Need some thoughtful gift ideas for Mum for all budgets? Whether it is for Mother’s Day, Christmas, Mum’s birthday or just to say ‘you’re special’, here are our suggestions for all price ranges in mind.
Mother’s Day is one of the biggest Gift Giving days of the year for that special lady in our lives that wiped our butt and boogers, and still rings to check and see if we are okay, even though we are now all grown up. That lady, she is special. She is always there for us. But Mum’s can also be notoriously hard to buy for. My Mum isn’t really into anything which makes her really hard to shop for, I usually end up getting her flowers and earrings every year which is a bit snoozefest.
We cover all budgets – from FREE gifts – right up to fancy gifts worth hundreds of dollars.
Not this year, I’m going to shop around. She has had a big year, and I want to thank her for all the times she picked up my kids from school or did my food shopping because I just didn’t have time. Thanks Mum.
Bedloves has some great 100% pure flax linen bed sheets and doona covers at reasonable prices if you want to give your mum some understated luxury in the bedroom. These sheets are environmentally and socially sustainable (GOTS) and come with size labels in the bottom right-hand corner and a labeled storage bag so you will never lose a sheet in that linen closet again!
All Mum’s love a beautifully soft dressing gown to snuggle into in the Winter.
We love these Mercer + Reid Ultra Soft Bathrobes. Stockist: Adairs
A delicious hamper from Byron Bay Gifts.
Stockist: Byron Bay Gifts
If Mum loves her coffee in the morning, why not upgrade her coffee machine. Don’t forget to include some coffee beans or pods!
5. A Coffee Bean Subscription
Buy Mum a coffee bean subscription! There are loads of different stockists now that will post your Mum a monthly supply of her favourite coffee beans.
- Beanhunter Coffee Subscription (3 boxes from $58.50)
- Rumble Coffee Roasters Subscription Box (From $66)
Mum can have breakfast in bed every day without getting crumbs in the sheets with this breakfast tray!!
This gorgeous leather embossed jewellery box is lockable (to keep little hands away) and features a mirror, lift-out tray and sections for rings and earrings.
Stockist: Pottery Barn
Does Mum have a favourite magazine that she loves? Why not get her a six or twelve month subscription. It is the gift that does keep on giving!
Grab magazine subscriptions from iSubscribe
If Mum has always talked about making her own cheese, now she can. This is a soft cheese kit – but there are also Hard Cheese Kits, Feta Kits and Camembert Kits.
Stockist: Green Living Australia
Stockist: Green Living Australia
If Mum travels a lot or just has trouble sleeping, this luxurious silk sleeping mask will pamper her skim and keep out the light. Made of 100% Mulberry Silk, it is an item she will have forever.
Stockist: Pottery Barn
11. A Foodie Subscription Box
Subscription Boxes are all the rage at the moment and there are some beautiful ones available. This is a Foodies Collective Discovery Box with all Australian artisan food. For a comprehensive list of Subscription Boxes, check out our article, The Ultimate List of All Australian Subscription Boxes.
Stockist: Far Kew Emporium
All Mum’s wish we can stay in our pyjamas all day. But if the jammy jams are ‘decent’ enough like this set, you can wear them all day and they don’t look so ‘I just got out of bed’. Lounge wear is a thang!
Stockist: Hard to Find
Silk Pillowcases are brilliant as they don’t ‘fluff’ up your hair when you are sleeping (so less breakage) – and silk is also very gentle on your skin. These pillowcases are 100% Mulberry Silk and are naturally hypoallergenic and breathable.
Stockist: Hard to Find
All girls love their pretties. Bellabox sends out a beauty box to your Mum’s door every month, filled with 5+ beauty samples to try at home. You get to try the latest and greatest skincare, makeup and beauty items before everyone else – and it is a really affordable and thoughtful gift.
I love these! Activewear can be so boring, but there are now cute and nerdy ones for every personality! These suck in your tummy, support every move and smooth over any imperfections.
Stockist: Booty Sculpted
If Mum loves ice cream – this is the ultimate gift to make her favorite recipes at home! The kit includes a Cuisinart Frozen Dessert Maker, Dessert sauce pack with four different flavours, a professional non-sick ice cream scoop, three tubs of confectionery to top the ice cream – all bundled in a gift box with a ribbon.
