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16 best Mother’s Day gifts for 2024, from jewellery to perfume

Spoil the maternal figure in your life, with these thoughtful present ideas

Sarah Jones
Thursday 07 March 2024 16:43 GMT
We’ve curated a wide range of products that mums are sure to love
We’ve curated a wide range of products that mums are sure to love (The Independent/iStock)
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With Mother’s Day just around the corner (Sunday 10 March), the time has come to start thinking about how you’re going to spoil the mother figure in your life on their special day.

Whether you want to treat your mum, grandmother, auntie, or someone else who has made an impact on your life, we’ve gathered a range of present ideas, so you can treat that special someone to something they’ll truly love.

No two mums are alike, so choosing the perfect Mother’s Day gift can be quite a challenge. The trick is to think about what she likes to do or what makes her smile. Is she a fashionable mum, a beauty buff or someone who loves curling up on the sofa with a hot cup of tea? Is she outdoorsy or does she thrive when cooking up a storm in the kitchen?

There’s no one rule for what makes a great gift, other than to consider your giftee’s tastes and interests. Do that, and you’ll be on to a winner. Of course, if you’re really stuck, something boozy or chocolatey is sure to go down a treat, as are personalised gifts.

How we tested the best Mother’s Day gifts

A selection of the Mother’s Day gifts we tried and tested (Sarah Young)

As seasoned givers and receivers of Mother’s Day gifts, we know the types of presents that are guaranteed to make any mum smile. We spent weeks testing every single product featured in this list, and have made sure to include a range of options to suit every type of mother figure – from personal tokens to practical gifts and everything in between. Prices also range from small treats to luxury buys but we’ve been careful to ensure none of our suggestions will break the bank.

The best Mother’s Day gifts for 2024 are:

  • Best Mother’s Day gift overall – The White Company mother of pearl photo frame: £30, Thewhitecompany.com
  • Best budget Mother’s Day gift – Marks and Spencer fresh mandarin eau de toilette: £10, Marksandspencer.com
  • Best beauty tool gift – Real Techniques au naturale complete brush kit: £24, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best gift set for Mother’s Day – Sara Miller green bird candle and mug gift set: £49, Saramiller.london
  • Best flowers and chocolates for Mother’s Day – Bloom & Wild the Althea and Liberty chocolate truffles: £71, Bloomandwild.com

The White Company mother of pearl photo frame

The White Company Pearl Photo Frame-indybest
  • Best: Mother’s Day gift overall
  • Why we love it
    • Sentimental gift idea
    • Timeless design that will suit all interior styles

This elegant photo frame is almost certainly guaranteed to put you in the running for favourite child. It’s a gift that exudes luxury, without costing the earth, and it also has the potential to tug on heartstrings. While most mums have thousands of photos of their children on their phones, nothing beats a hard copy, especially one framed by slim squares of beautiful mother of pearl and a silver-plated border.

We also love that this sleek photo frame comes packaged in an illustrated gift box, making it feel a bit more special. While this particular size, which holds photos measuring 3in x 3in, would make a great addition to any bedside table or desk, there are three other sizes available, including 4in x 6in (£45, Thewhitecompany.com), 5in x 7in (£55, Thewhitecompany.com) and 8in x 10in (£75, Thewhitecompany.com).

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Marks and Spencer fresh mandarin eau de toilette

M&S Fresh Mandarin-indybest
  • Best: Budget Mother’s Day gift
  • Why we love it
    • Similar in scent to a designer fragrance
    • Chic packaging

If your recipient loves to try out new fragrances but you don’t quite have the budget for a designer scent, consider this purse-friendly eau de toilette from M&S. The British institution has gone viral for its impressive beauty offerings in recent months, with many of its fragrances being touted as affordable alternatives to pricier bottles.

One of our favourites is the fresh mandarin scent, which has been likened to Carolina Herrera’s good girl (£86, Boots.com). The M&S fragrance, which comes in a chic glass bottle, has a citrusy scent with a gorgeous sweetness to it, thanks to notes of orange flower, ylang ylang, amber and vanilla.

