Mother’s Day gift ideas 2017

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By in Gift Ideas. Updated January 2017.

Trying to find something spectacular for Mother’s Day is always a hassle; especially when you’re on a student budget. We’re here to save the day…Mothers Day gift ideasYou want to buy your mum her own private island but all you can afford is a scented candle. We understand it’s hard to buy your mum a nice present on her special day without it destroying your bank account.

This year, Mother’s Day is on the 6th March. That isn’t long away – better sort a gift out now, because there is nothing worse than leaving it to the last minute!

Need help choosing a present? Our guide has something for even the fussiest of mums.

Even more helpfully (because we are like totally the best people ever) we’ve broken up our ideas into several sections so suit both your mother and your bank account.

And you don’t need to admit that you’ve had help… mum’s the word 😉

‘Special Mum’ Watch & Necklace Set

Special-mumThis sweet set comes with a watch and a matching necklace. The watch is even inscribed ‘Special Mum’ on the back so she’ll always know how you feel!

‘Special Mum’ Watch & Necklace Set – £12.99

Beauty Treatment Voucher

beauty-mumThis voucher is valid at over 200 locations, so there’s bound to be one nearby. She can book anything from a tan to a massage for a spot of R&R.

Beauty Treatment – £15

Luxury Spa Day

Spa-MumIf you’ve got a bit more money to spend – or siblings you can rope in – you can treat her to a spa day with 3 treatments and a champagne afternoon tea which sounds really fancy. Alternatively, see if her local spa has any offers as it may be cheaper!

Luxury Spa Day – £99

Personalised Lyrics Poster

lyric-posterWhether she has a mummy crush on Ed Sheeran or is more of a Bee Gees gal, why not get a print of her favourite song? This comes without a frame, but you can pick them up cheaply in most stores.

Personalised Lyrics Poster – £12.90

Large Yankee Candle Jar

Yankee-CandleYankee Candles smell really nice but they’re also really pricey! Of course your mum deserves the best… and this candle in on sale!

Large Yankee Candle – £15.94

Amazon Voucher

amazon-voucherHas your mum got a Kindle? Notoriously hard to buy for? Sounds like my mum… Don’t waste money – sometimes vouchers are best so she can get what she really wants.

Amazon Voucher – £5+

Bunny Cushion

Rabbit-CushionThis cute bunny cushion is sure to melt your mum’s heart! Click and collect for free at your local Asda, too!

Bunny Cushion – £7.00

Hugo Deep Red Perfume

Hugo-Boss-RedIt isn’t Mother’s Day without perfume! This is a massive 90ml bottle and a classic oriental scent. It’s also on sale which is a word we all love to hear!

Hugo Deep Red Perfume – £29.00

Bloom & Wild Flowers

bloomwildThese gorgeous flowers arrive in bud in the post. They’re a lovely way to show you care, especially if you can’t be there on Mother’s Day. Bouquets start from £20, or you could get a three month subscription for £50.

Bloom & Wild Flowers – £20+

Charity Donation

charity-givingHas your mum got a cause that’s close to her heart? You could make a donation in her, or a loved one’s, name in lieu of a present.

Cost: as much as you want.

Last minute wonders

stuffThere’s nothing worse than getting to Saturday and realising you’ve bought nothing and are about to be branded the worst child ever.

Don’t worry, we’ve got your back with a whole host of things that can easily be bought on the very morning of Mother’s Day. Panic over.

Pamper Day and Spa Treatments (£40+)
Next Day Delivery Flowers (£19.99)
Afternoon Tea for Two (£28)
Marie Claire Annual Subscription (£15)

Also don’t forget that you can still opt for the music or film route if you download your purchase or you can get all creative and bake!

Bake a Mother’s day cake

cakeMums love a good cake and you get extra points for baking a Mother’s day cake yourself.

Several bonuses come out of going down the cake route; you can make it to your mum’s specifications – chocolate, vanilla, coffee flavoured – you can decorate it to look as aesthetically pleasing to your mother as possible with your own fair hand, and it’s cheap.

Here’s how:

Gather your ingredients

  • 175g margarine
  • 175g self-raising flour, sieved
  • 175g caster sugar
  • Strawberry jam/buttercream (your filling)
  • 3 medium size eggs, beaten
  • Icing sugar to dust
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons hot water
  • Food colouring


  • Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees- 160 for fan assisted- gas 4. Grease and line two 20.5cm sandwich tins.
  • Put the margarine and sugar into a mixing bowl and mix together until it’s fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, adding a table spoon of flour with the second egg. Add the rest of the flour and beat well.
  • Divide the mixture equally into the two prepped sandwich tins. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes until the cake has risen and springs back to the touch. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • Sandwich the halves together with your filling in between, sprinkle your icing dust on top for simple sponge, or spread icing onto the cooled cake and decorate to your heart’s desire!
  • Beat the icing sugar with a small amount of water a little at a time, until the icing is fairly thick; add drops of the colouring until you have the colour you want.

Don’t forget to let us know what you end up buying! Or have you got any other good ideas? We’d love to know!

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