The Best 10 Mother’s Day Ideas

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Whether you’re planning on giving a thoughtful present this Mother’s Day, or looking to spend more time with your mum through a shared experience, Oxfordshire indies offer some of the best Mother’s Day ideas to show you really care. Whether your mum is a creative, a foodie or in need of some rest and relaxation, we’ve created a list of 10 ideas to delight your mum on 22nd March. >>

Afternoon Tea

Nothing makes a delightfully luxurious treat like afternoon tea. It’s a great way to spend time together and indulge your sweet tooth too! Try the Parsonage Grill, Quod or The Folly Restaurant.

Parsonage Grill Oxford


For a relaxed family get together, why not treat mum to brunch at one of Oxford’s awesome indie cafes on 22nd March. Check out The Handle Bar Cafe, Hamblin Bread and Silvie.

Handle Bar Cafe Oxford


If you’re looking to say it with flowers this Mother’s Day, there are some great indie florists in Oxford to check out including Bicycle Blooms, The Garden and Willow & Fern. It’s the perfect way to bring some gorgeous fresh spring colour inside this month.

The Garden Oxford

Indie Gifts

From awesome handmade jewellery to sustainable homewares, Oxfordshire indies are a great place to find quirky and unusual gifts for mums this Mother’s Day. Try Custom Made jewellery, Indigo, Rainbow & Spoon, Mostly Books, Babylon, Fresh, Oxford Aromatics, Derry’s Den and Fair Trade at St Michaels.

babylon trading Oxford

Learn A New Skill

Oxfordshire is a hot bed of creative talent, with classes, groups and workshops happening every day of the week. Taking a class or workshop together is a great way to step out of the hustle and bustle of the everyday and enjoy some quality time while learning a new skill. Get a date booked in, or buy her a voucher so you can plan your day together. Amy Surman runs great jewellery workshops; or try calligraphy with Illy Boo Designs, upholstery with the British School of Upholstered Furniture, screen printing with Nope Print Studio, henna with The Henna Boutique, lampshade making with Jericho Design House, macrame with Pixies Magic Hook, or a variety of craft workshop at Shop at the Old Fire Station.

British School Of Upholstered Furniture Oxford

Local Hamper

If you’re looking to give a gift that champions local producers, why not put together a hamper from artisan indies in Oxfordshire. An indie inspired hamper could include; Neve’s Bees hand salve, a Littlemore Candle, Cranston Pickles, Warborough Honey, Team Tea, Wonky relish, Tap Social beer, coffee from The Missing Bean, New Ground or Jericho Coffee Traders, bread from The Orange Bakery, Linden Chocolate, cake from Gatineau, The Cosmic Cake Co or Happy Cakes, and gin from The Oxford Artisan Distillery.

Littlemore candle company Oxford


There’s nothing quite like an indulgent pampering session or treatment to restore and rejuvenate, and there are some wonderful local indies offering everything from accupuncture to sports massage. Try Cannelle for a whole host of treatments including manicures, massage and facials, Holistic Health for acunpuncture, Healthy Oxford for a range of alternative medicine and Progress Soft Tissue Therapy for sports massage.

Cannelle Salon Oxford

Sunday Lunch

Get all the family together for Sunday lunch at one of Oxford’s awesome indie restaurants. Check out the Sunday menus at Pompette, The Magdalen, The Perch or Cherwell Boathouse.

Pompette Oxford

Wellbeing Workshops

Being a mother is not easy, especially if you are juggling a career and raising a family. However there are some great indie businesses in Oxford offering workshops to help with our wellbeing and life balance. Unshamed offer monthly workshops on a whole host of topics to help with wellbeing, The Wellbeing Story hosts regular journalling workshops, The Project PT creates great events like Yoga & Brunch, and The Kitchen Table Coach holds sessions on body confidence.

UnShamed Oxford


Book a yoga class or workshop for a great way to unwind with your mum. Ayurveda Corner, Yoga Quota, and The Yoga Venue all hold regular workshops and events, why not even book onto a retreat for even more ommmm.

Yoga Quota Oxford

So whether your mum is passionate about screen printing, yoga or local food, the independent businesses of Oxfordshire have got your back!

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