prezzies, it's about spending quality time with our Mums! So I'm excited to plan a day full of treats and surprises.   Restoration Yard's Mother's Day Wreath Workshop will be the perfect way for us all to spend the morning together (and come away with something beautiful for our homes!) and we'll top the day off with a delicious lunch at Restoration Café afterwards - no doubt followed by some retail therapy in the store. The perfect day!