Our pick of shop-bought shortcuts for Mother’s Day

Eve O'Sullivan
02 March, 2016

Want to spoil your Mum but running out of time to make the perfect edible gift? We think these treats are so good, you’ll be glad you saved yourself the long slog in the kitchen.

Breakfast in bed

In an ideal world, your croissants will would be handmade and fresh from the oven, the jam simmered and bottled well in advance. If like us, though, your good intentions sometimes fall by the way side, pick up some fancy bread and pastries, and serve these Gooseberry and Vanilla jam and Clementine, Black Cardamom and Saffron Marmalade from The Modern Pantry straight out of the jars.

From £5.50, The Modern Pantry

A bowl of thick Greek yoghurt and honey sounds a bit weekday, but trust us, this beautiful honeycomb from The London Honey Company tastes even more special than it looks. Breakfast extravagance in the most simple but effective form.

£8.95, Harvey Nichols

Afternoon tea

If you’re in a hurry but need to put together a bit of a spread, then we’d recommend macarons - there’s nothing prettier and more crowd-pleasing. A box of 36 from Brioche Pasquier are good value and widely available to boot.

£12.99, Ocado

Top quality biscuits should always be on standby, whether it’s a special occasion or not. Buy a couple of tins of these all-butter lemon curd and almond shortbreads and watch them disappear in minutes.

£3, Marks and Spencer

Sunday lunch

Starters, in our experience, are the easiest to pass off as your own. Put a scoop of Unearthed pork rillettes on plates with a few cornichons, toasted sourdough and a dab of mustard, then sit back and enjoy the compliments.

£2.69, Waitrose

Put your efforts into the star of the show if you are making Sunday lunch, and let someone else do the hard work when it comes to dessert. These gorgeous individual puddings from Pots and Co come in pretty ceramic containers - a gift in themselves if you wash them up and give them to your Mum afterwards. The passion fruit and orange, salted caramel and sticky toffee pudding pots are stand out.

From £2, Waitrose, Whole Foods and Tesco

Indulgent gifts

At any time of year, this dark chocolate cube selection from Amelia Rope would be hugely appreciated. Our favourite in the box is mandarin.

From £29, Amelia Rope

The perfect gift for keen cooks, this Chinese cooking storecupboard set from Sous Chef, including Cooked author Fuchsia Dunlop’s Every Grain of Rice, is as thoughtful now as it is beneficial to you and the rest of the family in the future.

£39.50, Sous Chef

If your mama loves Italian cooking and beautiful design, then this gift set from The Geometry of Pasta will be right up her street. £12.99, Ink Works

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