Best Mother's Day gifts: these are the presents she'll actually want
Go bigger than a box of chocolates this year
Mother's Day is fast approaching. It's time to get your mum, grandma or wife a gift.
And while you could go down the tried and tested route – nice bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates – this could also be the year you get her something a bit more quirky, something she'll remember.
UPDATE: We know plenty of you will be buying booze this Mother's Day (we've even got a couple of choices down below ourselves) but there are also some great non-alcoholic options out there. To celebrate the occasion, Fentiman's is offering limited-edition bottles of its Rose Lemonade (which also makes a great mixer, so it's the best of both worlds). There are three bottles available each emblazoned with either Mom, Mum or Mam to celebrate the three most popular names for our Mothers. So if you're fed up with all the cards to 'Mum' and 'Mother', you can win a bottle with your preferred name here.
She might be into music, reading, fitness or just really like a glass of wine. Whatever it is, we have you covered with our pick of the best Mother's Day gifts she'll actually want.
From a book on Brutalism to flower subscription boxes, there's sure to be something she'll like.
Best Mother's Day gifts
1. Bloom and Wild subscription box
You really cannot go wrong with flowers on Mother's Day. They're a classic for a reason. But you can do better than that with this Bloom and Wild subscription box.
Pick from three month or six month subscriptions and from a variety of bouquets. The flowers will always be seasonal, and will be a lovely gift for your mum to keep receiving throughout the year.
2. Wine, Fizz & Nibbles Hamper
Bottles of wine and prosecco are paired with rosemary peanuts, chilli and garlic olives, cheddar and black pepper bits and cheese snacks in this hamper from John Lewis.
This has two benefits: it'll last for ages and it will really get you in the good books.
3. Union Coffee four pack
You'll know if your mum loves coffee – not least because she'll probably be very grumpy before she gets her morning cup.
This four pack of Union Coffee beans will let her explore even more flavours and tastes from around the world. The pack contains the company's best selling espresso coffees, and features all sorts of different blends. Bliss.
4. Satin pyjama set
A comfy pyjama set is always a welcome gift, and this pair is no exception. Made of pink satin, this is a luxurious set she'll cherish.
5. Personalised KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Okay, so you’re probably looking at the price of this mixer and thinking there’s no way you’d spend that much on Mother’s Day. And fair enough, it’s a lot of money but if your mum loves to bake this might be the perfect present - after all, KitchenAid are *the* brand when it comes to mixers. They're also currentl offering the chance to custom pick the model, colour, bowl and engrave it with a little message to make it even special (at no extra cost).
6. LIttle Moons Mochi Ice-Cream
Little Moons ice cream might verge on the unconventional, but this is a delicious treat she's sure to love. With 12 delicious flavours on offer - including Himalayan Salted Caramel, Match Green Tea, Madagascan Vanilla, Strawberries & Cream - there's a flavour for every taste. The brand is also offering specially designed Mother's Day boxes that contain 8 pieces, available to buy from their pop-up stores for £10.
7. Jo Malone Lavender and Musk pillow mist
If you want to get something a bit more traditional, this Jo Malone pillow mist will do the trick. Lavender and musk combine to make for a perfectly peaceful sleep – and the bottle will look great on the bedside table, too.
8. Lightweight yoga mat
Whether she's a complete beginner or a season yogi, this lightweight yoga mat is a great addition to any fitness fanatic's arsenal.
It's textured, which means it's non-slip and grips to almost any surface, and is easy to carry around due to its low weight and built-in strap. It's not too thick, but offers a good amount of cushioning.
9. JBL Tune 600BTNC headphones
If your mum is into music, podcasts or audibooks – or if she just wants to shut out her fellow commuters on the train to work – these headphones make a great gift.
They're noise-cancelling, for one, and give pretty good sound: they're obviously less refined than some higher-end headphones, but at the price they're great. One charge will give twelve hours of music, so should last up to a week between charges too.
10. Honor Band 5
Fitness trackers are a great way of being aware of your daily movements as well as tracking the progress of more strenuous workouts. The Honor Band 5 has a AMOLED full colour touchscreen, a sleep and heart rate monitor and is waterproof (up to 50m) - all for under £30. If your mum is out running half marathons every other weekend, this might not be for her but if she just simply wants to keep an eye on her steps, know the weather and go for a swim at the weekend - you can’t go far wrong with the Honor Band 5.
11. LSA International Wicker Vase
Mothers are inundated with flowers at this time of year, so why not buy her something to put them in? This classic-looking LSA Vase is simple but elegant and the perfect addition to any home’s decor. Its shape means it’s ideal for long-stemmed flowers such as sunflowers and orchids.
12. Hendrick's Midsummer Solstice Gin
Midsummer Solstice is a celebration of all things floral. Flavours of orange blossom and iris combine with the classic Hendrick’s botanicals of juniper and rose petal for a limited edition gin that makes you long for summer.
13. Harris Wild Rose Tincture
Add a hint of florals to your G&T with a few drops of this Wild Rose tincture. Made from hand-harvested wild rose petals, picked in the village of Northton in South Harris, they are then combined with elderberry, aged sloe berries, and bergamot so that typical 'rose' aroma isn't overpowering. It's limited edition, too - with only 394 bottles available.
14. Versus Versace Peking Road Watch
Jewellery may be a stereotypical Mother's Day purchase but done right, it can be a lovely gift. This Versus Versace watch is a new petite 28mm version of their very successful 2017 edition, and comes with a stainless steel guilloché dial enriched with 4 Swarovski crystal indexes. It's small and elegant enough to wear day and night, and comes in both silver and gold.
15. Lumie bodyclock wake up light
Wake up over thirty minutes with this natural body clock wake-up light from Lumie. Instead of being jolted awake by a noisy alarm, this allows you to wake up slowly, thus making you feel much more awake and refreshed. The light also naturally dims at night, helping you get off to sleep – so if your mum ever struggles with insomnia, this is a great gift.
16. iPad 10.2
The most affordable iPad costs £349 direct from Apple, but you'll find it at £30 off online. It has a 10.2-inch screen, access to millions of apps and the same ultra-desirable design style Apple's tablets have always had.
It even adds support for the first generation Apple Pencil, which used to be an iPad Pro-only feature. If you are willing to splash out this Mother's Day, an iPad could be a good bet for a tech-loving mum.
17. Wilde House Paper Undated Planner
Got a mum who likes making huge to-do lists? Make her organisation that much more luxurious with this beautiful planner from Anthropologie. Each page contains various slots for organising and planning. And, best of all, it's undated, so she can start using it whenever she wants.
18. Residents: Inside the Iconic Barbican Estate
An amazing gift for anyone who's into architecture, this stylish book takes a look inside the iconic Barbican estate. Twenty-two flats feature in the book, and there are also some brilliant bits of writing about the history of the estate.