With Mother’s day taking place on Sunday 14 March, here are some food and drink gift ideas, virtual events and meal deliveries from Scottish businesses.
With restrictions still likely to be in place, this Mother’s day may look a bit different. With this in mind, here are our pick of the best virtual events, gift ideas and meal delivery available from Scottish businesses.
From rum and gin tastings to afternoon tea delivery, there’s something for all tastes.
Matugga & Liv rum tasting
Taking place on Mother’s day, Sunday 14 March, from 3-4pm this virtual tasting is ideal for those that love rum or want to find out more about the sector in Scotland from the team at Matugga.
This fun and relaxed virtual event will take attendees through the rum making craft with six drams from Matugga and Liv rum.
The team will also showcase simple serves and rum-inspired recipes.
Tickets are priced at £29.99 and include six 3cl drams from Matugga and Liv collections (Matugga Golden Rum, Matugga Spiced Rum, Liv Navy Strength White Rum, Liv Black Spiced Rum, Liv Honey & Lavender Rum Liqueur, Liv Raspberry & Hibiscus Rum Liqueur), a small branded Glencairn glass and access to the event.
There’s also an optional pairing pack that includes cola, ginger beer, cream soda, gourmet flavoured popcorn and organic chocolate.
MILK Cafe brunch box
MILK Cafes in Edinburgh have designed a home-made Mother’s Day brunch box for two.
The boxes, which can be made veggie or vegan, are available for delivery or collection on both Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 March.
Flowers from Tupelo Tree can also be added to an order.
Priced from £35 (without flowers) the original brunch box includes: Pan au raisin, almond croissant, Santu Coffee 250g, rhubarb compote with greek yoghurt and pistachio and rose granola, charred corn and Devon ancho chilli cornbread muffins, Heatherfield smoked salmon, seasonal fruit and cold pressed orange, turmeric + ginger juice.
Find out more and order here.
Eteaket afternoon tea delivery
Edinburgh’s Eteaket have created a special one off delivery of their afternoon tea for two on Mother’s Day.
The afternoon tea is priced at £29.95 for two and include: plain and fruit scones, mini patisseries, jam and clotted cream, a range of finger sandwiches, eteaket teabags and a pop up cake stand.
Delivery is available in Edinburgh for postcodes EH1-EH12, and orders are being taken now until Friday 12 March.
Home by Nico
Order your mum a meal to remember with the latest menu from Home by Nico – the cook at home kits from the team behind Six by Nico restaurants.
Dishes on the four course menu include: potted hot smoked salmon, sirloin of beef, a cheese course and dessert of dark chocolate mousse.
Priced at £65 for two, pre-orders are being taken now for national delivery on 12 March.
Stem wine club
Treat your mum to the gift of good wine this Mother’s day, with a delivery from Stem Wine Club.
Set up as part of Home-X, the wine tasting experience is inspired by the wines usually available as part of the Six by Nico tasting menu.
Stem Wine Club offers a monthly selection of carefully selected half bottles of wine, that are delivered nationwide.
The team said: “Whether a novice, or connoisseur (or want to try something new), Stem creates a fun and relaxing way to immerse yourself in wine tasting. From engaging and friendly learning, to the pure enjoyment of drinking wine – there’s really so much to discover and enjoy.”
Priced at £55 including delivery, orders are being taken online now.
Stirling Distillery gin tasting
Children 1st and Stirling Distillery have teamed up to offer a fun, informative and interactive event that allows families from all over the UK to come together and celebrate Mother’s Day virtually.
Attendees will experience a tour of the distillery and taste some Stirling gins and gin liqueurs, which will be sent in advance in a Mother’s Day Gin Tasting Pack.
The team will talk through each spirit during the tasting and answer any questions. Stirling Distillery is donating £5 from the sale of every ticket to help Scotland’s children.
Tickets for the event, which takes place from 2.30-5pm on Sunday 14 March are £32.17 and available to buy now here.
Eight Lands gin
If your mum is a gin fan then why not treat her to a bottle of 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.
Aberlour 14 year old double cask
Aberlour recently released their 14 Year Old Double Cask, and it’s an ideal gift for whisky loving mums.
Matured first in bourbon and then sherry casks, resulting in a sweet and smooth taste with gentle hints of blackcurrant and citrus, it is available to buy now with a RRP of £49.95.
BenRiach The Smoky Twelve
If your mum is a smoky whisky fan then this expression from the Benriach is an ideal gift.
Master Blender for Benriach, Rachel Barrie, describes The Smoky Twelve as “baked orange in a wonderful cake, fired over an open fire, with dark chocolate flavour.”
