15 best personalised Mother's Day gifts to show her you really care
Ditch the same old presents and treat your mum to something unique
It can be tricky choosing the ideal gift for Mother’s Day. Unlike her birthday or Christmas, the onus is all on you (and your siblings, if you have any) to get it just right.
Time-honoured gifts of perfume, jewellery, chocolates and wine will always go down a treat – but a bespoke gift will stand out from the crowd and help you earn a few extra brownie points.
As well as being able to put your personalised stamp on some classic gifts, there are plenty of unusual choices you can make your mark on, too.
Our favourites range from practical presents (such as rolling pins and phone cases), to the firmly frivolous – including giant balloons with her name on them, and cushions plastered with a photo of your face.
We’ve scoured the burgeoning Mother’s Day market for the best classic and quirky personalised gifts to suit every budget, to help you pick the perfect present that’s worthy of your lovely mum.
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Posterhaste star map: From £20, Posterhaste
This star map is the ideal way to mark the moment of your birth, or another special moment between you and your mum. Type in a place, date and time, and a map of the night sky as it looked in that moment will be generated, to be printed, framed (if you like) and delivered to your mum. There’s also the option of a dual chart, for a great joint gift idea. Other Mother’s Day-friendly options from Posterhaste include dual heart map prints, and personalised journey posters, which list all the adventures you’ve enjoyed together.
Biscuiteers Mother's Day bouquet luxe biscuit tin: £45, Biscuiteers
Although these are fairly pricey biscuits, this beautiful box of edible blooms is a gift most mums would be delighted to receive – our parental guinea pig described them as "a stunning, luxurious present." They’re gorgeously iced and packaged, with a delicate vanilla flavour – plus your mum can use the pretty tin as a keepsake box. For an extra £5, one of the biscuits can be iced with a personal message of up to 26 characters.
The Papercut Emporium framed personalised family home mood light papercut: £29.99, The Papercut Emporium
Gone are the days when personalised papercuts cost the earth. This Mother’s Day bestseller can be designed to feature a family group of your choice, plus a personal message of up to 60 characters. The image also lights up, via an LED powered by three AA batteries in the back of the frame (not included). Other options from The Papercut Emporium include a classic framed family-tree papercut, and the Mummy + Me range of cute animal papercuts. Delivery – which costs £3.95, or free for second class – is offered within just one to two days, making this a thoughtful last-minute gift.
i heart Wines personalised prosecco: £19.99, i heart Wines
Supply a photograph of your choice, and i heart Wines will add it to the front of a bottle of prosecco, along with the name of who you "heart" this Mother’s Day – whether that’s your mum, your gran, or just yourself. The prosecco itself is dry, fruity and easy to drink, and securely delivered in a gift-worthy box. Delivery is within four to five working days of placing your order, and costs £4.50 for up to eight bottles, so you might want to think ahead to Father’s Day, too.
Bubblegum Balloons personalised 1st Mother's Day bubble balloon: £30, Bubblegum Balloons
Whether it’s her first Mother’s Day or her 50th, there’s a balloon for any occasion on the online balloon emporium Bubblegum. But sometimes, bigger is better – and a giant, confetti-filled balloon, delivered ready to float out of its box on opening, makes a lovely gift. For an additional £1.50, you can personalise your balloon with up to 30 flowing cursive characters. With a variety of colours and tails available, they’re an unusual and very pretty way of showing mum you care.
The Perfume Studio design your own fragrance gift set: £49, The Perfume Studio
If your mum loves perfume, these bespoke kits make a great gift. Choose a scent style, from Exotic, Floral, Fresh or Natural, and she’ll be sent a kit to build her own fragrance. Each box comes with an atomiser (which can be personalised for an extra £5) and six perfume blends, pipettes and scent strips. The how-to booklet is clear and easy to follow, and choosing the scents which will make up your unique fragrance is great fun (the booklet advises you have some coffee beans to hand to sniff between samples). If she’s a serious perfume lover, £99 will get you the Ultimate Collection, featuring all 18 blends for her to play with.
Land's End medium embroidered open top tote bag: £40, Land’s End
Spring has sprung, so get mum in the mood for warmer days with this nautical-themed cotton tote bag. Embroidered with colourful boats, you’ve also got the option of adding a three-initial monogram – also embroidered – for an additional £3.50. Interior and exterior pockets and an integral key fob make sure this sturdy bag is practical as well as pretty.
