2021 Mother’s Day Special: best gifts to give mum this year!

Mother’s Day is coming up!

Chances are, you won’t let this day slip past like any other ordinary day.

Your mum will always have a sweet spot in your heart – and throughout your life, will wear many hats.

She is not only your mother, but a wife, daughter, and friend.

And as a mother, she instinctively takes on a whole host of other roles, including your confidante, chef, chauffeur, coach… and of course, she’s your biggest fan!

It’s only natural that on this special day, you’ll do whatever it takes to express gratitude, respect, and love towards one of the most important people in your life.

When is Mother’s Day in Australia?

Mark your calendars!

Wondering what date Mother’s Day falls on? Well, it actually changes every year, but the easiest way to remember is to check your calendar for the second Sunday in May.

So, when is Mother’s Day this year? In 2021, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 9th May 2021.

Here’s where it falls over the next couple of years:

Year Date
2021   Sunday, 9th of  May
2022   Sunday, 8th of May
2023   Sunday, 14th of  May
2024   Sunday, 12th of May
2025   Sunday, 11th of May
Mother’s Day celebration in Australia has always been full of wonderful traditions, including celebrations, special events, exciting outings, and of course, the giving of Mother’s Day gifts.

Is Mother’s Day a public holiday?

Since Mother’s Day always falls on the weekend, specifically Sunday, Mother’s Day in Australia is not a public holiday.

Families commemorate and honour their mums during Mother’s Day by spending time with them, giving them a gift, or planning something special for them.

What is the history of Mother’s Day?

How did Mother’s Day celebrations start in Australia? Who first pioneered a day dedicated to these special women?

It’s believed that Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, by American Anna Jarvis. 

Known as the “Mother’s Day advocate”, Anne expressed her desire to commemorate her own mother, who passed away three years earlier, in 1905. However, her first efforts to make it a public holiday in the US were denied by the US Congress.

She waited three years until Congress finally decided to make it an official celebration: by 1911, it was celebrated in every US state, thanks to Jarvis’s efforts.

Another three years passed, and in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson declared and signed the commemoration of Mother’s Day to be every second week of May in the US.

Mother’s Day in Australia

History tells us that Mother’s Day was first celebrated in Australia in 1924 by Janet Heyden, a woman from Sydney who would regularly visit Newington State Hospital.

Here she would meet many women who had sadly lost their husbands in WWI, or had never had the opportunity to marry or become mothers themselves due to the war.

Heyden campaigned in local schools and businesses to encourage donations and show support for those who had either lost their children, been widowed due to the war, or had never had children of their own.

How is Mother’s Day celebrated around the world?

From then on, Mother’s Day has been celebrated in different parts of the world. The celebration have evolved from being one of the most widely observed holidays across continents.

  • Australia – As Mother’s Day always falls on a Sunday, it’s a day for mums to be spoilt with breakfast in bed, a fun family activity, and gift-giving.
  • Japan – Children often give carnations, roses and cards to their mothers.
  • Ethiopia – Feasts are held and Mothers and daughters rub butter into their skin and sing songs.
  • Brazil – Church gatherings, which often culminate in barbecues. One of the largest commercial celebrations on the calendar!
  • India – Mother’s Day is celebrated in May, like many other countries. Not to be confused with Durga Puja, a 10-day festival in October that celebrates the Mother Goddess.
  • Thailand – Mother’s Day coincides with the birthday of Queen Sirikit, in August; jasmine is a popular gift.
  • Southeast/Central Europe – Various family members are celebrated with a series of holidays, starting on Children’s Day, following Sunday is Mother’s Day, and the next Sunday is Father’s Day.

How is Mother’s Day celebrated in Australia?

Mother’s Day is celebrated by people all over the country every year on the second Sunday in May. 

Since Mother’s Day is not considered a public holiday, families create their own special traditions to celebrate this special day.

As a way of showing appreciation for mums, stepmothers, aunts, and close relatives, both the media and the community organise various events and activities to honour mothers and mother figures.

Picnic in the park

Families in Australia will usually plan and go for a picnic in the park or a walk along the beach on Mother’s Day. This is one of the most common and simplest ways to honour mums and spend time with family, especially if the weather is good!

