Mother's Day is on Sunday the 11th of March this year (that's this Sunday) and Mums deserve something extra special, don't they?
Has the onslaught of snow meant that you haven't ordered anything for mum? You've not managed to leave the house for a week? Here are some treasures from local vendors and boutiques that you might not have thought to visit for Mother's Day gifts.
1. Steeple Shop, Drumlithie - Sass & Belle Fox and Cat Kawaii Friends Mugs, £9 each
Most people would never think to go gift shopping at their local village store. People who don't live in Drumlithie, that is. The Steeple Shop in Drumlithie isn't just your average corner shop . As well as stocking the essentials, The Steeple Shop offer a range of quirky gifts. Theres a counter in the corner of the store dedicated to gifts and 'nice things' such as picture frames, ornaments, cushions and piggy banks. And the cards are not of the usual corner shop variety either.
These mugs from Sass & Belle would make any tea-drinking mum's day.
mug images from the Sass and Belle website; http://www.sassandbelle.co.uk/shop-by-product/kitchen-dining-accessories/tableware/hiro-fox-kawaii-friends-mug/
Some of the delightful gifts and cards available at The Steeple Shop, Drumlithie
2. My Beautiful Caravan, Stonehaven - MOA (Magic Organic Apothecary) Green Balm, £16 (50ml)
If you're looking for a gift for a mum who loves natural products, check out Magic Organic Apothecary's Green Balm. This multi-purpose healing balm with yarrow and tea tree oil is the original product of Magic Organic Apothecary. The balm is great for soothing dry chapped hands (it works) and it can be used as a cleansing balm or a lip balm. This stuff soothes minor cuts and grazes, and it smells amazing! A selection of MOA products are available at My Beautiful Caravan, Stonehaven (including a handy mini 15ml pot of Green Balm for £6.50)
OK, so if you live anywhere near Stonehaven, you will already be familiar with My Beautiful Caravan. But I can't write about local gift shopping without mentioning this treasure trove. For those of you not in the know, My Beautiful Caravan has a quirky retro vibe, offering a carefully chosen range of gifts along with selected vintage items (according to their Facebook page). They also offer a wishlist service. Genuis! It's the sort of wonderful shop that you can wander around and always be drawn to something special. A clever little sand tray slides out from under a low shelf to keep the children amused. But I'd recommend that when visiting this shop, experience it properly and leave the kids at home!
3. Beechwood Garden Centre, Laurencekirk - Camera clock / lamp, £24.99
Perhaps you've ventured to Beechwood Garden Centre recently to purchase sledges or to stock up on de-icing salt. But being just off the A90 near Fordoun, it is in the perfect location to pick up that perfect last minute gift.
Look what caught my eye!
Beechwood has a range of interesting and unusual pieces, my favourite at the moment being this camera clock. As well as the essential gardening stock, you'll find lots of homewares including ornaments, bird feeders and baskets. (Who doesn't love a nice basket?)
Next time you're passing Beechwood, stop in for a spot of lunch, a hot cuppa and a gift for the mums who like something a little bit different.
(This clock would look amazing in my studio...)
4. Holly Mae's & Crafts, Laurencekirk - a selection of wax melts from £3.50
When your children are determined to buy something for you all by themselves with their own money, these scented wax melts are a cute alternative to a box of chocolates. Melt them over a tealight and fill your room with the aroma of appreciation!
Amanda at Holly Mae's & Crafts is a busy bee creating gifts such as the wax melts to sell in her shop on Laurencekirk High Street. At the back of the store is a plethora of hair accessories- hair clips, baubles and all the princess bows you could dream of. (My daughter would love it). But as well as stocking her own wares, Amanda offers space to a variety local crafters. On my visit, I had the pleasure of perusing jewellery made from old gun canisters, sampling local fudge and admiring beautiful wall displays.
You'll be sure to find the perfect Mother's Day gift at Holly Mae's, whatever your mum's tastes (or children's budgets).
5. Quinneys Antique Jewellery, Auchenblae - a variety of treasures at various prices.
At Quinneys Antiques, you will find the perfect gift for the discerning mother who would love something extra special. Kate at Quinneys is passionate about jewellery. Being a gemmologist and specialist in antique jewellery, she knows her stuff!
Purchasing a Mother's Day gift from Quinneys means you can give your mum a truly rare piece on jewellery that won't be available in any high street store. You'll find brooches, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, and interesting collectables. The only problem is that you might lust after some exquisit treasures for yourself.
In researching local convenient places to purchase Mother's Day gifts, I was surprised to uncover many, many more boutiques and suppliers that I otherwise would not have though to mention. I hope that the article has been of assistance and that you all have a lovely day on Sunday.