Whether you're looking for something small to say thanks on Mother's Day or are happy to splurge on something to spoil your mum, the options for Mother's Day gifts are endless. From flowers to photo albums, cushions to candles, there are plenty of ways to show mum you care. But we believe you can't go past the gift of food. Whether your mum calls herself a 'foodie' or not, let's face it, we all enjoy eating!
Let's start with the cookbooks…
Sure, she may already be a master chef when it comes to all your favourite dishes, but most mums love a new cookbook to freshen up their kitchen repertoire. Plus, you could score a great meal or two with an invite to dinner! Favourite mum cookbooks include:
Donna Hay is all about making life easier and what mum doesn't want that? Full of quick and easy tricks, super fast, super delicious meals, this no-fuss guide to cooking is a must for anyone looking to reduce their time in the kitchen. You can even buy a signed copy if mum is a fan.
With 120 new recipes inspired by Valli Little's travels around the world, this recipe-rich cookbook is sure to inspire everyday cooking. Recipes include: Margarita Chicken, Kashmiri Prawns, Coconut Crepe Layer Cake and Turkish Delight Pavlova.
70-something Olimpia Bortolotto takes you back through her journey as one of Australia's finest chefs, from her arrival as a two-year-old on one of the last boats to leave Italy before the war broke out. More than just a cookbook, it's a memoir that takes you through the pages of an extraordinary woman's life while inspiring in the kitchen.
Like eggs? Your mum will love this 40-page cookbook that features over 80 original recipes where egg is the star. From simple omelets to savoury treats and pastries, it's all here alongside original hand-drawn paintings from award-winning botanical artist, Fiona Strickland.
Show mum that she's taught you well in the kitchen and treat her to something yummy. Home baked goods offer a personal touch and are great if you have a tight budget:
Everyone loves a macaroon and these delicious tiramisu canape desserts are perfect alongside a good espresso. Pick Mum up a coffee on route to your visit, then sit on the patio and enjoy.
These pom pom cupcakes may look pretty clever, but they're actually pretty easy to make. Start by layering 12 sheets of tissue paper in your chosen colour, then cut out around 30 circles. Double thread a needle and sew the layers together, tying a knot as close to the paper as possible. Trim remaining thread, attach the circles to toothpicks, carefully slotting the stick halfway through the sheets. Now fluff the layers and you're done!
Do we really need to give a reason why? It's chocolate cherry cheesecake brownies!!! Chocolate and cherries make a winning combination and this sweet treat can be cut in squares and wrapped or displayed in a cute jar.
Another great idea if your mum is a brownie fan is a "make-your-own" version. In a 500g glass jar, layer 20g plain flour, 30g cocoa powder, 125g brown sugar, 125g white sugar, and 125g chocolate pieces. Now all you have to do is create a label that includes baking instructions and a message to Mum.
Smooth and glossy on the outside, chewy on the inside and beautifully flavoured with rosewater and chocolate, these cute meringues make a great gift. Serve on a pretty floral plate and top with crushed pistachio nuts. Perfect to share with mum over a cuppa.
Beautifully packaged flavoured salts make a cute and practical gift. Try flavours such as porcini salt, smoked paprika and Ancho, celery and lime and ginger. Instructions on how to make these can be found here.
It's a well-known fact that tea solves every problem and is the beverage equivalent of a warm hug. So imagine the feeling mum will get each time she pops one of her special tea bags into a mug. Simply cut squares of muslin cloth, enclose your chosen tea blend and then tie with embroidery thread. You can then add a message or your favourite quotes on a pieces of paper as the tags.
There's something very gourmet chic about stopping on your way home to gather your fresh produce – fruit, breads, meats and cheeses. Even more so when it's peeking out from a French-style market basket.
If there's a few kids in the family and you've got a big budget to spend, why not all chip and get something she will enjoy for years to come. A new stove will reignite her enthusiasm for cooking – something you can all enjoy.
All mothers love having their family over for a shared meal, so why not take mum back to the the 70s with a modern-day fondue maker. Modern versions are dishwasher safe and have a non-stick interior, and they're great for cheese, chocolate and other yummy sharing dishes.
A wine rack is a practical, decorative gift that looks even better filled with wine!
Visit your local nursery and purchase a gift for mum that will keep on giving year after year. Great fruit tree gifts include lemon trees, apple trees, fig trees and grapevines.
Still can't decide? Let Good Food Gift Card help you out.
The Good Food Gift Card can be used for food and drinks at hundreds of Australia's best-loved restaurants. From hatted restaurants to family dining and cafes, mum will be spoilt for choice when it comes to using her gift card. You can even purchase her a Dinner and Movie gift card, which will allow her to take in her chosen film as well as enjoy a great feed in a top Aussie restaurant.