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Mother's Day in iso just got heaps good
This Mother's Day might be looking a little bit different and some of you may not even have the opportunity to spend quality time with your beautiful mummas due to the current restrictions around gatherings and social events. However, that doesn't mean that you can't make your mum feel spoilt and loved!
In a bid to support local, there is an impressive range of small scale businesses who are putting together some brilliant Mother's Day gift ideas and I thought I'd round my personal favourites for you to get your (last-minute) gift-giving needs sorted. Whether you're looking to offer your mum with goodies that will please her palate or want to add to the fashionista in her or simply want her to feel pampered, here are some excellent options of goodies that you can either buy individually or, if you're like me, then pull a bit from each category to make your own little gift hamper!
If you are based in Adelaide, I'd highly suggest that you look for a contactless pick-up option, as I'm sure you may be aware, Australia Post has been inundated with orders that has resulted in significant delays for domestic and same-state parcels.
Cards One of the first things I was recommended through a recent Instagram poll system to figure out this list was the importance of a card. Nothing will beat a handmade card or a card with a sweet little hand-written note in it, so you can choose to either make your own card or purchase from a personal favourite - Nurturing Nature Cards. The beauty of Nurturing Nature Cards is that they are 100% plantable, which means that you can grow Australian native flowers - so really, it's a 2-in-1 gift and an extremely unique one at that!
Image sourced from official Nurturing Nature Cards Instagram page
DIY Kits Does My Nipple Offend You is the OG in the "free the nipple movement", and has become a mainstay in most local markets, in addition to being well-known for their efforts in donating their profits towards local shelters and not-for-profit organisations in Adelaide. They have recently released a limited-edition Mums and Bubs Booby Basket in anticipation for Mother's Day and will be donating $10 from each purchase towards Catherine House (working towards supporting women who have survived domestic violence). The special hamper (complete with a bottle of Bird in Hand sparkling wine) will include all the necessary tools and materials required to make your own signature booby pot and is a brilliant way to spend quality time with your beloved mumma (or equivalent mother figure).
Image sourced from official Does My Nipple Offend You website
Candles A particular favourite suggestion on the list was candles. With the cooler weather seeping in quicker than ever, it is the perfect time to whip out some gorgeous scented candles and unwind with a relaxing bubble bath (with a side of bubbles if you want to pamper yourself to the max)! I have been purchasing a range of aromas from Primrose Hill Set Candles, particularly because of their signature scents that you otherwise may not have heard of. Think of the combinations such as grilled peaches and honey, roses and sunshine, spiced cookie, and lemon zest, lemongrass, and sage (to name a few). They currently have an exciting Mother's Day special going on, where you can receive a complimentary medium-sized tin candle and free shipping when you spend $50 or more via their online shop, which is packed with a tantalizing selection of candles, essential oil bath salts, and bath bombs.
Alternatively, if you're after the aromas reminiscent of the beautiful South Australian landscape, then Etikette Candles might be the answer, through three of their Mother's Day special gift hampers - mini, apothecary, and big love. Only differing in the amount of the candles and the accompanying chai blend that also comes with a handwritten greeting card and gift wrapping, the Etikette gift hampers are fantastic options to treat mum to a delightful form of enjoying the upcoming rainy weather that is headed our way this week.
Image sourced from official Etikette Candles website
Flowers Of course, accompanying the above-mentioned items - flowers! Depending on your location, there are plenty of beautiful florists who are putting together a bunch of fresh blooms to brighten your mum's day. Some of my personal favourites include The Flower Nook, who have put together a range of options, including the pretty pastel palette of Soft and Sweet Tones, the bright Berry Bouquet, or if you want to go all-out, you can even opt for the Rosa gift pack with a posy jar, a bottle of wine, a sugar scrub, a bar of soap, and a lily and orchid-scented candle.
If you would like a florist in the suburbs, there's The Local Bunch that stays true to its name in the form of its Mother's Day gift hamper, which is packed with a vintage botanical card, delicious and decadent chocolate from Red Cacao, candles by Primrose Hill Set Candles, and bar soaps from Sweet Nola.
