You hadn’t forgotten, had you? Mother’s Day is fast approaching and it’s your opportunity to show your mum just how much you appreciate her.

Come Mother’s Day, all mums deserve to be treated, whether it’s for your mum, grandmother or mother-in-law, at Heart of the Shires there is plenty or worthy gifts available. Here are our top picks that are guaranteed to light up her day. Whatever you decide, remember to spoil her rotten.

Family photoshoot

Has your mum been hinting about organising a family photoshoot for some time? Now is your chance to get booked in and photograph some memories. Lightdraw Photography has a range of portrait packages available, starting at just £75 for an hour session.

Painting course

For the more creative mum, Vintage Heart is offering painting course discounts. Even if she’s never picked up a brush in her life, the course will give you and your mum some quality time together and a chance to learn something new. Throughout March and April, when you book a place for your mum, the second person only has to pay half price.


Mums need to put their feet up and relax every now and again and there’s no place better for her to do so than Pour La Femme Beauty. With a range of beauty and massage treatments available, your mum will be in her element. We’ll leave it for you to decide which treatment she would appreciate most.

Bridal dress shopping

If you’ve got an upcoming wedding in the family, there’s no place better to find the fairytale dress than Silver Sixpence Bridal Boutique. They are home to an exclusive mix of vintage-inspired and fashion-forward wedding gowns from leading designers.

Book an appointment with your Mum, Auntie or Grandmother between 22nd March and 26th March for a special appointment with a surprise gift from the boutique. Call 01327 437180 to book your appointment, just remember to quote ‘MOTHERSDAYPROMO’.

Gifts for the home

With so many options available in Texture Interiors, you’ll struggle to leave empty handed. From candles and lanterns to picture frames and clocks, they have a range of lovely decorations and accessories for a house-proud mum.


If your mum loves her food and cooking, a trip to Abraxas Cookshop is a must – it is full of treasures. Show your mum just how special she is by surprising her with a flowery mug that she can see every day or with a wonderful apron that lets everyone know who the queen of the kitchen is.


House of Carillon is a designer fashion boutique for women. The collections are carefully chosen to blend fashion and trends with quality. The shop has everything from casual wear to smarter outerwear and also has stunning accessories – ideal for a Mother’s Day gift.

The top that we’ve picked out is from Country Clothing: a beautiful Joules Harbour Print Jersey Top (pictured). The shop also stock Joules accessories, jumpers, shirts, coats and dresses in sizes 8 – 20.


Now, if they don’t fit the bill, how about some classics?


If you’re planning on giving your mum chocolates, you need to make sure they’re the best of the best. Darcy’s Delights specialise in the finest quality gourmet Belgium chocolates and are committed to providing exquisite chocolates. With so many luxury treats to choose from, you can pick up a box and pack it with your mum’s favourites.


Artisan Gardeners provide a bespoke arrangement service. Their products are designed and created to inspire the different uses of plants. All handmade at the plant centre, the arrangement can be made from the current range of stock or you can commission a bespoke design, unique to your mum’s taste.


Food for Thought has a delightful array of hampers available for Mother’s Day, each filled with different treats for you to pick out one that matches your mum best.

If you just can’t decide what to get her, you could always bring her to our quaint shopping village for a day out. Book a table for lunch at Darlington’s Tea Room and then explore our grounds, leaving your mum to pick out a few treats.

At the Heart of the Shires we have independent stores that vary in specialities so we really do have something for everyone. With independents in abundance, you’ll find unique presents that you wouldn’t find on the high street. With not long left until the big day, pop into the shopping village to find your perfect present for Mother’s Day.

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