Mother's Day gift ideas she'll actually like

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If you want to show your mum how much she means to you on Mother's Day (Sunday 6 March), swerve the slew of twee 'best mum' merchandise for a thoughtful gift she'll actually enjoy.

From Anya Hindmarch's whimsical 'I ♥ U' purse to kikki K.'s chic copper rollerball pen, here are 25 ideas to appeal to many kinds of woman - and every type of budget.

(Looking for a greeting card without a cliche? Try these alternative Mother's Day cards)

  • Shades of William Morris

    Light up her space with Amy McGregor's hand drawn designs (£30, Wear Eponymous)


  • She's no slouch

    All profits from Selfish Mother's range go to Women for Women International, a charity that helps to rebuild the lives of women in war-torn countries (£45, Selfish Mother)

  • Luxe nourishment

    Aesop's Auriga heroes - body cleanser, hand balm and immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol - come in a tin printed with the Auriga constellation (£45, Net-A-Porter)

  • Designer dogs

    Our favourite pooches have been given a chic matte white and gold makeover by Avery Perfume Gallery’s ceramics, which double up as scented diffusers if they're sprayed with home fragrances (£28, Selfridges)

  • Blooms and a bottle

    Fortnum and Mason's new flower service matches designer scents with high-impact bouquets, deliverable across the UK (from £150, Fortnum and Mason)


  • Lovely and warm

    She'll want this hand screen-printed quilted hot water bottle cover on display (£28, Kangan Arora)

  • Pet fish

    This handmade salmon make-up bag will keep her smiling (£20, Tom Pigeon)



  • Silent disco

    Danish brand Kreafunk's high-tech wireless headphones will become her favourite bit of kit - and a built-in microphone means she won't miss any calls 73, Love the Sign)

  • Painted lady

    Katy Leigh's handpainted plates are designed to be eaten off, as well as admired (£24, Culture Label)

  • A hint of flora

    With chamomile, pomelo and honeysuckle, Bloom's delicate London Dry Gin is inspired by an English country garden and comes in a distinctive jewel-cut bottle (£24, Tesco)


  • Love knots

    Jessica Poole's studs are inspired by the knot as a symbol of love, friendship and remembrance (£90, Culture Label)

  • Homegrown

    This handmade bone china plant pot has a flat back and strong magnet so it can go on the fridge - and it holds up to 400g (£24, Dowse)

  • Shared tastes

    Take her to one of seven vineyards across the UK to learn about the wine making process, sample the stock and enjoy lunch or afternoon tea (£49 for two people, buyagift)

  • Good as gold

    She'll take this soft gold leather coin purse everywhere (£195, Anya Hindmarch)

  • Double up

    Prestat's new thins are a game of two halves - dark chocolate infused with sea salt and milk chocolate with salty caramel (£12.50, Prestat)

  • Stylish shoppers

    Work, travel, shopping... Longchamp has it all covered with its iconic Le Pliage travel bag and small shopper gift set (£135, Selfridges)


  • Whodunit fans...

    Will enjoy jotting down astute observations under the watchful eye of sleuthing queen Jessica Fletcher (£5, La La Land)


  • Hold the ice

    Waycooler's cork and wood wine box keeps bottles chilled for 90 minutes (£18, Love The Sign)

  • Country dream

    This wipe-clean gardener's bag comes with hand fork, trowel and cultivator (£28, Laura Ashley)

  • Spread the love

    Society6 showcases the work of artists from around the world by printing their designs on everything from iPhone cases to blankets, like this watercolour masterpiece by Girly Trend (£33, Society6)

  • Personal touch

    Show off her bakes with a personalised cake tin (£39.95, Handpicked Collection)

  • Bin the biro

    Chic, sleek and much nicer than a dog-eared plastic scribbler, kikki K's rollerballs come in copper and gold (£12, kikki.K)


  • Showpiece

    Fill this origami effect vase with her favourite flowers (£22, Within)

  • Double bubbles

    Bosign's suction glass holder makes a bathtime tipple so much easier (£6.95, homeArama)


  • Time for her

    While it's taboo to gift someone a clock in Chinese culture, she's unlikely to feel superstitious about this designer timepiece (£25, Trouva)


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Anna Pollitt

Anna is a freelance writer and editor who’s been making her dime from online since 2007. She’s a regular at, ITV News and Emerald Street and moonlights as a copywriter and digital content consultant.