Mother's Day 2015: 10 best last-minute gifts

Don't panic, there is still time to get mum a decent gift for Mothering Sunday

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From gorgeous flowers with free next-day delivery to all sorts of e-vouchers you can send direct to her inbox, we round up pressies your can still purchase for Mother's Day on 15 March. 

1. The Book of Mum: £7.50, thebookofeveryone.com

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It may be too late to get this clever little gift printed into an actual book for her, but, hey, it’s the digital age, so give her an iPad version instead. You enter her name and birth year, design the cover and customise messages and quotes, and it generates a “book” full of fun facts (apparently my Mum was the 3,191,661,130th person on earth at the time she was born, a litre of petrol cost 5p and Russ Conway’s Side Saddle was number one) based on the information you give. Neat.
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2. M&S Mother’s Day Flowers: From £20, marksandspencer.com

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Good old reliable M&S are offering free delivery on Mother’s Day if you order by 1pm on Saturday. Prices start at £20 and options range from single orchids to artfully-arranged bouquets, including this sumptuous Charming Mum collection of roses and carnations (£60).
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3. Next eVouchers: from £5, next.co.uk

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If your mum’s the sort who prefers to pick out her own clothes or jewellery and you're not seeing her on the day, Next do some nicer-than-average e-vouchers. Choose from five designs, select your value – from £5 to £200 - and you can schedule a delivery date, or if you’ve left it to the very last minute, it’ll arrive in your mum’s inbox within 30 minutes of ordering.
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4. Ticketmaster e-gift card: Denominations from £10-£200, voucherepress.co.uk

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If she’s been dropping hints about a ticket for Michael McIntyre’s latest tour, a West End play, gig or sporting event, she can put this e-voucher towards the cost. Ticketmaster sells entry to hundreds of events across the country so there is bound to be something that takes her fancy. Buying the the e-card is easy; you can choose the time and date when you want it to arrive in her inbox on Sunday.
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5. Cineworld e-gift voucher: from £10, cineworld.co.uk

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Cinema-loving mums will appreciate an excuse to go more often. These e-gift cards can be used for buying tickets online, any value up to £250. If you’re feeling flash, there is also an option to buy the company’s Unlimited card – giving someone a year of free films for £196.80. Take note: the voucher sends instantly so if you want to save it until Sunday, send it to yourself and forward on or print it out.
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6. Wiggle Gift Voucher: From £5, wiggle.co.uk

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Treat sporty mums to a voucher to splurge on some top-notch gear from the running and cycling specialists. Dominations go from £5-£100. Print vouchers out to put in a card or email it straight to the recipient.    
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7. Etsy e-gift card: From £15, etsy.com/uk

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For a truly unique piece by an independent designer and maker, Etsy is the place. The site's particularly good for jewellery or unusual pieces for the home and an e-voucher gives your mum freedom to choose whatever she wants. Pick from 10 designs for the voucher. You can either print it out and pop it in a card or email it directly to your mum if you’re not going to see her on the day.
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8. Spotify Premium Subscription: £9.99 a month, spotify.com

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My mum was amazed when I showed her that Spotify meant she could stream pretty much any song she could think of on her computer, mobile and tablet, as well as make playlists to play when offline. Spotify Premium does away with the annoying adds, too. Treat her so she stops trying to steal your password – choose from one, three, six or 12-month subscription, sent via an e-card so she can start listening straight away on Sunday.
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9. Avoca Lambswool Throw: £48, iwantoneofthose.com

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IWOOT is offering free next day delivery if you spend over £35 with the code NDD35. The website has a huge variety of pressies, from novelty gadgets like a clever spider catcher to luxury chocs, smellies and homeware. Our pick is this luxe cashmere and merino throw in bright colours from the Irish wool specialists.
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10. Not on the High Street Hula Class: £25, notonthehighstreet.com

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Not on the highstreet is known for being a great source of original gifts by designers and makers. They also offer a range of independently-run experiences – from macaron-making to photography workshops – taught by passionate specialists. You can buy mum a voucher, print it at home and then reserve the class when is good for you both. For a fun experience you can do together and that won’t break the bank, we like the hula-hooping workshop.
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Verdict
M&S's quality flowers are a life-saver, just be sure to order by 1pm on Saturday. If you're buying on the day, both The Book of Mum and the Spotify subscription are presents she can use straight away.  

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