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The best cheap Mother's Day gift ideas

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Take a look at our top present ideas to impress mum on her special day, without breaking the bank.

Can’t figure out what to get your mum for Mother’s Day? Here are a few ideas to get you started, none of which will cost you a fortune!


Nothing shows you care more than a homemade gift - whatever the result!

Try your hand at cooking up a feast or some nice cakes to give to mum on the day. You can get some inspiration from our sister website Lovefood.

Or if you’re feeling really creative you could make a gift that she can treasure forever and show off to all her mum-friends.

How about a terranium that you can keep in a glass bowl or even put in a necklace.

If you're not so crafty, you could give her a personalised mug, photo book, phone case and more with the help of a site like Photobox.  

And a nicely thought out hamper of goodies always goes down well. Fill it with her favourite DVDs, CDs and treats to show off how much you know about her.


We all know mums are superheroes in disguise, but even they need their gadgets.

Joseph Joseph has some pretty cool tools to make life easier in the kitchen. The Elevate Spatula, available for £9.50, is designed to always raise the head of the spatula off the surface when out of use, meaning you avoid any unnecessary mess when cooking.

You could also try this Telepen that can attach to a key ring for £5.95 from geniegadgets.com or prepare her for any impromptu barbeque or garden party with this Pop-up Wine Glass for £5.95 from red5.co.uk.

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Hobbies and interests

If all of her kids are grown-up and out of the house, your mum’s probably got a bit more time to take up or return to her own hobbies and interests.

For mums with the post-child wanderlust, a Travelogue Journal (£10.05) is a great gift. It includes a scratch map for each continent, a 64-page notepad and checklists to help them plan their adventures.

And for those who like to stay a little closer to home (the garden, in this case), how about some gardening goodies? This Wooden Paper Potter (£15) from Not on The High Street is an essential eco-friendly piece of kit for beginners and more experienced gardeners alike.

Is she craftier in the kitchen? Then a Big Cheese Making Kit (£22.50) or a cupcake decorating kit (£12.95) from Hummingbird might be the ideal gift for her.

Or if she’s more athletic, you could try sportswear, equipment, gadgets or even some classes for her to try out.

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Afternoon tea

Treat your mum to an afternoon tea to get into her good books.

There are loads of places to try and the outing can cost as little as £15 per person.

You can find some unusual afternoon teas and brush up on the art of afternoon tea etiquette on Lovefood.

Or for a personal touch (and to save a bit of money) you can create your own afternoon tea experience. You just need a cake stand and a tea pot set, plus some tea, little sandwiches and mini cake treats.

Scented candles

It seems like a small gift to mark the day but if your mum tends not to spoil herself then a scented candle could be perfect.

If you’re on a budget then go for the Yankee Candle. This brand also comes in a range of scents and for a 623g candle you pay just £19.99 for over 100 hours of burn time.

Personalised gifts

There’s nothing better than getting mum something personalised for her to show off and display around the home.

Lots of websites now offer a personalisation service like I Want One of Those and Not on the High Street.

Try this family history gift tin for £8.99 from I Want One of Those.


A present that your mum can look forward to is sure to earn you brownie points and getting tickets to something they might enjoy is a good way to go about it.  

A night at the theatre doesn’t have to cost the earth. Read our guide to getting cheap tickets Cut the cost of theatre tickets.

Alternatively, a trip to the cinema doesn't have to cost a fortune. For example right now on Groupon you can get two Odeon tickets for just £11.

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Gift vouchers

Mums tend not to spend a lot of money on themselves. So why not treat yours to a gift voucher at her favourite store so she hasn’t got any choice but to!

Be wary though, with plenty of retailers going into administration in recent years a gift card isn’t always a safe bet. Read Gift cards that are safe from retailers going bust to see which are protected.

Alternatively you could give a voucher that doesn’t hold a monetary value but offers your time instead.

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This article has been updated

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