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Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Every mum

March 22, 2023 9 min read

Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Every mum
It’s true what they say. Not all heroes wear capes. Motherly figures can come in all shapes, sizes and forms. They’re the ones who clap if we come last, support us through all the sh*tty days and make sure they’re listening on the end of that phone call when you need them most. Mother’s Day is a special day to make them feel extra loved, even though we all know that they deserve every damn day to be celebrated. 

Mother’s Day gifts should be thoughtful and considered and put the biggest smile on their face. For Mother’s Day 2024, team LVLY have put together a few of our fave gift ideas for mum as well as a ‘what not to buy’ list. Do with it what you will, but we think there’ll be many mums, new mums, grandmas and mother figures out there that agree with us on these!

5 gifts NOT to buy this Mother’s Day

    1. Not all motherly figures want another appliance for Mother’s Day. Okay sure, a Dyson V8 is a lot to get excited about, but making room for another mixer, pasta maker, air fryer… it’s just a no. They don’t want to be reminded of cooking, as much as they may love cooking, it’s going on our what not to buy list.
    2. If you look around, you’ll rarely see a mum properly relax. Even when they’re sitting down, they’re still thinking of the long list inside their head. So what’s worse than coming home to an entire house with nothing done? A foot spa. Because she’ll have to fill it with water herself, sit in it, clean it and empty it and it does a poor job in comparison to a professional pedicure. So, foot spa - no. Just no. 
    3. You know how there’s that saying ‘oh my mother always said wear nice underwear in case you got hit by a bus?’ First of all, that’s an odd saying, but secondly, don’t buy underwear this Mother’s Day. Underwear is such a personal choice. The type of fabric, coverage, low-rise or high-waisted, brand, fit, there’s a 99% chance you’ll get it wrong, so just steer clear. This warning label is for you.
    4. Wrinkle cream. It really needs no further explanation. 
    5. Coming in last but my no means least… cleaning supplies! Even if they are eco friendly cleaning supplies. Mother’s Day is not the time or the place!

    So, now that we have that covered, let’s get into what would make them smile, what’s the best Mother’s Day gift to send that will make them feel loved, appreciated, valued and cared for?


5 gifts to buy this Mother’s Day

Credit: Irina Werning 'Back to the future' 

  1. That was then, this is now. We’re talking about finding an old photo of you and your brothers and sisters from the 80s. The one where you’re all sitting on camp chairs in Bonnie Doon, the sun is going down and the street lights have just come on. Dad’s leaning against the cricket bat with stubby on the other hand. It’s time to recreate that same photo, with everyone standing in the same position, with the same cricket bat and all. Frame these photos side by side and you have a winning gift for Mum or Grandma. It ticks all the boxes - thoughtful, nostalgic and if you choose a stunning frame from Etsy, that’s your gift all done!

    Dinosaur Designs Mother's Day Gift Idea
    Credit: Dinosaur Designs (IG)

  2. For the Motherly figure that loves entertaining and having friends around for dinner parties you can’t go past splurging on a fancy resin salad bowl from  Dinosaur Designs. All of Dinosaur Designs resin objects are hand made in Sydney and here’s a cool fact - their manufacturing exceeds all Australian standards for pay, working conditions, health and safety. A 10/10 Mother’s Day present! 

  3. It’s no secret that flowers are the number one searched item on Google for Mother’s Day. Why? Flowers represent so much more than just a bunch of pretty blooms. They’re a show-stopping stunning piece of joy that says ‘hey, I love you, thanks for teaching me to be strong but also accepting weakness, holding my hand, wiping my tears, thanks for everything’.

    Our Mother’s Day shop is open and as usual, it’s jam packed with seasonal blooms, native arrangements and perfectly curated gift hampers that support Australian artists and designers. There’s even the option to personalise each gift bundle - why not add the message ‘Mum, my fearless hero’ to a flower jar or candle for them? Shop LVLY’s Mother’s Day range  here.

