Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 5 Top Buying Tips

Spring is already in the air and that means Mother’s Day is just around the corner. You want to buy a thoughtful mothers day gift for your Mum, Wife or even Grandma but you have drawn a blank, as a result will it be flowers and chocolates again?

Find a Thoughtful Mothers Day Gift for your Mum ….

How do you find something she will love; will show you care and how special she is, without breaking the bank? We at Antique Rose have put our Giftology skills in to practice to give you with the ultimate Mother’s Day gift guide to buying a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift.

The key to a thoughtful mother’s day gift is taking time out to think what she really likes and finding a gift that will make her smile, this may just be a gift with a heartfelt message or choosing a gift in their favourite colour or pattern. Read on for our Top 5 tip tips to treat your Mum because let’s face it, she’s worth it even if she is a bit awkward to buy for ….

1.      What’s her favourite Colour?

A simple tip is to go for her favourite colour because first of all you can’t go wrong and most importantly it shows you are paying attention, consequently being thoughtful. Not sure what her favourite colour is? Think about what colour she wears a lot of, how is the house decorated, what flowers is she always drawn to?

Floral Powder Scarf
Choose a beautiful Scarf in her favourite colour

The next part is simple just find something you know she’ll love in that colour, a new purse, a gorgeous scarf, a candle or a lovely notebook as a result that gift becomes thoughtful because it’s a colour she loves ..

Katie Loxton Handbags
Treat her to a new handbag in spring colours, like one of these from Katie Loxton

2.      What’s her style, Floral, Flamingo’s or Rustic?

Flamingo Gift

Everyone has a style or an animal they gravitate towards, for the kids at the minute it’s unicorns, I personally love a flamingo. The concept of standing tall and wearing a crown appeals to me .. but the trick is to find what appeals to your Mum to get the most unique mothers day gift to her.

Daffodil Sterling Silver Necklace by Christian Ranger
Find the perfect piece of Jewellery to make your Mum Smile

Floral is usually a safe bet especially with Mum’s of a certain age, be it a new mug, scarf or even some flowers in a gorgeous pot you know that will put a smile on her face.

Gin Shimmer Popaball
Does you Mum like Gin, pick a gift to make her G&T perfect !

Some Mum’s like a bit of bling go for gold and sparkly items and some like something more sedate with a more rustic theme. And everyone’s Mum has a favourite tipple even if it is a cup of tea … this is a really easy way to theme a gift a fab Gin Glass with a bottle of Gin and some cucumber flavour Gin Shimmer Job done !!

3.      Will she prefer a Treat for Her or For the Home?

To ensure you pick a really thoughtful mother’s day gift you need to decide if your Mum would prefer a gift for her or a gift for her home. Easiest way to decide think about when she treats herself is it a new top or a candle?

Choosing a Mother’s Day Gift for Her

Flower Sterling Silver Earrings by Christian Ranger

Some Mum’s will relish the opportunity to receive a treat for themselves, so if that’s your Mum, choose her a new item to wear, a gorgeous piece of jewellery or a fun pair of socks, ensuring a very happy Mum. When choosing Jewellery find out if she prefers gold or silver, fine or chunky, bracelets or necklaces, resulting in the perfect thoughtful mothers day gift for her!

Choose a Mother’s Day Gift for the Home

Hand Carved Picture Frame

Maybe there is nothing your Mum loves more than a gorgeous smelling candle, a plaque with a great saying, a new doorstop or a picture frame with a family photo. Therefore, if your Mum sees her home as her pride and joy this is a great option with a wealth of gift ideas, and can be done on any budget. Check out Maison Rustic for lots of home gift ideas.

Love you to the moon and back  LED Plaque Thoughtful Mother's day gift

If your Mum has been an extra special help this year you may want to spoil her, if so get her a piece of wall art, a new mirror or a  lamp for a corner she has been trying to fill. Be sure to pick her favourite colour or her favourite shop and keep the receipt then she can always swap it, after all it’s the thought that counts.

4.      What’s her favourite smell?

Stoneglow Candles Wild Rose Thoughtful Mother's day gift
Wild Rose or Floral Scents for the home are perfect if your mum loves this scent !

A safe but not necessarily boring Mother’s Day gift idea is always a candle or diffuser. The key to making this thoughtful is knowing her favourite scent and or brand. Does she love floral smells bringing back memories of summer days, sweet smells to evoke the smell of the fresh baked cakes she loves or more subtle smells like fresh linen or coastal breeze to calm and relax her in her favourite room.

