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34 unique Mother’s Day gifts that she won’t be expecting

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It’s time to treat your mum to something out of the ordinary - welcome to our sensational guide of fabulously unusual gifts for Mother’s Day, and be prepared to want them all for yourself.       

They may hold one of the most important roles in our lives, our mums only get one official day of recognition a year. So we say, let’s make it a bloody good one.

Of course, receiving flowers and chocolate is always nice. If you want to make your mum feel really special on the 31 March, though, it might be nice to get her something a little… well, a little different.

And, as the hunt to find an unusual Mother’s Day gift can be a tricky one (especially when every shop is filled with twee, samey merchandise), 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.

You’re welcome.

Subscription Mother’s Day gift ideas 

Ancestry Gift subscription

If your mum’s a history buff, we think this unusual Mother’s Day present idea might be right up her street. Ancestry is the world’s largest family history site and can be used to trace family trees back hundreds of years with 20 billion family history records including censuses, other users’ family trees and military records.

An ancestry membership subscription (£10.99) entitles members to all of these services and the ability to upload photographs of their own, helping to connect with millions of other members making their own discoveries. 

This could be a chance for you to find some long lost family members, and bond with your mum, all at once.

Birchbox Mother’s Day special 

Monthly beauty box, Birchbox, has created a special, postable gift for mums everywhere filled with beauty favourites and things to make her smile. 

The Mother’s Day curated edition contains 10 beauty must-haves, some full and some sample sizes, including a VQ rose quartz face roller, Philosophy Amazing Grace perfume and MaxFactor mascara. Although the box is worth £145, it will be available to buy online for £28 from Monday 11 March. You can pop yourself on the waiting list below. 

Rare Birds Book Club subscription 

The Rare Birds Book Club Society Subscription

Feminist book clubs are all the rage. After all, with the ever-growing benefits of incorporating more reading into your life, it seems like a no-brainer. 

So, what could be a better gift for the most important woman in your life, than introducing her to other strong women? The Rare Birds Book Club sends recipients a monthly surprise book written by a lesser known female author, to raise the profile of women in the industry and celebrate their phenomenal works.

Women supporting women? Sounds like a perfect way to toast the most femalecentric day of the year, and, thanks to the rolling nature of the subscription (£10 a month) it’s a gift that keeps giving.    

The Self Care Parcel 

Self Care Parcel Subscription

Mums are so busy looking after everyone else, we sometimes think they need a little reminding to look after themselves. Cue: The Self Care Parcel. 

If you’re a fan of snail mail (like these mindfulness packages) then you need to get to know Parcel, the brand that specialises in luxury posted boxes following all sorts of themes, from best friends to coffee addicts. Not only do they look unbelievably pretty but you can even build them yourself if there isn’t a box that fits your needs - although we think that would be a hard feat.

The Self Care Parcel is priced at £68 and includes The Positive Planner which is a mindful gratitude journal to encourage mental wellbeing, a relaxing gardenia and jasmine travel candle and some ginger tea with organic Nordic honey. While Cult vinegar tonic will also help them to keep up the healthy habit of a vinegar shot every day.

Sipping Society subscription 

Spismiths Sipping Society gin subscription

We’re willing to bet our mums aren’t the only ones who love a bit of Mother’s Ruin after a long week, so if yours is the same, we reckon Sipsmith Gin’s Sipping Society could be the answer to her prayers.

 Members of the society receive a delivery of two 20cl bottles direct to their door every other month, with each one in a unique flavour hand crafted by the Sipsmith Distilling Team from a backbone of their classic London Dry Gin. For example, this month lucky subscription holders will be privy to a zesty Tangerine Old Tom Gin and a Golden Treacle Gin Liqueur. 

You can purchase a year’s gift membership for £185 which includes a giftable box containing a 5cl of Sipsmith London Dry Gin alongside a gift car, or simply pay £35 every other month until you think she’s had her fill. 

Petalon flower delivery subscription 

Okay, flowers for Mother’s day isn’t a ground-breaking idea, but hooking your mum up with a gift that keeps giving especially with a lovely, independent business like Petalon is something we reckon she’ll love. 

Essentially Petalon is a flower delivery service, a few of which have appeared on our radars over the last couple of years. But what we particularly like about this one is the sustainable nature of how the business is run. 

