Mother’s Day: Outside the box gift ideas from tech to travel and more
Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show appreciation for the people in our lives who have nurtured and cared for us. While biological mothers are, of course, worthy of celebration, it’s important to remember that mother figures come in all forms – grandmothers, aunts, stepmothers, foster mothers, mentors and more.
Regardless of who the mother figure in your life is, May 14 is day that is all about them!
Before you resort to the classic bouquet of flowers or chocolates (although these are great options too), we’ve put together a gift guide that’s both thoughtful and unique, so you can show your appreciation in a way that’s sure to put a smile on her face (and hopefully earn you some extra brownie points).
Whether your mum is a foodie, a fashionista, or just really needs some time out, this Mother’s Day, we’ve got you covered.
Digital gifts are great option so why not surprise mum with a subscription to magazines locally and across the globe?
Readly is an ‘all you can read’ magazine app that offers subscriptions to thousands of local and international titles. It’s like a Netflix or Spotify subscription – but for magazines.
There are loads of home, gardening, food and women’s interest magazines to read as well as crosswords and sudoku, so no matter what the mum in your life is into, there is sure to be an option they’ll love.
Mum will have access to thousands of magazines on one app, that is available on many devices. Dad and kids will probably enjoy this subscription as well. It’s also a super eco-friendly way to read magazines so it’s great for the environment.
Zodiaque Moon Candles
If you’ve got an astrology lover in your life, who could also use some help creating a zen space, Zodiaque Moon candles are for her!
These stunning products are created to help people connect by celebrating the Zodiac signs under which we are all born. Started by a brother and sister team, the brand is focused on timeless design, and stands for authenticity, quality, community, and experience.
The range is not just limited to candles, either, you can also shop for journals, diffusers, prints and gift sets, all catered to a specific star sign – thanks to the guidance of astrologer Lisa Stardust who lends her expertise to the brand.
And, as an added bonus, Zodiaque Moon are proud to be part of i=Change, which allows them to contribute to three non-profit organisations focused on improving lives and helping the environment.
Australian Geographic products
For the nature lovers and eco-friendly mums in your life, Australian Geographic has got a great variety of options this Mother’s Day.
Because all parents and carers require a lot of coffee, why not make it a little easier on the environment with this Bamboo Reusable Coffee Cup Set?
Another option is Australia’s Best 100 Walks which helps you build your bucket list of walks around the country and focuses on inspiration rather than directions. The book, which has been curated by Australian Geographic’s editors, writers and photographers and also highlights each walk’s very best bits, from specific points of historical interest to incredible views on the route.
Air Fryer/Slow Cooker
If you do want to go down the “traditional” route of gift giving, you really can’t go past an great Air Fryer or Slow Cooker.
For meals in mere minutes (well, kind of) the Philips Premium Airfryer XXL is the way to go – it’s the only Airfryer that automatically adjusts time and temperature during cooking for perfectly cooked dishes. This unit also has Fat Removal technology for delicious, crispier results, so you really can’t go wrong.
If low and slow is more your speed then the Crock-Pot Express is for you. With seven programs – including saute, pressure cook, slow cook, and steam – you’ve got the best of both worlds in one handy unit.
And for those of you in the market for a pressure cooker this Mother’s Day, you can’t look past the Instant Pot Duo Nova Multi Cooker which is basically like seven appliances in one. It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker AND a warmer. What more does your mum need?
A Prezzee digital gift card makes for a perfect gift for Mother’s Day because it can be swapped and spent at over 300 Australian retailers, including David Jones, JB Hi-Fi, Bunnings, Airbnb, Chemist Warehouse, Country Road, Netflix, Hoyts and Woolworths – making it one gift with endless choice.
This one is the way to go if you’re looking for a gift you can send in just a few clicks, either instantly or scheduled for just the right moment, via text or email. You can even add your own photo, video, or voice message, to create a truly unique gift they can spend however they like.
Camplify Gift Voucher
This one is for the adventure lovers in your life! Camplify is Australia’s largest and fastest-growing campervan, motorhome and caravan sharing community, connecting holidaymakers with thousands of unique neighbourhood vans that are available to hire for their next outdoor adventure.
Camplify has something for every time of mother figure, whether they are looking to chill by the beach or into some serious luxury. There are also vans to suit the pet owners in your life, and ones that can accommodate the whole family, so you can share in all of the adventures.
So, if you are looking for a really unique Mother’s Day gift this one is definitely the way to go.
Love in the Moonlight Gift Set
This is an Aussie-owned brand that focuses on the wellbeing of new mothers through the love-language of gifts, and is perfect for those who love to support local businesses.
The company was founded by Avril Robinson, who is on a mission to normalise gift giving to new mothers when their baby is born with beautifully thoughtful and curated eco-friendly products.
The Mother’s Day gift sets include items such as bath salts, tea bags, mantra cards, candles and more, to make new mums feel nurtured, rested and loved.
Give the gift of a new skill with a voucher for a art or photography class at any number of studios around Australia.
You can find life drawing classes, sculpture, pottery, kintsugi, still life – you name it. These days there are even short workshops in iPhone photography to help your favourite person capture happy snaps like a total pro.
If you’re not sure your mum can commit to a series of classes then a paint and sip night like Pinot and Picasso is a great alternative – especially as you can bring wine.
City Cave Voucher
If the mother in your life needs a little relaxing space to relax, rejuvenate and unwind, send them to a City Cave Float and Wellness Centre for a little R+R. With beautifully appointed private float pools, infrared saunas and massages, City Cave centres offer a great range of services that can improve physical, mental, and emotional health.
They also have some Mother’s Day packages which include different combinations of flotation, infrared and massage. Bliss!
Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener
For the lover of the best beauty tools, the award-winning Dyson Corrale is a great shout! This sleek product is cordless and uses flexing copper plates to protect your hair as you straighten it (or create gorgeous, effortless waves).
Of course, Dyson is also known for its Supersonic Hair Dryers and the Airwrap Multistyler, so there is definitely something for everyone.
Mrs Tablescape Tablewares
If the mother figure in your life is known for throwing epic dinner parties – and loves to support local, Aussie businesses – you have to check out the stunning, luxe ceramics, candles and linens from Mrs Tablescape.
With a commitment to quality and tradition, each piece is crafted by the Dorrian family who pour their heart and soul into every creation. From signature ceramics to luxurious linens, every detail is considered and crafted to perfection. And, even better, all of the pieces are not only beautiful, but also sustainable and ethical and practical.
If your mum loves to make a statement, these are definitely the pieces for her.
This one could be a little contentious – but we have to sing the praises of a good robot vaccum and the time they save.
There are quite a few good models on the market these days, so it’s easier than ever to find ones that suit specific needs and budgets.
The Eufy RoboVac G30 Verge has across the board glowing reviews, thanks to its Path Tracking Sensor and Smart Dynamic Navigation 2.0 which enables purposeful cleaning. Meanwhile, the more exxy Roborock mop and vacuum cleaner is known as the ultimate time saver due to its sonic technology that scrubs floors up to 3,000 times a minute, eliminating dried-on dirt and stains that other robot vacuums can’t help.
If your mum or mother figure is a pet-owner, the OG robot vacuum – otherwise known as the iRobot Roomba – uses an AeroForce 3-Stage cleaning system with five-times suction for a powerful clean to pull in embedded dirt, debris, and pet hair.
Voucher for a sleep in
If you’re on a strict budget but still want to give a gift that is a surefire hit, you can’t go past a handmade voucher for a sleep in, because what parent does not desperately need one of those (or ten?).