Forget flowers and chocolates. Here are 9 cliché-free Mother's Day gift ideas.

9 presents she’ll ACTUALLY want this year…

Before I had kids I never really appreciated everything my mum had done for me over the years.

But now that I do have kids, I try and make Mother’s Day truly special for my mum each year. I really want to show her how grateful I am, but it is hard to find unique and special ways to celebrate with her.

Flowers: Done it. A million times over.

Chocolate: I’ll probably just eat it myself, TBH.

Massage voucher: Sure, she’ll enjoy it, but it doesn’t really take much thought, does it?

Yep – we’ve all done the cliché Mother’s Day presents before, but sometimes it’s good to think outside of the box.

Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Officeworks. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.

So if you want to spend some quality time with your mum this Mother’s Day, why not try some of these different ideas we’ve come up with?

1. Paintball.

Have you got an adventurous mum? What more fun could you have than getting your siblings together and heading out for a day of paintball? Sure you’ll get bruises and bumps, but you’ll be making memories that will last a lifetime. As well as releasing any pent-up resentments…

2. Pub crawl.

Who says a pub crawl has to be reserved for rowdy uni students? Organise a taxi or a bus if you have a big family, and hit up a few of the local hot spots. There’s lots of love and laughs to be had. And beer. Also beer.

3. Play the tourist.

Depending on where you live, head into the city or up or down the coast and play the tourist for the day, checking out local attractions. If you and your mum are city dwellers, consider hitting up a nearby country town.

4. Horse riding.

Does your mum love animals? Organise a horse riding tour where you can spend the afternoon enjoying the country scenery and catching up on old times. Unless she’s scared or allergic. Then, not so enjoyable.


5. Home movie night.

If your mum prefers to stay in rather than head out, organise a home movie night. Grab popcorn and drinks and set up in the lounge room old-school style. Pick some chick flick favourites or some cringe-worthy home movies you haven’t busted out in a while, and enjoy.

6. Wine tasting.

Don’t even try and pretend you and your mum could resist a day trip to a vineyard.

A wine tasting tour will provide a bus and driver and you and mum can enjoy the red and white all day.

Related: How to enjoy wine intelligently (but without being a total douchebag).

It’s relaxing and fun, and you might find a new favourite drop.

7. Theatre show.

When I was at school I studied drama and did theatre reviews for a major project. My mum took me to all the shows and I still have such fond memories of that time. Check out your local theatre and see what shows are on and share Mother’s Day evening enjoying a production together. It beats going out to the same old restaurant yet again.

8. Cooking class.

Got a foodie mum? Book a cooking class and spend the afternoon learning a new skill and discovering new flavours. If your mum’s into baking you could even book a cake decorating class and make a cake together to share with the whole family later.

9. Photography class.

No, we don’t mean introduce your mum to Instagram and selfies, although you are welcome to do that. We mean a proper photography class to capture those special moments you will have together (grandkids anyone?).

Related: This photo says one thing: Erase all signs of having had a baby from your body. Stat.

Not only will you have a great day but you’ll both learn new skills that will help you save future family memories. Perfect.

What are you getting your mum this Mother’s Day?

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