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.
Christmas 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.
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.
If Mum loves her coffee in the morning, why not upgrade her coffee machine. Don’t forget to include some coffee beans or pods!
Get the freshest possible taste with the Breville The Barista Express Coffee Machine which allows you to grind only exactly what you need. A patented dosing tool makes a professional barista out of you by trimming the puck automatically for a consistent flavour extraction and you can adjust the grind coarseness exactly to your own taste and dose.
The water temperature, an essential element in the chemical equation that produces the tastiest, richest roast, will remain accurate throughout the extraction.
The Barista express features a dedicated hot water outlet, single wall filters and truly impressive steam pressure which will elicit the chocolate aroma from your Mexican beans or nutty, sweet flavour from Brazilian.
We love the Breville Barista Express Coffee Machine from Catch.
3. 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)
What about a beautiful statement Waratah print for her bedroom.
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
For the most beautiful soy candles on the planet, you can’t go past the Glasshouse range – and they have limited edition Christmas Themed candles! Squeeeee!
Stockist: Glasshouse Fragrances
7. 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.
Mum’s need coffee to exist. Grab her a HUGE mug!
Mum love a glass of Prosecco? Hell yes! Why not make that glass of fizzy bubbles even better with these delicious Prosecco flavours!
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.
Get organised in 2020 with the tremendously practical annual ‘Mum’s Family Calendar’.
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.
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.
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.
Have a star chart that shows the sky at the exact moment both Mum and Daughter were born.
19. Cute Tassel Drop Earrings
A gorgeous set of earrings that will be perfect to wear on Christmas Day!
Mum will love this wine glass – it has been professionally laser engraved on a crystal glass that holds 350ml.
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!
Mum (and Dad and the kids) will never have to vacuum the house ever again! The Roomba 670 gives you clean floors every day. Use the iRobot HOME App to clean or schedule from anywhere, anytime. It recharges itself when the job is done, while the powerful cleaning system captures dirt, dust and all types or hair and larger debris from hard floors and carpets. With patented dirt detect sensors, Roomba 670 works even harder where dirt is hiding.
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!!!!
What can tell Mum you love her more than a fancy bottle of French wine!
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….
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: $79.00 + 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.
A gift basket full of tasty gourmet goodies. All Australian fine foods and wine.
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!
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!
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.
36. 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.
37. 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.
38. Take Mum to a country market
Here is a list of where to find all the best country markets:
39. Historical Walks or Heritage Trails
These are free and self guided walks – here is just a few that I could find:
- Gympie Heritage Trails
40. 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
41. 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:
43. Organise a fancy Breakfast in Bed
44. Watch her favourite movie without complaining (supply popcorn and a foot rub)
45. Cinema Tickets
When was the last time Mum went to the movies? Why not get her a few pre-paid tickets so she can go whenever she likes!
Grab your tickets here:
Set sail for two fantastic hours on Sydney Harbour! Enjoy spectacular views and delicious food.
- 2-hour Harbour Cruise on a genuine Tall Ship
- Delicious food
From the moment you step on board the tall ship, you will be transported back to the early 1800’s when Sydney was still an infant colony. You’ll be entertained throughout the cruise by many of the crew’s stories as. Everyone is encouraged to get involved. Haul on the ropes and help set the sails or simply sit back and enjoy the magnificent views as the sun sets over Sydney Harbour.
This cruise is sure to delight as you enjoy watching the sunset with delicious food.
- Twilight Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour
- The Tall Ship Enterprize Williamstown (Melbourne)
48. A Hair voucher for a Cut and Colour
Find out where Mum regularly gets her hair done – and purchase a gift voucher!
Or find great deals for hair, beauty and nails on Scoopon.
49. Chocolate Making Course
Professional foodies and chocoholics alike will simply love this beginners’ chocolate-making workshop. To begin with, Sylvia, a professional chocolatier, will talk you through the process of turning cocoa beans into a block of chocolate and give you some tasty information on the history of chocolate. Then you’ll be ready to temper the chocolate and turn it into chocolatey delights! Correct tempering of chocolate is the key to perfectly-made delicacies. During the workshop you will work with only the highest-quality Belgian couverture chocolate, which averages over 64% cocoa.
You’ll make ganache filling, choose your own flavouring and pour into moulds that are the same as those used by the world’s top chocolatiers! You will also get to call on your creative side when making little curls and other decorations for your chocolates. Throughout the four-hour class you’ll make a variety of chocolates and decorations – all of which you’ll get to take home with you afterwards! Everything is done to the highest professional standard and the atmosphere is all about fun. One of the best things about this class is the size. With no more than eight participants in the group you will all work together and receive all of the attention you need in order to bring out your innermost chocolatey creative flair!
Located in Melbourne!
50. 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!
Mum always wanted to learn ballroom dancing but her partner isn’t so willing? Bugger them – buy Mum some lessons and let her Cha Cha Cha at the next dance event!
