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    Updated on 26 Apr 2020. Posted on 24 Apr 2020

    Attention, Mums: Here Are The 21 Gifts You Deserve To Treat Yourself With This Year

    Yes, I'm definitely using this holiday to justify all these purchases.

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    Mother's Day. The one day a year we can officially claim for ourselves.

    NBC

    Why, no, sweetheart — I don't think I will watch Frozen II again today.

    If you're looking for ways to treat yourself this May 10 — because you deserve it, damnit — here are 21 things every mother ought to buy herself.

    1. This brightening mask from cult favourite La Mer — because whether you're hanging out with babies, school-aged children or otherwise, chances are your skin could do with a bit of pep.

    Sephora

    From the mess of hormones that come with pregnancy or transitioning out of breastfeeding — to late nights and early mornings with babies — mothers' skin takes quite the beating over the years. If, like me, your daily skincare routine has fallen by the wayside, treat yourself to this luxurious, brightening mask from La Mer.

    Applied in two steps, the first product is a soothing primer that moistures and readies your skin for the second step, a gel cream that will lessen the appearance of dark spots and discolouration, dullness and dryness, and uneven texture.

    TL;DR use this brightening mask to get your skin dewy and glowing again!

    Buy the soothing primer, gel cream and application brush for $250 from Sephora.

    2. This figure-shaped planter, which is screaming for me to make a pun about Mother Nature, but my toddler was up all night and I can't manage a good one just now.

    Cotton On

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

    Buy for $14.99 from Typo.

    3. This weighted blanket, which will smother each and every one of your sleeping problems you've accumulated through years of interrupted sleep.

    Hameda Nafiz / BuzzFeed

    Whether you're stressing about working from home while trying to give your kids a semblance of an education, or one of the many other reasons parents have been worried since the beginning of time, I strongly suggest working a weighted blanket into your nighttime routine.

    Promising review: "I'm usually a person who loves to sleep early and often, but can never actually get to sleep quick enough. This blanket however, has made it so much easier to fall asleep and stay asleep for the entire night.

    It's not that it's super heavy! The blanket feels similar to when you were little and your parents would put a blanket over you and tuck it in all around you — aka the best feeling ever."

    Hameda Nafiz

    Read Hameda's whole review on the weighted blanket here.

    Buy a double-sized blanket for $95.95 from Amazon Australia.

    4. This Echo Show 5, which will make keeping an eye on your babies easier from the comfort of your bed.

    Amazon

    Try as you might, you simply can not be in more than one place at the same time, mama. This Echo Show 5 will allow you to keep an eye on a bedroom or playroom, while you get to your emails/chores/attempting to pee in peace. As well as its handy camera capabilities (which you can use to video call family and friends), you can use your Echo Show to view movies and shows when your little humans are hogging the TV.

    Buy for $129 or two for $199 from Amazon Australia, using the code 199ECHOSHOW.

    Discounted price valid until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, 26 April.

    5. This equal parts sweet and sexy bra, which is decidedly more attractive than the old t-shirt bra you've been wearing since pregnancy.

    The Iconic

    Take this as a sign to get a new bra and while you're at it, make it one that will make you feel a tiny bit more special (even when wiping poo from your baby's bum). This everyday bra — designed by Aussie label, Saturday the Label — features underwire, adjustable shoulder straps, no padding and high apex mesh for a natural yet supportive silhouette. Its sheerness is downright sexy — and also comes in black. Who cares that you're wearing it under a spit-laden tee? Go that bit further with the matching briefs.

    Buy for $59 from The Iconic.

    6. This LIFX Smart LED bulb, to create a stimulating or restful environment, depending on the time of day.

    @lunarsequence / Via instagram.com, Amazon, @lunarsequence / Via instagram.com

    When the kids are (finally!) all in bed, create an environment to appeal to you and you alone. A surefire way to signal to your brain it's ~me time~, is through these widely-raved about LIFX lights.

    Promising review: "LIFX lighting is the best purchase I've ever made – both for myself and as gifts for all my friends. Not only can you easily create really fun environments with lighting (party mode, relaxing mode, movie night mode), but it's also really good for things such as sleep hygiene.

