When I just mentioned to my husband that it’s Mother’s Day soon, he let out a few expletives and then said ‘if you have any ideas, then send them over’. Well here they are in all their fabulousness! All Devon makers, many are mummies themselves and all the products are gorgeous and a real treat to say that we rock this mummying job – even when our ‘child bosses’ don’t always let us know!
Here I’m going to repeat myself a bit from last year but it hold so true: What is so lovely about buying from buying from independents is that you know the time and effort, but most importantly LOVE, that has gone into each product. Not only to making it the very best it can be, but also down to the details of the packaging. Each product in our Mother’s Day gift guide is a real treat, and each company holds many ethical values and are doing their bit for the environment too. Thanks for supporting Devon local, and thanks for supporting mum businesses this Mother’s Day.
A fabulous gift is a place on our rather special May Meet Up – just 7 families have the the exclusive opportunity for fabulous and affordable photos of you and your little one among the bluebells by the professional photographer Fiona French and to meet likeminded parents for a picnic snack. It’s everything I love rolled into one: flowers, picnics, our little ones and beautiful photos. We can have an explore of the magnificent bluebells with our little ones, and Fiona will capture these beautiful moments. Then take some time for a picnic, snacks and a natter. During this time, Fiona will quietly take each of us off for a personalised few minutes in the bluebells for some individual photos! There is no set 20 minute sessions – it’s just a relaxed meet up with the added bonus of beautiful pics too.
The Gift: A place on the Little Devon May Meet up in partnership with Fiona French Images on Monday 9th May (but we’ll hold Monday 16th as a back up in case of inclement weather). 9.30-11.30am. This includes a relaxed photoshoot among the blooming bluebells at Blackburry Camp and 3 professional images to download. On seeing the images, there will be the opportunity to upgrade to a total of £50 for all photos should there be any others (this is not promised, but we really wanted the opportunity there to buy more if there were more gorgeous shots taken. We also wanted to be clear on how much it will cost so there’s no worry of being tempted by photos outside of your budget).
The Price: £30
The Deadline date for delivery by Mother’s Day: Immediately on booking you will receive a confirmation email.
Little Devon Discount: This is an exclusive event for Little Devon followers at a fabulous price. However, if you can’t make the date then Fiona is kindly offering readers a 50% discount on any session fee booked with me in 2022. Just mention ‘Little Devon’ when booking.
Handmade by Holly
For spring blooms that last years and years, then Holly’s gorgeous earrings are perfect. I have fallen in love with the Daisy collection – the pastel colours reminding us that spring and summer are on their way, the beautiful delicate petals and the complimentary colours that make them super fun. I’m sure you’ll agree they’re fab.
Holly is mum to one wild and wilful 3 year old, and currently works part time at the university alongside my creative business (although she’s taking the plunge to go full time with her jewellery business at the end of May!) What a supermum! “I have been making jewellery since I was big enough to string together pasta, and have been working with polymer clay and liberty fabric for the last 12 years. I am in love with all things floral and take a lot of my inspiration from the gorgeous Devon countryside.”
The Gift: Earrings from the Daisy collection. Handmade from polymer clay, which is really light weight and easy to wear, with sterling silver or gold plated findings. Polymer clay is also incredibly durable, so these flowers will last a lifetime.
The Price: £16.50
The Deadline date for delivery by Mother’s Day: Order by 21st March for delivery before Mothers Day.
Little Devon Discount: LITTLEDEVON for 10% off
Simply Seaglass Devon
If you’re looking for a unique gift for a mummy who’s a lover of the seaside and creative art then Vicky’s pictures are for you. I am super excited to bring you this new business as I love collecting pretty things on the beach with my daughter and we always have a special stone, shell or sea glass in our pocket – but these pictures show how to make them super special. These are so super unique that there’s only one of each picture available.
“I’m a mum of 2 girls and a theatre nurse. I love getting out exploring and collecting sea glass and other treasures along the beach.”
The Gift: A beautiful, hand-drawn and sea glass picture
The Price: £15 – £25 depending on picture.
The Deadline date for delivery by Mother’s Day: 22nd for guaranteed delivery. Local collection from Newton Abbot is available.
Bluebells and Blossom
More everlasting blooms, this time from Lauren at Bluebells and Blossom. A beautiful pressed single or collection of flowers in a sealed handmade glass frame. These are simply beautiful.
“I started my business after I’d had my first child and soon realised that trying to arrange childcare for school holidays around our regular jobs was going to be really difficult. I retrained as a florist thinking I could work self employed in this area, but after developing a real interest in preserving flowers my business idea of pressing wedding flowers was born and then evolved into making these little handmade glass frames filled with flowers that come mostly from my garden and the area around where I live. They have proved really popular for lovers of botanical themed home decor and also as gifts for loved ones as an alternative to fresh flowers.”
The Gift: Pressed flowers displayed in a sealed handmade glass frame.
The Price: £22
The Deadline date for delivery by Mother’s Day: Monday 21st March (all items are made to order)
Amelia’s Flower Farm
I have loved watching Amelia’s Flower Farm bloom since she set it up just a couple of years ago. She grows specialist country garden flowers (without any pesticides or other nasties), which are picked, arranged and delivered within 48 hours – so they only need fresh water and they are beautiful.
“I’m a mum of 3 crazy boys and I’ve set up my flower farm as part of my smallholding life, just outside of Combeinteignhead.”
This Mother’s day she has created a number of different bouquet options.
- £55 Best of the Farm Bouquet- full of the absolute best of the season British Flowers- lots from our own Flower Farm and other Cornish Growers
- £35 Classic Bouquet which also comes with a vase
- £25 flower bundle of loose stems available as a one off delivery or as a subscription
- £10 for a mini vase, which is collection only
The Gift: A beautiful bouquet of fresh local flowers
The Price: £10 – £55
The Deadline date for delivery by Mother’s Day: Obviously order as soon as possible. Local Delivery is available on the Saturday 26th before M day and DPD nationwide delivery available until Thursday 24th next day DPD £10.
Little Devon Discount: 15% Go directly through Amelia (message or call) as she hasn’t quite got to grips with discount codes on her snazzy new website!