The 11 Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas that Aren’t Stuff

Mother’s Day is the one day of the year (besides her birthday) that is all about taking care of mum instead of the other way around.

While it may seem cute to get her another mug that says we love mum, or one that has a picture of the kids, eventually those cute things will just end up as more clutter that she needs to clean and manage.

So unless she specifically hints for a new mug (Gee, I could really use a new mug) or personalised jewellery, why not get her something that lets her relax? A little something that lets mum take a break from #mumlife? A little something where she is making a memory with her kids and family?

Luckily the 11 experience gifts below are the little somethings you have been looking for (and she will be delighted to receive).

These gifts come with the added insurance of being redeemable for up to two years so she can use these experiences when she is ready.

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1. Coupons

Giving mum some sweet (budget-friendly) coupons that give her things like “a night off from cooking” or “a 20-minute foot massage” are sure to be a hit. There are even blank coupons that can be personalised just for her with things that would make her happy.

If mum has younger kids, there is even a set that can be coloured in for the extra sweetness factor.

When mum has redeemed her coupons, they can be recycled. No waste and no clutter for mum to deal with later.

2. Subscription to Readly (3,6,or 12 Months Available)

Let mum read any magazine or newspaper she fancies with this subscription. She can use this on up to 5 devices and may be willing to share if you are good. She can even download what she wants to read offline.

Be sure to include some coupons that give her time to read them, too.

3. Piglet’s Pantry Tea for Four

Give mum a lovely afternoon tea from the comfort of home with this gift delivered right to your door.

There is a Vegan option available, too!

Fancy taking her out for afternoon tea instead?

Why not try afternoon tea in your own private dome in London’s Secret Garden? (Includes champagne, too).

4. Hello Fresh’s 4 Week 4 Meal Kit for 4

Yes, that’s a lot of 4s.

While mum may ultimately make these meals, at least there is a whole month of no planning or measuring on her part.

These will be 4 meals each week that are already planned, measured and just need throwing together.

So easy that she may enjoy making the meals after a long day. (Just make sure she isn’t the one cleaning up).

5. A Massage

While mum loves her family more fiercely than anything in the world, she won’t fight you if you send her to time out. At a spa. For a quiet massage. Alone.

She will come back a new mum and ready to deal with your shite for another year.

6. Facial

Giving mum a facial to relax her face from all the mum scowling she has to do will leave her feeling fresh, glowing and most importantly looking and feeling like she’s in a fabulous mood.

You may even want to give her more than one.

7. Scalp, Neck and Shoulder Massage

If mum could get one area of her body worked on. This. Is. It. 25 minutes of getting her head, neck and shoulders massaged.

All the stress she carries in those very areas being rubbed away. Bliss.

Spoil her and get her two. Seriously. One won’t be enough.

8. A Night Out in a Hotel. Alone.

Possibly a controversial gift to send mum away alone as a Mother’s Day gift, but let’s be real, sometimes mums need a break.

She probably hasn’t had a great night’s sleep in ages. She also probably hasn’t had a full day of taking care of just herself since well before kids. This gift gives her a good night’s sleep, meals she doesn’t have to cook or clean, a room, a toilet and shower she doesn’t have to clean (and won’t be interrupted when she uses them). Oh, and it includes a spa treatment.

If you have a bigger budget, this is the ultimate gift, in my opinion. Hint, hint, hubby.

9. Fun Family Activities

Ok, so maybe not all mums want a break from their kids. If more family time is what she craves then take mum out for something fun and make some memories.

You can even make the experience a surprise and prebook. Then just bring her to the experience and record her reaction.

Have fun with this.

10. Classes

Does mum like learning new things or crafting? Then give her the gift of learning and let her try her hand at something like canning, crocheting, painting, or chocolate making.

Doing something creative has been proven to reduce stress, free up mind space, and help you cope with modern life.

Classes are available in person and online so mum can do what she is most comfortable with.

11. Photo Album

And if you want to give a tangible gift, make an album of her being a mum.

Chances are her phone is full of pictures and videos of her kids, but because she is taking them, she’s not in them.

So putting together an album of her with her kids will give her a different perspective when she looks back on motherhood.

The Best Mother’s Day Gifts

Ultimately mum just wants time with her family and possibly some pampering whether it’s a foot massage from her 6-year-old or a family outing to see her favourite football team play. It doesn’t have to be big and fancy as long as the day doesn’t create more work for her because ultimately Mother’s Day should be a day off for her.

Feel free to bookmark this as these would make amazing birthday gifts for mum, too.

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The 23 Best Mother’s Day Gifts That Not Only Take Care of Mum But the Planet, Too!

Mother’s Day is an easy holiday for those wishing to give a gift.


