Gifts so good that she won't even realize you waited until the last possible moment.
If you hadn't realised its Mother's Day this Sunday, March 14 until seeing this very article, don't panic. It's hard enough as it is to keep track what day of the week it is in lockdown – let alone what special occasions and holidays are coming up, so cut yourself some slack.
However, the mum in your life may not be as forgiving about forgetting her special day. Luckily, we're here to help. Long gone are the days when picking a gift up at the supermarket meant a bunch of lousy flowers or a generic greeting card. In fact, many of our local supermarkets have realised that for many of us, supermarkets are our only option when it comes to getting our mums something special for Mother's Day – and they've really pulled out all the stops. Think brunch packs, food hampers and even a Mother's Day version of the beloved Colin the Caterpillar. What's more, many of Ireland's luxury hotels and award-winning restaurants have come up with their very own Mother's Day meal-kits so neither you nor your mum will have to lift a finger this Sunday. Oh and the best part! The majority of gifts on this lift are from local Irish businesses which not only means fast shipping or in-store collection but you'll also be supporting a small business in need.
Read on for our top picks for last-minute foodie gifts that we're pretty sure your mom will love. We won’t tell her that you ordered it two days before the holiday unless you do.
Because nothing says "you mean the world to me" like breakfast in bed. If your mum is anything like ours, then chances are she never really gets to spend the day in bed. This mother's day, let's change that. Besides, why wait until dinnertime to show your mum just how much you care when you can 'wow' her with a sweet and thoughtful breakfast in bed. To make things easy for you, AVOCA have created the ultimate Mother's Day brunch pack which is available in AVOCA Food Market’s from now right up until Sunday March 14. Delivery is also available within a 20km radius of select AVOCA stores including Kilmacanoge, Ballsbridge, Monkstown and Malahide. A fee of €5 (0-10km) & €10 (10-20km) applies. See avoca.com for more information.
Bean and Goose
For mums who are partial to its rich and comforting delights, chocolate is a gift sure to earn you points in the present-giving department. Rather than give a box of chocolates this year, why not treat the chocoholic in your life to a monthly subscription of delicious Irish made chocolate? Bean and Goose chocolate is made in county Wexford using the complex and rich flavours of single origin chocolate paired with flavours and ingredients that reflect and celebrate the Irish seasons. This year, they have launched the Tasting Club which enables you or the giftee to indulge in a chocolate celebration every month. Subscriptions are available in three, six or twelve month options and prices start at €45. Each month, they will receive a bar of chocolate from the Bean and Goose core range as well as a once off seasonal creation from our Bean Lab. What's more, you can customise the gift with a hand written note making it a personal and thoughtful experience. See beanandgoose.ie for more information.
Oliveto at Haddington House in Dún Laoghaire has put together what we deem to be the ultimate Mother's Day feast. There are three meal-kit options to choose from. Priced at €70 for two sharing, the Marvellous Mum option features a three-coure menu with a main course of glazed lamb shoulder. But if you want to make your mum feel extra special, there's a 'Queen of Mums' option which also features the three-coure menu plus cocktails for two and a selected bottle of red or white wine for €100 for two sharing. And for those with little mouths to feed, Oliveto has created a Children's menu to go alongside the Mother's Day meal kits so the whole family can celebrate together. Priced at €15 per child, the kid's meal-kit features garlic dough balls to start, a choice of pizza or pasta and a chocolate mousse for dessert. Orders are available for collection and can be placed until March 11 – so you've got to be quick! To order for collection call Oliveto on 01 280 0011 or email [email protected] before tonight at 9 pm.
Kinara Group, the award-winning middle eastern trio of restaurants is offering a collection-only menu this Mother's Day so your mum doesn't have to lift a finger – and neither will you! Priced 15 per cent lower than their usual sit-in prices, orders can be made by Whatsapp on March 14 and early orders are advised on the day. The menu and details of how to order are available here. But if you won't be there to enjoy this delicious offering with your mum, Kinara Group have come up with the clever idea of a 'IOU meal' which can be redeemed for both dine-in and takeaway services. The e-voucher is easy to order online via their website and can be sent to your inbox immediately.
