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The best Mother’s Day gifts that won't break the bank

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and this is a lovely time of year to spend some quality time with family and really appreciate how hard your mum works. Whether she is a working mum, a homemaker or has finally become a lady of leisure now that you and your siblings have flown the nest, getting her a thoughtful gift to say thank you is always appreciated. 

We know that finding a decent gift that isn’t too pricey can be tricky, but there are lots of different options out there that are more than just your token box of chocolates or bunch of flowers. Whether it’s a spa treatment or a lovely scented candle to create her very own spa at home when relaxing with a bubble bath, we’re sure she’ll love the thought that goes into your gift. 

Our list rounds up some of the best Mother’s Day gifts that are purse friendly, with most coming in at under £100, and some just above for something a little extra special. From experience days to statement jewellery and perfume, we’re sure you’re bound to find something your mum will love. The 26th March isn’t far away, so get some Mother’s Day gift inspiration right here.

You can also check out our round-up of the best gifts for women for more gift ideas.

1. Red Letter Days Spa Day for Two

Spend the day relaxing with mum with this luxury day out

Best for: Relaxing | Type: Day out | Contains: Spa treatment, lunch (varies depending on venue)

Great for hardworking mums
Something to do together
Not everyone likes spas 

If your mum is constantly rushed off her feet and never takes a second to sit and have some “me” time, then a spa day could be the perfect way for her to escape her mum duties for a day. This Red Letter Days Spa Day is for 2 people, so you can go along with her, or she can take a friend to have some adult time away from the kids. Included in the day you’ll have access to your chosen venues facilities which usually include swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and the gym (if she feels like working out), a choice of treatment, and lunch or refreshments will also be included. This is a great gift to get mums who already have everything.

2. Neom Organics Luxury Candle

A lovely scented candle for holistic mums

Best for: Therapeutic | Type: Candle | Scent: Lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood

Offers holistic treatment
Made from vegetable wax
Only 20 hours burn time  

Candles are a great way to add warmth to the home, and this Neom Organics candle is a great gift for any mum who loves relaxing at home in the bath or curled up with a book in the evening to wind down. This candle is scented with lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood and is designed to provide holistic treatment through breathing in the scent. If your mum has a hectic schedule, then relaxing with this candle could be just the thing she needs this Mother’s Day. It only has 20 hours burn time, so we recommend using this candle little and often to reap the benefits of relaxation.  

3. Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia Scent Surround Diffuser

Keep the family home smelling fresh with this sophisticated reed diffuser

Best for: Fresh smells | Type: Reed diffuser | Scent: English Pear and Freesia

Elegant design
Great smell for any room

Remember the days when your mum would clean your room for you and tell you to crack a window? Well, repay her for all those years of being a smelly teenager with this beautifully fresh smelling reed diffuser which will keep the home smelling effortlessly good 24/7. This Jo Malone Reed Diffuser is scented with pear and freesia and looks sophisticated and elegant – ideal for placing in any neutral décor. It may seem expensive for a reed diffuser but they last forever and you can then top them up with your chosen essential oil once it’s empty! 

4. Red Letter Days Sunday Thames Jazz Cruise for Two

See the sights and listen to some great music on this Cruise around London

Best for: Day out in London | Type: Activity day | Contains: 3 course Sunday roast, Thames cruise, Jazz music.

Day out for two
Three course meal 
Perhaps not great for motion sickness 

If you think your mum would like something a little more lively than a spa day, then this Red Letter Days Thames Cruise is a great day out for two that includes lots of sights, music and yummy food. You’ll get a three course meal including a roast dinner and a beautiful view of the city as you float around on a river boat. It may not be ideal for those who get sea sickness, but we’re sure a nice bottle of wine will remedy that! This could be enjoyed as a bonding experience for you and your mum or for her to take someone of her choice for a fun and relaxed day out.  

5. CHANEL Nº19 Eau de Parfum Spray

All mums deserve to smell as good as Chanel

Best for: Fragrance | Type: Perfume | Scent: Floral

Beautiful bottle
Subtle fragrance

Buying fragrances for others can sometimes be tricky, but this Chanel perfume is regarded as a popular fragrance amongst all ladies who like a bit of luxury. This is a gift that your mum perhaps wouldn’t buy herself, which makes it extra special. It comes in a beautiful glass bottle and the floral fragrance isn’t too overpowering, which means she could wear it either day or night. It is quite a pricey perfume, but who can put a price on the best mother in the world?  

6. Grasi Slate Heart Memo Board

A cute little keepsake for the home

Best for: Personalised gift | Type: Memo board | Material: Slate

High-quality slate
Affordable with a personal touch
Chalk not included 

If you’ve got a mum who is super hard to buy for, or who has everything already, then this personalised slate heart could be a nice little keepsake to hang up in the home. This chalk board can be hung in the garden, kitchen, or anywhere in the home for that matter, and if you write your own personalised message on it then it becomes a lovely unique gift. You can also have it delivered plain or personalised, so that your message can be permanently printed on the slate – this does cost a little extra though.  

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