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Best Mother’s Day gifts for 2023, according to Mumsnetters

Finding the best Mother's Day gift can be a daunting task, but we've got you covered with our list of the top gift ideas for 2023. Find a unique gift for a new mum or something that fits in your budget, our recommendations will help you spoil your loved one on this special day. 

By Gemma Wilcock | Last updated Mar 1, 2023

A woman holding a bunch of flowers

Mother's Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the amazing women in our lives and show them how much we appreciate everything they do and for 2023, the day falls on Sunday 19th March.

While the gift of sleep and rest may top the wish list of many Mumsnetters on our Talk boards, it's also a chance to surprise them with something special. Whether you're shopping for a mum, grandmother, or any other special woman, finding the perfect gift can be challenging. If our guides to the best flower delivery services and best subscription boxes don't ignite some ideas, don't worry - we've got you covered with our list of the best Mother's Day gifts for 2023. From pampering treats to personalised gifts that will be cherished for years, and even options for those on a budget, we've consulted our Mumsnet forums to bring you top ideas that mums truly want to receive. 

Whether you're a mum yourself looking for ideas or a loved one seeking the perfect present, let us help you make this Mother's Day unforgettable (and if all else fails - here's our guide to the best gins). 

Read on for our guide to the best Mother's Day gifts for 2023.

1. Best overall Mother’s Day gift: John Lewis Hi-Pile Oversized Lounge Hoodie

John Lewis Oversized hoodie

Price: £28.80 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Size: One size | Material: 100% polyester | Colours: Oatmeal or grey | Care instructions: Machine washable

What we love

  • Machine washable
  • Hi-pile thermal fleece for keeping warm and cosy
  • Long sleeves with a cuff and a handy front pocket

What to know

  • Some users say the material is on the thin side

What Mumsnet users say 

My Mum keeps banging on that she wants another oodie as she pretty much lives in the one I got her for Christmas when she's at home so that's what she'll get - long-term I see it as I'm saving her a fortune in heating bills.” DoucheCanoe 

Our verdict

With energy bills rising, it’s all about keeping comfortable and warm at home so we think the special mum in your life will love this hi-pile fleece, oversized hoodie from John Lewis - perfect for cosy nights in front of the TV.

It comes in two neutral colours - oatmeal and grey - and the fleece material feels soft for making sure you feel super snuggly on cooler nights. While the material is thermal, reviews claim it is on the thinner side so this hoodie could still be worn in milder weather too. With an oversized fit, a hooded neckline, a cuffed long sleeve and a handy front pocket, this hoodie is comfortable yet practical. It’s also machine washable, so can be easily cleaned if she wears it every day! 

2. Best budget Mother’s Day gift: Mulberry Tree Celebrity Designer Scarf Women's Scarf

Mulberry Tree scarf

Price: £8.99 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: One size | Material: 100% polyester | Care instructions: Hand wash 

What we love

  • Nice, neutral design
  • Available in a large range of colours 
  • Can be used as a scarf or sarong

What to know

  • Hand wash only

What Mumsnet users say 

In the past I’ve gone with: a pretty lightweight scarf… LollyLol

Our verdict

With spring not too far away, this lightweight scarf will make a great gift for wearing on cooler mornings. The design is neutral with a stylish Mulberry tree print, so they can mix and match with their wardrobe, but there’s also a large range of other colours available too.

The great thing about this large scarf is it can also be worn as a sarong when they go on holiday, so there’s plenty of chance for them to wear it during the summer months too! The soft polyester material does need to be hand washed though, but we think it’s a gorgeous gift for less than £10.

3. Best pyjamas for Mother's Day: John Lewis Luna Strip Cotton Shorts Pyjama Set

John Lewis Luna Stripe Cotton Shorts Pyjama Set

Price: £50 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Size: 8 to 18 | Material: 100% cotton | Care instructions: Machine washable at 40°C

What we love

  • Made from 100% cotton
  • Piped accents and fully elasticated waistband

What to know

  • Can tumble dry at low temperatures

Our verdict

These premium quality pyjamas would make a great gift this Mother's Day. They have a classy striped design on the top and shorts, resulting in a perfect blend of sophistication and comfort. They're crafted with 100% cotton material, meaning they're not just comfortable but also eco-friendly. 

The pyjama top has a smart revere collar, pocket, and piped accents, giving it a timeless appeal. The shorts are designed with a fully elasticated waistband, complete with a self-tie bow, ensuring a perfect fit. What's more, the pyjama set by John Lewis is easy to care for and can be machine washed at 40°C, tumble dried at a low temperature, and ironed.

