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The 31 Best Gifts (That You Can Buy on Amazon) for Every Type of Mum

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Mother’s Day this year is on Sunday 14 March. And while not all mums are the same, most mums are tricky to buy for. Which means you may find yourself staring down an Interflora order form, wondering if a bouquet of 30 roses says “Thanks for raising me.” Or considering which thoughtful gift will be most appropriate for a contactless drop-off. Don’t fret; we’re here to help. We’ve put our heads together to source the best kinds of gift for any mum, from glam mums to outdoorsy mums via book-club mums and “I don’t want anything” mums. Here are 31 options, for every type of mum, that you can buy on Amazon. And better still, we’ve checked to make sure all these gifts will arrive in time Mother’s Day.

For the mum who’ll have a glass of prosecco, but just the one

This nifty stopper keeps the fizz in for days.

For the mum who prefers Champagne to prosecco

An all-natural luxury candle with up to 32 hours of burn time.

For the hydrated mum

From £19

It’s hard to go wrong with a bottle from Chilly’s.

For the dehydrated mum

We like the slightly pharmaceutical design of this super-hydrating hand cream.

For the brand-new mum

For the new mum

An all-natural moisturiser, which can be used on the most sensitive of skin (be it mum or baby).

For the mum who’s just gotten into podcasts

Enacfire Wireless Headphones

These wireless earbuds came highly-rated according to Amazon reviewers, and they’re affordable, too — so if your mum loses one, it’s not a big deal.

For the mum who got a Fitbit for Christmas

Supersoft and slate grey, this beanie will keep her head warm while she gets her steps in.

For the mum who’s low maintenance but her skin isn’t

For the mum who’s obsessed with the dog

For the mum who’s obsessed with the cat

Available in a variety of colours, but we think the lilac is fetching.

For the mum who’s in a Zoom book club

A Kindle Paperwhite is superlight with a long life battery, and it’s waterproof to boot.

Maybe add in this Kindle cover which acts like a book jacket — when you open it, your Kindle wakes, and when you close it, your Kindle goes to sleep.

And some books to go on it

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Open Water is an elegant love story about a boy and a girl who both meet at the same party in a pub — he’s working as a photographer, she’s attending. It’s poetic, short, and perfect for the mum who misses people-watching.

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If she’s finished the Netflix series, there are eight Bridgerton books to get through (one for each sibling).

For the mum who prefers an audiobook

Nikesh Shukla, author of The Boxer, calls Dear Girls, which is also read by Ali Wong, “the perfect marriage” of stand-up and audiobooks.

For the mum who painted your room the second you left home

For the mum who’s a beginner plant mum

A clever doodad that waters plants, even when you forget.

And don’t forget a plant to water.

For the mum who reads the restaurant menu in advance

Black Axe Mangal

Until restaurants open again, the Black Axe Mangal cookbook will have to suffice.

For the mum who only drinks looseleaf tea

This infuser teapot means she can sip on sencha, with no faff.

For the mum who’s more of a coffee drinker

Contributor Sirin Kale uses this espresso machine every day. “I love this coffee machine on a sort of desperate level,” she writes. “So much so that it’s ruined the experience of going to coffee shops for me — I’ve barely bought takeaway coffees in the past year.”

These porcelain cups work out at £3.50 each.

For the mum who reckons she could get on Bake Off

Strategist managing editor Maxine Builder writes that this dough-rolling bag “is the easiest way I’ve found to roll out my precious pie dough. I just lightly flour the inside, pop the chilled pie dough into the bag, zip it up, then roll it out.”

For the mum who reckons she could get on Countdown

Word Slam

Word Slam comes recommended by board-game designer Will Sorrell for “anyone who spends every Sunday curled up in their favourite chair with the Times crossword.”

For the mum who is pigeon posing her way through lockdown

What to get the mum who already has a mat.

For the mum who keeps losing her phone

A practical gift that will pay for itself.

For the mum who loses her earrings on a fortnightly basis

The little ledge on this jewellery stand will stop earrings and hair grips going walkabout.

For the mum who says she doesn’t want anything


A spaghetti measurer that looks like a Henry Moore sculpture.

For the mum who says she really doesn’t want anything

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The 31 Best Gifts for Every Type of Mum