Best gifts for mum this Christmas

Stuck for a Christmas gift idea that will really show mum how much she means this Christmas? Browse our top picks and be inspired.

Best gifts for mum this Christmas
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Every mum is different and will have different hobbies and interests, but one thing all mums deserve is the best Christmas gift to show her how much everything she does is appreciated. 

We've compiled a selection of great gifts to spoil mum this Christmas, all with the aim of adding a touch of relaxation, ease, or fun to her life every day, not just on Christmas day. 

Our list of the top picks include the latest Apple iPad, so she can wind down and browse the internet or watching her favourite Netflix shows in peace, plus a top health and fitness tracker from Fitbit, and a stylish wristwatch. Naturally, there's a body care gift set in here too.

We think we've found the absolute best picks for mum's Christmas gift this year, but if you've already got mum sorted, why not check out our other ideas for the best best Christmas gifts?

The best gifts for mum: Apple iPad (2020)

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1. Apple iPad (2020)

The ultimate me-time tablet

Reasons to buy
+New for 2020 and much more powerful+Works with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard
Reasons to avoid
-Keyboard and Apple Pencil sold separately 

If your mum is long overdue some time to herself, an iPad is the perfect gift for her this Christmas. 

Updated for 2020, the latest Apple iPad has the same 10.2-inch Retina display and sleek recycled aluminium body, but now comes with the powerful A12 Bionic processor and up to 128GB of storage.

Battery life is a claimed 10 hours and the stereo speakers make the iPad a great device for watching TV, binging on a Netflix boxset, or starting a family FaceTime call with the front-facing HD camera. There’s the familiar Touch ID fingerprint reader on the home button, and the iPad also supports Apple’s Smart Keyboard and Pencil, for typing and drawing on the go.

The Apple AppStore is as good as ever, with over one million apps and games to download, plus the new iPadOS 14 operating system recently made iPads even smarter, with enhanced handwriting support with the Apple Pencil (sold separately) 

The 2020 iPad is available in space grey, silver and gold, with 32 or 128GB of storage, Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and 4G, and you can even add an engraving on the back for free, to add that personal touch.

The best gifts for mum: Artisan gin making kit

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2. Artisan Gin Making Kit

Let mum create her own gift this Christmas

Reasons to buy
+A fun, unique gift+Makes great tasting gin
Reasons to avoid
-Vodka not included 

If your mum is a fan of a five o'clock G&T or two, treat her to a tipple that she won't have tried before... because she can make it herself!

The Artisan gin making kit includes almost everything mum will need to create her own gin: a stainless steel funnel and sieve, juniper berries and botanical mix of lavender, rose petal, black peppercorns, coriander seeds, allspice berries, cassia bark and fennel seeds. Note that the kit does not include the vodka needed as the base ingredient. 

There's also a bottle and a label for the finished product, so mum can name her creation and store it on the shelf with pride... if it lasts that long!

This is the perfect gift to inspire some creativity, or if your mum has already tried every other gin on the supermarket shelf. 

The best gifts for mum: Fitbit Charge 4

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3. Fitbit Charge 4

A fitness tracker that will motivate mum to get moving

Reasons to buy
+Outclasses a standard Fitbit by far +Heart rate, sleep and activity tracking in one 
Reasons to avoid
-Woven band is an optional £30 extra

The latest, fourth-generation Fitbit Charge 4 is a fully-fledged health and fitness tracker. It does all of the basics, like 24/7 heart rate monitoring and activity tracking, but also includes built-in GPS to accurate track outdoor runs, can deliver phone notifications to your wrist, stream music from Spotify, and even make contactless payments using Fitbit Pay.

Whether your mum is already a fitness fanatic or is looking to get into shape in 2020, a Fitbit will help her to get a deeper understanding of her health and her progress. 

It will track her heart rate and sleep, as well as the exercise that she does and how many calories she burns, all of which will help motivate her to get moving and achieve her goals. 

