From the popular bag loved by Bec Judd, to personalised jewellery and cult beauty buys, we’ve found something for every mother.
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It’s safe to say that the last few years have been tough on everyone — especially mums.
Not only have they had to go through (too many to count) lockdowns, but they’ve also had to juggle working from home with household chores and helping their children with remote learning.
Now as we emerge out of the pandemic, our mums deserve a treat and there’s no better day to spoil her than Mother’s Day.
To work out how best to treat mum, Best Of has gone straight to the experts: Mums.
Australia’s number one parenting site Kidspot has collated responses from mums around Australia on how they best want to be spoiled this Mother’s Day.
While some common requests included getting to sleep in and not have children pull funny faces in family photos, we’ve also rounded up some recommendations based on the most popular responses, as well as including some of news.com.au’s best-selling products.
Of course, it is important to remember that if you can’t afford a gift this year, the most memorable Mother’s Day gifts can be free also: Think a handmade card, voucher book or even just breakfast in bed.
BEST OVERALL GIFTS FOR MOTHER’S DAY 2022
Let’s face it, the best present you can give mum this Mother’s Day is some alone time.
With 100 different locations Endota Spa is the biggest spa chain in the country and offers everything from luxe facials, hot stone massage and beauty services like waxing and pedicures.
Our pick is the Surrender Spa Package Gift Card which for $165 treats mum to a Organic Relax Massage and Organic Infusion Facial in the one visit — bliss!
If your mum is yet to discover the wearing-a-cloud feeling of The Oodie hooded blanket, it’s time to do her a favour. The joyous and snuggly love child of a blanket and a hoodie, The Oodie offers a range of jolly prints that will keep her warm all chilly season. Right now, you can score up to $35 off your purchase by using the code “MOTHERSDAY” at the checkout.
Glasshouse candles are popular for a reason.
They have more than 60 hours of burn time and come in a range of delicious-smelling scents like this one, which literally smells like a tropical holiday in a jar.
Save 25 per cent off the RRP of Glasshouse candles in this deal with Catch, but get in quick as these candles are sure to be a hot commodity.
This bag frequently sells out for good reason. Made from sturdy neoprene this stylish handbag is quick-drying, machine washable and has a whopping 10 internal pockets, as well as four external pockets.
“It’s a great beach bag, overnighter, baby bag, Christmas present, back to work bag, uni bag, the list goes on. Lightweight, machine-washable and vegan,” Bec previously wrote of the “sell out” bag on Instagram.
Bookworm mums can get their fix no matter where they are with Amazon’s popular Kindle Paperwhite. Now equipped with an impressive 6.8-inch screen, USB-C charging and a brighter screen, the waterproof e-reader offers a convenient way for her to take all of her favourite reads on that next big holiday.
Earn some serious brownie points this Mother’s Day with these cute slide-on slippers embroidered with “Best Mum”.
Made from a fluffy synthetic material, these slippers are so soft and come in a pretty pale pink shade. They also have a flat rubber sole, making them perfect for wearing around the house.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT CARD GIFTS
Treat mum to an outing she will never forget by giving her a gift card with Red Balloon.
You can also check out Red Balloon’s roundup of Mother’s Day experiences here if you want to get her something specific too.
Add to your mum’s jewellery box with this stunning, modern take on the personalised pendant trend. Each bold initial is handcrafted in 18k gold vermeil in a timeless accordion pattern and comes complete with a 20-22 inch (that’s approximately 55 – 56 cm) cable chain. You’ll score free shipping on this item and qualify for 60-day returns.
Have absolutely no idea what to get mum? Then a gift card to the world’s biggest online store is a pretty safe bet.
With gift cards able to be purchased with a value of $1 to $2000, mum can spend it on a new Kindle, headphones or browse through Amazon Australia’s extensive beauty and tech options to choose a Mother’s Day present that will really make her smile.
Give mum an experience she will never forget, with Klook gift vouchers redeemable on adventures across Australia and overseas — it’s perfect if she’s planning a trip anytime soon.
Categories include everything from tours to dining as well as spa treatments and theme park day passes.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY SUBSCRIPTION GIFTS
GoodnessMe uses a team of nutritionists to develop each of their monthly boxes. Goodies inside are always all natural, GMO-Free and have no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colours, food additives, synthetic trans fats, MSG and HFCS, and can be personalised depending on your mum’s dietary needs.
GoodnessMe only operates on a subscription, so you have to select between a three, six or 12 month option. Three months will cost you $75, six months is $150 (plus a bonus gift valued at $34), and a 12 month subscription is $300 (plus the $34 gift and a $30 voucher for the GoodnessMe shop).
If your mum is partial to a cheeky glass of red then a subscription to a wine club is a great way to treat her.
We love Vinomofo for the variety their wine clubs offer — choose from joining their Mofo Club for $179 for a choice of mixed, red or white wines worth over $300, or their Black Market club for $139 no-name wines from top wineries at up to 70 per cent off their RRP.
If mum loves trying new beauty products and discovering firm favourites but find the cost of buying full-sized newness a little much, she will love BellaBox. Each month you’ll receive five samples from notable brands like Alpha-H, Pantene and Peter Thomas Roth, across beauty, skincare and haircare.
You can sign up month-to-month for $19.95, or commit for a year for $222.22 (that’s $18.52 per box). BellaBox also offers gift subscriptions of three, six and 12 months that end automatically perfect for mums who love their skincare.