    At 9 p.m. I turn on orange/red lighting and my body knows it's time to wind down and it's much easier to fall asleep. It's perfect if you need to switch your brain to work mode as well. There's a sleep timer, fun effects and a setting that makes the lighting react to the music you're playing! It's so easy to use and honestly it makes being at home so much more of a VIBE."

    Sohan Judge

    Buy for $88 from Amazon Australia.

    7. This all-you-can-read magazine app — so come Mother's Day, you can bundle yourself in bed and not emerge for anything but coffee top-ups.

    @readly / Via instagram.com

    Right, I'm going to need this in my life immediately — I love how much I'm about to save on my monthly magazine purchases. You get access to around 5,000(!) magazines — including international editions of Vogue, Cosmo, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, BELLE, TIME, Frankie and more. I am so taking this app with my morning caffeine injection. You can purchase a three month, six month or 12 month membership.

    Buy a three month subscription for $44.97 from Readly.

    8. This luxury 24-pack teabag set from T2 Tea, with half a dozen different brews to heal whatever ails you.

    T2 Tea

    I am currently writing this in-between blowing my nose, so the idea of a pack of tea specially curated to heal daily ailments sounds a goddamn dream. For the flu, there's Blue Sage Shoes (green tea, sage and blueberries) and for the sleep-deprived, there's Wakey Wakey (green tea, ginger, perppermint and liquorice). Come at me, leaves of healing, I beg you.

    Buy The Wellness Edition Gift Pack for $29 from T2 Tea.

    9. These pearl drop earrings — I may not be leaving the house anytime soon, but that doesn't mean I can't dress up for my own damn self.

    @reliquiajewellery / Via instagram.com

    Now that my heels and pencil skirts have been all but rendered useless, I am all for the little things to differentiate home life from work hours. These thoroughly modern earrings feature timeless pearls and 14k gold-filled metal clasps. Wear on runs to the supermarket or when juggling work, housework and offspring like the goddess you are.

    Buy for $199 from The Iconic.

    10. This electric scalp massager, because taking deep breaths in and out does only so much to alleviate your stress.

    @breocare / Via instagram.com, Amazon

    After telling my kids to pick up their toys for the umpteenth time — by which point it would've been so much faster to clean up by myself, but you know, ethics — I want nothing more than a good ol' head massage. Enter this scalp massager, with three massage nodes to get more than one point of tension at a time and waterproof, so you can take it with you into the shower at the end of the day. In addition to relieving tension, fatigue and stress, the massager will also promote blood circulation, helping grow back all the hair you've lost to your kids. Win-win!

    Buy for $158.76 from Amazon Australia.

    11. This gorgeous violet and glitter-tastic gold nail polish — because now that you can't get your fortnightly shellac infills, it's time to get creative at home.

    @opi / Via instagram.com, Myer

    Not sure about you, but I, personally, am a long, almond-shaped, shellac nail kinda gal and self-isolation has put my nails through the ringer. Now divorced from my usual look, I'm playing with colours a lot more and I think my next manicure will be this deep purple, gold-framed nail art. Pick up these colours and try it yourself — when the kids are in bed and can't smudge them by asking to be picked up, of course. You can also pick up a top coat for extra shine and protection.

    Buy Mariachi Makes My Day for $22.95 and Suzis Slinging Mezcal for $22.95 from Myer.

    12. This essential oil diffuser, which will blend in with your home decor and distribute calm to the far reaches of your room.

    @homedicsaustralia / Via instagram.com

    This essential oil diffuser not only distributes essential oils, but also has colour-changing lights and plays relaxing and uplifting sounds. The diffuser comes with a remote control for seamless operation over 10 continuous hours. The perfect addition to any corner of your home that the kids haven't taken over yet.

    Buy for $108 from Catch.

    13. An Amazon Fire TV Stick, which will make jumping from streaming service to streaming service a breeze — because I know for a certainty that you have more than one.

    Amazon

    The Fire TV Stick connects your HDTV to an obscene number of apps — no longer need you kick yourself for not upgrading to a smart tv. We're talking Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV — not to mention Amazon Music, Spotify and a whole bunch of other couch potato couch-transforming apps.