She can set up goal based exercise modes and track all of her activity in one place. 

The best gifts for mum: Opti weighted hula hoop

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4. Opti Weighted Hula Hoop

A simple, fun addition to mum's home gym

Reasons to buy
+Fun way to tone the waist +Soft foam cover for comfortable use 
Reasons to avoid
-Not the easiest thing to store discretely 

No, we haven't confused the best gifts for mum with the best gifts for kids and teens: this weighed hula hoop is designed for grown ups. 

A weighted hula hoop is one of the best small weights to add into an exercise routine to make it more fun. The addition of 1.8kg of weight increases the difficulty of the swinging motion mum will need to employ the keep this hoop up, meaning her abdominal and lower back muscles are working harder and getting more toned. 

Note: use with caution if a Christmas beverage or boozy Christmas pudding has been consumed prior to exercise! 

The best gifts for mum: L’Occitane Collection Voyage Bodycare Gift Set

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5. L’Occitane Collection Voyage Bodycare Gift Set

Travel wasn’t really a thing in 2020 – let’s give mums everywhere hope for 2021

Reasons to buy
+Great value with eight products and a travel bag+All items are small enough to be carry on-friendly

We admit there hasn’t been much need for travel products in 2020, but apart from being carry on-friendly, travel kits like this represent a great opportunity to try out a range of high-end products for a sensible price. Mum will love this nine-piece kit, which includes shampoo, conditioner, shower oil, almond milk concentrate. Hand and foot cream, shea milk soap, and shea butter lip balm.

Aromachologie shampoo is praised for helping to revitalise and protect hair from heat styling and chemical damage, while strengthening hair fibres from root to tip, leaving mum’s hair soft and radiant. The accompanying aromachologie conditioner is enriched with sweet almond oil, while the almond milk concentrate is included to help fight against wrinkles by supporting the skin’s support tissue.

All of that comes wrapped in a L’Occitane travel pouch that will be ready-and-waiting for mum’s next trip abroad.

Best gifts for mum: Pure Elan IR5 portable radio

6. Pure Elan IR5 Portable Radio

Keep mum dancing all over the house with this stunning portable radio

Reasons to buy
+DAB and FM radio +Bluetooth compatible for easy streaming +Small size: 5.3 x 20 x 11.5 cm  

The Pure Elan BT3 Portable Digital Radio is one of the best gifts out there for mum this Christmas. 

Thanks to DAB and FM radio plus the ability to stream wirelessly using Bluetooth, mum can listen to her favourite music at anytime and anywhere, whether that's the radio, Youtube or her latest Spotify playlist

This small and light radio – it weighs just over 4kg – can be moved around the home with ease, so it's perfect for busy mums. When running using battery the radio gives 10 hours of playback, but it can be plugged into mains too. 

As well as a radio, there's an alarm and sleep timer to help mum stay well rested, and a kitchen timer to prevent culinary mishaps.

Eight colour options mean you can choose the one that'll best suit mum's kitchen (or bedroom) colour scheme, but our favourite is the white and mint green option pictured above. 

The best gifts for mum: GHD Rise Hot Brush

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7. GHD Rise Hot Brush

Give a gift that makes mum look a million dollars in minutes

Reasons to buy
+Effortlessly mimics a salon quality blow dry in minutes +Adds volume with ease

Nothing says "I love you" like a gift that will help your mum feel like her best self.

If for your mum that means looking her best, then we recommend the new Rise hot brush by GHD.

With this heated brush, mum can get smooth, bouncy hair as if she's just left the salon, but in a fraction of the time.

The Rise features 5mm nylon bristles and intelligently monitors the temperature right across the 32mm barrel 250 times a second to ensure it stays at a steady 185 degrees centigrade. The heat is then automatically adjusted to suit the speed of your mum's styling, producing consistent results.

