Happy Mag's Perfect Mother's Day Gift Guide

Happy Mag’s Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day

There’s nothing sweeter than nailing the Mother’s Day pressies. Check out our ultimate guide for getting it right this year.

Yep. Our mums – no matter how old their kids are – have to put up with a lot of crap throughout the year. But now that you’re managing to squeeze out the rent, or at least figured out how to tie your own shoelaces, you’re ready to knock this Mother’s Day out of the park.

If you’re in search of advice for how to spoil your mum on that special Sunday, then look no further. Whether she’s an art lover, into books, a music fan, working on the go, or just needs to be sent on a bloody holiday, we’ve got you covered.

Good Reads: Delia Owens – Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads sing

A unique and moving new novel, Where the Crawdads Sing takes readers to the marshlands of the Deep South. On the surface, it might not be the ultimate holiday destination, but what unfolds is an unforgettable tale of isolation, murder, and a yearning to be loved.

The narrative is also dominated by protagonist Kya’s connection to her surrounding habitat. Written by the wildlife scientist Delia Owens, this intoxicating and mysterious best-seller offers a completely fresh take on the crime genre.


See some live music

Jack Colwell live music
Photo: Dani Hansen

Where a gift might not cut it, an experience will always do the trick. Many cities throughout Australia are currently enjoying a return to live music – dancing allowed, standing permitted. It’s the perfect time to impress mum with your stellar taste.

A 50th anniversary concert celebrating Carole King’s iconic album Tapestry will be hitting the Palais Theatre in Melbourne for two nights of the Mother’s Day weekend, Spacey Jane’s Sunlight tour will hit Discovery Darwin on Friday the 7th, and alt-country faves Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys are hitting Newcastle on the same night. To name a few.

And hey, it’s not the usual mum show, but your mum may be unique. Happy Mag is putting on an all-ages gig with pub rock legends The Chats on Saturday May 8th at Sydney’s Dee Why PCYC. Bring the little siblings, it’s going to be a riot.


Good Reads: Jennifer Saint – Ariadne


In Ariadne, Jennifer Saint presents a reimagining of the ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Shining a light on the forgotten women of this archetypal myth, Ariadne is a revelation.

Theseus, the Prince of Athens, arrives in Crete to be sacrificed to the Minotaur. Ariadne falls in love with the doomed prince. To save him, Ariadne must betray her family, including her father, the domineering King Minos. Reading like a contemporary page-turner, this feminist firecracker is bound to keep mum entertained.


Prepare mum for some long-overdue travel

American Tourister INSTAGON

Does mama need to go on holidays? Of course she does. But she might need some luggage to stash all those souvenirs. The Instagon range from American Tourister covers everything you might need to shift cargo from point A to B – but it’s got a few modcons to make the trip even smoother.

And since the Australian government is currently knocking 50% off the cost of domestic airfares, American Tourister are doing the same. Get around this half-price deal before it’s gone.


Fix mum up with some wireless headphones

JBL wireless range

Think all wireless earbuds are created equal? The JBL True Wireless range proves otherwise. If your mum enjoys listening to her favourite music and podcasts on the go, JBL has a True Wireless option to suit every conceivable need.

Spanning a range of prices, purposes, and features, these are for the leisurely walkers all the way up to the workout junkies.

Check out the full range of true wireless headphones at JBL. Plus, you can get 10% off your first order when you sign up.


Help mum work from home

Microsoft Surface 4

Laptops have come a long way in recent years, with many makes and models offering full touchscreen functionality alongside legitimately powerful computing specs. If the Microsoft Surface range isn’t at the very top of the pile, it’s damn near close.

If your mum is busy working at the office or from home, tapping out the next great Australian novel, just checking her emails, or even a pro-level gamer (hey, it happens!) the Surface range has more than enough power and flexibility to cover all those needs and then some.


Always a winner: wine

Wine is universal, and there’s nothing better than having it show up at your door. Good Pair Days are a company who understand this all too well, and are hosting a few special offers coming into what’s sure to be some Mother’s Day madness.

A Mother’s Day Pamper Pack is a pre-made box (pictured above) that’ll sort mum out with three bottles of the good stuff, plus three gifts to match. Choccies and skincare to go with your night cap? Yes please.

On the other hand, if you don’t think you have the authority to make wine choices on the part of your mum, there’s also gift options available. Shout mum a surprise gift box, or grab her a voucher so she can pick out a few drops for herself.