Best Christmas gifts for mum: 20 gift ideas that will make her smile

Abha Shah

December 25 is within sight, but if you’re still unsure of what to get the main woman in your life - don’t panic. We’ve got the perfect gift guide to inspire you.

Shopping for mums can be particularly difficult, especially if she’s tough to shop for in the first place, or insists “your presence is present enough.”

But we both know that’s simply not true. Whether you’re spending the big day together or apart, one thing’s for sure; you’ll want to get her a gift that’s as special as she is.

Where to start? If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the avalanche of choice, we’ve narrowed down the selection to bring you an edit of the best gifts every mum will love.

We have everything from new tech to charming homewares and products designed to pamper and spoil.

See our favourites below

Monica Vinader Fiji Diamond Bar Bracelet

It wouldn't be Christmas without a dusting of ice. This pretty bracelet is guaranteed to delight with its pavé set diamonds and 18ct gold or sterling silver base. What's more you can personalise this bracelet with complimentary engraving from the brand.

From £1,950 | Monica Vinader | Buy it now

Portal TV from Facebook

If you're not able to spend Christmas with your mum, do the next best thing and send her Facebook's new Portal TV device, which will turn her telly into a huge video calling screen. The built-in camera automatically follows you around the room, so you'll always be able to see what the other is doing and it also comes with Alexa integrated so she'll be able to listen to her favourite tracks, display Facebook and Instagram pictures and even check the front door without getting off the sofa.

£149 | Amazon | Buy it now

Ealing Gin

This bottle’s design is just made for showing off. The pastel colourway and Art Deco reminded us of Miami’s dreamy South Beach, but only until we spotted the tube signs hiding within the design.

Ealing Gin is in fact made in west London and is a premium dry gin, floral and slightly peppery with hints of orange and traces of spice.

We like it with a freshly cut wedge of orange and plenty of ice – use a wide balloon-style glass to really let this elegant small batch gin come into its own.

Get the gift-box option which comes in packaging that nicely matches the bottle design, practically doing away with the need for wrapping paper.

£44.50 | Ealing Gin | Buy it now

Oral-B Genius X Blush Pink Electric Toothbrush with Art of Brushing Travel Case

Give the gift of a whiter, brighter smile with the smartest toothbrush on the market. Using AI technology, the Oral B Genius toothbrush twins with an app to give you feedback on your technique after every clean, helping you to improve every time. This set comes with a pretty travel case that can not only charge your brush, but your phone too!

Also available in Rose Gold and an all-black version.

£130 | Boots | Buy it now *On sale from £340

Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Rebalancing Ritual

The days after Christmas can feel anti-climactic to say the least. Give your mum a well-needed boost with this rebalancing beauty set from Rituals, all from the Ayurveda collection.

£29.90 | LookFantastic | Buy it now

Bistro Tiled Margot Monogram Mug

If she's always making you endless cups of tea, turn the tables and let her put up her feet while you make her a brew in one of these letter mugs. Add a matching coaster to make it even more special.

£10 | Anthropologie | Buy it now

The PREEN for Elizabeth Arden Make Up Bag

Get your mitts on this free limited edition makeup bag from Preen filled with eight travel-sized skincare heroes from the house of Elizabeth Arden, only at Debenhams.

Here’s the catch; it’s only available until November 30 (or while stocks last) and you can only get it if you buy two or more products from the Elizabeth Arden counter, one of which must be skincare.

So if you’re stocking up your bathroom cabinet or shopping for other members of your family anyway, scoop this treat for your mum at the same time for free!

Free with any two Elizabeth Arden purchases | Debenhams | Buy it now

Emma Bridgewater Winterberry Small Cake Stand

Her Christmas cake deserves a standing ovation. Give it the glamour it deserves with this beautiful cake stand from Emma Bridgewater, decorated in seasonal style with holly illustrations.

£39.95 | Emma Bridgewater | Buy it now

She may never admit it, but mums adore stockingfillers too. Add these luxe chocs from Hotel Chocolat to her pile; it's packed with delectable goodies such as a Mississippi mud pie slab, Billionaire's Shortbread chocolates, Salted Caramel puddles, a strawberry cheesecake and dizzy praline duo and four delicious fancies.

£18 | Hotel Chocolat | Buy it now

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UGG Women's Turn Cuff Glove

Keep her hands toasty until spring with a pair of luxurious gloves from UGG. Lined with real wool and covered in rich leather and water-resistant sheepskin, they'll keep her warm whatever the weather throws at us.

Also available in black.

£125 | UGG | Buy it now

Jo Malone London House of Jo Malone Home Fragrance Gift Set

Not quite a holiday home, but a home to inspire over the holidays, Jo Malone's impressive London House gift set will allow your mum to scent every room in the house with magical fragrances. The set includes: Lime Basil Mandarin Travel Candle, Pomegranate Noir Travel Candle, English Pear & Freesia Room Spray, Peony & Blush Suede Body & Hand Wash and Lino NelVento Linen Spray.

£136 | John Lewis | Buy it now

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Coach Parker 18 Bag

Surprise her on Christmas morning with this lightweight bag from Coach. Made with smooth calf leather and gold-coloured brass, you can also get this monogrammed for free.

£250 | Coach | Buy it now

Liberty London Sakura Silk Charmeuse Pyjama Set

Give you mum a chance to lounge in style with these luxurious pyjamas designed by Liberty London. The two-piece is made from lovely silk and finished with an opulent Sakura floral print on the front and back.

Not an orange fan? This is also available in navy too.

£425 | Liberty London | Buy it now

Slip Beauty Sleep Gift Set

Your mum deserves glamour around the clock, bedtime included. She'll rest in style with this two=piece gift set from Slip, which comprises a sumptuous eye mask (complete with gold mascara decorations) and a matching Pure Silk Sleep Pillowcase which will protect her skin from pillow creases and her hair from static.

£119 | Cult Beauty | Buy it now

Molton Brown Bizarre Brandy Christmas Body Wash Gift Set

New for the festive season, Molton Brown's Bizarre Brandy is the scent of a sophisticated Christmas, bottled. This set includes a bath & shower gel as well as a body lotion to help the scent last longer; think notes of brandy and coffee, lightened with maple and zesty orange.

£51 | John Lewis | Buy it now

Ted Baker Reversible Leather Slip-Through Strap Watch

Smart and sleek, this round-faced watch from Ted Baker's latest watch collection will make your mum smile. Perfect for work and play, it features a versatile reversible strap so she can change her look when she feels like it.

Also available with tortoiseshell framed face.

£170 | Ted Baker | Buy it now

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Susanne Kaufmann Home Spa Box

Give her the gift of R&R with this luxurious box of travel-sized beauty goodies from skincare supremo Susanne Kaufmann.

£42 | Net-A-Porter | Buy it now

Oliver Bonas Mother of Pearl Cheese Knives Set of Three

If she's more of a cheese-and-crackers than a chocolate pudding for dessert kind of woman, she'll adore these beautiful mother of pearl cheese knives from Oliver Bonas.

£29.50 | Oliver Bonas | Buy it now

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer - Red

If yours is the kind of mum who's forever in the kitchen, she might have this KitchenAid mixer at the top of her wish list. Make her day with this machine, in a suitably festive shade of Rudolph red.

£499.99 | Argos | Buy it now

Merci Maman Personalised Eternity Trio Necklace

Nothing tells your mum you love her more than a personalised necklace. This one from Merci Maman has space to etch names and special dates over three rings. Available in 18ct gold plated and sterling silver.

£99 | Merci Maman | Buy it now

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