Alternative Mothers Day Gifts to Flowers

Mothering Sunday, or Mother’s Day is this Sunday and it’s a chance for you to put your feet up and enjoy an uninterrupted bath whilst your partner and children do the housework, shopping, cleaning and cooking. Right?

OK, if you are lucky, you might get to use the loo in peace. But if your children won’t stop pestering you this Sunday at least you can make your own Mum feel special with a heartfelt gift. The traditional gift is usually a bunch of flowers, but often these can be disappointing, with the pictures online looking nothing like the sorry, wilted bunches that often arrive as a result of companies stretching themselves too far on this busy day. So, we’ve put together a list of alternative gift ideas for you to consider, with budget, mid-range, and luxury options.

1. For the Mum Who Loves to Be Pampered – Spa Gift Sets

Handmade Sugar Peach Scrub With Argan Oil. Himalayan Salt. Toiletries, Spa Set

Give your Mum the next best thing to a spa day with an indulgent bath and beauty set. Let her sit back and languish in the bath, surrounded by calming and relaxing aromas.



This Sanctuary Spa More of What Makes You Happy gift set is just £15 and includes body wash, body scrub, and body lotion.



There’s something about the sweet smell of orange blossom that is incredibly calming and this Di Palomo Orange Blossom, Honey & Olive Pamper Yourself Bath & Body Set is brimming with treats, including bubble bath, body lotion, hand cream, and body mist for £28.



Luxury perfume house Miller Harris has provided products to Michelle Obama and Kate Winslet. This delightful gift set is perfect for the jet-setting Mum in your life, with a selection of travel sized products using the brand’s iconic Tea Tonique fragrance for £55.

2. For the House Proud Mum – Candles & Diffusers


If your Mum has a home that looks like it’s straight out of Country Living magazine then these gifts will definitely appeal to her tastes.



Your Mum’s home will smell delightfully inviting with this Yankee Candle Classic – Votive Candle Gift Set available at Boots for just £9.99.



Who doesn’t love the smell of cupcakes? Your Mum doesn’t have to go to the effort of baking with this Woodwick Bakery Cupcake Hearthwick Core that creates a special dancing flame. You will find this and a huge array of alternative Woodwick fragrances at Boots for £26.99



Jo Malone is synonymous with luxury scents for the home and person. Her popular scent, London Lime Basil & Mandarin is available to buy in an elegant diffuser available at John Lewis for £62.

For the Foodie Mum – Hampers


With chocolates, wines, sweet treats, and savoury delights, hampers are a great choice for the Mum who appreciates the finer cuisine in life.



With products from two respected British companies this Burmont’s Ultimate Tea & Biscuits Hamper is a low cost alternative to afternoon tea. The elegantly presented hamper includes two types of biscuits and two types of tea for £21.99.



This large chocolate hamper is perfect for chocolate lovers, showcasing some of Hotel Chocolate’s best loved products, including a decadent hot chocolate for £40.



This Elegant Afternoon Tea Hamper from John Lewis has it all. Sparkling wine, cake, biscuits, fudge and more. Your Mum could enjoy a scrumptious afternoon tea every day for a week for £100.

For the Green Fingered Mum – Gifts for the Garden


If your Mum is relishing the return to spring and all the prospects it brings for her little patch of earth, then these gifts will definitely be a hit.



It can be tough on the hands when tending the garden, so a good pair of gloves and a good moisturiser is essential. This Heathcote & Ivory Gardeners Barrier Cream & Gardening Gloves Set combines both in a cute presentation box and is a bargain at £7.65.



Knees can take a battering when getting down low to tackle the weeds, so treat your Mum to this Scion Spike Kneeling Mat featuring two adorable looking hedgehogs for £21.99.



We love Orla Kiely’s quirky designs and think your Mum will probably do so as well, which is why we’ve chosen this Set of 3 Orla Kiely 70’s Flower Herb Pots, perfect for bringing the outdoors, indoors at £50.

For the Tech Savvy Mum – Electronic Gifts

Woman using remote home control system on digital tablet

For those Mums who have to have the latest smartphone and love the idea of smart home technology these gifts are perfect.



Smart technology doesn’t have to be expensive, and this Tile Style Pro Series is a smart gift for just £19.95. The Tile attaches to an object you don’t want to lose, such as your keys or a laptop, and then can be tracked and located via your phone’s Bluetooth signal. It’s even waterproof!



This Salter Cook Pro Bluetooth Recipe Scale works in conjunction with a downloadable app where the user can create a personal cookbook and see the scale’s display on the tablet. Recipes include timers and the option to remove ingredients from the list as you add them for £49.99.



If your Mum hasn’t joined in with the Smart home revolution just yet, then now is the time to start. The Google Home Hands-Free Smart Speaker makes controlling your home easy using voice recognition technology. Compatible with a range of smart home products including Nest and Philips Hue, the speaker enables the user to control heating, lighting, and entertainment. With a Google account the user can get reminders for calendar entries, as well as live updates on traffic, weather, news and more. The speaker is priced at £129.