If Mum loves her wine, why not get her a real glass!!!
Stockist: Yellow Octopus
600 questions on Mum’s favourite TV show of all time!
Stockist: Yellow Octopus
A silk scarf is a beautiful and thoughtful gift for Mum – because it is a luxurious item that she can wear forever. Our pick is this Italian Luxury 100% Pure Silk Twill Satin 90cm square scarf that can also be worn as a shawl.
Stockist: Dreamer Sydney
Learn how to brew your own Kombucha at home. This book has over 400 recipes for a fraction of the store bought price.
Stockist: Green Living Australia
The Apple Watch Series 3 (42mm in silver) is perfect for all woman who want the convenience of a phone without having to carry one with you. Just snap on the watch and off you go. Has a built in activity tracker so you can achieve your fitness goals, and even speak to Siri with the built-in speaker.
Make sure that Mum’s makeup brushes are impeccably clean with this Brush Cleaner. It uses centrifugal spin so that brushes are literally ready to re-use immediately.
Stockist: The Shaver Shop
Have a star chart that shows the sky at the exact moment both Mum and Daughter were born.
Stockist: Print Inspired
24. Momma and Me Shirts
Perfect for the Mum with a little one – these Momma and Me shirts are super adorable!!!!
Stockist: Baby K Designs
Mum will love this wine glass – it has been professionally laser engraved on a crystal glass that holds 350ml.
Stockist: Giftware Direct
If Mum doesn’t get a whole lot of time to herself, maybe get her a ‘Welcome to Wellness’ Subscription Box which gives her a some luxury and pamper time.
This is a great (and free) one for kids to make at home. A booklet of chores that Mum can give you at any time – and you have to obey!
Play podcasts whilst you are cooking dinner, ask Google what the weather will be like today without having to get up from the lounge chair! Plus a Google Home will keep the kids entertained for hours asking it jokes!
This bangle pack from Lovisa is simply darling – and extremely inexpensive! The bangles can be worn all together, or separate – it is up to Mum.
Stockist: Lovisa for $17.99
The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is engineered for fast dryer and precision styling at the same time.
Stockist: The Shaver Shop
Give someone the gift of time this Christmas. What better way to show someone how much you care than by getting them time with their very own Life Assistant. Whatever they need, a gift voucher for a little extra help will go a long way to easing the mental load.
Give Mum the gift of gourmet. Dinnerly provide all the ingredients and step by step instructions on how to cook a quick and tasty masterpiece! Dinnerly has meals from $5.75 per person.
Wine and Chocolate in a beautiful box! Perfect for Mumma Bear. There are four different types of wines in this gift box – in CANS!!!!
Make Mum feel like she’s from Beverly Hills with a Louis Vuitton iPhone Case. Available in different iPhone models.
Stockist: Octop USA
Shipped from The United States
Most ladies would love to try a sewing machine at some time or another – I know I’ve always wanted one even though I have no idea how to use them. This one is cute in pink!!!
What can tell Mum you love her more than a fancy bottle of French wine!
Let Mum relax by reclining on a stylish resort style hammock. Holds up to 220kg.
This hamper looks just delicious – the best thing is that you can choose which wine and cheese that you want – so it is fully customisable!
Stockist: Gourmet Baskets
Make all your favourite sparkling drinks at home with your own Soda Stream!
Every gal loves to gurney – we probably love it more than the men-folk…. So satisfying….
Our Pick: The K’A’Rcher Premium Full Control Plus
Did foot spa’s ever really go out of fashion? This one has a built in heater, has double the bubbles, 4 massage rollers and an easy pour water spout.
Price: $85.00 + delivery
If you aren’t sure what brands of wine you would like or just want an element of surprise with your bottles of wine, grab this Mystery Box. 12 bottles of wine, mixed white wine and red wine.
Stockist: Kogan for $59
A gift basket full of tasty gourmet goodies. All Australian fine foods and wine.
Stockist: Macarthur Baskets
Many Mum’s lose their sense of style after having babies… because every item we own ends up covered in vomit.. If Mum is in a rut as to what to wear, why not get her a Stylist to help her style her wardrobe and help her choose pieces that are right for her!
We recommend Threadicated
If Mum has always wanted to have her teeth fixed, a new set of boobs or lap band surgery – why not help contribute to her ‘Surgery Fund’ I seriously need a nose job!
