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The Mother Side / ABOUT US

Hello and welcome!

We are so excited to be opening the doors to our shop stocking lots of gorgeous gifts and goodies for Mums and Mums-to-be. We want this to become the number one place to come to when you are choosing a gift for your Mum friends, family or even a treat for yourself!

We are working with lots of amazing suppliers who create or source beautiful and thoughtful gifts for Mums. Every product we stock in our shop has had the ‘Mum test’ which means they are ALL gifts that we would love to receive ourselves as Mothers!

We hope you enjoy shopping with us! Please do let us know what you think of your shopping experience to help us to continually improve and develop our website! You can drop us an email to with any comments, feedback or suggestions!

If you are someone who creates gorgeous gifts that you would like to sell in our shop, you can apply to be one of our vendors here.

We look forward to welcoming more vendors on board and stocking lots more beautiful and thoughtful gifts in our shop – watch this space!

Meet the Team!

Zoë & Anthony AKA ‘Team Tolman’

Hello hello! Thank you for visiting our shop! We are a husband and wife team and we live in Saffron Walden, Essex with our two daughters and our two cats! We set up the Mother Side last year (while expecting our second baby girl) with a BIG vision to create a global support network for all Mums and Mums-to-be.

Being a Mum requires an incredible amount of mental and physical energy and the nature of the role means we spend the majority of our time caring for others. As a result, Mums often end up putting their own needs last and feeling as though they are the bottom of the priority list! A message which seems to be reinforced by society! For example, visitors will often come bearing gifts for a new baby but the new Mum often gets overlooked, when in fact the postnatal period is a time when Mums needs to be nurtured, cared for, nourished and pampered more than ever!

So we decided to create a place where you can find lots of beautiful and thoughtful gifts for Mums and Mums-to-be. You will find lots of perfect gift ideas in our shop for new Mums, baby showers, Mothers’ Day, Christmas or birthdays. However we feel that Mums deserve to be celebrated and thought of all year round, not just on special occasions!

Kate Hutley AKA ‘Our Virtual Superhero’

In 2018 we were joined by our virtual superstar assistant Kate who got stuck straight in to getting us all organised at Mother Side HQ and WOW what a difference she has made already! We are so excited to have her on the team! Kate is a qualified Naturopath, trained in all aspects of holistic health including nutrition, aromatherapy, herbal medicine, reflexology and Massage. Kate completed her training in Australia after taking a gap year decided to cancel her Worcester University place and study Natural medicine in Perth instead.

Kate is mother to one son, aged 2, although soon to be two with her second baby boy due this summer.

Away from The Mother Side, Kate can often be found trudging through muddy fields with her two faithful dogs, cooking up a storm in the kitchen or with her head in a good book. As a mother Kate finds it’s really important to take some quiet time for yourself, where you can, to enjoy the things you love and remember you are you not just a mum.