4 March 2016

Mother's Day Gift Guide & 10 Reasons Why My Mum Is My Bestie

Mother's Day gift ideas
I talked to her about 30 minutes ago and I honestly just want to re-dial her and chat more. I love my bestie aka my momma. How great are mums, right? My perfectly organised Excel spreadsheet has reminded me to publish my February Faves today but I just had to re-schedule it, sneak this one in so I could share some love and appreciation to all the amazing mums and mums-to-be who would happen to be reading these very lines right now. If you haven't yet got a present for your mum or grandma (or any other special lady in your life who's a momma), this last-min (unique and cute) gift guide might be just what you need. Most of the ideas are customisable - there's nothing better than a personal touch in any present. While we are on the subject of being personal, I am also about to share 10 reasons why my mum is my bestie. I could share over 1000 but I better mention those to my mum in person ;)

Finding a perfect gift can be a challenge. Especially if it is for someone very special. Often we can spend hours thinking and browsing - and nada! I love giving gifts so much more than receiving them but it generally requires to REALLY put your thinking cap on! That's when Pinterest comes in handy to feed that inspo need. Etsy is also one of my favourites because I always seem to come across a gift I love. My discovery as of last year was this website called Not On The High Street (that's where all the images and ideas below are from). This is not a sponsored post, I'm just sharing my genuine excitement about the fact how amazing NOTHS is! Here are the little gifts I thought would make any mum, grandma, auntie or friend happy. I love them all, especially those beautiful prints. #myweakness
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1. Personalised "Just For You" Plant Pot {£14}: perfect for those who can keep a plant alive :)
2. Story Of My Mum print {£30}: a fully-customisable mini bio of your mum with cute hand-drawn fonts and images.
3. Silver Studs With a Message {£12}: dainty heart studs + a sweet message below will melt your mum's heart.
4. Personalised Welly Print {£26.50}: gorgeous illustration of the whole family in colourful Welly boots. LUV!
5. Personalised Peas In A Pod Necklace {£30}: peas represent the loved ones in your momma's life (with names).
6. I Love You Because... Personalised Flowers {£25}: these flowers will never fade away because they are wooden!

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1. 'Moon & Back' Keyring {£10}: cute little keyring and teeny dainty pebbles is a sweet everyday reminder. 
2. Personalised Watercolour Print {£22}: beautiful print and now that's a strong message - love bigger than sweeties :)
3. Personalised Lyrics Cushion Cover {£29.95}: such a neat handmade special gift to a mum who's a music buff.
4. Mini Envelope Best Mum Cards {£4.95}: a fab addition to a gift - adorable and sweet Mother's Day card.
5. Personalised Wooden Star Keepsake {£8}: such a lovely way to remind mum what a star she is!
6. 'I Love You To The Mood & Back' Chocolates {£12.95}: super thoughtful and delicious Belgian choco-message.

* These ideas might come in handy quite early for any of you who celebrate Mother's Day in May ;)

