Whether you’re looking for something to give her on her birthday, anniversary, Mother’s Day or just because, find the perfect present here
Your mother figure, whether that’s your mum, foster mother, grandmother, auntie or friend is the strongest woman in your life. She's your wisest teacher and most non-judgmental friend in one.
A thoughtful gift on a birthday, anniversary, Mother’s Day, or just to say thank you, is perfect for showing her how much she means to you. It can be tricky though to find the perfect present that captures the extent of your appreciation and one that will give her heaps of joy everytime she uses it.
If you’re struggling for inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. Whether it’s for your own mum, someone else that’s like a mum to you or a new mum, here’s our edit of some of the best gifts around that are certain to put a smile on her face, whatever your budget or the occasion.
The best pampering gifts for mum
Our superhero women deserve the best and what could be better than a Friday night pamper on you? Upgrade her bathroom cabinet to bring the spa to her with indulgent bath and shower sets from big names like Aromatherapy Associates, Sanctuary Spa and more. Here are some of our favourite self-care gift ideas for mum that you may want to try too!
Sanctuary Spa Special Occasion Hamper Gift Set (£25)
• Size: 6-piece set
• Plastic-free packaging, 100% recyclable
If you’re looking to help your mum create an at-home beauty sanctuary, this gift set fits the bill pretty perfectly. Containing the brand’s luxury bath float (250ml), hand cream (75ml), heel balm (50ml), body wash (75ml), body scrub (50ml) and body butter (50ml), it contains all the tools your mum will need to give her bath ritual a spa makeover.
Aromatherapy Associates Discovery Bath & Shower Oil Collection (£39)
• Contains 10 x 3ml bottles
As much of a pleasure to look at as it is to use, this covetable collection of 10 award-winning bath and shower oils is certain to take pride of place on any bathroom shelf. We’d recommend keeping a close eye on which one runs out fastest so you can treat them to the full-size version as a birthday gift.
Laura Mercier Honey Bath - Ambre Vanille (£43)
• Size: 300g
This indulgent shower crème looks and sounds good enough to eat thanks to its warming essence of vanilla, tangerine and brown sugar, plus its wooden honey dipper that makes using it a real treat too. Simply place the tool under running bath water to form soft, lightly scented bubbles and set the scene for an evening of relaxation. Bliss.
Tisserand Aromatherapy The Little Box of Mindfulness (£13)
• Size: 3 x 10ml roll-ons
It goes without saying that motherhood can be both stressful and unpredictable, so the gift of on-the-go aromatherapy is certain to be a hit. Each essential oil roll-on in this trio contains a distinct blend to help with everything from clarity to calmness – simply roll onto pulse points at the temples, neck and behind the ears to hit pause and recalibrate.
The best fragrance gifts for mum
We all know that a little bit of perfume can make us feel like a million dollars. Picking a scent for someone else can be particularly tricky so it’s worth doing a little detective work beforehand to make sure that you get it right. Whether that’s looking into the fragrance family of her current go-to perfume or seeing which one is on its last spritz, in our experience that extra bit of research can be extremely helpful.
YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum (£80)
• Size: 50ml
• Fragrance family: floral gourmand
For a scent that makes an instant impact, look no further than YSL’s Black Opium. A classic that pulls no punches, its signature black coffee accord blended with vanilla, white flowers, orange blossom, patchouli and white musk offers both style and substance – it’s as bold as the woman who wears it.
Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum (£78)
• Size: 50ml
• Fragrance family: floral
Soft, uplifting and elegant, this bestselling fragrance from Lancôme has wide-ranging appeal. Iris lies at its core, surrounded by orange blossoms, jasmine, pear, blackberry and patchouli for a scent that combines the carefree with the refined. Created by three of France’s leading perfumers, it hits all the right notes.
Marc Jacobs Perfect Eau de Parfum for Her (£69)
• Size: 50ml
• Fragrance family: floral
Playful and fun, the bottle alone is enough to make her smile. Once spritzed on, it gets even better; its creamy and calming blend of rhubarb, daffodil, almond milk and cashmeran makes for a modern, yet super wearable scent that’s likely to become her new daily go-to.
Dolce&Gabbana The Only One Eau de Parfum (£78)
• Size: 50ml
• Fragrance family: floral, oriental, gourmand
Sophisticated and sultry, this floral scent feels instantly cocooning thanks to its bright bouquet and warm vanilla and patchouli base. Its use of a mocha violet note gives it a twist that separates it from more mainstream florals for a scent that will see the lucky recipient from day to night with ease.
The best tech gifts for mum
From the latest hair tools to LED face masks, the exciting world of tech offers something to please the hardest to shop for. Guaranteed to take their morning or evening routine to the next level, they’re certain to impress. If you’re looking for ‘wow’ factor, you’ve found it – these next-gen gadgets won’t disappoint.
No7 Laboratories Age-Defying LED Mask (£149.95)
• Comes with a rechargeable handset
The humble sheet mask is given a futuristic twist thanks to this skin rejuvenating treatment powered by red and near infrared LEDs. Designed to safely get to work beneath the skin’s surface, it boosts radiance from the inside out for a more glowing and well-rested complexion. There’s a good chance you’ll be adding it to your wishlist too.
BaByliss Air Style 1000 (£70)
• 2.5m swivel cord
• Contains four interchangeable attachments
For the person who likes to get creative with their hair, fast, look no further than this handy styler dryer. Complete with a drying nozzle, volumising brush, smoothing blow-dry brush and curling tong; plus ionic tech, a heat glove, two heat settings and a cool setting, it’s the gift of a good hair day, every day.
