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The best Mother’s Day gifts: unique ideas for a special thank you

On the one day of the year dedicated to truly appreciating everything that your mother has done for you, it does well to think of a unique gift that’ll show her that you’ve really put some thought into what you’ve bought her. While it’s so easy to order a beautiful bunch of flowers online, they’re typically a cliched idea and a safe bet when it comes to that ‘oh no, it’s Mother’s Day at the end of the week and I still don’t know what to get her’ moment.

The fact that you’re here is a good sign, as it means you’re looking to think outside the box when it comes to Mother’s Day gift ideas. But while it’s one thing to look at a list of inspiring unique gift ideas, it’s another to know which one to pick, so we’re here to give you a helping hand. 

Firstly, it’s always a good idea to think about their hobbies and interests, as a gift is much more appreciated if it can be used regularly. For example, a mum who’s madly into baking and never misses an episode of the Great British Bake Off would probably appreciate a KitchenAid or something similar, as it’s a device that they can put to good use. 

However, if you’re pretty sure they own everything they need or could wish for, buying them yet another device to find a space for probably wouldn’t go down too well. The personalised gift route is something else you can seriously consider. For example, the top product on our list is a necklace from Etsy, which is a unique platform where designers can independently sell their products. This site is a treasure trove when it comes to personalised gifts, and many of the prices won’t break the bank, either. 

With the likes of John Lewis and Amazon also solid retailers to head to for unique gift ideas, let’s take a look at the best Mother’s Day gifts for a unique way to say thank you. 

1. Etsy Stamped Necklace

An elegant necklace for everyday or special occasion wear

Best for: Personalised gift
Type: Necklace
Colour: Silver, gold, rose gold
Reasons to buy
+Personalise with their initials+Three metals to choose from
Reasons to avoid
- Allow 1-2 weeks shipping time

Whether your mum is a hoarder of jewellry or prefers to only wear it on occasion, a personalised necklace has the potential to become the shining piece in her collection - and that’s points for you! Featuring a minimalist design of silver, gold or rose gold pendants on a simple cable chain, the necklace is subtle enough for everyday wear and elegant enough to be worn as part of an evening outfit, so it’s almost certain that it’ll receive plenty of use.  You can easily choose the metal and the size of the necklace online; the designer can then embellish the pendants with your mother’s initials, giving it a personalised touch. Just remember to allow for the 1-2 weeks shipping time.  

2. Furbo Treat-Tossing Dog Camera

Mum wouldn’t be the only family member benefiting from your Mother’s Day gift

Best for: Pet lovers
Type: Pet cam/treat dispenser
Colour: White with bamboo wood cover
Reasons to buy
+Full HD camera with night vision+2-way chat so you can still talk to the dog when out and about
Reasons to avoid
-Barking sensor can be a bit sensitive 

Sometimes it seems that humans suffer from as much separation anxiety as their pets, so with this handy pet cam, your mum can still keep an eye on Benji the border terrier as she’s out doing bits and bobs. The sensor will send a notification to your phone if the dog barks, and using the two way voice control, you can calm your dog down if it happens to be having a go at the postman. This treat dispenser come pet cam will ensure that both your mum and the dog are reassured when it comes to separation and you can even record videos if you see them getting up to something hilariously sneaky when they don’t think you can see.  

3. KitchenAid 4.8L Artisan Stand Mixer

Expensive, but totally worth the look on her face

Best for: Baking enthusiasts
Type: Mixer
Colour: Various colours
Reasons to buy
+Comes with a wire whisk, flat beater, dough hook and flex edge beater+Variety of colours to suit all kitchen styles
Reasons to avoid
-Will stretch your pockets 

If your mum’s a baker, this stylish KitchenAid mixer will become her new best friend. The machine itself comes with a range of culinary tools included a wire whisk and a dough hook for whipping up weightless meringues and fresh loaves of bread. If your mum is an interior design fiend, she’ll love the retro look of this mixer, although you may have to tread carefully when it comes to picking the right colour (perhaps schedule in a visit so you can surreptitiously eye up the colour detailing in the kitchen). Featuring a large Artisan bowl and a pouring shield, your mum will have everything she needs to whip up her favourite Mary Berry or Delia Smith recipes.  

4. NIX Digital Photo Frame With Motion Sensor

Dig out your old family snaps from the depth of your hard drive and present them in this digital frame

Best for: Displaying memories
Type: Digital photo frame
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Displays photos and videos in HD+Various screen sizes available
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t store photos - USB or SD card required.  

When you were a kid, you may have raided the family photos and given to mum a neatly displayed album full of polaroid highlights from all the family holidays. With the development of digital photo frames, there’s now a quicker and easier way to give mum some of your most memorable moments. Compatible with both USBs and Micro SDs there’s several ways that you can display all the photos and videos that you have taken over time. Displaying in full HD, you can view them how they’re meant to be seen and with photo frames as large as 18.5 inches, you can make sure your favourite moments can be seen by everyone, no matter where they are in the room.  

5. Nespresso Inissia Coffee Machine

Perfect for busy mums

Best for: Coffee lovers
Type: Coffee pod machine
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Easy to use+Doesn’t cost a fortune
Reasons to avoid
-Pods supplied separately  

She’s a mum, and naturally, her schedule will be hectic, so having access to her favourite coffee will probably seem more like a God-send, rather than a gift from you. A decent coffee machine doesn’t have to cost the earth, and with this one by Magimix earning itself heaps of five star reviews, we can be pretty certain that the coffee produced by this machine will hit the spot, despite its modest price tag. There’s only two buttons to press, so this machine is incredibly easy to use and thanks to the range of compatible pods available, she’ll never fall short of finding her perfect blend.  

6. Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017)

For down time, and to use by the pool on a well earned holiday

Best for: Book worms
Type: E-reader
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Waterproof to 2m for up to 60 minutes+Large 7” display
Reasons to avoid
-Cheaper Kindles available 

If your mum loves to read, a Kindle will always be a great unique gift idea. Amazon have made sure that the Oasis is the best Kindle yet, with it’s 7” screen, waterproof design and audiobook playback ability. Compared to other Kindles, the built in light is more advanced, too, with a sensor adapting the screen light depending on the surrounding environment - great if mum’s sunning herself one minute then cooling off in the shade the next. With the choice to choose up to 32G of memory plus bonus free 3G transfer if she’s not in a Wi-Fi zone, this Kindle is certainly worth splashing out for.  

7. Denby Imperial Blue Teapot

There’s nothing better than a decent cuppa

Best for: Tea lovers
Type: Teapot
Colour: Blue
Reasons to buy
+1L size for plenty of tea+Matching cups and sugar pot available
Reasons to avoid
-  Bright blue isn’t for everyone

Guaranteed the first thing you do when you get to your mum’s house is put the brews on, so you should do it in style with this fashionable Denby teapot. Denby have been around for Donkey’s years (200 to be precise) and are well established as one of the top designers and manufacturers of tableware. We’re pretty sure your mum will appreciate the unique glazing of this bright blue teapot, and it’s iconic shape, making it the perfect topic of conversation when her friends come round for a natter and to put the world to rights. 

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