Because mums, step-mums, grandmas, or any other mother-figure in your life basically like everything and anything given to them on Mother’s Day (and let’s be honest will fake it if they don’t). They just enjoy the recognition and being taken care of for a change.

So instead of approaching the day in a panic thinking ‘what do I get?’, think about what a mum lacks every other day of the year. Time to herself? Sleep? Pampering? Having control over the telly? Being able to sing to her favourite songs on the radio without someone complaining? If her kids are older, chances are she just wants more time with them so lunch dates, family nights, and meals she doesn’t have to cook would all be a treat.

Giving her those things may not seem like a lot but will mean the world to her.

The gifts below can be made as simple or extravagant as you want, and each has been selected because you 1. are supporting a small, local business, and 2. the items are sustainable, shipped sustainably, are ethically made, vegan or cruelty free, and no nasty chemicals.

Everything mum deserves and eco-friendly. #winning

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1. Coupons

Whether you make them yourself or grab some cute ones like these at Etsy, you have a completely customisable and thoughtful gift that could include things she wants every year like a 1 hour Play with Mum’s Hair coupon.

You can even pick a coupon and add an extra little pampering treat from the gifts below.

Head Care

Mum’s heads are constantly going a million miles an hour juggling never-ending to-do lists, schedules, appointments, work, the house and so on, so giving her a way to relax her pretty little head would naturally be a great gift.

If you give her the 1 Hour Play with Mum’s Hair coupon then using a new brush on her for like an hour would make the gift just. Spot. On.

2. A Wooden Hair Brush

This lovely brush is made from bamboo and natural rubber. The bamboo pins will gently massage mum’s scalp and increase circulation.

It’s shipped in plastic free packaging and for every product purchased a tree gets planted. What a lovely way to take care of mum.

3. Scrunchies

Take care of mums hair with scrunchies. The soft fabric will tie mum’s hair back when she showers, washes her face, or has to nip out for a quick gym session without breaking her hair the way traditional hair bands do.

These scrunchies come in lots of colours and are made with bamboo silk so they are totally vegan. No plastic packaging either.


4. Scalp Massager and Serum

Motherhood, at times,has a way of making mum feel like she’s losing her hair (or ready to pull it out herself) so why not help her head out with a silicone scalp massager and some hair growth serum.

It smells lovely and the massage is sure to relax mum after a long day.


5. Shampoo and Conditioner

While shampoo and conditioner may not seem like a great Mother’s Day Gift, if you combine it with a couple things like the scrunchies and brush, you have created a head pampering package that she will surely enjoy.

This set is refillable or recycleable and full of natural, vegan ingredients that promote healthy, shiny hair. What’s not to love?


A Good Night’s Sleep

Chances are mum’s last good night’s sleep was so long ago she won’t remember, so letting mum have a lie in (or a nap) with a few things to make it extra restful will let her recharge her batteries and make her more happy to see you when she wakes.

6. Lavender Pillow Spray

This calming, gorgeous scent of pillow spray will help send mum off into a deep relaxing sleep. (Can also be used as a room freshener).

The ingredients are organic and include Soil Associaltion Certified alcohol. You can even choose the colour of glass bottle from purple, blue, or brown.

7. Bamboo Silk Pillow Case

Protect mums hair and reduce wrinkles with this. Silk pillow cases don’t draw moisture from the skin and hair and are naturally antibacterial which will keep mum’s skin clear, too.

This one is made from Bamboo silk and is a great vegan alternative to silk that isn’t plastic like satin.

100% Silk with Cotton Underside

If you aren’t looking for a vegan pillow case, then you can grab this silk and cotton pillow case that is OEKO-TEX certified meaning it is eco-friendly and non-toxic. The cotton underside means no slipping pillow.

Both pillow cases are curly hair friendly, and you have a choice of sizes and colours, too.

8. Warming Eye Pillow

If mum ever gets headaches (ha, of course she does) then this warming eye pillow will help soothe her head.

The pillows use whole corn kernals and cotton fabric. They can be warmed in the microwave or cooled in the freezer is she wants to soothe puffy eyes.


Hand and Foot Care

Mums are constantly running around using there hands and being on their feet all day long. Here’s some treats to show them a little love. These go really well with foot massage (or pedicure) coupons, too. Just sayin’.

9. Foot Balm

Offering mum a foot massage for Mother’s Day? Then grab some foot balm to make for a complete foot pampering package.

This foot balm uses organic, fair trade ingredients, is vegan and cruelty free. A little goes a long way so feel free to use this balm on rough elbows and knees, too.

10. Cozy Bamboo Socks

A natural compliment to the foot balm, cozy socks will help mum’s feet soak in all that moisture and leave her feet extra soft.

