Mother's Day is the perfect time to shower mums with the love and appreciation they deserve. Although technically, your loved one may not be a mummy yet, that doesn't mean they don't deserve spoiling. Pregnancy is hard and amongst the anticipation of your new arrival, the expectant parent is probably going through lots of changes and counting down her pregnancy month by month. So, even though their new baby isn't quite ready to make an appearance, you can pick the perfect gift on their behalf. Here is our detailed list of the best gifts for mums-to-be this year.
Finding the best Mother's Day gift can be tricky. But fear not, with gifts to keep them pampered, relaxed and even a few to tackle those aches and pains, we've put together a list of the most fun and thoughtful presents they're bound to love and cherish.
When is Mother's Day?
Mother's Day this year is on Sunday, March 19, 2023.
What makes the best gift for a mum-to-be?
When you are choosing a gift for someone, it is key to consider their individual preferences. Just because they are becoming a parent doesn't mean they don't still have their own likes and wants. Mother's Day is a fantastic time to focus on things they would really like. Before purchasing your gift decide whether you want something practical, sentimental or a luxurious treat. And don't worry, whatever you choose, we have you covered.
Best gifts for mums-to-be Mother's Day 2023
1. Baby Hand and Foot Inkless Print Kit
This ingenious inkless kit allows you to capture baby's hand and footprints moments after they are born for tiny prints they can keep and cherish forever. This is a fab gift if their due date is near, and they can slip it into their hospital bag ready for the big day.
Review: "Perfect gift for an expectant family. I opted for the extra wrapping which is lovely. All in all a gift I am thrilled to be giving at a very exciting time."
2. Cashmere Bed Socks
These heavenly cashmere bed socks from The White Company will provide mums-to-be with a real treat for their feet. Available in four calming colours, the socks can even be wrapped in a gift box with a personal message from you.
Review: "Best I've ever tried. Always have a lovely sleep with this product. Feels like my feet are in fluffy clouds."
3. Bloom & Wild The Sunniva
Flowers are a classic gift for Mother's Day. We adore this vibrant option this is delivered straight to the doorstep. The bouquet comes with care instructions and flowers as buds so they can last as long as possible. The Sunniva bouquet is made of 29 stems including stocks, roses, solidago, Craspedia, sunflowers and statice.
Review: " I have had flowers for a few years now and always been pleased with the arrangements and variety available. Excellent service."
4. Becoming Mama Journal
This lovely journal will help expectant mums to record their pregnancy journey from conception to birth, with guided prompts and space for bump photos, baby name ideas, a shopping list, baby buy recommendations and more.
Review: "The becoming Mama journal is so beautiful, wholesome and soulful. Very high-quality journals and so different to most others out there that I'm so glad I purchased this!"
5. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Body Cream
Brand new for 2023, Charlotte Tilbury's iconic Magic Cream for your face now has a body-licious counterpart. Hydrating, smoothing and firming, it's a wonderful gift for a mother-to-be who loves a self-care moment.
Review: "I can’t believe that I was talking to in a one-to-one virtual consultation the other day and said how much I love Charlotte's Magic Cream so much in fact that I wish I could use it all over - she told me to keep my eyes peeled and here it is!!! I LOVE this!! My only wish would be that it smelt a little better but it feels beautiful on my skin."
6. Magnitone Steamahead Hydrating Facial Micro Steamer
With the Magnitone Steamahead Hydrating Facial Micro Steamer, a mum-to-be can bring the spa experience into their own bathroom. With four built-in beautifying functions, they can use this device to steam their face, heat towels, infuse, or humidify any room. Spending just 10 minutes with this steamer will unclog pores and restore hydration to the skin.
Mother&Baby writer, Hannah James said: "I haven't been able to visit a spa in years. I love that I can have the same experience for some self care time. It makes my skin look and feel great. Unlike some other home steamers, this one can be packed away easily when it isn't in use. When I was pregnant I really suffered with my skin, I would have loved this."
7. Lola's 'You're The Best' Mother's Day Brownies
Absolutely spoil the mum-to-be in your life with these too-pretty-to-eat Belgian chocolate brownies from Lola's Cupcakes. Each box contains six brownies decorated with chocolate ganache icing, sugar flowers, pearls, freeze-dried raspberries and gold dust. Available to pre-order now for nationwide delivery, we'd be tempted to send ourselves a box, too!
8. Mama Robe
Gorgeously soft and just the right thickness and length, this robe is perfect for bump and beyond so it can be used for years and years to come. Made from sustainable lyocell, the kimono shape gives a wonderfully relaxed fit and comes in sizes Small to Large.
