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    21 Gifts For When You Want To Show Mum Love, But Aren't Exactly Rolling In Cash

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    A lot of us are watching our monies nowadays, but still want to show our mothers we're thinking of them.


    Especially now that most of us can't be with them this year.

    Here are 21 inexpensive gifts that will still show your mum that you're thinking of her this May 10:

    1. This galaxy-inspired PopSocket β€” because now that all your interactions are over the phone, it'd be ideal if she would stop dropping it so often.


    My mum has eyed my PopSocket with fascination in the past, so I know this recommendation is legit. Spend the money she won't on herself and get her this screen-saving device, which will not only give her a better grip on her phone, but can serve as a stand on your video call catch ups. There are twelve different designs, so you're sure to find one to suit your mum's aesthetic.

    Buy for $15.95 from Amazon Australia.

    2. This stainless steel wine tumbler, because the 3 p.m. slump on Fridays hit a bit harder when she's having to both mother and work at the same time.


    This vacuum-insulated tumbler will keep your wine chilled until the very last drop β€” even when your children have interrupted your end-of-day bevvie a dozen times. As someone who has had her toddler knock over her stemmed glass more than once β€” this is a worthy investment and your mother will thank you for it.

    Buy for $27.99 from Amazon Australia.

    3. This ceramic mug, which spells out exactly what you think of your mother.

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    Look, I'm trusting you know your mother well enough to know whether or not to gift this to her. I, a mother, would love if my offspring gave this to me β€” my mum would cut me out of her will. So, gift at your own risk, but if it lands right, this rose-pink mug with hand-written lettering (and the option for a personalised message on the back!), might end up being her favourite day-long companion.

    Buy for $27.87+ from Etsy.

    4. These wattle-printed garden gloves, which will make her feel all kinds of fancy β€” even when wrist-deep in feritliser.


    Either your mother has been a decades-long gardening fanatic or maybe, like the rest of the world, has picked up a plant baby or two recently, as a way of alleviating the mundaneness of isolation. Ensure fertilisers and chemicals don't make their way under her nails or onto her skin with these sweet gardening gloves that put run-of-the-mill rubber gloves to shame. Clad in the sweet, nostalgic illustrations of Aussie favourite, Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, they are the fitting gift for the mother who passes her time tending to Aussie flora.

    Buy a pair for $16.95 from Catch.

    5. This all-you-can-read magazine app β€” so come Mother's Day, she can bundle herself in bed and not emerge for anything but coffee top-ups.

    @readly / Via

    She is going to love how much she's about to save on magazine subscriptions. This app gives access to around 5,000(!) magazines β€” including international editions of Vogue, Cosmo, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, BELLE, TIME, Frankie and more. She'll be taking this app with her morning caffeine injection, no doubt. You can purchase a three-month, six-month or 12-month membership.

    Buy a three month subscription for $44.97 from Readly.

    6. Along with this stylish pair of blue light blocking glasses, which she will no doubt be in need of, now that all her hours are about to be consumed by that app.


    These glasses work by blocking out the blue light from her screens, which can cause eye strain, headaches and inability to sleep. So, if she's ever complained about experiencing any of these symptoms, this is the perfect present.

    Buy for $35.90 from Amazon Australia.

    7. Alternatively, an Audible subscription, which will give your mum monthly credits to use towards whichever book she wants.

    Audible / BuzzFeed

    Should your mum be flat off her feet all the time and wishing she could attack her to-read list, give her the ability to listen to her books on the run. Among the many titles are Where The Crawdads Sing, The Giver Of Stars, and Celeste Barber's memoir, Challenge Accepted!, which she narrates herself.

    You can buy a one-month, three-month or 12-month membership.

    Buy a one month membership for $16.45 on Audible.

    8. This genuine leather strap watch, a ~timeless~ classic for an iconic woman.

    The Iconic

    A smooth, tan leather band makes this watch a casual yet elegant addition to your mum's everyday attire. Rose-gold markings and case are a sweet, feminine touch β€” and with an accompanying leather travel case, the gift wrapping has been done for you! If you don't like the tan for her, it also comes in black with a white, pink or black face.

    Buy for $50 from The Iconic.

    9. This rechargeable, hand held deep tissue massager, because her tired muscles deserve some love and attention after all the years of worrying over you.


    This is the number one bestselling electric massager on Amazon β€” it features a powerful motor that can produce up to 3600 pulses per minute, so you can trust it to loosen the tightest of knots. It comes with five different head attachments, so it is effective wherever she choose to use it.

    Buy for $45.99 from Amazon Australia.

    10. This figure-shaped planter, should your mother have a knack for raising more than babies.

    Cotton On

    If mothering offspring wasn't enough, chances are your mother has picked up a few plant babies in self-isolation. Help her to keep them looking their very best in this figure-shaped planter, which doubles as a wildly beautiful sculptural element to her book shelves.

