One day a year is hardly enough to honor the Mother figures in our lives, so we should surprise them with extra thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts when that time arrives. In many countries around the world, including Australia and the US, this day falls on the second Sunday of May.

Here are 10 mother’s day gift ideas to jumpstart your brainstorming session as you plan the perfect day for the #1 lady in your life, your mother!


1. Go traditional with a presentation of flowers, delicacies and a card.

You don’t need to spend lots of money to show Mum that you love her. Traditions are the tried and true favorites that we always return to. Spending the time to buy the perfect bouquet and card also involves thought, which will be appreciated. This Mother’s Day, why not surprise her with carnations or chrysanthemums?

2. Spend the day out-of-doors.

Australian Mother’s Day is a big deal and cities take extra care to organize special events. Why not go to a local Mother’s Day parade? Pack a picnic and treat all of the mothers in your life to a park. Do they love animals? If so, spend an afternoon at the zoo. Whichever activity you choose, time spent outside will brighten the day for these very special ladies.

3. Pamper Mother to a day of relaxation at a local or high-end spa resort.

Show her that you acknowledge all of her hard work by organizing a day that will melt the stress away. Spa vouchers cover massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, or combinations of services.

4. Bring the spa home with a luxurious, spa gift basket, full of her favorite brand.

One day at a spa is lovely, but bringing the spa home for everyday enjoyment mixes luxury with comfort. And we all want Mum to be comfortable! A simple gift basket of bath oil, soaps, loofah and slippers is just the beginning. Some baskets go as far as including champagne with flute, cookies and tea.

5. Does she have a palate for the finer things in life? Indulge her with a wine tasting.

Australia is home to many lovely vineyards, and some of them offer tastings. Take a drive to one of the many locations around the country. Visiting an estate may also be an opportunity to learn a little more about the viticulture process, pair flavors with cheese or fruit and enjoy the beautiful landscape. Afterwards, commemorate the day with a personalised sparkling wine bottle, just for her.

6. Is your mother a magician in the kitchen? Buy her a dutch oven, a new electronic mixing set or a lovely new pot set.

If she loves cooking for her family and friends, she may be in need of some new kitchen sets. Dutch ovens are also thoughtful ideas for people who are in the habit of cooking large, hearty meals like casseroles. Look into a stainless steel or cast-iron set for timeless durability.

7. Satiate her ornamental side with a beautiful earring set, bracelet or necklace.

What woman doesn’t love jewelry? Surprise your mother, mother-in-law, or stepmother with her children’s (or grandchildren’s) birthstones set in jewelry. Infinity knots are another trendy way to show that your love for her is boundless.

8. Organize a family reunion.

Large families have an especially difficult time getting together. That’s why a reunion is a great idea for older women with many children or grandmothers. Surprise her at someone’s house, or congregate at a venue or restaurant. Seeing all of her loved ones in one place will remind her just how lucky she is!

9. Treat her to a night of the arts at a theatre, museum or art gallery.

Show the mother of your children how much she means to you. Low lighting, crisp wine or champagne and the fine arts will set the mood for a magical night out.

10. Show her how sweet you think she is with a chocolate sweets and liquor set.

Sweets for a sweet lady is ultimate symbolism. Kahlua with Ferrero Rocher and champagne gift packs with dark chocolate truffles are deliciously appealing ideas.


What are your plans for Mother’s Day this year? SHARE with us in the comments below.

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  • I dont have a Mum or Mother in law to indulge this year.
    For me there really is nothing that i want or need. I would be happy with a zoom call.


  • Best gifts I’ve ever got is the presence of my children. Any activity or celebration is 1000 times better when we are all together


  • I’ll be sure to pass this list onto my kids. I can never think of anything when they ask “What do you want for mothers day?” Same for my birthday :(


  • make sure you give mum a treat besides just mother’s day


  • I would never say no to a massage.


  • Some really great ideas :) I like to give my Mum beauty products that she hasn’t tried before while my younger brother opts for spa days for her and my middle brother usually chocolates or treats so its pretty well-rounded come Mothers day for her :)


  • mothers day for me is all about spending it with my family. I work in aged care (and had to work this mothers day morning), some of my elderly residents did not see their children for mothers day. it is so sad when your children dont come and visit any day, let alone a special day like mothers day. It really does make me appreciate the little things. Its not about who can spend the most on mum, its spending time together making memories


  • We try not to get sucked into commercialising this special day – it’s all about spending time with our family and making things rather than purchasing shop made presents.


  • We only celebrate Mothers and Fathers Day a little. Our kids love to give pressie’s and homemade cards and we sure enjoy each others love, but we don’t do any extra or special activities.


  • It’s my first mothers day with my 4 week old baby. We will be spending the day as a family with a beautiful lunch somewhere special. I’m looking forward to waking up mothers day morning not to a gift but a clean kitchen / empty sink (hoping not due to being cleaned by myself hehe)


  • Lovely ideas. We are treating Mum to a high tea at home prepared by her 4 children (and partners).


  • I would not say no to any of these! Sadly my husband thinks that Mothers Day is a commercial concept.


  • Giving her a day off her normal chores by doing them for her and making sure she has a good book to read and time to relax.


  • Any of these would be lovely


  • All those things sounds amazing but a spa day is at the top of my list!


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