Review: "It’s a gorgeous softness, thickness and length. Perfect at the moment for my big bump, but really got it for the postnatal period as it’s going to be perfect over a nursing vest or top."
9. The Little Book of Self-Care For Mums-To-Be
This book is a handy survival guide and an instant pick-me-up in one. It brings together the experience of a midwife and a doula for invaluable tips and tricks to manage the joyful chaos of pregnancy from, sleeping positions, and remedies for morning sickness and aches and pains, to help them feel empowered and supported.
Review: "Bought this for a friend, the first in our group to be having a baby, she was really pleased and has finished it in a few days, she said she learned loads that she hadn’t even considered."
10. The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother
Jam-packed full of recipes and health advice for new mums, this amazing book is based on the lost art of caring for mum after birth. Author Heng Ou believes that while the first forty days after giving birth are primarily for bonding with your baby, they are also for healing your body - rather than being expected to 'bounce back' straight away. A fascinating read for expectant mums!
Review: "What a fantastic book! A great read for anyone interested in nourishing their body before and during and after pregnancy - or for anyone who wants to make a healthy postpartum meal for a friend. The recipes are tasty and easy, and I especially love the congee with a dollop of black sesame paste."
11. Personalised Square Travel Jewellery Box
This gorgeous square travel jewellery case is perfect for popping in their handbag or hospital bag to keep all their jewellery safe and sound whilst going out and about. It features velvet imitation ring rolls, sections, and pockets for them to tuck their fave pieces in, and you can personalise with wording and a choice of colours.
Review: "A gift for my niece's 30th birthday - as per my comment above, she absolutely loves it and will be using it all the time rather than just for travelling."
12. The Doula Deck for Expecting & New Moms
These 78 cards created by a doula are a wonderful collection of daily meditations, exercises, and affirmations that will carry mums-to-be through pregnancy, birth, and the early days of motherhood.
Review: "I pull a card a day and depending on what it says I either do it like the deep breathing cycles or reflect with deep thought throughout my day."
13. Knitted Zig-Zag Baby Blanket Kit
If they're particularly creative, treat them to this baby blanket kit so they can feel pride and happiness making a blanket by hand for their little bundle of joy.
Review: "The yarn was lovely to work with and soft enough for a baby. It was quite time-consuming for me to knit up and it took quite a bit of concentration to start with, but the instructions were very clear. The colours were beautiful. There was more than sufficient yarn to complete it, and I knit with reasonably loose tension."
14. Birthflower Seed Box Set
We think this will make a gorgeous gift, and a great pick for those new mums with green fingers. If you know the baby's due date, mum-to-be can grow baby's birth flower while their little one is growing inside too. This eco set includes a personalised terracotta pot and dish complete with a personalised wooden plant tag and a packet of colourful seeds of their chosen birth flower.
Review: "Excellent service, gift was beautiful, my mum loved it, with the personal touch of her name."
15. Olaplex Hair Repair Treatment Kit
When you're going through the motions of pregnancy, haircare can go out the window. The Olaplex Hair Repair Treatment Kit will not just give their hair a luxurious, gentle cleanse that'll have them feeling their best, but the set also comes with a scalp massager that'll help to promote hair growth and give them some wonderful relaxation.
16. Emma Bridgewater X Biscuiteers Time For Tea
The Biscuiteers has partnered with Emma Bridgewater for this beautiful and delicious treat that any mother would enjoy this Mother's Day. The Time For Tea collection contains hand-iced biscuits. The 12 lemon biscuits are presented in their famous square-edged keepsake tin with the iconic Emma Bridgewater design - making it the perfect keepsake.
17. Pandora Baby Teddy Bear Dangle Charm
If they have a Pandora bracelet, treat them to this sweet sterling silver and enamel pendant charm complete with a teddy bear, a dummy, and a heart. Even if they don't have a bracelet of their own, they could add this charm to a keyring or necklace.
Review: "Bought as a gift for my daughter following the birth of her first child, she loved it. The charms were very dainty and were exactly what I wanted."
18. My Expert Midwife Mum To Be Collection Gift Set
The Expert Midwife Mum To Be Gift Set is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a pamper kit for a mother that's expecting. The collection includes My Expert Midwife’s award-winning Spritz for Bits, No Harm Nipple Balm, Peri Prep your Bits and Fantastic Skin Elastic all neatly packed together in a clear make-up bag. This gift set won Bronze for Best Pregnancy/ Maternity Product at the Mother&Baby Awards 2022.
Review: "The no-harm nipple balm was lovely and soothing on very sore nipples in the tricky early part of our breastfeeding journey. I loved how it absorbed well and did not make my baby’s face greasy like a leading brand nipple cream I had been using previously – her baby acne improved when I moved to this balm. The fantastic skin elastic felt like a luxury product which was lovely to use."
