Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For Every Kind of Mum 

Marie-Antoinette Issa

Lifestyle Writer

May 11, 2023

Last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas need not be thoughtless! Whether your mamma’s tastes are classic or contemporary, fashion, food or fitness-focused, we’ve done the research and rounded up over 50 suggestions so you’re never stuck when she says “ I really don’t need a thing!” 

Last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas for the beauty buff

From serums, scrubs and sleeping masks to popping polish packs to help her “nail” the perfect mani/pedi, these beauty products will ensure mum looks her best from top to toe. 

  1. Luminous Serum by Nalia, $56  
  2. Nail Care Set by Kester Black, $116
  3. Anti-Ageing & Detoxifying Mask by Tyche, $43
  4. Grab My (Rose) Hips Kit by Frank Body, $45
  5. DermAbsolu Comforting Night Balm by Avène at Adore Beauty, $75.99
  6. 15% Vitamin C Lustrum Serum by St Louve, $119.95 
  7. White Ginseng Radiance Refining Mask by Sulwhasoo at Sephora, $93 
  8. Lip Sleeping Mask by Laneige at Sephora, $31
  9. Lip Glosses by Holme Beauty, $36
Last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas

The fitness fan

If your favourite woman is a wellness warrior, take your pick from one of these products. They include an infra-red sauna blanket to soothe tired muscles, bath salts that combine with cold water therapy treatments, and a firming body oil for those who would rather fake it till they make it. Because whether she’s working out or not, these Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas are sure to get her heart racing.

  1. The Ageless Pair (Glow Ageless and Collagen Inner Beauty Boost) by The Beauty Chef, $114  
  2. Infrared Sauna Blanket by Heat Healer, $798
  3. Bath Salts by Cold Bath Co, $69.95 
  4. Aqua Water Bottle by PMD, $69 
  5. Rope Phone Strap with Card by Casetify, $62 
  6. White Vinnna Low Top Sneakers by Guess, $169.95 
  7. Ride Inflatable Paddle Board Package by Red Equipment, $1699
  8. Ashy Bines Protein Bundle by Happy Way, $146.85 
  9. Bum Bum Body Firmeza Oil by Sol De Janeiro at Mecca, $90
Last-minute Mother's Day gift ideas
Last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas

The perfume princess

To pick the perfect perfume (practical. pretty. personal) start by doing a little research on her current fave fragrance. Then treat her with a new bottle to top up, or work out the fragrance family that she most loves and spoil her with something similar from the selection below. 

  1. Florist Eau de Parfum by Ellis Brooklyn at Mecca, $180 
  2. Joyeux Peony Eau de Parfum by Recreation Beauty, $120 
  3. Bal D’Afrique Eau De Parfum by Byredo at Mecca, from $239 
  4. Nomad Eau De Parfum by Who is Elijah at Sephora, from $135 
  5. Sunset Hour by Goldfield and Banks, $235 
  6. Good Girl Blush Eau De Parfum by Carolina Herrera at Myer, from $122. 
  7. The Sixth Eau De Parfum by Vyrao at Mecca, $314 
  8. Black Opium Le Parfum by YSL Beauty, from $127 
  9. Mango Skin Eau De Parfum by Vilhelm Parfumerie at Mecca, from $247 
Last-minute Mother's Day gift ideas
Last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas

The Candle Queen 

Candles don’t need to be a cliche when you pick one of these fabulous options! We love the, pink grapefruit and pineapple notes in Glasshouse’s limited-edition Mother’s Day Cande, the scent of cashmere musk and rosewood in Circa’s Mother’s Day release and the melon, crushed lemon zest and white jasmine fragrance of Peppermint Grove’s limited edition Mother’s Day range. (And a few wick-free suggestions for the ladies who love lush-smelling living spaces – minus the melting wax!)