It'll give your mum the look of a fresh salon-style blow dry that can normally only be creating by juggling a hairdryer and brush. 

Best gifts for mum: Guess watch

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8. Guess Watch GW0001L1

Stay classic with your gifting with this stylish quartz wristwatch

Reasons to buy
+Stunning design+Good brand+Good price

Spoil mum this Christmas with this gorgeous quartz watch from Guess. This design is really bold, and will stand out, while the simple steel and white colour scheme will go with most outfits.

The watch is quartz-powered, so you know it will keep highly accurate time with no effort at all, and water resistance is stated as 3 ATM, so it'll stand up just fine to everyday use. 

The best gifts for mum: Garmin Dash Cam 66W

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9. Garmin Dash Cam 66W

Because nothing says Christmas like a new dash cam

Reasons to buy
+Forward collision warnings+Lane departure warnings+Stay-put mount design
Reasons to avoid
-Its voice control isn't the best of the top dash cams on the market 

There are some idiot drivers out there, but thankfully your mum isn’t one of them. Still, if she’s been looking into dash cams and how they can enhance her safety on the road – and capture footage of any buffoons who come near – make the Garmin Dash Cam 66W her new wingwoman. 

This sleek-looking dash cam is compact, easy to mount and records in high quality 1440p within an 180° field of view, which means it has all the basics of a great dash cam. Its extra features include GPS and smartphone integration with Garmin’s Virb app. 

Our favourite thing about it, and what helps it score second place on our list of the best dash cams available right now, is its design. We think its the best-looking dash cam you can buy, which pushes it just ahead of our number one dash cam, the Nextbase 522GW, when it comes to choosing a Christmas gift. 

More importantly, it offers all the feature mum needs to feel safe on the road, including forward collision, lane departure and speed camera warnings. 

The best gifts for mum: Real Homes magazine subscription

10. Real Homes Magazine Subscription

Ideas and inspiration all year round

Reasons to buy
+A gift that lasts all year+Beautiful photography and design

At this time of year, a subscription to Real Homes (from the same publisher as T3.com) is the perfect Christmas gift for any mum who’s passionate about her home.

Each month, she’ll find hundreds of innovative home transformation ideas, from inspiring decorating projects to product buying guides tailored to every budget, plus regular lifestyle features and 50+ pages of amazing real home transformation case studies. 

Every issue provides a steady stream of expert advice covering a huge range of subjects, from planning a kitchen extension to decorating with bold colours, through converting a loft space. In short, Real Homes is the perfect companion for any home extension, renovation or redecoration project, and it's one of the best gifts for mum this Christmas, too. 

The best gifts for mum: Johnstons Cashmere Scarf

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11. Johnstons Cashmere Scarf

Mum will love this beautifully soft Scottish scarf

Reasons to buy
+100% cashmere+Made in Scotland+Four colour options

Is there anything more cosy than wrapping up in a warm, cashmere scarf to shield from the cold winter air? No, and your mum knows it.

She will adore this beautifully soft, 100% cashmere scarf from Johnstons of Scotland. The scarf features the company's signature ripple hand-finish, with hand-worked tassels. It's available in four different colors and designs, so you're bound to find one that fits your mum's fashion perfectly.

The best gifts for mum: Rituals Rebalancing Gift Set

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12. Rituals Rebalancing Gift Set

Four-item gift set of Indian Rose and Sweet Almond Oil

Reasons to buy
+Four-item gift set+Good value

A bath gift set might be a predictable gift for mums everywhere, but we think this one from Rituals is great value and offers something a little different.

The set includes a shower foam, body scrub, body cream and hand soap. Each item is designed to relax and soothe, thanks to using aromatic products based on Indian Rose and Sweet Almond Oil. What's more, the smart and sturdy box can be kept and reused as a luxury storage container.

Not quite sure you've found the perfect gift for mum yet? Check out our selection of the best gifts under £50 , £150 and £250 below: