Mothers’ Day Gift Ideas + How to Choose the Perfect Gift for Mum

We love our Mums. It’s important to show the mothers in your life you care with a gesture or gift that is meaningful to them. That might be as simple as cooking them a special meal or setting aside time together.

Here are our tips and clues on how to choose the ideal gift for Mum as well as Mothers’ Day gift ideas to help get you started spoiling the special women in your life.

How to Choose the Ideal Gift for Mum

  1. Follow the clues
Is her handbag looking worn? Some ideas could be finding the bag she’s had her eye on, upgrading her or if it’s a special piece looking into leather repairs.

Has she mentioned wanting to take a break or getaway? You can treat her to a little getaway which could be planning the trip and simply sending her away, finding a holiday package so she can choose the dates, or gifting her a holiday voucher so she can choose her getaway.

Perhaps she’s mentioned being exhausted from all the extra household chores from having everyone home more often? You could organise a roster for cleaning around the house. Find a spa or massage treatment for her. Or book in a cleaner to do a deep clean. 
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Quite often there are plenty of hints to selecting the perfect gift in conversations and interactions you have.
  1. The way to her heart… (it’s not just men who love through their stomachs)
It’s a common misconception ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’ only applies to men. Treat your special lady to a delightful meal from start to finish - that means don’t forget to clean up too! This step is almost as important as the beautiful meal you treat her too – it will detract from the gift if she then has to spend the afternoon scrubbing the oven..

For a Mothers' Day breakfast to impress, follow the lead of Sea World Chef Klaus Keller and try your hand at crafting buttermilk scones with saffron crème anglaise.

Indulgent Mothers Day Breakfast | Mothers’ Day Gift Ideas + How to Choose the Perfect Gift for Mum | Discover Queensland Buttermilk scones with saffron crème anglaise by Sea World Chef

Follow us behind the scenes with the Chef himself at Sea World Resort to see the creation come to life: 

Of course, our Discover Queensland team HAD to attempt to recreate the chef's recipe, see how successful we were: 

To impress Mum with dinner we have an incredible Slow Roast Sovereign Lamb Shoulder with Herb & Walnut Crust & Tahini Dressing by Chef Andrew Tomlin.
The Must Cook Mothers Day Recipe by Chef Andrew Tomlin | Discover Queensland | Mothers Day Gift Ideas + How to Choose the Perfect Gift for Mum

Another way to treat Mum is to take her out for a fancy brunch or high tea on her special day.

Gold Coast - We love the brunch options at Sea World Resort (hint: there's dolphins & bottomless sparkling)

Brisbane - Our top choice is Ciao Papi at Howard Smith Wharf

Sydney - The Grounds of Alexandria is a beautiful and delicious choice.

Adelaide - We love the brunch option at Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo

Melbourne - Indulge at The Crown with a French feast! 

Perth - Lunch or dinner is covered at Brika

Darwin - For a Mothers' Day evening to remember indulge in a picnic platter and viewing of Monster in Law at Darwin Waterfront.
  1. Don’t be afraid to get gifts they’ve asked for!
We know our Mum’s very well. Whether they are our partners, daughters, grandmothers, friends or own mothers. But they know themselves even better! Quite often we want to come up with the idea or gift, but there is just as much gift satisfaction from getting a gift for mum that she’s chosen or mentioned. Don’t be afraid to simply buy what she’s asked for. You can always make it special by adding your own touch by adding some flowers, chocolate, or getting the upgraded version (take her to see the movie in Gold Class!).
  1. Customisation is key
Mothers Day Gifts, like all presents, can often be appreciated if they are able to be tweaked or customised to suit the recipient. Gift vouchers are a classic example of a thoughtful present you can customise.

You’ve chosen the retailer or brand and can even give a suggestion and your special lady is able to make it her own. Sometimes even just being able to change the colour, date, or style of a gift is enough to make it not only truly special, but truly perfect for them! See below for discounts on gift vouchers! 
  1. Time over material items
Many Mum’s have plenty of things and prefer not to receive material gifts. In that case you can leave the heart shaped necklace at Prouds this year and go for an experience instead.

