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10 Mother’s Day gifts for the lifesavers in your life

Our mothers are precious. They ease our arrival into this world and see us through the ups and downs. And it’s not only mums who mother. As Dr Alexis Pauline Gumbs writes in Revolutionary Mothering: 'What if mothering is about the how of it?' For many of us, carers, aunties, teachers and even older siblings step up to fill the role.

Whoever we see as Mum - or mummy, mam, mom or amma - Mother’s Day is our yearly reminder to appreciate the people who show us this courageous care that knows no bounds. Here are our top 10 gift ideas for your mum from our RNLI Shop that will help you do just that.

The cover of Swim Wild and Free by Simon Griffiths. It shows the back of a person with thick shoulder length brown hair wading into calm water in a green mountainous landscape on a bright blue day.

1. Swim Wild and Free: A Practical Guide to Swimming Outdoors 365 Days a Year, £16.99

Has your mum ever wondered what kit she needs for open water swimming – or how to love the cold? Whether taking a first tentative dip at a local wild swimming spot, or taking on a long-distance swimming challenge, this book shares all she needs to know to embrace outdoor swimming in every season and enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits it offers.

A woman stands on the beach wearing a cosy-looking blue, long-sleeved, hooded changing robe

2. RNLI dryrobe® Advance Long Sleeve, Blue, £180

With the privacy of changing robes, we wave goodbye to the days of awkwardly holding a towel up to change behind. This one from dryrobe® is waterproof and windproof, with a polyester outer and cosy synthetic lambswool lining. It’ll keep Mum warm and dry even on cold days – and it features an internal waterproof pocket to keep her accessories safe too. A thoughtful Mother’s Day gift for a mum who’s in and out of the water!

The Sea Kelp Luxurious Gift Set, featuring shower cream, body polish, body cream and luxury soap

3. Sea Kelp Marine Spa Luxurious Gift Set, £17.50

The perfect present for mums who need a bit of pampering. Infused with a fresh, coastal fragrance, this luxurious gift set from our revitalising sea kelp collection is enriched with nutrients to leave skin beautifully nourished. With naturally derived ingredients, it's perfect for an at-home spa day.

Dirty Dog Racoon sunglasses, with a brown tortoiseshell pattern frame and grey/gold lenses.

4. Dirty Dog Racoon Sunglasses, Tortoiseshell, Brown, £45

The eyewear of choice for RNLI lifeguards and crew, our Dirty Dog Racoon sunglasses feature Fusion polarised polyfilter lenses and are moulded from Grilamide TR90 to withstand extreme temperatures. Whether fishing or boating, skiing or cycling, they’re perfect for a wide range of sports where high performance protection is required. Treat your mum to a great Mother’s Day gift that will go with her on every adventure.

A mid-brown leather rucksack with mustard yellow stitching and a zip running over the top. There is also a zippered pocket at the front. Embossed in the right-hand lower corner is the RNLI flag logo.

5. RNLI Flag Leather Rucksack, Brown £65

Made from luxurious soft leather and embossed with the RNLI flag logo, this stylish backpack keeps hands free and belongings secure. It’s smart and versatile, with adjustable zip-fastening shoulder straps so it can be worn with one strap or two. There are also zip fastening pockets on the front, back and inside for smaller things that need their own dedicated storage spot.

A woman with blonde hair looks at the camera, wearing a cream-coloured beanie with a navy bobble on top

6. RNLI + Finisterre Chunky Pom Beanie, Ecru/Navy £40

This Mother’s Day gift will keep your special person warm and cosy on her next adventure. Our super stylish beanie, from the RNLI’s collaboration with Finisterre, is knitted in a simple fisherman's rib stitch to keep the wild weather out but retain the heat. Made from soft and thick 100% lambswool yarn.

Two yellow welly-shaped planters with flowers sprouting from the tops, on a patio, next to plant pots and small models of a lifeboat, a crew member and a pair of yellow wellies

7. RNLI Yellow Welly Garden Planter £15/£25

A colourful gardening gift for mums who are lovers of all things lifeboat. Help make her garden or home bloom this spring with our ceramic hand-painted yellow welly planter. Perfect for her favourite bulbs, plants or herbs, it’s available in small (22cm) and large (29.5cm). Suitable for outside use but must be brought inside during frosts or extreme cold. 

A cushion patterned with radiating and overlapping dotted circles that resemble stylised fish scales. Shown twice: blue dots on white and white dots on blue.

8. Zen Circles Outdoor Cushion, Navy/White £20

With spring on the way, these Zen Circles Outdoor Cushions make a great Mother’s Day gift. The 100% polyester zip covers are removable for easy cleaning and they’ll add a pop of colour to brighten up your mum’s wooden chairs or garden sofa.

A bottle of Salcombe Gin’s Four Seas gin rests on a harbour wall next to a mooring ring

9. Four Seas by Salcombe Gin, £39.50

Raise a glass to those who mother with a very special gin. ‘Four Seas’ by Salcombe Gin has been distilled with lemon peels smoked over Scottish whisky barrel wood chips, English sea buckthorn harvested in Cornwall, sugar kelp foraged from the Irish Sea, and elderberries from wildest Wales. And every bottle helps save lives at sea. 70cl, ABV 40%.

A woollen Woven Ombre Seaside Throw with blended lines in shades of blue along the tasselled edges and a soft grey in the centre

10. Woven Ombre Seaside Throw, Blue/Grey £75

If you’re looking for luxury Mother’s Day gifts, this one feels like a warm hug. Just the thing for chilly evenings, our seaside-inspired throw in relaxing ocean hues is made from 100% wool. It’s ideal for snuggling on the sofa or thrown over the bed for a cosy night’s sleep. What’s more, every penny from the sale of this throw helps to keep RNLI lifeboat crews safe and warm when out on a shout.

Feeling inspired? This is just a small selection of our special Mother’s Day gifts. Browse the RNLI Shop for the full range. Free UK delivery on orders of £50 or more.