5 Great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas You Can Buy From Your Sofa (while still supporting local businesses)

In these uncertain times Mother’s Day, 22nd March, may have slipped to the back of some of our minds. However, our mams, grans and loved ones should be celebrated more than ever this Mother’s Day and no virus is going to stop that.

Whether your self isolating or just too busy to pop to the shops, we’ve come up with a list of five great gift ideas that you can order from the comfort of your sofa while still giving small and local businesses the important support they need right now.


Sweet-toothed mums (with a sense of humour) will love to wake up to a box of delicious donuts from tongue-in-cheek donut maker The Fat Cow. Located in The Market Hall, Jes Barnes, opened her donut and milkshake stall at the end of 2018 and sells a mix of drool-worthy handmade donuts including vegan donuts. Offering Mother’s Day Donut boxes from Tuesday 17th March, head to @thefatcowdonuts on Instagram to see what’s on offer.
Support from your sofa: Order delivery to your door via UberEats. The shop is closed on a Sunday and they’re so popular they often sell out so make sure you order your donuts in advance!


We’ve got a whole page dedicated to Mother’s Day vouchers and experiences for those who can’t make our Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea on 22nd March. Choose from a selection of afternoon teas including our favourite G&TEA – a Gin Afternoon Tea which can be enjoyed in Bartons Yard or Penny Blue. Buy the vouchers online and have them delivered in a beautiful foiled envelope. Left it too late for delivery? Choose email delivery and we’ll send it straight to your (or their) inbox.
Support from your sofa: Visit https://thehalston.giftpro.co.uk/ to see our full range of vouchers.


We can confirm Articka, a local indie beauty brand offer the coolest and most gorgeous smelling products in the city – we really can, they make all our signature products for our apartments! This small business is run and loved by Claire Sumpton and Jason Galea, who handmake everything right here in Carlisle. After being diagnosed with life-changing conditions, they both made it their goal to create a brand which does not exclude or discriminate and now produce innovative, non-gendered products that are effective for a wide range of skin and hair types.The perfect gift for the super cool mum, these products not only work great but look chic on any bathroom shelf.
Support from your sofa: Articka are offering a massive 25% discount in the run-up to Mother’s Day. Quote The Halston when ordering to get your discount. The last day for first class post orders is Thursday 19th March and post and packaging is FREE! Visit https://articka.co.uk/ to see their range and drop them a message to order with your discount.


If you can’t take your mum out this Sunday instead treat her to a dinner (lunch or champagne breakfast) to look forward to in our award-winning restaurant Penny Blue. Our monetary value vouchers start from just £20 or choose our two course Sunday Lunch for Two voucher for £45. Personalise your voucher with an invite for dinner in the future and secure your table online. Both vouchers are valid for 12 months, so there’s plenty of time to fix a date.
Support from your sofa: Visit our online voucher store to see our full list of vouchers. Order online to your door or straight to your inbox.


Food, Glorious Food is one of our favourite shops in the city. Located just over the road from The Halston on Crosby Street, this independent health food shop is not limited to just food but also offers many beauty and gift items. Ran by the fantastic Dawn and Adam, FGF is the perfect place to pick up a gift for any eco-conscious mums out there. We particularly love the Xocolate bars (handmade in Carlisle) and their Friendly Soap range which comes in bright, eco-friendly packaging and makes a lovely gift.
Support from your sofa: This innovative pair are offering deliveries during the coronavirus crisis with no minimum spend to Carlisle and the outskirts of the city. Courier deliveries can also be arranged for those further afield. Give them a call on 01228 546853 or drop them a message on Facebook or Instagram to order.

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