Weaving is extremely therapeutic – this is a small solid timber weaving loom together with yarn.
Stockist: Green Living Australia
The latest and greatest in hair straighteners. The GHD Platinum adapts the heat to ensure your hair doesn’t burn!
Have a safe and pretty place for Mum to keep all of her rings. I love this gorgeous ring holder by Kate Spade – all of her stuff is so girly!
Flowers are always very traditional for Mother’s Day. I love this Mother’s Day bunch of flowers with soft pink roses, purple alstroemeria and white daisies.
Stockist: Petals Network
An all-in-one palette packed with 12 silky-smooth, Amazonian clay-powered shades that play with light and shadow to #slaywithclay. It’s your can’t-live-without-it beauty wardrobe – whether you’re feeling the low-key or high-key look. *Benefits* These essential, universally flattering shades sculpt, define and highlight your features. Nine neutral-to-smoky shadows (6 matte, 3 lustre) create unlimited wearable looks, while three face powders (including blush, bronzer and highlighter) add definition and make the skin glow. Each creamy, microfine powder is infused with Amazonian clay, so it offers rich payoff that blends to a natural, long-wearing finish without creasing, caking or flaking.
This premium quality giclee art print has been produced on German made heavy weight (230gsm/matte finish) fine art stock using using archival quality inks resulting in a superior print suitable for museum or gallery display.
Stockist: Hard to Find
Free but Thoughtful Gifts for Mum:
52. Clean the house for Mum
And then make her dinner!
53. Painted Hand-prints of the kids in a frame
A gift that you can keep forever. Grab some water based paint and paint your child’s hands and press them onto a piece of cardboard and allow to dry. Then cut the cardboard to fit into a frame. A simple, inexpensive and beautiful gift for Mother’s Day.
54. A Pair of Custom Converse
Connies are perhaps THE most comfy and practical pair of shoes for Mumma Bears that there is (I have 16 pairs…. OMG I’m a hoarder…). But now you can get custom connies – so have your Mum’s favourite singer or actor front and centre on a pair of her favourite Converse.
55. Take Mum to a country market
Here is a list of where to find all the best country markets:
56. Historical Walks or Heritage Trails
These are free and self guided walks – here is just a few that I could find:
- Gympie Heritage Trails
57. Cemetery walk or ghost tour
These are fantastic fun – and there are many all over the world. Here are just a few that we have found:
- Gold Coast
- Pentridge Prison Ghost Tour (Melbourne)
- The Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour (Ararat)
- Old Melbourne Ghost Tour
- Point Cook Homestead Ghost Tour (Melbourne)
- Haunted Sydney Ghost Tour (The Rocks, Sydney)
- Adelaide Gaol Ghost Tour
58. Organise a Progressive Dinner with the family.
Take Mum on a food journey at all her favourite people’s homes – particularly good for all the kids to host a entree, main or dinner at each of their houses. Progressive Dinners have fallen out of favour in the last few years, but they are a super fun way to enjoy a dinner!
Board Games make for a tremendously fun night with the family! Just steer clear of the games that end up in shouting matches (cough cough Monopoly). Here are some of the most fun board games to play:
60. Organise a fancy Breakfast in Bed
61. Watch her favourite movie without complaining (supply popcorn and a foot rub)
62. Salt Dough Gifts from the Kids
64. Buy her a Double pass to the cinema so she can watch any movie she wants!
- Twilight Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour
- The Tall Ship Enterprize Williamstown (Melbourne)
68. A Hair voucher for a Cut and Colour
70. Swim with the dolphins
There are actually loads of places within Australia where you can go and swim with a dolphin – what an amazing experience that Mum will just love!
Click on the locations below for information and pricing.
If Mum doesn’t want to actually get in the water, there are also many dolphin watching tours!
72. Hot Air Balloon Experience
They are all over the place – but Mum will remember the experience forever!
- Yarra Valley (VIC)
- Gold Coast (QLD)
- Barossa Valley (SA)
- Melbourne CBD (VIC)
- Canberra (ACT)
- Perth (WA)
- Orange (NSW)
- Byron Bay (NSW)
- Cairns (QLD)
- Alice Springs (NT)
73. Computer lessons (if a wannabe techno savvyMum)
74. Go Ten Pin Bowling as a family
75. Jewellery Making Workshop
76. Book a Bed & Breakfast weekend
77. Learn the Flying Trapeze
If Mum is a bit of a daredevil – look at booking her a lesson on learning the Flying Trapeze!!!!!!
