Last-minute Mother's Day gifts

Left preparing your Mother's Day present until the last minute? Don't panic - try our top recipe ideas and shop-bought suggestions and make her day really special.

Last-minute Mother's Day gifts

Has Mothering Sunday crept up on you? Step away from the limp petrol station bouquet  - we've got kid-friendly edible gift recipes, simple and snappy afternoon tea ideas and microwavable treats you can make in minutes.

Child-proof projects

Get the kids in the kitchen and watch them beam with pride as they hand over their homemade treats. Scour your storecupboard for materials to work with, then have a go at one of our easiest-ever recipes.

Even the smallest of hands can help every step of the way to make these really enormous chocolate buttons - all you need are a few bars of chocolate and some decorations – anything from colourful sprinkles to dried fruit will work well. A batch of chocolate bark is just as straightforward and can easily be adapted to whatever you have to hand - try salted fruit 'n' nut or mint chocolate with pretzels. Chocolate, pretzels and raisins are all you need to make these crunchy pretzel bites, and with an assortment of biscuits, sweets and dried fruit, you can create fabulous fifteens or super-simple tiffin bites; and if you can find an egg, caster sugar and a jar of peanut butter, these three-ingredient peanut butter cookies are your friend.

Impromptu afternoon tea

It's possible to put together an afternoon tea, pronto. Firstly, make the savouries. Thinly slice a loaf of bread, then raid the fridge to find fillers – you could go classic with cream cheese & cucumber and egg mayonnaise, or try something different with brunch-inspired egg & bacon or veggie carrot & raisin. Finish your spread with a speedy raspberry jam that's ready in under half an hour – simply slather onto sugared scones and serve.

Microwave magic

Abandon the oven – if you’re after a really rapid bake, turn to the microwave. We’ve got last-minute microwave recipes for chocolate cake, coffee & walnut cake, peanut butter & jam brownies or banana pudding. You can also use your microwave to make crumbly, boozy fudge in minutes, with no sugar thermometer required.

Shop 'til you drop

If you don't have time to make something, visit our Mother's Day gift guide for our top shop-bought suggestions. Our best buys include edible gifts, novelty homeware and clever kitchen kit – just don't forget to place your order in time! 

Have you got a little last-minute magic planned for Mother's Day this year? Let us know in the comments below...

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