Inspired gifts for mother's day

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Worries, wrinkles... you've probably given a lot to your mum over the years. This Mother's Day give her something she really wants. Spoil her with these hand-picked treats.

1. Breakfast in bed
It's payback time for mum! Could there be anything more spoiling than breakfast in bed on this folding wooden tray from La Maison Bleue?
Croissants, smoked salmon, coffee, newspapers and favourite magazines... show you really do appreciate all the years she's run round for you. She'll love Sophie Conran's brand new White Oak range for Portmeiron.

2. The retro revival
From the relaunches of 70s food staples like Monster Munches to the resurgence of hobbies like knitting - retro is making a serious comeback. Experts put this down to a need for familiar comforts in tricky times. 'Nostalgia for the past has always been heightened by economic shifts,' says author Robert Opie. It's no suprise then that this retro Robert's Radio, from Cath Kidston, has been one of your recent favourites on mydeco. And its combination of vintage chic and girly glam makes it perfect for Mother's Day. She'll be dancing round the house.

3. Food for thought
'Mothering Sunday, I'm showing my gratitude by treating my mum to a special home-cooked meal,' says Gordon Ramsay. Follow the kitchen guru and give your mother some time off by whipping up a treat in this fun casserole dish from Cargo.

4. Buy bespoke
Nothing says 'thoughtful' like a personalised gift. Most mothers are in dire need of a little pampering so treat her to this bath oil and add your own message to the label. Tell her how much she means to you.

5. For mums who have everything
Buying gifts for mothers can be tricky. But forget what she needs and you will open up all sorts of fun alternatives. Help her lose her marbles over this Malteser solitaire dish. Perfect for mums with a sweet tooth.

6. Picture perfect
There's nothing a mother likes more than photos of her little ones (even if they are not so little anymore). Raid through your pictures and find a suitably special snap of you and your mum and put it in a pretty new frame.

7. The way to her heart...

You can't go wrong with flowers but there's no need to stop there. What mothers really want is a thoughtful gift that will last. The 7 or 12 stem Spiragoya vases from Graham & Green will look blooming wonderful all year round. With or without flowers, the vases will be a talking point.

8. Sew a little something
Mothers always love gifts made by their children. Not exactly a kid any more? Don't fret - home-made gifts are now hip. Sales of sewing machines are rocketing and Cath Kidston's sewing basket is currently a best seller. Create your mum a masterpiece with this retro kit from Graham & Green. Don't fancy getting creative? Give her the sewing kit and encourage a new hobby!

9. Nostalgic tea party.
The old-fashioned tea party is experiencing a credit crunch renaissance. 'The event of afternoon tea is becoming fashionable again. It seems a younger generation is re-understanding the charm and elegance of the traditional English custom,' says William Gorman, executive chairman of the UK Tea Council. Indulge your mother in childhood memories by baking her cup cakes and placing them on this spot cake stand. Then pour her a nice cuppa.

10. A trip for two
Think your mum deserves a good break? Prove it by giving her the Mr and Mrs Smith UK and Ireland Hotel Collection from The Conran Shop, and plan a long weekend break. Or at least inspire some armchair travels.

Annie Deakin is a journalist, fashion and furniture expert and editor at and is currently very impressed by the great range of outdoor furniture, fire surrounds and tiles.

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