If you’re STUCK FOR INSPIRATION, and service station chocolates just won’t cut it, here are seven ideas for MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS that will go down well …
1 A spa treatment: we recommend Virginie Claire in Harold’s Cross (from €60) and Tara O’Rourke’s Saol Beo in Fitzwilliam Square (from €55) for entirely natural, entirely gorgeous treatments that are therapeutically relaxing as well as great for your skin. The excellent Hungarian thermal water skincare brand Omorovicza has recently developed some new facials featuring Hungarian massage. Choose from deep cleansing, illuminating and regenerating, and book at Harvey Nichols Dublin (01 291 0488) for March 30 and 31 or April 1; €90 redeemable against two Omorovicza purchases.
2 A glamorous lipstick makes an elegant gift. Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet in Rouge Feu (€34) is as red, and as glamorous, as it gets with that supremely neat click-top case.
3 Perfect perfumes. Look beyond the mainstream and hunt out something really special: Memo Paris perfumes are beautifully presented, original and last for hours – French Leather is the most glamorous (€205, Brown Thomas). The experts at Parfumarija are great at giving helpful, knowledgeable advice if you’re having trouble choosing, while Cloon Keen Atelier‘s Edition Tuberose (€80) is feminine yet modern.
4 Skin luxury. Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum Capsules may sound a mouthful, but these little pockets of joy are beautifully moisturising and give skin a real boost. From €48.
5 Dressing table treat. The incredibly light and luxurious cleansing milk from Santa Maria Novella (Westbury Mall, Dublin 2) comes in the most beautiful glass bottle, and smells divine – creamy and almondy with hints of rose and gardenia. Guaranteed to make cleansing an entirely glamorous ritual.
6 Evening out. Book in together for the Dublin Cookery School‘s renowned Friday Night Supper Club (next available date May 12), for a glass of wine, recipe demos and the chance to recreate the dishes and then eat them (€70). Fun, informative and something different to do together. The Cookery School, based in Blackrock, Co Dublin, runs all kinds of classes, ranging in length from one evening to three months. We love the idea of attempting to cook like the brilliant Forest Avenue’s John Wyer, or having a stab at a patisserie masterclass. www.dublincookeryschool.ie.
7 Breakfast Date. Afternoon tea can be a touch stuffy: why not treat your mum to breakfast/brunch instead? Overends restaurant at Airfield, Dundrum, is a nice spring-like venue with a good breakfast menu, while Grove Road Cafe (above) on Lower Rathmines Road does a mean French toast and excellent coffee.
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