    Buy for $14.99 from Typo.

    11. This sweet, pale pink polish, now that she is indefinitely separated from her favourite nail manicurist.

    @by_karinely / Via @opi_professionals

    If your mother's usual beauty routine includes a fortnightly trip to the nail salon, her nails are likely looking worse for wear about now. Help her out with this gorgeous shade of pink from OPI aka the best of the best polishes. Top your gift off with a top coat, for extra shine and protection.

    Buy for $22.95 from Adore Beauty.

    12. This reusable grocery bag decorated with a scene from Hokusai's series, "Thirty-Six Views β€” because the weekly trip to the supermarket is all we have to look forward to right now.

    13. This bath pillow, because if anyone deserves a relaxing soak, it's the woman who has had to put up with you for the entirety of your life.


    The ergonomic, double-cushion design supports both neck and head perfectly, allowing for optimum comfort in an otherwise hard tub. Breathable 3D mesh technology makes for a breathable, sturdy material that allows water and air to flow through easily for quick-drying and durability. It is attached using suction cups, so can be applied and removed with no fuss. Your mum not into pink? It also comes in black, white and blue.

    Buy for $39.95 from Amazon Australia.

    14. This art print β€” or one of the hundreds from Society6 β€” that will transport your mum to prettier settings during this time in isolation.


    Society6 connects hundreds of artists and small businesses with buyers, so you're sure to find something that suits your mum's aesthetic (and your budget!). Chances are your mum will love this image of Red Rock State Park, California β€” a welcome view from the same block she's been walking daily for over a month now.

    Buy The Pinkest Sunset art print by Ben Renschen for $15.74+ from Society6.

    15. This wine aerator and decanter, which will give your mum the best glass of wine every time – even when she's just brought home the cheapest bottle from Aldi.


    This ergonomically-designed device adds the perfect amount of air into wine and removes any sediment. Simply pour wine from the bottle, through the device and into your glass. Send this with the promise of cooking a homemade meal when quarantine is over for the best present you've ever gifted her.

    Buy for $15 from Amazon Australia.

    16. And this electric opener, so that she can get to the wine even faster.


    This wine opener features a built-in rechargeable battery and it's super easy to use β€” all she has to do is position it over the cork and push a button, then viola! It's wine time. It also comes with a wine stopper, so if mum has some left over, she can seal it and save it.

    Buy for $35.99 from Amazon Australia.

    17. This dainty necklace, which will keep you at the front of her mind (and self!) at all times.

    GoldDaintyLine / Etsy

    Choose from three different finishes (silver, gold and rose gold) and decide on the length of the chain, depending on how your mum likes to wear her necklaces. Prefer to gift her name or yours? This store will create it custom for you β€” and on rings, too, should you like to gift her a stacked set of your and your siblings names!

    Buy for $35.85 from Etsy.

    18. This floating shelf, if your mother is one of those excellent people who believe books are beautiful, in and out, and deserve to be seen.


    So, you might have to message an explainer of what it is β€” she'll likely wonder otherwise why you're sending her pieces of metal in the mail. The mounting is hidden once a stack of books are added to it, giving the illusion that the books are floating. Now she can have books anywhere and everywhere in her house, just like it was always meant to be. Don't love the silver? It also comes in white.

    Buy for $20.37 from Amazon Australia.

    19. These organic amber resin chandelier earrings, if your mum, like mine, will not allow herself to wear sweats and is still glamour personified, all day, every day.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    Designed in Melbourne, these stunners feature naturally-occuring shaped beads of amber resin, finished with vintage gold-plated detail. She might not be going out to dinner anytime soon, but will appreciate the touch of sculptural elegance to whatever her self-iso uniform is these days.

    Buy for $55 from Myer.

    20. This Sensori+ Air Detoxifying Aromatic Mist that neutralises air toxins and bacteria β€” and leaves the scent of nature behind.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    This product comes in four different scents, all inspired by specific regions around Australia. My favourite is the Macedon Trail, a combination of geranium, vetiver and Australian sandalwood, "that recreates a walk down the bush trail at Macedon Ranges after rain". Should your mother not be isolated in the direct vicinity of nature or bushland for her daily, hour-long exercise, this is the perfect gift for her.

    Buy for $29 from Amazon Australia.

    21. And finally, these glazed mugs, if your mum's hodge podge collection of mugs is less intentional and more the result of unwanted gifts and hand-me-downs.

    @saltandpepperhome / Via

    I, myself, have a cupboard full of souvenir mugs and cups that were unwanted by relatives when I first got married. If, like me, your mother's idea of home decor is usually more refined than what her current collection of mugs would lead you to believe, these microwavable, dishwasher-safe mugs will give her an excuse to finally chuck out the chipped, ugly lot at home. Shop the infinite number of colours here.

    Buy a set of six mugs in dusk for $59.70 from Myer.

    Your dad, telling you off because he thinks you spent more than you actually did.