Advice Sought for Mum's 50th Gift Ideas

Hi All

Mum is turning 50 next month and i need some inspiration on a gift idea.

Budget is say up to $1,000.

Not much can be said about what she likes so general gift ideas would be appreciated.



  • +6

    The best thing you can give to mum is your time.

    I’d just throw a surprise party for her, surrounded by her loved ones, and invite those who are important in her life to share some stories about their relationship with her.

    Your $1,000 budget can be put towards either a venue, or food and drink if you’d prefer to do it at home.

    Best of luck!

    • +1

      Just been through this with my wife's 50th, and mine is in a couple of years. Now I know people are different - but the worst thing we could have done was have a surprise party (I have actually told her the same for me - don't do it !).
      Life is busy - a 4 day long weekend away somewhere relaxing with either your Dad, your immediate family or even just her best friend.

      Just make sure you organise the time-off yourself directly with her workplace - this is easily done.

      • I would love my son to do this for my 60th. So good suggestion.

  • +1

    $150-250 for a nice huge water garden bowl and $50-100 for water lilies.

  • +6

    Ironing board cover, dish rack, gardening gloves, vacuum attachments. There are heaps of things that mums love!

    • +1

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    • -2

      hahaha be careful you're gonnna drive the feminists and SJWs wild

  • +4

    If you can stretch your budget just a smidge more

  • +3

    This is OzBargain…. so spend that budget on lot of;
    eneloops, power banks, wd ssd, lg v30, blitzwolf charger, qcy t2c, mi band, philips bulbs, google home, dji drones, bose qc35 ii, boost simcard, jbhifi cards, barefoot investor, japan tickets, bikies etc etc.

  • +6

    $1000? I hope my kids are that generous when I turn 50!

  • A day spa package.Mum's deserve to be pampered.

  • +1

    You are willing to spend $1,000 but don't know what your mother likes?

  • Cash. $999.

    • $998

  • +1

    Something a little bit fancy that she might not buy for herself, but can use for a long time, like a LV bag.

  • Family dinner somewhere fancy that you wouldn't usually go…spend some quality time together :)

  • +1

    Maybe she wants a child who can pick out a gift based on 50 years of knowing each other. If so, I can do it for $200

    • How can i have known my mother for 50 years if she's 50 years old? We're not twins, we're mother and child.

      I don't understand what you mean by "If so, i can do it for $200." Are you suggesting you're my mother's child and have known her for 50 years because that also would not make sense.

      • Just having a joke. Nothing serious mate

  • A calendar.

  • Do you have any siblings? What are they getting her?

  • +1

    A Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, something she probably wouldn’t splurge on for herself, but secretly wants.

  • We paid for a photographer to do lovely informal family photos pre her party and then at the party - I then made them up into a photo book for her. Agree with other suggestions of something she would not buy herself like a branded wallet, luxury spa experience or jewellery.

  • Professional family photo, nice piece of jewellery she might have had her eye on, money towards a short holiday, spa treatment and cost paid to get her hair done (if that’s what she likes).

  • +2

    Send her and her besties for a weekend spa experience or do a staycation at a 4-5 star hotel and a piece of jewellery from Tiffany & Co.

    • As a mum who turned 50 this year - brilliant suggestion. The hotel and Tiffany is great.

  • You can do a lot with 1k that does not require packaging. Why not book a flight to Tasmania. Zip down to Melbourne and see a theatre play, or simply shopping.

  • If she likes to eat out then vouchers to her favourite restaurants.. she can use them when she pleases and they don't expire for 3 years.. a holiday to another city. not material things but experiences..

  • If you can afford to give Mum that much, she probably was a younger mum or you're Doogie Howser (google it). So for that reason, I'd suggest travel. She's probably not done as much of that as she'd like (who has?).

    Experience? I'm a mum who turned 50 this year. We won't talk about my present.

    I'd probably suggest a travel voucher for the amount, but I really love Sisusaasuun's suggestion of a little piece of Tiffany too. Can just be a smaller silver piece <$200, so you don't blow all your dough there and put most towards the travel voucher.

    Well done you.

  • Take her on a holiday!

    Mums highly value special times with thier kids

  • V8 hot laps - - you'd have some spare change to take her out to dinner and spoil her rotten.