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Mother’s Day: How To Hamper

Sunday March 14th is Mother’s Day, a day to spoil and say thank you to the maternal figure in your life whether that’s your Mum, Nana, Auntie or close friend. Even though lockdown is still in place and we aren’t able to celebrate the way we usually would, we still want to show that special someone how much they mean to us. So, whether they’re near or far, what better way to treat them, than by putting together a thoughtful hamper? Tasty treats, meaningful framed snaps, cosy slippers or luxurious bedding, we’ve got all tastes covered. Take a look below for some wonderful Mother’s Day hamper inspiration for all budgets.

Thoughtful doorstop drop-offs

If you live with or close to your loved one, using a traditional hamper is an ideal place to start as they are easy to present or leave on their doorstep. Wicker, wire or fabric, pop some tissue paper or nice fabric at the bottom to create a base, then the real fun begins! Have a think about what they love or what you think they could (or would love to) be doing more of. If they like a bit of everything, try chocolates, a framed photo of your favourite moment together, an indoor plant, and a room-refreshing diffuser. Bath bombs, scented candles, a sumptuously soft towel and comfy slippers are perfect for those that need ‘me time’ and a good soak in the bath is just the ticket. Have a bookworm in the family? Swap out the towel and bath bomb for a good book and mug so they can get lost in another world whilst sipping a hot drink. With cafes being shut at the moment, it doesn’t mean a good cuppa and sweet treat are off the cards either. Create an at-home café experience including everything from cream cakes and their favourite tea bags or coffee to a lovely new mug and big snuggly blanket to cosy up with. If you want to add a REALLY luxurious edge to your hamper, our Dorma 100% silk bedding is high-quality and sumptuously smooth to the touch. It will help them get a lovely night’s sleep which is great for their physical and mental health, plus sleeping on silk is good for lots of beauty benefits.

Thoughtful things in a small package

If lockdown means you can’t travel to see your loved one, packing a shoebox full of goodies and surprising them with it will mean the world. Take a look at these crafting how-to’s for inspiration and use small fillers such as chocolates, fluffy socks and her favourite tea for extra padding!

Tips for your giftable shoe box

  • Shoe box or small box.
  • Cover the box (we used brown paper and double-sided tape for ease).
  • Wrap any fragile items in bubble wrap.
  • Wrap items in bits of fabric for more fun when opening.
  • Tissue paper is great for using at the bottom of the box.
  • Decorate the box for another personal touch.

Pressed Flower Frame

What you need

  • Frame
  • Glue dots/glue and an old brush
  • Pressed Flowers (You can buy these pre-pressed or you can do them yourself)

If pressing your own flowers:

  • For this you will need fresh flowers or foliage (less bulky ones work best).
  • Scissors
  • Paper towels or greaseproof paper
  • Two or three heavy books

Method for pressing flowers:

  • Using scissors, cut your flowers into small, short sprigs. The less bulky the flowers and foliage, the quicker they will dry out.
  • There’s a chance that the moisture from the flowers may stain the pages, so don’t use your favourites!
  • Open your book to a random page, preferably near the middle. Insert your paper towel on top of one of the pages.
  • Lay the flowers on top of the paper towel, with enough spacing in between them so they don’t stick together.
  • Place another paper towel on top, close the book, sandwiching the flowers between the paper towels.
  • Lay one or two heavy books on top to weigh it down, ensuring that the flowers remain tightly pressed.
  • Leave for about a week or until the flowers have completely dried out.

Method for framing pressed flowers:

  • If using your own pressed flowers, remove the flowers carefully from the book pages.
  • Disassemble your frame and place the glass panels side by side.
  • Arrange your flowers on top of one of the panels.
  • You may need to secure some of the flowers in place, glue dots are perfect for this. Stick the glue dots to the backing glass panel - this will ensure they’re hidden.
  • Avoid sticking them to the petals, as these are more delicate and try to stick to the thicker areas of the stems.
  • When you’re done, slowly place your other glass panel on top and re-assemble your frame.

Homemade Green Tea bath salts

What you need:

  • Fine sea salt or Epsom salt
  • Green Tea (you can use loose leaf or green tea bags)
  • Essential Oil
  • Jar

This is a really easy but lovely homemade gift, and rather than buying a new jar you could recycle one you’ve saved from your cupboard or fridge. To make the jar gift-worthy, soak the label off and spray paint the lid if it has any writing on.

  • Pour your salt into your chosen jar, so it’s around ¾ full.
  • If using loose green tea measure a couple of teaspoons and pop straight into the salt. If using a teabag, gently cut open the teabag before pouring.
  • Mix well.
  • If adding essential oil, add 10 – 12 drops.
  • Mix again.
  • Voila! Delightful green tea bath salts for your someone special to enjoy.

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