31 best Mother’s Day gift ideas as suggested by mums themselves based on what they really want this year
There's still time to find the perfect present this year. Browse the best Mother's Day gift ideas that she'll *actually* appreciate and use
Choose from our pick of the best Mother's Day gift ideas and order with fast delivery to ensure that you have a special token to show your mum how much you care this Sunday, 19th March.
We all want to gift our mums, grandmothers, or step-mothers something that they'll love and shows them just how much we appreciate them on Mother's Day. So our shopping editors not only selected their favourite Mother's Day gift ideas for 2023, but they also spoke to real mums with children of all ages, to ask them what they'd genuinely love to receive this year.
Our helpful guide is full of unique and thoughtful Mother's Day gift ideas, from the best personalised jewellery to brilliant beauty gift ideas. While you may want to steer clear of classic options like flowers or candles, they're popular for a reason, and we also have a guide to the best flower delivery services in the UK, should you want to send a bouquet in time for the weekend.
Best Mother's Day gift ideas for 2023
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Where to shop for the best Mother’s Day gift ideas in the UK
- Airbnb: Treat her to a trip away with getaways all over the country
- Beauty Naturals: Shop sustainable beauty and skincare, or get a gift card
- Bloom & Wild: Browse beautiful bouquets and choose gift subscriptions
- Boots: Beauty, skincare and hair care essentials from this British brand
- Crate Joy: Monthly subscription boxes to suit any passion or hobby
- Cult Beauty: Shop plenty of beauty favourites that will make her smile
- Don't Buy Her Flowers: Unique gifts available, or make your own gift box
- Etsy: Quirky ideas such as personalised jewellery or zodiac gifts
- I Want One of Those: Shop thoughtful gifts for her including personalised options
- John Lewis: Flagship British store offering plenty of popular brands loved by mums
- Jo Malone: Much-loved fragrance favourites and popular candles
- Not on the High Street: Find unique gifts that she won't have thought of
- Red Letter Days: Browse hundreds of fun experiences and gift boxes
- Selfridges: Shop fragrances, beauty, skincare and more
- The White Company: A favourite for home essentials, clothing and linen
Our pick of the best Mother's Day gift ideas in the UK
1. Jo Malone London Grapefruit Home Scented Candle
The best Jo Malone candles are always reliable Mother's Day gift for any mum - you just can't go wrong with the brand's iconic scents. There's a whole range of scents to choose from with delicate floral offerings like Peony & Blush Suede, citrussy favourites like Lime Basil & Mandarin, and the fruity Pomegranate Noir, which is one of the of best Jo Malone fragrances as voted by customers.
2. Herbivore Botanicals Rose Quartz Facial Roller
One of the best facial rollers as tried and tested by the w&h beauty experts, this Herbivore rose quartz roller can be incorporated into your mum's skincare routine to help her smooth and tighten her skin and stay relaxed with facial massage. And if you're leaving a hint for you own kids to get this for you, make sure you know how to use a facial roller so that you can make the most out of this sturdy tool.
3. Personalised Silver-Plated Mama Bracelet
RRP: From £6.50
If you want to give her a personalised jewellery gift that she'll truly cherish, these adorable handmade bracelets make for a pretty token and offer a unique present with their fully customisable designs. The perfect gift for a new mum or to show a maternal figure how much you care, you can choose between different bead colours and add your mum's name, initials or a special message when you personalise this bracelet.
4. Bloom & Wild Subscription
RRP: From £20
One of the best flower delivery services that has swiftly become go-to for many, Bloom & Wild is unmatched for Mother's Day gifts. If you want to give your mum an extra special one-off floral gift, lots of the bouquets come with extra gifts, or you can choose from presents such as cactus biscuits which fit in the letterbox, scented candles and home fragrance sets.
Why not gift a flower subscription this year and give a gift that keeps on giving? Choose from classic or seasonal blooms, have them sent out weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, and surprise your mum with a beautiful bouquet of hand-picked stems which will brighten up her living space and bring positive energy into her home.
5. Le Creuset Round Signature Cast Iron Casserole Dish
RRP: From £111.75
If she loves to cook up a storm in the kitchen, gift her something special from Le Creuset that she can make use out of everyday. One of the best non-stick pans for cooking up big batches, this iconic casserole dish can be used on the hob or oven to create a massive range of slow-cooked dishes. Pair with one of the best cook books for an even more special gift.
6. Missoma Large Jewellery Case
After all those years of buying your mum special trinkets for Mother's Day, this year why not gift her something to keep them in? This practical case features two zip compartments to house small pieces of jewellery, and a handy strip for your mum to hang all of her best necklaces too. It's available in a range of different colours including stone, midnight blue and burgundy, and it can even be monogrammed for free, if you want to add her initials.
7. Moet & Chandon Personalised Impérial Rosé NV Champagne 200ml
A fair few of the mums we asked said they definitely wouldn't complain if they were gifted a bottle of bubbly this year, and this bottle features a personalised black and white photo on the front, making it extra special. It's quite mini so you'll only get a little bit out of it each, but they'll definitely want to keep the unique bottle afterwards, pride of place. If your mum isn't a fan of rosé champagne, then this clever image personalisation option is also available on the normal brut champagne bottle.
