Mother’s Day is just around the corner! In case you need a bit of a nudge, it’s on Sunday 9 May 2021, folks!
The old adage of why celebrate a special person on just one day when, in reality, we should be treasuring them every day very much applies here! But that’s no reason to go easy on Mother’s Day this year. It’s time to start planning ahead. It’s been a rough year for many and we should really be treasuring the special ones in our lives and perhaps putting in a little extra at present.
Be it your mother (Hi Mum or Mom!), step-mother, grandmother, that crazy aunt who looked after us all the time, or just that neighbour or family friend who was effectively a mum in our lives, let’s go all out this year. Let’s thank those who actually put in the effort to protect us, raise us, guide us into what we are today.
There are plenty of gift ideas to show your appreciation, from the “traditional” cookware range, to pampering and technology. Here are some of the offerings for consideration.
Pamper your mum!
Keep it simple. Wine, candles, skincare. Sometimes the simple things life at the best!
Vinoclock is our Official Moments partner. Whether your mum enjoys the occasional glass, or is a little more adventurous, they are never short of a tipple for all tastes. Why not pick up a mixed case for the occasion? After all, if you’re making dinner on Mother’s Day for her, you need a great wine to accompany it!
Hutwoods is committed to creating products 100% handmade in Australia, combining modern day design and traditional craftsmanship. They have a range of candles for the sustainable and house proud mum who loves a bit of luxury.
Edible Beauty Australia is a holistic solution to skincare and wellness that addresses the need for an inside and outside approach. Perfect for the eco-conscious and holistic mum who cares about looking and feeling good.
Add a bit of fun tech to Mother’s Day this year!
From audio to wearables, craft and communication, if you want to go all out, there’s some great tech available at present!
Skullcandy | Various | Available at Skullcandy & JB Hi-Fi
We are big fans of Skullcandy here at DRN as evidence by our coverage of their products. There are plenty of options available from over-the-ears headsets to in-ear earbuds. Be it for music, podcasts, or movies, casual listening or use during workouts, business calls or pleasure, there is something for the new age, tech savvy mum.
For the mum who loves DIY and exploring her creative side, Cricut Joy makes it more convenient than ever to personalise your life. This compact smart cutting and writing machine creates customised labels, vinyl decals, iron-on transfers, birthday banners, and more. Start with a suggested project or create your own from scratch, Cricut Joy handles the rest. Small enough to take anywhere, and powerful enough to cut repeated shapes up to 6 metres long, Cricut Joy makes it possible to make something unique for you – or anyone – at a moment’s notice.
DRN has a Cricut Maker on the test bench right now, and it’s hard to pry the mother in my home away from it.
For the busy but active mum, the Suunto 7 Smart Sports Watch delivers the best in smarts and sports capabilities. It allows you to smash your fitness goals and keep on top of any day’s challenges. Providing access to 70+ sports modes for when you want to work out and Google Wear OS software for all your everyday smart feature needs, including Google Assistant, Google Pay, music and more. If this is your Mother’s Day gift, you can be assured that the Mum in your life won’t be left wanting with this all-encompassing device. The perfect smartwatch for people with an active lifestyle, the Suunto 7 offers easy access to steps and calories, the ability to customise your own sport modes, along with heatmaps to show where hotspots are for running, cycling, swimming or hiking.
We gave one of these away last month to a Kathryn S, and we hear that she is absolutely stoked.
For the Netflix-binger to the selfie-snapper, the sleek TCL 10 Pro smartphone delivers a wide range of color clarity and sharp picture resolution and a quad-camera array. The 10 Pro’s sophisticated curved design boasts perfectly symmetrical details, a matte finish on the back for a smooth-in-hand and an anti-glare screen with a unified, sleek profile. A cinema for your pocket, the 10 Pro is also part of a select group of smartphones that are Netflix-certified so that you can iso-binge your favourite shows and movies from the house or on-the-fly!
For the mum who is always on the go, get her a handbag essential this Mother’s Day – a powerbank! The Belkin BOOSTCHARGE Powerbank 10K Multiport comes equipped with a 10,000 mAh battery to give up to an additional 36 hours of battery life to your smartphone, and can charge multiple devices at once. It comes in white, but there is a pink edition if that tickles her fancy.
Amazon’s most powerful media device to streamline your at-home, cinematic viewing experience. Fire TV brings popular apps and content to the biggest screen in the home, such as Netflix, Stan, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney+, ABC iView, 10 Play, and more.
DRN has this on our review bench, so stay tuned for the review.
Home and Smart Tech is all the rage right now!
Adding a little smart tech to the home is a winner for many. It can make life easier, it can add security, it can add fun!