Not only does Petalon deliver all flowers in Central London by bike and in biodegradable packaging, but it also donates £1 from every bunch to a the Bee Collective charity and plants a tree for every 100 bunches delivered. 

Every week the Petalon team put together two types of bunches which you can either choose your favourite of, or if they don’t hear from you they’ll send one at random. These go live on the site on a Sunday and are emailed to you for you to pick. How many bunches you choose to gift is up to you, as there’s a handy drop down selection box that lets you select your desired amount of flowers vs the weeks or months. Frequent flowers are discounted to £35 per delivery for an original bunch or £55 for a bigger bunch. You can pay the full amount for your subscription in advance for a further 5% discount.

And if your mum doesn’t live in London, don’t fear. Petalon ships nationwide and ensures that all the packaging used is sustainable, too. 

Just-because-it’s-pretty Mother’s Day gifts 

Querky Writer keyboard 

Unusual Mother's Day gifts

We have no doubt whatsoever that this mechanical keyboard would make a beautiful addition to your mum’s home.

Made by Quirky Toys, it comes in a minty-blue and soft cream as well as this pastel pink, serving just as much as a pretty accessory as it does a writing aid.

The company is based in the US so shipping may take a little longer than you’re used to, but we reckon it’s worth it. The Quirky Writer is priced at £227.

Personalised flower pot 

Not on the Highstreet personalised plant pot

Printed in bright pastel colours in the maker’s garden studio, these personalised pots (£25) are pretty perfect for the beginning of spring, brightening up your mum’s kitchen.

Pick between a range of face templates and select your mum’s skin tone and hair colour to personalise it to her, or you, before having it specially made.

Plus, if you buy a lovely bouquet of blooms with your chosen pot, she’ll have something to put in it straight away. Perfect.

House of Hackney wash bag 

She’ll feel like the coolest cat around next time she goes on holiday and whips out this palmarel House of Hackney beauty. We love the repetitive pattern, gold zip and impressive size of this wash bag (£65), all of which look just as great whether sitting in the bathroom or in a suitcase. 

And if your mum likes this, there’s a whole range of this gorgeous print that you can send her way next Mother’s Day. 

A chic Oasis dress

It’s hard to buy someone else clothes. Will it fit them? Is it their style? And making this jump could sometimes feel no more difficult than attempting to treat your mum. 

But, with all this said, it is undeniably lovely to receive a new addition to your wardrobe, and this spotty number from Oasis (£58) is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser. T

Give it to her on Mother’s Day morning, and she’ll even have something nice to pop on for her special day. 

Tasty Ottolengi hamper

Ottolenghi food and proseco hamper

We imagine that most mum’s eyes would light up at the whisper of Ottolenghi, the cult chef whose books and restaurants are a foodie favourite. But if she’s already got the book and been to the restaurant, why not take a little slice of Ottolenghi to her, with this delicious sweet and savoury treats hamper. 

Priced at £65, the Ottolenghi in a Bag + Prosecco hamper includes a fabulous tote bag, grissini, lavosh, rosemary spiced nuts, NOPI olives, moreish rye and buttermilk crackers (perfect with cheese and a dollop of Chilli and coriander chutney, also included) and yo-yo biscuits with a bag of soft and sumptuous Ottolenghi marshmallows.  Then, add a bottle of Prosecco for some extra fun. 

Pretty and practical shoes from Rogue Matilda 

Rogue Matilda Mint Brogues

When designer and founder Katie Matilda Cary struggled to find a pair of comfortable flat shoes that were still beautiful to look at, she realised that the only option was to go ahead and design some for herself. 

Built on the idea that women are constantly juggling about a million things (especially mums) and therefore their shoes need to be practical, as well as an expression of personality, Cary uses uniquely quirky materials like velvet, pom poms and feathers to ensure her flats are as statement-making as any heels. But, of course, so much easier to wear. 

Way more special than purchasing a pair straight off the high street, Cary’s brogues and trainers make a thoughtful gift that your mum might not have thought to buy for herself. There’s a huge expanse of colours to choose from, but we particularly love the Braidy Bunch in Mint (£189) pictured above. 

Coco de Mer V&A collaboration 

Exclusive lingerie brand, Coco de Mer, is already well respected for its intricate styles but we think they may have taken things to a new level with their simply gorgeous collaboration with the V&A. 