Mother’s Day fun run and breast cancer cause

The Mother’s Day Classic Fun Run has become synonymous with Mother’s Day all around Australia. 

Register your team, start training, and get those donations rolling! 

On Mother’s Day, honour those affected by breast cancer, help raise much-needed funds, and have a great day out, too.

Book a restaurant

Whether mum prefers heading out early for brunch or enjoying a delicious dinner in the evening, no matter what you plan, make sure you book ahead of time as restaurant slots will fill up quickly! Some restaurants will also offer special Mother’s Day events, menus, and celebrations. 

Give flowers, chocolates and gifts

Alongside Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days in a florist’s calendar! Beautiful floral arrangements alongside chocolates and other gifts, will ensure mum feels the love!

What can I do for my mum on Mother’s Day?

All of us want to ensure that whatever it is we plan honours our mother in a special way. As such, it can be both challenging and rewarding to plan Mother’s Day celebrations!

So, what to do for Mother’s Day?

With a little bit of creativity and some forward-thinking, we’re sure you can get most of this day by not only picking out a beautiful gift but also doing something special that she will enjoy.

Give her a hug or organise a video call

Whether your mum is physically with you or separated by distance, she knows you’ll be the first one to reach out to her on this special day!

We know how mums can become so sentimental during this day, so why not let her know that she’s remembered by visiting her or having a video conversation to start her day.

If distance allows you to do so, be there to give her a warm hug and embrace!

Especially after the year that was 2020, making time for family is now more important than ever. If you’re lucky enough to live close to your mum, why not pop over in the mooring with the family in tow? time.

If you’re separated by distance, gather your siblings and any grandchildren and organise a time to all jump online for an interactive video chat.

You could even organise a video call in conjunction with a physical gift delivered to her home, like flowers, a hamper, or a meal delivery!

Indulge in a spa day

By nature, mums will always put others first.

It’s something we can often lose sight of and take for granted, especially when we’re younger. 

So why not give back to mum, allowing her to relax and be pampered during your very own spa day? 

You can choose from a range of services, including:

  • Hair cut and treatment
  • Body massage
  • Facial
  • Foot spa
  • Manicure and pedicure

She can choose her favourites, or if budget allows, go all out and organise a full day of pampering!

Treat her to a shopping trip

As youngsters, we’d always beg mum for the hottest pair of shoes or trendiest new backpack, right? 

Well this time, the tables have turned! Not only will you get to spend quality time with mum, but you’ll also allow her to put herself first and buy something she loves.

Take her out to a nice restaurant

Show your support for local businesses while treating mum to a delicious meal out. Whether she prefers a casual brunch or getting dressed up for a fancy dinner, let her choose her preferred venue, and ensure you book early!

Many restaurants will also offer special Mother’s Day menus or events, so be on the lookout for those. A glass of bubbles with breakfast? Why not!

Plan a weekend getaway

Since Mother’s Day in Australia always falls on a weekend (Sunday, to be specific), why not plan a weekend getaway?

Surprising mum with a weekend away is almost guaranteed to melt her heart. Mums are so selfless and many would never have the opportunity to treat themselves to something like this!

You can gather the whole crew on board, or perhaps even consider a romantic weekend away for mum and dad to wind down and escape their hectic lives.

An added bonus?

Organise a cleaner to visit their home while they’re away, so upon their return, they come back to a sparkling clean house!

Check out some of our favourite Melbourne regions, all less than 2 hours from the CBD:

  • Mornington Peninsula
  • Yarra Valley wineries
  • Great Ocean Road
  • Dandenong Ranges

What can I get my mum for Mother’s Day?

Showing how you appreciate your mum goes far beyond how much you are willing to spend. It might seem cheesy, but it really is the thought that counts!

No matter the type of gift, it’s going to be given with sincerity and love. And that’s what matters most, right?

What are the best gifts for Mother’s Day?

Having said that though, we know that sometimes you might want a little push in the right direction – so that’s what we’re here for!

Giving the best gifts to your mum on Mother’s Day starts by unpacking what type of person she is as well as her interests.

Give her favourite chocolates

Does your mum have a sweet tooth? A fondness for a certain type of lolly, perhaps reminiscent of her childhood? 

Whatever she prefers, give the sweet gift of chocolate this Mother’s Day!

