Make It A Memorable Mother's Day
The ageless celebration of Mother's Day on Sunday, March 26, is almost here and it's time to start choosing a gift that will make it that extra bit special. This year, say thanks to your first lady with something memorable. Whether it's for your mum or for another maternal figure in your life, there are plenty of presents from fragrances and cosmetics to and gadgets and jewellery that will help you show the love.
Traditionally gifts such as flowers and chocolates are given but whether you're a traditionalist or you like to think a little bit out of the box, here are some of our favourite gifts available in the shops, and on offer, right now.
There are very few women who wouldn't appreciate the gift of a sensational scent. From classic fragrances to modern scents, you can either play it safe or be bold and spoil her with a fragrance she may not necessarily buy for herself. As long as you know the type of fragrance she prefers, be it floral, oriental, woody or citrus, then you won't go wrong. You'll also get extra points for gift sets with complementary body and bath products, so shop wisely.
Look out for some amazing offers, exclusive deals and free gifts with purchase in specialist shops, departments stores and drugstores - such as The Perfume Shop, Superdrug, Boots, Semichem, Savers and Asda.
Half price scents from Superdrug
Versace Bright Crystal Eau de Toilette 200ml £50.00 - was £90.00
Ghost The Fragrance 150ml Eau de Toilette Spray £26.00 - was £58.00
Boss Jour Lumineuse Eau de Parfum 75ml £34.00 - was £68.00
Give her the tools of the trade for a makeover. This is the perfect chance to treat her to a new make-up brand she always wanted to buy or inspire her to try new state-of-the-art cosmetics and make-up techniques. Choosing her some luxurious makeup is an amazing gift if she is a bit of beauty buff. When in doubt, you can't go wrong with a classic red lipstick, some new nail polish or a handy palette. Look out in stores for fantastic free gifts with purchase especially on premium brands as you'll get a lot more for your money, and gift sets packed full of fabulous products.
Superdrug, Boots, Savers and Semichem all have fantastic deals on branded products but if you're feeling like you want to treat her something she wouldn't buy herself then check out the cosmetics collections in New Look, Primark and other fashion retailers, and Argos has a great range of cosmetic accessories.
Beauty bargains from Boots:
Benefit Besties Gift Set now £15.00 - was £30.00
NYX Professional Makeup Love Contours All £20.00
Real Techniques Make-Up Brushes from £7.99 - Buy one get 2nd half price
Essie Summer Duo Kit Tart Deco Duo £12.99 - Free Essie Mini Nail Polish when you spend £7.99
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipstick Devotion £8.99 - 3 for 2 on selected Revlon
Barry M Super Natural Superdrug Exclusive Palette £6.49 - Free Chisel Cheeks when you spend £8.00
GIVE THE GIFT OF GADGETS
If skincare, fragrance or makeup is not what you're looking for, gadgets are always a good idea. Whether it's a beauty gadget like a sonic facial brush, pedicure set or hair straighteners, a fitness gadget like a FitBit, a travel gadget or something for her pleasure such as a Kindle, DAB radio, a tablet or some stunning headphones, shop around for current offers.
Check out stores like Argos as well as O2, EE, Vodafone and Three shops, Carphone Warehouse, Supercuts and CeX.
Original gifts from O2:
Kitsound Race and Water Bottle Bundle Black £24.99
Kitsound Mini Buddy Speaker £4.99 - was £9.99
FitBit Flex 2 £79.99
Versatility from Vodafone:
Kate Spade iPhone 7 Confetti Case £35 - 3 for 2 on selected accessories
Sony ZX310AP headphones (white) £25 - 3 for 2 on selected accessories
Belkin Power Bank 4000 (pink) £20 - 3 for 2 on selected accessories
EE makes it easy:
Beats Solo3 On Ear Headphones Wireless Rose Gold £249.95
Kitvision Pocket Wired Selfie Stick With Mirror £9.99
Milestone Gravitate Activity Tracker £49.00
Amazing ideas from Argos:
Braun Face Spa Electric Facial Cleansing Brush and Epilator £49.99 - was £99.99
Sensio Spa Complete Manicure and Pedicure £49.99
Roberts Radio Revival Mini Digital Radio Orange £139.99 - was £149.99
LET HER BE-DAZZLED
If you're still stumped for a gift, then the tried and trusted gift of jewellery will always be received with thanks. Choose something with hearts and sparkles, which will make your gift extra special and more memorable. You don't have to spend a lot to find some beautiful pieces with maximum impact.