It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday and if you’re still short on ideas for your mammy (or the mammy-figure in your life), M&S has a nice range of foodie gifts available. Top of our list is this cute and colourful Flower Power version of the ever-popular Connie the Caterpillar cake. The all-butter chocolate sponge roll with strawberry flavoured buttercream is priced at €15. We’ve also got our eye on a bottle of Conte Priuli Oro Rosa Prosecco Rosé which is €14.65, down from €22. See marksandspencer.com/ie for more information.
Weekl.ie X Erica Drum
Priced at €155, The Weekl.ie X Erica Drum Mother's Day Gift Box is designed as a shared experience so that both you and your mum can enjoy - no matter how far apart you are. Each box includes all the ingredients you need to make Erica's delicious Mother's Day lunch along with a recipe card, a ticket to Erica's private cook-a-long virtual class, a bunch of stunning dried flowers by The Garden Shop, Cocoa Atelier chocolates, a bottle of prosecco and a Mother's Day card which you can include a personalised message inside. What's more, the boxes are available for delivery nationwide for a small cost and are available to order now. If Weekl.ie's previous Valentine's Day meal kit was anything to go by, you're going to want to act fast as they sold out in record time. There's just one catch...to deliver nationwide, orders had to have been placed before Wednesday, March 10. However, those living in Dublin can still order. Orders must be placed before Friday, March 12 and boxes will be delivered before Sunday, March 14. To place your order, click here.
It may be another while before we get to whisk our mums away on a luxury getaway but Adare Manor's Mother's Day 'Until We Meet Again' Hamper is the next best thing. Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at Adare Manor is a cherished family ritual that stretches back for generations. To carry on that tradition for this unusual Mother’s Day, the team at Adare Manor have put together this evocative hamper filled with delightful Afternoon Tea treats to enjoy right now, and the promise of a very happy occasion to come. The hamper will be delivered in an Adare Manor presentation box with a matching ribbon and inside is an Afternoon Tea for two gift card (valid for five years), Adare Manor signature 1832 tea, Adare Manor signature preserves, Adare Manor signature scent candle and a recipe for making Adare Manor scones that are served at Afternoon Tea. Priced at €195 for the full hamper, it is available to buy here.
Gourmet Tart Co.
This hamper from Galway’s Gourmet Tart Co. will kick off Mother’s Day in fine style. It includes a bottle of Prosecco, Bell Lane Coffee, handmade granola, Solaris tea and cookies, as well as artisan gifts including a Lara Luxardi Studio illustration and a ceramic keepsake from Dobos Ceramics. Priced at €85, delivery within Ireland is €5 per hamper or there's an option to collect from the Salthill store for free. Click here to purchase.
The Twelve hotel in Galway were quick to adapt when lockdown first came into a place just over a year ago. From at-home cocktails kits, virtual wine clubs and takeaways, The Twelve have shown innovation in these troubling times. Continuing on with their creative thinking, the popular Galway destination have created an afternoon tea box especially for Mother's Day. Each box contains freshly baked Cuinneog buttermilk and sultana scones with raspberry compote and vanilla whipped cream and for sandwiches, The Twelve Bakery breads are topped with smoked salmon and crab, classic organic egg mayonnaise and Arabic flatbread is served with oak smoked ham, brie and a wild rocket relish. Sweet treats include Cocoa Atelier chocolate dipped strawberries with local bee pollen, forced Irish rhubarb and custard pavlova, Cuinneog buttermilk pannacotta with The Twelve’s pornstar martini jelly and petit chocolate mousse and raspberry tart. The Mother's Day Afternoon Tea box comes beautifully presented in an elegant gold gift box and costs €30 per person (minimum order is 2 people). What's more, the box also comes with its very own playlist so you can recreate the feeling of being at The Twelve for afternoon tea. Orders are limited and are available for collection on Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14 from their Bakery between 1 and 5 pm. To order, click here.
Because when all else fails, chocolate! And what better chocolates to buy than the irresistible chocolate truffles from LINDOR? A gift of classic LINDOR Milk (€6.99) is sure to brighten her day. Or, for something special, try the Limited Edition LINDOR Strawberries & Cream - we tried a box just the week and trust us, delicious! Lovingly crafted by the Lindt Master Chocolatiers, each LINDOR Strawberries & Cream truffle is surrounded by a shell of luxurious premium white chocolate that once broken, releases an irresistibly smooth melting and deliciously sweet strawberries & cream filling. Priced at €6.99, you'll find a box in supermarkets nationwide.