Being 1,588 miles away (thanks, Google Maps) from my mum is not easy. Even though I haven't lived in my parents' house for 10+ years (I started uni in a different city when I was 16), I still visited them and vice versa every two weeks. Moving to a different country was a whole new story. I still see my parents quite a lot but sometimes I wish I could help my dad with his car or go and grab a wee cuppa with mum at the weekend. What do they say - distance makes the heart grow fonder? It really makes you appreciate every minute spent on Skype or during a visit. There is an unlimited numbers of reasons why I love my mum and why she is my best friend.  Here are 10 out of 1 gazillion:
1. It's an unbreakable bond.  
I am not saying friendships don't last. They do if friends work on their relationship. Mum & daughter friendship is a whole new level of closeness. She will never let me down and our relationship is as secure as it can get.
2. She's AMAZING!
Not only she is one of the most loving people I have ever met/heard of/known in my life but she's also that loving to everyone! My mum is positive, understanding, humble, hard-working, reliable and my all-time role model.
3. We "get" each other.
I am a late child. Like, really late. Despite the big gap in age, my mum "gets" me better than some of my friends. She is there to listen and she never judges. My mum just knows me inside out without me having to say a word.
4. It's a selfless thing.
You know how some people are your "friends" because it's beneficial in one way or another. I would give the whole world to my mum if I could and I know she'd do the same for me. Just because. Out of pure selfless love.
5. She is a fab cook!
I had to include a few fun reasons, right? It's hard to find food that is better than the way my mum makes it. I am rubbish at cooking comparing to her. Best creamy mash in town? I bet my mum still makes it better! :)
6. She's my 3am friend (and I am hers).
NB: 3am friend is someone who you can call at 3 in the morning and they will be there for you in a heartbeat. She's that friend who's at my beck and call 24/7. No grudges, no complaints, no issues - we have each other's back.
7. Forgive & forget.
I haven't been the easiest teenager but thankfully got my head screwed back on by the age of 17! :) Mum has also been so patient and understanding with me (#angel). She only keeps remembering the best times.
8. Skin care expert.
Isn't it absolutely amazing when your mum is able to give you advice on how to look after your skin better? When I used to have awful breakouts, mum would always help to find the best skincare and share little tips and tricks.
9. It's all about trust.
How many people do you trust 101%? I'm sure it's not a very wide circle. And it's completely normal. I can tell my mum the silliest things or the biggest secret and I know it's kept better than Crown Jewels.
10. She is my mum.
Enough said. She is the best and I am beyond thankful to be her daughter.
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Hope you enjoyed this post and that you are going to have a lovely Mother's Day weekend.
I understand and acknowledge that there are many sensitive cases around this time of the year.
4 years ago I lost my dear auntie and we are still finally it tough going sometimes.
If you know anyone who lost their loved one, make sure to let me know you are there for them.
There are other heartbreaking cases as well when mum might have hurt her children. 
Whatever your heart is going through or if you know someone who needs a little lift up this weekend, 
support them, talk to them, be present and kind.
And finally, if you have had an argument or not the most pleasant conversation with your mum recently, make the first move and apologize (even if you were right). Mums are so precious.
There is another mum I love and cherish, and that is my mother in law. 
What a blessing it is when your hubby's mum is a star!

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Happy Friday, loves! :)


  1. Such a lovely post hun! I know how hard it can be to be far away from your Mum, I moved away from my Mum to stay with my Dad when I was 12 and that was a pretty hard transition. However, I have both endless love for my biological Mother and Step Mum who adopted me as if I was her own. :) Hopefully you'll be able to visit your family soon.

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

    1. Thanks so much, sweetie! I can imagine what a transition you must have gone through but it's great you are happy and love your biological Mum and Step Mum honey :) I am going to visit parents in a month - excited! :D

  2. Aw Nad this post just warmed my heart so so much. I love the relationship you have with your mum.. it is honestly so beautiful to read about!! NOTHING can ever beat your mum's cooking ha! I can't imagine how hard it must be to not be close to your mum.. but it is like you said.. distance definitely makes the heart grow fonder. I am so sorry to hear about your aunt lovely... I agree so much that you should always let those that you love know how much they mean to you and not let silly arguments get in the way. I also LOVE the gifts so much!!


    1. Thanks so much, girlie. Mum is definitely a super special person & it's such a blessing when the relationship with her is stronger than you could ever imagine it to be <3
      Really appreciate your kind words, lovely. Glad you liked the gift ideas as well ;)

  3. Aww this is a lovely post! I completely agree, a mother and child bond is something that is unbreakable. I've got my Mum a skincare set for Mother's day and hopefully we'll spend it relaxing. I hope you have a lovely day too :)

    Velvet Blush

    1. Hope you had a lovely time together on Mother's Day, lovely! Glad you liked this post. I couldn't agree with you more - mum and child relationship is beyond special <3

