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Mother’s Day gift guide

If you're scratching your head about the perfect gift to tell mum how wonderful she is, we have you covered.
Mother's Day gift guide 2018

At a loss for brilliant presents ideas for Mum this Mother’s Day? From must-have kitchen gadgets to fantastic beauty buys and cool-season style essentials, this round-up of our favourite products on offer right now is sure to impress her come 13 May – no matter which one you choose.

Lady Luxury The Goods Tube hamper

Lady Luxury The Goods Tube hamper

The Goods Tube take the hard work out of gift shopping with their hampers (or tubes) stuffed with luxe and hard-to-find goodies. This collection of ultimate pamper items includes a dove grey robe, hydrating hand cream and gourmet chocolate. All of the thought, none of the fuss. $210, thegoodstube.com

Celine Big Bag

Celine Big Bag

The Big Bag by French fashion house Celine comes in two roomy sizes – medium and large – to give mum the appropriate room for, well, everything! Made from a raincoat fabric, she’ll be prepared for whatever Mother Nature brings when she’s next on the road. $3200, celine.com

Guy Degrenne Salam Teapot

Guy Degrenne Salam Teapot

Based on a design by French silversmith Guy Degrenne, this white porcelain and stainless steel teapot is a timeless addition to any tea lover’s collection. Make mum’s day by baking her favourite cake to go with it. $160, williams-sonoma.com.au

Yokoo Gibraan Soopa Scarf

Yokoo Gibraan Soopa Scarf

With more than two metres of wool, this scarf is perfect for snuggling up in. Wrap it, layer it or use it as a pillow on flights. It’s a winter essential. $350, sorrythanksiloveyou.com

Smeg Espresso Coffee Machine

Smeg Espresso Coffee Machine

From retro lines and cool colours to a compact size, Smeg’s benchtop coffee machine is a sleek addition to any kitchen bench. And with a simple three-button operation and anti-drip system, the end result is cleaner and fuss-free. $499, smeg.com.au

Sassafras Superstone La Cloche

Sassafras Superstone La Cloche

If your mum’s always dreamed of having a brick oven to bake crusty loaves of bread, the Sassafras Superstone La Cloche puts that dream within reach. Replicating the properties of a brick oven, the unglazed ceramic surface distributes heat evenly while absorbing moisture. And you can proof and bake in the one vessel. Bonus. $100, sassafrasstore.com

Lucy Folk Talking Heads earrings

Lucy Folk Talking Heads earrings

Statement jewellery? You bet. Australian designer Lucy Folk’s quirky creations are nothing if not original and these earrings stay true to form, with an unusual arrangement of bright colours and contrasting textures. They strike the perfect balance between offbeat and elegant. $595, sorrythanksiloveyou.com

Halcyon House gift card

Halcyon House gift card

Give Mum the gift of respite with a trip to the new day spa at Halcyon House in picturesque Cabarita Beach on the far north coast of NSW. The two-storey retreat with treatment rooms, relaxation lounges and a domed steam bath will add up to an indulgent day she won’t forget. halcyonhouse.com.au

S’well Metallic Collection bottle in rose gold

S’well Metallic Collection bottle in rose gold

This sophisticated bottle has more than looks going for it: it also keeps liquid cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. So whether mum wants to stay hydrated at the gym or keep her soup warm in winter, this is a gift she’ll put to use daily. $74.90, top3.com.au

Gucci Décor hypnotic metal trays

Gucci Décor hypnotic metal trays

The Gucci Décor collection arrives in Australia in stores and online in May, so put mum ahead of the crowd by pre-ordering one of these metal trays. A little more art piece than everyday is bound to win you some brownie points. $790, gucci.com

Aesop Olous Room Spray

Aesop Olous Room Spray

This vibrant room spray from Aesop will lift mum’s spirits as soon as she enters the room. The Mediterranean-inspired scent, with its notes of grapefruit and bergamot, will remind her of her last Greek island holiday, and who wouldn’t want to remember that? $60, Aesop.com

Shrimps Una checked wool bag

Shrimps Una checked wool bag

This sophisticated plaid bag with metallic blue embellished handles is the perfect size for when you’re going to dinner. Be warned: you could be sorely tempted to buy one for yourself, too. $509, matchesfashion.com

