Magnificent Mums
Want to show Mum the love and thank her for everything she does? Whether she’s near or far this year, there are plenty of ways to make her day special – here’s how.
Published 29 April

Cafe brunches and an indulgent day at the spa are off the table this year, so in the lead up to Sunday May 10, you’ll need to get a little creative to show Mum the love.

Whether you’re at home or miles apart, there are plenty of ways to let her know she’s in your heart! These home-based activities and gifts will show her she’s a mum in a million.

Cater to her every need

Mums always put others first, which is why Mother’s Day should be all about putting Mum first. This will require a team effort, so recruit the rest of the family and get to work sweeping mum off her feet.

Start her day with a breakfast in bed (think pancakes, waffles or a fruity parfait)and pick some flowers from your garden for an extra special touch. While she’s enjoying a leisurely morning, take care of her usual household chores (hint: hang out and fold the washing, walk the dog, do the dishes, vacuum the house) and give her time to really switch off.

Buy some bath bubbles and scented candles to transport her to a relaxing spa at home. Good with your hands? Treat her to a relaxing at-home massage, foot rub, facial or manicure and you’ll make her feel like a million bucks without having to spend it.

Transform her home into a haven…


s&p butler serving tray light woodZOE’S KITCHEN

Bamboo Bath CaddyTARGET

Breville Waffle MakerHARVEY NORMAN

True Glow Bubbling Hydro Foot BathBIG W

Trilogy Rosehip Rituals Gift Set TERRYWHITE CHEMMART

Vibrating Mini MassagerSHAVER SHOP

Florist Choice Bright Arrangement in a BunchWATERGARDENS MARKET FLORIST



Show your love with DIY

There’s a reason those Grade 4 artworks hang in prized positions around the house – mums love a homemade gift. Get the kids to surprise her with art that she’ll be proudly posting on Facebook for all her friends to see.

Scrapbooks are lots of fun and a chance to take a trip down memory lane. Go through old pictures and put together a personalised photo album and jazz it up with craft materials and Mum’s name on the front. Kids can also use craft materials to personalise a photo frame for her favourite snaps.

Little ones might like to make her a friendship bracelet, or personalise some hair clips with nail varnish and glitter. She’ll need somewhere to store these trinkets so make her a keepsake box – necessity really is the mother of invention!

Put some heART into it…

Memory Lane Photo Album 300 PocketsTHE REJECT SHOP

Paper Crane Coloured MarkersTARGET

Riverton Photo Frame BUNNINGS


Large Gold Snap Clip 2 Pack - LOVISA

Boyle Wood Square Box (set of 2)BUNNINGS



Give the gift of a voucher

We might all be cooped up like chickens for the time being, but there will be a day in the future where we are allowed to roam free (and be with our mother hen). Give Mum the gift of something to look forward to and if you’re feeling like you need it too, make plans to go with her.

If you’ve already treated her to your home spa, why not top it off with the real deal and buy a voucher for a professional massage, facial or manicure. If she’s fretting about missing the hairdressers, pick up a gift card for her favourite salon so she can schedule the first appointment back pronto!

Pamper packages…

Hair Gift Certificate HAIRHOUSE

Gift Card (Cosmetics, Skincare)MECCA MAXIMA

Watergardens Gift Card - BUY HERE


Make memories together

There’s nothing mums want more than to spend time with their kids — and the bonus is, it’s free. So if you’re lucky enough to be spending this time with your mum, let her know how much you cherish being with her.

Play some board games, make a puzzle or cuddle up on the sofa in your PJs together for a movie marathon with snacks and a cosy blanket. If she likes singing in the shower and has secret dreams of being Kylie Minogue, set up a karaoke night and start blasting ABBA’s Mamma Mia.

If your mum’s sanctuary is the kitchen, suggest that she shows you how to make one of her favourite dishes, or bake a Mother’s Day cake together. She will love passing down her prized recipes and you can enjoy the spoils of your efforts together…now that’s what you call a yummy mummy!

Get in some quality time with…

Timeless Chill Trackies - GHANDA

Choceur Salted Pretzel Chocolate Block 200g - ALDI

Dylan Acrylic Throw EmeraldMANCHESTER COLLECTION

Rimmel 60 seconds Super Shine Hot Metal Nail Polish – CHEMIST WAREHOUSE

XCD Karaoke Machine with Bluetooth & CD+GJB HI-FI

Game of Thrones 4D Jigsaw PuzzleEB GAMES

Dline Revolving Cake StandZOE’S KITCHEN



Wherever you are you can connect

Being away from family is always hard, and especially so on Mother's Day, but thanks to smartphones and the internet it's easy to stay in touch. Some apps such as House Party will let you play virtual games together so it feels like you’re in the same room (disclaimer: you might need a tech-savvy mum or some training time for this).

Try video-calling over food – you could even order her favourite take out and have it delivered to her house to share in the meal together. Enter our Memories with Mum competition for the chance to win a $100 voucher to treat mum with a takeaway from her favourite Watergardens restaurant. All you have to do is post a throwback photo of you two together on our Facebook post to enter. Keep an eye out on our socials to enter soon! Click here to visit our Facebook page. For full Terms and Conditions click here. 

Go old school and handwrite a letter – try including reasons you love her or funny memories. Slip in some pictures, recipes ideas, pressed flowers – she'll treasure it forever.

No matter how near or far you are from your mum, Mother’s Day is about celebrating the women who raised us whilst remembering that not everyone is as lucky. So if nothing else, show your love –take the time to thank your Mum for being awesome and to tell her exactly how much she means to you.

Stay connected with…

Cristina Re Thank You CardsOFFICEWORKS

Flower Garden Cookie CakeMRS FIELDS COOKIES

Chocolate & Raspberry Cupcakes – Mother’s DayFERGUSON PLARRE

Large Fresh Filled Cannoli - CANNOLERIA


Get organised and order online early to avoid missing the boat. You’ll find plenty of Mother’s Day inspiration at Watergardens retailers.

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