Bamboo is a sustainable material making these comfy socks eco-friendly, too. This company also donates a pair of socks for every pair sold.


11. Cotton Gloves

If you are taking care of mum’s hands then a pair of cotton gloves are perfect for moisturising her hands while she sleeps. Have her put on her favourite cream and then lock that moisture in with these gloves.

The gloves are 100% cotton and come in sets of two so mum always has a clean pair.


12. Nail Polish

Did you give mum a coupon for a manicure or pedicure? These Aura Organics nail polishes come in 9 fun colours (like fiery chilli in the photo) that are vegan and even more importantly, low-toxic.

If you want to get a full pamper set you can grab the full Low Toxic Manicure and Pedicure set that includes a low toxic base coat, top coat, colour of your choice as well as a bottle of organic cuticle oil, toe separators, nail file, and cuticle stick.

A Hot Drink and Treats

Chances are mum can’t remember the last time she had a hot drink the first time she made it. Her day probably consists of making her tea, getting interrupted and either reheating the tea or semi enjoying iced tea. Help a mama out and give her the hot drink she’s been longing for.

13. Insulated Drink Cup

These stainless steel mugs are double lined to keep your drink hot (or cold if you fancy) and come in a variety of colours. You can even have it personalised for mum so no one tries to take it,


14. Insulated Travel Cup

Does mum get her hot drinks on the go? Whether she makes a drink at home or gets it at the coffee shop, she will be able to enjoy her hot drink (while it’s hot) in a super cute cup.


15. Yummy Treats

What mum doesn’t occasionally enjoy a sweet treat with her hot tea or coffee?

Create your own version of afternoon tea with these yummy brownies with customisable toppings. Maybe she’ll share.

Need gluten free treats? Try these Gluten Free Burnt Butter Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Need vegan treats? Try these Vegan Mini Donuts. You get to choose up to 3 flavours in a box like cookies and cream. Yum.

An At-Home Spa Day

If you have a bath tub, put it to good use. Give her some time for a long soak with a playlist of her choice and go away. Let her enjoy it as long as she needs.

16. Bubble Bath

Give mum a plastic free bubble bath that contains no nasty chemicals. Did I mention they smell amazing, too?

17. Face Mask

Want to give mum a mini facial? While she soaks in a bubbly bath alone?

Then try these Serum Sheet face masks. They are shipped in recyclable backaging are biodegradeable masks with no plastic. The ingredients are natural and smell lovely.

Pop the mask in the fridge before mum uses it if she wants a cooling effect.

18. Candle

Nothing like candles to make the bathroom smell nice or to create relaxing mood lighting.

The candles are soy based and come in a lovely copper tin. The packaging is plastic free, too.

19. Loofah

A natural, plant-based alternative to plastic scrubbers in the shop, these loofahs come in a pack of two in plastic-free packaging.

The perfect addition to mum’s bubble bath.

20. Body Cream

Finish mum’s bath experience with some lovely, moisturising body cream.

FunkySoapLondon’s organic cream goes on lovely and comes in a beautiful, glass bottle with an aluminum lid making it 100% recyclable.


Give Her the Remote for a Day

Mum may have different tastes in movies and TV shows, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve some time picking what you watch.

Most likely she has watched countless, shit, cartoons on repeat to appease her young children.

She deserves this. More than once.

21. A Handkerchief

If mum likes dramas or rom coms, chances are she may need a tissue.

A set of handkerchiefs means she can wash and reuse them again and again instead of using countless disposables.

These beautiful hankies are handprinted designs on certified organic cotton.

22. Popcorn

Create a home cinema experience by getting mum some fancy popcorn to enjoy with her favourite film.

This fun box of pop your own includes 3 different, natural ingredient seasonings; caramel crisp, sugar and spice, and chilli and lemon.

23. A Cozy Weighted Blanket

There’s just something about curling up on the couch to watch a movie that makes one want to snuggle under a blanket.

If you are giving mum the remote for a day, maybe include a blanket for her to snuggle up in.

This blanket is 100% linen and filled with glass beads. The weight will make her feel like she’s being held even if everyone abandons her over her film choice.

This blanket is so good, it may end up on her bed, too.

Give Mum What She Wants (Honestly)

Mums just want time with their families (with some time alone sprinkled in to recharge from all the time with their family).

While personalised gifts, jewellery and flowers are nice, a gift that makes her life a little less chaotic once in a while is something that will never go out of style, collect dust somewhere, or be given away later on down the road.

Let me know in the comments below what gifts have been the biggest hits for the special mum in your life.

Need more ideas? Try The Gift of She-Time a plethora of spa gift boxes over at Etsy to help mum relax.

You can also check out The 11 Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas that Aren’t Stuff if you are looking for experience gifts just for mum.