Best of all, this doesn’t need to be an expensive or lavish gift. Find some cheap chocolate online at our lolly shop and you’ve got the basis of your gift! 

What you could do next is fill up a mug or even gift basket with yummy chocolates and other treats. Add a big ribbon and a hand-made card, and you’re done!

Bring beautifully arranged flowers

Florists really do have the knack of creating stunning floral arrangements, don’t they?

Flowers are a tried-and-tested gift, and for good reason! There are so many types available in a range of different shades. You can also inject more foliage into an arrangement, or alternatively gift your mum a plant!

Dried flowers are also a fast-growing trend. While they might be a little pricier, they’re designed to last a long time! These stunning arrangements need absolutely zero maintenance and will look beautiful in mum’s home. 

Nowadays, ordering a custom arrangement online is just as easy as visiting the florist yourself, so it’s up to you if you take them round or prefer the florist to deliver them straight to mum’s door. 

Gift her something green for the garden

Does your mum have a bit of a green thumb?

Whether it’s always been an interest or a recent retirement activity, if your mum obsesses over herbs, flowers, and succulents, why not consider gifting her something she can use or keep in her backyard?

You could give her more herbs to add to her current garden, a new tree to plant, or garden accessories she can use, such as plant stands, terracotta pots, and tools.

How about a vegetable garden box for her backyard? The two of you could then plan a working bee day where you plant a bunch of new produce, like zucchinis, carrots, and tomatoes!

Organise a “crafternoon”!

Mum can’t live without her trusty glue gun?

Why not organise a craft session for you and mum (and other family members, of course!) and get the creative juices flowing!

Whether you book one of those awesome art classes, or pick up a do-it-yourself kit from a craft store, you and mum can get creative, making your own candles, pottery, artworks, or knitted pieces!

Not only will this result in a wonderful keepsake or product you can actually use, but the time spent with mum will be something you can’t put a price on!

What mums really want for Mother’s Day?

A growing interest, not just in mums but people of all ages, is gifting (and receiving) things that are not materialistic, and instead have a lasting value.

Splurging on gifts and surprises is always fun. But did you know that for a lot of mums in Australia, they’d love receiving something that:

  • Is environmentally sustainable
  • Is locally sourced
  • Gives back to the community

Activewear and wardrobe basics

If your mum is a health buff who loves her weekly pilates or yoga sessions, why not gift her activewear, particularly pieces that are made from high quality, sustainable materials like organic cotton or bamboo?

Comfort is one of the best considerations when it comes to your fitness wardrobe. One of our favourite ethical active brands is Boody

Not only are you supporting your mum’s health and wellness, but you’re also giving back, with 1% of proceeds going to environmentally-friendly non-profit organisations.

All-natural skincare products

From all-natural ingredients to no animal testing: the beauty industry is large, and it’s hard to navigate. Finding cruelty-free brands doesn’t have to be a challenge.

Australian skincare brand Sukin offers skincare packs and also a number of brilliant ranges, including their Brightening and Sensitive collections. 

Not only is it affordable, but it’s vegan, cruelty-free, and 100% Australian made and owned. That ticks all the boxes!

Linens and beddings

Ensure mum can enjoy restful deep sleep with cosy, comfortable, and high-quality bedding.

Choose hypoallergenic wool as a durable solution that keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer. 

Help revamp her sleeping quarters with a new quilt, pillows, and sheet set, as well as accessories like ugg boots, merino wool socks, and a heat pack.

Worst gifts mums have ever received on Mother’s Day

There’s no doubt that any gift that you’re giving to your mum – as long as it’s given with love – is special.

However, most mums in Australia would agree that there are some gifts out there that they’d rather not receive.

And by the way, even if they say “no gifts!” take that with a grain of salt; we discourage you from turning up to Mother’s Day lunch empty-handed!

So make sure you start planning early and get them something that aligns with their interests, hobbies, and needs.

Here are some gifts you’re better off skipping.

Worst gift #1: Gifts from last-minute purchase

We get it, life can get in the way. If you’re too busy to think about any Mother’s Day gift, then avoid getting one from last-minute purchasing. 

Doing so will not only compromise the quality of your gift but, if it’s really obvious, can leave your mum feeling a little flat.

