The difficulty with Mother’s Day each year seems to be that we all forget our mum’s are human. All the mums in the world have personalities, interests, loves and hates.
And because of that, your Mother’s Day ideas this year better be more than just a bouquet of flowers with ‘mum’ etched onto the card; the kind of thing a cartoon representation of a mum would love, but not your mum. This year you’d better push the boat out, and you can start with the 19 unusual Mother’s Day ideas I’ve handily arranged in this post for you.
When is Mother’s Day 2019? Well, it’s on Sunday, March 31st! I thought I’d bring you a few of the more unusual ones I stumbled across on my search.
- 1 19 Unusual Mother’s Day Ideas
- 2 Chocolate & Wine Mother’s Day Ideas
- 3 Creative Mother’s Day Ideas
- 4 Gardening Mother’s Day Ideas
- 5 Mother’s Day Jewellery Ideas
- 6 Mother’s Day Cooking Ideas
- 7 Sentimental Mother’s Day Ideas
- 8 Relaxing Mother’s Day Ideas
- 9 Mother’s Day Card Ideas
- 10 SEE MORE: 7 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts You Can Get On The Day >>
19 Unusual Mother’s Day Ideas
What does your mum love (apart from you of course)? She could really love reading, in which case you might want to have a look at what type of Kindle would be best for her. Or she could absolutely adore espresso, and be lusting after the best espresso machine of 2015. Whatever she’s into, you’ll find some unusual Mother’s Day ideas for different often bought categories below.
Chocolate & Wine Mother’s Day Ideas
Your mum’s so bored of the usual box of chocolates and a bottle of rosé. She’s come to expect them both. This year, get a raised eyebrow and smile reaction from your mum with these 3 Mother’s day ideas.
The first gift might look like her favourite biscuits; but they’re actually all made of solid chocolate. You can get the literal chocolate biscuit set from NotOnTheHighstreet for just £12. The second is a subscription to the much coveted Hotel Chocolat Tasting Club; you can get her a 3 month subscription for £50, or give her one box to try out for £9.95. But honestly, go for the 3 month subscription. That way she’ll get a monthly reminder of your love, and some incredibly decadent chocolates to go along with it.
Finally, to replace that rosé bottle, what about the beautifully designed Rhubarb And Ginger Gin bottle? It has some glowing reviews, and the unusual flavour will make sure she never forgets it (and she boasts about it to friends, of course). For just £18.00, it comes in around the same amount as a nice bottle of wine does too.
Creative Mother’s Day Ideas
Your mum doesn’t necessarily have to be the most creative person in the world to enjoy these three gifts, but they’ll appeal more to the artsy types out there. The gorgeous Wild And Wolf Notebook from Selfridges comes in baby blue or pastel pink for just £9.95, making it one of the many great Mother’s Day gifts you could get on a budget. With all blank pages, she can scribble away her daily to-do list or even doodle a few pictures.
Instead of buying her a new yarn of wool to knit in front of the TV (trust me, you’ll get it wrong, she knows what she wants to knit and you really don’t), get her the Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom Colouring Book Adventure from Amazon for just £3.99. Yes, I know she’s not 3 years old. This is an adult colouring book with much more intricate creations than the usual kids colouring book; designed to help you de-stress after a busy day.
Finally, if she loves looking through old photo albums, or she’s a photography nut with an array of fancy cameras and lenses, you should consider the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 from John Lewis for £69.95. She could have all the cameras in the world and still appreciate this pretty, old-school camera which instantly develops your photos.
Gardening Mother’s Day Ideas
Instead of getting your mum something for her garden outside, or to help her with her gardening, I’ve picked out 2 Mother’s Day ideas to help her bring a little bit of that greenery indoors.
The first is an Indoor Allotment with Basil, Coriander and Oregano seeds from I Want One Of Those for £19.99. She could even hide away any unused seeds in the shed attachment! And I had to add in the latest craze; a terrarium. Beut have a beautiful selection, but this particular Urban Botanist Terrarium comes either premade, or as a DIY Terrarium Kit she can make up herself. Both are £59.95, so pick the one you think she’d enjoy the most.