For just £10, you get a 100ml bottle and the scent lasts surprisingly well. A new fragrance is always well received, especially when it’s one that smells as good as this.

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Edge of Ember initial necklace

Edge of Ember-indybest
  • Best: Personalised Mother’s Day gift
  • Why we love it
    • Sentimental
    • One size fits all
    • Exceptional quality
    • Sustainably made

We think this is the ultimate personalised gift that will undoubtedly leave your mum with a smile on her face and, perhaps, a tear in her eye.

Initial necklaces are thoughtful and timeless presents, whether you choose the recipient’s own initial or that of their little one. We were blown away by the quality of this piece, which we put on in an instant and have yet to take off. The chain, which comes in a choice of two lengths – 17in or 21in – features small beads spread along its length, for added detail, and we loved how easy it is to layer with other necklaces.

Courtesy of Meghan Markle-approved brand Edge of Ember, the necklace comes in a choice of sterling silver or 18k gold plate, but the latter will set you back an additional £10. While it’s one of the pricier options on our list, this is a piece your giftee will treasure for years to come, which we think makes it well worth the price.

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Real Techniques au naturale complete brush kit

Real Techniques-indybest
  • Best: Beauty tool gift
  • Why we love it
    • Great for beginners and pros alike
    • Includes nine brushes
    • Vegan and cruelty-free

Make-up brushes make fantastic gifts for anyone who loves beauty. This set, in particular, is a great choice for experts and novices alike, as it covers all the basics and a little extra. Featuring nine brushes in total, it’s an extensive line-up, with all the essential tools you need to master flawless make-up application. There’s a powder brush, complexion brush, prime brush, concealer brush, shading brush, fan brush, full coverage brush, crease brush and flat liner brush. Each brush is very lightweight and feels incredibly soft on the skin. Plus, we found they wash well, without any moulting.

  1. £24 from Amazon.co.uk
Prices may vary
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Cutter & Squidge Mother’s Day luxe afternoon tea

Cutter and Squidge-indybest
  • Best: Mother’s Day gift for foodies
  • Why we love it
    • Made for sharing
    • Can be sent in the post directly to the recipient
    • Vegetarian

Nothing says Mother’s Day quite like tea and cake. While you could choose to head out to your nearest fancy tea room, we love the idea of setting up your own afternoon tea experience at home.

If your mum loves nothing more than a natter over a hot brew, Cutter & Squidge has got you covered, with its luxe afternoon tea hamper. Inside, you’ll find a host of sweet fixings, including four scones accompanied by a jar of jam and two mini pots of clotted cream, as well as two brownies and lemon drizzle cakes. Plus, there are deliciously savoury cheese and tomato twists, which can be enjoyed with a delicious cup of the brand’s English breakfast tea.

If you’re unable to be with your mum this Mother’s Day, we love that you can also choose to send this box from afar, directly to her front door, on a chosen delivery date.

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Morris & Co floral robe

Morris Robe-indybest
  • Best: Dressing gown
  • Why we love it
    • Something she’ll use every day
    • Soft material
    • Heritage design

A dressing gown is a loungewear staple for many mums. Whether they’ve just stepped out of the shower, are hunkering down on the sofa, or simply haven’t found the time to get dressed, a robe is one of those wardrobe essentials that provides instant comfort.

If your mum’s dressing gown is looking a little ragged or you simply want to treat her to an upgrade, this one from Morris & Co is a must. Made from cotton, the robe feels soft and lightweight. It also comes with lots of stylish features, such as a lapel collar, tie waist and handy pockets. We were instantly smitten with the print, too, which is a gorgeous green floral motif, courtesy of British textile designer and artist William Morris. Your mum will feel like a million dollars every time she’s wrapped up in this robe.