  4. A day spa day - to themselves. Not with you, not with hubby, not with anyone. A full, dedicated day to pampering and self care that is wrapped up in the smell of ylang-ylang, soft music and herbal tea. Last minute gifter? You can buy a gift voucher for Endota spa  here and send it with flowers too. 

  5. For the motherly figure that has it all and just honestly doesn’t want for a thing, give them a donation for an Australian charity that supports mums around the country tackling challenging circumstances. A charity close to our hearts here at LVLY is Pink Elephants, who provide emotional support to women experiencing pregnancy loss. This meaningful gift idea is just one way of supporting thousands of mums needing community support. 
Still not sure what to get Mum as a Mother's Day gift? Tough crowd! If they above list doesn't tickle her fancy, here are a few more ideas to make Mum's day. 

Make it personal

A personal touch doesn’t even make the list - it gets its own mention. It’s a simple touch where the small things make a huge difference. Sibling rivalry is a thing at LVLY.  A personalised flower jar that says ‘From your favourite son’ ‘Love, your first born’ are just some suggestions to personalise a flower jar for mum. It’s what that jar represents that means the most. The way that jar can be taken from home to office, to be used as a pen holder, or filled with lollies. And everywhere it goes, because it’s been personalised, it’s really hard to throw out. It even survives moving interstate, because it’s not the jar they’re keeping, it’s the memory. Get our drift? A personalised Mother's Day gift doesn’t have to include fancy embossing on a leather bag or engraving on a gold necklace. It’s just about keeping it real, making it funny or sweet. 

Want an easy sentimental idea for Mother’s Day with no-fuss? This one is perfect for mums and mother-in-laws. A personalised picture + flowers bundle has maximum effect for very little effort. It’s as simple as uploading a picture online and they’ll receive flowers + a polaroid picture. Nowadays we’re famously known for taking 50,000 photos and happily handing our money over to Apple to upgrade our iphone storage plan, knowing full well we’ll never print any of our photos. With this bundle, now’s your chance to share a memory that they can stick on their fridge or stick it in their wallet! 

What to get a new mum

New mum gift ideas

Being a new mum is really freaking hard, no need to sugar coat this brand new world you’re thrust into and the pressures of keeping a little human alive and thriving when all you want to do is fall asleep. Maybe just two minutes of sleep. There might be friends who are expecting or a new mum who has just delivered a bundle of squishy joy. The Take 5 LVLY bundle was created to give them the unboxing experience of a sigh of relief. The gift to remind them they’re doing an amazing job and that it really does take a village. If you know a new mum celebrating their first Mother’s Day this year, or there’s a baby on the way, this one’s for them. It’s got bath salts, lactation cookies that actually taste good and loose leaf organic tea. Let’s not forget about the flowers, because life is also about taking care of yourself and taking time to stop and smell the roses (pun intended). 

All the single ladies

Not the Beyonce song, single-stem flowers. There’s disbuds and carnations, roses and  snapdragons, lisianthus our florists pick. If you know an aunty or a motherly figure that loves fresh flowers in their home, there’s really no way to go wrong with our single stem range. If you know their favourite flower and it just happens to be one in our list, we’re pretty damn chuffed we can deliver these same-day across the Country for your loved one.

Lizzo or Grace Kelly? 

Our largest  bunches are big, bold and bountiful -  the kind of bunch you want to send someone where their only reaction is picking up their jaw off the floor. Blushing Beauty is a glorious display of flowers in different shades of pink, filled with a stunning and generous seasonal arrangement of locally grown flowers, with 30 premium flower stems including luxury roses, snapgragons and carnations. If Blushing Beauty was a celebrity, think of Lizzo, cheerful and full of good vibes. Timeless Classic reminds us of clean and crisp fresh linen. If Timeless Classic was a celebrity, think of Grace Kelly or Princess Di - elegant and full of style and grace.

