Ah, your darling mother. She carried you for nine long months, she showered you with unconditional love from day one and no matter the time of day, even if you interrupt her at the climax of the Downton Abbey finale, she's always there for you. From the time she put plasters on your bruised knees, right through to those nights when she dried your eyes over that boy who broke your heart into a million tiny pieces, and now as you embark on all that adult life has to offer, there'll never be a woman as reliable as your mother.
They say motherhood is often a thankless job. And so, every Christmas (and Mother's Day) we're given the opportunity to express our continued gratitude for all that she's done and all that she'll do, this unyielding superwoman, this best friend.
Here we round up some of the nicest ways to wish your mum a Happy Christmas in 2014.
Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Bath Oil €22 Brown Thomas
Or, if you want it all wrapped up in a Christmas cracker, this gift set of minis at €38 is pretty good value!
Stella McCartney luxury robe €299.55
Fossil Sydney Satchel Raisin, €149, Kilkenny Design
?249 Marc by Marc Jacobs
Ashwood Zip Leather Gloves, €39.95
Mohair throw, €59.95, Avoca
Chanel No. 5 €74.70, 50ml at Boots
Clarisonic facial cleanser from €149 upwards, available at Brown Thomas and Boots
Anything cashmere, be it a scarf, a cardigan, a throw or a loungewear robe such as this one below from M&S
Cashmere Wrap €209, M&S
Max Benjamin Diffuser (lots more scents available), €27 at Arnotts and BTs
Bring a tear to your mum's eye with a personalised gift from Photobox, whether it's a photo of the two of you on a mug, a calendar of family pics or a canvas with her favourite pic. So many options available at Photobox.ie
For more luxury gifts for your mum, The Marvel room at Brown Thomas is well worth a look. And for beauty gifts, stay tuned for our beauty box set gift guides!