While many of us can’t be with our mums, nans or honorary mums in person and celebrate in the usual ways, there are still ways to make this lockdown Mother’s Day on 14 March special. Here are some top Bristol gifts, at-home experiences and foodie treats to mark the day with, whether you're locked down together or will be saying 'happy Mother's Day' via video call. 

Mother’s Day gifts

Bristol Zoo Gardens

For an aww-worthy alternative gift, adopt an animal for your mum from Bristol Zoo. You can choose an adoption pack for one of nine of the zoo’s residents, from Afia the gorilla to Biggie the giant tortoise. Packs include a ticket to see your animal (when restrictions allow), a cuddly toy, an adoption certificate and fact file of your chosen animal and your name displayed at the exhibit. 

Ringtailed lemurs at Bristol Zoo

Image - Bristol Zoo Gardens

Bristol Museums 

For mums who love nothing more than wandering the brilliant Bristol Museums (Bristol Museum and Art GalleryM ShedThe Georgian House MuseumThe Red Lodge Museum and Blaise Museum), pick out a gift they’ll love from the online shop. They've got jewellery, candles, mugs, puzzles, Stokes Croft china, prints and kimonos, including some pieces inspired by their exhibitions.  

Tyntesfield

The Victorian gothic estate is part of The National Trust which has an online shop stocked with gifts for mums and grans with all kinds of interests. Get her gardening gear, beautiful ceramics, stationery, food and drink and more from here.  

Royal West of England Academy

Treat your mum to a piece of original art from the 168 Annual Open Exhibition, which is available to view and buy online.

The Original Bristol Blue Glass 

For a special gift made entirely by hand using traditional glassmaking methods, pick out something from the Bristol Blue Glass online shop. There’s a stunning selection of vases, jugs, earrings, necklaces, glasses, perfume bottles and more.

Glassmaking at Bristol Blue Glass

Image - Bristol Blue Glass

Room 212 

Find something beautiful for their home from Room 212, the Gloucester Road art gallery and shop dedicated to bigging up the work of local makers. Their online shop currently has a mix of prints, paintings, cards, books and jewellery in stock. 

Martin Parr Foundation

Keen photographers will love a gift from the Martin Parr Foundation’s online shop, which has books by Martin Parr and other photographers, prints and tote bags.  

The Royal Photographic Society

You can also keep photography enthusiasts happy with the postcards, posters, exhibition catalogues, books and limited edition prints from the RPS shop.  

Yuup

Experience curators Yuup have several gift ideas you could buy now and use later, when restrictions ease and travel is allowed again. There’s a vast array of experiences led by local experts to pick from, like baking a cake with Great British Bake Off’s Bryony May, pottery workshops, forage and fire cooking sessions or a workshop where you can make your own silver ring.

Women wearing facemasks making pottery in a Yuup workshop

Image - Yuup

Bailey Balloons

Plan in a future sky-high adventure by buying them a Bailey Balloons flight voucher. Right now you can make the most of their buy now, pay later offer too, paying only £40 now and the rest in April. Every voucher includes Champagne (soft drinks or beer available), a flight pack and a personalised flight certificate. 

Jekka’s

Seek out gifts for gardeners from the herb experts at Jekka's. Their online shop stocks Grow At Home Herb Kits, seeds and plants, as well as books, cards and food and drink. 

Guilbert’s Chocolates

Perfect for a Mother's Day sweet treat, Guilbert’s use traditional methods to make their chocolates, which are some of the best in Bristol. A brilliant selection of their gift boxes, truffles, fondants, fudge and more available to order online.

Selection of Guilbert's chocolates and fondants
Image - Guilbert's Chocolates

Visit Bristol Online Shop

The Visit Bristol shop has a vast array of Bristol-themed gifts including colouring books, Banksy memorabilia, art from local artists, books and accessories, all available to post nationwide. 

Collage of Mother's Day gifts from the Visit Bristol online shop

Image - Visit Bristol Online Shop

Vouchers and gift cards

With Bristol attractions, hotels and restaurants set to reopen in the coming months, choose a voucher or gift card for a favourite place they’ve missed visiting or somewhere they’ve been itching to go.

Food and drink

Hyde at Home

In place of taking her out for dinner, organise a delivery of a Hyde at Home cook-at-home meal kit. Their Mother’s Day roast dinner editions include a selection of three-course set menus for one, two or a deluxe kit, all with vegan and vegetarian options available. They also have a great selection of beers, wines and pre-made cocktails if you want to top off their meal with a tipple.

The Coconut Tree Gloucester Road

The Coconut Tree has a special offer for anyone who fancies treating mum to a delicious Sri Lankan takeaway. Use the code 'oneformum' when you order directly from them and she can choose any large dish from the menu for free.

