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Best gifts for mom this Mother’s Day!

by | Apr 26, 2019 | Celebrations, Things we love | 4 comments

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Letting mom sleep-in, bringing her a cup of tea in bed with a fist full of handpicked flowers or surprising her with a handmade card… Those are the best gifts for mom and memories she’ll treasure well into her ageing years. Mother’s Day isn’t about the gifts or blowing the budget on something extravagant BUT, sometimes it is nice being spoiled with a special package because lets be honest… The moment you become a mom most of us forget ourselves. Spending money on the kids, our homes and husbands before even thinking of the things we would like or even need.

I’ve stalked our favourite brands for the best gift ideas for mom, no matter the budget. Let me know what you think ladies and BE SURE to pass this post along to you baby-daddy and bestie too. This year, let’s spoil all the moms for Mother’s Day!

Top picks for gifts under a R100:


  1. Ma Mère Gourmet Nougat in various delicious flavours. Only R37 for a 100g bar.
  2. My favourite funky and super comfy designer socks by FEAT. SOCK CO. Loads of designs are currently on SALE and start at R86.25
  3. I am obsessed with the beautiful hanging Davalia Fern Kokedama from Woolworths and wouldn’t mind one finding a home on our patio… These start at R99.99
  4. Chocolate is a must but make it special this year with a tasty and pretty bar from HONEST Artisan Chocolate. Available from Faithful to Nature – R66 for a 60g bar.
  5. Add a box of speciality tea, like the Higher Living organic range from Woolworths for only R39.99
  6. NetFlorist has gone all out this year, creating a wonderful selection of Mother’s Day gifts to surprise mom with. Best of all, they’ll make up and deliver your chosen gift wherever mom might be. I think the Mother’s Day Black Forest Cupcake Jar for R 99.95 is the coolest idea ever!
  7. Of course we couldn’t forget about the coffee…Bean There Fair Trade coffee stands for good, ethically sourced, African coffee from Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. Now you can enjoy your mom-fuel even more, knowing every cup is growing the African economy. Mr. Perfect is a coffee snob and he gives Bean There coffee a thumbs up too! Also available from  Faithful to Nature for R99.
EXTRA MOM SPOIL TIP: Shop number 4 and 7 in one spot, saving time and delivery costs.

Top picks for gifts under R300:


  1. Moms are always on the go and NEED a portable cup to keep their coffee or tea warm (especially with winter coming). Help her be good to “Mother nature” with this reusable ECOFFEE takeaway cup from Faithful to Nature for R219
  2. Boost mamas coffee, tea or smoothie with a scoop of Motherkind Glow Mama Pure Collagen Protein Powder for R259
  3. Give mom some “time-out” to reflect, get organised and creative with a beautiful, hardcover bullet journal from local stationary brand I Love My Journals. Once you give bullet journaling a go, you’ll be hooked. Journals go for R159
  4. Give a breastfeeding mama the gift of milk! Mrs. Milk lactation bars are the perfect snack to keep your body nourished while it’s working hard taking care of another. Get a pack of 12 for R255
  5. Look cool in a “Call Me Mama” white tee from MissTees for R280.
  6. Time for home-style pampering. Lulu & Marula have the BEST home pamper products! All natural skincare products for the conscious, modern mom. Nothing moisturises like the Soothing Hand and Foot Balm (R299) and I get lost in the gorgeous smell of the Calming Bath Oil (R270). Available at Faithful to Nature and the Lulu & Marula online store.
  7. Any moms with “green fingers”? Spoil her with aN indoor plant from NetFlorist. Simply order online, add a personal note and let NetFlorist take care of the rest!
  8. I only recently discovered HUSK Eco Lux but they are already one of my favourite, local brands. Purses, handbags, totes, diaper bags, plant holders and more are made out of washable craft paper which is 100% eco-friendly, recyclable and biodegradable. How exciting! I absolutely love the grey purse for only R250 available to purchase from the Learning from Luke online store.

Top picks for gifts under R500:


  1. Make use of the BENA Loungewear summer SALE and spoil mom with some beautiful nighties. Get this blush, long slip dress for R432 at
  2. Jewellery is ALWAYS a good idea… I’ve been admiring the Lily Geometric gold plated earnings from Della for a while. Aren’t they just lovely? The pair is currently on SALE for R375
  3. The classic, flowers for Mother’s Day. What mom doesn’t like being surprised with a lovely bouquet of her favourites! Just be warned, the prices are a little more than usual. (R400+ for a bouquet of roses).
  4. Another stunning pair of Della earings. The Amelia Hexagon Lemon Quartz (R 450.00) will look beautiful dressed up or worn casually.
  5. Something for the fashion-forward mama. It’s all about the leopard print this season and the Leopard Momsy Skirt (R499) is high up on my own wish list, even though I’m not pregnant.
  6. Stay on-trend with a striking pair of hand crafted polymer clay statement earrings from Lichen & Leaf. It’s like wearing a piece of art With the perfect combination of colours to make you feel beautiful. See the entire range HERE. The pair or Ladder earrings in sun go for R400.
  7. My #1 beauty product is sure to be a HIT with all women. The Lula Fox Ecolux Make-up Cheek and Lip tint! This is such a compact, versatile, little product. Use it on your lips, cheeks and eyes. Pop it in you handbag and you’re good to go! Available in 4 different colours, priced at R350. This all-in-one combo will be a money and time-saver for mom.
  8. Last to make the R500 and under list; this stylish HUSK Eco-Friendly Shopper for R350.00. I actually use mine as a handbag because I love it so much. Available in 10 colour options with various trims. Available online at Learning from Luke.
SPOIL MOM EVEN MORE: Use the shopper as the perfect gift bag for all mom’s spoils. No waste, and a bonus gift!

