The DA 2022 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

It’s almost time for that extra special day in May, when mums get the pampering, the spoiling and the bliss that they deserve. Mums, mother-in-laws, grandmums, new mums, sporty mums, holiday mums, fairy god mother mums – it doesn’t matter what type of mum you’re celebrating, they’re all deserving of a lot of love. If a few ways you can look after them this year:

Wine time – with all the senses
Has mum got a wine palate she likes to look after? Millon Wines will take her on a wine tasting journey to remember with The Impressionist Sensory Experience. Like the name suggests, this isn’t your average tasting pack. Yes, mum will receive four wines from the South Australian winemaker’s collection, but she’ll also receive a virtual reality headset to wear while she’s tasting. Pop on the Spotify playlists at the same time for her and transport her straight to each of the wine regions while you practice your best Morgan Freeman narration tones and read out the Tasting Notes that are included. That’s how we like to play out our Sensory Experience anyway! The kit also comes with a cheese pairing tea towel – never mess up your cheese platter again! RRP $120

Lock eyes on Banbé Eyewear
Does your mum have a thing for shades? We can’t blame her. You really can never have too many pairs of sunglasses. The Australian brand burst onto the scene last year and has plenty of buzz around it’s latest collection, designed by ‘opinion leaders’ – a mix of TV personalities, models, content creators, designers and stylists. Their namesake sunglasses certainly have plenty of personality. The best part is we’re looking at a reasonable price point, all frames coming in at under $100.

WHOOP it up
You’re not just buying your mum a fitness tracker when you buy her a WHOOP, you’re buying her entry into a whole new way of life. She’ll be tracking steps, sleep, heart rate, skin temperature, blood oxygen levels… it packs a mighty punch for a small device. Why? The WHOOP doesn’t just track, it reads your data then makes recommendations just for you. It will help you sleep better, train better, live better. And, even better, there’s WHOOP Body, a range of ‘smart apparel’ so you can wear your WHOOP at different pulse points – and save yourself a pesky tan line.

Enter the joy bringer
There’s not a surface or object that hasn’t got a label or a sticker while we’ve played with the appropriately named Cricut Joy. She is the small but mighty, and most economically priced, joy bringer in the Cricut machine range. The Cricut Joy will be beloved by crafty mums everywhere, especially now Cricut has released Cutaway Cards. These nifty cards come with an adhesive backing so you can do up your design with the machine, it cuts and writes for you, then all you do is pull or ‘weed’ off the cut outs. Goodbye stencil designs, hello custom card making! It’s a seriously simple addition that will take card making to the next level. Head to Big W to buy the Cutaway Cards and the Cricut Joy.

Optimal Hydration Cetaphil style
Do you need to spend a fortune to make mum happy? Never. In fact, you could make her a cuppa in bed and she’d probably be happy. And guess what, you don’t need to spend a fortune on skincare to make mum happy either. We’ve been testing out this new range from Cetaphil, designed to deliver deep hydration and we are on board. The Cetaphil Optimal Hydration Refreshing Eye Serum is now our secret weapon to fighting puffy eye crime, and comes in at just $23.99. There’s also a Healthy Glow Daily Cream to slather everywhere, Body Spray Moisturiser, Replenishing Body Lotion and a 48 Hour Activation Serum. Find the range in a pharmacy near you and find out more here.

Champainting here we come
Okay, come on, the name says it all. You’ll want to book in you and your mum for this fun Paint and Sip experience where the studio supplies the art and you supply the drinks and snacks. With several different locations, you can buy a session on Mother’s Day, or book mum in for a later date. $60 per person

Bake on in style
Do you have a mum who likes to bake? You lucky thing! Can we come over for afternoon tea? Will she share her favourite recipes? The Wiltshire Rose Gold bakeware range should be on every baker’s wishlist. Non-stick, oven safe to 220 degrees celsius, dishwasher friendly… and a gorgeous, rosy sheen that just makes the art of baking better. And then there’s the fact that these beauties come in a set of 7 – the Rose Gold SmartStack. Seven pieces stacked together to take up the space of one, now we’re talking. There’s two loaf pans perfect for baking banana bread, a 9 cup muffin tray, a square cake pan, cookie sheet, roasting dish, and last but not least cooling rack. $90, Available at and BIG W

Goodness in a bottle
Mother’s Day is after ANZAC Day but if you’re organised, you can celebrate both by buying from the limited edition range of rosemary products from Aussie favourite Annod. In partnership with Sydney Legacy, the brand has produced a Revitalising Rosemary Aromatic Wash and a Re-Energising Footcream imbued with rosemary, lavender and lemongrass. Proceeds will go to Sydney Legacy, supporting families of veterans. From $29

Calabash Bay Lodge, image by Michael Wee

Getaway with Wild Luxury
Who said the best gifts come in packages? Wild Luxury has two luxury holiday homes in their portfolio and this Mother’s Day they’re offering 20% off stays at both Crane Lodge at Palm Beach and Calabash Bay Lodge on the Hawkesbury. The architecturally designed masterpieces make the most of their surroundings – we wouldn’t be leaving the day bed on the deck at Calabash Bay Lodge for love or money. And bonus, 10% of Mother’s Day vouchers will be donated to GIVIT’s NSW Flood Appeal.

Say it with coffee
Lock eyes with Mum and let her know that from now on, Lavazza has her morning coffee fix sorted. The Lavazza A Modo Mio SMEG is the love child between SMEG style and Lavazza coffee art. The capsule coffee machine packs a punch, with 7.5 grams of pre-tamped coffee brewing in under 30 seconds. And she looks seriously good on your benchtop while doing it! RRP $349

Light it up
Perfect for styling en-masse, the XRJ Addison candles are more than a candle, they’re a work of art! Now that’s what we call a double gift. We’re big fans of this twisty Addison rose knot candle, but there’s elegant pillar candles in dreamy creams and pastels, ‘blobbies’ and even busts and bodies for you to choose from. RRP $40

Sea Daffodil by Jo Malone

Daffodils are a Mum’s best friend

Designed to be a layered fragrance, Sea Daffodil is part of a new Blossoms range which has just released in March. Inspired by rare white sea daffodils found in the salt-blown sands of southern Italy. It’s a delicate fragrance with notes of ylang ylang, warmth from vanilla and creamy sandalwood. Just like a sea-washed pebble, every cap is unique, just like our mum!
Find it at select Myer & David Jones locations and online, Jo Malone London Woollahra Boutique, and

About the author

Lisa used to use Sydney as a base to drop off souvenirs before heading off on the next adventure but these days she’s got her feet almost on the ground, with a desire to try every high tea in Sydney, and a cute cavoodle puppy at home. Travel writer, photographer and Kitchen Aid freak, she loves to eat, bake and write.


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