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Make Mum’s Day
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Somehow, it sneaks up on us every year, but on the second Sunday in May, we’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day. And whether you want to spoil your mum, grandma, partner or other maternal figure in your life, we have great gift ideas to make everyone happy come Sunday 13 May.

Under $50

If your mum’s mug cupboard boasts novelty items or chipped specimens, spoil her with a stylish new set. The Momento Nordic Dipped mugs, $8.99 each, have a stylish Scandi-inspired shape, with watercolour-look wraps of colour in ink, navy, sky, olive or blush. Mix and match a few different colours for a modern look. If your mum’s more of a traditionalist, take a look at the Iris Maison Florence pieces, from $19.99. The bone china mugs, teacups, teapot and creamer jug all feature a pretty royal blue and white floral pattern, with gold handles.

Plates and bowls are also always a nice option, enabling you to put together just a few pieces for an affordable gift. We’re big fans of the new Momento Kobi range, from $3.99, which is inspired by Japanese design, and incorporates dinner plates, side plates, rice bowls, noodle bowls and soy dishes. You could even prepare your mum a Japanese-style banquet (or order in) to go with it.

If you live under the same roof as your mother/mother of your children, you could consider going for a slightly quirky option with this stylish Academy Miller dinner bell, $17.99. Give it to her along with some quality reading material and a box of artisan biscuits, and tell her she can ring the bell whenever she requires someone in the household to attend to her needs on Mother’s Day.

Candles and diffusers are always a winner and we love the Max Benjamin range. Whether your mum likes sweet florals, aromatic spices or fresh, clean scents, you’ll find an option to suit, from $39.99. Alternatively, if you’re buying for a minimalist, take a look at the Iris Maison range of candles (from $22.99). The simple glass jars and white ceramic containers look great in any space, while the fresh scents (white lily and bamboo; lemon verbena, lime and basil) are sure to be crowd-pleasers.

Under $100

Most mothers, particularly if they have young children, will agree that caffeine is a must to get through the day. If yours is particularly fussy about her coffee, get her excited about her home brewing methods with a Bodum pour over, $59.99. Pourover coffee methods are a barista favourite for getting the best flavour from your beans, and this stylish number includes a permanent filter and cork neck, as well as being dishwasher safe. Throw in a bag of artisan coffee beans and an electric Bodum coffee grinder to really make her day.

You can’t go wrong with flowers for Mother’s Day, and if you also add a vase, you’ve succeeded in choosing a gift that’s both beautiful and useful in the long term. We love this LSA Axis vase, $59.99, which features an oak base with a spherical glass vase — you can tilt and twist the vase in different directions for a different look, making it also function as a piece of art.

Coming into winter, what could be better than eating molten cheese whenever you feel like it? Give your mum her own cast-iron Momento fondue set, $99.99, and she’ll be able to indulge regularly. Include delicious blocks of cheddar, emmental and gruyere, and a baguette, with your gift and you can have a fondue session immediately. Or, if your mum’s more of a sweet tooth, go for a block of dark chocolate to melt and dip some marshmallows and fruit into it.

Blow the budget

If it’s been a big year for your mum or partner (or you just want to show her how much you appreciate her), make her day with a KitchenAid stand mixer, $1,099.99. Great for baking, bread making, mixing and more (you can also buy numerous attachments to enable the mixer to help you with everything from mincing to pasta-making). And for that extra thoughtful touch, also get one of The Caker’s delicious cake mixes, $24.99, to go with it.

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