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5 Ideas for Mother’s Day gifts that support local businesses but won’t clutter up the house

Mother’s Day always seems to roll around so soon after Christmas when all your already limited gift ideas have been well and truly pilfered. It is so hard to come up with thoughtful gift ideas that will be well received and not end up cluttering up the mum in your life’s house, ultimately gathering dust.

I always think ‘something to do’ rather than ‘something to have’ is the way to go and can create great opportunities to spend some special time together. If you can support some small local businesses in the process then even better! Here are a few ideas for Mother’s Day gifts that support some of the brilliant small businesses of Sale and won’t clutter up the home.

1. Get Crafty with an Adult Craft Workshop

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If the mum in your life loves anything crafty and creative (or just likes giving new things a bash), tickets for an adult craft workshop are a brilliant idea for a Mother’s day gift. Why not sign her up to make her very own beautiful lampshade at The Krafthaus store in Sale?!

With these lampshade making workshops, they will be guided through everything they need to do to make a unique lampshade by Holly (A.K.A The Neighbourhood Threat) at their shop, Krafthaus Studio & Store, right in the centre of Sale.

They will come home with a lampshade measuring 25cm x 25cm high, handmade by themselves, ready to show off to friends and family.

Tickets include all the materials needed to make the lampshade, but the mum in your life can also bring material along that matches her home decor if she’s got a special design vision!

Workshop takes place on Thursday 30th March, 6pm-8pm and tickets can be booked  here

Places are very limited so get booking quickly!

If crafting isn’t their thing, be sure to check out some of Krafthaus’s beautiful and unique products..many made right in store in their own studio at the back of the shop:

2. Get Moving with a Fitness Class or Run Club!

Fitness instructor teaching class in park

Maybe the mum in your life already loves keeping fit or you reckon they’d love the chance to join in some fun, friendly, female only fitness classes or run clubs?

A gift voucher for ‘‘These Mums do’’ will give her the chance to get moving in tons of different ways. If she has a little baby she can join in one of their super popular post-natal fitness classes in the park (with babies in tow in their prams!). Or there’s also indoor women’s only Hiit classes, run clubs, 1:1 fitness training and zoom sessions too so she’s bound to find something that works!

To order a gift voucher, drop an email to

You can read a bit more about ‘These Mums Do’ in my mini interview from my branding shoot with Becca, it’s founder:

Or keep up with Becca online or

3. Alternative Plants

Green plant leaves

Plants and flowers are always a winner and who doesn’t love receiving them? For something a bit different this year though why not gift your mum or partner a voucher for a workshop with Green and Grounded, the beautiful flower and plant shop that has recently added a sister shop in Sale’s Stanley Square to their already well established Altrincham branch.

Recent workshops included their super popular ‘Terrariums and Tapas’ night, where you had the opportunity to create your own eco system and munch on some fabulous small plates supplied by the fantastic Petisco, also of Stanley Square.

Get in touch to find out what workshops they have got coming up soon!

You can pop into the shop Tuesday- Saturday 10am-5.30pm & Sunday 11am-5pm, email on  or call on 0161 929 9158

If the mum in your life can’t make it to a workshop or into the shop though, they also offer Giftcards which you can order online here:

Keep up with Green and Grounded online here: groundeduk or


4. Tickets to a Show

Red velvet theatre seats in empty theatre

Giving tickets to an event can be such a great way to create some special memories..especially if you come along to the show too!

The Waterside in Sale always has a huge range of shows on from comedy to music and family drama so there’s sure to be something on the bill that will appeal to the mum in your life. You can check out their upcoming shows here here which includes Edinburgh Festival award winning comedy shows, musicals, dance and family theatre to name but a few!

If you can’t decide which show to go for, Waterside offer gift vouchers so the lucky recipient can choose what they’d like to see (and maybe take you too?!).

Head here for gift vouchers

5.  Family Photo Shoot Voucher

Family photography gift voucher

Well I know I have to say it but family photos really do make a super special and meaningful gift that will last a lifetime.
I offer gift vouchers to help get that mum in your life in the frame with her family where she should be..not hidden taking all the snaps!

Printed gift vouchers can be ordered so you have something lovely to hand over on Mothers day or if you are sorting a present at the last minute and are short on time, gift vouchers can be emailed so you don’t miss the big day.

To hear about my special Mother’s Day gift vouchers, head here

We hate having our photos taken and you were really lovely and put everyone at ease and made the experience feel relaxing and fun and not in any way awkward. You captured our children’s personalities, making some beautiful photographs that we will cherish.

- Caroline T