If you’re planning to give a bouquet or a set of flowers, ensure they’re high quality from a reputable florist. Avoid that last-minute dash to the supermarket for a half-wilted bunch that will hardly make it through the rest of the day!

Others just to have something for their mum would grab anything that they see would show mum their thoughts like a cheap perfume or cologne that they wouldn’t really ever use.


Avoid last-minute purchases and plan ahead of time so you won’t be left scrambling a low quality, last minute, and hurried purchase.

If you’re pressed for time and not sure you’ll make it to the shops, order online! Support an Aussie business AND show your mum you care with a fantastic gift.

Most postage takes less than a week, so all you need is a little bit of forethought for that important woman in your life. After all, your mum deserves the best!

Worst gift #2: Gifts showing that you don’t truly know your mum

How well do you know your mum? Most gifts would reveal how well you know her interests by gifting her tools, accessories, and items that align with her hobbies and interests.

One of the worst gifts that mums would rather not get are the ones that show that the giver didn’t put a whole lot of thought into the personality, style, and interests of the recipient.

You wouldn’t dare give your mum a make-up kit if she barely wears more than a slick of lipgloss when she goes out.

Nor would you buy her perfume when she’s allergic to it! 


Think about your mum’s interests and hobbies, and shop accordingly!

Does she love hiking? Maybe a cool new waterproof jacket.

Obsessed with arts and crafts? How about some new accessories to add to her sewing basket?

Loves architecture? What about a gorgeous coffee table book?

Worst gift #3: Gifts that result in more work

Lastly, you wouldn’t want to give your mum gifts that would cause her stress or even more work.

The biggest no-no we can share is a pet – if she’s not prepared to take it on, it may leave her feeling stressed and upset.

Household basics are also a big no: not only does it imply that her house is not up to standard, but you’re expecting her to do more work! 

Technology can also be a tricky one – but it’s more a case-by-case assessment. If your mum can barely text, is she even going to use a smartwatch or tablet? 


Put yourself in your mum’s shoes. Choose gifts that won’t give her a hard time or cause any unnecessary grief.

What can I make for my mum for Mother’s Day?

It always takes an effort and careful thought of what you wanted to give your mum on Mother’s Day.

And while it’s nice to put in some thought and effort, any gift from her children will be cherished.

Are you thinking of something unique to give but on a budget? Then why not make your personalised gift? Do it yourself, and save valuable dollars while you’re at it!

Create a sweet lolly bag

Are you thinking of giving something sweet yet don’t want to spend too much on lavish chocolates and fancy bon bons?

Then why not pick your lollies online and arrange a uniquely crafted lolly bag made especially for mum.

You can even have customised lolly bags full of a variety of lolly treats from party mix to jelly beans, lollipop, and everything in between.

Got a bit of a skill with a needle and thread? Why not make your own lolly bag or jar? This could be in the form of:

  • Fabric lolly bags
  • Painted cans, bottles, or lolly jars
  • Hessian or woven bags

This might seem a small gift, but the sweet treats that are to be enjoyed are sure to put a smile on mum’s face.

Make a personalised collage or photo book

There’s nothing a mother loves more than her children. So why not collate some of her (and your) favourite memories and create a collage or photo book?

You could even start with her own childhood and memories of her mother, moving through the decades to her children (and grandchildren, if any!)

Additionally or alternatively, you could find an artist who can turn a favourite family photo into an artwork or painting. 

Create a personalised video

If various family members are separated by distance, why not create a personalised video compilation of greetings and messages for your mum’s special day?

This one requires a little planning and coordination, so make sure you set out clear deadlines for family members to ensure they send their messages to you by a certain date. This way, you’ll have some time to edit the video together and add any messages or graphics. 

Don’t forget a box of tissues, too, as we’re sure there won’t be a dry eye in the house!

Treat your mum to sweet lollies this Mother’s Day!

MyLollies provide a range of lollies and candies available in bulk volumes fit for every occasion, from weddings and baby showers to, of course, Mother’s Day celebrations! 

Lollies are also a great addition to your gift, whatever it is you decide on for mum; our mini lolly bags filled with sweet delights!

Got questions? We’re here to help! Call MyLollies on 1300 899 000 or get in touch online, and we’ll get back to you soon!


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