If you haven’t yet sorted yourself out and found a card and a top present for your mum, you are a horribly ungrateful child and I am totally judging you right now. Ha, not really! But I would say this: don’t panic. There is still time to shop for something good.
Here are five last-minute Mother’s Day deals and bargains:
In previous years, I have written about how moody I get when it comes to Mother’s Day flowers, because the mail order retailers and florists hike up the prices something stupid. I can’t bring myself to cough up £30+ for a few measly carnations.
Fortunately, this year looks to be different. Interflora is doing a glass vase arrangement of freesias, germini, lilac, crysanthemums and a cream rose for £29.99. It’s not an amazing price, but to my mind, it’s a definite improvement on previous years’ offerings. Also, the cut-off date for Mother’s Day deliveries isn’t until 5pm on Saturday 9 March, so perfect for the more harried and forgetful among you. Take a look here.
Bunches.co.uk is always good for high quality flowers, speedy deliveries and reasonable prices. This year they are doing a Thank You Mum Gift: a box of chocolates along with a pink and purple bouquet for £19.99. For an extra £9 you can double the size of the bouquet. Find the deal here. The price includes delivery by Royal Mail First Class post, and more than 95% of Bunches deliveries arrive the next working day. Next-day delivery costs an additional £5.50.
My favourite flowery pick, however, comes from Marks & Spencer. If your mum prefers armfuls of flowers to dainty posies, this one is for her: a giant bouquet of 100 daffodils and purple tulips (pictured) for £25. Order by 6pm on Friday 8 March for next-day delivery.
Thorntons has some tasty Mother’s Day deals: you can buy one, get one free on its £9.99 Limited Edition Continental boxes (pictured). If you order by 6pm today (Thursday) you can also get 15% off with the code MDAY.
The downside: for some reason Thorntons won’t deliver on Saturdays, so if you are shopping online, you have to order by 6pm today (Thursday) for next-day delivery in time for Mother’s Day. The upsides: the next-day delivery charge is now only £2.95. Also, if want to buy the chocs in person there are hundreds of Thorntons shops all over the UK. You can find your nearest one here.
If you want to go posher: Hotel Chocolat is doing a special Mother’s Day box or truffles, pralines and caramels for £22. Order by 6pm for next working day delivery.
To my mind, it’s difficult to get a good bargain with jewellery at the moment. Gold prices have gone through the roof, and silver is rising fast too. My mum loves gold jewellery so I saved up a crazy amount last year to buy her something special for her 60th birthday. When I went to the local jewellers and they showed me what I could get for it, I wanted to cry.
Anyway… Right now you can get up to 50% off H. Samuel jewellery. Next day delivery, which includes Saturdays, is £4.95.
Ernest Jones has 25% off selected sterling silver and white gold jewellery. The white gold locket in the picture is reduced from £199 to £149. (See what I mean about the jewellery prices? Frankly, if that was my budget, I’d buy my mum this instead – it looks amazing and is far more practical, damn it.)
Debenhams is worth checking out: from now until Saturday, there is up to 25% off in every department.
M&Co has a final clearance sale, with up to 70% off.
My fellow blogger Savvy Annie found Andrew Collinge products in Poundland this week.
Boots is going all out for Mother’s Day. Their deals include half-price DKNY and Emporio Armani fragrance.
If your budget is higher, the Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Collection (it’s anti-ageing stuff, which isn’t the most glamorous gift, but lots of mums seem to be obsessed with this range) has been reduced from £89.50 to £43. You can buy it in-store or get free next-day delivery on orders placed before 5pm.
If you’re truly skint, then chin up soldier. Coming up tomorrow I have Five Last-Minute Mother’s Day Craft Ideas…
Image credit: Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons.