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This year Mother's Day falls on the 14th of March, so if you haven't got that special lady a gift just yet, you'd better act fast! But what do you get the most influential woman in your life? Well if you're from Birmingham, I already know one thing you're definitely going to be hunting down this March - a "Mom" card. We don't do "Mum", "Mam" or "Mother" here!


A selection of cards are gifts from small Birmingham businesses

I'll also assume (because you're reading this gift guide) that you're a good Brummie who is looking to support some great Birmingham businesses this Mother's Day, so I'll try to help you out the best I can!


I've popped together a list of fantastic Birmingham independent's supplying all of the things your Mom could possibly want. From flowers arranged by born and bred Brummies to bevs brewed right here in the second city, I'd like to think I've got it all covered!


Oh and I've even tracked down a couple of Mom cards too! You're welcome!



So here it is, my ultimate Brummie Mothers Day Gift Guide...




Plants and flowers


Jungle Houseplants


Birmingham based houseplant shop with delivery across the UK. Gifts, greetings cards, and gift cards are also available. 


Isherwood & Co


Florist and houseplant shop based on Stirchley high street in south Birmingham. Mother's day bouquets, gifts, and cards available to order.


A bouquet of mixed flower from a small birmingham business
Isherwood & Co - Based in Stirchley


Easy Plants


Houseplants, garden plants, artificial plants and more, all available for delivery across the UK.


Urban Design Flowers


Hall Green based florist offering bouquets, gifts, cards, balloons, and more. 


Petals of Piccadilly


A boutique florist based in Piccadilly Arcade in Birmingham City Centre.



A bouquet of yellow flowers
Flowers at Moor Street


Flowers at Moor Street 


Fresh flowers, house plants, and gifts available to buy online or from Moor Street Station.




Health and beauty


Mudd beauty 


A vegan and cruelty free makeup brand based right here in Birmingham.

Currently 20% off with code MARCH21


Harvest Skincare 


An independant skincare company based in Kings Heath. Facials, massages, and others treatments are also available.


A selection of bottles and jars filled with beauty products from Harvest skincare
Harvest Skincare - Based in Kings Heath in South Birmingham

Shakina Spa 


Dry Spa in the centre of Birmingham. Treatments, gift vouchers, and spa products available.


Moor Hall Hotel & Spa 


Spa hotel based in Sutton Coldfield. Treatments available from 12th April. 




Clothes, jewellery, and accessories

 

Urban Village Vintage 


Vintage clothes, accessories, books, and records.


People


Clothes, accessories, homeware and more. 


A pair of forget me not earrings
Working Clasp

Working Clasp 


Laser cut jewellery, DIY craft kits, and workshops available.


A Typical Thing 


Minimal recycled silver jewellery. Designed and made in Brum.



A gold sycamore seed necklace
Hannah Kyrikou Jewellery

Hannah Kyriakou jewellery 


Botanical inspired jewellery handmade in Birmingham's world famous Jewellery Quarter.




Food and drink


The Early Bird Bakery


Independent bakery based in Kings Heath. Cakes, Vouchers available. The Mother's Day Afternoon tea available is currently sold out.


A selection of cakes from Early Bird Bakery in Birmingham
Early Bird Bakery - Based in Kings Heath



Three Church Road 


Restaurant and bistro based in Edgbaston. Takeaway Afternoon Tea available for collection.


Bean Green Kitchen 


Sutton Coldfield based Deli and Salad Bar. Breakfast, Brunch, Afternoon Tea, and graze boxes available. 



A cocktail from Pineapple Club in Birmingham City Centre
Pineapple Club - A new City Centre Cocktail Bar


Pineapple Club


A new Birmingham based cocktail bar. Pre made cocktails available for delivery.


Grace + James


Kings Heath based shop and deli selling Wine, cheese, hampers and more.


A selection of cheeses available at Grace + James in South Birmingham
Grace + James


Loki Wines


Natural wines and gift cards available.




Cards, gifts, and wrapping


Folks Like These

Stationary, books, greetings cards and more.


You Got This Club


Funky cards, gifts, hampers, and more.


Rachel Alice Art


Greetings cards and prints. "Mom" cards available!


A mothers day card showing a hand drawn bouquet with the word "mom" on the gift tag
Rachel Alice Art


Laura The Drawer


Greetings cards, stickers, and prints. "Mom" cards available!


