10 food and drink gifts ideal for Mother's Day

With Mother's Day just around the corner (this year it falls on Sunday 22 March), we take a look at some gifts to delight mum.

Published 9th Mar 2020
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

From lunch on a vintage train to brunch or chocolates, there's something for all this Mother's Day.

Harris Wild Rose Tincture

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If your mum is a gin fan then treat her to the latest release from the Harris Distillery - Harris Wild Rose tincture.

The Harris Wild Rose tincture, priced at £20,  is the first release from the Isle of Harris Distillery’s new drinks apothecary range, designed to complement Isle of Harris Gin serves and cocktails.

Simply add as required to your Harris G&T and Martinis to create subtle new variations of the Harris serve. The tincture will also turn any drink a pale pink.

This small-batch creation of only 394 bottles, is made from wild rose petals, picked in the village of Northton in South Harris. The tincture is balanced with sloes which have been ageing for the last three years, bergamot peel picked in Cyprus and elderberries foraged in Sussex.

Lunch on the Northern Belle


Hark back to the golden age of rail travel while treating your mum to a seven course lunch on the luxurious setting of the Northern Belle train.

With a day trip from Glasgow to Edinburgh on Saturday 21 March, guests can look forward to a glass of champagne on arrival, a seven course seasonal menu with a bottle of wine, followed by tea or coffee and petite fours, a gift for your mum and magic tricks from an on-board magician.

The round-trip is priced at £265 per passenger and more info is available on the Northern Belle website.

Tuk Tuk meal deal

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Calling all curry loving mums! Treat your mum this Mother’s Day, with a free meal at popular Indian street food restaurant Tuk Tuk.

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On Sunday 22 March, all mums’ and grannies dining will eat for free at Tuk Tuk’s Edinburgh and Glasgow restaurants.

Mums or grannies will be served a choice of starter, curry and rice or naan bread from Tuk Tuk’s menu of popular Indian street food classics.

Start the meal with a Roadside Plate, like the new Vada Pav, a spicy fried potato ball served in a bun. The vegan dish is Mumbai’s favourite street food snack.

Then it’s time to get stuck into one of Tuk Tuk’s famous Street Curries, like the creamy black lentil Daal Makhani, or the chef’s favourite, garlicky Lamb Lasooni - all accompanied with mum’s choice of rice or naan bread, completely free.

Ivy on the Square dessert

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Picture: the Tulipa dessert

This year, in celebration of Mother’s Day, The Ivy on the Square in Edinburgh has created a Tulip-inspired, bespoke Mother’s Day dessert for guests to enjoy.

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The Tulipa, priced at £9.50 has a white chocolate mousse with raspberries, meringue, petals and is served with a warm chocolate sauce.

Mums that dine at the restaurant can not only look forward to the dessert but will also receive a free gift from the team.

To find out more and book, please visit the Ivy's website.

Gamba meal deal

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One of Glasgow's seafood restaurants, Gamba, has announced a Mother’s Day celebration with complimentary gifts for mum.

Guests will tuck into a three-course meal served with pink prosecco and all mums will take home a signed copy of the Gamba cookbook and a gift bag of tablet.

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Dishes on the mother's day menu include: chorizo salad with mackerel served with a Granny Smith and spiced lemon dressing or a zesty fresh prawn crayfish and smoked salmon cocktail, with smoked caviar and lime.

Mains include: grass-fed, dry-aged Sirloin Scotch steak, South Shian salmon with orange Teriyaki, pineapple and fluffy Jasmine rice and baked grey sole with red peppers, prawns, olives, capers, garlic and aged balsamic.

Those with a sweet tooth can look forward to desserts such as: white chocolate cheesecake with pear and stem ginger and raspberry sorbet.

The mother's day meal is £30 per person and can be booked here.

M&S gold magnum of prosecco

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Celebrate your mum in style with this gold magnum of prosecco from M&S.

The supermarket's best-selling Conte Priuli Oro prosecco, priced at £18, is now available in a larger bottle for double the fizz.

Eight Lands gin

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If your mum is a gin fan then why not treat her to a bottle of new, organic gin by Speyside's Eight Lands?

Made at the Glenrinnes Distillery - which has views of the Ben Rinnes mountain, the gin (and vodka) is named after the eight different counties that are visible from the top of Ben Rinnes on a clear day.

The Eight Lands Gin is a London dry gin and is distilled with eleven botanicals, including sorrel and cowberries that grow wild on the Glenrinnes Estate.

Priced at £39 it is available to buy online here.

The Balmoral afternoon tea

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Indulge in a five-star afternoon tea this mother's day at the iconic Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh.

The special mother's day afternoon tea, £45 per person, can be enjoyed in the hotel's Palm Court, where guests will tuck into finger sandwiches and cakes, alongside a glass of champagne while listening to the resident harpist.

The hotel's spa will also have a 'girl power' package available - £60 per person - which includes a use of the swimming pool, sauna, a soothe and nurture organic facial and lunch in Brasserie Prince.

To find out more and book, please visit the Balmoral's website.

Biscuiteers Mother's Day box

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The good folk at Biscuiteers have once again created a picture perfect box of biscuits that will make an ideal Mother's day gift.

Available in various box sizes, from single biscuits to a range of 12, the treats are all hand decorated and come in a lovely keepsake tin.

Plus right now they have 15 per cent off Mother's day boxes, so this set is currently £35.

Eteaket tea gift set

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Edinburgh's speciality tea company, eteaket, have launched a limited edition tea blend, Berry Bliss.

The fruity blend is a mix of black tea, orange peel, strawberry, raspberry, blackberries, sunflower blossoms, mallow blossoms, marigold blossoms and safflowers.

The tea, while making a lovely gift all by itself, can be paired with an infuser mug and tea candle (Blooming Marvellous Candle or Isle of Harris Gin Candle) making it the perfect way to say thank you to a mum, grandma, aunt or friend.

Priced at £29.95, the gift set is available in eteaket’s Concept Store, Tea Room and online.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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