It can challenging to find the ultimate gift for mum, especially if you want her to look happy in the photos that you showcase in this year’s Christmas photo albums. To maximise your chances of pleasing her with your beautifully wrapped present, it’s probably a good idea to steer idea of the cliché gift choices – premium housewares, luxury toiletries and pamper hampers – that are on offer year after year.
With the budget of £100 in your pocket, you have plenty of unique options available. Our practical Xmas gift guide features three of the best exclusive ideas that mum will love to unwrap in front of the family on Christmas Day.
- Designer Fragrance
‘Smellies’ like perfume, bath products and pampering body lotions are a seasonal favourite for mums of all ages. This Christmas, show your mum how much you love her by gifting her a Design Your Own Fragrance Bespoke Collection kit. She’ll be able to create her own unique perfume from a selection of 6 exclusively curated fragrance blends, that include citrus, fruity, roses, exotic/heady florals, spicy, woody, musky, ozonic, green and balsamic notes. As the customisable designer fragrance kits costs just £50, you’ll have plenty of cash left over to treat mum to an extra gift.
Make mum feel super glamorous by presenting her with a gorgeous vintage perfume glass bottle that will look fabulous on her dressing table. Shop around to find the perfect empty designer fragrance bottle that features an unusual shape, luxurious detailing, and an ornate crystal stopper or a squeezable atomiser bulb.
As these luxe gifts beautifully complement each other, you can present them in a stylish, reusable gift box with a big girly bow on top. Make sure that you have your camera or smartphone ready to capture the moment when mum opens up the designer goodies! Her beaming smile will make a great feature in your family Christmas photo albums.
- Add A Touch Of Sparkle
If you want your mum to feel special this Christmas, surprise her with the gift of sparkles. Many women love to receive the gift of jewellery for any occasion. Instead of shopping at the usual high street stores, opt to go bespoke. It is possible to find beautiful artisanal pieces that cost under £100, and that tick all the right boxes in terms of style, elegance and unique design.
Before buying jewellery for mum, make sure that you take some time to find out if she has a precious metal preference. Her skin tone may provide you with a clue, in regards to whether she’s a gold or silver lover. Shiny silver best suits pale and lighter complexions, while glittering gold looks great on darker skin. Alternatively, you can go on-trend and play it safe with rose gold instead.
To avoid the hassle of trying to get the correct ring size, pick a pretty necklace, earrings or a bracelet. A pair of stylishly contemporary huggie hoop earrings, with dazzling gemstone embellishment will make an excellent addition to mum’s jewellery collection, and also show how much you love and value her. Choose from peridot, citrine, moonstone or turquoise gems, for sophisticated glamour. Alternatively, you can buy a piece of jewellery that is decorated with mum’s birthstone.
- Strike A Pose
A Family Photo Experience is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable gifts that mums all over the UK can receive on Christmas Day. The experience is available in over 50 locations, so your mum shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a studio that is located in her part of the world.
This unique gift includes a portrait session with a professional photographer, and a complimentary 10in x 8in portrait that you can display in a chic photo frame at home. All the details are provided on a personalised voucher that mum can exchange at a studio of her choice. She can also decide if she would like to have her own portrait taken, or one of the whole family. For family shoots it’s generally expected that two or more generations will show up to pose for the camera. If you have a larger than average family, it’s recommended that you let the studio know in advance how many people are likely to participate.
During the photo shoot, the photographer will capture the essence of mum’s (or your family’s) personality, and show it off in the best light. If you like the photos taken at the session, you can order additional photos at an additional cost.
As many professional photographers, across the UK, now offer a Family Photo Experience, you could easily bag a great deal that costs well under £100. If you do have money to spare, treat mum to something gorgeous to wear to the photo session. Choosing a stylish top in her favourite colour will help to make mum feel at ease in front of the camera. Or you can use the cash to splash out on a classy silk scarf that brings out the colour of her eyes.
The complimentary 10in x 8in portrait photo, from the Family Photo Experience, will make a great addition to your themed Christmas photo albums. Bring the image to life by including information about the fun day, along with personalised captions and anecdotes. If your photo album has a scrapbook vibe, you can also feature paper mementoes like the gift voucher and a map of how to get to the photographer’s studio.