Top picks for gifts under a R1000:


  1. Ever considered a Mommy and Me fine art portrait by Little Rose Collection. I was gifted this last year and still look at it everyday. It’s something I will treasure FOREVER. Read more about how you can order your own artwork HERE.
  2. Or maybe something sweet? Puli Prints will transform your family into a beautiful watercolour artwork. A quirky, unique representation of all the ones you love the most. Pricing starts at R350 (for a family of 4-5) and go up to R550 (for a family of 6-10). Framing is an additional R200 -R400 depending on the size of the artwork. Contact Fabienne on Instagram via direct message to place an order @puli_prints.
  3. More fashion from Anneen Henze. The Alexis Leopard Print Dress (R 590) and Marilize Nude Coat (R750) are staples for every woman’s wardrobe.
  4. Cleo Lemon Quartz Earrings plated in 24K Gold (R 600.00) is the most versatile pair of earrings from Della. They can be worn in 3 different way depending on your mood or the occasion.
  5. No woman’s gift list would be complete without a pair of shoes. I am a massive Blu Betty fan. The Jenelle anckle boot in Diesel (R800) is a Blu Betty classic.
  6. The Ash Rose Momsy Sweater (R799). Not only are these sweaters warm and cosy but that colour! Add to cart.
  7. We love our kid’s works of art but it’s impossible to keep it all. How about turning those treasured masterpieces into stunning jewellery for mom to enjoy and show-off daily? Custom Kiddies Art Pendants (R425 – R725) available from miss H jewellery design.
  8. Luxury loungewear makes my heart skip a beat and no one does it better than BENA Loungewear. The Urban Track Set (available in black and melange – R980) is worth every cent. I have a white set from last season and it’s still my favourite pj’s to sleep in and wear all weekend long.

Top picks for BIG spoils:


  1. ILAN makes the most amazing limited edition raincoats. The Harper Country Blooms in Yellow Ochre (R1,995.00) will brighten up every rainy day to come.

  2. Remember the INSTAX SHARE SP-3 SQ PRINTER? I couldn’t stop talking about it over Christmas… Well, nothing has changed. In fact, I think it’s even cooler now, than before. It’s the best gadget INSTAX has come up with, especially for moms. We can’t carry around an extra camera and who has money to waste on instant film trying to get the kids to smile or even just look at the camera. Now every instant photo can be perfect, printed from your phone or DSLR camera. Read more about how the INSTAX SHARE SP-3 SQ PRINTER here or just go buy one right away on
  3. Backpacks are the new handbags for modern mamas, especially when you have more than one kid. Spoil mom with a handmade Alex & Marla Leather BACKPACK (R3,195) perfect for traveling or mamas on the go.
  4. Birth pendant are all the rage at the moment. Exclusivity by Design have so many designs to choose from and specialise in custom making pieces unique to every client. (Pendants start at R4950).
  5. Where are my Gin mamas at? Mother’s Day can last all year with a monthly subscription to The Gin Box. (R650 per month / bi-monthly / quarterly)
  6. Give mom a break from cooking. Order a family meal box (R1090 per week for a family of 4) from Daily Dish. This includes pre-portioned ingredients and easy to follow recipes for 4 dinners. You can pause and resume your subscription at anytime and you’ll even get R250 off your first dinner box.
So Dad, if you’re reading this it means your baby-mama has seen something she likes and you probably already know what it is.

I’ve made your job a lot easier… See all the words highlighted in pink? Simply click on the desired item or brand and be taken to the various online stores where you’ll find the gift you’re looking for. Select, pay, deliver and there you have it, Mother’s Day 2019 done and dusted!

Now, whatever you choose to do or buy this Mother’s Day just be sure to make mom feel special, loved and appreciated (no matter the budget) – She really does deserve it.

Happy Mother’s Day mamas! All my love to all of you. Thank you for being my tribe.


  1. Nicolene

    Wow! Awesome Blog post!

    • Mari-Louise

      Thank you so much Nicolene. I loved putting it together. Hopefully many mamas will benefit from it this Mother’s Day. Thank you so much for leaving a comment.

  2. Kim van Vuuren

    This is brilliant! Really breaks it down visually! Great picks too! I hope we all get something nice *holds thumbs*


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