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53 better things than a Mother’s Day card and flowers

These gift ideas will make that last-minute dash to the service station on Mother’s Day for some wilted flowers a thing of the past.

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Be the favourite child this Mother's Day
Be the favourite child this Mother's Day
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Nothing says “I love you mum – but I’ve given your gift approximately 0.3 seconds thought” than rocking up on Mother’s Day with a predictable card and some cellophane-wrapped flowers that scream BP’s finest. While few mums expect anything overly grand, a little thought will definitely be appreciated. The trick is matching your mum with the right gift. With this in mind, our list of 53 gifts has ease of buying and variety of choice among its top criteria. You’re guaranteed to be the favourite child this year.

All the better for serving breakfast in bed
All the better for serving breakfast in bed
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Fact: Your mother’s joy at receiving breakfast in bed is significantly diminished when she spends the next week finding croissant crumbs between the sheets. Avoid this problem and make her feel like she’s living in luxury’s lap with this handy lap table, which thoughtfully comes with a groove to support a book, tablet or phone (there’s even a hole to allow recharging). Watching cute cat videos all morning while luxuriating over brekkie and a cuppa? M. Day nirvana. $19.95

Because mums need cheese in their lives
Because mums need cheese in their lives
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Show your cheese-loving mum – and that’s pretty much everyone – that you respect her sophisticated palate and connoisseur needs with this stylish cheese board. Made from sustainable bamboo, at 34.5 x 29.5 cm it’s plenty big enough to house a veritable cheese feast, and features a pull-out drawer holding four stainless steel cheese knives, suitable for attacking, er, serving everything from a firm cheddar to a gootastic brie. Mmm, brie… $49

For the mum who feels any draught – no matter how small
For the mum who feels any draught – no matter how small
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You’ll no longer have to hear Mum’s complaints about over-enthusiastic air-conditioning or the large crack under the front door “that lets the cold air straight in”. She’ll be warm and stylishly patriotic in this gorgeous scarf adorned with Australian flora. Note: also ideal for mums who are feeling self-conscious about their encroaching “neck wattle”. $29.95

‘Don’t break my jigsaw!’
‘Don’t break my jigsaw!’
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It’s time to free up mum’s dining table, taken hostage by her constant jigsaw-in-progress. Solve her dilemma with this practical, portable wooden jigsaw organiser, featuring pull-out drawers for sorting through the different colours and shapes (found you, pesky last edge bit!). From $119

For the dedicated tea drinker
For the dedicated tea drinker
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If your mum’s catchphrase is “I’ll just put the kettle on”, save her the time and electricity with this handy hot water dispenser. Simply fill it with up to 3.5 litres of water and hey presto! Hot water – and endless cuppas – at the press of a button for the entire day. Scotch Finger bickies optional. $99

Not exactly sure of her clothing size…too afraid to ask?
Not exactly sure of her clothing size…too afraid to ask?
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One Size Fits All to the rescue! This trendy reversible shawl in soft and warm microfleece will see your giver of life through many a chilly winter’s day. Available in a range of fashionable colours including blue and ivory, grey and ivory and olive and taupe, your mum can change her shade to match her mood. Women’s prerogative and all that… $39.99

The ultimate way to stay close to her heart
The ultimate way to stay close to her heart
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Yes, it might well be true that jewellery is the way to a woman’s heart. And this stunning gold-plated locket, featuring a detailed filigree design and Swarovski Elements will certainly warm the cockles of your matriarch’s ticker. But go that extra mile and pop a teeny picture of yourself inside to guarantee that hallowed position as the closest to her heart for years to come. (Bonus: if you have siblings, they’ll be totally miffed.) $79

For mums with green thumbs (or who’d like them)
For mums with green thumbs (or who’d like them)
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Make your garden-loving mum’s life easier with these practical gardening gloves, which allow her to dig, plant and rake without hand tools, simply by using the plastic claws built into the fingers of one glove. Note: also useful for threatening disobedient children, dragon dress-up parties and intense back scratches. $14.95

Because cosy mums are happy mums
Because cosy mums are happy mums
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With winter approaching, your mum needs to feel cosy as she settles in at night to watch The Bachelor or The Block, or read Lee Child’s latest crime thriller. This chunky, soft jersey knit throw – which doubles as a lounge or bed throw – is just the ticket. And at 100cm x 150cm, it’s big enough for two. But don’t think about that. $149

