Ah, mum. The amazing woman who gave life to you. Sure, she still harps on about how long and painful your entrance to the world was, usually at the most embarrassing moments. But she’s literally got the scars and stripes to prove it. So, deal with it. Plus, she’s just getting you back for everything you put her through when you were a teenager, right?
Say thanks (or sorry) with our curated collection of the best gift ideas for mum. We’ve rounded up 26 gift ideas to suit every type of mum - whether she’s into fitness, tech, crafting, relaxing or more, we’ve got the best gifts for her - heck, they make great gifts for grandma too. All about multi-tasking? Check out our parents gifts - unless dad needs his own special thanks / sorry gift too.
As we all know, mums are brilliant multi-taskers and this Samsung Smart Watch will let her juggle multiple things at once. She can manage her health, including over 120 home workout programmes on her wrist, and perfect her running technique. She can listen to music and respond to messages on the go. Heck, she can even let the emergency services know where she is if she takes a bad fall. This watch with its classic good looks is almost as hard-working as she is.
Peer inside any mum’s bag and you’ll find plenty of stuff. Make sure she’s got room for everything with a large, gorgeous tote bag. We love State of Escape’s collection. These sophisticated bags are made right here in Australia, with each pattern hand-cut to ensure a quality bag. Made of neoprene, they're durable and can resist a little dirt and water. The sailing rope handle evokes coastal vibes, while being practical. It also comes with a removable zip up pouch for her valuables.
Cheers to that
If you're looking for gifts for a mum who is hard to buy for, we reckon you can't go wrong with this Espresso Martini Starter Pack from Mr Consistent. It contains everything she needs to whip up bartender quality (not guaranteed) espresso martinis at home. This includes 2 espresso martini mixers, which is enough for 20 serves, an essentials bartender kit and some cocktail coffee beans for the perfect finishing touch. It's even got an espresso candle to create the ideal ambience for her to savour her homemade espresso martini.
Take buying wine off her to-do list by treating her to a Wine Selectors Wine Subscription. One of the best wine subscriptions in Australia (they've been doing it for over 45 years), she'll get handpicked Australian wines delivered direct to her door. Simply choose a subscription, which can be curated by their tasting experts or customised by you, then choose the delivery frequency. As well as receiving great Aussie wine, she'll also get a range of member benefits including deals across Australia's wine region and a regular magazine.
Make sure there's no more sad-looking wilted plants in her home with this Australian made Indoor Smart Garden from Urbotanica. They're not wrong when they call it a smart garden, it's packed with tech to keep plants as healthy as possible. This includes an irrigation and nutrient application system that delivers the right amount of natural plant food and an automated LED system that mimics sunlight. It's large enough to hold micro greens, salad greens, herbs and small plants - she'll be up and growing in 5 easy steps.
See ya stress
If mum struggles to switch off at night, treat her to a Calming Blanket Weighted Blanket. The ideal bed / couch companion, she’ll snuggle her way to sweet dreams under this soft minky blanket that's ideal for cooler nights. Available in 3 modern colours, it uses micro glass beads to give her a comforting cuddle and help nix stress and anxiety. It's even washable for easy care.
Give mum the gift of a few hours of uninterrupted reading time by getting her a Bookabuy book subscription. Australia’s original book subscription service, there’s a great range of pay monthly and pay upfront options for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months. There's a wide range of subscription options, including fiction, non-fiction, young adult and classics. If you want to mix things up, they also offer books with a side of chocolate, candles, tea or socks - there's something for every mum.
Stuff of (tech) dreams
Sure, mum says she doesn't want anything special but guaranteed she'll change her tune when you present her with an iPad Air. Whether she's going to stream her favourite shows in peace, do some work on the go, or get creative with its tools, the 28cm liquid retina display is going to make it all look stunning. Touch ID means mum can lock everyone else's sticky fingers out (fair). It's compatible with the Pencil and Magic Keyboard too, to make it a practical workstation. Gifts for the mum who doesn't want anything don't get much more luxe than this. Lucky mum.
