The old saying goes that ‘Mum knows best’ and well, that is a pretty hard sentiment to debate. Just think about it, when you find yourself in an argument with your partner or a squabble with friends, who do you turn to? Mum will always be there with some helpful advice, a hug and maybe even a tissue or two if you need it. She always knows just what to say and it’s really rather remarkable.
All of that maternal wisdom didn’t happen overnight though. The reason your Mum knows you so well - what makes you tick, what vegetables you definitely don’t eat and the songs that make you cry - is because she has spent years looking out for you and teaching you everything you know. We hardly think it’s a controversial statement then, to say that Mums deserve to be shown just how much they are loved. Sure, you could (and should) buy her flowers or write her notes of appreciation any day of the year, but Mothering Sunday is so special because it’s a day solely dedicated to all of the wonderful Mums out there - young mums, old mums, fun mums, and mums that only know Tik Tok as the sound that the clock on the mantelpiece makes.
This year, it is likely that for many people, Mother’s Day will look a little different than it usually does, due to government guidelines that are there to protect us from the spread of Coronavirus. Even if you can’t physically be with your Mum on Sunday 14 March, you can still make sure she has a great day by sending her a gift in the post. Or if you are living with your Mum or able to see her, why not whip up a restaurant quality meal with a DIY kit that can be delivered straight to your door? To help make sure that your Mother’s Day 2021 is as special as it deserves to be, we have rounded up the best Mother’s Day meal kits, gifts and hampers that Mum will love. Read below to see our favourites.
Mother's Day meal kits
While we are all about equal division of labours between partners at SquareMeal, it might be the case that your Mum ends up doing most of the cooking in your childhood home. Why not give her the night off then for Mothering Sunday and whip up one of these easy Mother’s Day meal kits? Check out some of our favourites below.
At Home with Selfridges: Mother’s Day Experience Box
What: For an extra special meal with Mum, order this Mother’s Day Experience Box from Selfridges. The box contains a three-course meal, alongside Champagne, a menu and two hand illustrated candles bearing the message ‘Happy Mother’s Day’. Highlights from the menu include a main course of Creedy Carver chicken, with Jerusalem artichoke, Serrano ham and wild garlic potatoes, followed by a raspberry and rose macaron for dessert.
How much: £165
Buy the At Home with Selfridges: Mother’s Day Experience Box
Home by Nico Mother’s Day Edition
What: If your Mum has had Six by Nico on her ‘to dine’ list for some time, but hasn’t managed to make it there yet because of the various lockdowns, why not treat her to the experience at home instead? This four-course Mother’s Day themed box from Six by Nico begins with potted hot smoked salmon with cucumber and apple, followed by beef sirloin in a red wine jus, served with sides of truffle cheese dauphinoise and spring vegetable fricassee. Savoury tastes are accounted for via a cheese course, while sugar cravings are met too thanks to a dessert of dark chocolate mousse with salted caramel and golden cocoa nibs. There’s even a bottle of Prosecco thrown in too.
Delivery: Nationwide, delivered on 12 March
How much: £65 (serves two)
Buy the Home by Nico Mother’s Day Edition
Wright Brothers Dine for Two Box
What: If your mum is a seafood fan, then you really can’t go wrong with this three-course feast from Wright Brothers, the popular seafood restaurant group which has branches across London. The maritime meal kicks off with a dozen Jersey oysters to shuck, which are then followed by half a dozen Devon caught scallops and shells. The meal culminates with an oven ready whole turbot.
How much: £75
Buy the Wright Brothers Dine for Two Box
1251 Mother’s Day Sunday Roast Kit
What: If Mum is normally tasked with cooking the Sunday lunch in your family home, why not give her the afternoon off with this impressive finish at home roast kit from 1251. The three-course feast, which includes a bottle of wine, kicks off with a starter of treacle cured smoked salmon, before moving on to the main event of a 65 day aged sirloin and short rib of beef, complete with indulgent trimmings such as truffle cauliflower cheese, BBQ hispi cabbage, roasties, Yorkshire pudding and bone marrow gravy. To finish, there’s bread and butter pudding with spiced custard.
Delivery: Nationwide (order by 7 March for delivery on 12 or 13 March)
How much: £120 for two, £220 for four, £300 for six
Buy the 1251 Mother’s Day Sunday Roast Kit
Pasta Evangelists ‘Mamma’s Favourites’ Pasta Box
What: If your Mum is a fan of Italian cuisine, swap out the traditional Mothering Sunday roast dinner for a pasta party instead. This DIY kit from Pasta Evangelists features two fresh pasta recipes, a charcuterie selection for two, plus two portions of classic tiramisu. Now, that is sure to be a Mother’s Day meal to remember.
How much: £40
Buy the Pasta Evangelists ‘Mamma’s Favourites’ Pasta Box
River Cafe Cornish Roast Chicken Box
What: The iconic River Cafe is offering seasonal meal kits which provide you with everything you need for a delicious Mother’s Day lunch. The box serves four people and includes a Cornish Red chicken stuffed with lemon, rosemary and bay, ready for you to roast at home, alongside creamy sliced potatoes, braised cime di rapa and cannellini beans. Smashed chickpeas and focaccia are also included to snack on while the chicken cooks, while dessert is taken care of via pistachio cake and pralines.
