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Last minute Mother’s Day gifts for any budget

6 May 2021

Has Mother’s Day totally snuck up on you this year and you’re wondering what to get and how you’re going to get it fast?

Don’t worry, we’ve got the ultimate last-minute gift guide from local South Aussie businesses so you can grab the perfect pressie before Sunday.

Plus, we’ve broken it down into price categories so whether your shopping for your mum, mother in law, mum figure, a new mum or for your partner on behalf of the kids – you’ll find a great gift within your budget.

$0-20 - Frugal and thoughtful

We all know it’s not about how much you spend, it’s the thought that really counts. So, if you’re looking for a gift that shows how much you care without blowing the budget, a heartfelt card like this one from Have You Met Charlie, and a treat from Haighs Chocolates is sweet enough to make your mums day.

Or, treat her to some delicious smelling hand-made soap like this O&O Soap  from Pebble and Palm and a night ‘off’ for some self-care.

If you’re on a tight budget but have access to a printer, a homemade card with family photos or a personal joke is a great way to celebrate your time together.

If quality time is more important to your mum, you could spend Mother’s Day on a day trip to Port Elliot, soaking up the last of the winter sun and making memories. While you’re there, don’t forget to treat the special mum in your life to something from the famous Port Elliot Bakery.

$20-50 - Special spend

Treat mum to lunch at her favourite café and enjoy being together or indulge her with a luxurious candle from Sleek and Unique Gifts. If she loves the thrill of a puzzle, Best Wishes Gifts offer beautiful art-inspired boards that look just as good as they are difficult.

For mums that love scents in the home, treat her to a luxury diffuser from Canopy Home Fashion, or if she’s more of a green-fingered-plant-lover stores like The Little Plant Co have an array of greenery to choose from.

$50-100 - Splashing out

When you want to splash out, a bottle of something special like Ounce Gin is great for the entertainer or a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Alyssiums on Pirie will wow her.

For the fashion and jewellery lover, it’s a great time to spoil them with something they might not buy themselves. A stylish necklace from a boutique like Mrs Sunshine Loves will be a sure-fire hit and support local artists at the same time.

Or get competitive with the Adelaide edition Monopoly from the  Lost Dice for a family fun day. Just don’t forget to be a good sport, it’s Mother’s Day after all!

$100+ - Celebrating in style

If you have a little more to spend, you could make a home-made hamper with a few of the gifts we’ve suggested. Or if you’re mum is more into memories than materials why not create lasting ones by organising an experience you can do together in the future like a hot air balloon ride over the Barossa, a membership for the Adelaide Zoo or even a shark cage dive if you’re feeling really brave.  

Make a donation

Donating to a cause that your mum feels passionate about is win-win for everyone involved. And there are so many local organisations that rely on donations to provide vital community services like the Zahra Foundation, St John’s Youth Service, Can:Do 4Kids, Walk With Wings, Cancer Council SA, Animal Welfare League of South Australia , Skylight and thousands more. Take a look through the SACommunity website to find an organisation that ticks all your boxes. Even a small donation can have an incredible impact!

However you choose to celebrate this Mother’s Day, remember that showing someone how much you care doesn’t have to put a dent in your wallet.  If you’re feeling the pinch, thoughtful and home-made can be just as, if not more, special to your mum.