March 1, 2024

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Best Mother’s Day gifts for under £30, £20 and £10, beauty, luxury, food and drinks and more (Image: GETTY • EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS)

Looking for the best Mother’s Day gifts? We’ve put together an exhaustive guide of gift ideas – including flowers, cards, beauty products, gadgets, and clothing to name a few – for all budgets.

Mother’s Day 2023 is on March 19th, so you’ve still got time to grab a present to show your mum just how much she means to you. And don’t forget, you don’t need to spend a fortune to get the perfect mother’s day present.

Mother’s Day – also known as Mothering Sunday – falls on Sunday 19th March in the UK this year. The tradition is the perfect opportunity to spend time with the mother figure in your life, buy a Mother’s Day card, or gift to show how much you appreciate her.

We’ve rounded up the best Mother’s Day gifts for 2023 in the UK, ranging from under £10 to £30 and higher. Scroll down for some gift inspiration, as well as answers to commonly-asked questions around the annual celebration, and more.

Best Last-Minute Flower Delivery Services

It’s no surprise to hear that bouquets are one of the most gifted items for Mother’s Day. Truly Experiences found that last year, 68 percent of Brits gifted flowers, making it the second most popular item behind greeting cards. And if you’re searching for a bouquet to buy for mum, you can find more in our guide here. In addition, Bloom & Wild released data that showed that flowers have been scientifically proven to release dopamine through scent, colour and arrangement. The florist’s Ultimate Dopamine bouquet is a joyful combination of stocks, roses, solidago, craspedia, sunflowers and more, and a perfect Mother’s Day bouquet.

Here are the best florists to order last-minute bouquets for Mother’s Day 2023.

Best Mother’s Day gifts under £10

If you’re looking for an affordable gift for the mother figure in your life, look no further than a Mother’s Day card. There’s no shortage of online card companies, but we’d recommend Thortful for its wide selection of designs, many from independent artists.

Moonpig is another great choice and offers a number of Mother’s Day gifts which can be bundled with its cards and sent directly to the recipient. Many of these won’t break the bank but will still make your mum feel special, like the Just to Say Thanks Floral Hand Cream Duo for £10, or the Super Mum Mini Candle for £8.

Mini creams are “the perfect gift for those that love silky smooth hands and this floral hand cream comes packed in a ‘just to say thanks’ box so you can show you appreciate in a way they’ll love”. A cute candle is also a lovely option, and “she will love to light this mini lime, mandarin and basil candle,” Moonpig says.

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At just £10, this Cath Kidston mug – decorated with ‘Woderful Woman’ messages – is a great buy (Image: CATH KIDSTON)

A set of five face sheet masks with super-hydrator hyaluronic acid may be exactly what Mum needs such as the Cath Kidston Artist’s Kingdom Face Sheet Masks for just £10.

But what is better than reminding her how wonderful she is with an adorable mug? The Cath Kidston Wonderful Women Mug is also £10, perfect for teas, coffees and even hot chocolates, features a heart-shaped handle and a charming design.

Revolution’s new Miracle Serum is packed with ingredients like Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C, to hydrate, plump and brighten skin, and is ideal for tired mums, as it can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Best Mother’s Day gifts under £20

L’Occitane J’Adore Cherry Collection Gift Set is just £17.10 and it includes a shimmering body lotion, a scented shower gel, and a smoothing hand cream with the same floral fragrance.

Alternatively, the L’Occitane Shea Butter Discovery Collection Gift Set is now reduced to £18.90 at Escentual.com. Everything is shipped in a nice cosmetic bag, with a range of the award-winning shea butter products from L’Occitane.

Sanctuary Spa’s Lost in the Moment gift set is £20 and contains a range of five skincare and body treats to help relax and rejuvenate. 

Best Mother’s Day gifts under £30

Moonpig also has lovely options for under £30, such as the William Morris Forest Bathing Lavender Gift Set (£25) which includes a fine China mug, lavender-filled velvet eye mask and body and space mist.

The Citrus Soak Gift Set, for £30, is also perfect for those mums who enjoy a little evening pamper sesh with fresh citrus blends and calming lavender aromas in a warm bath filled with salts.

The £25 Lime & Basil Hurricane Candle from Aldi is perfect for living rooms, dining rooms and more. The sleek and modern design looks elegant, is a Jo Malone dupe for a fraction of the price, and its long burn time will ensure that it last throughout the cold season.

Best luxury Mother’s Day gifts

John Lewis has some lovely options such as the Roberts Revival Petite Bluetooth Portable Digital Radio, available in dusky pink, for just £99.

“British radio legends Roberts expand their iconic Revival range with the Petite; it’s small, stylish, and sounds superb. Tune into DAB or FM radio, and stream music from your Bluetooth device too. With a long-lasting rechargeable battery built-in, you can take the Revival Petite’s combo of 50s style and contemporary audio with you,” the retailer explained.

The Fiona Scalloped Detail Leather Trainers in white are available for £75 and are easy and versatile to style and ensure all-day comfort.

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This retro-styled DAB radio and Bluetooth speaker could be the ideal gift for your mum (Image: JOHN LEWIS)

For £45, the Oh Mumma Self Care Essentials Box is the luxurious “self-care every mum deserves” for those expecting a baby but also perfect for post-birth.

The MFRCHCS Fitness Tracker and Smart Watch with Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Monitor from Amazon is a best seller and is now on sale for £29.99. The watch is perfect for those fitness mums who like to track their steps and luckily, is compatible with Androids.

Also on Amazon, you can find the Jooayou Professional Hair Dryer Fast Dry Negative Ions with Diffuser Hairdryer, which is also a best seller for this Mother’s Day 2023, and costs £25.34.