Clarisonic cleansing brush

Clarisonic cleansing brush

This portable beauty tool will buff tired skin to purifying perfection in 60 seconds. It’s six times more effective than hands alone, so Mum can confidently know she’s clean from nasty impurities. $315, clarisonic.com.au

Basic Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz

Basic Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz

Armed with this pocket-sized guide to fermentation, pretty much any home cook can take on the likes of miso, kimchi and more. Watch out: soon the pantry will be full of jars of home-made goodies. $25, booktopia.com.au

Marimekko Plywood Tray

Marimekko Plywood Tray

This super-stylish tray from Marimekko will make Mum’s classic lemon tart look even better. Plus, it’s shatterproof and waterproof so it will last her a lifetime of dinner parties. $69, marimekko.com

Alpine+Sea skin water

Alpine+Sea skin water

This Jet Lag mist from Alpine+Sea is a carry-on essential. Using ingredients sourced from family-owned organic and biodynamic farms around Australia, a quick spray of the rose water, ylang-ylang and aloe vera enriched spray will give skin the energy and hydration it needs mid-flight. $32, alpineandsea.com

Women’s Libation! by Merrily Grashin

Women’s Libation! by Merrily Grashin

This aptly-named cocktail guide toasts iconic women in history, including the likes of Emma Goldman and Margaret Sanger, whose stories are told via fresh twists on classic cocktails. Each recipe includes an original illustration and a reflection on the woman who inspired the drink. If you’re lucky, mum might even mix you a Joan of Arc & Stormy. $32, penguinrandomhouse.com

Archie Rose Tailored Gin

Archie Rose Tailored Gin

You could buy a bottle of gin off the shelf or you could create a blend perfectly suited to your mum’s taste. The team at Archie Rose offer tailored gins that draw on 14 botanicals including lemon myrtle, rose and river mint, as well as offering guidance on the blends they know and love. Plus they’ll write the recipient’s name on the bottle, transforming your gift into something truly personal. $99, archierose.com.au

Maison Balzac Carafe and goblet set

Maison Balzac Carafe and goblet set

Whether it’s used for wine or water, this Maison Balzac glass carafe will bring minimalist style to the table in a calming shade of violet. Each piece is individually blown by a Mongolian glassmaker – perfect for your one-of-a-kind mum. $79, maisonbalzac.com

Gourmet Traveller jams, relishes and chutneys

Gourmet Traveller jams, relishes and chutneys

Whether it’s a spoonful of quince jam on a cheese plate or a slick of spicy beetroot relish on a burger, any jar from Gourmet Traveller’s condiment range is something mum will love having in her fridge door. From $9, cunliffeandwaters.com.au

Kara Rosenlund artworks on linen tea towels

Kara Rosenlund artworks on linen tea towels

Australian photographer Kara Rosenlund has taken 14 of her sunny snaps and used them to liven up a kitchen essential. Printed with images from Uluru, Byron Bay and more, these linen tea towels are almost too pretty to dry the dishes with. $68, kararosenlund.com

Tatcha Dewy Skin Mask

Tatcha Dewy Skin Mask

A speedy refresher for tired skin, Tatcha’s microfibre sheet mask gets results in just 15 minutes using a blend of Japanese ingredients, including green tea, algae and rice, as well as liquorice root extract, rice germ oil and other botanicals. Perfect for those who can’t spare hours for facials. $66 for pack of four, mecca.com.au

Winnow Chocolates Australia Range

Winnow Chocolates Australia Range

Inspired by native Australian flavours, these organic chocolate bars from Winnow come in two flavours: milk chocolate with lemon myrtle and macadamia or dark chocolate with honey-roasted macadamia and roasted wattleseed. Whatever you choose for mum, buy two because she won’t want to share. $10.95, winnowchocolates.com

Tile Style

Tile Style

Is your mum forever looking for her misplaced keys, wallet or phone? Make her search easier with the Tile Style. The gadget can be attached to a keyring, sounding a tone when prompted through the mobile app. Or, if it’s a phone that’s missing, press the Tile and the phone will ring even if it’s on silent. $50, thetileapp.com

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