Mother's Day 2015: 13 best gifts

It takes on average £230,000 (and a whole lot of time) to raise a child, so we reckon it’s time to give something back

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Whether she's the green-fingered, jam-making, country-living type, or she spends her days shopping and her nights out on the town, we've got the gifts to say thank you to mum.

1. Gucci Guilty Diamond Limited Edition: £52.50, theperfumeshop.com

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This striking perfume has notes of lilac, amber and patchouli, making it a rich and sensual fragrance, particularly good for evenings out. The diamante-encrusted bottle is gorgeously glitzy and provides a real wow factor for any glamorous mum.

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2. Fortnum & Mason Mother’s Little Helper Basket: £65 fortnumandmason.com

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What can be more decadent than a Fortnum’s hamper? This one, new for 2015, contains three things all mums need: booze, chocolate and pampering goodies. They’ll get a bottle of gin (plus the all-important tonic water), along with some sumptuous gin truffles, bath truffles and a silky eye mask.

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3. Personalised Family Tree Papercut Print: £29, notonthehighstreet.com

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We love this high quality and stylish keepsake print, personalised with your family name at the bottom of the tree and up to eight individual names in the branches. It’s available in seven gorgeous colours and fits a standard A4 frame size.

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4. Photobox Key Ring: £5.15, photobox.co.uk

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Not only is this personalised and genuinely useful, it’s also great value. In fact, you get three key rings in the pack, so you can give one to grand-mum and keep a cheeky one for yourself, too. The same photo is displayed both sides and it’s made from hard-wearing acrylic.

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5. Nutribullet: £99.99, lakeland.co.uk

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This is the latest kitchen must-have for health-conscious cooks. Unlike most juicers and blenders, it is compact and powerful enough to make luxuriously smooth drinks in just 10 seconds. It’s easy to use, quick to clean up and extracts more nutrients than many of its more expensive competitors.

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6. Charles Mignon Hymne à l'Amour' Champagne: £27, marksandspencer.com

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Made from a mix of the classic champagne grape Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for a little added depth, this bottle of bubbly was created as an ode to feminine beauty by winemaker Bruno Mignon. With its pretty gift box and fabulous taste, it makes an ideal gift for a mum who likes a tipple.

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7. Aromatherapy Revive Candle: £35, aromatherapyassociates.com

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This hand-poured candle is made from high quality soy wax, which burns slower than paraffin and gives off a subtler fragrance. We think mums will love the invigorating and uplifting citrus blend, but the range also includes Relax, Inner Strength and Indulgence.

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8. White Stuff Reversible Apron: £15.95, whitestuff.com

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If your mum loves to cook, why not give her two aprons in one with this lovely reversible number, featuring a pretty floral design on one side and a Scandinavian-style cabin print on the other? Also handy if you’re not completely sure of her style.

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9. Boden Ankle Socks: £25, boden.co.uk

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They may have a bit of a bad present rep, but really everyone needs more socks, making this beautifully-presented box of seven spotty pairs a great gift for mums who prefer practical gifts. There are two other designs – stripes and London-inspired beefeaters – if polka dots aren’t her thing.

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10. Emma Bridgewater Mummy Pink Hearts Mug: £19.95, emmabridgewater.co.uk

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You can always count on Emma Bridgewater for a bit of quintessentially British charm and this mug, which is decorated with a pink heart pattern, doesn’t disappoint. It’s also dishwasher-safe –something that all mums approve of. Put it to first use with a Mother’s Day breakfast in bed.

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11. Phase Eight Ebony Suede Shoulder Bag: £120, phase-eight.com

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This suede tote bag with tassel detail is super soft to the touch and a great neutral colour that means it will go with pretty much every outfit. It’s a good practical size and suits all ages. Handy features include the studs at the bottom and inside pocket.

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12. Hotel Chocolat For My Mum Pocket Selection: £8, hotelchocolat.com

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This box of eight chocolate delights is bound to bring a smile to your mum’s face. The chocolates are far nicer than most and include Dizzy Pralines, Billionaire’s Shortbreads, Strawberry Cheesecakes and creamy Simple Milk Truffles.

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13. White Company Leather Bracelet: £40, thewhitecompany.com

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This wear-everywhere bracelet wraps stylishly round the wrist to give the effect of layered jewellery. Available in three neutral shades – grey, black and white – it has a silver clasp and branded charm. Made from Italian leather, it has been made to last, whilst also appearing suitably delicate and feminine.

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Verdict:

For glam mums who love a bit of pamper and luxury, you can't beat Fortnum's Mother's Little Helper basket, but for a really personal gift that will last a lifetime, the family tree papercut print from Not On The High Street gets our vote.

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