10 Mother’s Day gift ideas for £10 or less
Struggling to find a thoughtful Mother's Day gift that fits your student budget? Try picking up one of these presents, all for a tenner or less...
Trying to find a Mother's Day present on a budget can be frustrating, we know. You want to give her the world 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 going over your budget. With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday 14th March 2021, it's time to get that present sorted.
To make your life easier, we've hunted out our top 10 cheap but thoughtful Mother's Day gift ideas for this year from sites like Amazon, Etsy and more. And, if you've left it a tad late, we've also got a few last-minute gift ideas you can nab if all else fails.
10 cheap Mother's Day gift ideas
These are the best cheap Mother's Day gifts:
Plant a tree
Cost: £5 (minimum suggested donation)
Post and packaging: N/A.
Gift-giving doesn't just have to be about material possessions and presenting something all wrapped up in a bow. This year, why not get your mum something that will stand the test of time and can be enjoyed by everyone for years to come?
Via the National Trust, you can now pay to have a tree planted as a gift to your nearest and dearest. You won't get to keep the tree, but you and your mum can rest easy knowing that you've helped to make a National Trust site (and the planet) that little bit greener.
They recommend that you donate at least £5 to the 'plant a tree fund' (and we'd definitely encourage you to give as much as you feel as you can), you can actually donate less. Although, if you'd like an official certificate to commemorate your donation, you will have to give at least £5.
Post and packaging: Free delivery.
Does your mum love chocolate? And pizza? She's going to love this.
Chocolates for a Mother's Day present might feel like a bit of a cliché, but these chocolate pizzas are really quirky and a pretty good price.
The Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Co have a lot of options, so if this one with Belgian chocolate, brownie biscuit and vanilla fudge isn't to your mum's taste (somehow), they're bound to have another choice that is.
Cost: £10 (£9 with student discount)
Post and packaging: Free premier delivery for students.
Slippers are a Mother's Day classic and you can't go wrong with this pair from Dorothy Perkins, available in navy blue or pink.
They're cute, comfy and super cheap. And, better yet, you can get 10% off with student discount to make them £9. These slippers are bound to put a smile on mum's face.
Face mask gift basket
Post and packaging: Free to collect in-store; £3.95 home delivery.
If you're looking for value for money, then this face mask gift basket does the job – it makes a great present and looks like a lot more than £10's worth.
It comes with nine different masks for your face, one hair mask, plus a felt cube and a cleansing face cloth. Bags of relaxation in one box.
Post and packaging: Free to collect in-store; £3.50 for home delivery (to arrive within 7 days).
There's nothing mums like better than a good cuppa, so why not slap your mug on a mug to make her daily tea fix even better?
These ones from Tesco are super cheap and you can pick yours up from your nearest store with free Click and Collect delivery. Plus, you can customise it with both a photo and a written message.
Post and packaging: Free to collect in-store; £3 for home delivery.
Who says Mother's Day presents can't be cute and practical?
If your mum's makeup table is overflowing, for a mere £4.99 you can get her a nice makeup bag to keep everything organised.
And, if you fancy going the extra mile, you could even fill it with some cheap makeup or beauty products with the leftover money from a £10 budget.
Ted Baker gift set
Post and packaging: £1.50 to collect in-store; £3.50 for home delivery.
When it comes to Mother's Day, you can't go wrong with something that smells nice – and this body spray gift set from Ted Baker is a pretty good price given the brand.
The set includes three sprays with different scents. Your mum will be spoilt for choice.
Knitted hot water bottle covers
Post and packaging: £3.10.
These handmade hot water bottle covers from Etsy are a delight.
Not only are they great value for money, but they also come in different sizes (although the two-litre cover will take you over the £10 price point, costing £8 plus P&P). There are 12 colour options on the site, but you can request a different colour from the seller if there are any other ones you fancy.
As these are handmade, you'll need to allow a couple of weeks for them to be dispatched. Not got that long to wait? Have a look at the other options in this list, or the last-minute gift ideas below.
Note: The £6 options on the site don't include the actual rubber bottle. You can pay a little extra to get one bundled with your cover, or get one separately on Amazon, if your mum doesn't already own one.
Cost: £6.99 – £7.99
Post and packaging: Free to collect in-store; £3 home delivery.
For any eco-conscious mum, a reusable water bottle is sure to go down a treat. These ones from Superdrug are double-walled so they'll keep drinks cool, and they come in cute colours and designs.
If you can, we recommend going for free Order & Collect delivery to keep the cost below £10. And be sure to make the most of shopping at Superdrug by collecting points on a Superdrug Health and Beautycard.
Bake a Mother's Day cake
Cost: About £1.60
Post and packaging: N/A.
Last 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!
- 175g margarine (£0.24)
- 175g self-raising flour, sifted (£0.05)
- 175g caster sugar (£0.24)
- 3 medium-size eggs, beaten (£0.24)
- 150g vanilla frosting (£0.60)
- 150g jam (£0.09)
- 100g icing sugar (£0.17)
- 1–2 tablespoons of hot water.
- Preheat your oven to 180°C (gas mark 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 tablespoon of flour with the second egg. Then add the rest of the flour and beat well.
- Divide the mixture equally into the two prepped sandwich tins. Bake in the preheated oven for 20–25 minutes until the cake has risen and springs back to the touch. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
- Take one of your slices and add a layer of jam and a layer of vanilla frosting. Then place the other slice on top to form a sandwich.
- To decorate, either sprinkle icing sugar on top, or beat the icing sugar with a small amount of water, a little at a time, until it's fairly thick. Spread this over the cake with a knife or spoon.
* Prices are correct as of February 2021 (using Tesco.com prices as guidelines).
Last-minute Mother's Day presents
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).
Here are the best last-minute gifts to get for your mum on Mother's Day:
- Flowers – Head to Lidl for beautiful bunches for as little as £2
- Pamper Day and Spa Treatments (£20+)
- Charity donation on your mum's behalf
- Box with a selection of your mum's favourite sweets – you can get a few bags of sweets/bars of chocolates from the supermarket and fill a small box
- Voucher on Groupon
- Home-cooked meal – cooking her favourite meal for her is a super thoughtful treat.
We've got a whole host of extra ideas in our guide to cheap but thoughtful gifts.