Both comfortable to sleep in, and great for lounging around the house, these pyjamas would make a lovely gift this Mother's Day. 

4. Best luxury Mother’s Day gift: The Ultimate Collection Silk Standard Pillowcase

John Lewis Silk Pillowcase

Price: £50 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Size: One size | Material: 100% Mulberry silk, 19 mommes | Care instructions: Hand wash | Colours: 10 

What we love

  • Available in ten colours
  • Helps skin feel hydrated
  • Good for sensitive skin

What to know

  • Hand wash only
  • Expensive

What Mumsnet users say 

A silk pillowcase? L'occitane almond shower oil and body cream.” LadyEloise 

Our verdict

If that special person in your life deserves an extra special treat, a silk pillowcase not only feels luxurious but has amazing benefits for your skin and hair, too. This John Lewis silk pillowcase is soft and naturally moisture-repellent, which helps keep your skin hydrated and is good for sensitive skin.

Made from soft Mulberry silk, you can pick from a range of colours to suit your bedroom decor. The soothing material also helps maintain moisture levels in your hair so you don’t wake up with static hair and have less tangles in the morning, so even if they’ve had a rough night with the kids they hopefully won’t look like it!

5. Best Mother’s Day gift for new mums: Emma Bridgewater Pink Hearts 'Mummy' Half Pint Mug

Emma Bridgewater Mummy Mug

Price: £23 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Size: 300ml | Material: Earthenware | Care instructions: Dishwasher friendly, on low cycle 

What we love

  • Four styles of mug available
  • Lovely colour and design
  • Chip resistant

What to know

What Mumsnet users say 

Some kind of mummy mug, photo frame, key ring etc. My kids are only young so I don’t have much like that and I’ve always helped DSD get Father’s Day presents so he’s had lots of thoughtful daddy gifts and I’m feeling a bit jealous. Doesn’t have to cost any more than £10 and would be happy if it was something home made by DC.” user1493413286

Our verdict

When it comes to buying a gift for their first Mother’s Day, it’s lovely to get something they can keep for a long time. This gorgeous Emma Bridgewater Mummy mug with a pink heart design will be treasured for years to come - and used time and time again for their morning cuppa.

The mug is on the expensive side, but Emma Bridgewater pottery is from earthenware and is chip resistant so it should stand the test of time. It comes in a matching box to make it feel even more special when you give it to them on Mother’s Day morning. If pink isn’t their colour, there’s also three other styles of mugs for mums to choose from so you’re sure to find one they’ll love.

If hearts aren't your thing, there's also this lovely polka dot design available at John Lewis, too. 

6. Best Mother’s Day gift for grandmothers: Narcissi House

Waitrose Narcassi Planter

Price: £30 | Buy now from Waitrose

Key specs

Planter size: H13cm x W23cm | Colour: Yellow | Variety: Narcissi | Overall height: 7-15cm

What we love

  • Nice planter
  • Lovely seasonal flowers

What to know

  • Nothing to note

What Mumsnet users say 

Homemade cards, people being nice to each other for one day, some daffodils. If someone made a cake then that’s a bonus too.” BorisandHarriet

Our verdict 

While flowers are one of the more common choices of Mother’s Day gifts, it seems many mums still really appreciate them. One of the gifts that came up frequently on our Talk boards was a bouquet of daffodils, so we think this Narcissi House by John Lewis adds something a bit special to this seasonal bouquet. 

The planter is a stylish townhouse design with a neutral colour so it should fit with almost any decor. A gift for nannas/grandmothers, they can use it again and again for replanting their favourite flowers.

7. Best Mother’s Day gift for relaxing: John Lewis Bamboo Bath Bridge

John Lewis Bamboo Bath Bridge

Price: £70 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Material: Bamboo | Dimensions: H4 x W70 x D22cm

What we love

  • Has a stand for a book or tablet
  • Space for a glass of wine
  • Nice neutral grey colour

What to know

  • May be out of budget

What Mumsnet users say 

My mum desperately wants a bath bridge. A lovely wooden one with space for a candle, a good book and a glass of wine.” SleepingIsOverrated

Our verdict

What better way for a tired mum to wind down at the end of the day than with a soak in the bath? This John Lewis bath bridge comes well equipped with great features for ensuring they can maximise their self-care time.

There’s a stand for resting their book on or they can use it to prop up a tablet so they can watch their favourite series. There’s also a space for their phone and a spot for resting a glass of wine. We like the neutral grey bamboo design for complementing most bathroom colour schemes - all you have to do now is make sure to keep the kids out! 

