She birthed you. She nurtured you. She took way too many pictures of you at every opportunity. The very least you can do for the original special lady in your life is get her a decent Christmas gift. Put down the Keurig, son. Try these instead.
Mum can use her smartphone to take pictures, sure, but let’s face it; she’s more comfortable with a point-and-shoot. Especially one that combines incredible pictures (that your iPhone can’t match) with an easy-to-use touchscreen. Remember, mum’s not just taking pictures of her lunch. She’s building albums’ worth of memories. £380 from Amazon.
In a world filled with single-serve coffee and 250ml Coke Zeros, your mum is one of the few holdouts who actually drinks tea from time to time, and makes it the old fashioned way. So why not help make tea time fun with a yellow submarine infuser? Also recommended for bath time. £7 from Amazon.
There’s cooking, and then there’s what your mum does. She’s got the art down, so why not give her the gift of a little science to go along with it? This cutting board will give her the control she craves, down to the very last centimeter. £16 from Amazon.
Today’s on-the-go mum needs her special juice as much as her toddler, and what better way to enjoy a well-deserved glass at the end of a stressful day than accompanied by a little light music? These musical wine glasses are a good way for the discerning stay-at-home alcoholic to measure out her units without resorting to a measuring jug. £40 from Firebox.
You used to squirm when your mum made you sit for a family picture, but now? Those albums are the only memory you’ve got left of when you were just a little munchkin. Time to return the favour, by putting some of your favourite kinfolk photographs into one of these beautifully bound Moleskine photobooks. £39 from Moleskine.
Your mum likely doesn’t know what a Windows Phone is, but trust us. She’ll love it. It’s intuitive, it’s fun, and best of all (for you) it’s an incredible bargain. Anyone can buy their mum an iPhone. But a Lumia–in her favourite colour–says you actually put some thought into it this year. From £25 per month from Phones 4u.
As your parents rappel slowly into the 21st Century, give them the tablet that suits their emailing, video watching, Skyping needs without draining your wallet. It may not have as many apps as the iPad Mini or Nexus 7, but it’s got the ones mum’s heard of. £159 from Amazon.
Your mum still reads books printed on paper instead of E-ink, and you know what? That’s okay! At least she can do it in style, with these adorable bitty booklights that would feel right at home in a Pixar short. £7 from Amazon.