How much: £160 (serves four)
Buy the River Cafe Cornish Roast Chicken Box
The Shuk Weekender Lamb Kit
What: If you want to make your Mum feel extra special, treat her to an entire weekend of fabulous meals, rather than just the typical breakfast in bed. This mammoth kit of Shuk contains everything you need to make Saturday brunch, Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch - think shakshuka, spiced lamb meatballs, 12-hour braised lamb neck with a medley of herbs and spices, plus a chocolate, hazelnut and oat cookie crumb babka to round it all off.
How much: £150 (Serves four)
Buy The Shuk Weekender Lamb Kit
Finish & Feast Marianne Lumb Meal Kit
What: Acclaimed chef Marianne Lumb has partnered up with luxury meal kit providers Finish & Feast to create a springtime menu that will delight Mums up and down the country. The three-course menu begins with Vitello tonnato and artichokes, followed by baked stone bass with blackened celeriac puree and buerre noisette, and a pudding of Yorkshire rhubarb, pistachio macaron and cardamom cake. Dedicated vegetarian version also available.
How much: £90
Buy the Finish & Feast Marianne Lumb Meal Kit
Mother's Day breakfast and brunch kits
Treating your Mum to breakfast in bed is a great way to make sure her special day gets off to a relaxing and cosy start. If you are not too confident about your own kitchen skills, take the stress out of the occasion with these easy to follow brunch kits from top restaurants. Check out our top picks below.
The Wolseley Mother’s Day Breakfast Box
What: While breakfast with Mum at The Wolseley is sadly out of the question this year, you can now recreate the experience at home with the restaurant’s new breakfast box. Inside, you’ll find a whole host of goodies, including half a bottle of Pommery Champagne, smoked salmon, caviar, a sourdough loaf, eggs, fresh orange juice, marmalade, granola, yoghurt and fruit compote, The Wolseley’s own English Breakfast tea, homemade raspberry truffles and even a copy of the ‘Breakfast at The Wolseley' book.
How much: £95 (serves two)
Buy The Wolseley Mother’s Day Breakfast Box
Gail’s Bakery Breakfast in Bed Kit
What: Remember as a kid, when you’d make breakfast in bed for you Mum on Mother’s Day, which consisted of an overflowing bowl of Cheerios and some poorly buttered toast? Well, now all these years later you can make it up to her, with the rather more professional Breakfast in Bed kit from Gail’s. The kit includes a croissant, a cinnamon bun, a loaf of sourdough, marmalade, butter, a bottle of orange juice, and a pack of Gail’s house blend coffee.
How much: £30
Buy the Gail’s Breakfast in Bed Kit
At Home with Selfridges: Mother’s Day Breakfast Box
What: If you normally celebrate Mother’s Day with a spot of retail therapy, treat Mum to a Selfridges experience at home with the famous department stores new Mother’s Day Breakfast Box. Inside the box, you’ll find everything you need for Mum to enjoy a fabulous breakfast, including bagels, smoked salmon and cream cheese, plus granola, fresh orange juice and coffee. The best part? A mix of six cookies from the team at Blondies.
How much: £65
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Wright Brothers Mother’s Day Brunch Box
What: There is something undeniably glamorous about a seafood brunch, so we think Mum will love this snazzy offering from the Wright Brothers restaurant group. Inside its brunch box, you will find a whole cooked lobster, strips of smoked salmon and a tub of fresh white crab meat which has been steamed to ensure maximum flavour. All you need to do is add bagels and Mimosas and you have a Mother’s Day brunch of dreams.
How much: £85
Buy the Wright Brothers Mother’s Day Brunch Box
Caravan Brunch Kit
What: The Caravan restaurant group knows a thing or two about great brunch dishes, so we think they are more than capable of ensuring your Mum’s special day gets off to the perfect start. Caravan offers two brunch kits to choose from - the first is a stack of kimchi pancakes while the second is baked eggs. Both kits also come with a loaf of Caravan's sourdough bread, cold-pressed juice, its signature coffee blend and dry muffin mix so that you can bake some sweet treats too.
How much: £36
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Dishoom Bacon Naan Kit
What: Arguably the most famous dish on the menu at Dishoom, the bacon naan has gained cult status among discerning foodies. Now you and Mum can enjoy it at home thanks to this handy DIY kit, which comes with dough balls, bacon and all of the necessary spices, as well as loose leaf tea to make delicious Chai with. Dishoom even throughs in an extra dough ball to experiment with, so you and Mum can have some fun in the kitchen.
How much: £16 for two people
Buy the Dishoom Bacon Naan Kit
Personalised Breakfast in Bed Gift Box
What: There are few things more luxurious than enjoying breakfast in bed, so why not treat your Mum to just that with this personalised gift box? The box comes complete with a mini milk pudding vase that can be personalised with wording of your choice, as well as English breakfast tea bags, pots of honey and jam and a miniature bottle of Bottega Gold Prosecco. All of the items are packaged in a beautiful box, so there’s no need to worry about wrapping it either.