Every mum is in need of more me time, which is why a gifted subscription to an online health app makes a thoughtful Mother’s Day option.
Founded by Pilates instructor Jacqui Kingswell, The Pilates Class is loved by celebrities like Kaia Gerber and Shanina Shaik.
But it’s not just for supermodels — classes range in levels from chill, satisfying to intense, plus there’s stretching, meditation and pre and post-natal programs available.
We might be a news website, but there’s no better feeling than curling up on a couch with your favourite magazine and a cuppa.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY CANDLE GIFTS
This mini candle trio from Australian brand Maison Balzac is inspired by the south of France but with an unmistakably Aussie twist.
The three candles included are Le Soleil, Le Silence and Sainte T and make a cute gift for mum.
This uplifting scent has the essence of gin, fizzy tonic and juniper finished with a citrus lemon twist.
The candle also comes in a gorgeous black jar and packaging making it perfect for a Mother’s Day gift.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY BEAUTY AND SKINCARE GIFTS
A-Beauty have made Mother’s Day gifting easy by creating beautiful bundles of best selling products. The Self Care bundle is sure to treat mum by encouraging her to unwind and totally relax. The bundle includes a body brush, candle, body oil, sheet mask and perfume oil.
This brand was founded by Australian mum of three Joanne Zhong, who started the brand after noticing there was a lack of beauty salon-quality masks that could be used at home.
This pamper pack is exclusive to Adore Beauty and contains four of Aceology’s Firming Peptide Hydrogel Masks and a six pack of their Anti-Ageing Gold Eye Masks, all encased in a chic Vegan Leather Makeup Bag.
This new perfume features a bottle just as striking as the scent. Following on from the success of Very Good Girl, Very Good Girl Glam has top notes of rose, vanilla and deep cherry with a woody base.
According to Carolina Herrera the fragrance is “an ode to the power of femininity” — sounds perfect for mum, no?
This is no ordinary shower wash. For starters, it’s an oil, not a gel, and leaves skin feeling beautifully soft and smooth.
It’s a perfect product for those who don’t always have time to moisturise when they get out of the shower, aka most mums in the morning.
Beauty Diary columnist and news.com.au Lifestyle Editor Rebekah Scanlan says the product is one of her holy grails, describing it as “liquid gold that is worth every cent”.
This gorgeous gift box contains a 30ml size of iconic Lancôme scent La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum that smells like a “beautiful bouquet of white flowers”.
It also comes with a 50ml bottle of Lancôme’s La Vie Est Belle Body Lotion to give mum that added feel of luxury.
This certified organic moisturiser both hydrates and brightens skin using turmeric and licorice extract as well as marine micro algae
It has a cult following among beauty devotees, with one five star reviewer saying: “I’ve worked in the beauty industry for over 20 years, and have tried countless products. This moisturiser is now my ride or die.”
BEST UNIQUE MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS
Painting can be a relaxing way to unwind and let your creative side out, and what better way to do so than with an at-home kit.
This paint by numbers kit from Amazon Australia comes complete with a frame, meaning your mum can display it with pride after she’s completed it.
These personalised T-shirts make a sweet and sentimental gift to the other mums in our life: Our grandmas.
Simply select what size you want and add her name for a touching present she will love.
This kit contains everything you need to make up to 20 of your own homemade goat milk soaps.
It also comes with five different fragrances: sweet lemongrass, Victorian rose, Thai lime and mango, lemon scented myrtle and lavender that you can mix and match to create the perfect soap combos.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY TECH GIFTS
Made for both the busy and the forgetful, this Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug will ensure mum’s favourite hot beverage doesn’t go to waste. Keeping drinks hot for up to 90 minutes, the mug can be programmed to a temperature of her choosing and will automatically enter sleep mode once it’s empty.
If your mum is a cool mum, not a regular mum, then she will love this oh-so-chic phone case from The Daily Edited.
Personalise it with her initials and chose from the countless colour combos on offer to create for her the perfect gift that will make her think of you every time she answers her phone.
Despite having only been recently released onto the Australian market, the Beats Fit Pro have already made quite an impression on the fitness crowd. Featuring Apple’s H1 chip, active noise cancellation and up to six hours of battery life (or 24-hours with the charging case), the little buds offer many of the same functions as the AirPods Pro but at a cheaper price point, making them a top gift option.
With its slim design and classic adjustable strap, the Fitbit Luxe is a great fitness tracker for those with smaller wrists. Equipped with a crisp AMOLED colour display, the Luxe tracks everyday activity such as steps, workouts and heart rate, along with swim, sleep and menstrual cycles. It also includes several smartwatch features such as notifications and timers, and features mental health tools like guided breathing, making it a great pick for the health conscious.
WHEN IS MOTHER’S DAY THIS YEAR?
In 2022 Mother’s Day will fall on Sunday, May 8. In Australia and the United States Mother’s Day always falls on the second Sunday of May.
But in countries like the United Kingdom, Mother’s Day was already celebrated this year on Sunday, March 27.
This is because the UK celebration of mums follows Christian traditions that date back to the middle ages.
“Mothering Sunday” takes place on the fourth Sunday of Lent and was traditionally when servants who had left their families for domestic work were allowed to return home for the day and see their loved ones, the Evening Standard reports.
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