Mums are often there for the most important times in our lives. But sometimes, when it comes to buying for those special mums, it can be hard to know what the best gift is to get her.
It doesn't always have to be an oversized or extremely expensive gift to be sentimental or something they'll enjoy. Small gifts can make a huge impact if you're looking in the right place. From stocking fillers to birthday gifts, or even just a little something to say thanks, small presents can put a big smile on their face.
Whether you're buying for a mother-in-law, mother of your children or your mum, here are our favourite small - but thoughtful - gifts to buy for her.
What should I buy for a mum?
There are loads of gift options out there for women and mums. Firstly, you'll want to think about something they'll really enjoy and can use in their everyday lives. The worst gifts are those that will not be used, or will just be stored away in the back of a cupboard. Need some tips? Here's our best advice when gift-giving for mums.
Hobbies and activities are a great tip
If she's constantly cooking or gardening, that can be a good indication of what to invest in for a gift. Do your research on the things she likes the most. There are lots of gifts out there for creative skills like painting or writing, as well as things like wellness and self-care that she'll really be able to get use out of. Just make sure she'll actually be able to use these things.
Think about what she'll use
Is she an avid beauty fan? Does she like collecting perfume? Does she non-stop drink a certain brand of tea? These can also be hints at what she'll love in a smaller gift. It doesn't have to be anything hugely extravagant if you know she's going to use it every day.
Don't go overboard
The beauty of buying small gifts is that they can be even more thoughtful than larger gifts. You don't have to go all-out crazy if you know it's something she's going to love. Don't overdo it and buy tonnes of things she won't use or doesn't need.
The best small gifts for mum UK 2021
Bali Hai Serenata Flowers
Best small flower gift for mum
You can never go wrong with flowers for Mum. We love this Bali Hai bunch from Serenata Flowers - under £30 for a bright and beautiful bunch of exotic orchids. If that's not something your mum would like, they have loads of options that can be delivered right to their door.
My Posh Shop Mother And Daughter Infinity Circles Necklace
Best small necklace gift for mum
This necklace is thoughtful and comes in sterling 925 silver, so she'll be able to keep it forever. Linked with two infinity circles, show her how much she means to you. Sweet and simple but something she'll love.
Just Another Manic Mum Day Mug
Best mug git for mum
We all know how hard our favourite mums work and there's nothing like a good cuppa to relax with. Treat her to this sweet and hilarious mug, with 'just another manic mum-day' text on.
No7 Skincare Treats The Discovery Collection Gift Set
Best skin care small gift for mum
Every Mum deserves a good skincare collection to keep them feeling pampered. No7 is a great go-to brand and this discovery set has everything including day cream, night cream, face polish, cleaner and serum that they can top up their collection with.
Pinch of Nom Comfort Food
Best book gift for mum
Pinch of Nom is loved by many home cooks, and we love this comfort food recipe book. Jam-packed with loads of delish recipes, this is a great one for any foodie mums out there.
The Lakes Distillery Mini Gin, 3x 5cl
Best small gin set for mums
Got a mum who loves a tipple or two? The Lakes Distillery mini set is perfect for a small tasting gift set. They'll be able to taste a variety of gins including an elderflower liqueur, pink grapefruit and classic gins too.
Champneys Scents of Wellness Candle Gift Set
Best candle gift for mums
Candles are a perfect small gift if they love homeware and wellness. Champneys Spa always has great gift sets and this smaller option includes their iconic spa scents. Light up their day with this candle collection.
Mosteck Outdoor Wind Chimes
Best garden small gift for mum
There's nothing better than topping up your garden with fresh new fairy lights or garden accessories. If your mum has green fingers, this light-up outdoor wind chime is a perfect gift that will make her smile,
Plant Theatre Bonsai Kit Trio - Grow Your Own
Best small plant gift for mum
Bonsai trees are a great small but useful gift. With this trio kit, they can make their own bonsai trees grow from their own home. All you need to do is sow the seeds and wait for them to blossom. If you want to make this gift even better, you can buy some special plant pots to put the bonsai trees in.
Philip Jones Silver Plated Mum Bracelet
Best bracelet gift for mums
Dazzle her with this stunning Philip Jones bracelet she can wear everywhere. Made from Austrian crystals and silver-plated, she'll never have to take it off. We love that it has 'Mum' on, to make it extra special.
Bloom Boutique Create Your Own Family Birthstone Bracelet
Best gemstone bracelet for mums
If she prefers gems on her jewellery, this Bloom Boutique personalised bracelet may be a great choice. You can choose the gems you want on the bracelet, and make up your family's birthstone. Something to add to her collection with real sentimental value.