8. Marks & Spencer's Rainbow Alstroemeria Bouquet
Of course every mum’s favourite high-street department store has to be on our radar for this special spring Sunday, with the gorgeous range of flowers that they have on offer for Mother’s Day.
There’s also the option to add little extras to make your gift that much more special, with a bottle of house prosecco, Italian Chocolate Collection, Swiss Truffle Assortment, fancy Delacourt Brut Champagne and of course Percy Pigs available. A real Mother’s Day treat!
9. Jo Malone London Rose Blush Eau De Cologne
The best floral fragrances always make for a lovely Mother's Day gift, so this Jo Malone bestseller will definitely put a smile on her face. A more nuanced rose perfume, this spritz boasts notes of peppery basil, juicy lychee and powdery white musk that all hero the pink rose petals at the heart of the fragrance.
10. Ugg Scuffette II Slippers
The Ugg Scuffette II Slippers are known as some of the best slippers for women—and for good reason. They come with a plush wool lining for warmth and comfort, and a stylish suede outer. The base of these slippers are also lightly cushioned to keep your feet pain-free, and they come in a whole range of different colours and designs to match to your mum's signature style.
11. Edge of Ember Solitaire Diamond Bracelet
Splash out on diamonds with this stunning but simple 14-karat solid white gold bracelet, which holds a single ethically sourced diamond. This stunning piece of jewellery is also available in yellow gold, so you can pick whatever goes best with your mum's overall style—and maybe even snap up the other colour as a treat for yourself...
12. Spa Day
RRP: From £25
If you want to treat her to an afternoon, full day or even a weekend of relaxation, head to Virgin Experience Days to book one of the best spa breaks in the UK as a Mother's Day gift. With hundreds of packages available, this is one of the best Mother's Day gifts for those who want to treat their mum to some quality time as you can even book an experience for the two of you to share.
13. At-Home Massage or Facial
RRP: From £50
Why not treat your mum to a beauty treatment, like an at-home massage or facial? The afterglow of a relaxing treatment is somewhat dimmed by having to drive home or endure public transport. Organizing a masseuse to come to your mum's home really is the ultimate pampering treat. Why not book one for yourself as well for a treatment to enjoy together?
14. Plant Subscription Box
RRP: From £28
Treat green-fingered mums to a special delivery that will perk up their space, the perfect gift for gardeners who can't get enough of flora. Choose from 'plant only' or 'plant and pot' options, and your recipient will also receive a surprise gift in each subscription box they have delivered.
15. Next Button Through Pyjamas
Who says decadence is just for daytime? These super-soft pyjamas for women will make her feel extra luxurious, with a flattering fit and the perfect material for all seasons. With a range of sizes to choose from, this is an ideal gift that toes the line between being practical and showing you've put thought into your present.
16. Luxury Afternoon Tea for Two
For several of the mums we spoke to about what they'd most like to receive on Mothering Sunday, they said their top priority would be to spend time with their children on the special day. Make mum feel really loved by carving out a day for just the two of you, and treating her to a luxurious afternoon where you can spend quality time together. There are plenty of locations around the UK to choose from for this tea for two, including some of the best afternoon teas in London, and it's valid for a whole year.
17. The Body Shop Peppermint Foot Cream
We don't always prioritise our feet in our skincare routines, but they often need the most attention. The Body Shop's peppermint foot cream is a thick, tingly formula that soothes and cools tired, dry skin; ingredients like cocoa butter and peppermint essential oil will leave skin feeling smooth and repaired.
18. Beauty Naturals Voucher
RRP: From £5
If your mum has shown an interest in creating a sustainable skincare and beauty routine, gift her a voucher for Beauty Naturals, an online hub for ethical health and beauty products. She'll be able to shop brands such as Burt's Bees, Faith in Nature, Weleda and more; plus, you won't have to worry about choosing a product for her that she might not like or may already own.
19. Sea Salt Women's Sailor Socks
This book-shaped gift box actually holds four sets of socks, each with a floral pattern and with intricate illustrations of the blooms inside the box. Made from 78% bamboo, Seasalt's 'sailor socks' are just as soft and breathable and cotton, and this distinctive gift set is an upgrade from the classic socks-gift (but hey, it's a classic for a reason).
20. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Fragrance Collection for Her
If your mum isn't attached to a certain signature scent, this set of eau de parfums from Maison Francis features teeny 2ml travel-size bottles, so she can spritz on a different fragrance each day, or pop them in her bag when on holiday. The bottles and the scents are so pretty that she'll likely have trouble deciding on her favourite.
- Maison Francis Kurkdjian Fragrance Collection for Her at Selfridges for £40
- Maison Francis Kurkdjian Fragrance Collection for Her at Harrods for £40
21. Viola Floral Essential Oil Electric Aroma Diffuser
This sturdy diffuser has an adorable floral pattern, and can be set to work its magic between 30 minutes and three hours at a time. Choose from the different light settings - including green, white, yellow and blue - to match your mum's current ambience and colour scheme. A gift that promotes relaxation, plus looks great in the house.
