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35 Mother’s Day Gifts Under £20

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No two mums are alike, so choosing the perfect Mother’s Day gift can be a challenge. Some are outdoorsy, and some are happiest in their comfies, watching a Vera rerun. So whether your mum spent lockdown learning a new skill, has just retired, or is insistent on “something small,” we’ve scoured the internet and the Strategist archives for gift suggestions, all of which come in at under £20. While most of the gifts are available on Amazon, we’ve found some options elsewhere for those who like to shop around. As Mother’s Day is fast approaching, we’ve made a note of the last shipping dates for each item to ensure your gift arrives on time. We’ve also flagged if the item is available on Prime or as an instant Kindle download.

For the mum who hosts coffee morning

Cactus Coasters
£10
£10

This charming set of coasters stacks into a cactus when not in use.

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum with an enviable spice rack

If her cupboards are bursting with cheffy ingredients, she might like the recipes in the new Ottolenghi such as za’tar salmon with tahini.

Last date to purchase: March 27 (Kindle edition).

For the mum with an enviable herb garden

This blade is perfect for finely chopping rosemary or parsley — and can be used on hardier produce like fennel and cabbage too.

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum who is all Zoomed out

A two-player game about constructing a patchwork quilt would be a soothing balm after a day of meetings.

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum who gets the Sunday scaries

This hand-poured, sea-salt-scented candle will take her mind off work tomorrow.

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum who spends Sunday watching Married at First Sight: Australia

A suitably spicy snack.

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum who is doing her first Parkrun

These spiky massagers can be used on arms, legs, shoulders, or anywhere else she might get tension.

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum who got a Monty Don calendar for Christmas

Even if she just has a small balcony, Mum can grow fresh salad leaves and herbs with this seed mat.

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

Here’s a nice terra-cotta pot for her burgeoning salad garden.

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum who is decidedly not green-fingered

£14 for 12

Fake plants don’t have to look so artificial. Case in point: these faux eucalyptus stems.

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

And here’s something to put them in, too.

Last date to purchase: March 22 (Prime).

For the mum who doesn’t know her cobra from her locust

These yoga cards will help her learn the basics.

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum who skips Savasana

Westlab Epsom Salts
£5
£5

If she’s overdone it a bit, these bath salts come recommended by Melanie C (who used them to recover from gruelling choreo sessions).

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum on a health kick

This unpasteurised honey is made in Walthamstow, East London.

Last date to purchase: March 21.

For the mum who only wants a card “and something small” this year

A small but perfectly delicious gift.

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum with a weakness for mini-eggs

A perfect snack (that she could blitz into margaritas).

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum who runs a (Zoom-based) book club

One of the most-talked-about books of the year.

Last date to purchase: March 27 (Kindle edition).

For the mum who has opinions on cold-pressed versus extracted olive oil

A chef-approved olive oil (that’s also a Strategist best seller).

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum who insists on eating dinner at the dinner table

£17 for 12

A simple but charming accent for the dining table.

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum who is in the dictionary under “cosy”

Make working from home feel a little more luxurious.

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime, depending on preferred size and colour).

For the mum who swipes the hotel toiletries

She might like this Italian toothpaste (as seen in Ett Hem in Stockholm and the Gramercy Park Hotel).

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum who always wants to swipe the hotel robe

Get her a soft, elegant robe she can feel truly spoilt in.

Last date to purchase: March 24 (Prime).

For the mum who believes in layering

Super-insulating lambswool in a pleasing purple shade.

Last date to purchase: March 21.

For the mum who likes a glass of Malbec with dinner

Keep her hydrated with a nice-looking carafe.

Last date to purchase: March 21.

For the mum with a five-cup-a-day habit

Not only is this Louisiana coffee a favourite of singer Jake Shears, but the can would be the perfect vessel for her favourite houseplant.

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum on one percent battery

A virtually indestructible, ten-foot charger in a pleasing shade of red.

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum with a guest bathroom

(These towels will look just as good in a nonguest bathroom.)

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum with empty-nest syndrome

This is like a bird box for insects and would look nice in her garden.

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum who harmonises in the kitchen

Photo: retailer

Mariah’s eye-opening autobiography is best experienced via Audible, where the chanteuse sing-songs lyrics and brings the drama.

Last date to purchase: March 27 (Audible edition).

For the mum who bullet journals

This lemon-bright notebook is eye-catching enough not to get left on the kitchen table.

Last date to purchase: March 23 (Prime).

Edding 55 Fineliner
£12 for 10

How about a nice pen to go with it? This was one of the highest-rated pens when Strategist UK editors tested 87 different options. The gel ink allows for a nice flow, but crucially, it dries quickly — so no smudging.

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum who insists on making her own short-crust pastry

Perfect for next-level baking.

Last date to purchase: March 24 (Prime).

For the mum who insists on viewing every piece at the Tate

A who’s who of Surrealist artists (including Salvador Dalí and René Magritte) feature in this 1,000-piece jigsaw.

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum who is on #skintok

These sheet masks featured in the Strategist 100 — our list of our most stood-behind items.

Last date to purchase: March 25 (Prime).

For the mum who has the robins on a seed-only diet

There is something very charming about a bird on a swinging bench.

Last date to purchase: March 23.

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35 Mother’s Day Gifts Under £20