Make your mum smile this Mother’s Day with a mindful gift that won’t leave a major impact on people or the planet. Recently, Compare the Market surveyed more than a thousand people to find that nearly one in two Aussies don’t keep the presents they receive if they don’t like them. Instead, they prefer to exchange them for something better, regift them to someone else, donate them to charity or even bin them. Avoid this trap this Mother’s Day by buying a gift that will truly resonate with your mum. If you’re unsure, why not send her a few hints and see what she thinks (“Hey mum, need a new *insert hat, sunnies, sleepwear here*?”).
Here’s our guide to lovely gifts for your mum from ethical and sustainable Australian and New Zealand brands.
Looking to treat a mum that’s style, comfort and quality conscious? Brisbane-based sleepwear and loungewear label Reverie has you covered. The brand’s range of effortlessly stylish and comfortable garments are made from environmentally friendly fabrics such as Lenzing Tencel (made from sustainably sourced eucalyptus), GOTS certified organic cotton and a delicious merino/organic cotton blend. Reverie the Label’s collections include short and long nightgowns, sets, robes and accessories. It’s all ethically made in Brisbane, Australia.
Price: Night gowns from $140, robes from $250
Typically, buying swimwear as a gift is off limits (buying swimwear for yourself is hard enough – am I right?) But Waverley Swim dodges this boundary with its inclusive, wrap design wrashie. Frankly, everyone needs one of these, and that includes your mum. The stunning, sun-safe and sustainable swim wrashies are ethically made in Australia (hurrah) from recycled nylon. Choose from three colours.
Indulge the mum you love with this Australian Made luxurious 100% linen robe from mum and bub brand Billie and Bobbie. Quality made and beautiful to wear, the robe is a modern, oversized fit with a generous front wrap and considered detailing for a premium finish. It’s great for breastfeeding, living and lounging.
Treat your mum to these sweet Wool Dwellers – a super dreamy slipper made with upcycled scraps from Allbirds’ wool shoes. These shoes are stylish and sustainable. So, if the shoe fits?
Melbourne-based fashion, accessories and homewares label Nancybird makes sweet bedding that your mum is bound to love. Choose from a range of beautifully printed pillow or cushion covers responsibly made in India from GOTS-certified organic cotton.
Price: $39 a pop
How about some quality yoga or activewear? dk active sources sustainable textiles like its Luxury Italian Lycra (made from a blend of new and recycled materials) that have minimal impact on the environment. The women’s activewear range includes all the tights, tanks and crops you’d expect, plus a lovely maternity and post-partum range for the new mums out there. The best bit? It’s all ethically manufactured at the dk headquarters in Brisbane, Australia (I’ve been there!).
Price: Around $200 for a crop and tights
Show your mum how well you know her by getting her a custom fit T-shirt! Citizen Wolf takes the height and weight measurements to create its Magic Fit and applies it to a style of your choice. The brand offers a number of sustainable, natural fibres to choose from and they’re all laser cut and ethically hand sewn in Sydney.
Price: Styles start from $79 but you can get $25 of your first custom t-shirt with code BRITTSLIST at checkout making this super affordable. Shop here.
Gift your mum a unique bucket hat that will see her through all seasons. Crimp was founded by a brother-sister duo who are passionate about local fashion and manufacturing. As such, the hats are ethically made in Australia from locally grown merino wool. I reckon their mum would be real proud.
New Zealand-based luxury leather label Yu Mei makes stunning, sustainable accessories. The brand works primarily with locally and ethically sourced deer nappa which is processed and made into its beautiful range of bags and accessories in New Zealand. For under $200 you could snag a beautiful tailored card wallet, key fob – or a matching set!
Price: $195 for a card wallet and key fob set
Good Citizens have a pair of sustainably made glasses for every mum. The brand’s range of upcycled eyewear includes sunglasses, reading glasses and prescription glasses too! They’re all made in Sydney from upcycled plastic water bottles – designed by a dad and son team that are on a mission to clean up the planet.
Price: From $109
Britt’s List readers can get $10 off their first pair of Good Citizens sunnies with code BRITTSLIST at checkout.
Brisbane-based artist Claire Ritchie makes flora inspired prints and transfers them onto textiles for your home. Check out the range of lovely wall hangings or pick up a few handy kitchen towels that’ll glow up mum’s kitchen.
Price: From $35