Mother's Day 2016: 14 best gifts under £20

Show your your mum you care with a carefully chosen but not bank-breaking present  

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It's the one day of the year dedicated to the most long-suffering people on the planet: mothers.

We've found the most thoughful presents around that will show her your appreciation, all for less than £20. 

So there's no excuse to end-up empty-handed come 6 March. 

1. Flying Flowers Champagne Sorbet Bouquet: £19.99, Flying Flowers 

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You can show up your siblings, even if you're not home to do it, with a beautiful bunch of flowers. This bouquet from online florist Flying Flowers is delicately coloured and uses highly-scented flowers. The bunch, which brings together roses, pink alstroemeria and gypsophila, looks a whole lot more expensive than it actually is. The vase isn't included, but Flying Flowers is one of the few online florists which will deliver a beautiful bouquet for less than £20. Order before 3pm for next day delivery. 

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2. Canesmith Salted Caramels: £5, Canesmith 

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Perfect for the mum with a sweet tooth, Canesmith is an independent British company that creates gourmet confectionery for adults. It takes modern food trends (like salted caramel) and combines them with childhood favourites to create something completely delicious. The range includes black pepper caramels, blackberry sherbet dippers and peppermint salt water taffy.

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3. Hopscotch Gold Disc Necklace: £20, Hopscotch London

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Hopscotch is super-cool East London 'lifestyle store', which creates all its own products. This gold-plated necklace is classic-looking, yet still modern and she can layer it up with other gold necklaces. It comes with either a 16- or 18-inch chain. 

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4. Tom Lane Alpaca Bed Socks: £16, Tom Lane 

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Perfect for casual-wear around the house or for layering under boots to keep her feet warm, these alpaca socks from the Brit-based fashion brand are thermal, breathable and come in either blue or pink. 

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5. Butter London Nail Lacquer: £12, Naturismo

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Butter London's nail polish is brilliant quality, lasting about a week and coming in huge array of shades. We like this pink - it's zingy rather than prissy, but classic enough to suit mums who prefer more traditional nail colours. 

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6. Some Like it Hot package: £17.50, Don't Buy Her Flowers

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Don't Buy Her Flowers is a gift site especially for new mums. Founder Steph Douglas was inundated with bouquets just after she gave birth, which were beautiful but took up more space - and vases- than she had around the hous. So if you're buying for a new mum, pick something sweet yet practical like this Some Like it Hot package, which includes a thermos cup and Cartwright and Butler butter shortbread. If you can afford to stretch an extra few quid, you can add Teapigs tea bags or Kokoa hot chocolate to the collection. There's also "The Essentials", the perfect new-mum box which contains lip balm, hand cream, eye cream and the all important dry shampoo.

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7. Summerdown Mint Body Lotion: £16, Summerdown Mint 

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If your mum is a fan of organic produce then this will wow her. Summermint is a deciated mint farm on the Hampshire downs - the only farm in the UK that grows Black Mitcham mint. All organic, this beautifully-perfumed, fresh, springy lotion is richly moisturising and contains no sulfates, parabens, PEGs, petrochemicals or artificial colourings.

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8. Kalamata Cold Pressed Olive Oil: £15.75, Not On The High Street

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This extra virgin olive oil has nothing in common at all with the big, yellow bottles of oil you can buy for a few quid in the supermarket. This has the distinctive flavour and smooth, peppery finish that you only get from quality produce. It'll be a great gift if your mum is a fan of cooking (or just a fan of eating). Sure to make any salad dressing or marinade more delicious, it's lovely with bread and vinegar as a super-simple starter, too. As an added bonus, it comes in a gorgeous wax-sealed bottle, too chic to hide in a cupboard. 

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9. French Grey Interiors Starry Scarf: £15.95, Not On The High Street

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These star-patterned scarves from independent retailer French Grey Interiors will jazz up any outfit. They're 180cm long, which means your mum can be properly bundled up, but they're light-weight, too, so they'll work for sping and summer and they come in a whole array of colour combinations.

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10. The White Company leather card holder: £15, The White Company

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Give your mum something that she'll use every day, and think of you. This White Company card holder is made from leather and it's a great little addition to a handbag. Measuring 10.2 cm x 6.5cm, it's the ideal size to safely store plastic and the likes of train tickets. 

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11. Edinburgh Gin Elderflower Liqueur: £16.95, 31 Dover

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For the mum who likes a tipple, we recommend this. Edinburgh Gin was already award-winning, but it's made even better by combining it with Scottish elderflower. It's not overly sweet, like some elderflower drinks can be, it's fragrant and sharp. Make a G&T with it, or if she's feeling fancy, she can use it to top up a glass of champagne. 

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12. The Folio Society books: From £19.95, The Folio Society  

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The Folio Society publishes beautiful editions of literary classics that look and feel special thanks to carefully selected illustration, typography and paper, bound using traditional methods. The latest catalogue is released from 1 March and includes the likes of Laurie Lee’s Cider With Rosie, which comes in under £20. 

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13. Personalised Marmite Jar: £4.99, Marmite 

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Spread the love – as it says on this special Mother’s Day jar of Marmite. You can personalise the jar via the brand’s Facebook page. Order by 12pm on 6 March to guarantee you get it in time for Sunday. 

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14. Mary Berry’s Foolproof Cooking: £9.99, Amazon 

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The recipes in the Great British Bake Off judge’s new book are so clearly explained that even kitchen refuseniks could manage them. Buy her this and then offer to cook her one of the posher dishes like beef wellington followed by a Mary’s fail-safe bakes.

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Verdict

The important thing about Mother's Day is making sure your mum feels special, and few things are more exciting than a surprise bunch of flowers to your door. The Flying Flowers bouquet is incredible value for money and will really make her day. 

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