  4. This post was very touching! It things like this that make you appreciate the family (and friends) you have around especially as many people aren't fortune enough to have this. I love my mum and I'll be sure to let her know because I don't think I tell her enough and at the end of the day you only have one mum! Thank you for this post xx

    Shannon ~ Shannonkara.com

    1. That is such a sweet response - thanks so much, lovely. I couldn't agree more how important it is to let mums know how much we love and appreciate them. I am glad you enjoyed this post - make sure to stay tuned for the updates ;)

  5. Nadia you're always so on point with your posts <3 such lovely words of your mum <33 and the gifts are the cutest!
    We don't celebrate mothers day over here until the beginning of may so I'm feeling all lucky to be getting super early gift ideas ;)
    I love how your relationship with your mum sounds like. Mums are definitely precious. I don't have a "let's share everything" relationship with mine, but it's still super special and I know I can rely on her anytime anywhere.
    I'm feeling all warm and cosy after reading this hun <3 i hope you have a wonderful weekend :))
    Emma xxx


    1. In Ukraine Mother's Day is also celebrated in May so I haven't said Happy Mother's Day to my momma yet but as I now live in the UK I felt this post was very much needed :)
      Mums are so precious, I definitely agree with you, sweetie. Even though you don't tell yours everything and anything, it's still amazing you can always count on her! <3
      Thanks so so much for such an incredibly sweet reply <3 <3 <3

  6. Nadia, this was such a sweet post! My my dad retires, him and my mom are going to move to Korea and I am dreading the day. It will be fun to visit but I am sooo close to my mom. Your list of why your mom is your bestie basically describes my mom and I's relationship. I truly loved reading this and am so happy to hear you are just as close to your mom (or mum). Great post, spoil your mom with tons of skype this weekend :D Have a good one gorgeous. XO -Kim

    1. Oh Kim, I understand you so so well! It is not easy at all to be away from your family (I've been away from mine for 1.5yr). So happy your relationship with your mum is so close! Thanks so much for your amazing feedback, your comments always make me so happy! <3

  7. All those gift ideas are so cute! And the list as well! It's so nice to hear that you are close to your mum! For Mother's Day I bought my mum some makeup and put in a jar as a gift and will do her makeup for her x

    Thrifty vintage fashion

  8. These are some really good gift inspiration! Especially like me who have no idea what to get for my mom.


  9. This is such a fab post! My mum is my best friend to and someone I go to for help 99.9% of the time! It's so nice to see you've written this post for her and other mums I hope she sees it! I love the 'Just For You' plant pot it's something in now thinking of getting her for her 50th in April!


  10. I love all of your suggestions, especially the personalised flowers! My mum would love them xx

    Gemma ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

  11. What a lovely post, hun! These are great gift ideas. Last year I got her choco-message and she really liked it. At first she didn't want to eat it, because of the message and then it was all gone in a few days :)
    Your list of the reasons why your mum is your bestie also applies to me! She's always there for me whenever I need her and I love how supportive she is. I know I can always rely on her. Even though there are thousands miles between, your love for your mum will always be strong and will never fade. xx

    Ela BellaWorld

  12. Such lovely ideas for the gifts. Also it's so lovely that you have a close bond with your mum :) (like I do with mine!)


  13. Oh this is such a beautiful post! You've totally encapsulated why mums are so special. Love it Nadia :) Also LOVE the gift ideas! Those stud earrings with a message are perfect!

    Lois | www.aworthytrend.blogspot.co.uk


  14. I can count on my mother 24/7 (and heavily rely on her to pick up at 3 am and drive up here to watch my daughter once I need to go to the hospital), so I get you. I never considered her a fried though, just because I feel like being my mother is more than that. But I guess that is semantics and we both mean the same thing. I just hope my daughter will grow up feeling as loved and secure as I did.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  15. My mother is my best friend too. I don't know what I would do without her. She is the one I look up to and I hope I will be as good as she is when I will be her age. And I absolutely adore personalized gifts, I think they are the best :) Or hand made ones.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  16. This is just one of the sweetest posts, ever! I love those personalized flowers - so stinkin' cute!

