11 great Mother’s Day gifts (that aren’t bubble bath)

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Mother’s Day? WHAT WHEN? Firstly, breathe – you have two and a half weeks. We’re just giving you plenty of advance warning, so you don’t end up wrapping up the scarf your Auntie Dot gave you for Christmas and hoping she doesn’t recognise it.

Here are some lovely gifts for every taste and budget, with not a bath bomb or box of chocolates to be seen. Buy something online now, and relax until Sunday 15th…

For a sentimental mum: Personalised family tree picture

Papercut family tree

It’s adorable, it’s personalised, and it’s under £30. Just think twice before adding the name of your sister’s unsuitable boyfriend.

£29 from NotOnTheHighStreet


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For a baking fan: Ceramic pie bird

Le Creuset pie bird

A pie baker’s must-have, these dinky ceramic birds allow steam to escape and keep pastry crisp. They also look adorable on your windowsill and being Le Creuset, they’re legitimately posh.

£6.50 from Le Creuset


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For a stylish mum: Marea Quartz earrings

Oliver Bonas earrings

Definitely a step-up from the days of the macaroni necklace, these earrings will add a splash of spring colour to her wardrobe

£12 from Oliver Bonas


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For a mum who loves a cuppa: Personalised silver teaspoon

Personalised silver teaspoon

Whether she’s a Downton obsessive, a cutlery fetishist or just drinks an awful lot of tea, not much could be cuter than than this personalised spoon. All the better if she isn’t aware of Not On the High Street and thinks you’ve had it specially hewn by a silversmith.

£18 from NotOnTheHighStreet


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For a creative mum: Leather journal

Anthropologie leather journal

A beautiful journal is a wonderful thing, and this leather-bound sketchpad will look as smart in the boardroom as it does at her life drawing class. Or wherever.

£20 from Anthropologie


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For a green-fingered mum: Copper and glass hanging terrarium

Glass and copper terrarium


A ter-what-ium? Your brother might have bought her flowers, but you’ve bought her an entire ecosystem! A Terrarium is a special plant-growing vessel popularised by the Victorians, and they’re having something of an interior decor moment now. This pretty hanging copper and glass diamond version is an Etsy import, but there are plenty of different sizes and prices to be found.

£45.18 from Etsy


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For a switched-on mum: Clouds iPad mini cover

Clouds iPad case

Cath Kidston might be ab obvious choice for Mother’s Day, but skip the generic florals and go for this dreamy cloud print instead. Ideal if she’s still at the keeping-it-wrapped-in-a-jumper stage of iPad ownership.

£30 from Cath Kidston (also available for iPad and iPhone 5)


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For a mum on the go: Blood orange Royal Apothic eau de parfum

Anthropologie blood orange

Buying perfume for your mum can be a tricky task, particularly if she’s still working her way through a bottle of Anais Anais from 1993. But this handbag-sized spray looks so good that she’ll take it out even if she’d not sure she wants to smell like a blood orange (though why wouldn’t she?).

£15 from Anthropologie


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For a stressed-out mum: Secret Garden colouring book

Secret Garden colouring book for adults

Colouring books for grown-ups are huge news right now, as a therapeutic stress reliever or just a nice creative activity that doesn’t require an evening class first. This one is full of detailed botanical pictures so lovely that she’ll want to frame them after she’s done. Don’t forget felt tips.

£6.97 from WH Smith 


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For a sweetoothed mum: Biscuit cushions

Biscuit cushions

With these giant squashy custard cream, Jammy Dodger and party ring cushions, Sass & Belle has found the perfect combination of kook and genuinely pretty appeal. Definitely beats buying her a tin of shortbread.

£17.45 each from Sass & Belle


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For a gourmand mum: Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi

Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi

The latest tome from the undisputed king of vegetables, Ottolenghi’s Plenty More is the sequel to his dinner party must-have Plenty, and includes recipes like Alphonso mango and curried chickpea salad, Membrillo and stilton quiche and Buttermilk-crusted okra. Things have moved on since the days she had to bribe you to eat broccoli.

£12 from Amazon

Lauren Bravo

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