Freelance writer with a BA double majoring in Literature and Australian History who loves finding random places of social or historical treasure whilst travelling around visiting festivals, markets and quaint cafes with my husband and baby
Published April 14th 2014
Helpful hints to avoid last minute fuel station gifts
It seems like just yesterday we were buying flowers and attending the family lunch to keep mum happy for Mother's Day, and now here it is, coming around again!
For those of you who don't remember, Mother's Day is always the second Sunday in May.
This makes Mother's Day on 11 MAY 2014. Don't forget! Set a reminder in the phone and diarise your work calendar!
This year, instead of being the son or daughter who drops into the local fuel station on the way to lunch to buy a bunch of carnations, what about planning ahead? Think about how much stress would be reduced if you already had a gift ready to go on the day!
Let's not forget too, there's still time to buy online!! The saviour of every working son! If you live too far away to visit mum, online stores will post it direct to her as well, making you look good and saving you valuable shopping and post office time!
For the budget conscious who never remembers to get a gift
Your best bet is to buy now when you do your grocery shopping. That way you've got it out of the way and you can continue on with exciting day to day life!
Your target shops should be Coles and Woolworths and Aldi. Your ideal gifts should be DVD's, candles, chocolates, pyjamas (yes these stores sell them), socks/slippers, a set of nice glasses or cups, kitchenware, clocks or electrical goods (supermarkets generally sell cheap toasters, electric jugs etc). Plants make a good alternative to flowers.
Don't rule out hampers - nice cheap hampers can be made up with mum's favourite food items or haircare/shower products.
If you have kids, Grandma will love something handmade from the grandkids - everyone loves something from the heart!
For the budget conscious who are feeling more adventurous
Try Kmart or Big W. If you have children yourself, Mum will love a photo of the grandkids in a nice frame. These stores do photo prints starting at about 15 cents each with on the spot or 1 hour collection and sell frames in the same area.
Both of these stores sell an assortment of electrical goods starting at around $15. Try a toaster, jug, popcorn maker, juice maker, sandwich maker or soup maker. If you're feeling more ambitious, step over to the linen department. Starting at around $10 to $15 you can get a new towel for Mum with a nice candle or soap, or perhaps a doona cover for her bed? What about a nice reading lamp or some cushions for her couch or bed?
CD's and DVD's are always good gifts but you need to be certain what mum likes and already owns. Makeup and clothing should be off limits to you, unless you're certain of what mum likes and her size. However, costume jewellery is always nice for the budget conscious mum. Both Kmart and Big W have a good range of necklaces, earrings and bracelets in the same area as scarves, hats, purses and handbags. Scrapbooking or craft supplies are fun gifts, or try a New Age shop.
For the mid-range budget child who is short on time
Your best bet are online items or subscriptions. Magazine subscriptions start at $75 for the year - but be careful you could be trapped into buying the same thing each year. This could be a blessing or painful. Online hampers are easy but also impersonal. Big W and Target have basically their entire range online for easy home shopping so check them out. Your target items should be similar to above, but better quality items. Many bookstores are online too for bookloving mums.
For the mid-range child who has time to shop
Homesware stores in the big shopping centres have a good range of wall hangings, cushions, tableware and funny items to suit a variety of mums. Books are always a great gift, accompany it with a nice tea/coffee set or prepare a hamper for mum filled with yummy treats, drinks and bathroom pamper items that she can indulge in while reading. Some mums will enjoy a nice bottle of champagne or a more expensive bottle of her favourite spirits.
For the higher end purchaser
You can't go past jewellery, iPods, perfume or expensive alcohol! Magazine subscriptions or perhaps a voucher for her favourite masseuse, hairdresser or beauty therapist? What about a voucher to get her car serviced?
For everyone, your last resort should be a generic gift voucher. If you really can't think of anything, mum will appreciate the voucher, but she'll appreciate the effort of a gift more! And don't forget the card!!