Introduce your mum to something new this Mother’s Day – our experts have 16 stylish ideas


Tempting as it is to give our beloved mothers the same old, same old (I mean that in a loving, tried and tested way) an even more thoughtful act would be to introduce them to something new. Or new to them. Carefully chosen, of course, and still in their comfort zone, but fresh and possibly from an unfamiliar brand.

Think how flattering it is to be introduced to a brave new world of options. To know that your offspring consider you of sufficiently open mind and modern taste to appreciate the youthful and up and coming. Discovering that there are many gorgeous lines of scents, soaps and creams out there that rival ones you have used for decades can be liberating and joyful. As for fashion, ask yourself if you’d want one for yourself, too. If the answer’s yes, she'd be flattered.


The wear-anywhere tank top

A tank top is a brilliant way to transform a simple shirt and trousers into a real “look”. If she loves colour, this Brora option will earn you extra Brownie points.

Merino lambswool tank, £125, Brora

The ultra-useful pochette

Can a woman ever have too many wallets and pouches? No! These from La Pochette are sleek and because they’re see-through, she knows in an instant if she’s got her lipstick.

Leather and TPU wallet, £50, La Pochette


The timeless handbag

The saddle bag from Sezane is chic, youthful and timeless and great VFM – it lasts years. It can also be monogrammed with her initials at no extra cost.

Suede bag, £265, Sézane

The flattering swimsuit

Holidays might be a little way off but she’ll thank you for getting her ahead on her packing with this gorgeous swimsuit which will flatter any figure. Given last year’s swimwear shortage, she’ll be lucky to have one of the best on the market succeed early.

Halter swimsuit, £75, Boden


The luxurious silk scarf

Banish all thoughts of silk scarves as dated – the gorgeous abstract print on this one from Soeur will lend a touch of sophistication to any outfit, whether it’s tied around the neck or knotted onto her handbag.

Silk scarf, £75, Soeur

The perfect shirt

Everyone loves a shirt, and With Nothing Underneath’s are some of the best women’s ones around. There’s a perfect cut for everyone. This one is boxy and neat – far more youthful than the run of the mill.

Poplin shirt, £95, With Nothing Underneath


The youthful sunnies

Tortoiseshell looks great on anyone, while the square shape of this style from Linda Farrow’s collaboration with Cos is much more modern than a cat’s eye. Whether she’s walking the dog or lazing on a sun lounger, these will add instant cool elegance.

Acetate sunglasses, £115, Cos x Linda Farrow

The statement cuff

Perfect for livening up a cashmere jumper or silk shirt, this cuff makes any outfit look instantly more sophisticated – give it to her over breakfast and you can guaranteed she’ll slip it for lunch.

Gold plated and resin cuff, £59.95, Massimo Dutti


The just-enough lip tint

A barely tinted lip balm that suits every skin tone, this is sustainable luxury at its best. The Hermes embossed lipstick case is refillable (with any Hermes lip colour) while the iconic orange box is the perfect size to store jewellery.

Hermès Rosy Lip Perfector, £62, John Lewis

The foolproof blush

Make-up wise, less and light is more and they don’t come much lighter than Merit’s Flash Balm, a sheer, fool proof blush that’s perfect for all ages, from a cult, “clean”  US brand that does mercifully few products, all of them best in category. Think Glossier, but for grown-ups.

Flush Balm in Fox, £30, Merit


The ultimate bathroom soap

A superfine exfoliant, cleanser and natural antiseptic in one, Mum will take joy in using this bergamot scented, smart-looking handwash. Ideal for impressing guests too.

Reverence Aromatique hand wash, £29, Aesop

The luxurious shower oil

This country excels at small, independent beauty brands, such as Wildsmith, a cool, organic set up with biodegradable packaging that’s beautifully thought out and a treat to use.

Vitality shower oil, £40, Wildsmith


The holiday fragrance

A bright and cheerful interpretation of the classic bottle created in collaboration with designer Samuel Ross, she’ll get Colonia’s timeless fresh scent with a stunning keepsake bottle. Can’t go wrong.

Acqua di Parma Limited Edition by Samuel Ross Colonia fragrance, £140, Selfridges

The hair treat

If she loves Chanel, then Coco Mademoiselle’s hair perfume has emollients in it to nourish her hair as well as envelop her in a classic fragrance; she can slip this bijou bottle out of her bag for a luxurious freshen-up of orange, rose and jasmine whenever a double air kiss is required.

Coco Mademoiselle Fresh hair mist, £48, Chanel


The transformative eye cream

For mums who need some convincing, this luxury eye cream will not only look stunning on her dressing table, it’s proven in clinical trials to reduce dark circles and wrinkles, while boosting radiance by 329 per cent. Get the refillable pot engraved online for extra brownie points.  Research-Powered Eye Duo, £91, Charlotte Tilbury

The nail polish that goes with everything

A 12-free (non-toxic) polish that’s of distinguishable quality, I adore this bright, opaque red that goes with everything. Tres French.

Nail polish in Rouge, £16, Nailberry

For more Mother's Day gift ideas, see our guide to the 32 best gifts for women in 2023