Priced at £47.95, find out more and buy here.
Highland Chocolatier tasting flight
Iain Burnett, otherwise known as the award-winning Highland Chocolatier, recently launched a chocolate tasting flight.
Available for home delivery and to enjoy via an audio link, chocolate lovers can look forward to a fun and informative insight into the varied tastes and textures of artisan chocolates.
Already popular in the wine and whisky industries, tasting flights offer a unique way to sample a range of different varieties and flavours in one session.
Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier’s Chocolate Tasting Flights can be ordered online to be enjoyed at home for £21.95 based on two people sharing.
Locker Hyndland cupcake bouquet
This Glasgow cafe is offering a delicious looking cupcake bouquet for Mother’s day.
Each cake bouquet has seven handcrafted cupcakes with fillings such as strawberry daiquiri, lemon meringue and French martini.
Priced at £28, find out more and order here.
Honeycomb & Co afternoon tea
Popular Edinburgh cafe Honeycomb & Co are offering a tea for two or one to enjoy at home this Mother’s day weekend.
All made in-house by the pastry team, there’s also an option to include champagne.
On the menu you’ll find savoury bites such as butternut squash and ricotta sausage roll, cucumber, cream cheese and fresh mint sandwiches, a honey and bramble infused eclair, lemon posset, scones with jam and chantilly cream and Storm breakfast tea.
Priced from £20 for one and £30 for two, the afternoon tea is available for collection and deliver on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 March.
More information can be found here.
Independent Wine virtual tasting
Edinburgh’s Independent Wine has a range of virtual wine tastings that are perfect as a gift, but if your mum prefers a glass of wine with chocolates, the retailer has teamed up with the Highland Chocolatier to pair truffles with wines.
Customers can choose from three wines to pair with a box of award-winning chocolates with prices starting from £53.85.
The virtual wine tastings include access to an hour long virtual Zoom call and delivery of three full-size (750ml) bottles of award-winning wine from Italy.
The first two sessions are taking place just before Mother’s Day weekend – the 11 and 12 March – and focus on red wines from Northern Italy.
Tickets cost £99 per household, with more information here.
The Gannet at home
Head chef, Peter McKenna, of Glasgow’s The Gannet restaurant has confirmed they’ll be offering a cook at home meal kit for Mother’s day. Watch this space for more info.
Further Afield by Mark Greenaway
Mark Greenaway’s Further Afield home dining experience is available for pick up and delivery on the Saturday 13 March and can be kept in the fridge ready for Mother’s day.
The four course meal is £70 for two and has a menu full of local and seasonal produce.
Find out more and order here.
For Cake’s Sake
This Dundee bakery launched what they described as the North East’s first ever takeaway afternoon tea in 2019, and is still offering the sweet treat to be enjoyed at home.
Each classic Afternoon Tea Box may include For Cake’s Sake’s secret recipe strawberry milkshake cake, raspberry and white chocolate cruffins, filled shorties and their handmade, chocolate truffles, as well as a selection of savouries.
The afternoon tea can be delivered in Dundee, postcodes DD1-DD5 or for collection, making it an ideal treat for mother’s day.
Boxes start at £18 and include original afternoon tea, birthday, mystery and vegetarian. For more info and to book visit their website.
Treat your mum to afternoon tea with a delivery from Almondine.
This Aberdeen coffee shop has an afternoon tea delivery service for those living within 17 miles of the city centre.
Customers can tuck in to picture perfect patisserie miniatures, scones with clotted cream and jams and finger sandwiches, all for £21 per person.
Deliveries are Wednesday-Saturday between 9am-3pm.
More info and booking can be found on their website, here.
McLarens on the Corner
McLarens on the Corner in Edinburgh has launched a Mother’s Day family feast priced at £30 per person with minimum order for two people.
As part of the three-course meal, there is a choice of a seafood or veggie sharing platter, including chargrilled chilli squid; crevettes; salmon croquettes; smoked mackerel pâté with lobster aioli; red pepper hummus, smoked aubergine and spinach and feta samosas.
A choice of mains include roast chicken and bacon potpie; beef pot roast; spinach, roasted squash, mushroom and cheddar Wellington; as well as sides.
To finish, desserts include caramel cheesecake lollipops and bubble waffle sticks. There is also the option to add on extra child friendly meals.
McLarens on the Corner is also offering a Mother’s Day gift, including a miniature of Chambord, a Chambord glass, Chambord Macaroons, luxury Scottish Siabann hand cream and a bouquet of flowers from local florist, Quate & Co.
To find out more and order, visit the restaurant’s website.