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Gift Ideas

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...

mothers day presents under £10

Credit (right): larry mcguirk - Shutterstock

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 31st March 2019, it's time to get that present sorted - there's nothing worse than leaving it to the last minute.

To make your life easier, we've hunted out 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 cushion

    mothers day present 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 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 £3.35 plus delivery, and the full-size ones are still only £11.75

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

    Chocolate pizza - £3.35 (+ £3.95 delivery)

  3. Slippers

    mothers day present slippers

    Slippers are a Mother's Day classic and you can't go wrong with this pair from Debenhams.

    They're cute, durable and super cheap, and bound to put a smile on mum's face.

    Slippers - £8.50

  4. Face mask gift basket

    face mask set mothers day

    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 ten different face masks (actually some are for your hair and feet), as well as a shower puff and bath bombs. Bags of relaxation in one basket.

    Face mask gift basket - £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 ones from Tesco are super cheap and you can pick yours up from your nearest store on the same day! Plus, you can customise it with both a photo and a written message.

    Photo mug - £10 (collect in store for free)

  6. Makeup bag

    mothers day present makeup bag

    There's no law that says mother's day present can't be useful and practical right?

    If your mum's makeup table is overflowing, for a mere fiver you can get her a nice makeup bag to keep everything organised.

    If you fancy going the extra mile, why not fill it with some cheap makeup or beauty products?

    Makeup bag - £5

  7. Ted Baker gift set

    Mother's Day gift ideas

    You can't go wrong with some smelly stuff, and this Pretty Little Things set from Ted Baker 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. Photoshoot

    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 name, in lieu of a present.

    Cost: as much as you want to spend.

  10. Bake a Mother's Day cake

    mothers day cake recipe

    Credit: larry mcguirk - Shutterstock

    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!

    Cost: around £5

    Ingredients:
    - 175g margarine
    - 175g self-raising flour, sieved
    - 175g caster sugar
    - Strawberry jam/buttercream (your filling)
    - 3 medium size eggs, beaten
    - 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 tablespoon 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 preheated 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.
    • 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, and add drops of food colouring for your preferred colour. Spread this over the cake with a knife or spoon.

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 (£19.99)

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

If you're still looking for ideas, why not treat your mum to a trip to the cinema, or try one of these 43 cheap activities for under £20?

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