The best Mother’s Day gifts: homeware items your mum will appreciate

Stuck for inspiration? Why not buy your mum something she can use on a daily basis, like any one of the homeware items we’ve listed below?

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While it’s tempting to order your mother a beautiful bunch of her favourite flowers, studies show that the best gifts are actually those that can be used and appreciated every day. And whereas a box of chocolates will be eaten and quickly forgotten about, a gift that will last for years to come is likely to be preferred more. With those two variables in mind, homeware items, such a piece of tech or a decorative item, are probably more likely to tick the boxes on her secret wishlist. 

Our list features a range of homeware items that could end up being your mum’s new best friend, whether it’s a fancy coffee machine so she can whip up her favourite coffee drink, or a throw that she can pull over herself on a particularly chilly evening. To ensure that you purchase the best Mother’s Day gift for her, take into consideration her hobbies, likes, dislikes and any existing items that she may already have in the house. For example, if your mum loves to bake, a stylish KitchenAid will help her to produce the lightest lemon meringue pie in the world, but if she already has a perfectly okay mixer, there may be something she will appreciate more.

John Lewis and House of Fraser are always safe places to head to for inspiration on stylish, high-end homeware, while you can get hold of some of the most obscure and out of the box items over at Amazon. If she has a completely unique sense of style, you should consider boutique names such as Oliver Bonas, where there’s a fantastic range of quirky homeware items that’ll sure become the talking point when she has the girls over for a natter.

So, get ready to be inspired as we countdown the best Mother’s Day gifts for the home 2018 has to offer!

1. KitchenAid Artisan Standard Mixer

Allow your mum to bake up a storm with the stylishly retro mixer

Specifications
Best for: Bakers
Colour: Candy Apple, Ice Blue, Raspberry Ice, Cast Iron Black, Pistachio or Chrome
Contains: Mixer, bowl, flat beater, dough hooks, flex edge beater, whisk beater, pouring shield
Reasons to buy
+ Top of the range mixer + Available in a range of stylish colours 
Reasons to avoid
- Will stretch your pocket 

Whether she likes to bake her own bread or she’s queen of the Victoria Sponge, a KitchenAid is like the Ferrari of mixers, with up to 10 speeds to ensure the mixture receives the perfect level of aeration. Every aspect of the KitchenAid exudes finesse, whether it’s its stylish, retro shape, beautiful range of colours, or the handled stainless steel bowl for even easier baking. When it comes to choosing the perfect colour, take a furtive look of her kitchen the next time you go over, so can purchase her one that matches her current colour palette.  

2. Sage the Barista Express Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machine

Smooth espresso or a perfectly frothed latte; her morning coffee will never be the same

Specifications
Best for: Coffee lovers
Colour: Silver and back
Contains: Coffee machine and cleaning kit
Reasons to buy
+ Grind coffee to the perfect consistency + Adjustable temperature control  
Reasons to avoid
- May take a while to get the hang of it 

If your mum turns her nose up every time you offer her a cup of instant, you can guarantee that she’ll love this coffee machine, which almost turns creating the perfect cup of coffee into an exacting science. Understanding that not all coffee beans require the same treatment, you can control the grind consistency and even the temperature of the water so you don’t burn out their unique flavour. With a milk frothing arm, she can perfect her barista skills for perfect lattes, cappuccinos and macchiatos all round. This machine is delightfully traditional in its appearance; and available in black and silver or just silver, makes for a stylish addition to any kitchen.  

3. Fortnum & Mason Savoury Hamper

Swap chocolate for cheese this Mother’s Day

Specifications
Best for: A luxury hamper
Colour: N/A
Contains: Wicker basket, cheese, nibbles and chutneys
Reasons to buy
+ Contains luxury treats + Use the wicker basket once finished 
Reasons to avoid
- Not for sweet tooths 

Fortnum & Mason is known globally for its stunning food hall, so if you know your mum enjoys her savoury snacks,  why not send a little taster of it to your mum this Mother’s Day with this luxury Fortnum & Mason Savoury Hamper? With cheddar, stilton, chicken liver parfait and Fortum’s pickle just some of the delights she can discover, this basket should skyrocket cheese and biscuits to the next level. Best of all, your mum has full use of the basket once she’s finished enjoying the treats; whether it’s using it for storing bits and bobs in the pantry or items elsewhere.  

4. Sanderson Chestnut Tree Throw

A snuggly, stylish extra layer for chilly winter nights

Specifications
Best for: A stylish throw
Colour: Cream, yellow and green
Contains: A throw made from cotton and polyester
Reasons to buy
+ Perfect size for a double, queen or king size bed + Machine washable (with care) 
Reasons to avoid
- Colouring may not suit all bedrooms 

If mum is always complaining that she’s chilly, she’ll probably appreciate this stylish cushioned throw, which she can pull over herself at night if she needs an extra layer. There’s two alternative colour schemes to choose from with the use of yellow or pink to bring the detailed, pencil work leaf motif to life. Make sure you take a look at her existing decor so you order her one that matches her existing colour palette. Machine washable, it’s easy to keep clean and with a fabric mix of wool and polyester, should insulating and warm.  

5. Google Home Smart Speaker

A nifty little gadget designed to make the everyday that bit easier

Specifications
Best for: Home assistant
Colour: White and grey
Contains: A speaker and adaptor
Reasons to buy
+ Manage tasks + Control smart devices 
Reasons to avoid
- Higher quality speakers are available 

The perfect device for busy lifestyles, your mum can simply ask Google a question while making a cup of tea and she doesn’t even need to lift an extra finger. Whether it’s asking about the weather, setting an alarm so she’s up for the early dog walk with the neighbour or requesting that the lounge lights come on a particularly dingy day, Google Home is like the help she never knew she needed. Unlike Alexa, it can recognise individual voices, providing each user with a unique experience, and if she wants to use it as a speaker, users generally commend the sound quality.  

6. Indoor Allotment

The perfect gift idea for passionate cooks

Specifications
Best for: Fresh herbs
Colour: White
Contains: Wooden shed, plant pots, drainage trays, and packets of seeds
Reasons to buy
+ Experience the difference fresh herbs make+ Satisfaction is growing and using the herbs 
Reasons to avoid
- Will take time and patience 

It’s a well known fact that mum’s cooking is always the best and she can now take advantage of the freshest herbs for even better flavour. Fresh herbs are renowned for being punchier and fresher than the dried alternatives you can buy in jars. However, they never last in the fridge. However, this indoor allotment will be the perfect addition the kitchen window sill and give her easy access to the freshest herbs for months to come. Whether it's coriander for curry or basil for a spag bol, she can snip off the required amount as when she needs once the plants have flourished.  

7. Wallflower Mum 1/2 Pint Mug

Every mum needs her own mug

Specifications
Best for: Personalised gift
Colour: Cream and purple
Contains: Earthenware mug and gift box
Reasons to buy
+ Feminine, stylish design + Embellished with ‘mum’ so no one else uses it! 
Reasons to avoid
- Perhaps too fussy for some

If your mum enjoys a good cup of tea and a natter, you can’t go wrong with a buying her a beautiful mug – not any old mug, though. While there are so many mugs that you grab while you’re at the shops,  it’s worth getting her one that’s extra special to show you’ve put in some extra thought. If your mum is fan of feminine prints, she’ll certainly agree with the wall flower design of this mug. Part of a larger collection, she may even request that you buy her the matching teapot for Christmas!