How much: £45
Buy the Personalised Breakfast in Bed Gift Box
Mother's Day hampers and gifts
If you have already got your Mother’s Day breakfast in bed and Sunday lunch plans sorted, the next thing to tick off of your list is the gift. Check out our top picks below of foodie focused Mother’s Day hampers and gifts that will make her day and score you plenty of brownie points.
Mother's Day at Home By Shangri-La Hamper
What: We’re all about championing local business at the moment and this well-stocked Mother's Day at Home hamper By Shangri-La features a selection of products from the local area. Inside, you will find the likes of Bee Lovely Bath & Shower Gel by Neal’s Yard Remedies and ‘Metro Collection’ Royal Albert Dock London raw honey, alongside the hotel’s signature Shangri-La scent room spray, a tin of the hotel’s signature Afternoon Tea blend and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne to toast to the occasion. Opt for the deluxe version to include a bloom-at-home Spring flower basket crafted by leading London florist McQueen’s Flowers.
How much: £135 or £165 with flowers
Buy the Mother’s Day at Home by Shangri-La Hamper
Emergency Pink Gin Letterbox Gift
What: The popularity of pink gin has soared in recent years and it has become something of a staple sip for Mums all over. So if your Mum is a fan, this ‘emergency’ kit (which will fit through most letterboxes) is sure to leave her tickled pink. The kit includes a bottle of Pink Gin, a delicious bar of Rhubarb Gin & Tonic flavoured milk chocolate by Choc Affairs and a pot of Pink Gin natural Lip Balm, boasting flavours of rhubarb and juniper.
How much: £23.95
Buy the Emergency Pink Gin Letterbox Gift
Chambord Premium ‘French Martini’ Cocktail Making Gift Set
What: Everyone’s favourite black raspberry liqueur has launched a cocktail making gift set just in time for Mother’s Day. The kit includes a chic Chambord-embossed golden cocktail shaker, a measuring jigger and stirrer, plus two delicate glass coupes - one for you and one for Mum. You will also find all of the necessary ingredients to shake up a French Martini; two mini bottles of Finlandia Vodka (40% ABV) and of course a bottle of Chambord. All you need to do is add 60ml pineapple juice, shake, pour and enjoy.
How much: £47.50
Buy the Chambord Premium ‘French Martini’ Cocktail Making Gift Set
Virginia Hayward Mother’s Day Hamper
What: Hampers full of goodies are a great way to show someone how much you appreciate them, so we’re sure Mum will love this gift box that is stuffed full of sweet treats and booze. To be more specific, in this hamper you will find a bottle of Zonin rose sparkling wine alongside raspberry and rose milk chocolate, gourmet popcorn, chocolates, strawberry daiquiri gummies, raspberry preserve with Amaretto, nougat and marshmallows.
How much: £65
Buy the Virginia Hayward Mother’s Day Hamper
Mother’s Day afternoon tea hamper
What: Afternoon tea is a real treat, but it can sometimes be a bit of a faff having to get all dressed up for the occasion. To help Mum relax on her special day, instead bring afternoon tea direct to you with this hamper of goodies, which includes fair trade tea, scones, chocolate and a selection of tiny jam jars (flavours range from Mojito marmalade to pear and kiwi). A tea set to enjoy your goodies with is also thrown in.
How much: £55
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Mother’s Day Celebration Hamper
What: If your Mum has a sweet tooth, a box of baked goods is always sure to go down well as a Mother’s Day gift. This well stocked hamper includes a tube of all butter shortbread biscuits, an extra large chocolate chip flapjack and a regular sized millionaire flapjack, plus millionaire shortbread, ginger and chocolate biscuits and a jar of caramel sauce. You can also include a personalised greeting card if you’re sending this as a gift.
How much: £29
Buy the Mother’s Day Celebration Hamper
Sam’s Larder Mother’s Day Hamper
What: The team at Sam’s Riverside haven’t been resting on their laurels while closed due to Coronavirus restrictions. Instead, they have been putting their minds to creating various ‘at home’ options, including this well-stocked Mother’s Day hamper. Inside, you will find a whole host of high-quality foodie items for Mum to enjoy, including vanilla biscuits, salted caramel truffles, rhubarb preserve and smoked Catalan almonds. Aside from these goodies, you’ll also find a scented candle and a mini bottle of Pommery Pink POP Rose to toast to Mum with.
Delivery: London postcodes only
How much: £100
Buy the Sam’s Larder Mother’s Day Hamper
The Forest & Co’s Personalised Breakfast Tray
What: If you are a whizz in the kitchen who has got your Mother’s Day breakfast all planned out, but worried about presentation, look no further than this adorable breakfast tray, which can be personalised with the first initial of your Mum. Not only will this make your breakfast in bed extra special for her, it will also be something she can use again and again, because let’s face it, Mums deserve breakfast in bed at least one day a week.
How much: £58
Buy The Forest & Co’s Personalised Breakfast Tray
We'll be updating this page regularly in the run up to Mother's Day, so be sure to check back for more inspiration.
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