For the glamour mama
For the glamour mama
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Nothing says Mother’s Day like slippers, but given the chance, some mums would sooner curl up on the lounge in stilettoes than be seen in a pair of ugg boots. No judgement on either side, whatever floats your boat, mama! If your mum errs on the side of glamour, this furry, sparkly pair of slides are her spirit slippers. Her tootsies and sense of style will be in relaxed harmony. $24.95

The ever-lasting gobstopper of gifts
The ever-lasting gobstopper of gifts
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This is one of those presents that everyone will benefit from – even more than the beloved recipient, but shhh, we won’t tell if you don’t. Just hand over this 8-in-1 Multi Cooker with a smile. It roasts, slow cooks, steams, deep fries, grills, boils, casseroles and makes fondue. Just set it down on the dining table then unpop that top button! What could be easier? $169

Because she deserves to look as special as she is
Because she deserves to look as special as she is
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Choosing fashion for mums can be challenging, but it’s hard to go wrong with this feminine printed tunic, which features universally-flattering ¾ sleeves, V-neck and front gathering details in a stylish floral print. Available in different colours, your mother will look and feel as special as you know her to be. $59.99

For card sharks who don't have time for shuffling
For card sharks who don't have time for shuffling
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Let Mum take her Bridge, Solo or Canasta sessions to a whole new level with this nifty automatic card shuffler. Capable of shuffling up to three packs, nobody can blame their poor hand on your mum’s shuffling skills again. $24.95

Give Mum some good vibrations
Give Mum some good vibrations
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Show your mum you appreciate the back-breaking burden you’ve bestowed on her since, well, pretty much conception (and she "wouldn’t have it any other way”), by gifting her this amazing massage mat. A generous 179 x 59 cm and padded for total comfort, it has five different massage functions, a lumbar heat zone and three levels of intensity, all powered by remote control. Just don’t expect much from Mum on Mother’s Day (and the weeks following) except for a blissful smile and a gentle hum. $129

To simply pay homage to the genius who invented this
To simply pay homage to the genius who invented this
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You saw us there, one foot on the bathroom sink, hopping around like a fool. You saw us there, hunched over the edge of the bath, semi-strangled by both our knee and our bosom at the same time. You saw us, o’ Stedi Pedi Foot Surface inventor, and heard our prayers. Our prayers for a board that could simply be slid under any chair to give us the perfect angled surface for a DIY pedicure. You even gave us a light, a pull-out drip tray and (sob!) storage for our nail polish. Children, your mothers need this. They may not even know it exists, but they cannot do without it. $69

Because Riesling is a drink best served cold
Because Riesling is a drink best served cold
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If there’s one thing Mums like more than a chilled white wine, it’s a chilled white wine that stays chilled even on a hot summer’s day! These double walled 330ml stainless steel tumblers, in a variety of hues, are perfect for keeping Mum’s drink chilled at any picnic or party – they even come with a lid for drinking mums on the go! $22.95

For the mum with a flair for design
For the mum with a flair for design
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If your mum has a love for textiles, design and artistry, she’ll positively swoon over this beautiful gift box featuring 100 postcards from William Morris, one of the most imminent textile designers and literary figures of the nineteenth century. Featuring his stunning motifs including plants, birds and wild flowers, these postcards will capture the heart of the mum who secretly still wishes everything could be sent by snail mail. $29.95

Bag her some style
Bag her some style
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A mum’s not a mum unless she’s toting around a handbag full of her own and everyone else’s cra, ahem, essentials, but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t look like a style queen in the process. This tassel leather bag with detachable shoulder bag should do the job nicely, thank you. We’ll take ours in pewter, but your mum might prefer black, stone or even green. $99.99

Almost as good as a tropical holiday
Almost as good as a tropical holiday
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In a perfect world, we would all be able to buy our mothers a tropical island trip for Mother’s Day. But, here we are. Nonetheless, with this refreshingly elegant Green Palms quilt cover, your precious mum will be transported to a tropical island every time she makes her bed. With no jetlag to worry about. From $99

For the stylish silver nomad
For the stylish silver nomad
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Whether your mum’s a retiree happily spending your inheritance seeing the world, a travelling career queen or simply an eternal wanderer, ensure Mum’s travel is practical, streamlined and organised with a cosmetics travel bag, featuring several different compartments and hanging capacity. After all, while mothers don’t want to sacrifice their beauty regime while travelling, nobody wants their moisturiser to explode inside their suitcase either. $29.95

Make her salads even more special
Make her salads even more special
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If there’s one thing mums know how to do, it’s whip up a memorable salad or two. Don’t let her gourmet creations be diminished by the same lack-lustre salad servers she’s been trotting out year after year! Bring joy and pizzazz to the table with these wonderful melamine salad servers from Warlukurlangu Artist Aboriginal Corporation, a fully Aboriginal owned art centre famous for its art and fine limited-edition prints. The range also includes tea towels, teaspoon sets and mugs, with all royalties from the products benefitting the artist and their community. $14.95

Because sometimes, an omelette is meal enough
Because sometimes, an omelette is meal enough
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Let’s face it, mum has made more hot dinners for the family than… you’ve had hot dinners. You know what we mean. This is for those nights when she just wants to whip up a simple delicious meal for herself with a minimum of fuss. With this copper pro double grill, she can just pop in her favourite food and close the lid to enjoy a tasty, tender and flavoursome meal of anything from steak and veggies to a delicious omelette. And no, you can’t have a bite. $49

No such thing as too many cushions
No such thing as too many cushions
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For the majority of mums, a stylish cushion is like a hug – you can never have too many. And cushions don’t get much more stylish than these faux fur babies, the neutral tones of which would suit the majority of décor styles. And did we mention the softness? Also available in matching throws so snug they’ll make mum start to purr. From $39.95
Send her off the deep end
Send her off the deep end
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If your mum has gone gaga over Bradley Cooper and that singer in A Star Is Born, wrap her up the movie in DVD form so she can relive her favourite moments over and over again. “In the sha-ha-sha-ha-low, in the sha-ha-la-la-la-la-looow…” Don’t pretend you won’t be joining in. $24.95

Because she already has enough to iron
Because she already has enough to iron
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Can’t decide get mum a crisp white shirt or a cool relaxed top? Get the best of both worlds with this stylish “twofer” (think about it!). Available in a range of gorgeous striped designs, this 2-in-1 stripe shirt (in case you hadn’t figured it out) features a woven blouse insert at the neckline, sleeve cuffs and hem. Not only will your mum look classy and elegant, she’ll save herself having to iron an entire shirt. Mums are busy enough, as you’ve probably heard. $64.99

For the mum who’s just run out of excuses
For the mum who’s just run out of excuses
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Not enough time to exercise? Can’t afford gym membership? Dodgy knees? There are many reasons mums give for not exercising enough – many of them pretty legit. But most would be banished should she be presented with this strider. A heart-pumping exercise machine that won’t put pressure on her joints, in just a few minutes a day mum can tone her legs, lower abs and glutes as she works through exercises such as basic gliding, leg circles, skating and squats. $249

For mums who know that squinting causes wrinkles
For mums who know that squinting causes wrinkles
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Yes, we know, eyesight diminishes as we get older. So, help mum out would you, with this rather legendary magnifying lamp – which makes reading small print or enjoying an intricate hobby with a choice of warm or cool light. And what? Either use the stand or clamp it to a table or bedhead, and power it up with a USB cable plugged into a computer or desktop. Now you’re just showing off! $39.95

Cast her in a flattering light
Cast her in a flattering light
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There’s nothing like a bit of ambient lighting to set a warm and cosy mood, but these enchanting mood lanterns take it one step further, showing off gorgeous silhouettes of either birds or dragons and butterflies. Mum will be thrilled that her indoor or outdoor space has been beautifully enhanced by these traditional-style lanterns that can be placed on a table or suspended from a hook or tree. (Plus we all know that mood lighting is highly flattering!). $29.95

For cold-blooded, warm-hearted mums
For cold-blooded, warm-hearted mums
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Got a mum who feels the cold keenly? Keep her warm, toasty and snug throughout winter – while emanating a zesty zebra magnetism – courtesy of this heated throw. Luxuriously soft thanks to its fleecy fabric, it heats up like an electric blanket, with nine different settings to ensure she’ll stay comfortable on the chilliest of nights. $99

So Mum can be the ‘Lady In Red’
So Mum can be the ‘Lady In Red’
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Schmaltzy 80s love songs by Chris De Burgh aside, us ladies can always do with a bit of red in our wardrobes to rev us up on those ‘blah’ days… and what better way than with this sleek, sporty fleece jacket with detachable hood. Also available in more sedate colours, but why would ya? $129.99

