Mother’s Day gifts? Don’t buy a footspa – here are 15 great ideas

A handy guide to thoughtful last-minute presents


Still drawing a blank over what to buy your mother for Mother’s Day? Don’t panic-buy a foot spa, whatever you do. Instead, cast your eye over this handy guide to last-minute Mother’s Day presents.

The Best Mammy socks, €9

Knock her socks off with Irish Socksiety’s delightful wooden spoon-themed socks. At nine quid a pop, these cheeky stockings are inexpensive and guaranteed to elicit a smile. Available in Designist 

Luxury Ivory Reed Diffuser Set,  €11.99

Aldi have released a three-pack reed diffuser set just in time for Mother’s Day. The set includes three scents - Blackberry & Bay, Pomegranate, and Peony Blush - and six reeds per diffuser. For the thrifty Mam with a nose for bargains and luxury. Available from Aldi

The Newborn Identity by Twisted Doodles, €14.99

Know someone who is new to this whole motherhood lark? Maria Boyle’s illustrated look at the trials and tribulations of parenting a newborn is the perfect gift for the sleep-deprived Mammy in your life. Available from bookshop Dubray

Pink Chocolate Collection, €15

Satisfy her sweet tooth with this special Butler’s selection of truffles, pralines, and caramels. Think passionfruit purée and white butter praline. Sure, if you can’t have them on Mother’s Day, when can you have them? Available from Butler’s

Becoming by Michelle Obama, €20.99

Michelle Obama’s memoir is on course to becoming - pardon the pun - the bestselling memoir of all time. And with good reason. It’s a powerful, insightful read that deserves a spot on every bedside table. Available from Eason

The King and I, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. From €31

If your mother is something of a musical aficionado, don’t sleep on the forthcoming production of The King and I, which is transferring to Dublin from the London Palladium. With a stellar songbook and a company of fifty world-class performers, it promises to be a spectacle like no other. Tickets from Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

The Beepot, €40

Make an ecological difference and help save the bees with this neat little planter. Not only does it serve as a nesting spot for bees, but you can plant bee-friendly flowers to help ensure food is never far away. Sustenance and shelter? Talk about being the hostess with the mostest. Available from Desiginist

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Collection, €50

Replenish your mother’s bedside dresser with this handy No7 anti-aging skincare set. Worth €101.50, it contains a day cream, night cream, serum and facial oil. Available from Boots

 Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat, €40.55

Salt Fat Acid Heat is the cookbook that inspired a Netflix series. With one hundred recipes and insights from the incomparable chef Samin Nosrat, its back-to-basics approach will change how the reader thinks about cooking. Ideal for the mother who fancies herself something of a kitchen whizz. Available from Dubray  

Afternoon Tea at Airfield Estate, from €35

The new gardens at Airfield estate in Dublin. Photograph: Seanandyvette
The gardens at Airfield estate in Dublin. Photograph: Seanandyvette

Spoil your beloved Mam with an afternoon tea with a difference in the stunning surrounds of Airfield Estate, in Dundrum, Co Dublin. Served in the walled garden, the tea features sweet and savoury treats made using ingredients grown on the estate. Mother’s Day sittings are booked out, but not to worry: there are plenty more opportunities to try it between now and September. For bookings see

Charlotte’s Magic Cream, €90

Charlotte Tilbury’s iconic cream may not *actually* have magical properties, but the official blurb boasts it is beloved by “supermodels, actresses, CEOs and royalty alike”. If it’s good enough for them… Available from Brown Thomas

Francis Brennan – The Collection Ivory Luxury Satin Robe, €30

If there’s one man who knows about comfort and luxury, it’s Francis Brennan. His special line for Dunnes Stores includes a luxurious satin robe that has lazy Sunday written all over it. Available from Dunnes Stores

Paul Costelloe Venice Lady Scarf, €40

Because a lady can never have too many silk scarves. The perfect way to spruce up any summer ensemble. Available from Dunnes Stores

Le Creuset Wine Decanter, €55.20

All wines, red and white, benefit from being exposed to air, making a decanter the perfect addition to any kitchen. Ideal for the Mam who lives by the maxim, Wine Not? Avaiable form Arnotts

ESPA Natural Face Lift, €130

Visit Farnham Estate, Co Cavan, for this indulgent, relaxing 80-minute facial formulated especially for more mature skin. Skin is left firm and radiant, while you’re left in Mam’s good books. Win win. See

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