Best food and drink Mother’s Day gifts

The Moonpig Best Mum Gift Set, available for £30, is packed with delicious macarons, handmade strawberries with Champagne conserve, a mini cherry and almond loaf cake and even a bottle of Robert and Reeves Prosecco.

Alternatively for £35, the I Love You Mum Gin, also from Moonpig, will make her day and includes a cute label for a sentimental Mother’s Day touch.

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The Best Mum Gift Set, £30, and the I Love You Mum Gin, £35. (Image: Moonpig)

The Drinks by the Dram Premium Gin Collection is a luxury set containing some of the top gin producers from around the globe including, Australia, Sweden, South Africa, Finland and the UK, and has a price tag of £49.95.

Also for gin lovers, the Drinks by the Dram Premium Gin Tasting Set features five different 30ml drams of “lip-smacking gin”, perfect as a gift for mums “to explore the world of premium gin”, and costs £24.95.

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate, and it’s the perfect excuse to toast your Mum with a bottle of Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut, which is currently reduced to £34 on Amazon.

For a failsafe gift, Ferrero Rocher Chocolates are delicious, affordable and can be shared with family, plus they can be ordered on Amazon for only £8.95 and with next day Prime delivery.

What is Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday, is an annual celebration designed to honour mothers, mother figures, mothers-in-law, and motherhood.

The origins of Mothering Sunday can be traced all the way back to ancient Rome, where a festival called Hilaria celebrated the mother goddess Cybele. The festival was held on the March equinox (around halfway through the month) and saw Romans feast, play games, and offer gifts to mothers.

In the Christian tradition, Mothering Sunday has its roots in the 16th century. It was originally a day when people returned to their “mother” church, the main church or cathedral in their area. Mothering Sunday provided an opportunity for families to come together, pray, and celebrate.

Over time, the day has slowly become associated with honouring mothers. In the UK, the modern version of Mothering Sunday dates back to the 17th century. On this day, servants were given the day off to visit their mothers and bring them gifts.

The origins of Mothering Sunday can be traced all the way back to Ancient Rome, although the Christian tradition only really started in the 16th century

By the time the 19th century had rolled around, Mothering Sunday was a more formal occasion, with the introduction of special church services and the giving of flowers and cards.

In the United States, the modern version of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis – daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis – organised a memorial for her mother. She later campaigned for Mother’s Day to become a national holiday, which it did in 1914. Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May in the United States and in many other countries around the world.

Mother’s Day can be traced to a number of different festivals and celebrations throughout time. Today, the celebration continues stronger than ever in a number of countries worldwide, including the UK, as a special day to show appreciation for the love and care that mother figures in your life.

Research shows that flowers, chocolate, and cards are the most popular Mother’s Day gifts. As such, you can expect online and high street retailers to have plenty of these gifts in-stock. Bundles with a few of these products – like chocolates and flowers – are also available, with delivery direct to the recipient available, so you don’t need to worry about taking delivery of the item, only to send it on.

Moonpig and M&S are just two brands with a wide selection of bundles available.

What should I do for Mother’s Day on a budget?

While Mother’s Day is a big day in the UK that many celebrate, it doesn’t mean that it has to be expensive, as it’s also about spending time with loved ones and choosing a meaningful gift that shows you’ve put some thought into it, however expensive it may be.

According to stats found by Real Business, over 70 percent of Brits admit to buying a gift on Mother’s Day. In terms of gifting, there are plenty of affordable options, with many retailers offering gifts for under £30, £20 or even £10.

Research by Yodel showed 34 percent of people spend between £20 and £30 on Mother’s Day gifts, and with many spending even less, keeping a tight budget is easy when there are plenty of gifts readily available to order online ahead of the day. Some retailers are also running sales in the lead up to Mother’s Day, so keeping an eye out for discounts is a great way to save money on presents.

What can I get for Mother’s Day other than flowers?

While flowers are one of the most popular gifts for Mother’s Day, there are plenty of other presents that are thoughtful and special. It’s predicted that this year, British shoppers are more willing to gift food or confectionary for Mother’s Day, which is a great alternative to flowers.

When buying a Mother’s Day present, most shoppers tend to prioritise finding something that’s enjoyable and unique, which food tends to provide. Plus, new research from Dr Oetker found that 39 percent of Brits have fond memories baking with their mothers as a child with the Victoria Sponge, Apple Crumble, Iced Fairy Cakes and Cupcakes being some of their favourite treats. Giving a baked treat is a great way to remind mum of a lovely memory you shared together and it also makes for a perfect activity to also enjoy together.

Another great gift idea is to give an experience that you and your mum can enjoy together. After two years of lockdown, most shoppers are now focused on finding ways they can spend quality time together, whether that’s relaxing in a spa, enjoying afternoon tea, or watching a musical together. In addition, GlobalData’s survey showed that the most popular activity for Mother’s Day is a simple visit to your mum, which is free and doesn’t cost anything.

How much is the average Mother’s Day gift?

This year, it’s expected that Brits will spend more than £1.3billion on Mother’s Day and it shows that shoppers love showing their mums how much they care with gifts. Last year, a Truly Experiences survey of 2,000 Brits showed that the average person spends around £72 on Mother’s Day gifts. It’s also predicted that 70 percent of the population will be gifting that day. Although £70 was last year’s average, this year may see a slight dip in spending as the cost of living crisis takes place. 

However, 2021 saw a rise back in shopping habits and showed that Brits are still eager to show appreciation to their mums with a present. Plus, most gifts are now bought online as opposed to department stores and supermarkets. There’s wider price variety with online shopping as most retailers like Moonpig and Amazon will offer special discount codes for the day. 


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