Vintage and design gift ideas for Mother’s Day

Stuck for ideas on what to get Mum for Mother’s Day?

I’ve handpicked some vintage and design inspired gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Rather than selecting a bunch of second-hand and one of a kind pieces, I’ve chosen gift ideas that will be easy to find (and they are all under $100).


Macrame planters were popular in the 1970’s and now they are back! There are several modern takes on hanging planters and terrariums available on Etsy. The mini hanging planters (top left) are $27 each, the small beaded hanging planters (top right) are $54 each and the brass hanging planters (bottom right) are $54 for a set of 3. Gardenista have also complied a list of some other great planters here.

On Etsy there are also several styles of herb markers made from vintage spoons. They start at about $15 for a set of six however depending on the font, detail in the spoon handle and quantity the prices vary.

Collectic Vintage - Garden Hanging Planter Herb Gifts


How about getting Mum a magazine subscription? A subscription to Inside Out Magazine will cost you $49 for one year, $89 for two years and a year’s subscription to Real Living Magazine will cost $60.

Books are another great idea and there are great books for every style – Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian, Retro, Vintage and even Recycled/Reclaimed styles. Check out my blog post ‘Books I love‘ for some book ideas or One Small Room have a great selection in store too.

Collectic Vintage - Magazine Books Gifts


Add a touch of mid-century modern design to her kitchen with some great linen from Avril Loreti. The mid-century modern tea towel and napkins (top row below) are both $27 each.

WITHMILK‘ is an ensemble, made up of a ceramic milk jar, four cups and a bowl which all conveniently stack on top of each other creating a retro milk bottle design. The cups can be used for snacks, mini tea pots or even coffee. One of these sets will cost you around $50.

Vintage bread boards/chopping boards are another great idea to add some rustic charm to any kitchen. Little Bohemian, a new store in Colonel Light Gardens, stocks recycled teak boards which range from $25 to $75 (depending on size).

Or for a DIY idea, source some old vintage mason jars and create some canisters with these great free printables (bottom right below).

Collectic Vintage - Kitchen Gifts


The gifts below are those things we like to look at and admire, but that we know we don’t really need. How about treating your mum to some lovely ceramics or wooden geometric designs?

The candle holders (top right below) can be purchased from Little Lamb Craft for $18 each and the wooden geometric vases (bottom right below) are $32 from Raw Originals.

The beautiful ceramics on the top row below are handcrafted in Adelaide by Susan Frost and those on the bottom row are hand made in Melbourne by Brook Thorn. Both are available at Council of Objects in Ebenezer Place, Adelaide. The prices vary but start at about $30 for a small vase or beaker.

Collectic Vintage - For her gifts


Last but not least, how about making her something delicious.

You could bake a cake with a recipe handed down from her mum, make her hand made jams or sauces, take her on a picnic with her new retro picnic set or deliver her breakfast in bed (with flowers of course!).

Free personalised printable jam labels can be found at Jam Labelizer. The recipe for the vanilla chia pudding (yum!) below can be found here.

And with breakfast why not give her some of the ideas mentioned above at the same time… you could serve it on a vintage board in her new ceramic bowls and give her something to read whilst she enjoys her home made jam on scones or croissants.

Collectic Vintage - Gifts to eat

I hope you found some inspiration for a Mother’s Day gift here and to all the mums out there – Happy Mother’s Day for Sunday May 11th!