78. Wine Tasting Course or a Winery Tour
If your Mum loves wine, there is a variety of wine tasting courses or wine tours she can attend depending on where she is!!!!
- Yarra Valley Wine Tour
- Wine Tasting with Gourmet Cheeses in Sydney
- Champagne Tasting in Sydney
- Wine Education Class and Lunch, Swan Valley (Western Australia)
79. Invest in an educational Course for Mum
80. Tickets to a theatre show, festival or concert
2019 is a huge year for theatre shows and concerts. Here are just a few that you can purchase tickets for right now!
Metallica is touring Australia in October. Grab tickets here
Probably the biggest festival in the world. Grab tickets here
Jussy is touring the United States in March 2019. Grab tickets here
- Ariana Grande
- The Beach Boys
- Norah Jones
- Tim McGraw
- Rob Thomas
- Ben Kweller
81. Enjoy a High Tea
A High Tea is a fun and fancy day out with the girls. Many of the fancier hotels do them – here are some that I know about:
High Tea in the United States:
- Alice’s Tea Cup (New York City)
- The Ritz-Carlton Central Park (New York City)
- The Millennium Biltmore Hotel (Los Angeles)
- Langham Huntington Hotel (Pasadena)
82. Go for a drive in the countryside
And have lunch in a small country pub!
Everyone loves eating chocolate, now you can make your own gourmet chocolates in the comfort of your own kitchen! The Ultimate Chocolate Workshop will show you how to:
- Make ganache
- Melt chocolate
- Temper chocolate
- Mould chocolate
- Hand dipping
- Chocolate decorating
You will learn a variety of tricks and techniques allowing you to create a number of different sweet, chocolate treats to impress your friends and family.
Discover how to make a ganache for truffles, for cake and as a dessert, the key to melting chocolate and how to temper dark, white and milk chocolate using a household bowl.
84. Lunch at the local Pub
86. A trip to the beach
87. A trip to the zoo
Some of the best zoo’s to visit include:
- Taronga Zoo (New South Wales)
- Werribee Open Range Zoo (Victoria)
- Featherdale Wildlife Park (Sydney)
- Adelaide Zoo
- Currumbin Wildlife Santuary
- Australia Zoo (Queensland)
- Perth Zoo (Western Australia)
89. Lunch or dinner cruise
90. Belly Dancing Lessons
91. Weekend on a houseboat
92. A beautiful herb growing kit
If Mum loves the garden, perhaps growing herbs for the kitchen would make a great gift.
Ships from Australia
93. Take your Mum SKYDIVING!!!!!!
If Mum is a bit of a daredevil or has everything already – what about a Skydiving Experience! If Mum won’t jump out of a plane (and can I just say – hell no!) – then there are also Indoor Skydiving Centres which sounds a lot less scary!
Indoor Skydiving Centres:
For those that want to jump out of a plane:
- List of Queensland Locations
- List of Victorian Locationsz
- List of New South Wales Locations
- List of Western Australian Locations
- List of Tasmanian Locations
- List of South Australia Locations
- List of Northern Territory Locations
- List of ACT Locations
Gardening gloves don’t need to be boring – you can now buy pretty ones. We love these from Hard to Find.
97. Picnic at the local park
98. Electric Bicycle ride
99. A day out on a bike with the family
100. Organise a Deep Sea Fishing trip
101. Go White Water Rafting
An experience that will get the blood pumping! Perfect for the adrenaline junkie Mumma Bear.
Here are some of the best locations to go White Water Rafting:
- Kaituna River, Rotorua, New Zealand
- Mitta Mitta River, Omeo
- Barrington River, Gloucester
- Tully, Queensland
- Baron River, Cairns
- King River, Melbourne
- Yarra River, Melbourne
- Avon River, Perth
- Lower Mitta River, Dartmouth VIC
102. A New Gym Bag
The Midway Weekender by Po Campo has a spacious interior with lots of pockets and a separate shoe compartment, making it the ideal travel bag. Doubles as a gym bag. Our Mosaic fabric gives a beautiful stylish texture to the Midway range. The Midway is made with vegan, weatherproof fabric and has reflective accents. Includes a detachable and adjustable shoulder strap to carry across the body or by hand.
