Best Christmas gifts for mum: 13 ideas for presents she'll actually want

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You can never be too organised when it comes to Christmas shopping and, before you know it, December 25 will be here.

Often the most difficult recipient to shop for is Mum, so if you're struggling with present ideas for your mum, or the mother figure in your life, Yahoo UK is here to help.

We've curated the ultimate shopping guide full of options from major retailers such as Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Selfridges and more. 

It's the perfect opportunity to show a token of your appreciation, no matter how big or small your budget is.

From delicate jewellery to indulgent beauty bits, here's our selection of treats your Mum will love opening on Christmas Day.

The best Christmas gift ideas 2021 for mums

Roberts Revival iStream 3 DAB+/FM Internet Smart Radio | £199.95 from John Lewis 

Roberts Revival iStream 3 DAB+/FM Internet Smart Radio with Bluetooth
Splash out on a retro Roberts radio for Mum this year

For a stylish radio that has a retro feel with a high-tech design, Roberts is the brand to shop. Adding a pop of colour to any room, it connects via Bluetooth so can play all her favourite songs from a Spotify playlist, has tens of preset radio stations and can be used as an alarm clock too. Our top tip? Chip in with siblings or extended family members to make this a joint gift she's guaranteed to love. 

Cotton Modal Rever Collar Pyjama Set | £29.50 from Marks and Spencer

Cotton Modal Rever Collar Pyjama Set
Soft and machine washable, this cotton pair of pyjamas from Marks and Spencer is a no-brainer Christmas gift

Nothing makes you feel cosy like a super soft set of pyjamas, especially for lounging around the house during the limbo period between Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Available in sizes 6-22, they're made in a regular fit and are designed to keep you cool when it's warm and warm when it's cool.

Kitsch Adjustable Satin Eye Mask | £12.50 from ASOS

Kitsch Adjustable Satin Eye Mask
Don't let light disrupt your beauty sleep with a silk eye mask

We could all do with some TLC this year, and this silk eye mask is a stylish way to help catch 40 winks over the festive period, or simply ensure you always wake up well-rested thanks to the light-blocking design. 

Celestial Pave Huggies | £110 from Missoma 

Missoma celestial pave huggies
Jewellery is always a lovely gift to receive, and these Missoma celestial huggies are no exception

If you're shopping with a larger budget and want to spoil her, consider jewellery. This triple-hooped pair from Missoma's new collection - a brand loved by Meghan Markle, Dua Lipa and Margot Robbie - would make a lovely gift and something she can enjoy wearing everyday or keeping for special occasions. 

Quilted Messenger Bag | £35 from Marks and Spencer 

Quilted Messenger Bag
Smart, simple and easy to style, we love this quilted messenger bag from Marks and Spencer

Taking inspiration from the pillow-style bag trend, this Marks & Spencer quilted cross-body is perfect for adding a stylish touch to her wardrobe, while also coming in very useful for the school run, coffees in the park and any other outing she has planned. It's easy to wipe clean if sticky fingers end up all over it and there's plenty of space to fit the essentials, and then some.  

Le Creuset Stoneware Petite Round Casserole | £21 from John Lewis 

Le Creuset Stoneware Petite Round Casserole
Le Creuset makes long lasting, durable cookware, perfect for a budding chef

When it comes to durable cookware, you can't get much better than Le Creuset. If you're shopping on a budget and can't afford the larger designs, this mini casserole dish is the perfect compromise. If your mum loves cooking, this is the colourful, fun addition she'll enjoy using to whip up a feast – sweet or savoury.

Vieve The Muse Palette | £43 from Cult Beauty 

Vieve The Muse Palette
Vieve's new eyeshadow palette is full of wearable shades for the makeup lover

This stunning new palette from Vieve is a 10-shade range of everyday, wearable colours with a touch of shimmer. For make-up mad mums, it's the perfect present that will see plenty of use. The shades are richly pigmented, long-lasting and easy to blend, it's definitely going on our Christmas list.

BaByliss 9000 Cordless Curling Tong | £179.99 from Boots 

BaByliss 9000 Cordless Curling Tong
Make doing your hair a simple, speedy task thanks to BaByliss's cordless curling tong

For busy mums on the go, consider items that will make her life easier when in a rush for the school run, on the way to work or juggling a million different things. Enter: Babyliss' cordless curling tong, which has no fiddly cables, a heat-up time that takes seconds, 40 minutes of cordless use and a storage case with heat-protective lining so if she wants to top up her curls in the kitchen or the car, it's easily portable.

Velvet Round Jewellery Box | £15 from Marks and Spencer

Velvet Round Jewellery Box
Marks and Spencer is full of budget-friendly Christmas gift ideas, such as this velvet jewellery box

If you don't have the budget for jewellery, why not gift a jewellery box instead? It'll keep all her valuables neat and easy to find, and will stop the dreaded tangle of necklaces. This emerald green velvet zipped design has a pretty gold bee detailing and is very spacious. 

NETTE Spring 1998 scented candle | £60 from Selfridges 

NETTE Spring 1998 scented candle
This luxury candle from NETTE is the perfect home fragrance gift

Indulge your mum, or the mother figure in your life, with a luxury scented candle. Nette is new to the home fragrance scene so it's a unique pick she may not have seen elsewhere. A celebration of spring, the notes include petitgrain, orange flower, magnolia and freesia.

Suelo Ceramic Mini Plant Pots Set of Three | £29.50 from Oliver Bonas 

Suelo Ceramic Mini Plant Pots Set of Three
Create your own mini windowsill garden with this set of mini plant pots from Oliver Bonas

This lush green trio is perfect for a windowsill decoration and brings the outside in without much work. Simply water them from time to time and give the leaves a light dusting when necessary. Perfect for gardening fans, it's ideal if you don't have a garden too. 

Dartington Crystal Glitz Crystal Copa Gin Glasses | £34.55 from Amazon

Dartington Crystal ST2557/13/P Glitz Crystal Copa Gin Glasses
These Dartington Crystal not only look good but are perfect for Christmas cocktails

This set of gin glasses is perfect for enjoying a cocktail or two over the festive period and help mum wind down after a busy, difficult year. Better yet, it's a chance to let her kick her feet up and relax while you take the reins in the kitchen. 

Grenson Nanette Leather Ankle Boots | £325 From Selfridges

Grenson nanette leather ankle boots
These chunky nanette leather ankle boots from Grenson are the perfect way to splurge on your Mum

These chunky black boots from Grenson are a fashion crowd favourite - you may have spotted them on Holly Willoughby recently. Aside from their stylish aesthetic, they're practical and versatile, perfect for winter school runs, coffee dates, running errands as well as able to pair with pretty much everything in mum's wardrobe. Made from 100 percent leather with brass eyelets, if looked after they will last years, making them the perfect investment piece to spoil your mum with. 

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