Will you get what you want this Mother's Day?

New research from CommBank Rewards shows the top gift mums want this Mother's Day is a spa day or package. However, when Australians said what they're intending to buy their mum, the top choice was flowers. 

Mums' top gift choices for Mother's Day    

  • Spa day (27 per cent)
  • Meal out (22 per cent)
  • Flowers (10 per cent)

Top gifts people intend to purchase for Mother's Day

  • Flowers (37 per cent)
  • Chocolates or edible treats (27 per cent)
  • Meal out (25 per cent)

CBA Executive General Manager, Everyday Banking, Kate Crous said: “Mother’s Day is a time for extra indulging and self-care. From the research we can see mums want an experience including being treated and pampered with options like enjoying a relaxing spa day or being taken out for lunch or dinner.” 

The average amount people plan to spend on Mother's Day is $74, according to the research. 

"For gift-giving there are so many options online and in-store for your loved ones," Ms Crous said.. "We know people want to spoil their mum and be money savvy at the same time."

The research shows Australians are savvy shoppers with 46 per cent of people regularly hunting for deals, cashback or reward points.  

“At the end of the day quality time is the obvious winner on Mother’s Day with most mums favouring relationships and experiences over things. So while gifts are certainly a perk, the feeling of togetherness and being with family is a valued part of how mums want to spend the day,” Ms Crous said.

According to the CommBank Rewards research Australian mums want to spend the day by having quality time together with their children. Around six in 10 mothers rate this as their first choice, followed by food – whether eating out, ordering in or having someone cook for them.

How mums want to spend Mother's Day

  • Quality time with children (59 per cent)
  • Eating out (31 per cent)
  • To order in or have someone cook for me (26 per cent)
  • A surprise (24 per cent)
  • Travel (9 per cent)

What do you have planned for Mother's Day this Sunday? What gifts are you hoping to receive?


Ben - After having 53 Mother's Day celebrations I don't think I want any more. I told my boys not to buy me any presents because I have everything I could possible want. I just want to spend quality time with them, and nothing gives me more pleasure than cooking up a storm with their favourite meals. 

Nothing - I haven't received anything for Mother's Day since 2003 when my son went to live permanently with his father.

Not looking forward to Mother's Day. My 91 year-old Mum is in hospital and may not make it to then. but having a day with my kids and having a meal with them would be great.

I totally agree with Hola that’s my sentiments exactly. I’ve told my children no presents at nearly 75 I’ve got everything I need. 

I would rather spend quality time with my family than have a present and not see them again for weeks. A lovely cooked meal would be lovely. 


Star Trekker - sorry to hear about your Mum. It's a sad time when they get to this stage of their lives. If my Mum was still alive today she would have been 102 but I don't think she would have liked that.



Life is so busy even in retirement that I have to agree with most of those comments regarding spending the day with those who have given me the right to be a mother. Company with hubby, my 4 biologicals, 4 inlaws,  8 grandies and the partners of those who have them is my ultimate wish. I also have to include my 99+ year old mother who I see every Mother's Day as well as every week. During this Covid pandemic we have come to realise how precious family time is and appreciate it much more. A great lesson in life for the world although it would have been much better if it was not so violently destructive.

A friend once said to me her mother was so hard to buy for. I suggested she havd a mother/daughter/grand daughter day as they don't see each other very often. Plan something that Mum wouldn't by herself. Time with family are more rewarding than gifts. She did as suggested and had a great day.

All I want for Mother's Day is to know our children are safe and happy.

Just a big hug from my only son on the day will be more than enough for me. As for my much-loved daughter-in-law who is an absolutely wonderful mum and battling cancer ... my biggest Mother's Day wish for her is that she has many more Mother's Days to come.


Hello Ladies!  Just wanted to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Mother's Day. 


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