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Mother’s Day always seems to always creep up on us, one minute you’re thinking about what to buy her for Christmas and then March rolls around and it’s time to work out how you’re going to top it for Mothering Sunday.
Given the fact non-essential shops remain closed, you’d be forgiven for leaving your shopping to the last minute. But, with just days to go until the big day – Sunday 14 March – it’s time to get your thinking cap on. Luckily, we’re on hand to help.
Whether you usually send a card, a hamper, go all out and gift something thoughtful, or just spend time together, you don’t need us to tell you that this year is going to be a little different, so why not make the day extra special by sending something show-stopping?
Choosing a gift for your mum, or mother figure is of course down to personal preference, and you will know her taste best.
But, we’ve found a selection of last-minute gifts on Amazon that will not only arrive the next day (thank you, Prime delivery) but will also wow her.
From books to bath oil, these gifts prove you’ve still got time to surprise her with something she’s bound to love.
You can trust our independent round-ups. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent.
In order to benefit from these last-minute gift ideas, we’d suggest signing up to Prime, which offers you unlimited free delivery, with the option for your order to arrive on the same day or the next day. The monthly membership costs £7.99, or you can pay an annual sum of £79, and you’ll also be granted access to more than 800,000 free ebooks, prime video and Amazon’s music services. You can also sign up for a 30-day trial to make the most of the next day delivery ahead of Mother’s Day.
The best last-minute gifts for Mother’s Day
Talking Tables Store boho pink glass candlestick holder, 16cm: £12,50, Amazon.co.uk
Trendy candles and candlestick holders are not going anywhere, so why not treat mum to this gorgeous pink number. Send this box of 10 tapered dinner candles (£10.49, Amazon.co.uk) alongside it to make sure she’s ready to display her new holder in style.
Vemacity Store gin glasses, set of 2: £22.99, Amazon.co.uk
If a G&T if your mother figure’s sundowner of choice, upgrade her experience with this set of two large gin glasses, which also comes with a cocktail spoon and a double-sided jigger for making the perfect tipple. If you really want to treat her, send a bottle of her favourite gin alongside the glasses. We’d suggest Slingsby London dry gin (£35.28, Amazon.co.uk), which was highly commended in our guide to the best British gins. It’s an award-winning Yorkshire spirit that “opens up with a thwack of sweet lemon, backed up with notes of grapefruit and just a hint of liquorice, leading to a smooth herbaceous finish,” noted our writer.
Amazon Echo show 5: £39.99, Amazon.co.uk
Smart speakers can do just about anything – from controlling music and playing audiobooks to answering trivial questions and acting as a timer. As such, it’s now considered a household essential. If the queen in your life doesn’t have one yet, we’d suggest considering Amazon’s own-brand models. This particularly device featured in our guide to the best smart speakers, with our writer noting that “Of all Amazon’s Echo devices with screens (there are two other Echo show models with 8in and 10in displays respectively, plus the baseball-sized echo spot with a tiny screen), this one is the best balance of size and capability”.
It also has a front-facing camera, making it ideal for video calls, particularly important in light of the current lockdown and dependency on technology to stay in touch with loved ones. This one is currently reduced by a whopping 50 per cent, too.
‘Shuggie Bain’ by Douglas Stuart, published by Picador: £7.99, Amazon.co.uk
Set in Eighties Glasgow, this is the unforgettable story of young Hugh "Shuggie" Bain who spends his pivotal years in run-down public housing. Exploring Thatcher’s politics, it is a heartbreaking story of addiction, love and sexuality. Stuart’s portrayal of a working-class family is so rarely seen in fiction, for him to do so in such a powerful and all-important way is noteworthy. This is a story between Shuggie and his mother is hard to forget, it’s intimate, challenging and compassionate.
Clare Florist oriental charm bouquet and free chocolates: £30, Amazon.co.uk
Sometimes only flowers will do, and luckily Amazon stocks a range of options that can be delivered for free with Prime delivery. With this particular bright coloured bunch, your mum figure will receive chocolates, and you’ll be able to personalise with a gift message. For more beautiful bouquets, read our guide to the best Mother’s Day flowers.
Tony’s chocolonely milk chocolate five pack: £21.88, Amazon.co.uk
One of our all-time favourite chocolate brands (and soon to be your mum’s too), Tony’s Chocolonely. While we’ve featured here at IndyBest it time and again, this particular five-pack was included in our guide to the best Mother’s Day gifts, under the sustainable presents section owing to the brand’s noteworthy credentials.
“The brand’s chunky bars, which come in a handful of delicious flavours, are recognisable for their unevenly sized shapes, which represent the unfair distribution of profits in the chocolate industry,” noted our writer. Adding that Tony’s Chocoloney “pays above the Fairtrade price, and pays a supplement to help its worker’s families pay for education and other necessities”.
Ethics aside, the taste of these bars never disappoints either, so your mother figure will be in for a real chocolatey treat here.
Ren Clean Skincare Moroccan rose otto bath oil: £27.92, Amazon.co.uk
After what has been a rather turbulent year, we could all do with a little bit of extra R&R, particularly our mother figure, so give the gift of a gorgeous bath. Featuring in our guide to the best bath oils, our writer noted it is the “liquid form of checking into a Moroccan hotel and sliding into a bath filled with rose petals,” which frankly sounds like the dream right now.
“With rose otto, geranium and sesame oils, it boasts stress relieving, anti-inflammatory properties. We love it for the fresh, authentic rose fragrance which makes it feel like a very natural experience. Our skin post-bath was perfectly nourished and perfumed,” she added. You can’t argue with expert testing, so add this to your basket and send it straight to your queen now.
Revlon salon one-step volumizer: £50, Amazon.co.uk
Revlon’s one-step volumizer needs no introduction, the tool has reached cult status after becoming TikTok-famous. But, if you need further persuasion, when we put it to the test, our writer awarded it the best hot brush. We think this would make the ideal gift, particularly since it styles hair with ease and the bristles glide through hair, creating “a salon-worthy blow-dry at an affordable price”.
Moët & Chandon exclusive impérial rosé NV champagne gift box, 12%, 75cl: £41, Amazon.co.uk
“When all else fails, you simply can’t go wrong with champagne,” said our writer in our guide to the best Mother’s Day gifts. As one of the bestselling champagne brands, it’s certainly going to make her smile when it arrives. You might even be able to persuade her to resist drinking it until you can reunite in person, one day soon. But, we wouldn’t blame her if she didn’t.
Slip queen silk pillowcase: £85, Amazon.co.uk
It’s never been more important to get a good night’s kip, and research shows that despite the fact we’ve all had more time than ever to sleep, the quality of our Zs has become worse. In order to help combat this, the IndyBest team compiled a round-up of their favourite products they can’t nod off (or wake up) without.
This Slip pillowcase was heralded as a “beauty hero”. “Unlike standard cotton pillowcases, silk pillowcases allow the skin to breathe and glide, which reduces pressure and creases,” noted our writer. She added that “being less absorbent than your traditional pillowcase, they can also help your skin stay hydrated and keep any recently applied night creams locked in”. A true nighttime essential it would appear. For more sleep inspiration, read our guide to the best silk pillowcases.