Mother’s Day in the time of coronavirus is probably not going to be what you’re used to, but you can still treat the most important woman in your life to a gift she’ll love. Don’t forget to Skype her too, of course; a virtual hug is better than none at all. As for the other present, if your mom is enamored of all things England, she’ll be chuffed to receive any of these great British gifts.
You know your mom’s an Anglophile—that is, someone with an inexplicable love for all things British—if her Netflix history shows a disproportionate amount of “The Crown,” “Downton Abbey,” and “The Great British Baking Show,” not to mention any film adaptation of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, or anything involving the British royal family. Perhaps she has a tendency to refer to fries as chips and chips as crisps, just because it pleases her, and wishes you’d pick up the telly and call her a little more often. (Or wait, is that the television? PUT THE TV DOWN and pick up the damn phone!)
Whether she was born of the sceptred isle, or simply dreams of visiting for the first or umpteenth time when travel is once again possible, here are an assortment of gifts certain to properly tickle her English fancy this Mum’s day. (See what I did there?)
If your mum’s already re-watched every season of “The Crown” and is anxiously awaiting the next, give her a deep dive into British telly culture meanwhile with a BritBox subscription. With all 26 seasons of classic “Doctor Who” available, it really ought to keep her entertained until quarantine is over. Hopefully.Buy Now
Acorn is to the U.K. as Hulu is to the States. With Britain’s most popular streaming service you get a plethora of original programming featuring all the English humor and hijinks your mum can’t get enough of. (Yes, it’s going to be mum every time.) That’s the tea!Buy Now
If the metric system is good enough for Mary Berry, then it’s good enough for your mum! (Told you.) And how else is she going to tackle all of those trifle recipes written in grams rather than cups? The real treat here for her is also how many fewer dishes there are to do post baking when she measures by weight.Buy Now
Coined “The global supermarket for British food lovers,” British Corner Shop is the one-stop shop for the mum whose idea of a full day in London is squealing up and down the snack aisles of Waitrose. Here, all the crumpets, biscuits, crisps, and flapjacks she desires can be delivered to her door.Buy Now
Burke’s Peerage is the go-to guide concerning lineage and heredity of important British families. (Your mum will already know this, as Carson consulted it for every one of the Crawley daughters’ many suitors.) If your mum has long suspected she is the reincarnation of one of Henry VIII’s wives, or at the very least convinced her ancestors were landed gentry, a subscription to Burke’s gives her access to try to prove it.Buy Now
It’s a lovely scarf, and available in a number of colors, but that’s not the point. The label is the point. Your mum is a different kind of label snob, convinced of the worthiness of all things British, as she proudly sports the M&S label; one of England’s largest discount retailers.Buy Now
If your Anglophile mum is also a foodie mum who isn’t impressed by the fact that Walker’s crisps are just Lay’s potato chips with a different name (yet the same font), then here may be the snack pack for her, comprised of British foodstuffs from independent and artisanal producers.Buy Now
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Everything your mum needs for to host a proper afternoon tea, worthy of the Dowager Countess herself. This sumptuous hardcover not only covers the recipes for sweet and savory elements, but also the correct etiquette for brewing, serving, and most importantly, sipping the tea.Buy Now
And in other tea worthiness, Harrods is to London as Bloomingdale’s is to New York. Until she can next visit its grandiose halls, send her a little taste for her afternoon escape, encased with a decorative tin featuring the original London location’s likeness.Buy Now
This is the most English thing that ever was. First, it’s a hoover, which is one of those terms that means something else here than there. (And sounds vaguely rude to an American.) Next, it’s a vacuum with a twee little face—much in the way the Brits refer to a wine key as a “waiter’s friend”—there’s something quaint about actually giving a personality to a household appliance. On top of which, it’s actually a really powerful vacuum.Buy Now
And finally for the mum who’s an actual label snob, you know she’d totally overlook any applicable inheritance laws and name you the rightful heir when she spots a bit of the telltale Burberry Trafalgar check pattern.Buy Now
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And check out our sister sites’ picks too:
- CNET’s 15 favorite Mother’s Day gifts
- GameSpot’s Mother’s Day gaming and tech gifts
- ET’s Mother’s Day gift guide
- ZDNet’s Mother’s Day tech and gadget gifts
- Rachael Ray’s last-minute virtual Mother’s Day gifts
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