Merci Maman personalised eternity necklace: From £79.99, Getting Personal
When designing this personalised eternity necklace at Merci Maman, you can choose from three lengths of chain, sterling silver or 18ct gold, and up to 30 characters, engraved onto a classic circle charm – from your name to a personal message. Delivered in a pretty orange box with a white bow, the engraving is done by hand in cursive script for an individual look. Delivery is £3.99, and your order will be dispatched within four working days.
Norma Dorothy "thank you mum" personalised candle: £32, Norma Dorothy
As well as notebooks, chopping boards and coasters, Norma Dorothy personalise their stylish matte-white candle holders with up to 25 characters. Five scents of natural-wax candle are available, including Velvet Rose and Oud, and Orange and Cinnamon, and each candle comes packaged in a lovely gift box. With a 40-hour burn time, this is a gift that will last.
Cartwright & Butler create your own hamper: From £10, Cartwright & Butler
Create a bundle of goodies you can be certain your mum will love by designing a bespoke hamper from purveyors of teatime treats Cartwright & Butler. Start by choosing your packaging from a range of gift boxes, attractive crates and metal or wicker hampers. Then fill your choice with a selection of treats, including biscuits, teas and coffees, chutney, cakes and confectionery. Each item is beautifully packaged, and everything tastes every bit as delicious as it looks. You can create a hamper from as little as £10, and delivery is free over £40, taking three to five working days to arrive – next day delivery is also available if you’ve left it to the last minute.
Find My Past DNA test kit: £79, Find My Past
What could be more personal than finding out exactly where you came from? This kit breaks down the information in your DNA – captured using a mouth swab in an easy-to-use kit – and uses it to compile an ethnicity breakdown, a look at your regional ancestry, and help you compile a family tree. Find My Past also has the biggest online collection of British and Irish records, which you can browse once you’ve received your results.
Lily O’Brien’s keepsake photo box, 60 chocolates, 790g: £30, Lily O’Brien’s
Mums with a sweet tooth will love this keepsake box of chocolates, which includes a personal photograph printed in the lid. A selection of 60 chocolates, taken from Lily O’Brien’s Elite Collection, includes key lime pie, Himalayan salted caramel and honeycomb flavours. Our chocolate-loving tester praised the "beautiful packaging and exciting fillings, with delicious, smooth, thick chocolate", concluding, "these are the real deal." Choose your layout, upload up to three photographs, and your personal box of chocs will be delivered within three to five working days – just add £4.50 for delivery. Those on a tighter budget can plump for a 30 or 18-chocolate box.
The Oak and Rope Company personalised rolling pin: From £45, The Oak and Rope Company
If your mum’s a keen cook, help her make her mark on homemade pies with this hand-carved roller, which imprints the baker’s name into pastry or dough. A small rolling pin with up to eight characters is £45, rising to £71 for a full-sized pin with 10-20 personalised letters. Postage is £9.50. They might seem a bit pricey, but each pin is hand-carved from sustainable oak, packaged in hessian, and makes a lovely gift for mums who cook up a storm.
Snakehive London Pastel Collection phone case: From £26.95, Snakehive London
There are seemingly endless ways of personalising your phone case, but the pretty pastel hues of this real-leather range make them our winner. Colours include lilac, mint green and sky blue, and each case can be embossed with your chosen initials in natural, polished silver, ambient gold or rose gold. Available for Apple, Huawei, LG and Motorola phones, Snakehive offers a huge range of personalised phone cases for most other models, too.
Firebox two-faced Mushion: £19.99, Firebox
If your mum’s got a quirky sense of humour, she could be the ideal recipient of a Mushion. Upload two photos – you and a sibling, you and a family pet, you and your mum – and they’ll be printed onto either side of a squishy cushion. It’s the perfect way to ensure you stay at the forefront of her mind every day – you can also choose from single-faced and monster Mushions. UK orders take five to seven working days to make, and allow one to two days for delivery. There’s a risk this is a gift that’ll eventually be relegated to the spare room, but you’ll have fun watching her open it.
The verdict: Personalised Mother’s Day gifts
The star map from Posterhaste is a unique and beautiful way of showing Mum your appreciation, while a personalised Papercut mood light also offers that perfect personal touch. For a gift to be delivered, a personalised Mother’s Day balloon is fun with added wow factor, while the design your own fragrance kit is a pricier option, but makes a sweet-smelling gift for perfume-lovers.
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