Stuck for ideas for Mother’s Day? Don’t panic! York’s amazing array of independent retailers have it covered with gifts for all mums, and all pockets.
Whether it’s a day out with tea and cake, some colourful local flowers or a something more quirky, there’s no excuse for not spoiling mum on Sunday (March 15).
Here are a few gifts and treats available from York’s lively range of indie shops and cafés.
In Bloom Thermos Flask
Give A Dog A Bone
17 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TA
Part of Give A Dog A Bone’s new In Bloom range, inspired by vintage seed packets, this flask will keep your mum’s soup warm – or her gin cold – on those family trips to the coast.
Afternoon Tea & A Photo
61 Clifton, York, YO30 6BD
Sandwiches, scones, tea and more at Cakes d’Licious – plus photographer Joanne B from Joanne B Photography will commemorate the family occasion so your mum can have a keepsake of her day out.
Gold and Turquoise Earrings
Rue B York
3-5 Minstergates, York
These gold and turquoise hoop earrings are a gift for the mum about town, and Rue B York are offering 15% off on their website: just type “mums the word” at the checkout.
Luxury Bouquet ‘Glory’
Standard size £36.95
The York Flower Co
177 Burton Stone Lane
Freshly cut flowers will always bring a smile to your mum’s face, so treat her to an arrangement from the York Flower Co.
Salted Caramel Brownies
Tarte and Berry
Astonthorpe House, 308 Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1HF
If your mum likes chocolate – well, of course she does – then these salted caramel brownies might prove to be a winner with her, as they were with the BBC Good Food Show.
Quirky Owl Teapot
4 Kings Court, York, YO1 7LD
Warm mum’s heart with a cup of tea brewed in her very own artistic owl teapot, from Daisy Taylor’s. It’ll be a hoot!
Prices vary depending what you want in the hamper
16 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ
Design and fill a cheesy hamper especially for you mum! There are even Love Cheese gift vouchers to put in it so she can come back for seconds…
Cheeky Jack Trinket Box – Bird
Priestley’s at no.36
36 Bootham, York, YO30 7BW
This trinket box with its bird design is one of the pretty things that your mum might covet from Priestley’s at no.36.
Classic French Painter’s jacket
Harper and Carr
41 Fossgate, York
Trendy yet unique, these stylish items from Harper and Carr will enhance your mum’s wardrobe and offer comfort and flair.
Lavender hanging house ornament
Blossom and Walker
3 Lord Mayors Walk, York, YO31 7HB
Part of Gisela Graham’s Mother’s Day collection, these lavender hanging houses will add a sweet scent to your mum’s wardrobe and are also charming decorations.
Dandelion Clock paperweight
42 Gillygate, York
Show your mum how beautiful wildflowers can be with this dandelion paperweight, a stunning piece of everlasting nature.
Blue Tree Gallery
23 Bootham, York
Giuliana Lazzerini’s linocut prints and cards at Blue Tree Gallery make perfect Mother’s Day cards. Write in your own personal message inside as well as giving mum some beautiful artwork.
Kate Moss Smellies
2 Coney Street, York YO1 9NA
If you have a super model mum, see to it that she smells like a supermodel! The Kate Moss For Women Eau De Toilette 50ml spray is on offer at Burgins, along with all kinds of other fabulous fragrances and super scents.
Herbert Todd & Son
Percy’s Lane, York, YO1 9TP
Is your mum a dog-loving radio fan? Then this decorative DAB Roberts Radio from Herbert Todd will tick all the boxes. Let your mum put her feet up and listen to her favourite station, while you make her a cuppa…
Lucky Glass Cats
York Glass Ltd
34 Shambles, York, YO1 7LX
We mustn’t forget the cat-loving mums. Lucky cats make charming gifts and will bring your mum good fortune throughout the year* (*not guaranteed).
Contact the café for prices
Filmore & Union
62a Low Petergate, York
The “Love Your Mama” brunch at Filmore & Union promises a morning filled with sumptuous food delivered in a charming atmosphere.
Monk Bar Chocolatiers
7 The Shambles, York
The Mother’s Day treats on offer at Monk Bar Chocolatiers are a chocoholic’s dream! The attention to detail makes their creations almost too good to eat. Almost.
Gluten Free Chocs
Grape Lane, York, YO1 7HU
Don’t let food intolerances get in the way of spoiling your mum – this selection of six gluten-free, truffle-style choccies from vegan restaurant El Piano will put a big smile on her face.
Mum’s Theatre Day Out
Free – asking for donations
York Theatre Royal
St Leonard’s Place, York, YO1 7HD
York Theatre Royal is offering a day out on Mother’s Day, including a tour around the theatre, craft activities and a treasure hunt for all the family to enjoy.
York Rose Soap
43 Shambles, York, YO1 7LX
If anyone deserves a luxurious soak in the bath it’s your mum. And a hand made soap from specialist Mooch will make it even more special.
Striking Stripy Blazer
28 Back Swinegate, York
The boho style is easy to wear casually, or enhance with accessories for a more refined look. This blazer’s eye-catching stripes will make your mum stand out. From Paper Doll.
Smaller gifts start at £2.50
Blueberry at Silver Street
5 Silver Street, York
Gearing up for Mother’s Day, Blueberry staff have been creating craft sensations to sell in store, including charming brooches for your mum to pin proudly to her coat.
Hot Choc Afternoon Tea
York Cocoa House
3 Blake Street, York YO1 8QJ
They’ve indulgence off to a fine art at York Cocoa House. This includes a hot drink, savoury treats, chocolate and cherry scones and truffle torte. For an extra charge you can add a glass of wine too.
Fairtrade Coffee and Coasters
Coffee £3.50, coasters £19.50
84 Gillgate, York, YO31 7EN
Your mum can enjoy her coffee knowing she is helping other mums in Uganda sustain their livelihoods. Available from Fairer World.
52 Fossgate, York, YO19TF
If you have a cool dude mum, head down to Bowler Vintage and snag a pair of retro sunglasses.
Dog And Bone Vintage
36 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ
Comfort and style! These patterned fabric cushions are an affordable indulgence to brighten up mum’s home this Mother’s Day, and there are plenty more individual gifts she’ll like at Dog And Bone Vintage.
34 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ
Shine stocks a lot of gifts that might be perfect for your mum, including aluminium cuff bangles, scarves and pendants.
Rainbow Ceramic Painting Studios
15 Bootham, York
Fun for the family! Your mum can paint her chosen pot with you on Mother’s Day and pick up her finished piece the following week.
Sound Of Music Screening
Tickets: £9 adults, £6 children
13-17 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL
If yours is the sort of mum who spins around singing “The hills are alive…” and has a thing for goatherds, take along to this screening of The Sound Of Music at City Screen.
Free entry to the Choc Story
Mums go free with a paying son or daughter – tickets £10.50 (conc £9.50)
York’s Chocolate Story
Kings Square, York YO1 7LD
You can take mum round this guided tour of the city’s chocolate history on Mother’s Day and buy her an assortment in the shop with the money you save!
Free entry to the Dungeon
Mums go free
The York Dungeon
12 Clifford Street, York, YO1 9RD
If your mum is attracted to the darker side of history, she goes free at York Dungeon on both Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15. From Guy Fawkes to Henry VIII, the dungeon features 12 entertaining shows over 75 minutes.