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Mother’s Day gifts she actually wants (clue: they’re beauty boxes)

Skip the slippers and mugs - here are the beauty boxes that Mum will be thrilled with for Mother’s Day this year.

By Rebecca Roberts | Last updated Mar 11, 2024

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and so the question of what to give the most important woman in your life comes about once again. Sure, flowers and chocolates are nice - but this year, why not treat her to something a little more special? 

Enter: beauty boxes, the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. 

Gone are the days of uninspired presents that’ll collect dust on shelves. Instead, delve into curated assortments of skincare, makeup, and self-care essentials that cater to her every need from LOOKFANTASTIC, M&S, Boots, John Lewis and beyond. So, read on as we unveil a collection of beauty boxes that are sure to delight and pamper this year. After all, every mother deserves to feel cherished on Mother’s Day. 

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Worth over £200

LOOKFANTASTIC Mother's Day Beauty Edit, £60

Why we want it
  • They’re all great, everyday essentials 

  • The entire contents of the box is worth over £200

  • We particularly love the LANEIGE lip sleeping mask 

What's inside
  • There’s five full sized products inside

  • As well as five deluxe sized products

Product highlights
  • Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara 3ml

  • LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask - Berry (Original) 8g

  • MZ Skin Anti-Pollution Hydrating Face Mask

Our verdict

This is the ultimate treat for the beauty aficionado in your life for Mother’s Day. Pamper your mum with 11 handpicked essentials from brands like Bobbi Brown, Aromatherapy Associates, LANEIGE, and add a little luxury to her everyday routine. She can unwind with a sumptuous body cream from Rituals, revive her locks with a hair treatment from Color Wow, and so much more. 

Valued at over £200, this curated collection is the bargain price of £60 - or, if you’re a subscriber to LOOKFANTASTIC’s The Box, you can nab it for just £50! 

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Skip the chocolates

LOOKFANTASTIC Beauty Egg 2024, £60

Why we want it
  • Includes the NEW Sol de Janeiro scent 

  • Keepsake packaging is reusable to store trinkets and beauty items

What’s inside
  • Has five full sized items in

  • As well as two deluxe size products 

Product highlights
  • ELEMIS Superfood Facial Oil 15ml

  • Sol de Janeiro Delícia Drench Body Butter 25ml

  • Medik8 Crystal Retinal Ceramide Eye 6 15ml

Our verdict

Okay, this goodie box isn’t exactly for Mother’s Day. It’s egg shaped, and is perfect for Easter. But if your mum is big into her skincare (and loves a reusable trinket box), she’ll find everything she needs to replenish her complexion in this seven-piece collection from LOOKFANTASTIC. Worth over £206, this beauty egg is just £60 - saving you over £146! What’s more, there’s five full sized products inside, including ELEMIS Superfood Facial Oil (worth £50 alone), as well as Anastasia Beverly Hills Dewy Setting Spray and a Philip Kingsley Elasti-Styler 5-in-1 Treatment. There’s even the new Sol de Janeiro scent included in the form of a Delicia Drench Body Butter. 

And, if you subscribe to The Box today with LOOKFANTASTIC, you can save an extra tenner. 

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Head to toe luxury

M&S Collection The Mother’s Day Box 2024, £30

Why we want it
  • Perfect to elevate a self care routine

  • Colourful box that’s ready to wrap

What’s inside
  • Includes four full sized essentials and three minis 

Product highlights
  • Floral Street Wonderland Peony 10ml

  • Alpha-H Liquid Gold 100ml

  • L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Shower Gel 250ml

Our verdict

Treat your mum to head-to-toe luxury this Mother’s Day with this bargain beauty box from M&S that’s just £30! Inside she’ll find four full sized products and three miniatures to elevate her self-care routine. Let her immerse herself in delightful scents with Floral Street's Wonderland Peony perfume and L'Occitane's Cherry Blossom Shower Gel.

After a long day, help her unwind with Formula's Sleep Cream, while Elizabeth Arden's Retinol Capsules and Alpha-H's Liquid Gold work their magic to give her skin a radiant boost. And because every detail matters, there’s even Nails inc's Bond Street Passage polish included for a perfect manicure and Neom's Calming Hand Balm to soothe dry skin.

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Includes 10 products in total

John Lewis The Mother's Day Beauty Box, £45

Why we want it
  • Packaged elegantly, and ready to wrap and gift

  • Affordable price

What’s inside
  • An assortment of 10 deluxe and full-size icon

  • Including full-size faves from Elizabeth Arden and Floral Street

Product highlights
  • Floral Street Wonderland Peony Eau de Parfum 10ml

  • Shiseido Vital Perfection Concentrated Supreme Cream 15ml

  • Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream 8ml

Our verdict

When it comes to gifts, John Lewis is one of our most trusted go-tos. And for Mother’s Day 2024, the retailer hasn’t disappointed. This curated selection of skincare treasures, scents and makeup from some of the biggest names in the industry are all wrapped up into one elegant gift box, ready to gift and spoil the special women in your life. 

The collection features 10 deluxe and full-sized favourites, including classics from Elizabeth Arden, Floral Street, Kiehl’s and Shiseido. At just £45, this beauty box is a bargain and includes the highest amount of products compared to other pics in our roundup. 

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Show your appreciation

Boots We Appreciate You Mothers Day Beauty Box, £45

Why we want it
  • Next day delivery available with Boots

  • Ready to gift packaging

What’s inside
  • Packed to the brim with 18 products

  • Eight of which are full sized (including Liz Earle, Rituals, Elemis and more)

Product highlights
  • Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream 7ml

  • No7 Flawless Finish Loose Powder 13g

  • Laura Mercier Setting Spray 100ml

Our verdict

Introducing this gem of a beauty box from Boots, that’s packed with an array of skincare, hair care, body care and makeup treats that your Mum’s sure to love. It’s a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, or even as a special treat for yourself. 

It contains 18 products - including eight full sized items - and features beloved beauty brands that we know our Mumsnet users love, like Liz Earle, Rituals, Elemis, No7, Sol de Janeiro and so much more. 

Left it a bit last minute to get a gift? Don’t panic as this box set can be at your door with next day delivery from Boots for less than a fiver. 

About the author

Rebecca Roberts is a writer, editor, and content marketing expert hailing from Leeds. Here at Mumsnet, she commissions, writes, and edits to bring parents content designed to make life easier. After birthing and breastfeeding two babies in two years, Rebecca knows first-hand how hard it can be to prioritise self care. So, she’s on a quest to find the best beauty, skincare, and make-up products, with the help of Mumsnet user recommendations. 

Beyond her role as an editor here at Mumsnet, Rebecca can be found balancing life as a working mum of two toddlers and when she’s not at her desk, you’ll likely find her at a local playgroup, in a nearby coffee shop, or walking the dog up and down country lanes.

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