Woodwick Spring fragrances a Thoughtful Mother's day gift

Candles come in so many shapes and sizes from a small tin to a large multi or crackling wick, you can choose from colours, styles and themes to pick out the perfect thoughtful Mother’s Day gift. Whatever, her taste and on any budget, there is always a candle you can choose to show how thoughtful you can be.

Pintail Tin Candles perfect Thoughtful Mother's day gift

5.      Find a Thoughtful Message.

Finally, if you are not inspired by any of the above go for something that says it with words. Gifts with messages work well as Mother’s Day gifts for Grandma or Mummy, especially from the kids because kids like to overtly say or show their love with words, trust us we see it in our shop every day. They also love to buy a gift with a favourite saying like ‘Love you to the Moon and Back’ or simply ‘Love u Nana’ or ‘Love u Mummy’ both impossible to source, we know!

Handmade Thoughtful Mother's Day Gifts Cushion

However, because of this we have gifts with these saying made especially for this time of year including little sentiment decorations, cushions, make up bags and some mugs. In addition if you want to make it really special try to find something personalised with your town ‘Best Mummy in Wokingham’ , this is one of our best sellers and we try to change up the stock of this every year.

Handmade Hanging Sentiment Decorations Thoughtful mother's day gift

As a last result, if you find it hard to express how you feel a Mug with Mum in a Million or simply Love u maybe the most thoughtful gift she’s ever received. A sentimental message can speak a thousand words, if they are from the right person.

Mum Mug  Thoughtful Mother's day gift Gisela Graham

Here at Antique Rose our Giftologists are always looking for inspirational gift ideas for your Mum. So start thinking and observing now ,the best way to find the most thoughtful mother’s day gift is to start paying attention. Watch out for hints see what she likes and what she has been coveting online and find your Mum a thoughtful gift this Mother’s Day.

Check out our full selection of thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts at

7 Good Gifts for Teachers Under £15

Struggling to find good gifts for teachers, constantly asking yourself what is the perfect teacher gift for the end of the school year?

Teacher gifts
Unique Teacher gifts for under £10 from Antique Rose Gifts

It’s not easy to find thoughtful teacher gifts on a budget. If you are looking for unique teacher gift ideas you are in the right place. We’ve been chatting to teachers to get the inside scoop on “what teachers really want?”. Let the Giftologists at Antique Rose walk you through their 7 top tips for the best teacher presents under £15!

1 – To Mug or Not to Mug

Choose one of these Travel Mugs as a gift for a teacher at only £12 its a great gift!Teachers are always drinking coffee and tea right, so they must need more teacher mugs? Wrong!! Ask a teacher what they want and their response will be anything but another teacher mug!! Mugs are a great gift especially if it’s unique to the person .. do you know enough about your teacher to buy a mug they will appreciate? I asked my teacher friend how about a travel mug instead? Then she smiled “ooo yes” she said “they are always useful and avoid desk spillages and I love funky lunch bags!” So if you choose a mug make it great or a bit different like one of the travel mugs below with a fun message check out our selection of travel mugs and flasks here our thermal range also keep drinks hot for 5hrs!

teacher gift ideas
Travel Mugs make a Unique Teacher gift at only 12

Giftologist Tip – Teachers have too many mugs!

2-Make it Personal

letter gift, teacher gift
Letter coasters make a great personal gift

Teacher Gift
Handmade in our Shop Personalisable tags

Personalised gifts are all the rage so why stop with Teachers, I mean everyone loves a personalised gift right so they must be good gifts for teachers? Yes and no …  a personalised gift on your wedding from a close friend is a lovely touch to remember the day but are you close enough to your child’s teacher to get them a personalised teacher gift they will treasure from your child? How about something with their initial on instead like a Coaster, you can mix with a Mr or Mrs coaster, then it’s thoughtful fun but not too personal!!

Unique Handmade Teacher Tag Personalisable made by Antique RoseAt Antique Rose we create handmade  wooden hanging teacher decorations with thank you teacher on it, they are hand painted and lovingly prepared by us. What makes them a bit personal is we chalk board paint the back so your child can sign their name, a small personalised teacher gift for under £5, hang it around the neck of a bottle of wine  to really make your teacher smile.

Giftologist Tip – Personalised teacher gifts only works if you know the person well enough!

3-What’s their Favourite?

