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Mother's Day gift guide

Find the perfect pressie with Time Out’s guide to maternal pampering in 2021

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More grateful than ever that we can go see and hug our mums in 2021, we’ve compiled a list of Mother’s Day gift ideas that should fit the bill for every mum out there. Help your mother go out and have fun with a restaurant card or show tickets; indulge her sweet tooth with a floral cake, or her need for self-care with a bodycare package; and make her feel extra good about her gift by making it one that also helps other women in need. Make sure you act fast to order your gift now to make sure it arrives in time however – that means now!

Show mum some love with these great gifts

The Restaurant Gift Card
The Restaurant Gift Card
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The Restaurant Gift Card, $50-$200

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There are several restaurant gift cards on the market. The Restaurant Gift Card, unlike cards that can only be used at a small number of participating venues, can be redeemed at restaurants or cafés across Australia that accept eftpos – that’s over 10,000 venues! In addition, with no fee applied to the purchaser and crucially no cost to the venue, the cards also help those in the hospitality industry. The cards are available in denominations of $50, $100 or $200 in a physical format perfect for slipping into an envelope along with a greeting card, or digitally for ease of use via your phone's wallet function. Buy online or pick up a physical gift card at any Woolworths, Coles or Target store Australia-wide.  

Mr Black Ultimate Espresso Martini kit
Mr Black Ultimate Espresso Martini kit
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Ultimate Espresso Martini kit from Mr Black, $169

Motherhood: it’s hard to do without coffee and cocktails, and if your mum likes both then she’ll love the Ultimate Espresso Martini Kit from Mr Black. Not only does it contain a bottle of Mr Black Single Origin Colombia, a stunning coffee liqueur (proudly roasted and distilled in Australia), but also everything needed to make the ultimate Espresso Martini: a bottle of First Press Black Cocktail mixer, a premium bartender tool kit and a pair of Nick and Nora glasses. Everything mum needs to make ten bar-quality Espresso Martinis is here. Get $10 off for Mother's Day.

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Owlet Smart Sock baby monitor
Owlet Smart Sock baby monitor
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Owlet Smart Sock baby monitor, $479.99

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The Owlet Smart Sock lets you track your baby's heart rate and oxygen, relaying the information to the base station and to your phone via an app. The adjustable sock wraps around your child's foot to take heart and oxygen readings. If the baby’s readings leave preset “safe” zones, notifications are sent to advise that the baby needs help. The base station has five different status notifications that use gentle lights and a lullaby rather than alarming noises. For Mother’s Day, get $80 off the Smart Sock 3 at owletcare.com.au and participating retailers between May 2-8 2021.

The Big Issue magazine covers
The Big Issue magazine covers
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Six-month subscription to The Big Issue, $90

Did you know that subscriptions to The Big Issue magazine provide employment and a meaningful income for women experiencing homelessness, marginalisation and disadvantage? The subscriptions make for a great Mother’s Day gift because they give back to women experiencing disadvantage in Australia. The magazine itself is a grab bag of celebrity interviews, vendors' stories, culture, commentary and in-depth social justice investigations. Not to mention the novelty of a good old fashioned printed magazine to go with a nice cup of tea every fortnight! Bliss.

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What a Motherl*ver gift pack
What a Motherl*ver gift pack
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What a Motherl*ver luxury care pack, $120

Sydney-based Two Good Co is a social enterprise known for providing restaurant-quality food and employment training to domestic violence survivors. They have launched a campaign both to help and raise national awareness of domestic violence survivors this Mother’s Day. Buy a Mother’s Day gift pack containing a 500ml Two Good body lotion, 500ml Two Good body wash and a Two Good OO Hugs candle and a vulnerable woman will also receive a gift pack containing body wash, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner. Order by April 30 to ensure delivery by Mother’s Day. Find out more here.

The cast of Hamilton in frock coats, standing on boxes on stage
The cast of Hamilton in frock coats, standing on boxes on stage
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Hamilton tickets, $10-$250

Theatre Musicals Sydney Lyric Theatre, Darling Harbour

“Watching a cast as perfect as this one performing a show as brilliant as Hamilton is the apotheosis of theatregoing,” wrote Time Out’s reviewer back in March. What more recommendation do you need? Hamilton is a brainy but crowd-pleasing musical about one of the Founding Fathers of the USA (he’s on the $10 bill), and Sydney is the only city in the world where this, the hottest musical in the world, is currently playing. If your mum loves the theatre, or even if she’s not sure, why not book her some tickets? Heck, play your cards right and you could be her plus one. The show is running till at least November 14.

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Passiontree Velvet Mother's Day Cherry Bloom Cake
Passiontree Velvet Mother's Day Cherry Bloom Cake
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Passiontree Velvet Mother’s Day Berry Bloom Cake, $75

Flowers and cake join forces for a Mother’s Day gift that will leave your mum in no doubt that she’s special. Cakemakers Passiontree Velvet have designed a Mother’s Day Berry Bloom floral cake – a vanilla sponge layered with sweet cream cheese filling and a strawberry blend, topped with a white chocolate drip and a garland of fresh flowers. Designed in a purple and white colour palette, the Mother’s Day Berry Bloom sells for $75 and can be picked up between May 6-9. Pre-orders are open now until 5pm on Monday May 3. Feeling extra generous? Order the Berry Bloom Package ($105), which includes a Berry Bloom floral cake plus 12 macarons in a signature blue Passiontree Velvet gift box.

A woman snipping her flowers
A woman snipping her flowers
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Bloombox Mother’s Day Every Day gift set, $30

If your mum loves flowers then she’ll know the first rule: always snip the ends off the stems of a bouquet before putting them in a vase. Voilà – this neat little gift from flower delivery service Bloombox: flower scissors, a tea towel and a gift card. The pack is designed as an add-on to any Mother’s Day floral purchase via www.bloomboxco.com.au, and purchases start at $53. You can also order a monthly delivery so that mum always has fresh blooms.

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Greeting cards
Greeting cards
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The Nonsense Maker Mother's Day Cards, $6.95

The Nonsense Maker is the alter ego of Melbourne artist Emily May, whose cards are a quirky twist on a vintage drawing style. Hand drawn, digitally coloured and printed on high quality recycled paper, these cards can add the finishing touch to your Mother's Day gift plus a dash of whimsy. Order online at the website, where likeable stationery, wall art and wedding invitations are also available

Get blooms delivered to Mum's door

The Posy Post flowers
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The best flower delivery services in Sydney

Shopping Florists

Need to send a beautiful arrangement for Mother’s Day or a special occasion? These online florists (and local flower shops with easy online ordering options) provide flower delivery in Sydney, so you can find the perfect bunch. 

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