Any Mum on Mother’s Day will tell you that she’d be happy with just about any gift. A lie in in the morning, a homemade card, a gift made by one of our kids.
It doesn’t have to be grand, it doesn’t have to be a lot. But any meaningful gesture or any simple act to remind your Mum how much you love them, would not go unappreciated. Some Mums even say that they don’t want a thing. Just getting to see you on that special day, is completely enough.
But, there are some gifts in the world, that truly do make a Mum feel overwhelmed with love and happiness.
Those are the gifts that are a complete surprise. The gifts that we weren’t expecting to receive. You see, receiving a gift on Mother’s Day really isn’t about the contents. But, about the fact that the gift giver thinks you are completely worth being treated.
The actual gift itself, especially one that has been so thoughtfully picked, is an even greater surprise. Especially when the gift turns up in a big box, ladened with beautiful green letters – Harrods.
My Mothers Day package from Harrods must have arrived at some point while I was on a work trip. I drove four hours in a snowstorm, to try get home in time for my daughters dinner, bath, bed routine. Any Mum with a young child will know that those couple of hours, are the most trying of the day. For me they’re normally full of toddler tantrums, fussy little eaters and cries of ‘I’m not tired’. After such a long treacherous journey and a very early start, I wasn’t looking forward to it.
As soon as I opened the door, I saw a big green parcel with beautiful gold letters sat on my stairs, my name and address carefully copied on the top. I could not contain my grin. After a really stressful day, it was such a welcome treat.
I took it into the living room and my fiancee, my daughter and my parents all crowded around me, eager to see what was inside. I felt like a little girl at Christmas time and I carefully opened the lid of the box.
The first thing I saw was a green ribbon, covered with the gold logo of Harrods…
and attached to the ribbon was a little white label that read ‘For You’. Below the label, an envelope was slightly peeking out with my name on. Inside the envelope was a note wishing me a Happy Mother’s Day, plus a message telling me to enjoy my treats.
The box was full of polystyrene so I had to dip my hand in to retrieve whatever gifts were inside. My three year old daughter excitedly helped me to pull things out of the box and I was so overwhelmed with the contents, that I couldn’t help but well up.
Inside the box I found several beautiful and luxurious pampering goodies. Most were from a skincare brand called Fresh, that I’ve not yet used, but have heard so much about in the blogging beauty industry. I recieved the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum, a Fresh Rose Face Mask, A Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream and a Fresh Rose Cleansing Foam.
There was also a giant candle. A candle by Max Benjamin called Ilum, that smelt so delicious. I instantly wanted to send everyone away so I could light the candle, put my pyjamas on, pour a cup tea and relax.
Next I pulled out a box of the prettiest biscuits I’ve ever seen.
Percy’s Bakery Chandelier Creams. Strawberry chocolate that had been garnished with almond flakes and chunks of dried strawberry. Petite, delicious and totally instagrammable.
The sleep aromatherapy roller from Tata was the last thing I pulled out of the box. It was also such a welcome gift. I couldn’t wait to try it out. For the past few weeks I’ve been really struggling to get some shut eye. I’ve found it a bit of a struggle recently to keep on top of that all important work/life balance. The nightly battle in my head, where I think about if I’ve spent enough time with my daughter, or enough time on work has been causing some major disruptions to my regular sleep patterns.
I teased myself with the package for the whole next day. I didn’t use one single item from it, apart from one little biscuit which I gave to my daughter. The whole next day I spent with Evie, playing in the snow. That evening I decided to take a rare evening off work (I work from home and usually work till midnight and then start again at 6am). As soon as Evie was tucked up and full of bedtime stories, I lit the candle, used the face mask, poured myself a cup of tea and enjoyed a few nibbles of the delicious strawberry creams.
It was so lovely having an excuse to take some time out for me. It was even more lovely, that someone had thought of sending me a beautiful gift for Mother’s Day.
Any Mum will tell you not to get her a gift. But, seeing her face as you hand over the box, emblazoned with green letters, will certainly show you otherwise.
How would you feel if you got this gift for Mother’s Day? Let me know in the comments below.
* Review – I was sent this package from Harrods for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.