Do you know your child’s teacher well enough to pick out the perfect teacher gift for them or are you going to have to play it safe? The best gifts are those that make us fell understood listened to and cared about. When a friend buys you the perfect scarf to match your new coat in your favourite colour, you know she’s been paying attention and has put some real thought! Slightly more tricky picking a theme or colour with a Teacher gift, you may have picked up on a life event like a upcoming wedding or birth of a baby you can link in to but past that it may be tricky!! So play it safe and buy stationary, good gifts for teachers as every teacher loves gorgeous stationary, notebooks, pads, pens you name it they love it and you can get some gorgeous ones your teacher will love for under £10, we have created a full selection see it here.

Gorgeous stationary, great for organising prices start under £5

Giftologist Tip – Teachers Love Stationary!

4-Pick Something Yummy

gourmet chocolate, teacher gift
Beautifully Packaged gourmet chocolate in 6 yummy flavours only £4.50

It may not seem very imaginative or last very long but if you’re a teacher a sweet treat you wouldn’t normally buy yourself like a great bar of chocolate or a mug cake is much appreciated !! This is a perfect teacher gift but make it special, choose a high quality chocolate bar like Coco Chocolatier or something a bit different like a Gourmet Chocolate Pizza, just  make sure you give it to the teacher yourself or it may not make it past the school gates!!

Giftologist Tip – There’s no such thing as too much chocolate!

5-It’s time for a tipple !

By the end of July most teachers are ready for some R&R and a good stiff drink. Possibly the best teacher gift you can give is a bottle of their favourite tipple, let’s face it they look after 30 children a day, be it Gin or Prosecco or a nice bottle of Wine, they are gong to need a drink.

vineyard, prosecco candle, teacher gift
Scented candles handmade in the uk starting at £9

This is a great gift for male teachers too, to make it a bit more original why not choose a Gin Glass with some shimmer or popaballs to make it fun or a  Prosecco scented candle? Antique Rose have a great selection of Gin, Wine and Prosecco gifts good gifts for teachers if you don’t actually feel quite right giving your teacher a bottle of the real thing!

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Gin glass with Gin shimmer is a great for gin lovers for under £15

Giftologist Tip: Teacher’s love a drink!

6-And Relax ..

Candles are safe but they are a good gifts for teachers as they sum up what teachers really need at the end of the school year, a bit of time to relax! Be it in the garden on a long summers evening or in a relaxing bubble bath, candles help set the mood and tone for relaxation.

scented candles
Pintail candles only £6 perfect token gift

Candles come in all shapes and sizes and smells, so you can pick the right candle for your teacher and your price point. We love pintail tin candles simple but effective with a great choice of scents and great value for money. Alternatively, if you want to splash out Stoneglow Candles smell amazing and come in gorgeously designed glass jars. Whichever you choose it’s one of our top teacher gifts!

stoneglow candles
Stoneglow candles smell divine and look so pretty!

Giftologist Tip – Can’t go wrong with candles!

7-Take the Easy Option

If you really cant decide on what makes a good gift for teachers then gift vouchers will always be a safe bet. Choose their favourite shop which sells lovely things, try to support an independent shop if you can, or go for a big brand like John Lewis with lots of choice. Team it with a sweet treat and show your appreciation, save yourself the time and stress of trying t find a gift. It’s a myth that gift vouchers are impersonal if you choose the right shop your teacher will be very grateful you did’t buy them another mug!!

Choose independent shops for a more unique Gift Voucher

Giftologist Tip – Gift Vouchers are not a cop out !

A right Royal affair – bringing a royal touch to the wedding season

Wedding Season is upon is and to kick start it all we have a Royal Wedding to get all gushy over!

What will Meghan’s dress be like? What will the Queen wear? What will Kate the Duchess of Cambridge wear? Will Prince George and Princess Charlotte be part of the wedding party? And what about the outfit for little Prince Louis?

Before you get too carried away, you no doubt have your own weddings to attend that are just as special to you.

The invitation

As soon as that wedding invitation hits your letterbox, your head is probably full of outfits, hats and shoes but have you stopped to think about the gift?

If the uninspiring Gift Registry List has fallen out with the invitation, you’re either going to fit into one of two camps. Great, I’ll pick something in my budget and don’t need to think about it anymore, or no way! I want to get something personal, something that means more than a toaster or kettle.

Here at Antique Rose, we are all about matching the perfect gift to the perfect recipient. Indeed, we have painted one of our bespoke signs to send to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to celebrate their wedding with a personal present.