Marenzo Designs


Cards, stickers, wine labels, and more. "Mom" cards available!


Baby Aid Birmingham


A Brummie charity selling mothers day cards to help families with young children. "Mom" cards available!


A greetings card with the text "Mom you're bostin!"
Cards By Banks

Cards By Banks


Fun Brummie greetings cards. "Mom" cards available!




So with all these fantastic Birmingham Businesses selling all kinds of cards and gifts, I'm sure you'll be able to pick up a thing or two for your Mom this Mother's Day whilst also supporting some great independent sellers!


Let me know if you've grabbed any goodies from the businesses lifted above, and if you think I've missed off any fab Brummie brands give me a shout in the comments!


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THE ULTIMATE BRUMMIE MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

It's almost the most wonderful time of the year!! While the German Market won't be gracing Birmingham's streets this year, the Christmas spirit is still alive and well in in our city and the shops are as busy as ever. But whilst you're dashing around Brum picking up another box of chocolates, and a crate of generic beers, take a moment to think about the independent Birmingham businesses you could support this Christmas instead.


This year more than ever smaller businesses in Birmingham need your help to stay afloat.


A selection of good from birmingham businesses


From Fresh plants and flowers, to handmade jewellery, and even art, our fellow Brummies have a bit of everything on offer, so move away from Amazon and start shopping local!


I've popped together a list of independent Birmingham businesses you can support this Christmas...



- Home & Gifts -


Honeybee Home

Beautiful hand picked home accessories, gifts, and more. Prices from only £3 and free delivery over £20. 



Drinks mats with leopards and large plant leaves printed on them.


Niloh Candles

Hand poured goddess candles which come in two sizes and multiple shades. Candles from £30 with free UK shipping.



Niloh wax candles in the shapes on womens bodies.


Inspired By Lauren

Handmade Wax Melts created right here in Birmingham. Prices start from £1!




Isherwood And Co

Based in Stirchley South Birmingham, Isherwood is an independent florist. From beautiful bouquets to popular houseplants, you're really spoilt for choice here. Local delivery available. 



A bunch of flowers created by Isherwood


Jungle Houseplants

Birmingham based houseplant shop offering plants, pots, and gift cards. In their online shop you'll find everything a Brummie plant lover could want with free delivery to many Birmingham postcodes.




Centenary Lounge 

Luxury hampers, crockery, gifts & more! Prices from £3.95.




The Crafty Brum

Hand Painted Artwork and prints featuring some of Birmingham's most famous landmarks and more. Prices from £20.


ARTWORK BY THE CRAFTY BRUM SHOWING THE BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS



- Food & Drink -


1000 Trades Distillery

A Birmingham based distillery offering spirits and hand sanitizer! Drink prices start from £34.49
Currently offering 10% off with code ADVENT.




Birmingham Brewing Co.

Locally brewed beers and merchandise. From £5 and free delivery to selected B postcodes.



A selection of beers from Birmingham Brewing.


Tilt

World beer & merchandise. Delivery and collection available.




Attic Brew

Locally brewed beer and merchandise. Free delivery to selected Birmingham postcodes.



Two Attic Brew pint glasses


Miss Macaroon

Located in Great Western Arcade in Birmingham City centre, Miss Macaroon stocks a range of Macaroon gift boxes. Prices from £15.




Yorks Cafe

Hand roasted coffee, loose leaf teas, gift sets and monthly subscriptions. Prices from £1.95.



A selection of coffee from Yorks Cafe Birmingham




- Clothing & Accessories -


January Collective

A range of printed t-shirts and sweatshirts designed with positivity in mind. T-shirts from just £6!



Punks And Chancers

Creators of the iconic YES BAB t-shirt. T-shirts, sweatshirts, and gifts available. Prices from £2.50. 



A white t-shirt with the slogan "YES BAB" printed on the front


Bonehead

Bonehead offers more than just a tasty bite to eat, they also sell t-shirts and merchandise. Prices start from £5.




Lint & Thread

Beautifully designed and embroidered t-shirts and jumpers from £20.



A selection of embroidered goods made in Birmingham


Printed Weird

Quirky printed t-shirts, mugs, art, and more. Prices from £3. 




Sunset Clays Studio

Funky Polymer Clay Earrings handmade in Birmingham. Prices from £5.




Frilly Industries

Statement jewellery, laser cut right here in Brum. Prices from £9.