To guarantee you’ll spend Mother’s Day in hysterics…
To guarantee you’ll spend Mother’s Day in hysterics…
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… wrap up this hilarious ‘Yes dear’ button, which comes complete with 10 pre-recorded phrases so mum won’t have to bother repeatedly trotting them out. Features such gems as “If you’re happy, I’m happy”, “I couldn’t agree more”, “Why didn’t I think of that?”. Mum will love it – and if Dad is on the scene, he’ll probably love it even more. $14.95

When you’re unable to help Mum with 13 Down
When you’re unable to help mum with 13 Down
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Now far be it for us to encourage cheating, but there are times when your mum just wants the satisfaction of being able to finish her crossword without having to wait for the answers and is feeling a bit rusty on her knowledge of migratory birds from South Eastern sierra. Bingo! This fantastic Oxford Crossword Solver will come to her rescue, thanks to its thesaurus, spell checker, calculator and knowledge finder. $69

To make Mum even more huggable
To make Mum even more huggable
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As if Mums aren't cosy and snuggly enough already, in this soft fluffy stripe sweater, the whole family will be lining up for a cuddle. And Mum will love the fact that she also just happens to look like a style queen.  $59.99

She’s a serious collector – of homewares with cattitude
She’s a serious collector – of homewares with cattitude
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Give the cat lady in your life (regardless of her sanity) the purrrfect gift with this Casual Cats Gift Collection of cute mugs. Also available: kitty coasters, door stop and draught excluder (aka a cat door sausage). Meow! From $14.95

All-weather wear for a yummy gummy mummy
All-weather wear for a yummy gummy mummy
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Whether your mum is a fan of gardening, walking, camping – or just likes jumping in muddy puddles for kicks – she can now splash and squelch away to her heart’s content with these easy-to-slip-on rubber gummies, available in a number of fun shades. $49

The frequent flyer who does it with style
The frequent flyer who does it with style
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Your mum might be off globetrotting, but that needn’t mean she has to leave her favourite pieces of bling at home. This chic leather jewellery case will ensure all her favourite rings, necklaces and earrings are safely stored, however far she roams. You can even personalise it to really get in her good books. $34.95

Keep Mum radiant this winter
Keep Mum radiant this winter
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Don’t let your mama shrivel into wrinkly raisin status over the dry wintry months. With this smart Ultrasonic Aroma Humidifier with adjustable mist control, she can control the moisture in the air, add some essential oils to aid relaxation, and enjoying a colourful LED light display at the same time. And stay dewy and … grape-like. $59

Time for Mum to binge on this blessed drama
Time for mum to binge on this blessed drama
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You most certainly will ‘blessed be’ if you bear your Handmaid’s Tale-obsessed mum with a box set of this Emmy Award-winning drama series based on the classic novel by Margaret Atwood. Warning: she may choose to binge watch it instead of joining you for Mother’s Day lunch, but remember, it’s her day and she can do whatever she wants. From $29.95

Sudoku’in it in style
Sudoku’in it in style
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Any Sudoku-devotee knows the feeling – sometimes there are so many crossings out, smudges and teeny tiny numbers on the page that you can barely keep track of what you’re doing. This smart wooden board revolutionises Sudoku puzzling – simply fit one of the 100 printed puzzles beneath the removable grid and use the tiles to work out the solution – there are even 81 mini ‘thinking tiles’ to help solve it. Genius! (Just like your mum always said you were.) $39.95

A pearl of wisdom…
A pearl of wisdom…
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Treat mum with this exquisite life-like pearl set, consisting of necklace, earrings and bracelet in an elegant presentation box, and you have all but negated the grief you wreaked upon her during your teenage years. All but, we said. $89

A robe for your very own tropical queen
A robe for your very own tropical queen
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Giving your mum a robe means many things – you want her to be comfortable and relaxed, you want her to be warm, you want to make sure she’s covered up when she comes out of the shower … Either way, robes are made for Mother’s Day and it’s hard to find one more striking and versatile than this Hawaiian jacquard robe, suitable for home, beach, pool – or tropical holiday! Hey, a mum can dream… $79

