As much as we want to be organised when it comes to gifting season or a special occasion, life often gets the best of us and we’re left scrambling for time to find the perfect gift for a sister, friend, wife, or mother.
Although gift vouchers might once have been considered inconsiderate and unimpressive, many mums these days actually prefer to receive gift cards rather than a product that they have to return or exchange.
When you think about it, a gift card is really a win-win situation – you don’t need to fret over choosing the perfect gift, and the recipient is 100% guaranteed to end up with something that she actually wants because she has full control over what she buys.
I’ve put together a gift guide of the best online stores in Australia offering gift cards and vouchers for products or services that both new and seasoned mums will love and enjoy.
Unique artisan experiences for mums who love learning
From crafting workshops like the art of Japanese Kintsugi to chomp and sip food making experiences, ClassBento offers hundreds of workshops in major Australian cities, direct from local artisans to you.
Mobile, on-demand massage service – anytime, anywhere you want it
Blys is your on-call massage service in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Gold Coast, with more cities to be added in the future. Their network of professional therapists offer services such as remedial massage, romantic couples’ massage, and sports massage.
You can book a therapist to visit your home, workplace, or even a hotel. They can be booked from 8 am to 11 pm, seven days a week, and you can ask for a therapist that is registered for private health funds.
Read my review of my experience with their pregnancy massage at home.
ECO HOME & LIVING
Beautiful in-store experiences and eco workshops
Although first and foremost an online retailer of eco-friendly and natural home products, biome also has a few physical stores in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Melbourne. Their stores are beautifully designed and make for a relaxing shopping experience.
Their vouchers can be used towards their DIY workshops like making natural skincare and hair care products from scratch. The workshops are hosted in Brisbane and Gold Coast.
Scandinavian furniture and home decor for Australian families
With its humble beginnings in New Zealand, Mocka has been based in Australia since 2012, bringing exclusively designed Scandi-inspired furniture to Aussies and Kiwis.
Made in Australia, 100% pure essential oils for the whole family
ECO is your one-stop-shop for all essential oils. Their gift sets are great value and curated for various needs, like the Pregnancy Aromatherpay Box for expectant mums, the Travel Pack for mums on-the-go, and the Women Wellness Kit for overall health and wellbeing.
For experienced essential oil users, they can even build their own kit by choosing their own oils, accessories and storage. They also have a range of essential oils safe for children over the age of three months.
Use my code JENNY10 at checkout for 10% off your order!
SHOES & APPAREL
One gift card, seven brands – the most versatile fashion & lifestyle gift card in Australia
When you give someone a Cotton On gift card, they can redeem it at any of the stores under the Cotton On Group, both online and in-store. Best of all, it has no expiry date attached and you can personalise it with your own message.
Timeless Australian designed fashion from newborn to womanhood
This high-end iconic Australian brand began in 2000 as a children’s boutique store in Armadale, Victoria. Now, with more than 200 stores globally, its collections include apparel, shoes, accessories, toys and more, from birth to mature womanhood.
With a focus on sustainability, Seed Heritage uses natural fabrics and minimalistic designs for its products. They are the perfect, sophisticated balance between style, eco-friendliness, and comfort.
Australian eco-friendly maternity wear brand with a mission for social impact
A lesser-known Aussie maternity brand with a global footprint, Cake Maternity focuses on sustainable and ethical production of their collections. They also partner with women-centred charities to empower young girls and women around the world.
The best thing about them is their generous 45-days return policy, so you can buy with full assurance.
Wide range of stylish, affordable maternity wear with free shipping
There’s one distinguishing fact about St Frock – they are first and foremost a women’s fashion store and they just happen to have a collection of stylish, high-quality tops and dresses that are also pregnancy and breastfeeding-friendly.
This means that you’re more likely to find unique maternity wear that doesn’t actually look like maternity wear. They clearly have a keen eye for general fashion pieces that can accommodate a bump, or has a front opening that also functions as nursing access.
Australia’s biggest & most affordable online maternity wear retailer
Queen Bee is practically synonymous with “maternity wear” here in Australia. Having served Aussie mums since 2005, it is now one of the most established and largest online stores for all your motherhood needs.
Despite its big online presence, they are actually a family-owned business with a small team, so you can rest assured you’re getting the most personable customer service.
BOOKS, STATIONERY, CRAFTS
Leading Australian bookseller – books, stationery, toys & more
If you know a stationery lover or someone who loves getting lost wandering in bookstores, they’ll be no stranger to Dymocks, first opened in Sydney in 1879.
For those with kids, you’ll be delighted to know that Dymocks also has an exclusive Wiggles collection including books, apparel, tableware and more.
The largest selection of international craft brands with express delivery to Australia
Although based in the UK and not an Australian store, Hobbycraft ships worldwide and stocks an impressive range of brands and products for every imaginable craft, from paper to digital.
The team behind Hobbycraft also publishes beautiful and inspiring DIY craft tutorials, showing just how much they know their stuff and their passion for crafts.
FOOD & DRINKS
Enjoy award-winning cuisine around Australia at up to 60% off
Cudo is my not-so-secret guilty pleasure, its dining section offers a wide selection of local eateries and restaurants, from cafe brekkie experiences to fine dining.
The buffets or degustation courses are an affordable way to explore new places or plan a date to catch up with friends or family. You can check the date availability for the voucher BEFORE you purchase and you can book directly within Cudo once you’ve bought the voucher.
Beautiful tea sets, giftwares, and exotic flavours for tea lovers
Excite and inspire a tea-drinker with a gift card so she can go crazy with shopping for her next tea adventure.
Premium Australian handcrafted artisan chocolate for gifting
For a more tangible experience, visit one of their stores to indulge in chocolatey luxury.
Thousands of international & local brands available at your fingertips
If you’ve never tried Amazon, you’ll be amazed to see how many international and local brands they offer. An Amazon Prime member also gets free express shipping and 15% off baby essentials like nappies, baby wipes, and baby food with the “Subscribe & Save” offer.
Australia’s biggest online department store
Thanks to its reward program with Qantas, Kogan has quickly grown to become one of Australia’s largest online retailer with a massive range of everyday products.
Prepaid Mastercard or VISA cash cards with express delivery across Australia
The name itself is self-explanatory, Gift Card Store specialises in physical prepaid cash cards. These cards can be used online or in-store anywhere that accepts Mastercard and VISA.
There’s no expiry date attached and because it’s not a credit card it doesn’t affect anyone’s credit rating. There is also no risk of spending over the limit because once the funds in the card are used up, the card essentially becomes useless.
If you want something fast, you can order a digital gift card instead, which will be emailed to your recipient the same day. Note that digital cards can only be used online and not in-store.
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