The best cheap Mother's Day gift ideas

Mother’s day is just around the corner. Here are few gift ideas that will impress without breaking the bank.

Mother's Day is on 26 March this year.

If you've not yet sorted a gift, here are some budget-friendly ideas mum will love. 


From handbags to phone cases, personalisation is everywhere. And what better way to show mum you care than to emboss her initials or favourite photos on a gift? 

Personalised items are special but don’t have to blow the budget.

Papier does delicate stationary embossed with names and initials, and you can customise it according to taste and need – they customise everything from notebooks to letter sets and cards from as little as £0.90. 

Radley pouches (Image: Radley)Fashion-loving mothers might like the personalised leather goods from Radley.

They offer several options for customisation from key rings (from £20) and charms embossed with initials, to colour-block pouches (from £35, pictured right) and handbags (from £99). 

To remind your mum of you every day, why not customise a phone case or mug with a family picture?

There are several options online, with personalised mugs at Photobox starting at £6 and custom phone cases from £4.53 at Vistaprint

Buy her gift with a reward credit card and you could earn yourself a nice little bonus

Get Crafty

There’s no time like Mother’s Day to get adventurous with a glue gun, and it’s a great way to show your love and dedication. 

Social media has not only made creating crafty presents much easier, it has also made them cool again. Head to Pinterest for loads of ideas for every level of crafter. 

This easy to make ocean stone bath mat will transport mum back to her last beach holiday every time she steps into the shower. 

Or you could make her a hug pillow? All you’ll need is a throw pillow, some felt and basic sewing equipment, and the result will be almost as warm and inviting as a real cuddle.

Get yourself something nice! Buy your mum's gift with a reward credit card

Kitchen gadgets

If your mum enjoys cooking, you could get her a more practical gift.

This fruit smoothie maker costs £39.99 and is so powerful it doubles up as a handy blender to make soups and dips, and is much cheaper than its branded competitors. 

Less high-tech but no less clever is this heat-conductive ice-cream scoop (£22.99), which will take the elbow-grease out of making her favourite dessert. 

Fun experiences

Have a tipple with mum and learn a little something in the process with a tour of the Sipsmith Gin distillery which includes a tasting.

For £80, you'll get a tour of the distillery, a tasting session and a full-size bottle to take home. 

Or you could pamper her without breaking the bank with this two-for-one spa day sale.

The £55 voucher treats mum and a guest to a pampering treatment of their choice at one of 40 Bannatyne Spas, Marriott Spas or Hallmark Hotels across the UK.

For £49.99 you can get her a Superwoman Smartbox from Buyagift. She'll have 1570 experiences to choose from, ranging from afternoon teas to spa days to adrenaline-packed adventures like bungee jumping.  

Better yet, £12.50 from each sale goes to Breast Cancer Care. Don't worry if she's a bit on-the-fence about what she wants to do – the voucher is valid for 24 months.

Subscription boxes

Surprise your mum with a subscription box, which will deliver monthly gifts to her doorstep. 

Flowers are not just for Mother’s Day with the Bloom & Wild subscription service which can be delivered weekly, fortnightly or monthly, straight through the letterbox.

Each bouquet costs between £15 and £20 and can be delivered for three, six or 12 months. 

If life is like a box of chocolates, the Hotel Chocolat Tasting Club subscription service is the high-life.

Just pick a box and it will be delivered through the letterbox each month, full of delicious surprises.

And if you order now, they’ll through in an extra free gift. The first box is just £9.95, and then £22.95 thereafter. 

Alternately, book worms will be delighted with a book club subscription box. Buy mum a gift card from the Willoughby Book Club and she'll be able to pick what sort of books she wants to receive.

Each gift box costs £39.99 and includes an introductory leaflet, two bookmarks, sticker, badge, activation code and a discount card.

The classic gift card

If you're really wracking your brain for ideas, you can always opt for a tried and true gift card. 

Tesco has a brilliant Mother's Day offer on the go, giving holders 20% off gift cards from:

  • Pizza Express (£20);
  • Google Play (£25);
  • ASK Italian (£20 excluding Northern Ireland);
  • Monsoon (£25);
  • GAP (£25);
  • New Look (£25).

The offer is running until midnight on 26 March; if you order online you can get your gift card digitally so you don't have to worry about the post arriving on time. 

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