Australian woman slammed over Smokemart gift card for stepson’s 15th birthday

Parents are outraged over a woman’s ‘classy’ birthday gift for her 15-year-old stepson – so can you spot why?

  • A woman gave her stepson a Smokemart gift card for his 15th birthday
  • The voucher gave the boy $30 to spend at Australia’s leading tobacco store
  • The chain, which has 222 shops nationwide, sells cigarettes, vapes and gift items

Disapproving parents have slammed a woman for giving her stepson a Smokemart gift card for his 15th birthday.

The stepmother created a DIY gift board for the occasion, which promised the teenager a new computer game, $50 to spend as he wished, and a $30 voucher for Australia’s leading tobacco store.

The retailer, which has a website and 222 shops nationwide, sells everything from lava lamps to Halloween costumes, but it’s best known for its extensive range of cigarettes, vapes, and lighters. 

A photo of the gift board sparked heated debate after it was posted to the ‘Kmart Home Decor and Hacks Australia’ Facebook group on Saturday, racking up 1,300 ‘likes’ and hundreds of passionate responses.

An Australian woman created this DIY gift board for her stepson’s 15th birthday, but disapproving parents took issue with the inclusion of a $30 gift card for a tobacco store


Do you think a Smokemart gift card is suitable for a 15-year-old?

  • Yes 356 votes
  • No 764 votes

‘Sorry, but giving a 15-year-old a Smokemart gift card? Classy,’ one woman wrote.

Another added: ‘I think it’s lovely you made him this and it’s a thoughtful gift, but I probably wouldn’t have given the Smokemart voucher even though they sell other things. He is a teenage boy and the temptation to buy cigarettes is there.’

The stepmum replied, arguing she never intended the voucher to be used to buy cigarettes. 

Many jumped to her defence, insisting there is more to buy at Smokemart than cigarettes and vapes.

‘I don’t smoke but I do shop at Smokemart. They have some wicked cool stuff. People can be so judgy,’ one person wrote.

‘I buy heaps of gifts from Smokemart. It’s my go to when I’m a little stuck on a gift for someone,’ a second said, while a third added: ‘I buy my four and six year old things from here, anyone wanna judge?’

Alongside tobacco products, the Smokemart website currently stocks a variety of gift items including board and video games, T-shirts, toys, and homewares.

Others said it was ridiculous to assume that a 15-year-old would be able to buy cigarettes without showing proof of their age.

‘My brain actually hurts that people think you can buy smokes in Australia at 15,’ one person said.