16 Unique And Unusual Mother's Day Gifts

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16 Unique And Unusual Mother's Day Gifts

Produced in partnership with Funzing.

Bypass the boring flowers-and-chocolates this Mother's Day, and give your mum a gift she'll really enjoy: quality time with you. Funzing, the online community where local Londoners host their own events, has plenty of ideas for doing something unusual, interesting and really, really fun.

Fun for foodie mamas

Join a tea tasting tour of trendy Shoreditch with mama

TEA TASTING
If your Mum likes tea, she'll love this Tea Tasting Tour of Shoreditch. Together, you can taste a Japanese tea, Indian masala chai and some high quality Chinese teas. And guide Lera suggests there'll be a spot of cake too. £25 adults/£15 11-16 year olds. 5 March
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FUN BUNS
Take a three-and-a-half hour cookery course with your mum and learn how to make 'fluffy pillows of deliciousness': char sui baos and pork and chive dumplings. Will will guide you step-by-step, from making the char sui, rolling the dough, preparing the fillings, forming the dumplings and cooking them. Then enjoy eating the fruits of your labour at the end of the class. £35. 11, 18 March
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TEA TIME
Indulge your mum with this 'Brewtiful Mother's Day' experience: an extra special afternoon tea with Kyle and Kerran, the tea and cake specialists. £32. 6 March
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PERFECT PAIR
Julia and the team at South London Wine School have put together a sophisticated chocolate- and wine-matching masterclass to help you explore the best way to enjoy these two delicious treats. There'll be six wines from around the world with six different chocolates to match. £30. 9 March
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SPICE OF LIFE
Join Brit-Asian foodie Beb and learn healthy and super-tasty, authentic Indian cookery. The class includes all the know-how to make lentil tarka daal and punjabi chicken curry. Yum. £40. 5 March
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SOURDOUGH STARTER
A perfect treat for all those mums who are Great British Bake Off fans: Join Lucy at the Reid Cottage cookery school and learn to make artisan sourdough breads and pizzas. You'll even get your own sourdough starter to take home. £30. 5 March
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Fun for fashionista mums

Treat your mum to a beautiful hand-made clutch bag

SHOE-IN
Learn both the creative and technical aspects of designing your own shoes in this fun, informative half-day workshop. A really unique way to spend some quality time with your mum this Mother's Day. £75. 12 March
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CUTE CLUTCH
Choose from a range of coloured leathers and accessories as you learn to make your own evening bag at this two-hour workshop. You'll even get to work on a semi-industrial sewing machine, and both you and your mum will have a beautiful clutch bag to take home at the end. £45. 2, 16, 30 March
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PRETTY PURSES
Another fab workshop for leather fans — here you and your mum can learn to make your own personalised leather cardholder or purse. The class includes cutting from a template, punching holes with a pricking iron and learning a traditional saddle-stitching technique. £38. 5 March
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DARLING DRESSES
Don't buy your mum a new dress this year: instead take her to a class where you can make one! Tutor Craig will help you through all the steps you need to make a dress in this six-hour class. £49. 4, 6, 10, 13 March
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FASCINATING FASCINATORS
Enjoy a half-day workshop with your mum and a professional milliner, making gorgeous fascinators. You'll learn how to work with sinamay, finishing techniques and how to manipulate feathers. And you'll both have a fabulous fascinator to take home with you at the end of the day. £50. 6 March
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Fun for crafty mamas

Try your hand at painting and have a creative night with your mum

NATURAL BEAUTY
Treat your mum with some totally-natural beauty products. In this masterclass, you two will learn how to make lip balm, body scrub, moisturiser and hair spray — all from natural ingredients. £29. 5 March
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PERFECT PAINTING
If you or your mum fancy yourself as artists, why not try this Mother's Day Monet Special from the lovely folk at PopUp Painting. There's a glass of wine included along with all the art supplies you'll need to create your own Water Lilies masterpiece. £30. 6 March
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SCENT-SATIONAL
Instead of buying your mum impersonal perfume from a shop, why not attend a class where she can make her own bespoke fragrance with the Experimental Perfume Club. Far more memorable. £95. 19 March
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Fun for adventurous mums

Go antiques hunting with Jacina

BARGAIN HUNT
Venture far outside zone 1 and take your mum to Sunbury-on-Thames, where up-cycler and antiques expert Jacina will guide you through the local market. You will learn how to find the perfect pieces to decorate your house and distinguish the value of various items. £7. 8 March
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GEORGIAN SPLENDOUR
Published in 1778, Evelina is the first novel written by the self-educated female author of enlightenment, Fanny Burney. During this alternative walking tour, you and your mum will follow the step of the protagonist and discover all about Georgian London. £10. 8 March
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Last Updated 25 February 2016

Nigel Geffen

While the street signs shown in the "Go antiques hunting with Jacina" photo don't look particularly antique (antiquated?) to me, any idea where it was taken, or how to contact whoever is selling them?