    Jasmine | The Sixth Disney Princess

  17. This has to be the sweetest Mother's Day post that I have read by far. Sounds like you share a beautiful bond with your mum! :-)

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  18. What a lovely post! So great to see that you have a fantastic relationship with your mum :D


  19. Aww, this is such a lovely, uplifting post, darling! It made me want to go and give my Mum a phone call RIGHT NOW! :) Like yourself, I have a pretty wonderful relationship with my Mum - we really get each other, and can chat for hours. Both my boyfriend and my Dad always say that we are very similar in many ways, both looks and personality-wise! I don't visit my parents as often as I'd like to, despite the fact that they don't live too far away, at all. I think it's easy for a lot of people (I know it is for me, anyway), to take such precious relationships for granted. I'm not celebrating Mother's Day this Sunday, as in Polish culture Mother's Day is celebrated in May, and we tend to keep it that way. :) I'll definitely take her out someplace nice that day, though; I also like to order her a bunch of skincare products from Poland which she really loves! x Thanks for sharing this lovely post, darling, hope you're well! Kisses. x x x


  20. i LOVE that family wellies print, it's gorgeous! I wish I'd seen it before Mothers Day, I'll have to save it for her birthday!

    Lilies and Lipbalm

  21. This is such a lovely post! Mothers really do become best friends, although I'll never admit that to my own as she'll never let me live it down haha. Hope you've had an amazing day :)

    Hana | www.hanarosella.blogspot.co.uk ♥

  22. So beautiful post Nadia!!! Mum is really fundamental!!! Have a nice day, kisses and thank you for your visit,

    Eniwhere Fashion
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  23. Loving all of these great gift ideas :) Thank you so much for sharing Nadia! Everything is so cute and sweet, and I can really picture giving them to all of the moms in my life <3 And yes, my mom is my best friend too! Your mom is very lucky to have such a kindhearted and beautiful daughter like you! Wishing you a great week ahead, love!

    XO, Elizabeth

  24. What a sweet post about your mom, and it makes me so happy that you consider her your bestie! My mom and I have a great relationship, but sometimes we fight a lot that it does make me so sad...she can be very headstrong. Do you and your mom fight?I know deep down inside she loves me and wants the best for me, and I know part of it is because I am still living at home too (I help her out since the passing of my dad, and I help take care of my autistic sister), and my older sister said she moved out at 19 for that very reason. Sorry I don't mean this to come down on my mom, I love her very much despite our weaknesses and disputes! Mother's Day is in May in the US


  25. Надя, замечательный пост! Такой нежный и трогательный!
    Тоже считаю, что мама - лучший друг! Она не позавидует и не будет искать выгоду из ваших отношений!)
    P.S. Отличные идеи для подарков!

  26. Aww, this post was so sweet! Mother's Day is still a couple of months away but this is perfect to start preparing. Love that mini bio idea, I might just do that for my mom. She'd probably burst into tears!


    COFFEESLAG Color Filled Spring

  27. This is such a lovely post, Nadia! It's so sweet that you're best friends with your mother. I hope my future children feel the same way about me. You're so wonderful :)

    Mallory // Perhaps Bananas

  28. Great post! ;)


  29. Надюш с 8 марта, счастья и радости!

  30. Надя - красавица, в твоем блоге всегда приятно побывать! Весеннего настроения и всего самого хорошего!

  31. Aww such a lovely post! It sounds like you have a really special relationship with your mum! I hope she had a lovely mother's day


  32. This is such a sweet post Nadia and I know your mom would truly appreciate any of these gifts. That's really the beauty of parents and how the littlest things make them excited. It's really great to hear the close relationship you have with ur mom Nadia! I loved the personalized lyrics cushion cover the best:-)



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