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31 best thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts to spoil your mum with

Show the special lady in your life that you care with one of these thoughtful and unique gifts

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Katherine Robinson
Katherine RobinsonSenior Lifestyle Editor
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For Mother's Day 2023 there’s never been a better time to show your mum – biological or otherwise – that you love and appreciate her.

Mother’s Day this year falls on Sunday March 19 in the UK, so now’s the time to get thinking about what you want to gift the special lady in your life.

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We’ve gathered together our pick of thoughtful and unique presents that she’ll love – and all of these can just as easily be gifted from sons or daughters and can be given to special aunts, grandmas, mothers-in-law and stepmothers too.

Any partners on the lookout for meaningful Mother’s Day gifts to give mum on behalf of younger children or first Mother's Day gifts will also find present inspiration if they scroll to the end.

Read on for our Mother’s Day gift guide – there’s something here to suit all budgets and interests.

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Thoughtful Mother's Day gifts from older children

jo malone gift set

English Pear & Freesia Cologne gift set, £80, Jo Malone London


Jo Malone London will go down a treat, we're sure of it. If you don't go for a set, you could choose a decadent Jo Malone fragrance for your mum and receive complementary engraving on the bottle itself or lid. Make it personal with a special message, initials or meaningful date.

marly valaya perfume

Parfums de Marly Valaya Eau de Parfum, £230, Harrods


A new perfume is always a good idea for your mum, and this one will be a hit! Composed with the French perfumer Quentin Bisch (Givaudan), this cloud-like, and contemporary fragrance captures femininity in all its glory. Valaya is a musky-woody-floral eau de parfum that brings together a synergy of natural materials and innovative molecules. Expect notes of orange blossom and comforting mandarin, enhanced by an elixir surreptitiously dosed with musk and placed atop the opulence of noble wood and vanilla. 

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Tender Rose Collection, £65 (worth £82.50), L'Occitane


Rose is a favourite scent for many of us, and L'Occitane's Tender Rose Collection includes the brand's delicate, fresh and floral fragrance in a hand cream, shower gel and EDT. Worth £82.50, it comes in a gorgeous gift box.

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Pink grapefruit gin and tonic gift set, £38, M&S


In this M&S gin wooden box gift set you'll find  Distilled Pink Grapefruit Gin, Light Pink Grapefruit Tonic Water, Swiss Chocolate Hearts.

Elemis Afternoon Tea candle

Afternoon Tea Candle, £42, Elemis


If you can't take your mum for afternoon tea, gift her this deliciously scented candle instead. A soothing infusion of Black Tea, Raspberry Leaf and herbal Bergamot, all inspired by the classic English ritual - there's even a hint of clotted cream in there too.

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Dewdrop butterfly nest, £14.99, Amazon


This really does fall into the category of the best Mother’s Day gift for the mum who has everything! If she has a garden and loves wildlife she’ll love this dewdrop-shaped butterfly nest. Hang in a sunny spot away from wind close to plants which butterflies and other pollinated insects are attracted to. You can also unscrew the back and add in some banana skin to make the nest extra appealing.

elizabeth arden eight hour cream

Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, £29, Elizabeth Arden


For the whole month of March, Elizabeth Arden will donate £5 from every Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant sold on to the #ChangeAGirlsLife Campaign for The Prince’s Trust, aiming to drive action and raise vital funds to help young women facing disadvantage and adversity. The perfect gift this Mother's Day.

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Padlock pendant necklace, £95, Astrid & Miyu 


Jewellery is a gift that's guaranteed to impress, and Astrid & Miyu's gold pendant necklace is the perfect gift for the stylish mum. The padlock is symbolic of love, and you can engrave the necklace with an initial for an extra special touch. 

crazy bear

Crazy Bear 5 star Hotel stay for 2, from £209, Wowcher


This is such a great thoughtful gift idea if you're clubbing together with other siblings to buy a joint present. The Crazy Bear is the ultimate opulent five star hotel getaway, and you won't find another deal as good as this. It includes a stay for two at either the Beaconsfield or Stadhampton locations, with champagne, breakfast and dinner included.