Top 10 Mother's Day Gifts in Australia

  • Fresh Flowers, Duh: You can't go wrong, and Aussie florists have stunning options. (LVLY plug, anyone?)
  • Pamper Hamper: Think aromatherapy, bath goodies, maybe even a cheeky bottle of bubbly.
  • Personalized Jewelry: A dainty necklace with her kids' initials? Instant heart-melter.
  • Scented Candle: From the supermarket? An artisanal one? Love!
  • Donation to Her Favourite Charity: Makes her feel good and supports a great cause.
  • Foodie Treats: Gourmet chocolates, fancy olive oils, a local bakery gift card... yum!
  • Houseplant with a Stylish Pot: Combines something pretty with something practical.
  • Cozy Throw Blanket: Perfect for snuggles (and hiding from the family, let's be real).
  • "Just Because" Weekend Away: A mini-escape, even if it's just a night at a nearby hotel.
  • Custom Artwork of the Kids/Pets: Can be sentimental or hilarious, depending on your family vibes.


Mother's Day gifts for someone hard to buy for

Okay, let's get real. Some mums are just impossible to shop for. They either have everything or insist they need nothing.  But that doesn't mean you should give up! Here's how to nail a gift for that tricky mama:

  • Experiences over Things: Forget another trinket to gather dust. Tickets to a show, a cooking class, a weekend getaway, even a massage voucher – these create lasting memories, not clutter.
  • The "I-Wouldn't-Buy-This-For-Myself" Treat: Think fancy skincare, a luxurious bathrobe, or a subscription box filled with goodies she'd never splurge on.
  • Personalization is Key: Anything with her name, initials, or a special message shows you put effort in, even if the item itself is simple. Etsy is your best friend for this!


Gifts for Mum’s Day:

  • A Plant Subscription: One gorgeous new plant delivered each month? Yes, please!
  • Digital Photo Frame: Pre-load it with family pics for maximum awww-factor.
  • Framed Handwritten Recipe: Dig up Grandma's famous cookie recipe and have it beautifully framed.


Homemade Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mums love stuff made with love (and maybe a bit of chaos, depending on the kiddos' ages). Here's some DIY magic:

  • "Reasons I Love You" Jar: Fill a jar with little notes about her awesomeness. Simple, but hits the heart.
  • Homemade Photo Album or Scrapbook: Gather old pics, add funny captions, and get ready for the happy tears.
  • Custom Tote Bag: Grab some fabric paint and let the kids go wild – it's about the effort, not the artistic skill.
  • "Open When..." Letters: Notes for different occasions: "Open when you need a laugh," "Open when you're stressed," etc.

Breakfast in Bed Deluxe: Okay, maybe more of an experience, but the burnt toast is part of the charm, right?


A word on those who’ve experienced loss

Mother’s Day can be an incredibly tough and isolating time for those who are grieving their mum. It can be hard to know what to say to support someone, and we can often fall into the trap of not saying anything which isn’t always helpful. The best thing you can do is acknowledge their mum’s absence and validate their feelings. To help with this, Motherless Daughters Australia has popped together some useful tips. 

How to support those who are grieving their mum on Mother’s Day

  • Acknowledge their mum’s absence and let them know you’re thinking of them.
  • Ask your grieving friend to share a story about their Mum, or share a memory you might have of their mum.
  • Send a text, or call them – quite often Mother’s Day is a time of intense and renewed feelings of grief and isolation. Let them know they’re not alone.
  • Accept and respect they may not want to socialise or attend in laws/other functions on the day.
  • Let them honour their mum in their own way, without judgement or criticism. Let them be sad without insisting to be positive or to be strong. Give them permission and acceptance to ‘feel’.

And  messages you can send to friends who are grieving their mum on Mother’s Day

  • Today must be a really difficult and sad for you, I’m here if you need to chat or escape the day for a while.”
  • “Thinking of you today. If you’d like to, I would love to hear about your mum – anything at all. Send me your favourite photo of her, too!”
  • “I am sending you lots of love today. I am here to chat or lean on at any time throughout the day.”
  • “I’m free on Sunday at (insert time) if you’d like to go for a walk or grab a coffee?”
  • “Hey, just wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you. I know today is a hard day for you and that you’re not alone.”
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