8. Best Mother’s Day gift for chocolate lovers: Hotel Chocolat Mother’s Day H-Box

Hotel Chocolate Mother's Day

Price: £14.50 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Gluten free: No | Packaging dimensions: H22.5 x W15 x D3.2cm | Weight: 185g

What we love

  • 14 bestselling white and dark chocolates
  • Made with 100% Engaged Ethics cacao

What to know

  • These are not gluten free

What Mumsnet users say 

Box of chocs from Hotel Chocolate. She loves them so it's an easy win.” GreeboIsMySpiritAnimal

Our verdict

Who doesn’t love a box of delicious chocolates? Gift the mum in your life this special Hotel Chocolat Mother’s Day H-Box, which is packed with the brand’s best selling white, milk and dark chocolatey treats.

Yummy flavours include caramel cheesecake, raspberry smoothie, carrot cake and champagne truffle, all made with 100% Engaged Ethics cacao, and no artificial flavours. So they can enjoy these tasty treats guilt-free!

9. Best Mother’s Day gift for keen gardeners: Grow Your Own Herb Garden Seeds Collection

Herbal Age seeds

Price: £7.95 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Number of pieces: 12 | Indoor or outdoor? Outdoor | Blooming period: Year round

What we love

  • 12 varieties of herb seeds
  • Affordable gift
  • Presented in a nice box

What to know

  • Some users said the seeds didn’t grow

What Mumsnet users say 

Wow, I'm late fifties and wouldn't expect anything like £100 spent on me on Mother's Day. A bouquet or flowering plant would make me incredibly happy but everyone is different.” Labobo

Our verdict

Know a keen gardener or cook? We think this pack of 12 mixed herbs makes a nice unique gift for someone who is green fingered. They don’t even need to be a pro in the garden as these seeds can be easily grown outside, so even a novice gardener can have a go.

The seeds come in a nice box and the herbs include basil, thyme, spinach, mint and rosemary, which they can have fun adding to their meals when the plants have grown. While flowers and plants always make a nice gift, this will allow the mum in your life to get hands-on and watch the herbs grow themselves. So it’s a gift that they’ll get plenty of fun out of - and at a really affordable price!

10. Best personalised Mother’s Day gift: YENOCK Digital Photo Frame

YENOCK Digital Frame

Price: £49.99 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Resolution: 8 inch | Dimensions: 192 x 120 x 0.1 cm

What we love

  • Can store up to 32G
  • Plays music, video and photos
  • A lovely personalised gift

What to know

  • Has to be plugged into a socket
  • Some users said the plastic frame is a bit flimsy

What Mumsnet users say 

“Think family related things, too, like photo albums or digital photo frames with a family slideshow playing, etc. FearlessSwiftie

Our verdict

A thoughtful gift that will mean something special to the lady in your life will always go down well on Mother’s Day. Pack this digital photo frame by YENOCK with photos and videos of special family memories and they can look at them again and again. 

With an eight inch high resolution HD screen and up to 32G of storage, you can upload the photos using seven slideshow effects to choose from. You can also add music to make it even more special. Other features include a calendar, clock and alarm, and there’s a remote control for easily switching between settings. 

11. Best pampering Mother’s Day gift: Neom Organics London Sleep Box Bodycare Gift Set

Neom bedtime set

Price: £50 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Items included: 3 | Products: Bedtime Hero Travel Candle (75g), Bedtime Hero Pillow Mist (30ml), Perfect Night’s Sleep Overnight Cream (10ml)

What we love

  • Lovely gift set to help mums unwind
  • Made with natural essential oils
  • Calming fragrance

What to know

  • Expensive

What Mumsnet users say 

A gift from SpaceNK or a fav skincare brand would be welcome. I‘m usually bored by bath things but the bath has been a bit of a refuge during lockdown so Neom or Laura Mercier bath creams would be a real treat.”  Pagwatch

Our verdict

This Neom Organics London Sleep Box Bodycare Gift Set will be a welcome treat for mums who want to be able to pamper themselves at the end of the day. The set comes with three products - a Bedtime Hero Pillow Mist, a natural fruity fragrance with 11 pure essential oils to help you relax and prepare for sleep. There’s also a Bedtime Hero Travel Candle, made with natural wax and 11 essential oils to help them feel calmer at the end of the day. Finally, the mum in your life can smother their skin with the Perfect Night's Sleep Overnight Cream, packed with potent actives and powerful natural extracts to restore tired skin while you sleep.

