Mother’s Day ideas: special experiences and thoughtful gift baskets

With Mother’s Day coming up in 2 weeks, we thought we’d help ease the pressure and share ideas for thoughtful gifts and special experiences to treat the mamas in your life.

We know how multidimensional these amazing women are so, we’ve got a variety of suggestions to cover a wide-range of personalities!

You’re covered – whether you’re looking for an activity to enjoy together; whether you’d like to put together your own gift package; or whether you’d like a pre-designed gift basket, that’s simply just a click away.


Mothers Day Gift Experiences

Sweet-tooth mums

Chocolate-tasting adventures with Hotel Chocolat. Available in London, Leeds and Copenhagen. Alternatively, take a Chocolate Ecstasy Tour in London or Brighton.

Green mamas

Get outdoors at the beautiful family-run Wilderness Wood in East Sussex, for a special Mother’s Day flower workshop, followed by a high tea.

Spontaneous mums

A fun and friendly one day introduction to improv. Hoopla create a friendly, fun and supportive atmosphere in workshops where people are free to play and be themselves.

Culinary mamas

Inspirational London-based wild food walks and foraging courses where you get to “discover a world of wild edible possibilities”, with ethnobotanist, Robin Harford. Wild Food UK also runs a series of foraging courses around the country.

Tipple connoissieur mums

Choices choices! There are gin tasting menus at the London Gin Club in Soho, London; the Sipsmith gin tasting and distillery tour for two in Chiswick; and the East London Liquor Company Gin Lover’s Tour at their wonderful distillery in Bow Wharf. We hope she likes gin!

[Images above via Hotel Chocolat and Wild Food UK]

Curate your own gift package

Our recommendations consist of African- and diaspora-made, as well as African-inspired, products from high quality brands.

Gift Ideas for Spa-loving MumsSpa-loving mamas

Argan Moroccan Organic Oil from Fushi – Imported directly from a women’s co- operative Morocco and bottled by Fushi in the UK. This cold-pressed virgin oil emanates a subtle, sweet scent of Morocco. Can be used as a face and body oil, as well as a conditioning treatment for the hair.

Kanshi Coconut Facial Exfoliator – Spa soft freshness, infused with the flavours of Africa. All Kanshi products are paraben free & are not tested on animals.

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish – A personal hamam at your fingertips. Courtesy of REN, a cult favourite amongst beauty editors and consumers.

Tiossan Le Soufi Moisturizing Body Cream – Harness ancient traditional Senegalese secrets, worthy of the fountain of youth. An exclusive healing complex made from Black Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, and a unique blend of essentials oils.


Gift-Ideas-for-Foodie-MumsFoodie mums

Meerlust Rubicon Vintage Trilogy of Wines – A treat of rare bouquets for the palate, perfected in South Africa, over 15 to 20 years. This trilogy includes the 2006, 2007 and 2008 vintages, presented in a beautiful wooden gift box

Grumpy Mule Organic Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Coffee – Oromia Co-operative beans so floral with a flavour so crisp and light that milk need not apply! The farmers that grow it are all indigenous to the area, working on organic, mountainside small-holdings to cultivate the potent flavours.

Bim’s Kitchen African Baobab Chilli Jam – Dial it up a notch with Africa’s super fruit for an instant upgrade to culinary prowess. It is delightful with meat, fish, tofu, vegetables, eggs, cheese or some plain pasta/noodles; makes a tasty marinade or dipping sauce and can spice-up your favourite stew or stir-fry

Madécasse Sea Salt and Nibs Chocolate – Luxury chocolate like flavour that exists nowhere else on Earth. Made bean to bar in Madagascar, by a brand that creates 4 times the impact of fair trade cocoa. More flavours available!

Tibeb Basket

How about a Tibeb Artisans Co basket to package everything all up. These sisal baskets are made by The Basket Weaver Group at Kasigau in south eastern Kenya which, is 100% owned and managed by women. Various sizes available.

Toghal gift baskets for mamas

Domestic goddesses

How does she get it all just right, every time? Most will simply see the vibrant print, but she’ll picture the perfect finishing touches at the dinner table. We’ve thrown in a treat – a special cushion for her to put her feet up, and relax at the end of it all.

Toghal Gift Basket for the Domestic Goddess

(This basket includes a set of napkins, table runner and a mini cushion)     

Luxe mamas

Things are rarely created equal; our lavish 100% cotton throw may be subtle enough to fit in anywhere, but a touch reveals it is a cut above the rest. Coupled with a wash bag and tote bag; absolute must-haves to stow essentials away for an escape to the country or trip to the sea. 

Toghal Gift Basket – Simple Luxury

(This basket includes a deliciously soft throw, a wash bag and a small tote to carry it all in)

Worldly mamas

Who said practical has to be boring? Brighten up a mama’s day-to-day with touches of colour and plenty of print. It may not be obvious in the picture but our roomy tote bag rivals Mary Poppin’s bag of tricks.


(This basket includes our signature large tote bag, a wash bag and a hot water bottle)

We have several other gift baskets that might be appropriate for your special ladies. View them all here.

We hope you can now relax and look forward to Mother’s Day. I came across a quote the other day, attributed to Mother Theresa which, I think is a perfect way to conclude this post:

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”

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