The perfect Mother’s Day present? We’ve finally found it

A woman relaxes by listening to music on her 3rd Generation Airpods

It’s the dilemma we face every Mother’s Day without fail: just what do you get for the woman who has everything and wants nothing? Scented candle? Feels a bit insufficient. Slippers? How many pairs does one woman need? Bath salts? Covered that this Christmas, and the thirty before.

Yep, figuring out what to gift your mum on the one day per year dedicated to celebrating her brilliance is as easy as, well, figuring out what to buy your dad come 19 June.

Enter stage left John Lewis – solver of all our problems, saviour of every holiday ever. From Le Creuset casserole dishes to Charlotte Tilbury skincare, we can always rely on JL to bring us an expertly curated selection of the best gifts for any occasion.

And this year, when it comes to filling up our John Lewis baskets ahead of the big day, we’re trying something a little different. We’re finally getting our mums to join the AirPods revolution.

While the rest of us wonder how we ever lived without them, chances are your mum is lagging a little behind. Here’s why 3rd generation AirPods are the perfect present for any mum – no matter her taste in music, or her favourite type of audiobook to unwind to.

Apple AirPods with MagSafe Charging Case (3rd Generation) – £159 | John Lewis 

Apple AirPods with MagSafe Charging Case (3rd Generation) – <a href="" data-link-merchant=""" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">£159 | John Lewis 

Five reasons why we’re giving the gift of AirPods this Mother’s Day:

Spatial audio

The latest generation of AirPods have been re-designed and enhanced to heighten the listening experience. Yep, we’re talking spatial audio with dynamic head tracking for a three-dimensional listening experience – whether your mum’s using them for listening to music, catching up on her favourite TV series, or kicking back with a classic film. Immersing the wearer in sound from every direction, they’ll make your mum feel like she’s in her very own concert hall or cinema. (They’re also great for blocking your dad out. But don’t tell him we told you that.)

They cleverly adjust themselves to each person’s ear

Much more than just a pretty accessory, the latest generation of AirPods boast Adaptive EQ to automatically tune music to the shape of the wearer’s ear. With inward-facing microphones detecting what your mum’s hearing, they adjust low-and mid-range frequencies to deliver the rich details in every song, customised for her in real time.

The sound clarity is unparalleled

Sure, tinny-sounding, cheap earphones have their place (at the airport, in an emergency, when you’ve just lost your good pair), but what you pay for is what you get when it comes to AirPods. Covered in special acoustic mesh, an inset microphone in each earbud minimises wind noise when the wearer is on a call – so you’ll always hear her voice loud and clear when you’re on the other end of the line.

They’re sweat and water resistant

Your mum doesn’t have to be a triathlon aficionado to appreciate this one. Whether she’s a green thumb with a tendency to get caught in the rain, or is constantly rushing around making things better in that way that mums do, she’s sure to love the fact that the latest generation of AirPods (and their MagSafe Charging Case) are rated IPXS sweat and water resistant.

She’ll rarely have to charge them

There are many things we love about AirPods, but perhaps the one we appreciate most during the flustered Monday morning rush is how easy it is to charge them. With up to 6 hours of listening with just one charge, and an included MagSafe charging case that carries enough charge for up to 30 hours of battery life, forgetful types and busy mums alike are sure to appreciate just how hassle-free these bad boys are.

See? We told you we were onto a winner. Now get them in your basket ASAP.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Kate McCusker

Kate McCusker is a freelance writer at Marie Claire UK, having joined the team in 2019. She studied fashion journalism at Central Saint Martins, and her byline has also appeared in Dezeen, British Vogue, The Times and woman&home. In no particular order, her big loves are: design, good fiction, bad reality shows and the risible interiors of celebrity houses.