A selection of star shaped laser cut earrings made in Birmingham


With all these amazing Birmingham businesses to choose from I'm sure you'll be able to find a gift for everyone this year without handing over a penny to big businesses! Happy shopping!


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A SELECTION OF GOODS FROM BIRMINGHAM BISINESSES

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INDEPENDENT BIRMINGHAM BUSINESSES TO SUPPORT THIS CHRISTMAS

One of my favourite things about travelling is definitely gorging on new types of weird and wonderful foods. I love trying out new things, and even though I'm the fussiest eater known to man, I always leave a trip having eaten something I've never tried before. The only problem with this is that when I'm not able to travel I find myself pining for my favourite foreign foods, and usually, nothing that I, nor my local restaurants cook will suffice. You cannot beat traditional meals cooked by the natives who grew up eating them, it's a fact. 


Grace is sat to a table inside Mr Souvlaki Restaurant in Stourbridge. In front of her is a plate of Chicken souvlaki, a bowl of salar, and a mixed grill platter.


So when I saw Birmingham Eats tucking into a banging portion of Souvlaki a few weeks ago my interest peaked. Chicken Souvlaki has been one of my all-time favourite meals since I first tried it over 10 years ago on the beautiful Island of Crete. It's a fairly basic meal, but done well it's absolutely delicious. So where had the pair behind Birmingham Eats managed to nab an authentic-looking Souvlaki dinner? Mr Souvlaki in the centre of Stourbridge.


Now Stourbridge isn't exactly on my doorstep, it's around a 40-minute drive away from Birmingham, but that's a hell of a lot closer than the nearest Greek island so I was prepared to make the journey to feast some traditional greek food.


On entering the cafe-style venue, you're almost transported to a beautiful whitewashed Greek town. The interiors are done in such a way that it looks as though you are sitting on the outside of a small Greek taverna, it's just a shame they weren't able to also capture the Mediterranean weather. 


Inside Mr Souvlaki restaurant in Stourbridge. The interior is decorated to look like a white-washed greek town.


But the feel of Greece doesn't end with the decor, oh no, its with the food itself that you are really taken on a trip. The menu is pretty straightforward - Souvlaki, Gyros, Burgers and more are all on offer here, and available at greek prices too! The only thing over £10 on the menu is the mixed grill which comes in at £19.50 but feeds two!


After what seemed like an age of starting at the menu (we really were spoiled for choice) we opted for a couple of Mixed Grills, a portion of Chicken Souvlaki, a Village Salad, and 3 pots of Tzatziki. We thought 2 portions of Tzatziki would do at first but believe me that stuff is so delicious you'll want a scoop of it with every bite!


First impressions of our meals were good. The portion sizes were generous, everything was well presented, and the smell, well that was just something else. I'm not sure how I managed to take any photos before we all jumped into our dishes because the scent of the warm fresh meat in front of us was beautiful. 


And the taste didn't disappoint either. My Chicken Souvlaki was cooked perfectly and the pitta bread that arrived with it was the best I've probably ever tasted before. I can only assume it was cooked fresh on the day because I've never had pitta bread that was quite as soft and fluffy as this - not even in Greece! I also tried a few bits and bobs from the Mixed Grill Platters which tasted just as good as my meal if not better. I didn't get the chance to munch on everything from the platter but I was assured by my family that it was all as good as it looked.


A plate of Chicken Souvlaki, a mixed grill,  a bowl of salad, and a bowl of Tzatziki at Mr Souvlaki Restaurant Stourbridge


The only criticism I have with the food was that it wasn't as warm as I would have liked. Although the cooked meats were warm, the potato sliced chips were actually quite cold which we raised with the staff at the time. This wasn't a huge issue but the meal would have been perfect if they were a little bit hotter. 


Would I visit Mr Souvlaki again? Without a doubt! I've never had a more delicious and authentic Greek meal outside of the country itself before, and I doubt I will come across one again for a while. Although it's not exactly local to me, the quality of the food and the crazy low prices would definitely bring me back to Mr Souvlaki's again in the future, especially while travel is off the cards!


Are you a fan of Greek foods? Where is your favourite place to nab an authentic Greek meal in the UK?


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Two previous images from inside Mr Souvlaki. Test between the images reads "MR SOUVLAKI - A TASTE OF GREECE IN THE HEART OF ENGLAND"


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