The newly launched Arlo Essential Indoor Camera might seem an odd choice for Mother’s Day, but it allows mothers to check in remotely on their babies, fur babies, elderly family members and more. It features 1080p HD video, a 130-degree diagonal field-of-view, motion and audio detection and full-duplex audio for two-way conversations.
Laser Products | RRP from $39 | Available at Target
Wake up to the style and functionality of a sleek Bluetooth speaker that doubles as an alarm clock. Pair it to any of your devices and enjoy quality music at home, office or on the go. From pairing, switching between modes to setting up alarms and controlling audio, it’s easy and quick.
The affordable and stylish Laser fabric range also includes a number of other options of speakers and charging solutions if you would like to combine options for Mum.
Laser Bluetooth Speaker with Alarm Clock | RRP $59 – presently $47.20! | Available at Target
Laser LR 6-Port USB Hub | RRP $49 – presently $39.20! | Available at Target
Laser Fabric Bluetooth Speaker with Wireless Charger | RRP $59 – presently $47.20! | Available at Target
Laser Fabric Wireless Charging pad | RRP $39 – presently 31.20! | Available at Target
CONNECT SmartHome offers a home automation system that works seamlessly with Google Home and Amazon Alexa, for added customisation and convenience. The range is an affordable and unique gift, allowing users the ability to create unique home environments. From fun Lighting options to accent and feature any space, to wi-fi connected plugs that can make any ‘dumb’ appliance a ‘smart’ one, CONNECT products can be used in any room in the home! Boil your kettle before getting out of bed, control your lights with your voice when your hands are dirty from kneading that sourdough, or come home to a relaxing environment thanks to the smart diffuser all from the touch of a button on the companion app, or a simple voice command via your smart speaker.
CONNECT Smart Wi-Fi Plug With Dual USB And Power Monitor. | RRP $19.95
CONNECT Smart 4 Outlet Powerboard With 2x USB. | RRP $49.95
CONNECT Smart LED WHITE Light Bulbs. (E14, B22 and E27 fittings) | RRP $10
CONNECT Smart LED RGB Light Bulbs. (E14, B22 and E27 fittings) | RRP $27
CONNECT Smart Strip Light with USB Connector (2m). | RRP $29.95
CONNECT Smart RGB LED Strip Lights (5m). | RRP $69
CONNECT Smart Full HD Camera. | RRP $59
CONNECT Smart Diffuser 300ml. | RRP $79
The Echo Show 10 is a complete reimagination of Alexa with a screen, featuring a HD display that automatically moves to stay in view when you interact with Alexa – no matter where you are in the room. The innovative rotating screen moves with you as you watch your favourite shows on Prime Video or Netflix, or cook along with Taste. In addition, the 13MP camera has a 110° field-of-view which pans, zooms, and auto-frames to keep you centered during video calls, or while taking photos.
DRN has been testing this one out and it is pretty amazing!
Help Mum cook up a storm in the kitchen (or just make cooking that little bit easier!)
Cookware is always a winner for the Mum that loves to spend time cooking up a feast. Or perhaps you want to give her something that will make time spent in the kitchen easier. In my house, I’ve already had a few hints for a new Multicooker, so look no further! All the Philips products listed below are available from leading retailers including Appliances Online, Amazon, Bing Lee, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, David Jones, Myer and The Good Guys. There’s even a great little cashback offer running, which goes from now until 11:59 pm AEST on May 9, 2021.
Philips Premium Airfryer | RRP $399.00 | $50 Cashback
The Philips Premium Airfryer uses hot air to fry your favourite food with little or no added oil. Thanks to its Fat Removal technology that extracts and captures fat from food, your family can healthily fry everything from chips to pavlova.
Philips Premium Airfryer XXL | RRP $499.00 | $50 Cashback
With a 7.3L basket, The Philips Premium Airfryer XXL offers all of the features of the Premium Airfryer, but with more space! With the ability to roast a whole chicken or 1.4kg of chips, you can cook a delicious, healthy and crispy meal for the whole family.
Philips Avance Pasta and Noodle Maker | RRP $359.00 | $50 Cashback
Making delicious fresh pasta has never been easier. You just add ingredients, it does the rest. With its simple assembly and hassle-free cleanup; it is the ideal tool for individuals looking to experiment and enjoy making pasta at home.
Philips All-in-One Multicooker | RRP $349.99 | $50 Cashback
With superior heating power and 20 pre-set cooking programs, the 8L AIO cooker offers you effortless and faster cooking, so that you and your family are able to enjoy a delicious meal even sooner!
The Zega Digital features a patented, double wall thermal insulated design and SmartControl technology, the clever cookware heats in minutes and continues to cook safely for hours off the stove. Simply turn on the stove, add your ingredients and when it reaches the required temperature, switch off the stove and walk away. Martin gave it a run and certainly is in the good books with the mother in his house.
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