22. Sanctuary Spa Signature Candle
A staple of Mother's Day gifting for a reason, you can't go wrong with a classic candle. The signature Sanctuary Spa scent will be well-known to many a mum, and has notes of bergamot, citrus, ylang-ylang, rose, vanilla and patchouli, to name a few. This candle comes in a reusable tin with a lid, so can be safely stored if she has another candle currently on the go, and boasts up to 45 hours of burn time.
23. Furbo Pet Camera
If your mum struggles to leave the house without her dogs, she'll be delighted to be given access to her beloved pets even when she's not there, via the app which connects to the Furbo dog camera (the app also sends notifications when it detects movement or barking). She'll be able to communicate with her pooch through the app from wherever she is, and the camera even offers treats to the lucky pup(s). The camera also rotates 160 degrees, so she'll feel safe in the knowledge that she can check in with the pets and make sure they're doing okay without her.
24. Spotify Subscription
RRP: From £9.99
If she's had to say goodbye to her over-spilling CD collection in a post-HMV world (RIP), gift her a subscription to Spotify, where she can easily create her own playlists (you could even make her one filled with all her favourite songs and send it to her), listen to podcasts, and find any song she'd like.
25. Hotel Chocolat Mug & a Hug Collection
Chocolates are one of the most popular options for Mother's Day gifting, and this Hotel Chocolat gift set combines an Everything Pocket Selection - with eight of the chocolatier's most well-known, decadent chocolates inside - with a packet of 70% dark chocolate shortbread and a simple white mug to pour a coffee, tea or hot chocolate in. Plus, it all comes encased in a shiny silver box.
26. Mother's Day Candle, Stamp & Paint Bundle
This unique gift is a fun activity to enjoy with your mum this Mother's Day, or for her to complete by herself. Choose between making one or two candles with this kit, which includes air-drying, easy-to-use clay, four paints to use when decorating the candles, letter stamps with which to personalise them, and everything else you'll need to make one-of-a-kind candles. Fragrances available range from basil and citrus to ginger and orange.
27. Sterling Silver Mother & Daughter Heart Double Pendant
This sweet pendant comes in the form of two halves of a heart, one with 'mother' engraved and the other featuring 'daughter', so you and your mum can both wear a personalised jewellery gift which will be completely unique. Choose from a range of pendant lengths for this necklace, which is made entirely from recycled metal.
28. Avon Hydramatic Matte Lipstick
This affordable lipstick combines a bold, matte colour with a hydrating core. Available in 15 different shades, any mum can enjoy this beauty gift, whether she's a fan of makeup with red lipstick or a deeper colour.
29. Slim Credit Card Holder
RRP: From £70
Give your mum the gift of organisation with this leather card-holder and she'll never lose an important card again. With a moiré silk lining and space for six cards, this chic card holder can also be personalised with initials for a more unique touch, and there's also a luxury gift wrap option to make your mum feel extra special.
30. Lush Happy Mother's Day Gift Set
This Spring-inspired bath and body set from Lush features seven bestsellers, including a bar of Honey I Washed the Kids soap, Dream Cream hand and body lotion, and Sleepy shower gel, alongside sweetly-scented bath bombs and wrapped up in vibrant, sustainable packaging.
31. Don't Buy Her Flowers The Mother's Day Gift Box
If you're after a gift box for Mother's Day that has variety, look no further than this Don't Buy Her Flowers box. There's something for every mum: a Neal's Yard foaming bubble bath for maximum relaxation, a soothing lavender hand cream, and a box of decadent praline and sea salt truffles. You can also choose from a selection of teas to add to the gift box, making for an evening of much-deserved pampering for mum.
What are the 3 most common Mothers Day gifts?
The most common Mother's Day gifts probably won't surprise you. According to retail experts RetailMeNot, in 2022 the three most popular Mother's Day gifts were flowers, chocolate, and gift cards. Flowers and chocolate are a no-brainer, but you can always put a spin on a predictable present by signing you and your mum up for a chocolate-making class, or a flower-arranging lesson.
When it comes to gift vouchers, plenty of stores and brands will offer customisable gift cards on which you can put as much money as you'd like. If your mum has been known for being a bit of a fussy giftee in the past, or you're buying for the mother-in-law who has everything, this could be a great way to ensure they have some control over their present, and still shows thoughtfulness (especially if you get a gift card from a particularly niche brand that you know she loves).
Hannah is the UK Shopping Writer for woman&home. As a shopping writer, Hannah has written on everything from period pants to wine subscriptions, and is especially interested in sustainable alternatives to well-known products, as well as books and homeware accessories.
Before she joined the team at woman&home Hannah headed up the social media accounts for Wonderland in 2019, where she was also a Contributing Editor for the magazine’s sister titles. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hannah also explored evolving shopping trends at New York Magazine’s The Strategist UK, researching everything from face masks to status candles and even pens.
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