16 best personalised Mother's Day gifts

Avoid the same old presents and treat your mum to something unique

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Show your mum how much thought you’ve put into her Mother’s Day gift this year by making it bespoke to her. 

1. Betsy Benn Personalised Destination Print: £54, Not On The High Street

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We all have a story to tell through the places we’ve lived or travelled to, or where we’ve experienced our favourite moments. This is a way to beautifully record those meaningful destinations in a framed (or unframed) keepsake from Betsy Benn, who specialises in bespoke typographic prints. There’s also a range of background colours to choose from. Alternatively, list members of your mum’s family or favourite family jokes – anything goes within these 16 lines of print.

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2. Ancestry DNA: £69, Ancestry 

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This DNA testing kit gives you a breakdown of your exact ethnic mix, revealing fascinating facts about your family’s past. And once your mum has taken the test – which simply involves spitting in a bottle and popping it in the post- she can use the global network of Ancestry DNA members to identify others who share the same DNA, potentially uncovering distant cousins across the globe. If you buy between 15-26 March, you can make the most of the Mother's Day discount (RRP is £79).

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3. Marmite Personalised Marmite Jar; From £4.99, Marmite

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If your mum is in the “love it” camp when it comes to this quintessentially British spread, then why not get her a pot that’s personalised with her name or a loving Mother’s Day message? Thoughtful yet affordable, it’s bound to go down a treat. 

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4. Lily Belle Personalised Cheeky Mother’s Day Candle: £29, Not On The High Street

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Have a bit of fun at the expense of dad with this playful candle. Worried the wording is too mischievous? Choose your own message to fit across four lines and you can pick your own colour and scent too. Choose from black which has a rich and musky scent, white, pink, lilac or turquoise which has a fresh and floral aroma. Etched by hand in Surrey, the wording shines brightly when the candle is lit.

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5. Hiho Sterling Silver Multi Link Bracelet with Flat Heart: £75, Hiho Silver

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This stylish, modern bracelet is threaded with tiny sterling silver multi-links, which means it’s a good fit for any size wrist. The flat solid silver heart also acts as a charm that can be engraved with any message you think your mum will enjoy as a keepsake. The additional unique Hiho tag is a nice touch too and makes this an exclusive present.

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6. Rock & Ruddle Personalised Hairbrush: From £25, Not On The High Street

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Both practical and pretty, these great quality hairbrushes are made to last and come in seven designs and two sizes. The bristles, which are made from durable boar bristles, are good for your hair too – working to release their natural oils to make it shine. Once you’ve chosen your favourite, simply choose the name you want on the top.

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7. The Letteroom Personalised Creative Colouring Book: From £19.95, The Letteroom

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Adult colouring books are all the rage for de-stressing, so who better to buy one for than a hard-working mother? You can have her name embossed on the front cover and it will appear in each pattern too. The paper is thick and crisp, and remains so when coloured on. The patterns are also beautifully designed.

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8. Getting Personal Personalised Hanging Slate Sign: £12.99, Getting Personal

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“Best Ever Mum” mugs, signs or cards are everywhere but at least with this item it’s also personalised, looking more sincere, and this rustic-style sign is tasteful and attractive too. You can choose up to 35 characters, whether you pick names or reference something specific about your mum.

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9. Choctails Pick Your Own Chocolates: £14.95, Choctails

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When Simon Delamare suggested his wife Hilary add cocktails into the homemade truffles she had become a dab hand at making, little did he know it was to mark the start of an award-winning company. Today, Choctails remains the only British company focused exclusively on cocktail chocolates and best of all, you get to create your very own selection from a vast selection ranging from mojito to Singapore sling. 

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10. Fortnum & Mason The Personalised VIP Hamper: £130, Fortnum & Mason

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If you’re after the ultimate in indulgence, then look no further than Fortnum & Mason, its hampers are world-renowned for top-notch quality. With this one, the VIP stands for Very Important Parent and includes a huge array of extravagant goodies including personalised rosé champagne, soaps, body lotion, a candle, chocs, tea, marmalade and preserves.

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11. A Quarter Of A Whopping Penny Mix Jar: £22.41, A Quarter Of

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This nostalgic jar of favourite penny sweets is bound to bring back memories for your mum, with the huge front personalised sticker available in several different designs. And because the jar is so big (it really is huge), she might even share some with you. Ranging from cola bottles to fried eggs, the sweets are delicious too.

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12. The Oak & Rope Company Personalised Notice Board; £145, John Lewis

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If your mum prefers a more practical kind of gift, this personalised notice board will go down a treat. Hand-carved at a workshop in Kent, it is one of many skilfully made gifts created by this company, who only use sustainable wood. You get to pick up to 14 beautifully engraved letters too.

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13. Lisa Angel Personalised Eternity Hoop Necklace: £34, Cuckooland

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This is a great price for a feminine, sterling silver hoop that you can personalise with up to 44 characters – far more than most jewellery allows. That means you can fit a good few names of children or grandchildren, or simply create your own personal message. It’s then threaded onto a silver curb chain.

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14. HurleyBurley Personalised Leather Clutch Bag: £29, Not On The High Street

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Although it looks great with a posh outfit, this clutch bag has plenty of other uses. In fact, it works just as well as a small make-up pouch. Available in a wide range of colours including navy, mint and pink, it’s made from beautifully soft Italian leather and is finished off with an optional gold charm that you can pop your mum’s initials on.

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15. Photobox Cut Out Book: From £30, Photobox

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Parents take more pictures than ever, thanks to the rise in smart phone use, but the irony is they also print fewer photos, with many just staying on phones or being shared in the digital world. This photo book, whose title can be cut out with any wording or numbers you like, is a great way to change that and there are different colours and sizes available.

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16. XOXO Gifts UK Dictionary Definition Desk Tidy: £14.50, Etsy

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Create your very own dictionary definition for your mum’s name, listing all the things you love about her or make you laugh. Then have it printed in classic dictionary font on this handy desk tidy, which she can use to store her pencils. 

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The Verdict: Personalised Mother’s Day gifts

The Betsy Benn Personalised Destination Print has endless potential when it comes to creating something really meaningful for your mum, while Ancestry DNA is great for mothers who won’t thank you for giving them any more “stuff” to clog up their home. For a lovely piece of jewellery, our vote goes to Hiho’s bracelet, while the personalised Marmite jar is a fun and fabulous budget buy.

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