People can be split into three groups in terms of gift buying, no matter what the big event is.
Either they are fully prepared, knowing weeks or even months in advance what they are going to get and how exactly they are going to surprise the recipient.
Or, they realise the event is coming at the end of the week, haven’t prepared, and conduct a last minute rush to the shops when they have some free time, grabbing whatever is on the shelves or ordering online if this fails.
Of course, they may be someone who realises the night before, or even the morning of, and haven’t got so much as a card. Now the fact that the whole family have been invited round to their parents house for Sunday dinner makes sense. And they’re going to be shown up on the gift buying front by their siblings/cousins/the dog.
There are a lot of risky options out there in the run up to Mother’s Day. Makeup, clothing, perfume and homeware is all great and loved, but if she’s picky it could easily go wrong.
No matter what type of person you are, we have the perfect gift guide for you. You may have already seen our article on 19 Unusual Gifts For Your Mum, which are all perfect and ensures something a bit different and thoughtful for Mother’s Day. Don’t worry if this didn’t inspire you or you have left it last minute and need inspiration – we have your back right here.
Weeks in Advance
If you want something a bit less materialistic, or if you’re after something for the mum who already has everything, how about an experience day?
There are loads of deals available for a whole range of ideas, which will save you a bit of money (which means more to spend on the actual day). Virgin Experience Days and Buyagift (through Amazon) are both brilliant, allowing you a lot of search freedom in terms of your destination, the price bracket and when you go. Another favourite is the Red Letter Days from John Lewis – how about a cocktail class from Revolution, bread making course at River Cottage or aqua zorbing?!
With an event like Mother’s Day, these sites often have specially catered deals and events ready to go a few months before, and they often sell out quickly as there’s only a limited number available. Keep an eye on the websites well in advance; you don’t want to miss out just because you weren’t organised.
You may even want to plan a night away with your mum. Book a cottage in the middle of nowhere so you can both have a bit of peace and quiet, or spa evening at a hotel and treat her to a slap up meal afterwards. She deserves it, and you may as well make the most of the time you have together.
You don’t necessarily have to arrange to go away for Mother’s Day; it can be weeks later, but letting her know it’s coming up is the idea. Tell her in the card you give her. Such events can sell out quickly so being prepared is the best bet.
A Few Days Before
You know Mother’s Day is coming up. You’ve seen the adverts on the TV and the posters up in shop windows as you’ve dashed to work. Yet life has got in the way, and you haven’t been able to put time aside to get your Mum something special to show your love. Fear not.
If you have at least a day or two spare, believe me, you haven’t left your Mother’s Day gift getting too last minute. There are loads of Mother’s Day ideas you can pick up in store, or order online and get delivered before the big day with the likes of Amazon Prime and next day delivery options.
Food and Drink
Is she a chocolate fan? Don’t get her a bog standard box from the supermarket, put a twist on it. Royal Collection Georgian Shortbread are classy and sophisticated, or this Hotel Chocolat ‘The Large Chocolate Hamper’ will keep her going for ages.
Talking of food hampers, this Sweet Treats For Her Hamper or The Fitzroy Luxury Wicker Gift Food Hamper Basket both feature a selection of food she can try. She may even find a new favourite. There are also personalised food and drink items available from Moonpig too such as the Exclusive Personalised Gauthier Champagne.
You can get bath sets from the likes of Lush, which often lets you pick and choose what you’d like to put in depending on your mums particular needs, or standard sets direct from certain brands, such as this L’Occitane Lavender Collection. All mums like lavender, it is basically a given, so you can’t really go wrong.
Your mum is either pretty up to date with her tablets, headphones and smart speakers, or she doesn’t have the faintest clue what anyone is ever on about and has a mobile phone which she only uses for ringing people up (and forgets to take anywhere with her most of the time as well). Why not start her off?
A Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera will get her snapping without her having to deal with any overwhelming settings and mechanisms. An Amazon Fire TV Stick will be perfect if she doesn’t have the latest Smart TV technology but you want to introduce her to the wonders of catch up services and Netflix. The Roberts Revival DAB Radio doesn’t only look great in all six colour choices, but it will also get her broadening her music horizons.