Pandora 'Love You Mum' Infinity Heart Charm
Best Pandora charm for mum
Pandora is a great popular option for sisters, girlfriends and mums alike. This charm is made for those mums out there, engraved with 'Love you Mum' on a heart-shaped charm with infinity symbols wrapped around it. She can add it to her Pandora bracelet or necklace and carry it around everywhere she goes.
Oliver Bonas DIY Crochet Cacti Kit
Best crochet gift set for mum
Creative gifts can come in handy for those smaller gifts, so if your mum likes to get her hands on crochet and knitting, you should grab her this Oliver Bonas DIY set. She can crochet her own cactus and keep it in her home when she's finished.
GLOSSYBOX X Mother & Baby Limited Edition
Best beauty box for mums
Beauty boxes always come in handy as gifts if you're unsure what to get. Whether she loves her beauty, or you just want to treat her with a gift, this small beauty box from our Mother & Baby partnership with GLOSSYBOX is sure to make her smile. Filled with hair lotions, skin oils and more, tailored for expecting mums, new mums and our favourite women.
Oliver Bonas Livia Peach Pink Glass Storage Pot Small
Best jewellery box gift for mums
Oliver Bonas does loads of small trinkets and jewellery gifts that you can buy. We love this peach-pink jewellery box she can store all her favourite rings, necklaces and earrings in.
Oliver Bonas Rose Quartz Face Roller
Best face roller gift for mums
Face rollers have become huge in the wellness areas over the past year. If you want to get her something small that she can use every day for her skincare routine, this rose quartz face roller is luxurious and really cute.
The Flat Lay Co. Drawstring Makeup Bag - Pink Velvet
Best makeup bag gift for mums
The Flat Lay Co. has perfect small gift options for any beauty or makeup fans. These bags close up compact but open up big and efficiently, making them a perfect option for someone who has lots of products but wants easy access. They come in lots of colours and fabrics so find the right one to suit who you're buying for.
Awesome Quotes for Strong Women book
Best inspirational gift for mums
Books are always a great smaller option to add in stockings or on smaller occasions. This Awesome Quotes for Strong Women book is great for any feminist and empowered woman out there. Filled with loads of motivational quotes, this works perfectly as a coffee table book or bedside read.
Miss Patisserie Milk and Honey Gelato Bath Ball with Gold Drizzle
Best bath bomb for mums
Pamper her with a bath bomb that she's sure to enjoy. This Gelato Bath Ball is small but impressive, filled with loads of vibrant colours she can soak in. It even has a gold swirl to make bath time extra luxurious.
LUSH Best Sweet Treats Bath Bomb Duo Set
Best bath bomb set for mums
If you want double bath goodies, LUSH have this bestselling duo set that your mum can enjoy for just over £10. Filled with loads of natural oils, these colourful fizzing bombs are a great choice if she loves her self-care.
Relax Lavender Night Set
Best night set for mums
Whether she's a new mum or just likes to relax in the evening, we all know mums deserve a good night sleep. This relaxing night set is full of natural lavender oils to send her to sleep and even includes a lush velvet sleep mask.
Papier Joy Wellness Journal
Best wellness journal gift for mums
Papier is known for their high-quality stationary and journals so if you're looking for a simple gift they can really get stuck into then grab them this wellness journal. Filled with space for daily check-ins, noting thoughts, feelings and habits, as well as a 12-week overview, this self-care journal has it all.
Love You Mum Dairy Milk Bar (200g)
Best chocolate gift for mums
Who doesn't love a bit of chocolate? Cadbury's Dairy Milk does a whole range of bars made with mum in mind. Grab this 'Love You Mum' bar or even personalised chocolate for her. She won't be sharing this one.
Boux Avenue Stripe Satin Slippers
Best slippers gift set for mum
Sometimes there's nothing better than a pair of fluffy slippers. Boux Avenue do loads of slippers you can cosy up in, and we love this option which comes in a matching satin bag. Perfect for gift-giving.
John Lewis & Partners Cashmere Socks, Cream/Pink
Best socks small gift for mums
Cashmere is seriously indulgent and these John Lewis socks are pretty in pink whilst also being super soft. Make her toes cosy with these lovely socks, also available in a light grey stripe design.
Fortnum's Famous Tea Selection, 60 Tea Bags, 120g
Best tea gift set for mums
Fortnum & Mason is a great place for extra special gifts. This tea bag selection is made with those tea-lovers in mind, with their classic choices including traditional English Breakfast, Royal Blend, Earl Grey and more. Let her put up her feet and make a warm brew for her with this selection box.