12. Best tech gift:

Roberts Revival Petite DAB/DAB+/FM Bluetooth Portable Digital Radio, Duck Egg Blue

Price: £100 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Battery life: Up to 12 hours | Connectivity type: Bluetooth | Dimensions: H7.3 x W12.4 x D7.6cm | Display: OLED | Sound features: Portable

What we love

  • Great for music and podcasts
  • Easy Bluetooth connectivity
  • Long-lasting rechargeable battery

What to know

  • Available in seven different colours
  • Includes two year guarantee

Our verdict

Introducing Roberts' latest addition to the iconic Revival range - the Petite. This compact radio is small, stylish and offers superb sound quality. Tune into DAB or FM radio, and easily stream music and podcasts from your Bluetooth device. With Bluetooth connectivity and 20 presets for your favourite stations, the Revival Petite is a tech powerhouse packed into a vintage fifties design. Additionally, the built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to 12 hours of playback and the Eco power-save mode reduces energy use.

What and when is Mother's Day 2023?

Mother's Day is a time to celebrate and appreciate the incredible women in our lives who have shaped and guided us. In 2023, Mother's Day falls on Sunday, March 19th, and it's the perfect opportunity to show your love and gratitude with a thoughtful and meaningful gift.

Mothering Sunday has a long and fascinating history dating back to ancient civilizations, but the modern holiday we know today was established in the early 20th Century. While the holiday has evolved and been celebrated differently around the world, the sentiment of honouring mothers and motherhood remains constant. So, why not make this Mother's Day extra special by finding the best Mother's Day gifts to spoil and pamper the amazing woman in your life?

What is the most popular Mother's Day gift?

When it comes to picking a gift for that special someone, it can be easy to fall back on the old favourites, especially if you’re shopping last minute or you’re not sure what they want. 

The most common Mother’s Day gifts include flowers, chocolates and beauty products. Other popular treats are meals out and gift cards. 

What do mums really want for Mother's Day?

When we consulted our forums for advice on what mums really want for Mother’s Day, the most popular answer was sleep, which isn’t surprising! 

Mums also said it’s less about big, expensive gifts and more about wanting to relax and spend time with their family. When it comes to presents, cakes, homemade gifts and cards are thoughtful treats that are welcomed on Mother’s Day.

What is a unique gift for Mother's Day?

If you want to go against the grain of the more traditional presents, a gift that you can add a personal touch to will make your gift more unique. Think about what they enjoy - if they like gardening, we think the set of 12 herb seeds from Amazon makes a unique gift for Mother’s Day.

You could also make a homemade gift and get the children to help, such as a memory box or painting a plant pot that they can treasure for years to come. An activity or day out doing something they enjoy can also make a nice alternative Mother’s Day gift. 

What should I get my mum for Mother's Day instead of flowers?

While plenty of mums still love getting flowers on Mother’s Day, there are lots of other gifts you can get for those that would prefer something a bit different. If your mum likes to be pampered, get them a gift that will help them unwind when the kids are in bed, such as the Neom Organics London Sleep Box Bodycare Gift Set or the John Lewis Bamboo Bath Bridge.

Thoughtful gift ideas are also loved by mums, such as the gorgeous Emma Bridgewater Pink Hearts 'Mummy' Half Pint Mug and presents that can be personalised, like the YENOCK Digital Photo Frames in which you can download photos of the family. 

How to make Mother’s Day special on a budget

The last thing many mums want is for their family to spend a fortune on Mother’s Day, especially right now when the cost of living crisis is driving bills up and many people are feeling the pinch. Thankfully, there are lots of lovely ideas for making the day special without blowing your budget.

  • Make them breakfast in bed and get the children to help.
  • Get your children to make a homemade card for their mum or grandmother.
  • You can even make the gift too, such as a keyring, bath bomb or a personalised keepsake box filled with special things.
  • Instead of taking them out for a meal, make them a special dinner at home with all their favourite food.
  • If you’re short on cash now, make them some thoughtful IOUs, such as breakfast in bed and a movie night watching their favourite film.
  • Bake them a cake and make a special afternoon tea.

How we chose our recommendations

We started our research by scouring our Mumsnet forums for tips on what gifts mums actually want to receive on Mother’s Day. We made sure to take note of any gifts that are not well received as well as catering for a range of different interests and budgets.

Armed with a long list of recommendations, we consulted expert reviews and consumer websites to make note of any brands and products that stand out from the rest.

This involved checking consumer reviews, on websites like John Lewis and Amazon, to see what negative and positive feedback they’d received. We know this is the best way of working out whether this is a product that is liked and is worth spending your money on.

Finally, after doing all this, we were able to whittle down our long list to ten products that we think are the best Mother’s Day gifts to buy in 2023.

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