Mother’s Day Jewellery Ideas
Please, please, if you love your mum do NOT get her any jewellery with ‘mum’ on it. She won’t wear it. She probably won’t even put it in her drawer, it’ll be returned to the store or thrown out without you ever knowing. This year, get her something she’d want to buy for herself, even though it’s not ‘Mother’s Day’ themed in the slightest.
My absolute favourite thing for Mother’s Day this year (and what I’m probably going to get for my own mum), is an Olivia Burton watch. The three I’ve picked above suit different styles and ages, from the Woodland Bunny tan watch (£65), to the more modern Mink Hummingbird white and rose gold watch (£75) and finally the vintage Winter Garden Navy watch (£75).
Mother’s Day Cooking Ideas
Yes, you could do the stereotypical thing and get your mum some new pots and pans, or a pretty new apron or oven gloves. If she loves to cook though, she probably already has all of the utensils she needs, and she’ll already have a nice, normal apron.
But will she has an apron this useful? I’m guessing not. The Cooking Guide Apron is £15 from SuckUK, and it comes with all the useful stuff your mum would need to remember in the kitchen. Instead of constantly washing her hands to flick through a recipe book, or Google conversions, all the numbers (like vegetable cooking times, meat roasting times and number conversions) and down on her apron! And believe me, she won’t have spotted this out on the highstreet.
Sentimental Mother’s Day Ideas
Sentimental Mother’s Day ideas are few and far between thanks to the commercialisation of the day. And a Moonpig card with your face on it doesn’t really count. I love the first idea on this list; an illustration of your front door from NotOnTheHighstreet (£40 framless, £65 in a frame). If you can find a picture of your first home then you’ll get +10 thoughtful points, but she’ll love the one she has now if not.
The second gift is a keyring, but not a tacky one. It’s a personalised fingerprint keychain, which you’d create from the fingerprints of you and your brothers or sisters. One fingerprint is £99, with each additional one costing £25 from NotOnTheHighstreet. This is a beautiful way of keeping her kids with her wherever she goes that’s not as in-your-face as having each of their photos on a keychain. It’s also a perfect gift for grans of their grandkids!
Finally, I absolutely love how Laura from A Life With Frills used the typical personalisation site Tru Print in a very different way to what you’d expect. Instead of printing pictures of her and her mum onto mugs, posters and calendars (the very typical Mother’s Day present we’ve all come to hate), she instead made some inspirational gear, thinking of her mum as a person rather than just her Mother. She searched for free printable graphics, and the end results are so high-end, you wouldn’t believe she had them printed rather than buying them in a shop.
Relaxing Mother’s Day Ideas
-Insert generic bath product here- Ok, so I’m sure your mum would appreciate a generic bath product, but because I’m looking for more unusual things I’ve found two Mother’s Day gift ideas which are a bit more quirky.
The Magic Tea And Coffee Maker / Infuser from Amazon (£16.95) brews loose tea, or coffee grains. Then you simply pop it on top of your cup, and the liquid filters out of the bottom. Much quicker than the usual faff you have to go through to make a cuppa! There’s an automatic shut off too, so there’ll be no accidental spillages.
If your mum loves candles, get her a more unique Pop-Up Diamond Candle in the scent Wild Tuberose from Firebox for £24.99. Not only is the smell a rare one (apparently the Polianthes tuberosa flower only blooms once, so it’s considered a rare and precious smell), but she’ll have a 1 in 50 chance of getting a black diamond in it.
Mother’s Day Card Ideas
Mother’s Day cards are pretty simple to get right, but I thought I’d give you 2 I really like any. The first applies to all of you that have left home; you’ll probably agree with it, and she will too. The ‘Much Better Now I Don’t Live With You’ Mother’s Day card is £2.75 from NotOnTheHighstreet, but only get it if your mum has a good sense of humour.
The second is much more personal. The Personalised Best Memories Mother’s Day card, also from NotOnTheHighstreet, is £6.50 and lets you add your own happy memories into the bubbles.
Did you find something awesome and unusual for your mum this Mother’s Day? Let me know in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter, and I could add it to this list with a credit to you! Just don’t forget to spoil your mum for Mother’s Day 2015, I’m sure she deserves it.
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