Mother’s Day gift guide: thoughtful ideas that she won’t be expecting

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It’s time to treat your mum to something special. Welcome to our guide of truly lovely gifts for Mother’s Day, and be prepared to want them all for yourself.       

They might be among the most important people in our lives, but mums only get one official day of recognition a year. So we say, let’s make it a bloody good one.

We know the hunt to find a thoughtful Mother’s day gift can be a tricky one (especially when every shop is filled with twee, samey merchandise), so we’ve consulted our experts in food, fashion and culture to come up with a list of Mother’s day gift ideas that will make your mum glow with glee.

Scroll on, for ideas on delicious foodie treats, indulgent beauty products and aesthetically-pleasing reads, that should bring a smile to her face and secure your place as the favourite (although we’re sure you already are).

  • Millicent Hand-Painted Planter at Sophie Conran

    Mother's Day gifts: planter

    Bring a little bit of the outside in for your mum and give her with this exquisite planter from the interior designer Sophie Conran. 

    Each planter is unique, having been hand-painted with motifs of bright posies and finished with gold.

    In fact, it would look lovely even without any flowers in at all.

    Shop Millicent Hand-Painted Planter at Sophie Conran, £57

  • Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé

    Mother's Day gifts: champagne

    If there was ever a day to celebrate, surely this is it? Pop a cork and make a toast to your mum with some of the finest gourmet champagne on the market, which looks lovely, too. 

    Perrier-Jouët has a glowing reputation, but we think this is only about to get better with the arrival of their first prestige cuvée, Blason Rosé, which combines the freshness of chardonnay with the fruity fullness of pinot noir.

    We adore the new bottle and its rose pink hue, especially designed for the new launch. 

    Shop Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé at Ocado, £59.99

  • Rachael Cocker notebook at Papier

    Mother's Day gifts: Papier notebook

    Rachael Cocker is a designer based in Norwich, whose playful patterns have made her range of ceramics a sell-out hit. 

    She has now teamed up with Papier on a collection of notebooks which are almost too beautiful to write in. 

    We particularly like this print, named the Blooms of Bliss, because it can be personalised. There you go: even more thoughtful!

    Shop Blooms of Bliss notebook at Papier, from £16.99

  • Mother's Day box at From The Post House

    Mother's Day gifts: From The Post House

    From The Post House is a whimsical seasonal subscription box which delivers beautiful homeware to yours (or your mum’s) door and provides illustrated instructions on how to style them.

    Each box draws on the trends of the time combined with some classic pieces, too, so that your home feels re-vamped for the next season. The boxes are also inspired by different parts of the UK, using local artisans and producers from the region.

    The Mother’s Day box not only looks pretty-as-a-picture, but includes some lovely gift ideas such as a cutting board by Somerset based product designer Avenida Home with artwork by Nathalie Lété, Somerset grown seeds, floating picture frame and seasonal recipes alongside pressed flowers and a hand written note. 

    Shop Mother’s Day Gift Box at From The Post House, £55

  • London cheese and mulled wine tour

    Mother's day gifts: cheese and mulled wine tour
    Mother's day gifts: cheese and mulled wine tour

    Whatever you buy your mum, we’re sure she’d most enjoy spending some good ol’ fashioned quality time with you. 

    So why not make her dreams come true and take her on a magical tour of London’s best cheeses, visiting specialist shops and delis for two and a half hours across the capital. 

    You’ll meet at 11.45am near Green Park and try the likes of rich Stilton, baked Camembert and rare prosecco cheese in a plethora of locations until 2.30pm.

    Shop London Cheese and Mulled Wine Tour at Klook, £21.25

    Image: Nobu Tanaka

  • Ginking Rose

    Mother's day gifts: Rose Ginking
    Mother's day gifts: Rose Ginking

    Ginking is the revolutionary alcohol brand which infuses English wine with London dry gin, with a mix of delicious botanicals to boot. 

    The rose version is our favourite, thanks to the sweet yet tangy taste.

    Celebrate with you mum on her special day, and pick up a bottle of this to cheers with, which is especially perfect if she’s a fan of both boozes. 

    Shop Ginking Rose at Helver Wines, £12.95

  • Faded Glamour: Inspirational Interiors and Beautiful Homes by Pearl Lowe

    Mother's day gifts: Faded Glamour
    Mother's day gifts: Faded Glamour

    Pearl Lowe’s interior design tome will not only help you create gorgeous things, it’s pretty enough to be ornamental itself. 

    Vintage magpies will adore the muted pastel tones she uses throughout, as well as the contrasting fabrics and patterns. 

    It’s beautiful to flick through, or just to leave on coffee table for others to admire. 

    Shop Faded Glamour: Inspirational Interiors and Beautiful Homes by Pearl Lowe (Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd) at Waterstones, £19.99

  • Jo Malone velvet rose and oud hair mist

    Mother’s day gifts: Jo Malone

    Sometimes the best gifts are those slightly more niche, indulgent presents that you might not splash out on yourself. 

    So, although your mum might have a favourite fragrance already, introducing her to a mist especially for her hair feels like a real treat. 

    We adore this velvet rose and oud scent from Jo Malone: it’s both sweet and deeply heady at the same time.

    Shop Jo Malone velvet rose and oud hair mist at Jo Malone, £46

  • Arena Flowers letterbox subscription

    Mother's Day gifts: Arena flowers
    Mother's Day gifts: Arena flowers

    Flowers are kind of a Mother’s Day staple, aren’t they? 

    Well, why don’t you do her one better and buy her a flower letterbox subscription, available weekly and monthly, so she doesn’t have to wait until next March for another bunch. 

    We love Arena Flowers for the quality, scent and the gorgeous colours of their blooms, and we’re sure your mum will, too. 

    Shop subscription flowers at Arena Flowers, from £15.99

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Megan Murray

Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.

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