Make it personal

Every love story is unique and presenting a gift to remind the wedded couple of this is a personal and unique way to say I care, I’ve followed your love story too and I want to wish you the very best.

Attending a wedding is also being part of this love story. Perhaps you are mother-of-the-bride or the bride’s sister or best friend, or maybe it’s your brother getting married and you helped introduce him to his future bride. Whatever the story, the sentiment is the same – you want to give a gift as unique and personal as this love story.

Choosing a gift that can have a bespoke and special message written on it, or will spell the couples name or initials, will really speak from the heart. And, if you are the bride or groom, giving your best man, bridesmaids or ushers a personalised gift also shows how unique and special they are to your wedding day.

A Royal touch

Nothing says royalty like gold and gifting items with that gold sparkle will really stand out from the crowd.

Gifting gold at a wedding goes far back in history but is no longer a modern tradition. Instead, modern gifting of gold is no longer just limited to precious metal. Think gold sparkles, gold writing, gold candles and hues of rose gold, which are all just as precious when gifted in unique ways.

A cushion with Mr & Mrs written on it in gold for the happy couple to snuggle up on the sofa together will always be a reminder of their special day and the loving sentiment you gave, as will a set of gold mugs to toast their morning coffee each day.

Choosing a gold gift makes a loving, sparkly statement that will be treasured for years to come.Dress to impress

Okay, so, we did tell you to focus on the gift, but we do have to mention getting the right accessories! After all, you need a gift for yourself!

Choosing the perfect jewellery for your outfit is essential but you may not have a huge budget. Costume jewellery is ideal for this situation, particularly costume jewellery that is good quality and unique. A statement necklace, bracelet, ring or earrings will really finish off an outfit and will always bring happy memories each time you wear them again.

Similarly, a wrap or handbag is a stylish way to accessorise your outfit. Scarves add beautiful and complementary colours to an outfit and also make a great wrap for a chilly evening.

Just think of them as gifts to you to celebrate your loved one’s love and be a constant reminder of that happy day.

Love is in the air

Capturing the happiness and love during the day is so much easier these days with smart phones, or you could leave it to the professionals!

However, buying the perfect frame to capture that moment is a gift to treasure forever. Choose from frames with gold for that royal touch, or ones with the perfect sentiment: Love, Mr & Mrs, Our Love Story Never Ends

Alternatively, choose a frame that matches the couple’s home décor, or reminds them of where they met on holiday by selecting styles that show you know their love story and want to gift them a permanent reminder.

Cheers to the new Mr & Mrs

If you’re struggling to find a gift because it’s a couple you don’t know very well, perhaps a work colleague, or couples on their second or third marriage, or couples who insist on not wanting a big gift, opt for the Mr & Mrs theme.

In hues of gold or black and white for that monochrome look, Mr & Mrs gifts come in many varieties. Frames, cushions, mugs, glasses – all of them shout out what the wedding day is all about, becoming Mr & Mrs. A reminder of this sentiment alone is perfect for those you know well and love and for those you don’t know too well. While not necessarily unique, these gifts do add a personal touch because there is no other Mr & Mrs than them.

These also make excellent post-wedding gifts because now the couple are finally Mr & Mrs!


If you must stick to the list

We understand that sometimes it is easier to stick to Registry Gift Lists, particularly if the couple are very insistent. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t go slightly off track and choose a unique gift.

Adding a hanging sentiment inside a card will be a welcome surprise and much loved and treasured keepsake. Hanging sentiments can range from a simple Mr & Mrs message, to a more profound quote about love, friendship and forever.

Keepsakes also make excellent tags or additional ways to add that personal touch to the wrapping. After all, the wrapping of the gift is just as important and can be as elaborate or as subtle as you choose, perhaps matching the wedding theme, or highlighting that personal part of their love story.

Similarly, the card needs careful consideration as it will no doubt be part of a treasure box of the special day. Go for humour, sentiment, style or just because it is the perfect fit.


Don’t forget…

Lastly, don’t forget those little gifts you might want to give to the bride or groom because they are so very special to you.

Perhaps a lucky sixpence, or a garter with a splash of blue, or maybe even a trinket dish or box to keep their wedding rings in, or a coaster to remind them that they are a prosecco princess forever, despite becoming a Mrs!

It’s all about keeping it personal and unique to the recipient and showing your love through the thoughtfulness of your perfect gift.