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Mother’s Day comes early this year (Sunday 10 March) and if that’s sent you into a tailspin, don’t worry, help is at hand. We’ve scoured the shopping centre for the best present ideas and have come up with a long list of brilliant yet budget conscious suggestions for your lovely mum, or the mother figure in your life.


But first, coffee

coffee and cake in walthamstow

If your mum loves going out for coffee and cake, then why not treat her to elevenses at Central Coffee Collective (you’ll find them in CRATE Walthamstow). If it’s a sunny day, you’ll be able to enjoy your brew and a slice of something indulgent from the cake counter on the terrace. Or how about a gift card so she can meet up with friends for a coffee and a catch-up? Costa, Black Sheep Coffee and our newest retailer, Starbucks, all do coffee cards (and have a great selection of mugs and travel cups if you want a little something to wrap up alongside it too).


Calling all book lovers

Is your mum an avid reader? Then she’ll love nothing better than a new book…or three! There are some fabulous new novels out in Waterstones while The Works have lots of great offers on romantic reads. If she’s not into fiction, then how about a biography, a recipe book or something from the wellbeing section?


Time for tea

If you would like to treat your mum (or grandma) to afternoon tea but haven’t got a huge budget, then how about creating something a little more personal at home. Whether you fancy having a go at baking her favourite cake or would prefer to buy a selection of sweet treats, Asda has got everything you need to create a gorgeous afternoon tea. Not sure what to get? We’d suggest three different types of sandwiches, scones (with cream and jam of course) and two other types of cake. Make sure you’ve got plenty of tea and coffee and why not upgrade it with a bottle of fizz. Cheers!!


Say it with a card

When it comes to cards, both Asda and Card Factory have an amazing range, so whether she’d prefer something funny, sentimental or heartfelt, you’ll find a card that’s right for your mama. Prefer to make your own? Head down to The Works where they’ve got crafting materials galore and then spend a lovely afternoon making mum a card that she’ll treasure forever. And if your mum doesn’t live nearby, make sure you grab some stamps from Asda while you’re at it and get it in the post early!


Frame it.

Fed up with flowers and want to give your mum something she can keep, then how about framing a lovely photo of the grandkids, her pooch or the two of you together? Card Factory, Choice, TK Maxx and Asda all have a great selection of beautiful frames so you can choose one that suits your budget (and her décor). And don’t forget that you can print photos in Boots in an instant!


Scent with love.

If your mum has run out of her favourite fragrance, or fancies trying something new, then treat her to a bottle of perfume. Both the Perfume Shop and the Fragrance Shop have some fabulous offers running at the moment – plus members get even more discount so it’s well worth signing up.


Budget bound.

You don’t have to break the bank to buy something your mum will love, and Card Factory has the sweetest selection of thoughtful gifts to suit every budget. From mummy mugs, cuddly toys and scented candles to make-up bags, notebooks and prosecco glasses, there’s something to suit every mum. If you’re looking for a gift for the important female figure in your life (and we realise that might not be your mum), they’ve got gifts for nanas and aunties too.


Turkish treat

If your mum would love nothing better than a family gathering where she doesn’t have to do the cooking, entertaining or clearing up, then why not book a table at Gökyüzü and invite everyone along. Not only do they serve the most delicious Turkish dishes (the Pide is a must-have), but they have an extensive cocktail list too! Let mum sit back, relax and enjoy an evening of fine food and lovely company.


Blooming lovely

A classic gift - flowers are the ultimate failsafe for Mother’s Day. Surprise her with a bunch of her favourite blooms or pick up a stunning spring bouquet from Asda. On a budget? No problem…daffodils will brighten any room and won’t break the bank!


Plant power

Fed up with flowers? If you’re the kind of son or daughter that regularly buys blooms for your mum, then how about an on-trend plant or an easy-to-care-for orchid? Or go faux with an artificial succulent that will look amazing in their home and never die! Asda always has loads of real and faux plants in store, so you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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