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10 Mother’s Day gift ideas for under £10

Finding something super thoughtful for Mother's Day is always a hassle – especially when you're on a student budget. Try picking up one of these gifts, all for under a tenner…

mother's day gift ideas for under a tenner

Trying to find a Mother's Day present on a budget can be frustrating, we get it. You want to buy her a private island but all you can afford is a scented candle.

But there are ways you can get a thoughtful present that will bring a smile to her face without totally destroying your bank account. With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday 11th March, it's time to get that present sorted – there's nothing worse than leaving it to the last minute.

Just to make your life easier, we've included our top 10 cheap but thoughtful Mother's Day gift ideas for this year – plus a few last minute gifts you can nab if all else fails!

And you don't even need to admit you've had help with deciding… mum's the word 😉

Birthdays to cough up for soon too? Check out our cheap, cheerful and extremely creative birthday gift guide for some inspiration.

10 cheap Mother's Day gift ideas

  1. Mum in a million cushion

    mother's day cushionHelp your mum claim her favourite spot on the sofa in style with this cute cushion.

    Click and collect for free at your local Asda, and at just over a fiver this is a total bargain!

    Mum in a million cushion – £6

  2. Chocolate Pizza

    mother's day gift ideas chocolate pizza

    Yes, chocolates for a Mother's Day present is a bit of cliche. But these chocolate pizzas are really quirky and a total steal. The smaller ones start at just £3.45, and the full size ones are still only £11.45.

    Plus, there are few gifts better than chocolate AND pizza.

    Chocolate pizza – From £3.45

  3. Photo Album

    Mother's Day gift ideas photo album

    Make your mum cry on Mother's Day (in a good way), by creating a photo album full of her favourite family photos.

    This one from Paperchase is really decently priced, and you can use our guide to get your photos printed for free too!

    Photo album – £7

  4. Name a star after her

    Mother's Day gift personalised star

    Ok this might not be up every mum's street, but buying her a star is a pretty thoughtful thing to do!

    The Intergalatic Star Database (yes, that is a thing), will allow you to name your star and give you your very own database number to identify it by. It all comes in a smart looking gift set with a map of the night sky and coordinates you can locate it by.

    Personalised Star – £9.99

  5. Photo mug

    Mother's day gift ideas Photo mugThere's nothing mum's like better than a good cup of tea, so why not slap your mug on a mug to make her smile every time she pours a cuppa?

    These are super cheap and postage is only £2.99 – plus you can customise it with both a photo and written message.

    Photo mug – £4.95

  6. Teapot

    mother's day gift ideas teapot

    House overflowing with mugs? Try a teapot instead. You can easily create that ‘afternoon tea' feel with a pretty teapot, and you can even splash out on the matching cups if you want the full set.

    Mother's Day Teapot – £8

  7. Ted Baker gift set

    Mother's Day gift ideas

    You can't go wrong with some smelly stuff, and this set is a bargain. It comes with body wash, body lotion and body spray, all in a fruity and flowery fragrance.

    Ted Baker gift set – £9

  8. Photo shoot

    Mother's Day Photoshoot

    These photo shoots are a great family activity and keepsake – but they do come with some hidden costs!

    The subject of the photoshoot is totally up to you – whether it's you and your mum or the family dog, they'll snap the picture of whatever you like.

    The cost of the photoshoot (and hair and makeup!) is included but you'll only get one print for free – you'll have to pay extra for more prints. But considering it's only a tenner, we'd still class it as a pretty good deal.

    Custom photoshoot – £10

  9. Charity Donation

    mother's day gift charity donation

    Has 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 to spend.

  10. Bake a Mother's Day cake

    mother's day gift cakeLast but not least, Mums appreciate a good cake when they see one, and you get extra points for baking a Mother's Day cake yourself.

    There are several bonuses of going down the DIY cake route – you can make it to your mum's tastes (chocolate, vanilla, coffee flavoured…), you can decorate and personalise it to your (mother's) heart's content… and it's cheap!

    Here’s how:

    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

    Method

    • 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.

Last minute Mother's Day presents

Mother's Day flowers

There'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 (before your mum gets out of bed hopefully). Panic over.

Flowers – Head to Lidl for beautiful bunches as cheap as £2!
Pamper Day and Spa Treatments (£20+)
Afternoon Tea for Two (£34.99)
Marie Claire Annual Subscription (£17.99)

Don't forget to check out our latest deals to see if you can nab yourself a bargain (or sometimes free!) gift instead.

Found a great Mother's Day deal that we missed? Let us know in the comments below! 

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