Five Mother’s Day gift ideas that aren’t flowers or chocolates

Our out-of-the-box gift ideas that’ll make this Mother’s Day her best one yet.

19 Feb 2021

Flowers and chocolates are both nice things. It’s just that neither shows much thought as a gift, especially on Mother’s Day. And once those pralines are gone, they’re gone. This year, why not treat your mum to a thoughtful present you know she’ll love?

We believe that the thought is just as important as the gift itself, so it’d ruin the magic to simply ask her upfront what she’d like for Mother’s Day. Fortunately, we’ve done that bit for you. Here are the top five gift ideas guaranteed to make her smile:


The gift of time

Gorgeous watches are one thing, but gorgeous watches that connect to your phone, track your fitness, let you pay for groceries and feature a handy voice assistant? Well, that’s something else.

She’ll love being able to see texts and notifications on her wrist without needing her smartphone to hand. Plus, customisable watch faces mean she can pair the watch with just about any outfit.

But perhaps the best thing about smartwatches is contactless payments. No more fumbling around for the right credit card – just tap the watch to the card machine, and that’s it. Easy.

If you’re looking to narrow the search, the Samsung Galaxy Watch3 in Mystic Bronze (a beautiful Rose Gold colour) is a solid choice to keep mum happy. She can track her fitness and health, even her sleep. And she can pair it with wireless headphones and control her music with it too- perfect when she wants beats on the go!


Brighten up her day

There’s no limit to the smart tech available out there, and that’s great. But it does make it tricky to choose the perfect gift. If your mum’s just getting started building her dream smart home, a smart lighting kit is the ultimate way to help her get started.

Just like smartwatches, smart lighting connects to her phone and can be activated just by asking a compatible voice assistant. That’s handy if she already has an Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple HomePod speaker. Bulbs come in all shapes and sizes too, so you’re bound to find the right kit.

Most smart lights have both a white and colour option. The white is dimmable, making them ideal for setting the mood while watching a movie. The colour version offers a bit more option. Actually, 16 million more options to be precise. You can pick just about any colour, and even set schedules so that the lights turn on as she arrives home.

If your mum is new to smart home automation, it’s worth considering the Philips Hue White & Colour Ambience Starter Kit. With both white and colour bulbs included, it’s a great way to get the ambience just right in the living room. The lighting system can also be expanded by adding more bulbs. That’s got to be better than flowers, right?


Looking good!

Why not make your mum look and feel amazing with some beauty treats? Even if she can’t pop to the salon for some pampering, you can help her do it at home.

A hamper with some at-home spa stuff, like face masks, a fancy scrub or bubble bath certainly wouldn’t go amiss. That way, she can put her feet up and really enjoy Mother’s Day. But if you want to give her something to help her treat herself after the day is done, maybe think about some beauty tech.

The Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer will get her salon results, minus the expensive blow-out at the hairdressers. But it’ll also save her a load of time too. The powerful motor dries hair super quickly and won’t overheat it either. So she can get shiny, healthy hair every day! And who doesn’t want that?


Stay connected

For a lot of us, seeing our mum face-to-face isn’t an option right now. But the next best thing to meeting up in person is a video call, and a brilliant tablet is the best way to do it.

Tablets are particularly useful because they can pretty much do everything your laptop can in a much more portable form. You can read the news without squinting at a small screen or lose yourself in a box set binge from anywhere.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 makes a super Mother’s Day Gift. It’s fast, easy to use and features two cameras for face to face chats and gorgeous photos. And with Samsung’s Family Share feature, sharing what you’re up to is a piece of cake.


Put some pep in her step

Got a coffee lover on your hands? Then a coffee machine could be the answer. They make get the perfect morning brew incredibly easy. One tap of a button and, hey presto! A barista-style cup without the run to the coffee shop.

And, if you know what her favourite coffee brand is you can get the machine to match. Tassimo coffee makers can serve up hot drinks from big names like Cadbury’s and Costa. While a Dolce Gusto machine will get her favourite Starbucks latte macchiato whipped up in no time.

But if she’s after curated premium coffee blends from all over the world a Nespresso by Magimix Vertuo Next Coffee Machine will do the trick! Whether she likes tiny espressos or a big warming mug, there are plenty of sizes to choose from. And its Centrifusion tech will get that perfect layer of foamy goodness on her coffee.

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