Eye love you
Help mum feel looked after with this Kiehls Eye Cream. A cult product, it's packed with natural ingredients like nourishing avocado oil and antioxidant-rich beta-carotene. This creamy formulation is easy to pat on and is suitable for all skin types. It promises all-day hydration and gentle moisturisation and to counteract the negative effects of digital fatigue on screen-using eyes. It's a daily treat that mum will appreciate.
Crafting level: 3,000
Got a mum that's obsessed with Pinterest? Snap up this Circuit Joy DIY Craft Printer. This compact printer will easily fit into her craft corner (or room, if she's lucky). All she has to do is select her craft project in the app and let the printer do the rest - it can write and print. It quickly prints out custom decals, t-shirt designs, labels, personalised greeting cards and more. Just expect to get cheesy t-shirts for every special occasion from now on.
Rain rain stay away
If 'always be prepared' is your mum's motto, she'll love this BLUNT Metro Umbrella. This compact umbrella comes in a storage bag which easily slots into mum's bag, so defence against unexpected rain is always on hand. It boasts 100cm coverage, which will be plenty to keep mum dry, while not taking up too much space on the busy street. Mum simply presses the button and the canopy opens by itself - no more struggling to put up a brolly as it chucks it down. It comes in a great range of bright colours so she'll forgive such a practical pressie.
Viral video potential
Although we've moved on from the 50s when it was perfectly acceptable to treat the woman in your life to a household appliance, mum will probably still be grateful for this Ecovacs Robotic Vacuum. It does it all, including sweeping, mopping and air freshening. With advanced obstacle avoiding technology, mum won't even have to move stuff out of its way. It's even got an auto-emptying station - when its bin is full, it automatically empties itself into a sealed dust bag that holds up to 30 days of dirt.
Food of love
Bring a little bit of nourishment into her everyday life with this Ottolenghi SIMPLE cookbook. It includes 130 simple yet delicious recipes that promise to be quick to make, use less than 10 ingredients that mum will find in the pantry and can be prepped ahead of time. Mum can expect nutritious recipes that showcase basic ingredients in a whole new light. If you're lucky, she might even whip one up for you next time you visit.
Ear you, loud and clear
Surround her with top quality sound by grabbing her a pair of AirPods. Simple to set up, these smart earphones are always on and automatically pause when she removes them from her ears, for a seamless sound experience on her iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Mac. Siri is in her ear, without mum having to use her iPhone. All she has to do is say 'Hi Siri' to activate her, like some virtual modern day genie. Heck, she'll even read mum's incoming messages as they arrive. Let's hope dad doesn't send any sexts, huh?
Let her channel her 90s IT girl with a pair of UGG Sheepskin Slippers. These cosy slippers are made of 100% Australian sheepskin, right here in Australia. They're so soft and comfy that socks aren't required. The hard-wearing sole means she can wear these outside or in - water repellent sheepskin ensures they'll cope with any unexpected rain. Her feet will thank you for this luxuriously soft treat.
Worthy of a shanty
Who says a t-shirt has to be boring? Not this Sea Tee from Allbirds, that's for sure. The darling of Silicon Valley, it's punny name reflects its materials - it's a blend of merino wool (ok), eucalyptus trees (interesting) and crab shells (er what?). This makes for a soft fibre that's naturally odour-resistant because even mum sweats on a hot Aussie day. The boxy cropped style manages to be both classic and modern and gives a relaxed feel. Heck, it'll probably become mum's favourite tee - no, you can't borrow it.
1 shot or 2?
Show your love for mum and the planet with a KeepCup that's made and hand assembled locally. This glass reusable coffee cup fits perfectly under an espresso machine's group head so she can get barista coffee on the go. The soft lid and plug avoids splashes when mum's running for the bus and makes it pleasurable to drink from. Designed to last, this is a gift that she'll enjoy way beyond gift-giving time.
