Our Favourite Ideas to Celebrate Mother’s Day in 2021

Monday 15th February 2021
Do you usually spoil your brilliant mum with gifts on Mother’s Day or treat her to a lovely meal out?

Well you might be wondering how you can show her just how much she means to you in 2021. 

But don’t fear, there are plenty of ways to celebrate on the 14th March. Many of which allow you to socially distance while simultaneously letting your mum know you think the world of her.

Go for a scenic, socially-distanced stroll together

Live local to your mum? Meeting up with her for a scenic yet socially-distanced stroll in your local area is a great way to spend some time together on Mother’s Day. If you live in the North of England or Scotland, here are a few spots to consider:

Glasgow Botanic Gardens
If you live in Glasgow, why not make your way to the city’s trendy West End for a walk around the beautiful Glasgow Botanic Gardens? While the balmy Victorian glasshouses full of tropical flora and fauna may not be open, you can still wander down pretty pathways to view the rose garden, herb gardens and the winding River Kelvin.

Glasgow Royal Botanic Garden glasshouse

Lowther Castle and Gardens, Penrith
Located just outside the town of Penrith and right on the edge of the Lake District, Lowther Castle and Gardens really are an enchanting option for a Mother’s Day walk if you live close by. The ruined castle’s grounds were first laid in the 1600s and are now home to features like themed gardens, an adventure playground and woodland. Note that the castle and gardens may be closed depending on lockdown restrictions, so check before you visit. 

Jesmond Dene, Newcastle
Call Newcastle home? You’ll likely have heard of, or even been to, Jesmond Dene before. The forested valley is teeming with wildlife and lush plants, especially in the spring when you’ll spot patches of vibrant bluebells. You can have a socially-distanced walk with your mum for over three kilometres – and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels!

Jesmond Dene in Newcastle

Treat her to a unique gift from a local independent shop

If you’re stuck on what to give the woman who has everything this Mother’s Day, why not turn to one of your area’s independent retailers? As well as being able to choose from a range of lovely original items, you’ll also be supporting a local business. We love:

Our Handmade Collective, Leeds
Seek out unique gifts made by local craftsmen at Our Handmade Collective. The Leeds-based shop usually has a store open in The Grand Arcade, but they’re currently selling everything online too. You can browse items created by over 70 designers, including fragrant cosmetics, beautiful ceramics and luxury leatherware. 

Oklahoma, Manchester
After a gift that’s a little quirkier? Oklahoma in Manchester is your one-stop shop for bright, bold and sometimes just plain barmy presents! You’ll be able to buy most of their products on their online shop. Why not brighten up your mum’s day with some colourful homeware or intricate jewellery?

Presents wrapped in brightly coloured paper

Moonko, Sheffield
From delicate dried flowers to heavenly scented candles, Sheffield-based independent shop Moonko is brimming with perfect gifts. The store sells a wide range of handmade items which any mum is bound to love. And if you can’t pick between products, there’s always the option of a Moonko voucher, starting from £5 up.

Enjoy afternoon tea at home

If an indulgent meal out is your usual Mother’s Day treat, don’t despair just yet. There’s always the option of a delicious takeaway afternoon tea at home. If you live with your mum – great! You can indulge too. If not, this little treat will still show her how much she means to you. 

Bettys, York
York’s go-to destination for tiny sandwiches and delicious homemade cakes, Bettys has stayed open throughout lockdown by providing their delicious treats in takeaway form. 

Whether you’re able to spend the day with your mum in person or not, consider ordering her the Afternoon Tea To-Go which starts at £13.50. It’s available to click and collect from all of Bettys’ tearooms too, not just the branch in York.

Fruit scone with jam

All You Can Tea, Edinburgh
Does your mum call the Scottish capital home? There’s a handful of places offering takeaway afternoon teas across Edinburgh, including All You Can Tea

The bakery based in Musselburgh offers two different afternoon tea options – the standard box for one person for £13 and the premium box for two to three people for £28.50. Both feature a selection of decadent desserts and savoury sandwiches all handmade in house. It’s free to deliver in the local area, otherwise delivery further afield starts at £2.50. 

Cuthbert’s, Liverpool
Is mum a big fan of homemade scones heaped with jam and cream? Cuthbert’s is a brilliant bakery which continues to deliver delicious afternoon teas to the residents of Liverpool

Their classic afternoon tea is £15 per person and includes a selection of their top-selling cakes and sandwiches. There are options for those with specific dietary requirements, plus they’ll even deliver everything in a nice box along with a personalised message. Feeling particularly celebratory? Add a bottle of prosecco for an extra £15.

Two cups of tea with cupcakes

Remember to adhere to lockdown restrictions this Mother’s Day. If you need to travel, it should only be for essential reasons. Make sure you keep safe onboard by social distancing from other passengers, wearing a face covering and only travelling if you’re completely symptom-free. 

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