Mother’s Day is just around the corner again. If you’re a bit strapped for ideas, never fear! We’ve done the hard yards for you and compiled a list of thoughtful gifts and gestures you can give to mum this Mother’s Day.
Where to find the right Mother’s day card
First things first, finding mum the perfect Mother’s Day card. There are a million and one options for Mother’s Day cards in Australia, some of which are a little more thoughtful than others. Be prepared this April and buy a special Mother’s Day card online in advance from a local artist, that way you don’t end up panic buying a cheap generic card from Kmart on your way to lunch with mum. Having a small collection of nice handmade greeting cards on hand at home means you will never be caught out. Why not bundle your Mother’s Day card together with a few other occasions (birthday cards, Father’s Day cards, Baby cards, wedding cards, etc.) with The Nonsense Maker’s buy 5 cards and get the 6th free deal, and save yourself time and money throughout the year.
Hint: Are you not the best at writing lovely heartfelt messages in greeting cards? That’s ok, you’re not alone! Take a look at our blog post ‘Our top tips: What to write in a greeting card’ for some ideas.
Flowers as a Mother’s Day gift
Some might say giving flowers as a Mother’s Day gift is generic, but we say it’s a classic, and for good reason! We love the way the right bunch of flowers can bring so much joy to a person, and brighten a room for days to come. If it’s in your budget we recommend spending a little extra to get something spectacular from a great local florist. Take a look at this list of Melbourne’s best florists for some examples.
Unique art prints for mum
If your mum is an art lover and appreciator, or perhaps just enjoys having nice things in the house, a unique art print from a local artist is a wonderful and thoughtful Mother’s Day gift. You can find some great locally made art at one of the many design markets held throughout the year in Melbourne, such as The Finders Keepers Market or The Big Design Market, or you can buy art prints online directly from the artist at any time. If your budget allows you might also like to frame the art print before you give it to your mum. For hints on how to frame art prints for a Mother’s Day gift take a look at our blog post on tips for decorating with wall art!
Bake an Ottolenghi feast for Mother’s Day lunch
This is a great gift for mum’s who love food. Regardless of your cooking skills it’s hard to go wrong with Ottolenghi. We particularly love his Simple cookbook because the food is easy to prepare and always turns out delicious. There are also many recipes that can be made the day before so you aren’t up at dawn preparing food. Tell mum not to eat too much for breakfast, precook a few courses, and bring them over ready to serve as a surprise Mother’s Day feast!
Hot air balloon rides
This is a unique Mother’s Day gift that your mum will be sure to remember for years to come. Floating quietly across the sky in nothing but a wicker basket is both an exhilarating and totally peaceful experience. Global Ballooning offer daily flights over Melbourne, the Yarra Valley, or Mansfield. Be sure to double check your mum doesn’t have a fear of heights first!
The Melbourne Box, Mother’s Day edition
The Melbourne box is not your average gift hamper. It is filled with specially made products from a range of local Melbourne makers - The Nonsense Maker included! The Melbourne Box is a small business created during the Melbourne lockdowns to support other small businesses in the area, and supply high quality goodies to customers at a very affordable price. Each box is curated with one item from each category: drink, food, home, body, art.
Gifts for the eco mum
There is a lot to love about the Australian social enterprise Brush It On. Created to fight plastic pollution, 100% of profits from these fantastic eco products are donated to charities that protect our natural world – our oceans, forests, and animals. Brush It On have everything from plastic free reusable teabags, to bamboo toothbrushes and cutlery! They also have bundle buy packs, which are a great Mother’s Day gift idea for any environmentally conscious mums.
Image by Brush it On
Recreate a childhood photo
This is a hilarious and budget friendly Mother’s Day gift idea we know your mum will love. Find your mums favourite photo of you as a child (and your siblings if you have any) and try your best to recreate it. Get creative or hit up the local op shop to find a big version of those cute as a button outfits she used to dress you in, and pose as you were in the old photo. Print out a physical copy and get yourself a nice frame to put it in, and voila, Happy Mother’s Day!
Skincare as a Mother’s Day gift
When it comes to skincare you can’t go past Aesop for special gifts for mum. If you have time to go into the store we highly recommend you do, because Aesop stores all look and smell amazing. The staff are well trained and can talk you though all the beautiful products to help you choose the perfect Mother’s Day gift. If you’re lucky they might even throw in a couple of samples for yourself as well!
Image by Aesop
A restaurant voucher as a Mother’s Day gift
What better way to say ‘I love you mum’ than treating her to a night out. A voucher for a restaurant as a Mother’s Day gift is a sweet gesture because it also gives your mum an excuse to take an evening off and enjoy herself. There is no shortage of fantastic restaurants to choose from in Melbourne, take your pick!
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