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Share the Love this Mother’s Day

26 February 2021

When did Mother’s Day begin?

Did you know that Mothering Sunday was originally a 16th century Christian event that, rather surprisingly, had no connection to mothers at all? The word ‘mothering’ referred to the ‘mother church’ whereby Christians were encouraged to attend a special service on the fourth Sunday of Lent. The modern-day Mother’s Day that we are all familiar with was founded in 1908 in America by Anna Jarvis, who campaigned successfully to have a day to commemorate mums and mothering figures.


When is Mother’s Day this year?

Mother’s Day is on Sunday 14 March 2021.


What gift should I get – I’m stuck forideas?

The hunt for a thoughtful Mother’s Day present can be a tricky one – especially as non-essential shops are currently closed – however we’ve done the hard work for you and consulted Canary Wharf’s retailers to come up with an edit that will show her how much you care; simply order online or click and collect where possible.

So, scroll on for inspiration on delectable foodie treats, blissful beauty products and at-home experiences that are bound to make her feel extra special and appreciated this year.



Monica Vinader, Talisman Heart Pendant, £85, Complimentary Engraving Available

A wearable item such as a bracelet, earrings or necklace makes for a keepsake that can be treasured for years to come. Monica Vinader has a range of pieces to choose from; click here for its Mother’s Day gift guide, and there’s also the option to engrave a message onto some of them too for a further sentimental touch. The brand also does complimentary virtual styling appointments – book through its website if you need a little help with choosing.

Elsewhere, if you’re taking Mother’s Day quite literally, Goldsmiths features designs made from mother of pearl – such as those from Danish designer Skagen. Meanwhile Pandora puts on all of the charm with its trinkets, as well as a Family Tree collection. Finally, for those looking for an extra special gift, book an appointment in-store with David M Robinson while fine jewellery brand Vashi is offering digital consultations.



Yummy Mummy Pillow Pack from Hotel Chocolat, £2.50

Whether it’s sitting down and enjoying a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate on a weekend or as an afternoon mid-week treat, indulge her sweet tooth this Mother’s Day. Hotel Chocolat has a range of gifts; from its popular H-Box to its luxurious ‘Best Mum’ collection, virtual tasting experiences to cocoa gin, check them out here. Meanwhile you can’t go wrong with a simple box of chocolates – or push the boat out with the ‘Best of Godiva Hamper’ from Belgian chocolate brand Godiva. Chocolate truffle enthusiasts will be delighted to receive a box from Charbonnel et Walker; its Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles will without doubt make you the favourite child!



Jo Malone, Blossoms collection, Limited Edition Cologne starting from 30ml, £52

Perfume is a gift that mums can wear on a daily basis and acts as a thoughtful present; whether it’s her favourite fragrance or a new scent, every time she wears it, it will be a reminder of the sentiment that has gone into it. Jo Malone London has a variety of colognes to choose from, as well as limited editions such as its new Blossoms Collection which has two brand-new fragrances that celebrate the beauty of the hibiscus flower: Yellow Hibiscus, a beaming and juicy light floral and Red Hibiscus, a vivid solar floral and the fragrance house’s first Blossom Cologne Intense – it is sure to get her looking ahead to spring.

Elsewhere, need a little advice when it comes to picking the perfect present? Penhaligon’s is offering live video consultations, while you can also look on its website for something to suit every budget; from its Little Luxuries to the Grand Gestures selections.



L’Occitane, Shea Verbena Hands & Body Care Duo, £36

There’s nothing quite like a big bubble bath to unwind from a busy day. Make it that extra bit more relaxing by gifting Spa of the World Tahitian Tiaré Bath & Shower Oil-In-Gel from The Body Shop, a Tranquility Scented Candle by Neom at Space NK and an Instant Renew Concentrate Mask from Kiehl’s – she’ll be feeling good as new in no time. And after a long soak in the tub, mum can have some further me time by relaxing in a robe from The White Company and these cosy slippers from Waitrose & Partners.

You can also make her day with these Mother’s Day ideas from L’Occitane and this gift guide from Rituals.


Hampers and at-home cooking

The Parlour, Ultimate Indulgence hamper, £25

Is your mum missing a spa day? If so, fret not, as the Ultimate Indulgence hamper from The Parlour will do just the trick – and with it including French Martinis, beauty products and chocolate brownies, what more could your mum want? To pull out of all the stops, the restaurant has also come up trumps with its Mother’s Day at Home hamper with Laurent-Perrier that includes a bottle of Champagne, prawn cocktail starter, roast chicken and sides for main and a dessert of salted caramel and milk chocolate cheesecake with caramel sauce. There’s also the option to add a bouquet from Ricky Paul Flowers too.

Another hamper that makes the top of our list is the You’re Blooming Brilliant Mother’s Day Gift from Marks & Spencer that comes complete with a bottle of strawberry and orange ‘Mumosa’. And for those who are searching for Mother’s Day recipes to cook at home, check out Waitrose & Partners, which has compiled a specific list of ideas for breakfast, afternoon tea and a roast to remember.


Still not quite what you’re looking for?

 Oliver Bonas, Jewellery Boxes, Starting from £19.50

How about a bottle of something sparkling from Nicolas? Or a letterbox wine tasting gift from Humble Grape?  Alternatively, treat her to a 100 per cent Silk Scarf with her Initial on it from Zara click and collect, perhaps a purse from Coach or the Knott Large Satchell from Kate Spade’s new collection. Meanwhile she could have her jewellery on show with Oliver Bonas’ Gold & Glass Blue Velvet Three Tier Jewellery Box, that is sure to stand out on her dressing table.


Don’t forget…

Finally, but perhaps most importantly of all – don’t forget the card. If you are looking for a creative activity to keep you and the family entertained at home, why not have a go at making colourful marbled cards to decorate your home or send to a loved one with Canary Wharf’s Card Making Workshop.

Alternatively, purchase one from the trio of card retailers in Canary Wharf that include: Cards Galore in Cabot Place and Cards Galore in Canada Place , Clintons or Scribbler.  Or for a personalised touch, Snappy Snaps has everything from photo books to posters, mugs to cushions that you can print a photo onto and send with love this Mother’s Day.

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