Mums – there’s no one else like them. Whether she’s our biological mum, our step-mum or foster mum, or the aunt or friend who stepped in while mum was out of the picture, she’s the one who puts a band-aid on your scrapes, teaches you how to read, and how to braid your hair…
But at Christmas time, it can be hard to find the perfect gift for Mum that expresses the love and gratitude you feel for all she’s done for you. Forget about dressing gowns, chocolates, and flowers – if you’re stuck for gift ideas for Mum this year, here are our hot tips for Christmas 2016:
Pricey gifts for Mum
For the active mum, a fitness tracker is a great gift if you can afford it. Good options include the Fitbit Charge HR Activity Tracker ($199 from Rebel Sport), the stylish Pebble Time Round with its fitness tracker and beautiful clock-face and wristband ($199 from Pebble with free shipping worldwide), or the Apple Watch (starting from $647 from Harvey Norman). Check out Canstar Blue for a guide to fitness tracker features here, and a review of the different Fitbit models compared here.
Customise the wording on a beautiful necklace for the mum who needs a reminder that she is loved and special ($95 from HardToFind.).
For the mum who uses her phone all day long, Smart Clutch is a purse that charges your phone ($60 from Yellow Octopus).
For a mum with young kids, the personalised Mummy & Her Little Helper apron set is an adorable gift ($60 with free shipping within Australia from HardToFind.).
Finally, for the mum who loves her chocolate, it’s hard to pass up the Hug For One “hug mug” with hot chocolate mix and assorted chocolates ($44 from Max Brenner).
Affordable gifts for Mum
A more affordable option for the active mum is a yoga mat like this one from PowerTube ($40 from Rebel Sport), or push up bars that protect mum’s wrists from hyperextension ($38 from adidas at Rebel Sport).
For mums who love to laugh, choose a mug that says, “I love how we don’t even need to say out loud that I’m your favourite child.” ($12 from Etsy)
What about inspiring reads for Mum’s Christmas holidays? A best-selling heart-warmer that has remained classic over the years is Captivating: Unveiling the mystery of a woman’s soul by Stasi & John Eldredge ($20 from Koorong). An empowering book for mums recovering from battles such as breast cancer, grief, and more is Warrior Chicks by Holly Wagner ($18 from Koorong).
What about for the mum who has everything? She can’t have had every new experience under the sun. Try giving her a stand-up paddle board lesson ($30 for 1 hour from Red Balloon) or something similar in your area.
For the cat-loving mum, try these personalised “Best Cat Mum” socks ($36 with free shipping within Australia from HardToFind.).
Homemade gifts for Mum
Like the idea of the smartphone-charging purse above but don’t have the cash? Make your own, by sewing together two long zippers or a bunch of shorter zippers. If you stick a portable power charger inside, it will charge her phone for her and still look pretty. (Just check the zippers you use are up to scratch if the power charger heats up a bit.)
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Every mum deserves a well-earned break. Make her a homemade bath bomb or moisturiser with ingredients you can get at the supermarket. For example, a scented milk bath just uses powdered milk, the essential oil of your choice, baking soda, cornstarch, and Epsom salts, mixed together in a mason jar (see the tutorial at My Frugal Adventures).
Mums with newborns will probably just thank you for watching the baby for a few hours so they can catch up on some beauty sleep (priceless). Give her a few “babysitting vouchers” she can redeem when she needs to.
World-changing gifts for Mum
If Mum already has everything she needs, and doesn’t want any more “stuff” to fill her home with, you can still give her a gift that changes the lives of mums around the world.
One great option is the Useful Gifts catalogue by TEAR Australia – all the gifts are designed to fight poverty by giving mums a way to support their families. Options include a vegetable garden ($10), small business start-up ($60), or the “build a village” kit ($60). You can also check out Tearfund and help by sponsoring a child, great for the entrepreneurial mum who runs a small business.
Finally, the Oxfam Unwrapped catalogue brings a humorous take to changing the world. “I know you don’t like surprises, so I bought you a duck,” says one card.
How to pay for Christmas gifts for Mum
When you’re buying Christmas gifts for Mum, don’t rack up a credit card debt and spend the rest of the New Year regretting your Christmas debt hangover. Use your everyday transaction account so you know exactly what your budget is, how much is left in your account for your usual weekly expenses, and so that you know you’re not paying interest on your gift purchases.
Don’t already have an outstanding value transaction account with your bank of choice?