19. UGG Scuffette Sheepskin and Suede Slippers
Any expectant mum knows the toll pregnancy can take on their feet and ankles, so if there was ever a time to treat someone to the UGG Scuffette Sheepskin and Suede Slippers, it's now! Available in a choice of colours and sizes 3-8, these will probably be the most comfortable footwear a mum-to-be could ever own - and they'll have you to thank.
Review: "They are so warm and cosy and money well spent. I typically buy cheap slippers and end up having to replace them every year because you get what you pay for. I know these ones are going to last me a very long time."
20. H&M Patterned Large Glass Vase
Mother's Day is a popular time for flowers, but mums-to-be can expect even more with the birth of their little one. Prep them for the wonderful bouquets with a gorgeous vase that can be used time and time again. We love this patterned glass vase from H&M which is oh-so-stylish and a great size, too.
Review: "Love this vase! It’s a great size will go perfectly in my new kitchen with some eucalyptus stems in it. Looks so much more expensive than it was."
21. Neom Organic London Feel Refreshed 3 Wick Scented Candle
At the end of a long week (or day!) we enjoy sitting back while burning a candle to enjoy the gorgeous fragrance. The Neom Organic London Feel Refreshed 3 Wick Scented Candle goes one better by providing an energising effect on the mind and body, thanks to a combination of 24 of the purest possible essential oils including Sicilian lemon and fresh basil. Perfect for giving baby brains and tired minds a little boost.
Review: "This candle has a smell that can transport you to a place of calm and peace. It is that good. It makes you stop in your tracks and just for a few moments breathe in amazing scent."
22. Theragun Mini
Pregnancy is a special time, however, as their body changes, it can bring about many aches and pains. Any expectant mother would love the portable Theragun Mini which uses percussive therapy to give a soothing massage to help alleviate pain, warm-up muscles, hydrate tissue, and enhance sleep quality too. This is bound to go above and beyond what a partner can do with their hands.
Review: "This product is absolutely brilliant and I have recently purchased one for both my daughter and my sister-in-law. Love it I use it all the time, my back is Horrendous sciatica in the Seregon stops it’s getting worse and eases the pain."
23. The Peaceful Pregnancy Colouring Book
Colouring can be a really therapeutic exercise that can only benefit expectant mums, helping them to feel more relaxed. The Peaceful Pregnancy Colouring Book is packed with over 100 relaxing and nurturing illustrations for expectant mothers, each decorative and detailed and perfect for a mindful pregnancy.
Review: "Really enjoying this book - a great combination of pregnant and baby images, perfect for this hippy mama looking for ways to relax in the evenings. Highly recommend."
24. Calm Annual Subscription
Calm is the number one app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation - everything an expectant mum can dream of! Treat a new mum-to-be to an annual subscription to help them stress less, sleep more, and feel happier in the process. Not to mention, the app includes dreamy Sleep Stories from a range of famous faces including Harry Styles, Regé-Jean Page, and Matthew McConaughey. Yes, please!
25. The Little Botanical Calathea & Succulent Plants
Having plants in your home can provide a world of benefits including air purification, mindfulness, and reduced stress. However, it's easy for plant care to fall to the wayside, especially if you have baby brain to contend with. The Little Botanical Calathea & Succulent Plants are super easy-to-care-for, they can withstand a little forgetfulness, and will add some lush greenery to a new mum's home.
Review: "Loved the plants I received, well packaged and look great! Well definitely buy another plant set."
26. Brentfords Weighted Blanket
For just over £30, you can gift a mum-to-be the gift of a more relaxing sleep experience, increased serotonin and melatonin, and decreased cortisol, all by way of this weighted blanket by Brentfords. The ultimate Mother's Day present that keeps on giving, weighted blankets are said to reduce stress and anxiety by stimulating the stress points and promoting a feeling of wellness. Plus, this blanket is soft, breathable, and extremely comfortable.
Review: "Always struggled with sleeping, saw an advert recommended these, for better sleep, so bought it not going to lie, wasn’t convinced it would work, but had the best sleep I’ve had in years, loved it so much I bought a second one as a back up, 10/10 from me."
More Mother’s Day gift ideas
• Send them a bouquet of flowers for Mothering Sunday
• Take them for a spot of afternoon tea – an indulgent treat that’ll go down, well, a treat!
• Bake them these yummy Mother’s Day cupcakes or a favourite recipe of their own
• Spoil them to a day out this Mother’s Day from spa pampering to seaside hotels