Unconventional gift ideas for Mother's Day

Think outside the box this year with a Mother's Day gift that's different...

  • Bath robes, gift hampers, chocolates, slippers, Sex & the City box sets — if you've bought all these things for your mum on previous Mother's Days, you're probably running out of conventional gift ideas. But don't panic just yet. There are still plenty of interesting presents out there; you just have to be willing to think outside the box. In the following slideshow, we highlight some products that your mum will be sure to love — even if they aren't on her current wish-list.

  • Kaiser Baas 1.5in photo frame: Most mothers love nothing more than to show off baby photos of their children, even after they're fully grown. The Kaiser Baas 1.5in photo frame is therefore the ideal Mother’s Day gift — it will allow your mum to carry around embarrassing photos of you on her keychain, ready to flash at friends and strangers at every given opportunity. The device is capable of storing over 70 images.
  • Samsung YP-U4: If your mum is still carrying around her tatty old Walkman, it might be time to introduce her to the wonders of the MP3 player. The Samsung YP-U4 is a great entry-level model that comes with 4GB of inbuilt storage. It sports excellent sound quality, an inbuilt FM radio and has an easy drag-and-drop interface for storing music.
  • Hewlett-Packard Photosmart A626: Getting photos developed can be a drag, so why not make your mum’s life easier with a dedicated photo printer? The Photosmart A626 is to easy to use, comes with inbuilt photo-editing features and produces colour-rich prints.
  • Philips Clock Radio (AJL308): This will let you greet your mum each and every morning when she wakes up to turn off her bedside alarm clock. Equipped with a USB port and MMC/SD card slot, it displays digital photos quickly and easily, without needing to use a computer. It can also play MP3 files and has an inbuilt FM radio.
  • Nintendo Wii: If you want a gift idea that’s outside-the-box (or you possibly have an ulterior motive), the Nintendo Wii is a good choice. This affordable video game console is tailor-made for 'non-gamers', with an intuitive motion-control scheme that anybody can quickly grasp. It also comes bundled with Wii Sport: a fun collection of mini-games that the whole family can enjoy.
  • Reallusion CrazyTalk5 Pro: Reallusion’s Crazy Talk software is the sort of thing most mothers love. It allows you to turn any digital photo into a 3D puppet via easy-to-use animation tools. From newborn babies to a pet dogs and cats, practically anything can be brought to life. CrazyTalk comes in two versions; the standard package for $99.95 and Crazy Talk Pro, which offers oodles of advanced options and costs $245.95.
  • Philips AVENT iQ Bottle and Food Warmer: The Philips AVENT iQ Bottle and Food Warmer is the ideal gift for new mums. With ultra fast, multiple warming options for all food types, this bottle warmer will make life a whole lot easier. Sleep-deprived mums will not be able to thank you enough. (RRP: $129.95)
  • Philips AVENT — Urban Bag: Another great gift idea for the baby-toting mums out there. This handy travel bag is tailor-made for the travelling newborn, with a special Thinsulate pocket designed to keep bottles cool or warm, and a microfibre wipe-clean surface. It also comes with two interchangeable stylish flaps for mums who know fashion.

  • Sanyo HEC-DR7700: If you’re obnoxiously rich — or love your mother to an unhealthy degree — then look no further than the Sanyo HEC-DR7700. This ultra-deluxe massage chair comes with a wealth of massage options, covering everything from the back of the neck to the soles of the feet. All major massage techniques (Shiatsu, Swedish, etc.) are included. (RRP: $8950!)
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