Mother’s Day 2014 gift guide – bags & accessories

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Mums and mums-to-be, you need to send the link for this post to your partners and children. Think of it as a not-too-subtle hint, a helping hand if you will, to guide them towards some of the most remarkable gifts for mums. Form an orderly line ladies and step this way, it’s our Mother’s Day gift guide featuring bags and accessories.

One of the most practical gifts you can give any mum is an amazing bag. If said amazing bag also happens to moonlight as a nappy bag, well that’s just a bonus.

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Total Bag Envy has just released this stunning nappy bag – the Lyla, in brilliant coral. It’s a mammoth sized bag, so those mums who like to lug everything possible will love this one. And it’s also perfect for mums of multiples. A long strap allows it to be slung across pram handles, but there are also shorter handles if that’s preferred. The Lyla is priced at $199.95.

Babyology Mother's Day guide 2014 Balmoral BagsWithout a doubt, a tote-style bag lends itself perfectly to use as a nappy bag. Introducing Tribe’s newest baby bag – the Balmoral Bag, the perfect balance between a baby bag and multi-purpose tote. It’s made from lightweight, water-resistant coated canvas and accented with embossed cowhide leather and studs. The Balmoral Bag retails for $249, and is available in five colour-block combinations.

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Il Tutto continues to release some of the most beautiful baby bags on the market, and the latest cab off the rank, the Lola tote, has been highly anticipated. With incredible style and a shoulder strap that transforms the bag from a tote to an across body bag, it’s sure to set hearts aflutter. While it looks as stunning as any handbag, the Lola has all of the accessories expected of a nappy bag, and is easy to clean. It costs $249.

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Beautiful nappy bags with an environmental conscience – Lassig has the market covered. Lassig’s range of nappy bags is free of PVC, nickel, azo dyes, cadmium and phthalates and includes many recycled materials and organic cotton. The Lassig Tender Multizip Nappy Bag looks amazing, and is filled with multiple compartments for ultimate organisation. It also has a clever design which allows it to fall open off the shoulder so you can easily access what you need while holding onto a child. It costs $159.95.

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For pure luxury, it’s Kate Spade Baby Bags all the way. The latest show-stopper in the range is the Veranda Place Nylon Stevie Bag in giverny floral, which retails for US$398.

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For graphic designs and slick style, JJ Cole baby bags are hard to beat. The Silver Drop Swag nappy bag ($129.95) is a great go-to option if you’re not quite sure what the mum in your life is after in a baby bag.

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Of course, one doesn’t always need a giant bag. Sometimes mums do get to leave the house sans kids, and for those times there’s the Liberty Clutch from Elms + King. The snakeskin gives a nice contrast to the otherwise nude clutch, which also comes with a detachable shoulder strap so you can wear it handbag-style if you prefer to keep your hands free. If you’re not quite ready to leave the kids and head out the door on your own, know the Liberty Clutch is also good for holding a nappy or two and some wipes for quick trips to the shops or park. It costs $89.95 from Elms + King.

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If the mum you’re shopping for already has her nappy bag sorted, what about a piece of jewellery? Mother’s Day is about acknowledging moments in time, and what better way than with a piece of personalised jewellery. It’s something that takes forethought and preparation and will no doubt be appreciated. Koolaman’s Penny Pendant is simple and stunning. The names of children or loved ones or a personal message can be hand stamped on silver or 9ct gold. The price of $250 for the Penny includes hand stamping, wrapping and postage from Koolaman.

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Heirloom quality with timeless styling, Uberkate has forged a reputation for incredible jewellery for mums. Each piece is made from precious metals and hand-crafted. The Uberkate Infinity Pendant small and medium uses one continuous piece of sterling silver formed into a figure eight for each pendant. The symbol is that of infinite love. The small and medium pendants on a 45cm curb chains retails for $350.

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If wearing your children’s names close to your heart has taken your fancy, check out LoveLoops. A favourite amongst Babyology writers, LoveLoops in sterling silver are priced from $149. Australian orders for pre-Mother’s Day delivery have now closed, but these are a gift worth waiting for.

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Bright, beautiful and within most budgets, this Tiny And I baby-friendly silicone bead necklace is a win-win for mums and bubs. The Tahiti necklace has nine beads on a silver cord with a breakaway clasp. It’s waterproof, food-safe and non-toxic so they are the perfect accessory for a mum with a teething baby on her hips. It’s priced at $38.

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Here’s another jewellery option that is easy on the pocket, so it’s something the kids can pitch together to buy. The Blue Scallops Disc earrings by Australian design label Delilah Devine are lasercut from birch ply and make an incredible style statement. They cost $45.

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Or what about this other Delilah Devine delight, the Splice Necklace. This clever necklace has a split personality – on one side the timber scallops are of an eye-catching tropical hue, but flip it over and the scallops are go-with-anything white. The chain is stainless steel so it will always look as good as the day you first put it on. It’s $40.

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Now finally, here’s something that will come in ever so handy for so many different kinds of mums – a beautiful scarf. Wrap it around your neck and it will hide a multitude of stains, from baby food to leaky breast milk, with absolute panache. It’s also a great accessory for mums who aren’t yet confident about breastfeeding in public. For mums with older kids, it’s the perfect outfit pick-me-up for those days when you have no idea what to wear and no time to fuss over your wardrobe anyway. Throw it on and you’re playdate and school-gate ready. The Triangle Scarf in grey, tangerine and white is $44.95 from Elms + King.

Make sure to check our other Mother’s Day posts for more great gift ideas.

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