103. New Yoga Mat
Our Pick: The Wanderer Extreme Heavy Duty Single Swag
Gift Ideas for the Book Loving Mum:
114. Cheese Making Books
Cheese Making is becoming a very popular past-time – and it is easier than you think to make delicious cheeses at home! Here are some how-to books on Cheese Making.
121. New Trendy or homemade Book markers
124. A new Book reading nook
128. New Stylish Reading Glasses
Gifts Ideas for the Online Shopping Crazy Mum:
129. Warehouse Outlet Shopping Day
There are loads of bus tours that go out to all the warehouse shopping days to get a great deal, without having to drive. They are tremendous fun.
130. Gift Cards
Gift Cards are perfect if Mum is really hard to buy for or lives a really long way away!!! You can order most Gifts Cards online from Woolworths.
Gift Ideas for the Mum that Likes to Travel:
131. A new set of luggage
132. A pair of noise-cancelling headphones for the plane.
133. A Crossbody Handbag
134. Packing Cubes
Packing Cubes are a great way to ‘segment’ all of your packing needs in a suitcase. Mum can pack a suitcase like a pro with these packing cubes that are less than $20!
Gift Ideas for the Foodie Mum:
136. A fancy bottle of Olive Oil (you can get different flavours now too – get a whole set!)
137. A hot cooked champagne breakfast
138. A good bottle of wine and a set of wine glasses
139 A tin of Homemade Shortbread
140. A home cooked baked dinner – by you!
141. A Chocolate Fountain
Okay totally impractical – but heaps of fun!
142. A platter of her favourite nibbles like sundried tomatoes, gooey cheese and water crackers
143. A wine and cheese appreciation course
144. A yoghurt making kit
147. Gift pack of spices
153. Stick Blender
154. Selection of fancy tea’s and a teacup
I have one of the old Pete Evans Pizza Ovens. Before he got all anti-vax and all. It is still going strong. Bench top pizza ovens aren’t just for pizza – I use it for Toasted Cheesies, garlic bread or just to brown the top of dishes without using the oven!
156. A Food Vacuum Sealer
159. Electronic Kitchen Scales
There is an awesome range of kitchen scales from House! We get all of our kitchen equipment from House!
Gift Ideas for the Arty or Crafty Mum:
160. Scrapbooking, painting, drawing or Twilling classes
162. A new Sewing Machine
166. Gift vouchers for an art supplier
167. Do an ‘Art Experience’ tour
168. Trendy Arts carry bag
169. Useful canvas easel
171. Sewing Basket
172. Needle pointing tools
173. New Glue gun or crafts tools
174. Crafts Storage cases, jars, shelving
Gift Ideas for the Tech and Computer Savvy Mum:
175. A Kindle
176. The latest Ebook
177. A Tile Dongle that will help you find your keys or bag if you have lost them
184. Wall mount shelf for devices
Tile Dongle that will find your keys – from Amazon
187. Touch Screen Monitor
189. Laptop Pillow (with fan)
190. Star Wars USB
191. Hard Drive to keep all the latest TV shows
192. Subscription for Pay TV
193. New Mobile Phone
Gift Ideas for the Fit and Healthy Mum:
194. Personal training session
196. Beautiful fitness wear (I love Lululemon and Lorna Jane!)
197. Kayaking weekend
201. Book or Subscription to the Michelle Bridges 12WBT
202. Subscription to Weight Watchers (only if she REQUESTS that!!!)
The Home Body Mum:
203. Gift Voucher from Freedom Furniture
Beauty and Pampering Ideas:
218. Gift Voucher for Microdermabrasion from your local beauty salon
220. Perfume or Body Wash
222. An essential oil kit with oil burner
Gift Ideas for the Mum that is hard to buy for.
224. An automatic card shuffler and a few packs of new cards
225. A fresh fruit or vegetable basket
230. Shoe Cleaning Kit
232. A Steam Press
234. Set of pearls – all girls love pearls!
235. Photography Course
236. A wine fridge
These are 100 Gifts Ideas for Mum – do you have any to add???