More useful than a platypus
Complete mum's next dinner party perfectly with a Robert Gordon Platter. Handmade in Australia, this quality 43cm stoneware platter is quite the design statement. It doesn't just look good though, it's also practical - it's oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. With no need to hide it away 'for special occasions', this platter will quickly take pride of place on the dinner table.
For the mum that's in serious need of some 'me time', snap up this L'Occitane & Mulberry Silk Hamper from The Hamper Emporium, stat. Packed full of treats to help her relax and indulge, it contains L'Occitane goodies including hand cream and soap. She can nibble on French vanilla almonds as she enjoys the French Pink Clay & Pink Salt Bath Soak. She can end the night scribbling in her A6 keepsake notebook before turning in for the night with her pure mulberry silk eyemask. Bliss. This gift hamper even has a burgundy leather-look cosmetics bag to extend the joy.
Hours of me time
Give her the gift of indulgence with a Day Spa Package from Redballoon. There are literally hundreds of spa packages to choose from, so you can tailor the goodness to mum's likes and needs, and they're available across Australia. There are hot springs for her to sink into, every type of massage you can think of and a whole range of treats, including facials. The great thing about these vouchers is mum can choose the date and time that best suits her so it's pampering, on her schedule.
Allow mum to sink into the sweetest of dreams with this 100% Flax Linen Bedding Set from Bed Threads. It contains everything mum needs for a total bed makeover, including a duvet cover, 2 pillowcases and a fitted sheet. Not only is flax linen super soft and cosy, it gets better with every wash and feels cool on sticky nights. Plus, it's an eco-friendly material as it needs less water and chemicals than other fibres. It comes in a beautiful range of colours and sizes to suit every mum's style.
Delight her senses with this Essential Oils Collection from Eco Modern Essentials. Containing their best selling blends, this is the ideal gift for an essential oils newbie or the perfect addition to their collection. There's an essential oil for every purpose, including for energy, women, clearing sinuses, calming and destressing plus sleeping and dreaming. Mum doesn't need anything else to enjoy these - she can inhale them straight from the bottle, add them to her pillow or pop them in the bath or shower.
Haircare that cares
Your mum's wonderful so she deserves this Ethique Be Wonderful Starter Kit. A combo of Ethique's best-selling products, they'll whip mum's hair and skin into shape in no time. It includes the Heali Kiwi shampoo bar and Wonderbar conditioner, which doubles as a shaving bar and moisturiser. There's also a shower container to keep things dry and non-mushy. Ethique products are planet- and animal-friendly. They're 100% vegan with 100% compostable packaging and every purchase saves water and plastic bottles. It's a win-win: she'll feel great and look great.
One pot to rule them all
The French know a thing or 2 about cooking, including their cookware. This timeless Le Creuset Cast Iron Round Casserole has been especially designed for all-things casserole (think stews, roasts and soup), producing rich, intensely delicious meals. Generously sized, it's a one-pot meal solution - simply throw in all the ingredients and let them simmer away. Even better, it's dishwasher safe and suitable for all heat sources, including induction and gas cooktops and the oven. Coming with a lifetime warranty (you're welcome mum), it’s ideal for slow cooked dinners to warm up wintry nights.
Bring the outdoors in with a lush indoor house plant from The Good Plant Co. Our green fingers are itching to get into the Monstera Deliciosa - the Swiss cheese plant, so-called for its holey leaves. Large glossy leaves will brighten up her indoor space and it's pretty easy to look after (well, easier than you as a baby anyway). It thrives in medium light and with moderate watering.
A hug in a box
Give your mum a hug, even if you can't do it in person, with this beautiful Care Pack from Biome. There's a lot to love here. For starters, it's crammed full of goodies. There's hand and body wash, hand rolled soap, nourishing skin balm, and hand cream, plus some herbal tea. Even better than that, it's all made in Victoria so mum can support local too. Guilt-free pampering. We like.