Last-minute gifts for Mother’s Day

Each year, Mother’s Day seems to creep up like a ninja: stealthily and unexpectedly. Many of us leave our shopping until the last minute, which makes searching for gifts stressful.

But don’t worry! If time’s not on your side, there are plenty of gift options that can be arranged quickly.

Gift cards

Give Mum the gift of treating herself with a thoughtful gift card. Gift cards are simple to use, easy to ship, and perfect if you’re in a pinch. Gift cards from a range of retailers, including Freedom, iTunes, David Jones, Westfield shopping centres, Peter Alexander and many more can be bought online from Australia Post. Simply select your purchase amount and send it directly to Mum for free within Australia.

If you’re unsure of your Mum’s shopping tastes, a gift of spending money might be a safer bet. An Australia Post gift card by Mastercard1 lets your Mum shop with ease and convenience. It’s available to purchase at your local Post Office and can be used anywhere Mastercard is accepted2.


Buying for the Mum who has everything can be tricky, which makes giving experiences a great option. Treat Mum to a night out at a leading restaurant of her choice with a Restaurant Choice gift card, or to a night at the movies with an Event Cinemas gift card3, or to a well-deserved pampering experience at Endota Spa.

For something truly unforgettable, websites like Red Balloon offer wonderful experiential gifts. From skydiving to winery tours, there’s sure to be something special for Mum. If it’s too hard to choose, you can leave it up to her with a Red Balloon gift card.

Flowers and hampers

Nothing says I love you like a bouquet of flowers. What’s more, picking an arrangement and organising its delivery has never been easier. Many online retailers offer swift delivery and in some cases, same-day delivery. Many online florists, such as Petals, Fresh Flowers or Interflora, offer same-day delivery if ordered before 2pm on weekdays or 10am on Saturdays, or next-day delivery. Most services offer the option of inscribing a personalised message at checkout, so be sure to include a special message for your mum.

Magazine subscriptions

A magazine subscription is a thoughtful gift, that’s quick and easy to organise. Just bear in mind that the actual product is likely to arrive after Mother’s Day, depending on the publishing cycle of the magazine you choose. Make Mum’s day over and over with a 12-month subscription to her favourite read, which you can organise through the Australia Post online shop.

Services like iSubscribe also give you ‘gifting’ options at checkout which prompts you to fill out an iCard with a message, letting your mum know that a special present awaits. This iCard can be printed out and given to your mum (if you’re really cutting it close) or emailed to her directly on the date of your choice.

Shop, pack and send at your local Post Office

If you’re well into the eleventh hour and the panic is beginning to set in, head down to your local Post Office to get Mother’s Day sorted in the one place. Australia Post has a great range of gifts for Mother’s Day, from tablets to tea sets. Once you have a gift, choose a card (Mum will love the handwritten touch), pop them in a mailing box or a gift box and send it off. Choose from standard, next-day or same-day delivery5.

Get Mother's Day sorted before May 12