With an emphasis on Art Deco, the collection aims to explore the escapism of the Jazz Age and the marrying of luxury and function in a versatile way, mixing exotic embroidery with the brand’s signature silhouette. 

This set is from the Golden Peacock part of the collection, inspired by the museum’s rich archives with a blend of amethyst silk and golden embroidery.

 This bra is priced at £165 with briefs at £105, but check out the whole collection for more ideas. 

Maître Choux éclairs

Do pastries get prettier than this? We doubt it. Maître Choux is an adorable ‘artiste patissier’ which specialises in extraordinarily detailed eclairs. 

From Asian-influenced styles to completely pink tasty treats, Maître Choux ensures an encounter with one of its desserts is a sensory experience, satisfying the eyes as well as the taste buds. 

A little bit different from the usual chocolate selection box, these pastries are not only delightfully pretty but will be specially themed for Mother’s Day like the picture above. 

Gift your mum with one personalised eclair for £5.20 or you could take her for Sweet Pink Afternoon Tea at either the King’s Road or Soho stores, which is priced from £22 and includes an expertly paired selection of éclairs and choux with glasses of Laurent-Perrier champagne.

philosophy Amazing Grace perfume 

philosophy’s Amazing Grace fragrance has sparked somewhat of a fever pitch. An instant classic, customers world-wide (not to mention beauty editors) have gone crazy for the scent and the brand considers it a best-seller, so even if your mum hasn’t tried it herself yet, we reckon there’s a strong chance she’ll love it. 

Although the perfume makes for the perfect handbag go-to, there’s a whole range of products in this clean, floral scent that we’re sure would be a welcome Mother’s day gift. For example, the shower gel and whipped body creme, both of which are deliciously indulgent and would work most effectively layered underneath the spray fragrance. 

Le Creuset’s Ultra Violet range

Stylish kitchenware as you’ve never seen it before - we’re suckers for anything that will take our table game to the next level and if your mum shares our enthusiasm, we don’t think there’s a more fabulous addition to her dinner party antics than this electric Ultra Violet range. 

Not only is Le Creuset the best in the business, we can’t get enough of this showstopping colour. It’s a world away from your average homeware buy and there’s so many pieces in the collection that you can pick something big or small, depending on your budget.

Papier photo book

When it comes down to it, the most important thing to our mums is their memories with us and the loved ones around us. Although physical photo albums have fallen out of favour with the introduction of technology, we think considering the majority of mums have grown up with them and how lovely it is to have a tangible memory to hold, she would love a super slick photo book like this one from Papier.

The books are completely customisable with different sizes and options for landscape, portrait or square crops. Whether you want to go hardback, softback, patterned or stick with one shade is all up to you. You can even get pretty fonts to write certain words next to your chosen pictures.

Prices vary from £21.99 to £59.99 depending on what you want, but all of them are guaranteed to pop a smile on her face. 

One Hundred Stars and Kew Gardens gown collaboration 

One Hundred Stars Kew Gardens Gown

One Hundred Stars is the gorgeous kind of brand that makes for a perfect Mother’s Day present. Just under the radar enough to feel in-the-know, their screen-printed selection of pyjamas, gowns and kimonos exude specialness. 

Each collection is created on a different theme (the maps series is particularly lovely if you and your mum hold a place like Paris, Venice or London close to your hearts) but we think their new collaboration with The Royal Botanical Gardens has Mother’s Day gift written all over it. 

The range has been created from one of the world’s foremost archives of rare and historically significant artwork which is held at Kew, with each gown inspired by a different flower and colour scheme. We adore this green number with passion flowers, but there’s coral, grey, magnolia and blue versions too. Each gown is priced at £75, but the collection spans scarves, headbands and more so you can pick something that works for your budget. 

Bluebella Elva slip 

Bluebella Elva Lilac Chemise Slip

This beautiful slip is the kind of purchase you might struggle to justify making for yourself, but would be thrilled to receive as a gift. So if your mum isn’t the best at treating herself, we think she’d be over the moon to have something this lovely to lounge about in.

Lingerie brand Bluebella recently made headlines after teaming up with trans activist and model Munroe Bergdorf, showing how much they support strong women and women’s rights - something Bergdorf is a vocal campaigner of. So it makes sense that their collections are designed to make women feel their best selves, and would be a sumptuous addition to your mum’s underwear draw. 

The Elva Slip is priced at £36, and there’s a version in black if lilac isn’t your mum’s thing. 

