By Ashley Pearson for MailOnline
Published: 04:30 EST, 13 March 2015 | Updated: 12:21 EST, 13 March 2015
Ashley says her mum's favourite Mother's Day present was a gadget she said she didn't want
I can vividly remember the Mother’s Day when I bought my mum the one gift she had expressly forbidden me to buy.
It was Tivo: a way to record favourite TV shows, which at the time was novel and new to the market and something I was sure she could use.
She was adamant about not wanting it and not watching enough TV for it to be useful.
Even so, I persevered knowing that many of her favourite cooking shows, home design programmes and Poirots recording all by themselves would be something she would quickly learn to love.
I also suspected that her reticence had to do with her own unspoken fear that she wouldn’t be able to master a complicated remote control.
Despite her protestations, I bought it anyway, and almost immediately it became one of her favourite gifts of all time.
So whether it’s something she’s intimidated by, technology she isn’t familiar with, a beauty treatment she finds too extravagant or doesn’t think she needs – or if you’re just tired of giving her the same Emma Bridgewater mug with flowers every year, here are the top 15 gifts you should buy for your mum this Mother’s Day, that she doesn’t know she wants (yet).
1) A540A phone from Gigaset £39.99 johnlewis.com
See who’s calling without getting your glasses. Stylish and fun, the A540A phone from Gigaset has 20 different ringtones and four backlight colours which can be matched to phonebook contacts so mom can tell at a glance who the caller is: ie pink for friends, green for family, blue for work and orange for those she hates talking to!
2) Countertop wine cooler £155 www.husky-retail.com
Does mum love a glass of chilled rose? Go for a countertop wine cooler. A fantastic luxury gift with a capacity of 12 bottles of wine at the perfect temperature and featuring a curved mirror-effect door, the Husky HN6 Reflections Slimline countertop wine cooler is digitally controlled via a touch screen. It can be adjusted to store the wine at any temperature between eight - 18ºC, making it perfect for storing red, white or rose wine at the optimum temperature.
3) The phone for baby boomers’ Amplicomms M9000 £139 SIM-free from hearingdirect.com
Is she afraid of smart phones? Here’s one that may work for her. Marketed as ‘the phone for baby boomers’ Amplicomms M9000 has all the normal smart phone features (great videos and camera) plus things like an SOS button, extra-loud volume, larger icons, easy to read text and hearing aid compatibility.
4) NutriBullet £99 www.currys.co.uk
A huge sell out in the States before it made its way over here; there’s a reason that Kate Middleton has one of these on her countertop. Whatever blender mum currently uses, this one is probably more useful. It takes up little counter space and it neatly gets the job done. It bursts open seeds, cracks stems, and shreds skins – no peeling needed. It’s also easy to clean which is a big yes.
5) Kindle One e-reader £49 Amazon.co.uk
Mum may still be holding out on getting a e-reader but there is no time better to take the leap than now. In honour of Mother’s Day Amazon currently has a special of £49 deal of on a new Kindle. One big bonus? If mom lives far away, as mine does, you can share an account and load up the same books. Thus, you can read the same books at the same time and discuss it all seamlessly.
6) Lavazza A Modo Mio Minù £74.99 www.coopelectricalshop.co.uk
Is mum still clinging to her old filtered coffee machine? If so I have two suggestions for machines she will love.
For the budding barista: Does she love her Kitchen Aid? Nespresso has partnered with KitchenAid to make brand new retro-chic machines, each making the perfect cup of in exactly 25 seconds. Comes with six strength settings as well a programmable mode that remembers how you like it. 309 pounds www.lakeland.co.uk
Or if she wants it keep it simple go with the Lavazza A Modo Mio Minù. A tongue twister for sure, but it’s also maximum efficiency in a small size. It fits on the smallest of counters and is extremely easy to use: adjustable at two different height settings to prepare both espresso and long coffee.
7) A Smart Kettle £99 www.amazon.co.uk
The Smarter iKettle is the intelligent way to make the tea. A connected kettle you can start from anywhere in the house, and set to pre-boil at wake-up time, giving you an extra five minutes in bed. You can also select the temperature you want the water to reach – ideal for making that perfect cup of tea without waiting for the water to ‘cool a bit’.
8) Yoga Subscription £15 for one month of unlimited classes. www.yoogaia.com
A way to work out in private. No more embarrassment about being unable to do the moves or wearing lycra in a yoga studio. With a one month’s subscription to www.yoogaia.com mum can take live, interactive yoga and pilates classes from home where the instructor (and no one else) sees via computer camera, able to advise and adjust with complete privacy. Every sign up/gift subscription in March raises £1 for PLAN's global Get Girls To School Campaign so it's win win.
9) Lunch at the Ritz? www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk
Don’t just buy her something - share an EXPERIENCE together – just you and her. Virgin Experiences have some fantastic packages such as a champagne lunch and spa afternoon for 2 for 50 pounds, lunch at the Ritz for 2 people for around 100 and an evening Thames cruise for two with bubbly and canapés for £44.
An iKettle is the smart way to make a brew, while a yoga subscription is an easy way to workout at home
10) Revitalash Supersized Advanced Conditioner, QVC Price £83.00 www.qvcuk.com
A top beauty secret product she doesn’t know exists: This is way beyond mascara. It features a gentle, new non-irritating formula to condition and nourish your lashes. An unforgettable gift for any mother she will never use feel she has to use false lashes or extensions again.
11) The gift of time aka a personal concierge service from £175 www.cushiontheimpact.co.uk
Vouchers from ‘cushion the impact’, London’s award winning lifestyle concierge service, can cover all those daily stress-inducing jobs that never get done. Book them to declutter a wardrobe, create beautiful photo albums, book your holidays, sort paperwork - it can all be done for your mother, while she relaxes on the sofa. Vouchers can be purchased from £175 (five hours) or £350 (10 hours).
12) Sage Appliances Smart Waffle £169.95 Lakeland.co.uk
A Kitchen Gadget she will love. Simply select your favourite type of batter so the Waffle IQ™ technology can heat to the ideal level for the sugar content and then select your preferred level of browning from pale to dark for perfect results. There’s a deep moat around the edge that cooks any overflow for a mess-free clean-up. And, if they’re not quite right when it beeps, you can press ‘a bit more’ for a darker hue. Settings for Belgian, Classic, Chocolate, Buttermilk. Even better, it makes enough for two to eat at the same time.
13) A super pamper from £105 www.edwardjameslondon.com
Edward James salons is offering a special Mother’s Day package until April 1st. This includes their signature British Blow Out, (a kinder and gentler spin on the Brazilian blow out and gives you a perfectly styled and glossy look that lasts for months), along with a gel manicure which should last several weeks. Salons in Clapham and Putney
14) A cord free iron from £89.99 www.Currys.co.uk
It’s a chore that no one likes and an appliance that everyone uses. Tefal has re-invented this basic with the luxury of total movement. No more struggling around an ironing board. Tefal Freemove FV9965 (deep plum) and FV9970 (scarlet) – also have a higher wattage and more powerful steam output than previous models to boot. £89.99 and 99.99 respectively, Currys.
15) The Retro Pedal Bin from £95 - £132 www.JohnLewis.com
You use it every day – why not have it look pretty? This is quite simply, the sassiest designer rubbish bin I’ve ever seen. The Retro Pedal Bin Collection from Orla Kiely is exclusive to John Lewis until April after which it’s available from www.brabantia.com.
Available in cream on charcoal with an orange lid, and charcoal on cream with a yellow lid. In 12-30 litre sizes from £95 - £132.
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