Christmas shopping for your mum can be surprisingly hard. After all, she's going to insist that she loves whatever you buy her because that's what mums are programmed to do. But given those of us in Australia get to spend this Christmas together and not apart like many others across the world, we think 2020 is the perfect year to surprise your mum with something extra special.
Show her how much she means to you with one of these thoughtful gift ideas.
For mums who love to read…
THE BEST NEW RELEASES
Help her cook up a storm with a copy of Ottolenghi Flavour by world-renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi. Trust us – it’s the cookbook of the year. Inside she’ll find 100 new veggie-based recipes full of the chef's signature spices. Just make sure you’re conveniently around when she decides to test out each dish.
If you think she would prefer a beach read, you can’t go wrong with The Dressmaker and its just-released sequel The Dressmaker's Secret by Rosalie Ham. This thrilling, romantic series set in 1950s Australia will put her straight into relaxation mode.
For mums who love to be pampered…
A BEAUTY GIFT PACK
Nothing says indulgence more than a gift pack full of relaxing skincare products, and Alpha Keri’s Super Hydrating range is perfect for every skin type. A triple-threat pack featuring our Super Hydrating Gentle Wash, Super Hydrating Shower & Bath Oil and Super Hydrating Intensive Cream will give your mum everything she needs to enjoy a spa day at home. Better still, you can find all three products at your local Chemist Warehouse.
For mums who love food…
A HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS HAMPER
Remember when you were in primary school and money was still a foreign concept, so you’d spend hours drawing your mum the perfect Christmas card? Remember the look on her face when you gave it to her? The way she teared up? Recapture that feeling in a more adult fashion with the ultimate homemade Christmas gift – a hamper of foodie treats (may we suggest shortbread cookies, white chocolate truffles and gingerbread pear loaf). Your mum will be blown away by the time and effort you put in to make her feel special.
For mums who love gardening…
A PLANT DELIVERY SUBSCRIPTION
Did you know that being surrounded by greenery reduces feelings of tension and anxiety? Make your mum smile with a collection of calming, energy-boosting indoor plants. Look for low maintenance plants like sansevieria (a succulent with thick, waxy leaves) and devil's ivy, or a pet-friendly species like chlorophytum comosum if there’s a curious pooch in the mix. You could even surprise her with a plant delivery service like Plants in a Box, which will deliver beautifully packaged houseplants at various times throughout the year.
For mums who love vino…
A FANCY WINE BOX
If you want to curate a posh box of wine but you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got you covered. There have been some fab new releases this year. We love the Tread Softly Pinot Noir, which is a light, summery red wine from Woods Crampton in the Barossa Valley that can be served chilled. Nocturne Wines in Margaret River released a crisp Sangiovese Nebbiolo Rosé, which was voted best rosé of the year by preeminent wine critic James Halliday, so you know it’s top-notch. And of course, if you’re looking for a high-quality bubbly, try Chandon's Limited Edition Summer Sparkling Brut. It’s an insanely affordable sparkling from one of the Yarra Valley’s best wineries.
Now be warned: you’ll probably outshine your siblings with these amazing gift ideas (but then you’re used to that, right?). Just smile and nod when your mum says she loves her Christmas presents equally, because we know she’ll love yours best of all.