If You Just Have No Idea
Department stores such as Debenhams and John Lewis are a great place to look as everything is under one roof; you can get her a jumper and a plant pot at the same time, and if you don’t know what you’re going for in the first place then you won’t necessarily have the dilemma of something being out of stock. A lot do gift cards too, so your mum can decide exactly what she wants at a later date if that’s more her style.
If you don’t want to physically shop or simply don’t have the time, most also have online ordering. And dedicated Gift sections on the websites to narrow it down a bit. Perfect.
Last Minute Gifts
So, Mother’s Day has crept up on you and you haven’t bought a thing. It’s happened to all of us at one point or another, but it’s never nice to see that disappointed look on your Mum’s face when you have to say you haven’t remembered. You’ve probably tried to hide this once or twice, resulting in your mum being able to twig.
That’s why I’ve found some last minute Mother’s Day gifts you can actually buy on Mother’s Day itself (as long as Mum isn’t looming over your shoulder reading this!)
They are all still excellent presents, so don’t judge them harshly because you can still buy them on the morning of the day without her knowing! Any Mum would be happy to get them, so you really don’t need to feel guilty in the slightest… Well maybe a little. You did forget after all.
A Subscription Box
Subscription boxes make wonderful gifts, and one of these would be so personal to your mum. You could get her one for practically any of her passions; cooking, reading, beauty, the list goes on. This is the kind of gift that wouldn’t be seen through as last minute, because she’ll feel like it’s so perfect that you must have planned it in advance!
Here’s a guide to the best subscription boxes in the UK, so you can choose the right one for her. It’s the perfect excuse for why you don’t have a wrapped up gift to give to her on Mother’s Day too; because they only come once a month, and only on certain days, she’ll need to wait to receive her first one. Which is not your fault at all. See what we did there?
A Magazine/Newspaper Subscription
If your mum is a regular buyer of a certain magazine or weekend newspaper, there are ways to make sure it is delivered to her door and paid for in advance. They’re available both online through subscription services and through local newsagents, as well as stores such as WHSmith.
“But my mum’s favourite magazine is only online!” you say. That is okay. You can buy direct from the magazine themselves, and have the copy delivered straight to your mum’s eBook or Kindle every week/month.
All of the spa days booked up and deals long gone? Don’t panic too much. Most towns have a beauty salon which will provide gift packages or cards. They’re also pretty accommodating under such circumstances. Your mum may even have a place she always goes to get her hair done.
Go in and explain the situation, and they’ll probably allow you to either put some money on a card so your mum can do what she wants with it, or you could pay for her to have her nails/hair done in advance. Then the ball is in her park, and she just has to ring up and book it for a date she is free.
I know what you’re thinking. I just said you have to be well prepared for booking a mini break, so how can you do it last minute?
Buy your mum a card, and write an IOU. Say you want to take her away somewhere for the day or weekend, but you don’t know when she’s free or what she’d like. Then sit down and book it together. Have a look at sites such as Secret Escapes, Last Minute and Superbreaks for ideas both home and away.
So technically, you seem like you were organised long in advance but are just being considerate by giving her free reign. What a plan.
On a Budget?
Budget doesn’t necessarily mean you have to get her any old tat she’ll appreciate just because ‘the thought was there’. Cheap earrings will just stain her ears green, flowers don’t last long and any generic items with ‘Mum’ on aren’t that thoughtful and likely won’t be used.
Candles are a great option in terms of the price range available, but there is a chance you don’t know what aromas your mum likes. The Yankee Candle 6 Votive Gift Set is not only great value, but there’s six great options in there for her to try.
Instead of getting her any one gift, why not take her out for the day? Perfect for those on a budget, as you have complete free reign of how much you will spend. You don’t have to do anything expensive, you could both just go for a walk and a coffee if you wanted to. She’ll just enjoy spending time with you.
If you want to go a step up, try the cinema, a meal, taking her somewhere you know she loves (even if he seems childish to you, I know many mums who’d absolutely love to be taken to the zoo still!) or if that all sounds too expensive, just offer to stay in and watch a movie with a takeaway with her.