This Is My Third Mother's Day—These Are the 32 Presents I'd Actually Like

Elinor Block
·4-min read

I'll admit that previously I've been a little puritanical about the kind of Mother's Day gifts I'm open to receiving. "They must be practical!" I'd tell my husband, as if by the very fact that I've birthed a human, I no longer deserved "fun" or "silly" items that had no sensible purpose. In a turn that will surprise absolutely no one who has lived through the past year (so, quite literally, the whole world), I'm craving frivolousness.

I don't want useful placemats or serving bowls that are really a present for the whole family. I want seductive perfumes and bright lipsticks and oversize throws, which will inevitably be introduced to sticky yoghurt-covered hands. I've got my eye on a GHD hot brush tool that will help me achieve a K-Mids level blow-dry, even though I'm going nowhere. I also spied a set of six pink candles that are for no one else to look at other than me.

If you find yourself in the same position this year, then come take a look at all the below gifts I've spotted that are great for any kind of budget you're working with. The truth is, I am absolutely happy with a card, but after the past 12 months, if you want something a little more then feel free to copy and paste this link to your other half and drop big hints about what you'd like. Keep scrolling for the 32 presents I'd actually like this Mother's Day.

Under £30

Cire Trudon Set of Six Madeleine Tapered Candles (£22)

A great way to make every place in your home look pretty.

Urban Outfitters Plantophile Bright Dried Flowers Bunch (£18)

Dried flowers are having a moment.

Bordallo Pinheiro Artichoke Earthenware Bowl (£18)

For the chocolates that only you're allowed to eat.

Hay Sowden Bottle (£29)

A way to make your home office look chic.

Re: Stationery Letter ‘a’ A5 Notebook (£22)

You can never have enough stationery.

H&M Large Glass Vase (£18)

Those dried flowers are calling.

Arket Perfume Oil, 8,5 Ml (£22)

Smells like a summer holiday.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (£22)

Hands down, one of the best lipsticks I've ever owned. It also doesn't budge.

Under £50

Missoma Gold Flux Ring (£49)

A timeless piece.

Roxanne Assoulin Initial This Gold-Plated and Enamel Necklace (£50)

Initial jewellery is trending right now.

Astrid Wilson Pim Unframed Print (£45)

A great way to bring some joy into your home.

H&M Washed Linen Dressing Gown (£35)

Such a chic dressing gown.

Aesop + Net Sustain Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser, 500ml (£33)

The closest thing I'm getting to a spa right now.

Bella Freud Je T'Aime Jane Scented Candle (£45)


The Happy Blossoms The Popping Candy Dried Baked Blossom Bunch (£32)

Joyful blooms.

Skin Gym Jade Gua Sha Crystal Sculpty (£39)

I guarantee your skin will thank you for this.

Under £100

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream (£60)

Easily the best moisturiser I've used in recent years.

Miller Harris Rose Silence (£80)

A rose perfume that beats all the others.

COS Leather Crossbody Bag (£89)

This actually looks designer.

Dora Larsen Paige Lace Trim Underwire Bra (£56)

One of my favourite lingerie brands.

Mango Leather-Effect Double-Breasted Suit Jacket - Women | Mango United Kingdom (£70)

Leather blazers are having a moment. Plus, this is wipe clean.

& Other Stories Oversized Boxy Robe Cardigan (£85)

A great spring knit.

Assouline Capri Dolce Vita by Cesare Cunaccia Hardcover Book (£70)

Get your summer holiday fix here.

Urbanears Alby Ultra Violet (£60)

For when you want some peace and quiet.

£100 and up

Iris & Ink Caryl Mélange Cashmere Sweater (£165)


Rixo Lucile Floral-Print Crepe Dress (£275)

You might not have anywhere to wear this now, but when you can, you're going to look amazing.

Ganni Chunky Recycled-Rubber Chelsea Boots (£230)

OK, these are pretty practical, but they're also very on-trend.

Drinkamie Rosé (£160)

A case of 12 bottles of wine? Don't mind if I do.

Slow Down Studio Perry Throw (£166)

Either put this up as a wall hanging or drape it over your bed.

GHD Rise Professional Hot Brush (£169)

Easy blow-dries incoming.

Thomas Sabo Earrings Circles Gold (£149)

A twist on the classic gold hoops that you'll want to wear all the time.

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