The best gift ideas to treat your mum this Mother’s Day

With coronavirus restrictions still in place, Mother’s Day 2020 might feel a little different this year. Restaurants will be closed, picnics and outings are off-limits (unless it’s exercise) and going shopping for gifts is not ideal due to social distancing rules. Not to mention, there are limited stores that are still open during this current climate, making Mother’s Day gift buying a little more difficult. 

Here we’ve rounded up a few ideas that can be purchased conveniently online or just at your local shops. Of course, these ideas are all ideal for mums who love travel and getting outdoors or are simply after some inspiration. Just remember to allow enough time for delivery if you purchase online.


Personalised photo book

Personalised gifts are always a favourite and especially when they involve photos. So why not make use of all those photos you have stored and create a personalised photo book for your mum? It’s the perfect way to look back on past family holidays and they’re really not too hard to make as there are a number of templates to use. One of the most popular sites to create a photo book is Snapfish, which lets you select the size, choose a template and add text and graphics to your book. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be a photo book. If you prefer your photos can be transformed into coasters, bags, pillows, mugs, canvas prints, blankets and more. Check out the range here.

Image: Instagram/Snapfish

Image: Crumpler

The ultimate day-trip bag

Designed with explorers in mind, this bag is perfect for mums who love adventure, hiking or simply getting outdoors. With plenty of room to fit the essentials, it is even suitable for the casual coffee runs, daily walks or day trips. Travel may be off the cards right at this moment but it won’t stay that way forever and this is a great way to get mum excited for new adventures. Crumpler’s new Rambling Range is made using 500D Nylon Kodra with durable water repellent (DWR) water-resistant coating. Available online here from $69.00.


Armchair travel reads

As travel plans have been put on hold and we’re finding ourselves with a little more time at home, now is the perfect time to delve into a new book – making it a great Mother’s Day gift. We recommend books that provide a little bit of armchair travel and inspiration. For example, Lonely Planet’s In Her Footsteps is not only a celebration of incredible women, but a travel guide to the places where they studied, lived, worked, reigned and explored. While Slow Travel by Penny Watson provides a practical compendium of places, activities, tours and experiences that will inspire you to get on the road in your own time and on your own terms. Check out some more armchair travel books here.

Image: Lonely Planet

Restaurant voucher

Mother’s Day is a popular day for dining out, however, while restaurants are currently limited to take away only, these celebratory dining experiences will have to be postponed. A great gift you can get mum this year is a voucher to one of her favourite restaurants for her to enjoy once things are back to normal. Not only is it a great way to support your most loved restaurants in these trying times, but it gives your mum something to look forward to once Covid-19 restrictions end. You can either ask your chosen restaurant directly if they have vouchers, buy a voucher from one of the restaurants that need your support on TheFork’s ‘Save Our Restaurants’ initiative, or purchase on of the Gourmet Traveller Gift Cards who are partnered with over 300+ participating restaurants.


Personalised glassware

Treat your mum to her own personalised wine glass? This stylish collection of glassware by ZÓ is sourced from all around the globe and allows for custom monogramming to make your gift-giving a little more special. You can also choose from champagne flutes, stemless glasses, rock glasses and water bottles. Check out the range here. Wine glasses available from $74.99.

Image: Instagram/Zo Personalised

Mother's Day gift ideas flowers and champagne

Champagne and flower bundle

Merivale has launched a new Mother’s Day gifting service that offers bundles of beautiful flowers paired with either a champagne bottle or margarita kit. These will be delivered on Saturday 9 May. Check out their website to see the different types of bundles on offer. Prices start from $130.


Yoga mat

As studios and gyms are currently closed, there’s no better time to own a yoga mat. Yoga is the perfect way to stretch out your body while working from home and we’re sure your mum will love receiving a brand new mat. Keep the design in line with her travelling spirit with these mats by YogaEverywhere that are inspired by beaches across Australia. Or these mats by Bowern that are inspired by the Mediterranean. Both brands are eco-friendly and available from The Iconic from $127.

Image: YogaEverywhere/ Shark Bay & Bondi Beach Yoga Mats

Image: Glasshouse Fragrances/Lost in Amalfi

Scents from around the world

While we’re cooped up in our homes there is nothing having the scent of a beautiful candle lingering in the air – it’s a simple pleasure that mums will appreciate. And if they’re the travelling type, they will love these candles by Glasshouse Frangrance that are inspired by scents from around the world. Try out the Italian Secrets of the Sistine, Midnight in Milan, Lost in Amalfi or Forever Florence. Or perhaps A Tango in Barcelona, Arabian Nights and The Hamptons might take mum’s fancy. Check out the full range here from $19.95.


Travel or hotel voucher

Many hotels and tour companies across the globe have got on board with the initiative of ‘buy now, stay later,’ encouraging people to keep planning an booking holidays to enjoy at a later date. These travel vouchers would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift that not only gives your mum something to look forward to post COVID-19 but is also a big help to the tourism industry. We recommend checking out travel websites direct for voucher options. However to give you an example, StayWell Holdings, one of the largest hotel groups in the Asia Pacific, has launched a Book Now and Pay Later offer for their hotels and properties across Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Mother's Day gift ideas: Hotel Voucher
Image: Stay Well Group

Vacations & Travel Autumn 2020 Adventure Issue

Vacations & Travel magazine subscription

Why not provide a little holiday inspiration with the latest Vacations & Travel magazine? Inside you’ll find travel reviews, first-person stories and stunning imagery from beautiful destinations around the globe. This is the perfect coffee table read that might will inspire her next adventure.
Purchase a one-off edition from your local newsagent or give the gift of a subscription and save up to 24 per cent. Subscriptions are available at vacationstravel.com/subscribe from $45.95.
*Please note: Due to COVID-19, we are putting the Winter and Spring 2020 editions on hold. The next print magazine will be our Summer 2020 issue and we already have exciting plans in the works.


Skincare essentials

As we move closer to winter, treat your mum to some beautiful skincare products she will love. Either top-up her favourite brands and products or if you’re unsure, you can’t go wrong with NIVEA’s latest day creams. Their new range – formulated specifically for different skin types – deeply moisturises the skin for up to 24 hours, balancing the skin’s own moisture level and comes with SPF 15 coverage. Not to mention, their new tube bottle are perfect for mums on the go. Pictured: Refreshing Day Cream for Normal Skin. Available in supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide from $10.99.

Mother's Day gift ideas: NIVEA Skincare
Image: NIVEA

Portable speaker

From singing in the shower to putting on a lip sync battle in the living room, this waterproof pocket rocket with surprisingly big sound will boost mum’s mood without skipping a beat. Perfect for travellers is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 which is super waterproof, dust-proof, and easily transported on the go thanks to its stylish hanging loop clip. Available here from $129.95.

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