March 12, 2023
M is for...
...March, and for Mother's, and a few Marvellous gift ideas truffled from the depths of the internet just for you...
With Mother's Day on the horizon (next Sunday for readers in the UK), I've put together a collection of treats for any special women in your life, at this or any other time of the year. I am acutely aware that we're not all lucky enough to have a mother around, or to be one, but mothering and mother-figures can take many forms and can all be celebrated. As with all such lists, this is essentially an exercise in wish-fulfilment, so please forgive a few indulgences, there are some very affordable options here too...! At the end of a long day, who wouldn't want to come home to a beautiful glass of something restorative, be it in floral or alcoholic form. These exquisite hand-blown Georgian style glasses by Emsie Sharp will accommodate either, and are from one of our favourite Scribble & Daub stockists, The Merchant's Table in Suffolk (from £65)
Hair barrette with vintage ribbon, Margaux (from £110)
Little Portuguese pot for bits & bobs, Objects of Use (£7.50)
Rave Flyers from our excellent Manchester stockists Unitom (£15)
- because she wasn't always just your mother!
Paintstroke enamel salad bowl £29.50 from Sous Chef
A friend gave me a pair of Le Specs years ago and they're as good now as they were then, don't be deceived by the price, they look a million dollars. Air Heart Sunglasses, £65 from our brilliant Brighton stockist Our Daily Edit
If in doubt, send a packet of seeds (from £3) tucked inside a card. Milli Proust has a beautiful selection of unusual cottage garden flowers in delicious shades, and each packet has one of her delicate drawings on the front. She also stocks our Dixter & Charleston cards, so you can kill two birds with one stone!
Brilliant boots that'll take anyone anywhere in insouciant French style from one of our most recent stockists we're very excited about, Sezane, £275
Handwoven Colombian Place Mats, £25 for 2 from Toast
Dead Wood, limited edition print by Kate Hawkins, £150 at Common Room So, full disclosure, Kate is one of my best friends, but she is also a brilliant artist (and mother!) and this is exactly what I'd like for my Mother's Day gift.
Cinnamon Meringues, just one of many other epicurean delights in gorgeous packaging, £4.99 from Sous Chef
Grown Alchemist Rose Damascene Intensive Body Cream from our wonderful London stockist Triangle, £23
Sky & Clouds pen by Ohnishi, the best I have ever written with, as brilliant as it is beautiful, £160 from Choosing Keeping
Rosebuds (and a cornucopia of finely crafted homewares) £6.50 from our incredible Bath stockist Berdoulat
Ethically sourced malachite & gold studs by Grainne Morton from our unfailingly discerning Winchester stockist, The Hambledon, £135
Tamegroute bowls, £12 from Domestic Science, home to many lovely vintage, gift and homeware finds, including Scribble & Daub
Plants make the best presents. Send Lily of the Valley, a symbol of happiness, which can be planted straight into the garden this time of year to flower in May. Find it, and many other wild flowers and bulbs at Naturescape (from £8.70 for 10)
Box of Streamers - pick & mix a box of candy-coloured streamers. Add any 7 to your basket and your 8th will be free, all packed in one of our traditional hand-made, wire-stitched boxes £35, Scribble & Daub
Individually hand-painted prints from Scribble & Daub, £140
1970s ceramic plate with marble glaze from my new favourite shop in Rye, Soap & Salvation, £30 each
Rose Dresden Ornaments, £10 from Scribble & Daub
I hope you enjoyed this selection, and an introduction to just a fraction of the many excellent independent stockists we are lucky enough to work with!