The Urban List Mother’s Day Gift Guide

By Sophia McMeekin - 02 May 2013

Dinosaur Designs

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From Dries van Noten to Dinosaur Designs, we've got blow dries to make Mum look smokin', cashmere to keep her cosy, and baby-safe accessories if she's new to the whole parenthood thing. Click through our gift gallery to see our picks of the best treaties, pampering packages and adornments for Mummy Dearest.

mother's day gift guide best presents for mum


Dinosaur Designs, Wintergarden, Shell Wrap Bangle in light blue, $85 | When we hit the floor in the Dinosaur Designs store we're like kids in an arm-candy shop. The Dinosaur Designs team are resin wizards and our go-to cuff specialists, and we think Mum deserves to be similarly adorned. Though it's almost impossible to choose just one, our pick for Mum is the delicate and architectural Shell Wrap Bangle in light blue. 

The Sofia Necklace in Cream from Bon Bon Bella $39.95 | Bon Bon Bella's stylish range of baby-friendly jewellery is the perfect gift for new mummies (or soon-to-be new mummies). Bon Bon Bella jewellery makes a fashionable statement and is an invincible play-thing for babies: Made from 100% food-grade silicone and completely BPA free, this non-toxic range of jewellery is perfectly safe for babies to pull, chew, and tug, while Mum still looks fab. This is the ideal gift for the gal who thinks she has everything (and it's also a gorgeous idea for a baby shower present!).

Ornate Floral Frames from Happiness Place, $55 | They say money can't buy happiness. Well, we've been to Paddington's Happiness Place, and we'd have to disagree. With an eclectic range of gifts, homewares, candles, quirky ceramics, and unique furniture sourced from around the world, you're sure to find something to make Mum totally ecstatic. If we had to pick just one present for Mum we can't go past these gorgeous, ornate floral frames, available in red, yellow, and blue. 

Mother's Day Cooking Class at The Golden Pig Food & Wine School, $165 | She's already a whiz in the kitchen, but there's always room for improvement, right? Why not give Mum a fun and memorable day of culinary creativity and book her a place at the fantastic Golden Pig Food & Wine School. With classes covering the gastronomical delights of French cuisine, the spice of the Moroccan summer, and a special class on Mother's Day devoted to the tastes of Spain and Portugal, it may be hard to choose just one. Luckily, the lovely folks at The Golden Pig offer Gift Vouchers, so you can let Mum make the hard decisions. And the best part is if she picks up some tricks, chances are you'll get to sample the fruits of her labour. (Mother's Day Class, Flavours of Portugal and Spain is $165).

The Pamper Pack from Blow Dry Emporium, $160 | Talk about spoilt. Mum can enjoy a luxurious few hours of indulgence, courtesy of the Blow Dry Bar Emporium, with their fab Mother's Day Pamper Pack. This thoughtful little package includes a colour, cut, and blow dry (and a completely essential glass of bubbles). This is one gift that is bound to leave Mum feeling adored, not to mention looking totally gorgeous.

Tiffany & Co Passport Holder, QueensPlaza, $195 | Maybe she needs some gentle encouragement to go on holiday. Or maybe she'll just love opening that little blue box (we know we do!). But, whatever your motivation, it's hard to put a foot wrong when choosing a gift from Tiffany's, and this luxe passport holder is a sure bet. If you're feeling super generous, you could even foot the bill for the plane fare.

The ghd Air, from Bespoke Hair $179 | A good blow dryer is every woman's best friend, and this little baby is basically the Rolls Royce of blow dryers. The ghd Air uses whizz-bang ionic technology to dry hair 30% faster, lock in moisture and ensure Mum's hair stays sleek, smooth, and frizz-free for days, while the ergonomic design is perfect for both left and right-handers. (It even comes with an extra long power cable, so she's not perched awkwardly over the sink). Pop in to the talented tress tamers at Fortitude Valley's, Bespoke Hair and give Mum the gift of frizz-free hair, a gift that truly keeps on giving.

 mother's day gift guide best presents for mum


Dries Van Noten White Falco Paisley Printed Scarf at camargue, $565 | Snatch a piece from the collection fashion's industry insiders couldn't stop raving about when it debuted last September in Paris. Belgian design Dries Van Noten holds the reputation as 'a master of print', and as the White Falco Paisley Printed Scarf shows, it's a well earned title. A scarf from Dries is an investment piece, and one she'll delight at each time she dons as the years go by. Styled any which way, layer over basics for depth, or back with black for after five. Pick up this piece and browse more from Dries Van Noten at Camargue

Lee Mathews Cashmere Throw in Charcoal, $395 | Lee Mathews has finally come to Brisbane, and we couldn't be more pleased (you can find her stunning new boutique on James Street). Lee is known for her cashmere knits, so we can't think of a more perfect present for Mum than this gorgeous and super-soft cashmere and cotton throw, available in charcoal. This divine shawl can be worn as a wrap, and also used as a throw in the home or bedroom. Stylish and multi-purpose: you know Mum is going to love that.

Bassike Stripe Sailor Sweater, from camargue $260 | Much like your Mother's love, stripes are timeless and consistent. We love the nod Bassike's Striped Sailor Sweater gives to the bustling port of Marseille, and what's more, works back with dressed down denim or a white pant, for true French seafaring style. It makes for a chic wardrobe addition, she'll delight at wearing as the temperature drops. You can find this covetable piece at Camargue on James Street. 

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