Here is my final selection of top-tips for last-minute stocking fillers for mums!
It's a traditional present but you can't really go wrong with toiletries for mums. However, this gift set is much nicer than the usual selection pack as it is part of Radox's Smoothies range. Containing both the gorgeous bath smoothie and shower smoothie, it's indulgent, fruit and perfect for this time of year with its rich berry smell. Also included in the gift set is an exfoliating glove for perfectly smooth skin.
Available from Superdrug.
When my great aunt died two years ago we realised that she was the last of her generation in the family and that there wasn't anyone else to ask about the time that Great, Great Uncle Jimmy got stuck on the farm due to chickenpox and had to stay there for a few days until he was well enough to return home, or other such stories. They are ridiculous but part of our family history. There are a great range of books out for different family members, the 'Dear Mum, from me to you' journal is one of them, and a perfect way of recording all those titbits of information which aren't official but make the person more alive than any birth certificate can.
Available from Find-Me-A-Gift for £11.99
What mummy doesn't like chocolate? Or to be told that you're the best mum in the world? Well clever daddies can combine the two together with this personalised bar of chocolate from The Chocolate Library. The message on the back allows for 80 characters with the giver's name on a different line (saving character space), and you can choose between milk or dark chocolate. The bar is broken up into small pieces which make them perfect for treats!
Available from The Chocolate Library for £4.95
Unlike my cynical husband, I am a believer in homeopathic and alternative remedies; millenia of natural remedies can't have been that wrong. One of my favourite brands if Nelson's, and they have out a fabulous healing and soothing Arnicare Bath & Massage. It's a dual purpose balm, because you can eithe pour just two caps into a bath or massage the balm directly into the skin to massage away aches. The invaluable natural properties of Arnica Montana will help to soothe and relax after a tiring day. Calendula, Evening Primrose and Sweet Almond Oil naturally hydrate and nourish the skin whilst the Lavender and Grapefruit essential oils help to melt away tension and relax the mind.
Available from Boots for £8.19
If you prefer more of a cream to a butter, why not try the La Fee Noire (The Black Fairy) and the gorgeous aromatherapy body butter? Also made with Calendula and Rosehip, the cream is a perfect treatment for pre and post-natal skin, as well as being suitable to use on babies. Other yummy ingredients are shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil. It smells delicious!
Available from La Fee Noire for £20.00
Isn't it beautiful? This stunning felt rose brooch was made by the very clever and talented Karen Rao. Karen is a felt artist who designs and makes a range of stunning brooches, necklaces, neck wraps and hats taking inspiration from the natural world. I adore this dahlia brooch and the delicate petals of pink, along with the dewdrops on the leaves. There is a brooch pin and a clip on the back making it very versatile.
Available directly from Karen Rao for £10.00
I was sent these items for the purpose of this review. My opinion is honest and unbiased.