16 Unique Mother’s Day Gifts That Aren’t Flowers Or Chocolates

Something to suit every budget - for the fit mom, the foodie mom, the techie mom and the mom who loves to be pampered (which mom doesn't?).

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Score extra brownie points by giving your mom a gift she’ll actually remember, and one that she deserves. And guys, a thoughtful gift for your wife to thank her for being the mother of your children (and all that goes with it) to add to the handmade card or dubious-looking pottery creation your kid made at school – will score the best kind of brownie points.

For The Fit Mom

1. Justsports Eco-Friendly TPE 6mm Yoga Mat

Crafted from an environmentally friendly material that promises to be comfortable and non-slippery, your mom will get the best out of our daily practice. Even better? It’s easy to clean. Paired with a stylishly simple yoga bag (Buy it here), your mom will always arrive in style.

(R499, Buy it here)

2. Bellabeat Leaf Nature Silver Health Tracker

Health trackers are all the rage in the fitness world at the moment but very few of them are actually beautiful pieces to wear. They’re all function. Luckily for your mom, this is a health tracker with a difference. It’s a beautiful piece of jewellery and is focused on a more holistic well-being instead of just fitness. It does just about everything – tracks activity, monitors sleep, tracks the menstrual cycle, predicts stress and has guided meditations. Beautiful, innovative and smart.

(R2 999, Buy it here)

3.  Billy the Bee Accupressure Energy Mat

Reach your zen zone in the best comfort, compliments of the Billy the Bee Accupressure Energy Mat. The 230 acupressure points on this mat stimulates the body to release the chemicals known as endorphins and oxytocin — providing that “feel good” feeling you want when exercising. Mom can use it while watching tv, reading a book, or simply to relax and wind down after a stressful day. Alternatively, she can use it before going to bed to help her sleep.

(R449, Buy it here)

4. Thule Vea

Perfect for the fit, working mom, this sleek line of backpacks transitions from the gym to the office with compartments designed to separate active and professional gear. With unmatched versatility, quality and style, the Thule Vea collection caters to the urban commuter’s energetic schedule.

(R1,499, Buy it here)

For The Foodie Mom

1. Aeropress Coffee Maker

This one is for the coffee lover and the Mom who is always in the kitchen or on the go. “This incredibly versatile little plastic device can produce everything from bold, short espresso-style shots to beautifully rich and clean long cups of coffee,” says Cape Coffee Beans. It’s made of durable plastic and is compact, which means completely portable. Imagine giving your mom a gift that enables her to make café coffee no matter where she is. Wake up and smell the coffee! This is the best gift to get a caffeine connoisseur.

(R689, Buy it here)

2. OXO Good Grips Food Chopper

Your mom might love spending hours in the kitchen but there’s one thing she certainly hates; chopping onions and garlic. Hands end up smelling, tears end up rolling, and honestly if she’s not watching an episode of Grey’s Anatomy or This Is Us, your mom shouldn’t be crying. This food chopper does the work for you in just a few seconds, chopping almost anything you put in it. We promise your mom will be thanking you and crying tears of joy. Check out the video above.

(R529, Buy it here)

For The Techie Mom

1. Mobile Laptop Folio + Novelty Cable Tie + USB Hub


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For the Mom who likes to have her work organised, neat and close to her at all times. This handy mobile desk features compartments to fit pencils, your laptop, cables, cards and just about everything you could possibly need for a hard day’s work. And to make sure everything is extra tidy, there’s the cable tie to stop wires from tangling, and the USB hub for the tech Mom’s many devices that need to be plugged in.

(Laptop Folio, R499.99. Cable Tie, R69.99. USB Hub, R199.99)

2. Wireless Headphones

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Help Mom listen to her favourite jams with ease by giving her these headphones that are equally as stylish as they are function. These headphones have wireless capability, an adjustable head band, volume control and crisp stereo sound.

(R249.99 Buy it here)

For The Mom Who Deserves Some Downtime

1. Hands-Free Wine Glass Holders and a Magnum of Warwick First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon

If Mom enjoys picnics and a glass of vino or two, these hands-free wine glass holders, together with a magnum of wine is a winner. The holders are designed to fit around your wine glass and then peg into the ground, keeping your drink stable and spill-free whether you are on the beach or having a picnic in the garden. And who better to buy wine from than the farm that boasts Female winemaking pioneer Norma Ratcliffe? Ratcliffe was the first woman to make wine in South Africa and Warwick Wines continues to produce some of the world’s best wines.

(R338 Buy the wine glass holders bere and buy the wine here)

2. Earth Hair Complete Hair Care Pack

Earth Natural Hair products are excellent for all types of hair, be it afro, dreadlocks or braided. This range is free from mineral oils, petroleum, colourants, harmful chemicals, parabens and sulphate. The pack consists of moisture rich sulphate-free shampoo, softening & repair leave-in conditioning spray, hairline & scalp rescue strengthening growth oil, detangling & softening moisture spray, double moisture hair butter, as well as strengthening & smoothing co-wash & conditioning cream.

(R550, Buy it here)

3. L’abeille Natural Jade Facial Stone Roller and Lulu & Marula Purifying Treatment Oil

Jade rolling is a beauty trend that has been all over social media lately and it is said to pack some serious benefits. This smooth stone roller works to help your skin to soak up those precious nourishing oils. It also gently stimulates circulation and lymphatic drainage, while boosting collagen for a plumper, firmer complexion. It’s the perfect pamper party for your mom.

(R495, Buy it here)

If you want to take the gift to the next level, add in a serum or oil, too. We recommend thisLulu & Marula Purifying Treatment Oil. Lulu & marula is proudly South African and uses ingredients sourced from local farmers. Even better, her own mom inspired her to create her organic skincare products.  The perfect pamper party for your mom’s body and mind. This treatment is lightweight and powerful, loaded with antioxidants to give your mom’s skin the TLC it needs. With super oils like marula and baobab to nourish and balance, calm inflammation, and clear congestion deep down. Cell stimulating properties help fade scarring, brighten skin, and protect against premature aging.

(R449, Buy it here)

For The Mom With Green Fingers

1. Self-Watering Herb Pot

get your mom this self-watering pot for mother's day

Give your mom the gift of thyme this Mother’s Day with this Self-Watering Herb Pot. Gardening has never been easier. The hydro herb pot will allow your mom to keep her herbs nice and fresh in her kitchen. A cotton cord controls the water dosage and will give her plants exactly the right amount of water it needs. Bonus: the water reserve only needs to be filled once or twice a week.

(It’s usually R289, but it’s currently on sale for R245, buy it here)

2. SOW Delicious Seed Slab

get your mom these SOW seeds for mother's day

Elevate your mom’s garden with this produce she can grow for herself. Each pack contains a slab of soil, organic fertiliser and non-GMO seeds. Choose between tomatoes, Italian herbs, stir fry greens, aubergines, sauce chillies and more. The slab of soil keeps the seeds in a perfect, moist environment  they need to grow up to 3 times longer than normal soil. All parts are biodegradable and made in South Africa. Use this guide to find out what’s best to plant based on where you live.

(Price varies based on produce, click on the links above to buy)

3. Aquastar Watering Can

get your mom this stylish watering can for mother's day

Upgrade your mom’s watering can with this sleek and elegant watering can. It’s perfect for keeping indoor and outdoor plants from thirst. The pointed spout makes watering even the smallest pots a breeze with a gentle, even stream of water. It’s stylish design  makes it easy for you to leave on display indoors.

(R449, buy it here)

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