  1. Limited Edition Lily & Rosewood Soy Candle by Circa, $46.95 
  2. Limited Edition Touch the Sky Triple Scented Soy Candle by Glasshouse, $59.95 
  3. Mindfulness Candle by Ginger&Me, $64.95 
  4. Limited Edition Peppa Hart x Ecoya Mandarin Gin Madison Candle by Ecoya, $44.95 
  5. Rare Blue Lotus Reed Difuser by, $65
  6. Mindful Moments Pack by By Endota, $95
  7. Limited Edition In Bloom Mini Soy Candle Trio by Peppermint Grove, $54.95  
  8. Limited Edition Golden Pear & Freesia Ceramic Candle by Moss Street, $49.95 
  9. Olive Tree Candle by Flamingo Estate at Mecca, $83 
Last-minute Mother's Day gift ideas
Last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas

The fashion freak 

These finds are so stylish, you’d be forgiven (nay encouraged) for raiding mum’s wardrobe and borrowing them for yourself. Bonus, when you make it all about accessories – like bags, blingy earrings, and even a pair of Barbie-inspired slippers –  you don’t have to worry about splashing out on something that’s the wrong size.

  1. Removable Strap Slingback UGG Slipper Women Kamari by Ugg Express, $79 
  2. Tangled Collage Earring by Zimmerman, $650
  3. RL Art Deco Jacquard Pashmina Scarf by Ralph Lauren Collection, $1299
  4. Level Up Polarised Sunglasses bu Quay, $105 
  5. Mayberry slippers by EMU Australia x Barbie, $79.95  
  6. Spectrum Boot by Steve Madden, $169.95
  7. Evie Cross Body Bag by Oroton, $349
  8. Pipa Freshwater Pearl Necklace in Sterling Silver by Alana Maria, $109
  9. Alison Sunglasses by Oscar Wylee, $169 
Last-minute Mother's Day gift ideas
Last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas

The hair honcho 

If your mother’s mane is her crowing glory, then she’s certain to love a gift designed to tame her tresses. From styling tools to decadent treatments, these products certainly put the care in hair care. 

  1. The Styling System Bundle by Mermade Hair, $180 
  2. Mask Querade by Hairitage by Mindy McKnight, $10 
  3. Digital Sensor Luxe Airsonic by VS Sassoon, $269.95 
  4. Hair Drying Towel by Ugly Swan, $55
  5. Peony Shampoo and Conditioner by Klorane, from $16.99 
  6. My Nanna’s Mousse by Larry King, $32
  7. Night Recovery Manoi Oil by Christophe Robin at Adore Beauty, $52 
  8. Smooth Senses Mothers Day Trio Pack by Davroe, $62.95 
  9. Honey Infused Hair Oil by Gisou at Mecca, $42
Last-minute Mother's Day gift ideas
Last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas

The luxury lover 

Breakfast in bed, but make it better. These Last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas are perfect for the mum who likes her lifestyle essentials elevated with a little touch of luxe. Ideas include high-tea at a five-star hotel, a hair wash set that comes with a complimentary Champagne stopper, a luxe beach bag, coffee cups created in collaboration with some of Australia’s best fashion designers, and a sleep safety camera that uses AI to watch over baby, making it perfect for new mums.  

  1. Spa at Sofitel Darling Harbour Sydney, from $220
  2. Vittoria Venroy Fashion Series Cappuccino Cups & Saucers by Vittoria, $89 
  3. Facial Treatments by EmFace, $1000 per treatment 
  4. Re/Start Mother’s Day Pack (with complimentary Silver Champagne stopper) by Revlon Professional, $44.95
  5. Wine Bottle Cooler by Frank Green, $69.95 
  6. Le Panier Pliage Basket bag by Longchamp, $520
  7. FaceWare Pro by Dr. Dennis Gross x MECCA Spectralite FaceWare Pro at Mecca,  $709
  8. High Tea (or a decadent dinner!) at Pan Pacific Melbourne; Goldfinch at Pullman & Mercure Brisbane, Novotel Sydney, and 400 Gradi Adelaide, $POA
  9. Sleep Safety Bundle by CuboAi, $599 
Last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas


By Marie-Antoinette Issa

Lifestyle Writer

Marie-Antoinette Issa is a contributor for The Carousel and has worked across news and women's lifestyle magazines and websites including Cosmopolitan, Cleo, Madison, Concrete Playground, The Urban List and Daily Mail, I Quit Sugar and Huffington Post.



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