Foreo LUNA 3 for Sensitive Skin Facial Cleansing & Firming Massage (£169)
• Two-year limited warranty
There’s nothing more satisfying than a deep cleanse, and this clever piece of skincare wizardry scrubs up very well. With soft silicone touchpoints that glide over hard-to-reach areas, T-sonic tech and a range of intensities that allow for a customised experience, it combines cleansing with facial massage for the ultimate end-of-day ritual.
Simplehuman Dual Light Sensor Mirror - Rose Gold Stainless Steel (£189.95)
• LED lights
• Five-year warranty
Designed to simulate the sun streaming in through a window on a beautiful day, this multi-sense mirror’s long-lasting LEDs and touch-control brightness will make sure that bad lighting never gets in the way of your mum’s handiwork again. Cordless and rechargeable, it’s perfect for home or travel and with 5x magnification, it’s ideal for valuable close-ups when plucking eyebrows.
The best make-up gifts for mum
The gift of a make-up bag makeover always goes down well – it’s a surefire way to get on your mum’s good list. Whether it’s replacing that lipstick that’s been used down to the plastic, providing her with the tools to smash a smokey eye or something unexpected to help her step outside her colour comfort zone, there’s something for every look, event and budget.
DIOR Rouge Dior Couture Colour Satin Lipstick (£32)
• 20 shades
Statement lip colour meets sustainability thanks to this refillable lipstick from Dior. From reds to pinks and berries, it provides eye-catching colour whilst its longwear, conditioning formula offers both comfort and staying power – a rare find.
MAC Eyeshadow X9 Palette Burgundy (£26)
• Size: 7.2g
• Nine shades
• Ophthalmologist tested
This palette of soft burgundy hues provides the perfect way to add a twist to someone’s usual smokey eye look. With textures ranging from satin to frost, it adds subtle accents that are as eye-catching as they are wearable and the shades can be used wet or dry for maximum versatility.
NARS Claudette Cheek Duo (£37)
• Two shades
This universally flattering duo of shades adds an instant pop of soft, blendable colour that provides the perfect natural-looking flush. Containing a bright peach and toasted amber, it sees cheeks through the seasons come sun and snow.
No7 Extreme Length Mascara (£13)
• Size: 7ml
Mascara is the desert island make-up buy for many, yet finding one that leaves lashes clump-free can be tricky. Introduce this top pick into their beauty products and they’re certain to thank you. Its uniquely shaped flexible brush grips and lengthens each lash for stealthy definition.
The best skincare gifts for mum
Skincare can be tricky to shop for ourselves, let alone someone else. The best way to get it right? Opt for products that have far-reaching appeal and address a range of needs in one fell swoop. Here are some of our favourites that never fail to please.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant (£29)
• Size: 50ml
This iconic product has ‘handbag staple’ written all over it. As well as a body and hand moisturiser, it can be used as an SOS treatment for patches of irritation, cuticle conditioner, flyaway tamer and can also be dabbed on high points of the face as a dewy highlighter. It’s the ultimate multitasker, just like her.
Botanics Rose Quartz Gua Sha (£15)
This beautifully crafted tool is shaped to fit every contour to provide an instant facial massage that depuffs and relieves tension. A great way to aid lymphatic drainage, it’s the ideal gift idea for the skin-tellectual who’s particularly tricky to shop for.
Lancôme Tonique Confort Hydrating Face Toner (£28)
• Size: 200ml
Sometimes the best skincare gifts are the ones that are a souped up version of their daily staples, which is where this hydrating toner comes in. A soothing post-cleanse elixir enriched with acacia honey and sweet almond oil, it gently refreshes and softens to perfectly prep skin for whatever they want to put on top.
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial (£67)
• Size: 50ml
Give the gift of an at-home facial like no other, with this resurfacing treatment that will reveal clearer, smoother and more radiant looking skin in just 20 minutes. Containing an impressive mix of 25% AHA and 2% BHA, plus a soothing blend of milk thistle, matcha tea and apple, this product is designed with all skin types in mind; the perfect luxury treat whoever the recipient.
The best home fragrance gifts for mum
If she’s a candle connoisseur or likes a relaxing scent to unwind with, home fragrances are a great way to transform your home and lower stress levels at the end of a long day. From stylish reed diffusers to techy atomisers, there’s a style to suit every preference and decor.
Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Scented Candle (£19.90)
• Size: 290g
• Lasts up to 50 hours
Sleek, elegant and subtle, this candle will look stunning in anyone’s bathroom. Featuring a refreshing combo of cherry blossom and rice milk and with an impressive 50 hours burn time, it helps set the mood for a de-stressing soak perfectly.
Cowshed Relax Calming Room Candle (£38)
• Size: 220g
• Made from 100% biodegradable natural soy wax
• Suitable for vegetarians
• Lasts up to 60 hours
It can be hard to switch off at the end of the day, but this candle’s calming blend of lavender, chamomile and eucalyptus provides a valuable helping hand. Made from 100% biodegradable natural soy wax, a renewable source that also easily washes out with soap and water should any spills occur, it’s an ideal pick for the more eco-conscious.
Aromatherapy Associates The Atomiser (£120)
• Suitable for vegans
If you’re looking for something a little more futuristic, this clever pick might be right up your street. The next level in essential oil diffuser, it’s inspired by spa-atomising technology to disperse a calming micro-fine mist into the air that lingers for hours. Designed to be used with Aromatherapy Associates’ pure essential oil blends, it also emits a soft halo of light to transform a sitting room into a spa.