Mum’s the word

Forgot all about Mother’s Day?

Not to worry. We have 10 failsafe last minute gift ideas just in time for tomorrow

1. Perfect pampering

For the truly pampered mum — and from the offspring without a budget — it has to be Crème de la Mer’s brand new Brightening Collection. Created with delicate Asian skin in mind, it targets discolouration, spots and uneven tone. Think fresh, dewy complexions.

Begin with the Brightening Intense, €100, to work on dark spots, followed by the Brightening Infusion Intense, €110, to protect the skin. The grand finale? The Brightening Essence Intense, €265, for brightening and anti-aging. Can’t afford all three? Then try step three — the Essence Intense. Magnificent.

2. Tea for two

Afternoon tea is just the kind of frivolous, delectable pick-me-up we all need, mums especially.

Served daily from 12 noon until 4pm, afternoon tea at Fota Island Resort (right) begins with delicate savouries — brown soda bread with smoked salmon & chive cream cheese, lemon and dill scones with minted egg mayonnaise and ciabatta with caramelised red onion and roast sirloin of beef — followed by a selection of sweet treats. From the reliable favourites of plain and fruit scones and tea cake, to the frou-frou fancies of strawberry tartlets, raspberry millefeuilles and Jameson chocolate truffles, it costs €26.50 for two sharing.

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3. Favourite film

On a budget? Pick up some cinema ticket vouchers for mum. €15 and she’s got a night out on you. Check out

4. Theatre nights

Is your mum a fan of musicals? The Grand Canal Theatre’s (now the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre) line up this summer includes The Phantom of the Opera. Buy the tickets or get a voucher and let mum choose her own show. See or call 01 6777999.

5. Superb spa

It’s renowned as one of the best spas in the south — so the Maryborough Hotel’s Mother’s Day package has to be worth a second look: a 55 minute ESPA facial, complimentary use of the Thermal Suite, time in the Relaxation Suite followed by tea/coffee and luxury pastries served in the Tea Pavilion. Available from Monday- Friday €75 per person, Saturday €95 per person, and Sunday, €85 per person.


6. Fragrant smell

We’re loving the latest Jo Malone – Scent Surround Diffusers, €60. Dip the reeds into one of three fragrance options — Lime, Basil and Mandarin, Pomengranate Noir or Red roses and that’s it, they’re ‘on’, constantly. They last longer than scented candles too. What’s not to love?

7. Radiant glow

Yes we’re early — the official launch is Apr 6 — but show how thoughtful you are and put mum on a waiting list for the brand new Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Compact Foundation, €48.50.

Ultra practical and super long lasting for the busy mum, it’s a radiant second skin. We love.

8. Food on the go

Treat mum to a Cork Tasting Trail, a relaxed but food-focused Saturday morning walking tour for foodies who want to see and taste the best of Cork.

Tour guides bring people to places that are a little off the usual food route, visiting different markets, cheesemongers, fishmongers, butchers and bakers to meet the people who produce some of the best food in the in Ireland.

Plus there’s more on the architecture and history of the city.

01 4971245

9. Treasured moments

OK so you’ve missed the postage deadline, but order your mum her very own Snapfish photo album — from a soft cover book for €5.95 to a 30x30 coffee table version for €39.95 — and let her know this thoughtful gift is en route.


10. IOU vouchers

Broke? Promise her your time – say you’ll do the ironing, wash the floors or cook dinner for a week. Free — but utterly priceless.


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