Find out more in your area:
52. 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)
53. Go Ten Pin Bowling as a family
54. Book a Rockabilly Hair and Makeup Workshop
Transform yourself into pin up perfection with a crash course in the basics of pinup makeup and hair styling. Learn how to achieve that timeless, retro look. You will learn how to perfect basic pin up makeup, prepare your hair for vintage styling, transform your hair into a vintage style and how to accessorise. Walk away with all the tools needed to recreate the looks you have learned with your own personalised pin up essentials kit.
Sunshine Coast Pinup School has workshops held in Nambour. Each workshop is themed around a specific vintage hairstyle and capped at 10 people so we are able to offer everyone hands on help. The workshops range from $85-$130 and all include a personalised pinup essentials kit specific for the workshop.
55. Learn the Flying Trapeze
If Mum is a bit of a daredevil – look at booking her a lesson on learning the Flying Trapeze!!!!!!
56. 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)
57. Tickets to a theatre show, festival or concert
2020 is a huge year for theatre shows and concerts. Here are just a few that you can purchase tickets for right now!
- Cold Chisel
- Vampire Weekend
- George Thorogood & The Destroyers
- Fatboy Slim
- Elton John
- Billy Idol
- Michael Buble
- Gladys Knight
- Alice Cooper
58. Take Mum out for 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:
- QLD: Aimee Provence is in Buderim in Queensland – and it is AMAZING!
- QLD: High Tea on a Brisbane Paddlewheeler
- NSW: Sydney Harbour High Tea Sea Cruise
- WA: French High Tea in Subiaco
- NSW: Have High Tea at the Hilton in Sydney
- WA: Lavish High Tea in the Swan Valley
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)
59. Go for a drive in the countryside
And have lunch in a small country pub!
60. The ABC Organic Gardener 2020 Diary
Filled with a rich mix of colourful photographs and practical advice, the 2020 ABC Organic Gardener Diary will inspire you to get out and get growing!
Featuring monthly planting guides and tips for maintaining your patch by the magazine’s expert horticultural writers as well as recipes and beautiful images of organic plants, produce & poultry. The 2020 ABC Organic Gardener Diary will delight and inform your organic gardening journey!
62. A trip to the beach
63. 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)
If you are located in Sydney – why not book a soap making course. Learn the art of making your own beautiful, natural cold pressed soaps and luxurious body products.
Sydney Soap Making offer soap making classes and body product workshops showing you how to make nourishing and luxurious soaps, moisturisers and balms, all easily recreated at home.
Sydney Soap Making will teach you everything you need to know. Our practical workshops are completely hands on: you will be weighing, measuring, combining and pouring. Sydney Soap Making classes are so much more than simple melt and pour: discover the science of soap making and be amazed at the chemistry.
You will learn about and use raw, natural and unprocessed ingredients: base oils, pure essential oils, exotic butters and milks, local beeswax, ancient Australian clays, herbs and spices.
It’s all here – everything you need to know to recreate beautiful soaps and body products at home, in simple, comprehensive workshops. Take home our tried and tested step by step instructions, recipes and techniques and you too can begin making your own luxurious, natural, earth-friendly soaps and body products at home.
Cost is $265.00 per student.
65. Belly Dancing Lessons
If you live in Cabramatta you can get a one-month unlimited belly dancing fat burning dance class for only $19.
66. Buy a Few Personal Training Sessions
If Mum wants to get fit, why not grab her a few Personal Training Sessions to help her on her way.
- Four Week Kettle Fit Gym Membership from $19
- South Australia – 10 Class Bootcamp Pass at YMCA Walkerville or Kensington for $15
- NSW: Unlimited Group Training Sessions in Penrith from $15
67. A beautiful herb growing kit
If Mum loves the garden, perhaps growing herbs for the kitchen would make a great gift.
Ships from Australia
68. 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.
70. A Gourmet Donut Gift Box
You Donut need to ask twice, the Edible Blooms Donut box is the perfect way to surprise a special friend, spoil someone you love or just treat yourself!
- 3 Salted Caramel Belgian chocolate dipped mini Donuts
- 3 Milk Oreo Belgian chocolate dipped mini Donuts
- 3 Strawberries and Cream Belgian chocolate dipped mini Donuts
- 3 White Oreo Belgian chocolate dipped mini Donuts
- Complimentary gift wrapping and gift card
Give Mum memories that will last forever with a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb! Absorb a 360 degree panorama of Sydney as you journey to the summit on our original Climb experience. As the sky remains just past your outstretched fingertips, take the upper arch to the peak of an Australian icon.
Daytime BridgeClimb to the summit of Sydney Harbour Bridge!
