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Christmas Gift Ideas for Mum

Avleen M.
Avleen M.Nov 23, 2020

Since many mothers tend to spout selfless phrases like ‘please don’t spend any money on me,’ Christmas is a great opportunity to spoil your Mum. However, this can be a tricky feat if she hasn’t told you what kind of gift she’d be happy with.

The following gift ideas have been selected to cater to mums with varied interests. There are goodies for the practical parent, the fitness lover, the organised mum, the one who loves to relax and unwind, and the mum who loves spending time with her child, no matter their age (translation: all of them).

Skin care set

Perhaps your mum taught you the importance of looking after your skin, to help you keep that youthful glow. A skincare set is a perfect practical gift idea for Mums who appreciate receiving something they can use daily. Good skin care is self-care with a touch of pampering, and a well-chosen skin care set fits the bill.

MiSMo Body Care
MiSMo Body Care is an Australian skin care brand that features a high 4.9-star rating on ProductReview, with plenty of reviews from older women. MiSMo offers a range of skin care packs, from $59 for a natural cleanser and exfoliator duo, to a dearer $290 for its Anti-Ageing Quad (pictured).

Sand and Sky Brilliant Skin Australian Pink Clay face mask
If you’re looking for something that’s more of a stocking filler, this Australian Pink Clay face mask by Sand and Sky Brilliant Skin is affordable at $69.90. It purifies pores, targets oiliness and pigmentation, and only needs to be worn as a mask for 10 minutes for it to work.

If you’re not sure how to select the right skin care product for your Mum, feel free to check out our article about skin types. Then start sliding in those sneaky-but-oh-so-smooth questions when you talk to Mum, and scope out the right skin care set for her.

Juicer

A fresh juice made from the comfort of home not only offers a burst of nutrients, it’s a pretty relaxing way to spend a summer’s morning out on the porch. Or if it’s a weekday, a home juicer is a great alternative to a coffee in a KeepCup before mum heads out the door.

If you’re unsure whether a cold press or centrifugal juicer is right for your Mum, you can read more about Juicers here.

Mod Cold Press Juicer surrounded by colourful fruits and veggies

Premium pick

Winning the ProductReview Award for Best Juicer from 2017-2021, the Mod Cold Press Juicer Gen 3 is considered the best cold press juicer.

This masticating juicer retains around double the nutrients of cheaper centrifugal juicers, as it doesn’t use heat and oxygen to make juice.

Reviewers love the impressively high yield of juice produced, along with how easy it is to use and clean this juicer. The Mod Juicer can also make smoothies, nut milks, and sorbet (with an extra attachment).

Breville Juice Fountain Max

Budget buy

If you’re after a mid-range juicer, the $269.95 Breville Juice Fountain Max can cater to your mum. Reviewers appreciate how well this juicer crushes harder fruits and vegetables.

Soft fruit can also be juiced, but at a low speed, and small leafy veg like baby spinach should be juiced along with tougher ingredients.

Cleaning the various attachments takes around 10 minutes (longer than it would with the Mod Cold Press Juicer) and must be done immediately.

Smart watch

Watches these days are about so much more than telling the time. A new smart watch or fitness tracker for mum can help mum stay in the loop, by sending her text alerts, emails, and social media notifications. Watches that double as fitness trackers can monitor fitness and health stats. Even in the middle of a sweaty spin class, mum won't miss a text. You can read more about smart watches and fitness trackers here.

Apple Watch SE with a variety of coloured straps

The newly-released Apple Watch Series 6 (starting at $599) is a top-of-the-range smartwatch that’s ultra-fast. The $429 Apple Watch SE is a cheaper option, sharing features like personalised exercise coaching and water-resistance.

While it's a little early to tell whether Apple's new smart watches will deliver, past performance is promising. The (now discontinued) Apple Watch Series 3 has a 4.3-star rating, while the Apple Watch Series 5 is not far behind, with 4.2 stars.

The Garmin Vivomove HR Sport in Rose Gold Stainless Steel

If fitness tracking is more mum’s priority, consider the Garmin Vivomove HR Sport. It displays steps, calories, distance, VO2 max, and also includes stress tracking feature, relaxation timer and sleep monitoring.

It's also reported to be easy to use, comfortable, and features an attractive analogue design (the Rose Gold Stainless Steel model is pictured). This Garmin smart watch is also more affordable than the Apple picks, at $299.

Headphones

When Mum’s desperate for some piece and quiet, a solid pair of headphones can help. Whether it's chatting with a friend, unwinding with her favourite tunes, or using active noise cancelling technology so mum can help hear herself think, headphones are a practical pick.

Both sets of headphones below are premium picks - since cheap headphones can struggle to last for months, while a well-designed pair should last for years.

A pair of classic, white Apple AirPods

Premium pick

Apple AirPods ($249) ar highly rated rated in-ear, wireless headphones.

The ability to keep your hands free, as well as the absence of any pesky cord means that mum can easily listen to music, podcasts, or the person she’s speaking to on a voice call - while doing other tasks.

You can also use Apple AirPods with Android devices.

Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II Noise Cancelling Headphones

Premium pick

If your mum doesn’t mind a bit of bulk in the headphones department, the Bose QuietComfort Wireless Headphones ($499.95) won the ProductReview Award for Best Headphones in both 2019 and 2020.

Top marks go to superior noise cancellation, a 20-hour battery life, and physical buttons on the headset controls, which many reviewers found easy to use.

Experience voucher

A 2019 Roy Morgan survey studying Christmas gift giving found that Australian women would rather spend quality time with family and friends than receive a physical gift. This makes an experience voucher a thoughtful and memorable gift idea. You and mum can spend meaningful time together, while doing an activity you both love.

The way experience vouchers work is this: you purchase them online at a discounted rate, using a third-party site like Red Balloon or Groupon. This is cheaper than buying directly from the company providing the experience. You then use the voucher to book directly with the company – which includes locking in a date and time – before your voucher expiration date.

Scoopon red logo

Best choice

From the smorgasboard of companies selling experience vouchers, Scoopon is the best rated on ProductReview, with a 3.9-star rating. A quick look at the Scoopon website reveals the diverse range of activities offered: from a photography and painting sessions, to a course on creating a mini indoor garden, to more premium picks like a one-hour scenic flight over Sydney Harbour or the Blue Mountains, and even group surfing lessons.