    Buy for $69 from Amazon Australia.

    14. This delicious, berry velvet quilt cover — because nothing says luxury like a well-made bed and you deserve it more than most.

    Zanui

    Sometime over the years, my bed has accumulated bedding that was given to us by in-laws, stuff on sale — linen I haven't really loved and not thought to replace. Well, since Mother's Day is all about us mothers, I think it time we all invest in pretty bedding, seeing as we start and end all days in bed. This pure cotton velvet quilt cover is not only soft, but adds a touch of decadence to an otherwise plain setting and will look darling with your already existing white fitted and flat sheets.

    Buy a Queen-sized quilt and two pillow cases for $159.95 from Zanui.

    15. This We-Vibe Wand, because nothing relieves stress like a good old fashioned orgasm. And you can quote me on that.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    It's quite something to look at, isn't it? A one-touch switch on the ergonomic handle acts like a dimmer switch, upping or turning down the intensity depending on your mood. Favourite feature? Advanced technology means that once pressed against you, the Wand immediately vibrates, then stops as it's drawn away. It is fitted with Bluetooth connectivity which means that your partner can control it with an app — and two playful attachments means anyone can have a go.

    Buy for $269 from Amazon Australia.

    16. This LE LABO Fragrances candle, because despite swearing you wouldn't, you've actually become exactly like your mother and now hoard scented candles all over the house.

    @lelabofragrances / Via instagram.com

    As a kid, I would always wonder at what was so great about scented candles. Well, fast forward to now being a baby machine myself and I get it. There's something about a beautiful fragrance that just lifts your mood — and after hearing, "Mum!" for the umpteenth time in the morning, my mood often needs lifting.

    Chances are you've seen this brand all over your socials — users swear by these hand-poured, soy wax-based, cruelty-free candles. Take this, the Laurier 62, for example — not only does it have laurel, rosemary, eucalyptus and patchouli, but 58 other ingredients for a complex, deeply-soothing scent. Plus, your name is printed onto the label and who doesn't love a personalised item?

    Buy now for $116 from LE LABO Fragrances.

    17. This art print — or one of the hundreds from Society6 — that will transport you to prettier settings when your kids are fighting over something stupid (again).

    Society6

    Society6 connects hundreds of artists and small businesses with buyers, so you're sure to find something that suits your home's aesthetic (and budget!). I'm living for this image of Red Rock State Park, California — a welcome view from the same block I've been walking daily for over a month now.

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

    18. This Kindle Paperwhite, because if your screentime is anything like mine, you need to stop scrolling your social feeds so much.

    Amazon

    If that GIF isn't a resounding recommendation, I don't know what is. But aside from being completely waterproof, this is the thinnest, lightest Kindle yet and it reads like paper in the sun. A single charge lasts weeks (weeks!) and you instantly gain access to millions of titles — of which some are completely free.

    Buy for $199 from Amazon Australia.

    19. Or an Audible subscription, which will give you monthly credits to use towards whatever book you want.

    Audible / BuzzFeed

    Despite my best intentions, there's only so many hours of the day after work and the kids' bedtime routines, so I'm strongly considering making the move to audio books to tackle my to-read list. 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.

    20. This stainless steel wine tumbler, because the 3 p.m. slump on Fridays hit a bit harder when you're trying to mother and work at the same time.

    Amazon

    This vacuum-insulated tumbler will keep your wine chilled until the very last drop — 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 — this is a worthy investment.

    Buy for $27.99 from Amazon Australia.

    21. And lastly, this From St Xavier beaded velvet clutch — because one day, we will all be let out of our homes and you'll be needing a night (or two) out without the kids.

    @fromstxavier / Via instagram.com

    This snap clutch is clad in a decadent, burnt orange velvet and embellished with little, beaded stars. Unlike the couple of existing clutches I have in my closet, it's actually big enough to hold your big ass phone, keys and lippie. Buy this for yourself now, in anticipation of dinners out with friends when self-isolation is over.

    Buy for $96.27 from Amazon Australia.

    Me, accepting my deliveries from the postie.

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