We have a week to go until Mother's Day 2021. If you haven't bought a gift yet, don't worry, we have all the inspiration you need!
Lockdown won’t stop us finding great locally-made or sold gifts and delivering them to a special mammy, Godmother, granny, aunt or sister.
Read on for our pick of Mother’s Day gifts from Donegal:
Donegal Natural Soap
A beautiful hamper from Donegal Natural Soap Company is a great option for a mum who loves to unwind with a self-care night once in a while.
This ‘With Love’ Hamper is packed with four nourishing and gentle handmade soap bars, body butter, a body moisturiser bar, a scented votive candle, a hand cleaners, a soap holder and an organic flower seed pack. All for €78 from https://donegalnaturalsoap.ie/gifts-hampers-2/ – Check out the site for many more gifts, big and small.
Linocut Studio – for the mum who loves art
Linocut Studio in Ramelton makes a beautiful collection of hand-printed linocut prints and seasonal greeting cards. Artist Shelagh Dwyer, originally from London, takes her inspiration from her love of the natural environment and her designs are drawn from impressions of wildlife, landscapes and seascapes of the northern county.
Treat your mum to a gift as unique as them. Thoroughbred Ochre (€80.00) from Linocut Studio is part of Shelagh Dwyer’s collection of hand printed limited-edition linocuts of horses. The prints come in black and white as well as a selection of vibrant ink colours. Each design is a limited edition, signed by the artist. See linocutstudio.com
Valerie Taylor Women Bags
Donegal designer Valerie Taylor is the name to know for sustainable hand woven and hand-crafted bags and purses. All her products are designed, sourced and handmade by Valerie in the North West of Ireland.
Valerie’s 100% Irish linen shoppers are made to order (check shipping dates) and unique gifts that represent Donegal’s weaving history and heritage. Shoppers are €85 on www.valerietaylor.ie
A vibrant coloured coin purse, made with McNutt Donegal tweed and 100% Irish linen, is very affordable at €20.
This special little book was created and produced by two mammies in Donegal – Evelyn Mc Glynn from Ballybofey and Meg O’Gara from Glencolmcille. The handbook contains top tips advice and huge hugs on every page, the perfect present for Mother’s Day or on any day. There’s something here for mammies at any stage of motherhood and anywhere in the world.
Buy a copy (€12) or eBook (€8) on: themammyhandbook.com
La Maison – for the mum who loves to make a house a home
A voucher for La Maison Interior Design Studio in Letterkenny will be a gift that keeps on giving. The expert team offers a four-week interior design workshop (€150, starting March 15th 2021), one-to-one interior design consultations instore or online and home visit consultations.
With the help of La Maison, your mum can get advice on every aspect of her dream home makeover.
Shop vouchers on: www.lamaison.ie
Eilis Galbraith Homeware
Buncrana textile designer Eilish Galbraith has a great range of homeware gifts that mums will love.
With tablescapes so popular now, Eilis’ coasters, placemats, napkins and table runners are perfect for those who take pride in presentation.
Visit www.eilisgalbraith.ie to shop online or view all her gift box inspiration on this Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/eilisgalbraithdesign/posts/1341189832901277
Donegal designer Lauren Doyle has a range of luxury loungewear that was just made for lockdown.
These comfy polar fleece shackets are handmade and available to order in five colours (mustard, baby pink, cream, beige and leopard print).
At €50 each, they would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift for anyone who loves to stay cosy while exploring the outdoors.
For orders, send a direct message to www.instagram.com/labhraindesign/
Sliabh Liag Distillers
Why not buy mum her favourite tipple from south Donegal? Sliabh Liag Distillers have a full online store, with their Assaranca Vodka, An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin and Silkie Whiskeys available for home delivery.
Plus, for Mother’s Day, a free Assaranca Scented Candle is gifted with every order from now until midnight 14th March.
Shop at: https://www.sliabhliagdistillers.com/shop/
Bernie Murphy Designs
Inishowen designer Bernie Murphy is happy to add the personal touch to any Mother’s Day gift this year.
If you are apart this Mother’s Day, Bernie can gift wrap, add a hand -written note and send the parcel directly to your Mammy.
Bernie Murphy hairbands or scarves are great gifts for women who love to accessorise. Gift Sets are available on https://berniemurphy.com/product-category/gifting/
Talented home bakers all over Donegal are offering delicious decorated cupcakes this year, so why not support a local maker by picking up a gift box? Or if you’re a dab hand with buttercream icing, you could bake your own batch.
Donegal makeup artist Niamh Frain has launched a new venture called Petit Pastel, serving Letterkenny and surrounding areas. We love her range of intricately decorated bakes.
Lavender and pink themed Mother’s Day treat boxes are available to order through the www.instagram.com/petit_pastel_/ page. Box of 6 cupcakes is €18 and large treat boxes are €30. Order early, as there is limited availability.
If you have come across any gifts from Donegal that would be perfect for mammies, feel free to share them in the comments below.