Remember when you were younger and your mum would put every crayon drawing you did on the fridge as though you were the next Basquiat (no matter how, err, crap)? That’s the reaction you want from a mother’s day gift.
Except, rather than give your gift pride of place in the home, the aim is to have her remember it the next time you rock up to a family meal half drunk from the night before and smelling like leftover doner kebab (it happens, alright.)
Buy her any of these 21 mother’s day gift ideas and you’re guaranteed a Son of The Year award, no matter your behaviour for the next twelve months. Winner.
Prynt Pocket iPhone Instant Photo Printer
Let’s face it, no one wants their ma seeing what they get up to on social media. Keep her off Instagram but letting her collate pictures IRL with this instant photo printer that’ll turn her iPhone into a Polaroid. No filter needed for your weekend shenanigans.
Manchester Gin Tasting Set
Launched in 2016, Manchester Gin incorporates local flavours and Northern botanicals into its small-batch brews. And no we don’t think that means a heady combination of spray-tan tang with notes of chip barm. Even if the drink doesn’t live up to the nickname Mother’s Ruin, it’ll at least have your mother ruined.
In order to do all the stuff they do for us on a daily basis without looking like a walking zombie, mums rely on a decent kip each night. So this year get your old dear something that will assist with her beauty regime while she sleeps. A silk pillowcase protects and hydrates the skin, while also preventing split ends. Ingenious.
Wearable tech is particularly, well, wearable over at sunglasses brand Snap. At first glance, these Veronica spectacles look like a classic pair of fashion frames but, unlike bog standard styles, they can record videos, capture photos and store both so mum can transfer them to her phone and share them on social media. Make the most of the fact that they’re water-resistant and pack them for the beach.
Hypervice Foam Roller
Whether she’s more comfortable on a yoga mat or squeezing out burpees, this vibrating foam roller has recovery sorted. If the gift of soothing muscle ache isn’t enough to convince you, it’s twice as effective as a regular roller, works to boost circulation and can increase range of motion by a whopping 40 per cent. No fancy spas needed.
Give mum a pair of earphones that look as good as they sound with Master & Dynamic’s ME05 model. As well as being milled out of solid brass and polished to perfection, they also score major points on the noise isolation front, which, nagging in-laws nearby or not, will always be useful.
You might think a Wedgwood is some kind of golf club, but we’d bet good money on your mum knowing what’s what. With close to three centuries worth of pottery knowledge under its belt, it’s pretty much the swankiest teapot you can get.
LSA Vase Set
This Mothering Sunday, get her a vase to put the flowers you bought her in. This perfect-for-posies set from Polish glassware giant LSA is an excellent choice. Hang on a minute, you did remember to order the flowers, didn’t you?
NARSissist Lip Pencil Trio
Apologise for all of those times you got a bit lippy with your mum by giving her a nice set of smackers for Mother’s Day. This set from French makeup pioneers Nars, which features three award-winning pencils in the brand’s best-selling shades, ought to put a smile on her face.
Studio Sanderson for Uniqlo
Any mum who’s a dedicated follower of fashion will be pretty chuffed with this graphic print T-shirt – a collaboration between the Royal Household’s interiors brand Sanderson and high street staple Uniqlo. What’s more, it will leave you enough cash in your pocket to go to the pub after hitting the shops.
Desmond & Dempsey Pyjamas
After all the excitement of Mother’s Day, send your ma to sleep in the most stylish way possible. These pyjamas from British loungewear brand Desmond & Dempsey are crafted from ultra-soft cotton, hand painted in London and can even be monogrammed for a little something extra.
John Lewis & Partners Scarf
Scarves are like jeans (bear with us), as soon as you wear them in, you’re on the lookout for an updated version. And you can never have too many, of course. Show mum you’re thinking about both her style and warmth with this leaf-patterned navy and white number – a timeless colour combination that will see her through blustery spring days.
Albus Lumen x Ryan Storer Shell-Drop Earrings
Marilyn was bang on the money; diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But if you don’t fancy skipping rent this month, premium-looking jewellery, like the sort from Australian designer Ryan Storer, makes for a great alternative. And, every time she looks at herself in the mirror, she’ll think of you: the golden child. Take that, siblings.
Timex Waterbury Traditional Watch
While you can’t give your mum the gift of winding back the clock, you can at least give her some nice looking wrist bling. Available in a new, sophisticated, feminine style, The Waterbury Traditional is the latest timepiece from respected yet wallet-friendly watch brand Timex. And if you’re smart, you’ll use our line: it’s a modern update on a true classic, just like mum.
Floris River Dawn Eau de Parfum
Perfume may seem like a bit of a cliché Mother’s Day gift, but some things are classics for a reason. The latest fragrance from Floris London, with its blend of green floral notes and apple blossom created by the in-house perfumery team at 89 Jermyn Street, is anything but boring. Warning: it has a bold price tag to match.
Taylor Yates Bag
It’s not just you and your mates who’re cottoning on to sustainable fashion brands. Introduce your old dear to do-gooder bag brand Taylor Yates. Founded by mother-daughter duo Karen and Ellen Yates, it aims to inspire women across generations into making environmentally thoughtful purchases without compromising on style.
Dream Big Sleep Set
Whether it was you as a bratty baby crying all night, or you as a bratty teenager staying out late, you’ve probably cost your mum more than a few night’s of sleep. You git. Make amends by giving her the gift of 40 winks with this set from the maestros of sleep at This Works.
Bamford’s Harem Pant
It’s plain impossible to miss the mark with anything from Bamford Spa – let alone the brand’s new Haybarn collection of organic cotton activewear. This pair of boho lounge pants will take mum from yoga studio to home in style and comfort. If you’re really needing brownie points, add a massage voucher.
AllBirds Women’s Wool Runners
Whether she squeezes out 100 squats at the gym or burns her calories walking the dog, comfortable shoes are always a good idea. These wool trainers from sustainable footwear brand AllBirds can be worn sock-less, and she can just chuck them in the washing machine if they get dirty. One less thing to worry about for mum.
Tom Ford Lipstick
It’s okay to know buggar all about lippy (it’s also okay to know a lot, but that’s another conversation). We’ll fill you in if you fall into that first category: pink is the style trend your mum needs this spring and summer. As far as gifts go, this Tom Ford creation is guaranteed to get you nominated for a Son of The Year award.
If you scrolled quickly past most of this list, you might’ve missed this major newsflash: the chance your mum lost some major ZZZs because of your very existence is quite high. Pay some of that back with Nanu, the world’s first personalised pillow which uses her height, weight and sleep position preference to create the perfect bedfellow for her needs.