Hello subscription gift

HELLO! Magazine subscription - from £38 for six months


Is mum a celebrity and royal fan? Then we have just the thing. HELLO! Magazine - a dose of the latest and best celebrity and lifestyle news - delivered straight to her front door every week. You can save up to 50% with this fab deal and if you subscribe for a year, you get a free gift from Elemis worth £27.

name a rose gift from argos

Name A Rose Gift, £19, Argos


If she's a keen gardener, she's going to love this gift pack - a rose named after her!

Inside the pack are rose seeds (plus instructions on how to grow them) with their own database number to be registered with a name of choice. Before gifiting it to your mum, register the name (perhaps hers, or your nickname for her) and she'll be sent a certificate and deed to make the name official. Definitely one step up from giving her a bunch of flowers...

wonderful mum candle

Wonderful mum candle, £17, John Lewis


The message on this beautiful candle speaks louder than words and it smells divine. Fresh, delicate and pure notes of soft cotton evoke a blissful aura whilst the addition of beautiful white orchid offers delicate floral flourishes to create a dreamy scent.

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Mama you got this makeup bag, £16, Etsy


This cute makeup bag is embossed with silver writing with a message that will give mum a lift every time she reaches for her lippy. How lovely!

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Flowers, price on request, Arena Flowers


Flowers are always a great idea, and these beautiful blooms are guaranteed to make your mum happy this year. And that's not all - Arena Flowers is a great ethical company that gives back. They work directly with farms and Fairtrade growers, they're carbon neutral - using eco-friendly packaging and planting a tree for every order received. They also donate £1 to Women's Aid for every order and just gave £12,500 to Crisis's coronavirus campaign.

sht chocolate

Thanks for putting up with me chcocolate, £9.99, Menkind


We don't condone swearing, but this cheeky choc has a message that will no doubt put a smile on mum's face - she's sure to appreciate it!

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Rose Quartz Gua Sha, £20, The White Company


If mum is into beauty, she needs a gua sha in her life - and in her skincare regime! This gorgeous facial massage tool is hand-crafted from natural rose quartz, and it's renowned to help tone, firm and stimulate the skin. Just massage while you're cleansing or moisturizing by gliding the tool over the skin of the face and neck to help improve the complexion. A lovely thoughtful Mother's Day gift that will give her a glow!

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Michael Kors Sterling Silver CZ earrings, £89, H Samuel


How about gifting a bit of bling on mum's special day? These gorgeous, sterling silver pavé encrusted cushion cut cubic zirconia studs offer just the right touch of glamour for everyday wear. We bet mum won't want to take them off, ever! 

mom wrote book

Mom, I Wrote a Book About You, £11.99, Amazon


There are several fill-them-in, tribute books available, but this hardcover version is one of the nicest we've seen. You create a truly heartfelt gift by following the prompts such as "My favourite meal you used to make was…" and "What I love most about our relationship is how we...” to relive your fondest memories and remind her what she means to you. If you want a thoughtful gift for Mother's Day then look no further - the Amazon reviews section is full of customers saying how it made their mums cry!

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Online cake baking and decorating course, £4 (WAS £175), Wowcher


Is mum a big Bake-off fan, or if she loves baking up a storm in the kitchen then this thoughtful Mother's Day gift is the icing on the cake, if you'll excuse the pun! It's an e-learning course which will help her become a master cake maker and decorator.

It covers everything from baking a cake to in-depth skills including delicate cupcakes and multi-tiered cakes and the fundamentals of decoration, including borders and decorations, leaves and flowers, lettering and writing, special effects, figure piping, working with marzipan and gum paste, and more.

The best thing, though is the price - it's reduced by 98% from £175 to £4 - it's a no-brainer if you ask us!

gin glasses

Halden gin glasses (set of two), £38, The White Company


Is mum partial to Gin ‘O Clock? Then she needs a set of these gorgeous gin glasses to sip her tipple in style. They’re hand-blown in Poland, and the contemporary shape features a wonderful chunky base - which feels comfortable to hold and helps to keep the drink cool, too.

