Free Mother's Day gift ideas

Mother's Day image with flowers, note and gifts

While some of your usual Mother's Day moves may be out of reach this year, we've got free and eco-friendly gift and day out ideas that are perfect for pampering Mum. So, don't stress about how you can make a fuss this Mother's Day. These do-it-yourself (DIY) ideas will make Mum feel more loved than ever.

DIY pamper pack for the queen

It's always a good idea to pamper Mum – especially when it's her special day and you're all skilled up to make an organic pamper pack at home. Check out these super easy DIY spa ideas that are affordable and sustainable.

  1. Coffee body scrub
    Been brewing coffee at home? Rather than waste your leftover coffee grounds, turn them into coffee body scrub that will leave her skin smooth, shiny and smelling delicious.
  2. Homemade bath salts
    Say thanks for everything (including keeping things running during #iso life) by running Mum a hot bath, filled with your very own homemade bath salts. This is an easy one to make using things you probably already have at home. For an optional upgrade, add candlelight and a glass of bubbles to help Mum really wind down.

Recipes to impress Mum

While you can't take Mum to her favourite fancy restaurant this Mother's Day, you can play MasterChef at home with our yummy no-waste recipes that are great for a Mother's Day feast. Get into the kitchen and start cooking. From entrees to desserts, we've got you covered. Check out our mouth-watering recipes including a blue cheese and broccoli salad, zero waste chicken and watermelon and mint frappe.

For local produce that will really bring your recipes to life, try a local farmers market - there are lots still operating with safe social distancing limits in place. #buylocal

Mother's Day picnic hamper

Pack Mum the ultimate picnic hamper and treat her with the gift of your company in the fresh May air. Whether you pack an indulgent cheese platter and a bottle of bubbles, or cook up a storm with one of our Love Food Hate Waste cooking videos, Mum will love a picnic now that coronavirus restrictions have eased to allow a little alfresco action.

Choose from one of 2100 parks right here in Brisbane to enjoy your hamper. With so many parks, there's plenty of greenspace for everyone to enjoy, while maintaining appropriate social distancing.

Take Mum on a local adventure

While a Mother's Day getaway may not be on the cards this year, the good news is we have heaps to see and do close to home. Get active outdoors with a local adventure on one of Brisbane's best bike rides or discover some spectacular natural wilderness on one of our great bushwalks.

For more urban adventure, make your way on foot, bike, public transport or car, to our inner-city oasis, the City Botanic Gardens, where the Riverside Markets are open again this weekend for Mother's Day coffee, brunch and last-minute gift buying.

Rainforest Garden, City Botanic Gardens

Give Mum time out with armchair entertainment

Sometimes time out is all Mum needs. Give her an escape with from the daily routine by giving her time out with 10 free audiobooks narrated by celebrities. We also have more than 150,000 online resources available on our online library, including the latest eMagazines, that Mum can flip through in the comfort of home.

For the dads, brothers, sisters and other family members looking to earn bonus points — try keeping the children busy so Mum can have some delightful downtime. We have a range of videos to keep kids entertained – like our DIY craft videos for all ages (note - kids might need adult supervision for some of these) or library storytime for little ones 5 years and under. For more great ideas, visit our digital neighbourhood.

Buy local with love

If you're looking at buying Mum a gift, think about how you can buy local and support Brisbane's wonderful creators, traders and small business at the same time. They need our business more than ever right now.

Nothing like a homemade card

Whatever you choose to do or gift to show Mum you care, we're betting that it will be the heartfelt handmade card that she loves the most. Check out our video for a DIY Mother's Day card tutorial.

Related links

Date posted:
Last updated:8 May 2020
Topics: things to do