Cheap but thoughtful Mother’s Day gift ideas 2017

Finding something spectacularly thoughtful for Mother's Day is always a hassle – particularly when you're on a student budget. We're here to save the day!Mothers Day gift ideasIt's hard to buy your mum a nice present on her special day without it totally destroying your bank account, we get it. You want to buy her her own private island but all you can afford is a scented candle.

This year, Mother's Day is on Sunday the 26th March – better sort a gift out now, 'cause there is nothing worse than leaving it to the last minute.

Just to make your life easier, we've included our top 10 cheap but thoughtful gift ideas for this year – plus a few last minute numbers for the tardy!

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.

9 great mother's day gift ideas

  1. Best Mum Cushion

    best mum cushionThis cute cushion will not only make her feel a million bucks, it'll also keep her comfy and allow her to claim her favourite spot on the sofa!

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

    Best Mum Cushion – £5.00

  2. Beauty Treatment Voucher

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

    Beauty Treatment – £15

  3. ‘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 she's the best! D'aaaaw.

    ‘Special Mum' Watch & Necklace Set – £17.99

  4. Luxury Spa Day

    Spa-MumIf you've got a bit more money to spend (or siblings you can chip in with), treat her to a spa day with 3 treatments and a champagne afternoon tea. Very fancy!

    Alternatively, see if her local spa has any offers as it may be cheaper!

    Luxury Spa Day – £99

  5. 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 for cheap in most stores – like this one for £1.50 from Wilko.

    Personalised Lyrics Poster – £12.90

  6. Large Yankee Candle Jar

    Yankee-CandleYankee Candles smell really nice but they're also pretty pricey for a candle! Show your mum she deserves the best and is totally worth it… and this candle in on sale!

    Large Yankee Candle – £17

  7. 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 – £30.00

  8. Bloom & Wild Flowers

    bloomwildThese gorgeous flowers arrive through your letterbox individually wrapped in a cardboard box, which is really special.

    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+

  9. 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 to spend.

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 (£34.99)
Marie Claire Annual Subscription (£15)

Bake a Mother's day cake

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.

Several bonuses come out of going down the 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:


  • 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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