She’ll never have to chop another vegetable
She’ll never have to chop another vegetable
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It’s estimated that in her lifetime, the average mum has to chop around… oh, who the heck has time to try to work that out? But trust us, it’s a LOT. But should you be so kind as to bestow your mum with the EZ multi slicer, she can step away from the knife and simply use the three interchangeable blades to effortlessly slice, shred and grate her way to culinary creations for all to enjoy. Bit selfish of you, really. $19.95

Keep her clever clogs cogs turning
Keep her clever clogs cogs turning
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Regular puzzling does wonders for keeping our brains agile – and with one for every day of the year in these nifty desk blocks, Mum will stay sharp as a whip well into her dotage. Presented in a lovely gift box, take your pick from crossword puzzles or lateral thinking and logic puzzles. $19.95

Because life is too short to waste time rummaging
Because life is too short to waste time rummaging
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As any mum who has wasted far too many precious minutes rifling through the depths of her makeup bag for the tweezers can attest, ‘ain’t nobody got time for dat.’ Give her the gift of easy stress-free makeup management with this clever makeup pouch, which lays out flat when you need it then does up with a drawstring for closure. $24.95

Throw in the towel (set)
Throw in the towel (set)
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There’s a very strong chance that your mum has provided you with a towel or two over the years. Now’s the time to return the favour – nobody’s ever complained about having a brand new seven-piece set of beautiful terry towels to wrap themselves in – especially when they’re as soft, durable and absorbent as these ones. $79

Handbag heaven
Handbag heaven
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If there’s one thing your mum would love more than a classic tan handbag that oozes class and goes with everything, it’s a handbag twin set, featuring two classic tan handbags – one larger for everyday use and a smaller crossover bag for special occasions. Added bonus: the price is amazing, so Mum will think you’ve spent a LOT more than you have. $49

For the green thumb downsizer
For the green thumb downsizer
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Your mum might not have a big backyard anymore, but that’s not going to stop her from flexing her green fingers with this mobile urban greenhouse, which allows her to grow flowers, green plants and herbs all year, thanks to a detachable transparent PVC cover. The top shelf also doubles as a great place for potting, without having to bend down. $89

She’ll be hooked!
She’ll be hooked!
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Crochet-loving mums (and grans) will enjoy hours of fun and from this craft book Grannies in Bloom, featuring six afghan flower garden throws to make using simple granny crochet patterns. You don’t have to know what that means, but if your mum loves crocheting, trust us, she’ll be hooked! (Sorry, that joke was so good we had to use it twice.) $15.95

Here’s how to give Mum her big break
Here’s how to give Mum her big break
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Give your mum her glorious moment in the spotlight with this smart phone karaoke system, which allows her to belt out her favourite tunes, capture it all on camera and then share the recording. Get ready for the Facebook uploads! $19.95

For the mum who really needs a coffee
For the mum who really needs a coffee
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If your mum is blessed with an irreverent sense of humour, but also doesn’t stand for any of your carry-on, show her you love those qualities with a cheeky mood mug that sums it all up. (PS get her something nice, too, or she’ll call you out for the cheapskate that you are.) $16.95

Let Mum zen out from time to time
Let Mum zen out from time to time
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Mums need to take their moments of quiet contemplation whenever they can get ‘em… and what better way to do it than by gazing dreamily into this vibrant wind spinner, the seven glass orbs catching and reflecting the sun as they twist in the breeze. Sigh. Ok, back to the laundry pile. $29.95

Give her stories for a lifetime
Give her stories for a lifetime
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Bestow upon your beloved mother figure a Reader’s Digest subscription, and you’ll give the ultimate gift that keeps on giving, with a monthly dose of drama, heart-warming tales, humour and brainteasers delivered to her doorstep. Better still, you will solve that time-honoured enigma, “Is that magazine still going?!” Yep… and better than ever! (And we’re not just saying that because we work there.) $39 for 12-month subscription

Satisfy her inner bookworm
Satisfy her inner bookworm
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Why buy Mum one book, when she can receive four at a fraction of the price?! Select Editions brings you the latest from today’s top authors – such as top authors such as Lee Child, Nicholas Sparks, Mary Higgins Clark, Nora Roberts, Joseph Finder and Michael Connelly – all in one 600-page volume. Just $10 with our introductory offer, and you'll also receive a free gift and entry into our $125,000 cash competition. (Nobody's saying you have to tell your mum if you win!)
 



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