These meaningful & feel-good gift ideas will show your appreciation
Dreaming up unique gift ideas can be challenging, especially for the mum who has it all or says she doesn’t need anything. Often it takes time, research and a little bit of creativity to find something that’s truly meaningful.
When shopping for gifts, it’s easy to take the ‘safe’ route – choosing practical gifts or something that feels like familiar territory. A new mug, a pair of cashmere socks or a woolly jumper may be your gifting go-tos, but how about searching for something unique? After all, the best (and most memorable) gifts are the ones that will make the receiver feel seen and appreciated. Our top tip? Think about their hobbies, their likes and dislikes, and listen out for any hints they may drop along the way.
To help inspire you, we’ve rounded up a selection of thoughtful, feel-good presents that are guaranteed to please. From an LED face mask for mums who love beauty gadgets to personalised gifts for the more sentimental – we have you covered with our ultimate gift guide. Prepare to take notes!
How to find that elusive perfect present
First of all, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to find the ‘perfect’ present. Once you land on a thoughtful idea, run with it and save any other gift ideas for future celebrations.
As a good starting point, we suggest jotting down mum’s main interests and likes. Then, think about a gift that will tie into these. For instance, if they’ve recently taken up yoga or pilates, kit them out with their very own yoga mat or a stainless steel water bottle. Or maybe they’re obsessed with a new jumper they’ve bought and you’ve found the perfect lipstick to match.
How much should you spend?
There’s a school of thought that says the more you spend, the better the gift. But we disagree – you needn’t break the bank to find a thoughtful gift. The more meaningful gifts that stay in people’s memories are ones you’ve thought about and tailored just for them. Say, for example, a personalised necklace or a hamper of pampering products after a particularly stressful year.
Of course, you can spend as much or as little as you like, but we highly recommend setting a limit before you start your search and sticking to it. And by setting a budget, it will encourage you to think outside the box to come up with something that’s truly unique and special.
10 of the best thoughtful & unique gifts for mum
Whether you’re looking for a birthday present or something to say thank you or show that you care, here are 10 top gift ideas that the mother figure in your life is sure to love.
Giorgio Armani Lip Power Lipstick
• 20 shades
• Satin texture
We’re sure all mums won’t be able to get enough of this lipstick. Luxuriously lightweight, the creamy satin formula boasts a unique teardrop shape that makes application flawless. As for the colour, it stays put for hours without drying (thanks to nourishing oils). Choose a shade that will flatter your mum’s favourite dress or jumper.
Cowshed Cosy Comforting Diffuser 100ml
• Made with 100% natural products
• Spicy, floral fragrance
• Diffuser with a longevity of up to three months
Transform their home into a sumptuous sanctuary with this indulgent room diffuser. Perfect for the homebody or the mum who’s had a stressful year, it will fill their space with a calming aroma and comforting warm glow.
Dior J'adore Parfum d'Eau
• Size: 50ml
• Fragrance family: floral
If they’re a fan of floral fragrances, this perfume from Dior is a great gift idea. The beautiful blend of fresh neroli, uplifting jasmine sambac and velvety magnolia conjures up a blooming garden in springtime. The water-based formula is highly concentrated – meaning it lingers on the skin, long after spritzing.
Find Me a Gift - Name a Rose Gift Voucher
• Voucher is valid for 12 months
• Personalise your rose with a name up to 28 characters long
For the mum who adores roses, treat them to this unique gift that houses everything they need to grow (and name) their very own rose bush. In the pack, they’ll find seeds, detailed instructions on how to grow their rose bush, as well as a database number so they can register and officially name their rose bush with Amore Rose Registry.
SENSSE Professional LED Light Therapy Face Mask
• Four LED light settings
• Made with soft silicone
Fancy a splurge? Spoil mum with this high-tech LED light therapy mask. Or, better yet, club together with siblings to make it more affordable. Ideal for the beauty-obsessed mum, this soft silicone mask boasts four LED light models (red, yellow, blue and purple) to tackle a multitude of skin concerns – from congestion to pigmentation – in 10-to-15-minute sessions. Clever!
Garnier Ultimate Sheet Mask Face Collection
• Set of six masks
• Lip, eye and face masks
If mum is serious about skincare, kit her out with this collection of face masks from Garnier. With two face masks, two eye masks and two lip masks, this pack has everything they need to restore radiance, brighten dark under-eyes and replenish parched pouts. Why not suggest a pamper night at home for the both of you?
Clarins Double Serum Eye Collection
• Suitable for all skin types
• Helps skin regain strength
• Smooths, firms and intensely nourishes
When struggling for ideas for mum, we recommend choosing a gift you’d be happy to receive yourself, such as this luxurious serum eye. This ever-popular eye serum, is the perfect gift that is practical yet chic, whilst giving your mum the ultimate brighter eye. With ingredients from a natural origin, the iconic serum is set to give your mum nourishment and a youthful-look.
No7 Retinol Starter Kit Bundle
• Worth £94.85 when bought separately
• Includes three products
Retinol is often regarded as the gold standard in skincare ingredients. Why? Because it helps stimulate collagen production and encourages cell turnover for a smoother, plumper-looking complexion. Introduce this superstar ingredient into mum’s skincare regime with this retinol starter kit, complete with eye cream, a night concentrate and a night cream.
Shark STYLE iQ Hair Dryer & Styler HD110UK
• Suitable for all hair types
• Three temperature settings
• Three airflow settings
• Two attachments
• iQ technology
A total mane-changer, Shark’s STYLE iQ Hair Dryer is a cut above the rest with clever technology, a compact design and intelligent attachments. While it comes with a higher price tag, the results speak for themselves – your mum can look forward to smoother-looking, sleeker hair over time. If you still live with your mum, this is a present you can make the most of too.
Sanctuary Spa Special Occasion Hamper
• Includes six products
If they love a dose of pampering, treat them to this Sanctuary Spa hamper instead. Filled with six products, including body butter, salt scrub, shower oil and more, this hamper has everything they need for some welcome at-home indulgence.