Shop in jewellery emporiums such as Warren James to find fabulous bargains on jewellery, trinket boxes and ornaments.
The wow factor from Warren James:
Petra Heart earrings, pendant and bracelet made with Swarovski Crystals from £12 to £19 - 80 percent off the RRP
We live in a world where you can buy virtually anything you might want from the comfort of your own home. And while we certainly appreciate a good online shopping binge, you just can't beat the real thing. Your shopping centre is more than just a shopping centre; it gives you the ability to interact on so many levels.
Would it surprise you to know that as a nation we are no longer visiting a shopping centre and just grabbing what we want then running? These days our shopping centres are not just about shops and selling but are all about providing a place to visit to try new things, offering one-stop shopping convenience, time saving services and a little bit of escapism. It's not surprising that almost a third of shopping centre visitors use it as a destination to eat, drink and socialise.
These days it isn't out of place to find services such as free Wi-Fi, free mobile phone charging points, wheelchair hire, baby change and breast feeding facilities, Click & Collect, free events or a kid's soft play area.
Why not bring friends or family along and discover some new and pleasurable experiences? Look on your shopping centres website and social media channels to find out about the latest pop ups, entertainment and shopping events. Many now have a calendar of year-round activity for all ages, including farmers markets, live music, character visits, cooking demonstrations and workshops.
Here are 10 reasons why your shopping centre is more than just a place to shop.
- It's the original one-stop-shop.
Buy a digital radio, a new wardrobe and a delicious cupcake - book a holiday, post a birthday card, get a manicure and get your iPad screen fixed, simultaneously.
Whether your shopping centre has a fully blown food court or a small selection of independent cafe's or restaurant chains, there will be great food and fast food available, so whether you're on the go or after a leisurely brunch, you certainly won't starve.
- It's a prime people-watching hot spot.
A variety of shops mean a variety of different people. Look around for some fashion inspiration or just sit back and watch human behaviour at it's best, or worst.
- You can relax yes really.
Your shopping centre could almost be a day spa. From hairdressers and nail salons to tanning shops and eyebrow threading bars book back-to-back appointments and then head to the nearest massage chair if there is one on offer.
- It's dependable, whatever the weather.
Nothing kills an outdoor shopping trip like a bit of harsh weather. For obvious reasons, that problem becomes irrelevant on a trip to your shopping centre.
- You will experience instant gratification.
Find what you want and take it home with you right away. No wait, no delivery charges and no having to take that little white card the postman put through your letterbox to the collections point at your post office.
- You can have your great escape.
Get away, if only for a couple of hours, from daily obligations and responsibilities. Enjoy some "me time" with your kindle and a coffee, alternatively it makes "working from home" pretty easy if there is free Wi-Fi.
- You'll be entertained, for free.
For you, for the kids or just because you have a few hours to kill, why not try something new, and be entertained. No other retail venue can provide the level of entertainment a shopping centre can and at no cost to you.
- Find a child-minder for £1.
Kid's driving you crazy? For the price of £1 there will be some sort of fire engine, camper van, police car or aeroplane you can plonk your little ones on and zone out just a little bit while they enjoy the ride.
- It gives you options.
From finding price comparisons and multi-tasking to throwing in the towel when you can't find what you want and having afternoon tea instead. Your shopping centre will be whatever you need it to be, and more. Plus parking is super easy.
Clyde offer a vast range of services and facilities including 4 hours of free parking, Shopmobility and wheelchair hire, baby changing & feeding rooms, cash machines and Bureau de Change within travel agents also a eurochange branch and Click & Collect.
Clyde also operates the Child Safe scheme and all children aged 3 to 10 years who are registered automatically become members of the Harry Otter Kids Club.
Take advantage of the many events Clyde has planned in the calendar and enjoy fabulous food offerings from McDonalds, Roma's Restaurant, bb's Coffee & Muffins, Greggs Café, Domino's Pizza, Aulds, Matzaluna, Baguette Express, Kitchen, Barista, Costa and Subway.