If you didn’t already know (in which case, your mothers have us to thank for reminding you) this Sunday is Mother’s Day. Make sure you show your mother how much you love her with our helpful guide to the best presents, from the traditional and thoughtful to the quirky and unexpected, and not an overpriced bouquet in sight…
For the… Tech Whiz
If the maternal figure in your life is more into gadgets and gizmos than flowers and bath stuff, skip the predictable prezzies and treat her to one of these…
Leather Wrap Case for iPhone 5
Keep her precious smartphone scratch-free with this simple leather iPhone case. The classic design will please even the pickiest of mums, and it’s available in five colours so you can pick her favourite and get extra Brownie points for thoughtfulness.
Will set you back: £39.95
Cafe Press Power Bank
If your mum lives life on-the-go and is always complaining about her phone dying, solve her problems with a portable charger.
There are attachments for Apple, Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Blackberry devices, and dual USB ports mean she can charge two devices at once. They’re available in 9,850 different designs, so one’s sure to be perfect (we know you won’t bother to look at more than one or two, but your mum doesn’t have to know).
Will set you back: £30.50
For the… Bookish Type
If your mum always has her head buried in a book, make her day with one of these…
Richard and Judy Book Club Bundle
Give your mum a real treat by buying her not just one but 8 of the latest must-reads with this bundle made up of the best of WH Smith’s Richard and Judy Book Club’s Spring Reads. That’ll keep her busy for a while.
Will set you back: £29.99
Classic Book Cover for Kindle
If your mum has made the transition from paperback to digital but misses the pretty covers of her traditional books, she’ll love one of these hand crafted Kindle covers, designed to look like the covers of age-old favourites like Alice in Wonderland, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, Pride & Prejudice and The Secret Garden. You can even have it personalised for an extra special touch.
Will set you back: £24.95
For the… Sentimental Mum
If your mum loves nothing more than reminiscing about your childhood days and embarrassing you with anecdotes you’d rather forget, show her you love her too with one of these gifts (and maybe a box of Kleenex for the inevitable waterworks…)
Personalised Photo Album
She’ll love looking at old and new photos from the special times you’ve shared, and this website makes it quick and easy- all you have to is upload the photographs and choose some suitably soppy quotes to include. The rest is done for you and the result is professional, unique and much easier than messing about with photo printers and glue sticks.
Will set you back: £29.99 for a hardcover or £16.99 for a softcover
Personalised ‘Thank You’ Print
We all owe our mums a thank you or two…
Remind her exactly what you’re grateful for and how much you appreciated everything she’s done for you with this personalised print with room for up to fifteen ‘thank you’s.
Will set you back: £38
For the… Foodie
The obvious suggestion here is to cook her a nice meal… but we can’t all be Jamie Oliver. If your culinary skills leave a little to be desired, go for one of these instead…
Fortnum & Mason ‘The Baking Hamper’
If your mum makes the best cakes and biscuits around, encourage her to keep your supply topped up with this hamper full of baking essentials. She’ll get inspired by the recipe book and love the luxurious additions to her baking cupboard. And you get more cake. Everyone’s a winner.
Will set you back: £100
Carluccio’s Italia Basket Hamper
Maybe you grew up spending summers on the Amalfi coast, or maybe pizza is your mum’s favourite food. Either way, this basket filled with Italian goodies is sure to make her smile. It’s got everything from pasta and olive oil to sauces and pesto, and a cookbook by Antonio Carluccio to keep her right.
Will set you back: £39.95
For the… Pampered Parent
Jo Malone Iconic Scents Gift Set
If you really want to make your mum feel like a queen, you can’t do much better than this. This set contains everything from perfume and body wash to a scented candle to make your mum feel pampered from top to toe, in the best-loved scents by the queen of pampering herself.
Will set you back: £77
Spa London Elemis Escape
The good old spa day might just be the present every mother would pick for herself, given the chance. This package at York Hall, Bethnal Green includes a scrub, massage and facial, as well as use of the spa facilities, to make your mum feel like a new person.
Will set you back: £165
For the… Mother who has Everything
Perfect life, perfect children… there are some things money can’t buy. Even mums who really do have it all won’t turn their nose up at one of these gifts…
Pandora Pink Rose Ring
Even if your mum has everything, she can’t have this yet, because it’s brand new for Mother’s Day 2014. There’s also a matching charm and earrings if you really want to go all out.
Will set you back: £40
Veuve Cliquot Rosé NV Gift Set
Everyone has room for a glass of champers in their life and you can’t go wrong with this beautiful gift set with a bottle of classic Veuve Cliquot rosé champagne and two champagne flutes, all packaged in a box with isothermic qualities to keep her bubbly at the perfect temperature.
Will set you back: £76.99
For… Something Different
If you’ve exhausted all of the options above (your mum’s a lucky lady if you have) or nothing takes your fancy, try one of these quirky ideas for a truly unique gift…
The Ultimate Wine Glass
If your mum is partial to glass of vino (or two, or three, or, you might as well pour the last in) this wine glass might just be the answer to her prayers. Ideal for particularly bad days, or particularly big parties.
Will set you back: £19.40
For a change from the last-minute petrol station flowers, get your mum one of these gravity defying Sky Planters. They hang from the ceiling, need minimal watering due to their design, and purify the air around them (so you can tell your mum you’re just looking after her wellbeing).
Will set you back: £13.45
Design Your Own Perfume
Instead of buying your ma the latest scent, let her make her own (or do it for her if you’re feeling creative). This experience will teach her about different scents and how to mix them, before letting her make her own one-of-a-kind scent. And it will be saved to a database so it can be re-ordered – so there’s next year’s gift sorted, too.
Will set you back: £49
Adopt an Animal
Your mum probably won’t appreciate it if you rock up on Sunday with a puppy, particularly if she had no prior warning. But if she’s an animal lover, you can get her a pet she won’t ever have to worry about feeding, walking or cleaning up after. She can adopt anything from a panda, meerkat or monkey to a shark or dinosaur (don’t ask us how the last one works).
Will set you back: £19.99
If you still haven’t got an idea for the perfect gift, you’re just going to have to revert to childhood and make her something yourself. Now, where did we put the PVA glue?