Sri Lankan street food dishes from The Coconut Tree

Image - The Coconut Tree 

Harvey Nichols @ Home

Order in a four-course Sunday lunch with all the trimmings from the Harvey Nichols Second Floor Restaurant, with the option to add on wine too. They'll also send you a special gift for the mother of the household – a limited edition Elemis beauty bag designed by Meagan Morrison of Travel Write Draw featuring Elemis products. 

Mother's Day Sunday lunch from Harvey Nichols, Bristol
Image - Harvey Nichols @ Home

Paco Tapas

Impress your mum by arranging a Michelin star quality meal with a Paco Tapas Chef's Menu Box, made up of their fabulous tapas dishes and step-by-step instructions on how to finish them at home. 

Ingredients from Paco Tapas's Chef's Menu Box laid out on a table
Image - Paco Tapas

Aldwick Estate

Treat her to a special bottle of vino from Somerset vineyard Aldwick Estate, whose impeccable wines are available for click and collect for locals as well as nationwide delivery.

6 O’clock Gin

G&T drinkers will be happy with a bottle of award-winning gin from this local distillery. Alongside their original London dry gin, which comes in a Bristol blue glass bottle, choose from flavours like the ‘exquisitely engineered’ Brunel and a selection of fruit gin liqueurs.

6 O'clock Gin Core Range 70cl

Image - 6 O'clock Gin

Papadeli

Click and collect a ‘Give mum the night off’ box from Papadeli, which contain one of the Clifton deli’s homemade meals plus a pudding and wine. They’ve also got stunning chocolate boxes along with all kinds of other goodies on Good Sixty.

Heartfelt Vintage

For an afternoon tea delivered to her door, look to Heartfelt Vintage and their delectable spring menu of sandwiches, sweet treats, scones and of course, tea. Everything on their indulgent menu is vegetarian as standard, with gluten free and vegan options available too. 

Bristol From Home Cookbook

If you’re in a bubble together, cook up a Bristol-inspired Mother’s Day feast using our online Bristol From Home Cookbook. All the recipes come from top chefs and restaurants in the city, with ideas for delicious breakfasts, snacks, starters, mains and drinks. 

Venison Baden Baden from Klosterhaus

Image - Klosterhaus

Treat them to a takeaway

While you might usually book a table at mum's favourite restaurant, this year order in a takeaway from them instead. Check out our guide to restaurants offering deliveries and takeaways – packed with heaps of Bristol favourites like Pieminister, The Canteen and Three Brothers Burgers, you’re sure to find an at-home dinner they love. 

Flat lay of Woky Ko dishes

Image - Woky Ko

Online events and virtual experiences

Planetarium Nights at Home: Life in the Universe with We The Curious

For a fun Mother's Day activity for families with kids over 10, join this journey into outer space from the comfort of your sofa. We The Curious will take you on a quest (via Zoom) for alien life beyond the solar system, to distant exo-planets and imagined worlds very different from our own.  

Bristol Old Vic At Home

If your mum loves a night at the theatre, help her recreate the experience at home with Bristol Old Vic At Home – a programme of their top shows available to live stream. At the moment these include Swallows and Amazons, The Night That Autumn Turned to Winter, The Grinning Man and Messiah for only £4.50 per performance stream or get a bundle of five for £12.99.

Actor in costume performing in The Night That Autumn Turned to Winter, Bristol Old Vic
Image - The Night That Autumn Turned to Winter, credit Jack Offord

Virtual tour and tasting hosted by 6 O'clock Gin

Raise a glass together through a lockdown lock-in at home courtesy of 6 O’clock Gin. Their virtual distillery your and gin tasting events are taking place every Saturday in March, including the evening before Mother’s Day.

Brand ambassador Tristan will take you behind the scenes, explain the process and ethos behind the company and then talk you through three gins and mixers (all sent to you in the post in advance).

Bake a lemon drizzle loaf cake with Briony May Williams

Yuup is hosting this free baking session with Great British Bake Off star Briony May Williams on 13 March. Join her in making a lemon drizzle loaf cake – a perfect Mother's Day treat.  

Bake off star Briony May Williams holding lemon drizzle loaf cake on wooden chopping board

Image - Briony May Williams

A walking adventure with Treasure Hunt Bristol

For something a bit different to your usual walks together, go on a socially distanced treasure hunt around the city centre. Treasure Hunt Bristol provide beautiful maps to follow and cryptic clues to solve, all via your phone. The route is entirely outside and you can easily keep your distance from other people. 

Virtual cocktail making classes with Home Cocktails

Let the Home Cocktails team bring you and your mum together over Zoom for a cocktail masterclass. They send out kits containing all you need and will post to multiple addresses, so you can get friends and family involved too, no matter where you’re all based.

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