  1. £44 from Next.co.uk
Prices may vary
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Rare Beauty bronzer stick

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  • Best: Make-up lovers
  • Why we love it
    • Easy to use
    • Vegan formula

If your mum loves make-up, this bronzer stick will be a welcome addition to her beauty stash. Courtesy of Rare Beauty – the brand founded by singer Selena Gomez – the stick has a creamy formula that blends seamlessly into the skin with a powdery finish. It creates an instant sun-kissed glow and glides on effortlessly to softly sculpt the cheeks. We’re big fans of the formula, which is vegan, water-resistant and doesn’t crease or clog pores.

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Lululemon align high-rise pant

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  • Best: For yoga lovers
  • Why we love it
    • Buttery soft
    • Hidden waistband pocket
    • Available in different leg lengths

If your mum is a self-confessed Yogi, there’s no greater great than a pair of Lululemon leggings. Our top pick are the align high-rise pants, which have been designed specifically with low-impact workouts like yoga in mind. The leggings feel buttery soft and have an incredible amount of stretch to them, which makes them so comfortable they’re likely to become a wardrobe staple and not just reserved for exercise. They have some great details, such as a hidden waistband pocket that fits a card or a key, and minimal seams, and come in a range of colours and leg lengths.

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Sara Miller green bird candle and mug gift set

Sara Miller Mug Candle Set-indybest
  • Best: Gift set for Mother’s Day
  • Why we love it
    • Two-in-one gift
    • Gold details
    • Comes in a foiled gift box
    • Colourful design

Featuring a stunning design of colourful birds perched on golden branches, and set against a vibrant green background, this mug and candle gift set is sure to make a gorgeous addition to the home.

While the mug is the perfect vessel for mum’s favourite hot drink, the candle helps set a soothing scene with a calming fragrance of sweet mandarin, amber and wild musk, which fills the room almost instantly. Made from a coconut wax blend, the candle has a burn time of up to 42 hours, and we love that the lidded jar can be reused as a trinket pot.

We have to mention the packaging, too – the set comes beautifully presented in a luxuriously foiled gift box with a surprise pop-up scene that features gilded swans in a dreamy moonlight setting, providing the extra wow factor.

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Stackers classic two-drawer jewellery box

Stackers Jewellery Box-indybest
  • Best: Jewellery box
  • Why we love it
    • Ideal for jewellery-lovers
    • Customisable
    • Available in a choice of colours

If your mum is a jewellery aficionado, help her house her collection in style, with this gorgeous storage solution from Stackers. An ideal choice if you find the idea of buying jewellery too risky, this box will help keep her existing collection safe and tidy.

Designed with two layers, it has plenty of space for necklaces, rings, earrings and even watches. We also love that it comes with a clear glass lid, making it easy to see and access her favourite pieces. Plus, we think it’s great that you can easily add another drawer layer or tailor them further with accessories such as ring holders or bangle towers.

Made from faux leather and lined with velvet, it’s a gorgeous piece that provides the perfect backdrop to really make jewellery pop.

  1. £60 from Amazon.co.uk
Prices may vary
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Dior Miss Dior eau de parfum

Miss Dior EDP.jpg
  • Best: Luxury fragrance
  • Why we love it
    • Feminine scent
    • Gorgeous bottle design

For an indulgent gift that’s sure to put a smile on her face, consider a bottle of Miss Dior. The eau de parfum is a beautifully feminine fragrance that’s both fresh and sensual with top notes of lily of the valley, peony and iris, which are given a sense of warmth with soft comforting musks like sandalwood and tonka bean. It also helps that the bottle looks incredible, featuring a hand-tied bow, that she’s sure to want to show off on her dressing table.

  1. £57 from Boots.com
Prices may vary
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Elizabeth Scarlett ‘Mum' everyday pouch

Elizabeth Scarlett Mum Pouch-indybest
  • Best: Storage bag for mums
  • Why we love it
    • Practical gift
    • Beautiful design
    • Exceptional quality

We’re big fans of Elizabeth Scarlett products, and this beautiful pouch is no exception. Designed to make mum’s life a little more organised, this embroidered pouch is incredibly versatile and can be used as a make-up bag, clutch or even a handy space to store all her tech essentials.