Customisable Tada & Toy earrings 

Tada and Toy earrings

Jewelry feels like an obvious choice for Mother’s Day - but not if you opt for something special from Tada & Toy. London-based Tansy and Victoria have been friends since they were 13 and had always dreamed of starting their own jewelry brand. With an aesthetic that nods to a Scandinavian chicness but with a focus on layering, if you don’t pick out something for your mum we recommend taking a gander at their ear cuffs for yourself.

Their Lucky Cat Charm earrings feel on-trend enough to make your mum’s day, but allow for an injection of sentimentality thanks to each piece being able to hold up to five charms, so you can spell out a special message or include both of your initials. Prices start from £65 and increase with the amount of charms you pick. 

Olivia Von Halle Alba Peregrine silk nightshirt set 

Olivia Von Halle nightwear

Fancy splashing some serious cash on your mum this Mother’s Day? Let us introduce you to this undeniably soft silk nightshirt set from Olivia Von Halle.

Crafted in cream silk, adorned with a chic flamingo print and finished with blush metallic Lurex trims, these pajamas are almost too lovely to wear to bed. It’s understandable, then, that the shirt is also designed to work as day wear (which makes the £365 price tag a teensy bit easier to swallow, right?).

Fern Fans

Fern Fans hand held fan

Made in Spain and created from Birch wood and cotton, Fern Fans is the work of journalist Daisy Hoppen and Amanda Borber.

Each fan in the collection was inspired by the historical practices and mannerisms of using a hand fan, and so has been beautifully designed in a range of patterns and colours.

We love this lilac one, but for those with colourful tastes be sure to check out the red polka dots which would make a fun addition to any sunny day. Prices start at £50 and go up to around the £100 mark. 

Nailberry Pinkberry nail varnish 

Nailberry nail varnish Pinkberry

Nailberry’s nail colours all have one thing in common: they’re all right on the money. Whether it be springtime pastel or something a little richer, like the divine shade above, we love that each tone has just the right amount of depth. 

It’s always nice to make your mum feel pampered on Mother’s Day, and to do this you don’t have to spend the earth on a spa trip. Choose a well-picked, seriously good quality nail varnish like this one, and organise a night in with a few glasses of wine and voila - you’ve got yourself a homemade pamper session. 

We particularly like Pinkberry (£14.50) from the L’Oxygéné range which is kinder to your nails, made from a vegan, cruelty free, breathable blend. 

Mother’s Day experiences gift ideas 

Burlesque at Proud Embankment 

Unusual Mother's Day experiences and gift ideas

Camera, lights and action: Mother’s Day fun at Proud is as far out the comfort zone as we can think of. Take your mum out for a thrilling night on tiles, as you watch performers tease and tantalize their way around the stage, wowing watchers with professional burlesque skills. Joining burlesque dancers are acrobats, fire breathers and Latin dancers, so there’s plenty to keep your attention. 

You can opt for just a cocktail and to enjoy the show, or go all the way with a three course meal with premium seating. Whatever you decide, it’s bound to be a night you won’t forget in a hurry.

Red Rooster’s Gospel Brunch 

Sure, brunch seems like a pretty normal Mother’s Day activity. But when you add in a live performance from a soulful gospel choir, it certainly ramps things up a notch. 

Stylish East London hotel The Curtain’s signature restaurant Red Rooster is known for its Southern American fare and its Sunday musical performances, but this Sunday the venue will making mothers feel extra special. 

As well as atmospheric performances going on throughout the day which we’re sure any mum would love, as a special treat, the soul food restaurant will also be serving up complimentary desserts all day long, just for mothers. Free pudding? Who could argue with that.

Ping Pong at Bounce 

If you want to do something truly different with your mum this Mother’s Sunday, then step away from the flowers and cutesy cafes and pick up a ping pong racket instead. Bounce has venues in both Farringdon and Old Street, and is guaranteed to get you giggling.

With a downtown, dimly lit vibe, this is definitely a spot for a mum who knows how to enjoy a knees up. The walls are covered with wacky pictures and eclectic paintings which are interspersed with neon signage, and the music feels like a pre party playlist. There’s a range of American-style snacks on the menu, like juicy chicken pops, pizza and triple cooked chips, to keep your energy up and we recommend ordering a bottle of champagne for your area to make your mum feel super special.

