If your mum has a sweet tooth
Hot chocolate kit and mugs
While I’m confident there’s not a person alive who doesn’t like chocolate, pairing a jar of hot chocolate and marshmallows with cute mugs make an especially thoughtful, useful gift for any mum with a sweet tooth.
Sure, you could get her a box of chocolates, but – like flowers-for-the-mums – it won’t last.
Adding mugs make this a gift that will last forever – whenever she uses them, she’ll think of your wedding.
How to make it
While you can buy hot chocolate gift sets from the fancier chocolatiers like Rococo, it’s really easy to make one yourself.
You just need a cute, resealable glass jar, hot chocolate powder (I recommend Cadbury’s, personally!), and marshmallows. You should be able to get all of that for under £10 at your local supermarket – or a bit over £10 if you’re going for vegan marshmallows.
You could swap out the hot chocolate for some coffee or loose leaf tea if you’re buying for a caffeine-lover mum, but it’s worth going a bit more upmarket on the brand. Hot chocolate doesn’t have as big a quality degradation as coffee and tea! I’d recommend Monmouth Coffee – I don’t drink coffee and even I like it – or Yumchaa Tea for incredible tea mixes.
As for mugs, T. K. Maxx carries gorgeous, interesting mugs at a discount. You should be able to find two mugs your mum will love for less than £15.
If you want to go for something with more character, the Disney Store sells tall, handwarming mugs for around £10 each. They have a huge range of designs – Disney Princesses, vintage cartoons, superheroes, Star Wars characters… If you can find a mug featuring one of your mum’s childhood (or any time!) favourites, it will definitely mean that little bit more.
Or, if you want to find something less mainstream, Redbubble is a great source of weird and wonderful mugs. They’re printed on demand, so with shipping, it’s around £15, but they often offer discounts when you buy more than one.
Or – if you’re artsy (or just have some belting childhood photos to hand) – getting a mug custom printed will go down a treat. VistaPrint is good quality and inexpensive. You should be able to get something printed and delivered for around £10, though they do run frequent promotions, too – I managed to nab six custom mugs for my bridesmaids and groomsmen for £40!
I’d recommend packing it up in a gift box, like the champagne glasses. It will keep everything safe and together – and it will make the whole present look more upmarket. (That’s just science.) You could pop some loose, wrapped chocolates like Ferrero Rocher or Lindt in there, too, for extra brownie points!
Cost of supplies
You should be able to make or buy a hot chocolate kit for less than £10, and find two gorgeous mugs for under £20, though you might spend more getting funky mugs or better quality drinks to go in them!