Unique gift ideas to surprise your mum on Mother’s day

Mothers are on call 24-7, 365 days a year, so take the opportunity this Mother’s Day to spoil yours with a thoughtful gift to show your appreciation. Although flowers and brunch are always appreciated, think outside the box to find something personal that she’ll really enjoy. Here are a few ideas for unique Mother’s Day gifts sure to put a smile on her face.

1. Personalised photo book

Mother’s Day gift ideas go DIY with personalised photo books. Dig out your gold-star family photos and mount them in a glossy printed album for her to treasure. You can pick and choose from a range of layouts, cut-out styles and sizes to find just the right fit.

2. Custom-made terrarium

If you just can’t fathom a Mother’s Day without flowers, give a bouquet housed in a work of art. Hand-crafted glass and copper terrariums add bursts of greenery to home or work spaces, while reflecting the light to rather dazzling effect. Just fill this mini-greenhouse with fresh-cut floral blooms or fragrant moss and ferns. If your mum isn’t known for her green thumb, opt for succulents that are easy to care for.

3. Book and a brew subscription box

Subscription boxes are the gift that keeps on giving – and there are plenty of options out there to spoil her rotten. Give the gift of cosy relaxation with the ‘Book and a Brew’ box, which pairs a page-turning work of fiction with a box of high-end tea each month. You can go for a one-off just for Mother’s Day or keep the mystery boxes coming all year long.

4. Noise-cancelling headphones

Chronically sleep-deprived mothers appreciate a good night’s snooze over any box of chocolates. Noise-cancelling headphones are a godsend for light sleepers, as are designs like SleepPhones which lull users to sleep with the soft music, podcast or white noise of their choice. With speakers tucked into a plush headband, there aren’t any bulky ear buds to get in her way.

5. Digital photo keychain

If your mother loves whipping out baby photos to friends and strangers alike, give her a customised photo frame in an ultra-portable size. Pocket-sized portable photo frames can store multiple images and are small enough to fit on a keychain for easy access.

6. DIY wall art

Are your childhood painted handprints still proudly displayed on the refrigerator? Look for Mother’s Day DIY gifts that give your homemade artwork a bit of an upgrade. Canvas-mounted retro photo prints look fantastic alone or positioned in an asymmetric cluster on a bare wall. For maximum emotional impact, choose meaningful family photos or travel memories personalised with inside jokes.

7. Adventure gift experience

Experiences make for some of the most thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts. Rather than the typical spa day or afternoon tea, try planning a day out that your mother will always remember. You can get her adrenaline pumping with a skydiving or abseiling experience, treat her to a scenic helicopter ride, or stay a bit closer to the ground with a Segway tour. Go together and you’ll create lasting memories this year.

8. Personalised jewellery

No matter your mum’s interests, you can find her unique jewellery to suit. A good all-rounder option is to find her a necklace that reminds her of her family. One option is a family names necklace to wear close to her heart, with a series of delicate rings engraved with the names of everyone in your family. As your family grows, you can keep adding new names to the necklace.

9. Kitchen gadgets

You’ll find plenty of unusual Mother’s Day gifts to be used in the kitchen, which is ideal if your mum loves to cook. Does she enjoy making ice lollies and cake pops? Go the extra mile with something a bit quirky like an ice cream sandwich maker, which sandwiches ice cream between cookies or cakes in the shape of your choice.

10. Custom-made hamper

There’s a bevvy of mother-minded gift hampers out there, but like the rest of these gift ideas the best results come when you go DIY. If she loves gardening, fill your hamper with seed packets, floral-printed gloves and herb-scented hand cream. Is she a keen musician? Stock up on guitar strings and music note chocolates.

With a bit of care, you’ll be sure to make this Mother’s Day as special as the lady you’re celebrating.

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