Mother's Day is fast approaching here in the UK, so it's a perfect time to plan a special surprise for your mum or special friend. Something unique and meaningful like spending time with her, learning a new craft and discovering new places together. Or why not give something handmade and make beautiful memories.
A thoughtful gift is all about what it means to you and the person in mind, it’s not about how much you spend. So here are my tips for unique, handcrafted, sustainable and ethical gift ideas your mum will love and cherish.
Book a workshop for you and your mum
Learn how to naturally dye with Kathryn Davey
Resources to tutorials, blog posts, workshops & learning - If you are interested in learning how to naturally dye or grow your skills, Kathryn have put together a few resources to help you get started. You can begin with her tutorials, if you would like to dive deeper, Kathryn has a downloadable e-Book, online & in-person workshops, a new book & monthly membership. Leaning how to extract colour from plants & naturally dye fibre is a deeply satisfying way to be creative while appreciating the generous beauty of our natural world.
Make your own embroidered artwork with Sarah Becvar
Come along and experience the joy of sewing freehand on a machine and create your own unique piece of embroidered artwork in a friendly and relaxed environment within Sarah’s garden studio in East Sussex.
Fold your own Origami with Origami Est
Join Est for one for her hugely popular & award winning origami workshops in London or across the UK.
Victorian glasshouse at Lost Gardens of Heligan
Take your mum to a special place
Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew
Explore Kew Gardens or Wakehurst Place and their amazing Victorian glasshouses, Alpine rock garden, plant collections, heritage gardens, woodlands exhibitions and so much more.
Stay at Hawthbush Farm in Gun Hill, East Sussex
Tucked away down a winding farm track that leads from the outside world’s bustle to a serene haven is Hawthbush Farm. The owners Lisa & Toby have thoughtfully converted the Cowshed and Granary into warm and comfortable holiday cottages aimed at creating minimum impact on the environment while maximising that welcoming feel.
Plan a trip to Monk's House in Rodmell, East Sussex
Leonard and Virginia Woolf's 16th-century country retreat, a weatherboarded cottage and magical garden is such a special place. I live in Lewes, which is not far from Rodmell. My friend and I visited Monk's House last year and fell in love with it.
A trip to The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall
Step back in time and lose yourself in one of the most beautiful botanical garden restorations. I visited this truly incredible place last year during our family vacation to Cornwall. My favourites were the kitchen garden and amazing exotic glasshouses.
Stay at The Grain Store near Lewes, East Sussex
Located in the glorious South Downs National Park with the most amazing views, The Grain Store is a stunning and peaceful rural idyll. It's a lovely light-filled place to retreat and relax with your family, go for walks across the Downs, explore the nearby beaches or Lewes and Brighton.
The Grain Store Lewes
Surprise your mum with a special handcrafted gift
I have carefully curated a beautiful collection of handmade items ethically sourced from UK designers and makers. Treat your mum with a beautiful piece of handcrafted jewellery, one of our stunning woven wall hangings, lovely hand thrown ceramics, handcrafted tableware or indulgent organic skincare products. Or choose something from our collection of handcrafted accessories and signed art prints. Every item will be carefully gift wrapped and shipped using plastic free packaging.
I hope you’re feeling inspired and find something truly special for your mum.
Dörte x (@lewesmap)
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