In terms of the actual game, it doesn’t matter whether you’re complete pants or a ping pong pro: we think doing a light-hearted activity like this will make your Mother’s Day special and allow you both to have fun with each other, away from any potential family politics. Plus, Bounce has just launched a new Wonderball ™ tables which take things to an interactive immersive level, using state of the art projection mapping to bring the game to life.

Ping pong games are priced at £6 each for an hour.

Crazy golf and cava

Fancy doing something out of the ordinary with your mum for Mother’s Day? Well, how does a boozy game of crazy golf sound? 

Swingers has been changing the face of crazy golf since it opened in Bank, and just off Oxford Street, a few years ago. Swapping boring, endless rounds of mini golf in a less-than-inspiring setting for an amped up atmosphere, cool decor and foot-tapping playlists. All of which is made even more entertaining with a great bar, too. 

Especially for Mother’s Day, both venues will be treating groups of four with a mum with them to a complimentary bottle of ice cold cava, to sip as they make it around the course. After you’ve tried your best at a hole in one, feast on food from some of the street food vendors on offer like Patty & Bun, Breddos Tacos, Made of Dough, Pizza Pilgrims and Hackney Gelato.

Tickets are £13 per person and both online bookings and walk-ins are welcome. 

Pasta masterclass at Cafe Murano

Angela Hartnett's Cafe Murano pasta making classes

Award-winning chef Angela Hartnett MBE was once the protégé of Gordan Ramsay. These days she’s one of the most respected chefs in the UK, with multiple restaurants, two cookery books and appearances on MasterChef and Hell’s Kitchen under her belt. Now that’s what we call a boss. 

Her Covent Garden restaurant Cafe Murano has been built around her Northern Italian heritage, and is a relaxed haven where good grub reins supreme and plates are meant for sharing and chatting over. But not only is the eatery a lovely place to take your mum, it’s also host to 90 minute pasta making classes (£50), which teach you how to make fresh egg pasta from scratch.

Take your mum along and together you can learn how to authentically make pasta dough, a spinach and ricotta filling and roll three different types of pasta: farfalle, tagliatelle and tortelli. At the end of the workshop, the pasta will be packaged up to enjoy at home along with a fresh tomato sauce and recipe card. 

Mother’s Day package trip to Barcelona 

Go big or go home we say, when it comes to taking your mum away for a special occasion. And the Hotel & Spa Claris 5*GL, is certainly one way of sweeping her off her feet. 

The five star hotel, which is part of the respected Derby Hotels Collection, is one of the most luxurious venues in Barcelona. Sitting in the central Eixample neighborhood, close to the city’s shopping district and also close to the beach, it’s the perfect spot for a weekend away. 

Not only is it just a gorgeous place to be, with on-trend pastel pink furnishings and botanical wall murals, Claris has a bloody fabulous spa which can be booked as part of a Mother’s Day package, currently being offered by the hotel. 

From £705 for two people, you and your mum can stay in one of the hotel’s fanciest rooms (we’re talking a Grand Duplex Suite no less), a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries in your room ready, a bath of rose petals and salts, a 50 minute massage for two, breakfast for two in your room and access to the other spa facilities. 

We seriously can’t think of a weekend our mums (or us) would love more. 

A calligraphy class 

Alice Gabb calligraphy class

Professional calligrapher and designer Alice Gabb’s calligraphy classes are imbued with all the best things in life: fun, creativity and (depending on the venue) lots of cake!

Gabb holds between one and two classes a week at a plethora of venues around London, each one comprising of a small group with about two hours of teaching time, in which she talks you through the basics of calligraphy from loading and using a nib to writing joined up words in her style. 

Not only is a Gabb a joy to be around and creates a lovely atmosphere in her classes, but if you go along with your mum we think you might be surprised just how bonding an experience it can be to spend two hours flexing your creative muscles together with no phone time. What’s more, after each class (prices between £55 and £75) every student is gifted with everything they need to practise at home, so it’s a hobby you could keep up together. 

V&A Membership 

V&A Membership gift

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, so if your mum is a fan of the arts there’s basically no better place to gift her a membership. 

The venue has housed some of the biggest and most memorable exhibitions of the decade, with many more to come such as Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, which recently opened and will be running until July. 

A year’s membership is priced at £70 and includes free and early entry to exhibitions, access to the member’s room, priority booking for evening talks and events and the V&A magazine. 

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