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mum crown card

You deserve a crown badge, £5, Oliver Bonas


Give mum the crown she deserves on Mother’s Day – the badge with tassle is removable so she can wear it all day.

coookie heart kit

Mother's Day Cookie heart baking bundle, £17.99, Baked In


If mum has a bit of a sweet tooth we can't think of a more thoughtful way to show her you care on her special day. This cute kit has everything you need to bake her a heart-shaped cookie - including a heart-shaped tin. Just add butter and eggs. Choose from a variety of flavours of cookie mix and frostings - and there's enough in the kit to make two cookies.

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Purple Droplet Earrings, £22.50, Bijoux De Mimi


These darling droplet earrings belong in Daphne Bridgerton's jewellery box! Featuring lovely lilac crystals, Bijoux De Mimi's 14k gold plated pair is the perfect Mother's Day gift – she'll be wearing them all year round! 

my fave child mug

My favourite child mug, from £12.95, Etsy


If your mum has a sense of humor then this is the best Mother's Day gift idea for her. She'll have a giggle every time she has a cuppa. You can even add a personalised message on the back of the mug

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Aura Mason digital photo frame, £189, Amazon


A digital photo frame is honestly one of those things you didn’t know you needed till you get one. This model, by leading frame makers Aura, makes a great Mother’s Day gift since you can preload it with photos using the Aura app and invite others in the family to share photos too. And there’s unlimited photo storage so you never have to worry about running out of space! 

Personalised Fortnum gift

Personalised Champagne and Truffle Gift Set, £95, Fortnum & Mason


Don't just gift her bubbles and chocolate - personalise it! This uber decadent set can be personalised with a special message to your mum. 

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Mother’s day puzzle sign, from £11.99, Etsy


This is such a pretty and thoughtful gift! This personalised puzzle sign is customizable with up to 6 names and you can even get it packaged and delivered in a lovely gift box.

Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts from younger children

child drawing necklace

Child's actual drawing necklace, £60, NotOnTheHighSt


What a thoughtful idea! Turn your child's actual drawings into a necklace to give to mum on her special day. Reviewers say this gift made the recipients cry - we can definitely see why.

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Personalised I Love Mummy This Much book, £24.99, Wonderbly


This is sure to be a bedtime story favourite! Personalise with your children’s and mum’s name to create a meaningful personalised story during which each child tells mum just how much they love her.

besties jumpers

Mum and me Bestie organic embroidered sweats, £90, NotOnTheHighSt


How adorable are these super-soft matching organic ‘bestie’ jumpers? Just imagine the Insta pictures you can take!

Thoughtful First Mother’s Day gifts 

merci maman necklace

The Duchess necklace, £139, Merci Maman


This beautiful necklace is not only perfect for her first Mother's Day - but is a favourite of Kate Middleton's too. Duchess Kate was spotted wearing her personalised version following the birth of Prince George, and you can choose your charms and hand-engraved message to make it a truly one-of-a-kind gift.

new mama mug

New mum mug, £6.99, Etsy


Tea is a new mum essential – though whether you get to drink it while it’s still hot is another matter! Either way, it’s sure to taste great from this sweet mug, which you can personalise with the new baby's birthday and the term mum is known by, whether, mum, mam, mammy, mama or anything else.

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Letters to my baby, £11.95 (WAS £13.99), Amazon


This first Mother's Day gift is so lovely it almost makes us cry thinking about it! It's a love letter - well 12 to be exact - to your baby as a future grown up. Each letter begins with a different prompt such as: "On the day you were born...", "My future wishes for you are..." and "Your first home was like this..." All you need to do is fill them in, date them and seal them with the included stickers and store them away for you future child. Though they'll grow up, they'll always be your baby!


Baby handprint set, £21.97, Amazon


It’s a first time mum right of passage – doing your baby’s foot and hand print. This is a beautiful and thoughtful first Mother’s Day keepsake.

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