A limited-edition design for Mother’s Day, this particular pouch is made from super-soft velvet that’s embellished with colourful “Mum” embroidery and festooned with pink flowers. But don’t let its luxurious feel fool you, as it’s practical, too, and can be chucked in the washing machine if needed. Even better, two per cent of Elizabeth Scarlett’s annual sales go towards the preservation of wild animals.

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Bloom & Wild the Althea and Liberty chocolate truffles

Bloom and Wild-indybest
  • Best: Flowers and chocolates for Mother’s Day
  • Why we love it
    • Fail-safe gift
    • Can be sent directly to her

For those of you struggling to find the perfect gift, flowers are a fail-safe option that any mum would be happy to receive, and you can’t go wrong with this bunch from Bloom & Wild. Sold as part of a bundle designed in collaboration with luxury department store Liberty, the bouquet includes a colourful collection of flowers, including chrysanthemums, snapdragons, clematis and eucalyptus. But the fun doesn’t stop there – your mum will also be treated to a limited-edition box of chocolate truffles, crafted using Ecuadorian cocoa, which we can confirm are truly delicious.

We loved that both the box of chocolates and flowers come wrapped in a limited-edition Liberty print called “rainbow garden”, and that the bundle can be sent directly to your mum if you’re not spending Mother’s Day together.

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Astrid & Miyu dome pavé ring in silver

Astrid Miyu.jpg
  • Best: Jewellery gift
  • Why we love it
    • Thoughtful gift
    • Can be worn every day

Elevate Mum’s style this Mother’s Day with the Dome Pavé Ring in Silver – a symbol of sophistication and grace. Adorned with shimmering crystal inlays, this statement piece adds a touch of glamour to any outfit, from casual daytime looks to elegant evening ensembles. At £70, it’s a luxurious yet thoughtful gift that celebrates Mum’s timeless beauty and unwavering love.

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ASDA pink slip-on suedette mule slippers

George Slippers.jpg
  • Best: For comfort
  • Why we love it
    • Slip-on design
    • Affordable

Treat Mum to the ultimate comfort experience with Asda’s slip-on faux fur slippers. Featuring a convenient slip-on design and sumptuously soft faux fur lining, these slippers offer unparalleled warmth and relaxation. Their elegant mule style and lightly gripped outer sole combine fashion and functionality, making them perfect for everyday wear around the house. With a price of only £12 online and available in stylish tan or pretty pink, give Mum the gift of luxury without breaking the bank this Mother’s Day.

  1. £12 from Asda.com
Prices may vary
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H&M satin nightslip

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  • Best: For luxury on a budget
  • Why we love it
    • Feels luxurious
    • Comfortable yet stylish

Bring a touch of luxury to mum’s evenings with this satin nightslip from H&M. This piece brings together softly draping satin fabric and delicate lace trim for a sophisticated look. With its adjustable shoulder straps and high side slit, it offers both comfort and style, ensuring mum feels like the Queen of her home. Whether she’s unwinding after a long day or enjoying a cosy night in, this nightslip (which comes in dusty pink, black, or grey) is guaranteed to be a hit.

  1. £27 from Hm.com
Prices may vary
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The verdict: Mother’s Day gifts

When it comes to buying a gift for Mother’s Day, the most important thing is ensuring she knows how much you care, so choosing something that shows you know her personality, and what will make her smile is sure to be a hit. For a great all-rounder that most mums would be bowled over to receive, we recommend The White Company’s mother of pearl photo frame, which you can complete with a photo of you both, to really make her day. If you have a bit more budget and are buying for a sentimental mum, Edge of Ember’s initial necklace is a no-brainer, as it’s a timeless piece of jewellery she can wear on repeat.

For more present ideas, check out our guide to the best gifts for her

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