Choosing the experience is still very personal and requires thought.

A great idea to involve the whole family is to host Mum at a home day spa. Plan out a menu of items including, back massage, foot rub, face mask, and painted nails and let her choose when she’d like her services.

Another idea is to clean the whole house for Mum, make her a meal (and clean up afterwards), and give her time to enjoy uninterrupted quiet time to watch a movie, read a book or catch up on Netflix.

Of course, many mothers simply want to spend time with their loved ones – for this style of Mum plan a picnic or book her favourite restaurant and spoil her with nice meal she doesn’t have to cook, organise or clean up afterwards!

You can also plan a little break for her, whisk her away for a weekend at the beach or a city escape for a spot of shopping.

The key to making the day special for her is to figure out what would mean the most to her – she might need a break and downtime, a getaway to refresh, or simply to spend quality time with those who matter most.

This is certainly not an invitation to skimp on the chocolates! The experience of enjoying chocolate counts!
Still not sure? Browse our Mother’s Day Gift Ideas below.

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mothers Day Flowers

Flowers are a beautiful and thoughtful way to brighten your Mum’s day. They are also readily available and come to suit a variety of budgets and styles. From traditional bouquets to dried Australian natives – you can think right outside the box and give her a flower that is still growing!

Personalised Mothers Day Gifts

A personalised gift shows that you care and this is not a repurposed Christmas left over. It can be a small customisation from an e-gift card with their name such as a Queensland Holiday Voucher or a more permanent personalised gift such as:
  • engraved necklace or bangle
  • cutting board
  • thermos, reusable cup
  • water bottle
  • diary or notebook
  • dressing gown
  • phone case
  • personalised registration plates

Mothers Day Vouchers

If your Mum is a lady who knows what she wants, it can be difficult to pick the perfect present. Which is what makes Mothers Day vouchers perfect! You can select her favourite store and ear mark the present in mind, and let her pick her favourite holiday, earrings, headphones etc.
Discover Queensland Hot Tip: Have you booked a DQ holiday recently and been given a MyDQ card? You can access LOADS of discounted gift cards. Get discounts on eGift Cards for:
  • Dan Murphy’s 5% Off eGift Cards
  • BWS 5% Off eGift Cards
  • Cellarmasters 5% Off eGift Cards
  • WISH 5% Off eGift Cards
  • Myer 5% Off eGift Cards
  • JB HiFi 5% Off eGift Cards
  • Target 5% Off eGift Cards
  • Endota Spa 7% Off eGift Cards
  • Country Road 7.5% Off eGift Cards
  • Priceline 10% Off eGift Cards plus many more!
You can also gift holiday memories with Discover Queensland gift cards.

Mothers Day Gift Packages

Take the work out of Mum’s gift and get her a holiday package. The range of Discover Queensland holiday packages allow you to find the perfect getaway to suit mum, and buy a voucher to gift her. This means the choosing and planning is all done – and she can simply travel on the dates that best suit her.
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Our top picks are:

3 Night Palm Cove Escape
Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove for $269
Includes 2 guests + breakfast daily, dessert platter, bottle of wine, WiFi, room upgrade & $50 Quicksilver Great Barrier Reef Cruise Voucher per person.

3 Night Rustic Hinterland Escape
The Kooralbyn Valley for $389
Includes up to 4 Guests + buffet breakfast daily, late check out, kayak hire, bowling session, putt putt for 2, guided star gazing experience, late check out & more.

4 Night Luxe Port Douglas Rainforest Bungalow Stay
Thala Beach Nature Reserve for $1099
Includes 2 guests in a private, open plan timber bundalow + bottle of wine, fruit platter on arrival & $50 Quicksilver Great Barrier Reef Cruise Voucher per person.
Browse more amazing Queensland holiday deals online or call your holiday experts at Discover Queensland on 1300 788 553 to buy a gift voucher, holiday package or book Mum the perfect getaway.

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