12 Mother’s Day gift ideas for the mum who has everything

Mother’s Day is fast approaching. Show Mum you care with these trending gifts she’ll love (and actually use!).

Stumped for gift ideas or looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for the mum who has everything? Take heart, your options aren’t limited to bathrobes, chocolates or flowers.

From perfumes and pedicures to miracle hair products, these coveted and thoughtful gift ideas are bound to please every type of mum.

When is Mother’s Day in Australia?

This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, 12 May 2024.

While not a public holiday, it is on a Sunday, so it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up with Mum for morning tea or spend some quality time together.

12 Mother’s Day gift ideas she’ll actually love

#1. A signature scent

Restock her favourite or gift your mum a new fragrance she’ll adore.

But what to choose?

Try scoping her existing perfumes or asking around to get a sense of what she likes.

Fragrances are often categorised as having woody, fresh, oriental or floral notes, and contain different concentrations of perfume oil.

These concentrations can determine how strong or subtle a scent is, so consider which your mum might like best.

#2. The perfect manicure

Whether she is a regular at the nail salon or deserves the gift of self-care, a manicure voucher will never go astray.

Alternatively, keep it low-key and add a personal touch by gifting a nail polish colour that complements Mum’s style.

Or for a luxe treatment, opt for a gel manicure or nail care kit so Mum can nail a DIY manicure.

#3. A sweet-smelling candle

For mums who enjoy relaxing with a book or who like their home to smell good all the time, a fragrant candle is a no-brainer.

Plain lavender candles aside, they can be a pretty exciting gift too.

Modern candles can replicate the scents of certain foods, places and seasons, or feature an exotic blend of floral scents.

Look for handmade types at your local artisan market, and bonus points if the candle comes in a cute dish or pretty bowl that will match the aesthetic of her home office.

#4. Hair essentials

Give the gift of good hair days with products and tools to suit Mum’s morning routine.

Look for styling tools that will give her flawless curls or luscious straight locks, or choose a leave-in conditioner, treatment or heat protector spray that will leave hair shiny and strong.

If her hair is prone to tangling and dryness, she’ll love the Hask Coconut Oil 5-in-1 Leave-In Spray.

It not only nourishes, softens and smoothes frizz, but it also smells delicious.

#5. Vibrant plants

A humble plant is the gift that keeps on giving (and, hopefully, living).

If she’s a seasoned plant mum, give her a bright and cheery plant that she can nurture and watch grow.

But if she’s new to plants or packs a busy schedule, try a low-maintenance pot plant that can still brighten her day.

#6 An unforgettable experience

Vouchers are great, but think outside the (gift) box by organising an experience your mum will enjoy.

Whether it’s tickets to a movie or theatre show, a high tea for two, a trip to the zoo, a pottery class, a jet ski tour or anything in between, the options are endless.

And all the better if you can tag along for the experience too – it’s a great opportunity for you to spend some quality time together.

#7. Dental care

Dental products are more exciting than you think, and make quite the practical gift.

Think teeth whitening strips that will give your mum a sparkling smile from the comfort of home, a fancy water jet flosser or a high-tech electric toothbrush that makes otherwise mundane tasks that little bit luxe.

#8. An on-demand pedicure

Mum can put her best (and smoothest) foot forward with help from an at-home foot treatment.

Look for dedicated foot moisturising products or nifty filing devices.

While filing away dry skin isn’t the most glamorous of tasks, a handheld and electric foot file, such as the Scholl Expert Care 2 in 1 Electronic Foot File System, offers a smooth process and an even smoother result.

#9. Luxury skincare

This one, we’ll admit, is a classic Mother’s Day gift – but it’s a classic for good reason!

A few fancy moisturisers, body washes and soaps can transform your mum’s showers and skincare routine into a spa treatment.

Between scrubs, exfoliants and even full-body clay masks, you’re spoilt for choice; or gift a fun and fruity body butter.

Facial skincare, however, is often more personalised.

Unless you’re certain of her go-to brands and products, maybe opt for a gift voucher instead.

#10. A thoughtful book

Between thrillers, romances, cookbooks and celebrity autobiographies, there’s bound to be a book genre fit for your mum.

And if she’s short on time, a subscription to an audiobook platform will let her listen to her favourite author’s words while she is on the go.

#11. A sparkling celebration

This is the gift to bring when your mum tells you she doesn’t want you to bring a thing.

A bottle of her favourite bubbles is always a good idea.

Go-tos include the classic Mumm champagne because, well, it (basically) has her name written all over it.

Or splash out on a bottle of premium local sparkling, then pop the cork over a homemade breakfast or brunch in her honour.

This gift has “favourite child” written all over it.

#12. Make a charitable donation

Mother’s Day is not just about flowers and chocolates.

With 20,000 Australians diagnosed with breast cancer annually, urgent research is crucial.

This year, consider giving the gift of hope through a charitable donation to the Breast Cancer Trials‘ For Our Mums Appeal.

Every dollar donated on Thursday, May 9 will be doubled to help fund critical breast cancer research and urgent clinical trials.

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Written by Hayley Hinze.