We’ve all been there on Mother’s Day morning.
Drinking the (lukewarm) cup of tea. Nibbling the (half cooked) piece of toast that’s more Vegemite than bread. Wondering when we hinted that what we REALLY wanted for was a pair of fur lined crocs/synthetic ‘sexy’ knickers/a monogrammed gardening set.
This year, say sayonara to gifts destined for the back of the wardrobe with our round up of the best Mother’s Day gift ideas that will actually elicit a genuine ‘I love it.’ Whether you’re into all things natural, a beauty product junkie, fit and focused or a bit of a tech lover, we’ve got you covered.
The ultimate Mother’s Day gift ideas guide
1. Your day, your way with an experience of a lifetime
Choosing your own Mother’s Day gift via a voucher is a win win. But there can be a downside. We’re talking voucher regret AKA when you receive a voucher for something or somewhere that’s kind of rubbish. That won’t happen with Gift It Now, which lets you choose from over 2000+ different experiences nationwide for a gift that’s as unique as you.
Gift experiences start from $25 and there’s something for every mum, whether your idea of bliss is a shopping tour or afternoon tea with the girls, a romantic winery lunch, a breathtaking early morning hot air balloon ride, or something even more adventurous. It’s easy to find the perfect pressie.
And because YOU get to choose the experience, this Mother’s Day gift will always be the perfect fit. But if you do change your mind about which experience you’d like, it’s nice to know Gift It Now lets you switch to something else instead.
2. Get sassy (or sweaty) in your active wear
“Active wear, active wear, celebrating Mother’s Day in my active wear.”
If you’re a tights and tee devotee then you’ll know there’s nothing better than some brand new sports wear. The MB Active By Michelle Bridges Range, available through Big W, is all about quality, high performance active wear with a reasonable price tag.
There’s workout wardrobe staples like leggings, crop tops and jackets pairs moisture wicking technology with flattering cuts and fabrics and even runners. You’ll find plus-sizes too in certain styles. And all priced so you can snap up a whole outfit and STILL have enough cash left over to spring for coffee with the after-drop-off mum crowd, We love the MB Active By Michelle Bridges Women’s Mesh Insert Legging ($28) and the MB Active By Michelle Bridges Digital Print Tee ($25).
3. Nourish the skin you’re in
Forget that bottle of rose scented talcum powder that makes you feel like your great nan, THIS is the skin care stuff you need on your Mother’s Day wish list. Natralus Australia Intensive Skin Therapy Moisturising Lotion ($9.95) and Nourishing Paw Paw Lip Butters ($4.99) are everything that bottle of talc isn’t; natural, effective and free from irritating nasties.
We love using the lotion on everything from dry, irritated skin to nappy rash. The organic paw paw, aloe vera and Vitamin E make the lotion super hydrating without being greasy, while the paw paw lip butter is the ultimate #mumlife essential. Soft and buttery thanks to Shea butter and organic paw paw, it comes in four super juicy, natural flavours. Chuck a tube in your nappy bag for nourishment on-the-go.
4. Feel the zen from dusk til dawn
Turn your home into your own dreamy zen den with products from dusk. Erase the scent of Vegemite sandwiches and relax with the Flora MoodMist Diffuser and Essential Oil Set ($159.99) which looks stunning on your sideboard as it gently fragrances your home via ultra-sonic technology.
The gorgeous Reed Diffusers use pure essential oils for a child-friendly way to add scent that lasts to your living spaces. If candles are more your thing, you’ll be spoilt for choice. We love the velvety vanilla bean ‘A Mother Like No Other’ Candle ($29.99). Light it up once the little ones are in bed and soak up the scented goodness. Delightful.
Don’t forget to enter to win our $580 dusk Mother’s Day Gift Hamper … it’s the stuff dusk dreams are made of!
5. Me time the way it’s meant to be
If a bit of mummy me-time is on your wish list, then endota spa is your happy place. There’s everything a mum wants and needs, but never has time to do – facials, massage, spa packages and all sorts of beauty treatments.
Mother’s Day is the best time for putting yourself first for a change, after all. We think the 90 minute Revive Spa Package, which includes a relaxing full body massage, nourishing facial, stimulating foot massage and nail care and polish is just the ticket for a tired mum. Especially if someone else looks after the kids!
6. Pamper mum with a BDB Pamper Pack
If Mother’s Day isn’t the perfect time to let your hair down and relax, then we don’t know when is. But it’s important to do it right, don’t you think?
Imagine this – a hair mask to pamper your locks, then a 5-minute head massage and deluxe blow dry and style while you sip on a glass of bubbles. Sounds like bliss, well it is and it’s only $60.
And here’s another just-for-mums sweetener … Buy a gift card in the week leading up to Mother’s Day and BDB will put extra value on your card! So a $150 gift voucher will get $200 in value, a $250 gift voucher will get $325 in value and a $550 gift voucher gets you a whopping $700 in value. No more bad hair days EVER! Find out more here.
7. A little bit of Mimco glamour
If ‘fashion’ is your middle name, it has to be Mimco. As a mum, we need our fashion to work double time. It needs to be pretty AND practical. Fun AND functional. Mimco has a range of products which well and truly fit the bill.
We love the Shimmer Flip Case for iPhone ($89.95) which will protect your phone from sticky fingers with space to stash your essentials (credit card, cash, a small packet of wipes) and the Name Drop Charm ($39.95) that’s perfect for personalising your nappy bag.
Check out the range of gorgeous gift boxes starting around $100 which include a small pouch and keyring or perhaps the bracelet and earrings set is more your thing for lovers of Mimco Jewellery? Either way, with flexible returns even if it’s not your cup of tea, you can easily swap for something else that is. Hardest part? Picking one.
8. Surprise her with the best blooms on the block (and they’re edible!)
What’s better than a beautiful bunch of flowers? A bunch of deliciously edible blooms. See ya petals, give us the chocolate.
Edible Blooms have a range of gorgeous gift ideas for those mamas with a sweet tooth. Take it from us, the Choc-Dipped Strawberries ($49) are to die for. If you’re in good mama mode and plan to share with the kids, perhaps consider the Chocolate Bouquets ($49) and even a bouquet of hand Dipped Donuts ($99) will make a WOW gift to remember!
Best of all, order online, have them delivered to your door and wait for the WOW to kick in!
9. The helper every mum needs around the house
Ever wished you could Google search for s**t in your house? ‘Ok Google, where are my car keys?’ It’s the dream isn’t it?
While technology hasn’t advanced THAT far (yet), Google Home ($149 on sale at Big W) is the next best thing. Your hands-free virtual assistant, this responsive intelligence hub is all about making life that little bit easier. Making dinner and need to check the recipe? Forget sticky chicken hands all over your smart phone, just ask Google home and they’ll find the recipe for you.
Connect it to your Google Play account for unlimited music at your fingertips with a simple voice command “OK Google, please play Justin Timberlake’s latest album” or perhaps you want to watch the latest series on Netflix, it’ll automatically hook up to Netflix on your TV! My kids love asking Google all types of questions, she’s hilarious and certainly isn’t a pushover!
You can also manage everyday tasks like your daily diary, set alarms and timers and even sync Google Home up to your TV and lights. We’re living in the future people and you can save $50 off the RRP just in time for Mother’s Day!
Need some more Mother’s Day gift ideas inspo? Check out our competitions page where you can win a $580 dusk Mother’s Day gift basket.