- A BridgeSuit, specifically designed for this adventure, is worn over the top of your own clothes
- A Bridge Fleece, headwear and a Bridge Shell (rain jacket and pants) are available to protect you in all weather
- Allow 3½ hours for your experience
Latching on in the Climb Base below the Bradfield Highway, you will walk on catwalks until you reach the south-east pylon. Here you will ascend four ladders to the start of the upper arch, surrounded by the hum and buzz of Sydney’s traffic.
With the summit in your sight, your journey continues along the Bridge’s outer arch on the Opera House side until you hit the top. After a summit celebration with your group, you cross the spine of the Bridge to the Darling Harbour side to make your descent back to our Climb Base.
72. A Designer Cactus
When a normal cactus just won’t do!
73. Organise a Deep Sea Fishing trip
Fishing is one of Australia’s favourite national pastimes, and for a good reason. There’s something uniquely satisfying about casting a line and waiting for a bite, and Australia has some of the best and most beautiful fishing spots in the world. So indulge your inner-fisherman with a half-day charter out to explore the fishing hot spots of the Gold Coast Seaway.
When we say ‘half day’, we actually mean a full five hour session on a charter boat that takes you out to the deep sea reef spots where the best catches are waiting. You’ll set off onto the water either bright and early or late morning for your epic fishing adventure, with a small group of only about 12-16 people maximum. With the small group size, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to receive fishing guidance and instruction from the experienced skippers and deckhands. Whether you’re a beginner or a fishing pro, this deep sea reef and game fishing charter is suitable for all experience levels.
Location: Gold Coast
74. 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
75. 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.
76. New Yoga Mat
Yoga Mats are great because they are inexpensive and Mum can take them with her anywhere or use it at home. We really love this Desert Mandala Yoga Mat from Etsy.
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.
78. 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.
79. 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.
Packing has never been so easy! These Globite Packing Cubes will help you keep your clothing organised, clean and easy to find. They also fit nicely into any drawer, so you can keep your clothes dust free when unpacking in your hotel. With 4 convenient sizes, you can use them when travelling, in your gym bag, at the beach or even to help keep your drawers organised at home.
- Two-way zip opening
- See-through mesh panels
- Made from durable nylon
- Zip pulls for ease of use
- Lightweight and compact
- Carry handle and hanging loop
- Protection from dust
81. Book Mum on a Cruise Ship Holiday!
Cruises are super cheap now! So why not book Mum a holiday to get away from it all!
82. Champagne & Chocolates
83. A tin of Homemade Shortbread
There are not too many people on the planet that don’t love a good shortbread! And it is really easy to make at home. Here are a couple of recipes to try:
- 3-Ingredient Christmas Shortbread
- Sour Cream and Lemon Shortbread (pictured)
- Traditional Shortbread
- Peanut Butter Choc Chip Shortbread
- Brown Sugar Shortbread
84. A home cooked baked dinner – by you!
Cook Mum’s favourite dinner!!
85. A Chocolate Fountain
Okay totally impractical – but heaps of fun!
86. A New Cookbook
Grab one of the latest and best selling Cookbooks for Mum to cook up a storm!
- The Edible Garden Cookbook & Growing Guide
- The $50 Weekly Shop by Jody Allen
- The Country Women’s Association Country Classics
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!
88. Electronic Kitchen Scales
There is an awesome range of kitchen scales from House! We get all of our kitchen equipment from House!
90. Home Spray Tanning Machine
Maybe Mum likes to tan at home, or even can start her own small business – this would be absolutely perfect for both!
The Naked Tan Pro Light Tanning Machine is quick and easy to use. By
spraying super fine mist, the machine has been designed to only spray
the necessary amount of solution for a quick dry and streak-free finish.
By using the Naked Tan tanning machine and solutions, you are assured to optimise your revenue by spraying 20 people/bottle.
Give Mum the gift of great hair with the new GHD Professional Hot Brush. Easier to use than a hair straightener, the ghd Glide Professional Hot Brush glides through dry hair to tame and smooth for a sleek, glossy finish. Innovative ceramic technology with anti-static ioniser heats the brush to the optimum 185°C styling temperature, which helps to minimise frizz and maintain healthy-looking locks.
The tool is fitted with high density bristles in varying lengths for airy texture and natural movement on large sections of hair. Designed with a convenient, professional length swivel cord and an automatic sleep mode, which kicks in after 60 minutes of non-use for safety. Your perfect partner for quick, effortless second-day styling.
Achieve your most flawless make-up look with this ultimate collection of cruelty-free complexion, eye and lip brushes. Perfectly packaged in an elegant brush case.
Included in the set:
- 1 Powder Brush
- 1 Angled Blush Brush
- 1 Buffing Brush
- 1 Liquid Foundation Brush
- 1 Concealer Brush
- 1 Crease Brush
- 1 Smudge Brush
- 1 Lip Brush
- 1 Tapered Blending Brush
- 1 Lash & Brow Spoolie Brush
These are 100 Gifts Ideas for Mum – do you have any to add???