FLAIR APPARENT: Mother’s Day gift guide

I remember a Mother’s Day a few years ago when my kids had delivered me breakfast in bed as a Mother’s Day present.

As I sat drinking my lukewarm tea and taking tiny bites from the burnt, cold, unbuttered toast, my youngest sat at the end of my bed, watching me eat and looking jealous. “I just want to know,” she finally said, “when is it Children’s Day?”

If you’re an adult, you hopefully have higher aspirations for your Mother than plain, cold toast, so here’s my Mother’s Day Gift Guide to give you some inspiration.


Light and Lurve Candles,
Melts and Diffusers

Delicious scented candles, crystals and loving affirmations – what’s not to love? Each candle has crystals inside that you can keep when you’ve burnt the candle, and each product comes with a lovely little affirmation. The cherry on top is that these products are all ethically sourced, eco-friendly and made in Donegal.

Available at Amelia’s Irish Design and Gifts, Letterkenny.


Lancôme Skincare
with free gift

Buy any two Lancôme products (one to be skincare) and receive a full sized Rose scrub, mini lipstick, mini Gel cleanser, mini Génifique Yeux, mini Lancôme Absolue and a mini Hydra Zen or Hydra zen nuit. This is an amazing deal as you’re paying for two items but the gift bag will be overflowing with Lancôme goodies. Available at Magees Pharmacy, Letterkenny.


Linda Wilson Scarf

Award-winning Irish knitwear designer Linda Wilson is known for her bold colours and geometric designs. Her knitted scarves are like pieces of art – so beautiful you could wear them or hang them on your wall. Amelia’s Irish Design and Gifts stock these and a range of other scarves by Irish designers.

L’OCCITANE Hand Cream Trio

If hand cream was royalty, the L’OCCITANE hand cream would be the Queen. The ethical, luxury skincare company does hand cream exceptionally well. For the last three years L’OCCITANE in Ireland have teamed up with Women’s Aid to raise funds for the charity. For each Give Back Hand Cream Trio sold L’OCCITANE are donating €2 to Women’s Aid. Available online at


NUXE Anti – aging product,
with free gifts

Cult French brand NUXE are offering two of their best – selling products for free with any purchase from the anti-aging line. Nuxe anti – aging products help make skin look fresh, plump and glowy. NUXE products are 100% vegetarian and 90% vegan. The free gifts offer is available at Magees Pharmacy, Letterkenny.


The Gift of Time

One of the best gifts I was ever given was a voucher to defrost my freezer. Giving your time to someone is a wonderful, thoughtful gift. Have a think about what you could do for your Mam to make her life a little easier? Wash her car, clean up the yard, mow the lawn, make her dinner? You know your own Mam best so you’ll know what she will like.

I personally love handmade cards from my children and perhaps some flowers picked from down the lane. I still get breakfast in bed, though I’m pleased to report that the experience has vastly improved as my children have grown older. Whatever you decide to do or buy for your Mam this Mother’s Day, I hope you both enjoy each other’s company and have a wonderful day.

As always, you’ll find me
on all social platforms @TarynDeVere

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