While Puff and Pop may not be a florist (as they primarily operate via balloon installations), they have released an exclusive and special-edition Mother's Day selection called Nurture that can include a range of custom balloons and/or floral arrangements to add a bright pop of color to the rest of your presents / gifts to spoil your mum in luxurious style.
Health and Beauty If mum has been working 'round the clock or simply seems to be a bit exhausted and is need of a skincare routine that is simple to follow and ticks boxes around being all-natural, organic, and vegan-friendly, then Fae and Wildling is one to add to their daily regime. Offering products that are not only kind on her skin but also on her credit card, Fae and Wildling has a range of oils and face scrubs that require very little to go a long way. I use The Fates face oil right before going to bed and the Ethereal Polish face scrub and mask every weekend in a bid to make my skin feel as smooth as a newborn baby's bottom and it has been an absolute game-changer in terms of keeping my skin nourished and clear. They currently have a sale, where you can receive a 20% discount if you buy two or more products, so if you're looking for something for yourself and your mum, this is the perfect opportunity to stock up on one of the finest in the skincare industry here in South Australia. They also offer free standard shipping on all orders and free express shipping on orders over $120.
Alternatively, if mum prefers to go to a salon and not have to lift a finger, Kaz Hair in Brighton might be the way to go. Having recently had the opportunity to reopen their doors thanks to some of the lockdown restrictions being eased as the situation in SA improves, Kaz Hair will be offering luxury treatments (valued at $35) for the entire month of May as a complimentary add-on with any service. Additionally, they have put together a Kerastase Mother's Day pack, which is packed with essential goodies to look after those luscious locks. Finally, every purchase of an electrical item (including the GHD range) will automatically award you with a $40 voucher to spend on your next in-salon service, so if your mum is after some pampering and those relaxing head massages that all hairdressers seem to give to their clients, then here's the place to go to!
Sweet treats Jam Me Up is collaborating with Mother Dough Adelaide to bring you an exciting little special that will include 1x sourdough loaf, 6x sourdough crumpets, and 1x jar of jam (quince or strawberry) for just $21. I recently won a care package from Jam Me Up as part of their initiative to reward healthcare workers and received a delicious jar of jam (which has since been devoured over breakfasts in the past week) so to marry that sweetness to freshly made sourdough bread sounds like a match in heaven!
If mum has a huge sweet tooth and loves freshly-made baked treats, then you might want to pop on over to Dot Chocolate, which has put together a delightful little Mother's Day gift box that comes with vanilla bean biscuits, fig and walnut, chocolate chips and lemon and poppy seeds, a dark peachy block and two packs of flower seeds - all for just $40.
Alternatively, if mum prefers a bit of sweet and savoury, why not opt for a cute pretzel pack by Little Pretzel Co.? They are bite-sized pieces of paradise and will be devoured within the hour, so I'd highly suggest you order multiple boxes to avoid disappointment.
Fashion and Accessories
If you're after something minimalistic and elegant for mum to be able to wear to any occasion, why not pick up the petite initial necklace from Class A Jewellers's Mother's Day gift guide? If you spend $200 in store or online, you will also receive a free fresh petals Mother's Day bouquet - the perfect accompaniment to bring a smile to her face!
While not strictly fitting into the personal fashion sense, it does qualify for a sense of home fashion and who better than BeSpoke2? Their scripture and designer prints are one-of-a-kind and offer a sense of calming and tranquility through the soothing artwork and handwriting. While they have prepared items ready to ship, BeSpoke2 is also open to doing a range of custom work, including personalized embossing. They are currently having a Mother's Day sale, where you can receive 1x complimentary print with the purchase of 2x scripture and/or designer prints and from seeing every corner of my home adorned in some form of BeSpoke2 artwork, I cannot recommend them enough.
If mum is working through these crazy times, then I'd recommend spoiling her with a gorgeous and functional handbag courtesy Willow Bay. They are currently offering a 30% discount on all their handbags, such as the Milan Mini PVC / Canvas handbag, which offers convenience, comfort, and class all at once. Their handbags come in a range of neutral and bright pops of colour, so you can be rest assured that they will reflect the personality of the bag owner seamlessly.
The weather might be gloomy, but it is in the power of your accessories and attire to brighten up those days! Shaker and Co. Designs is a brilliant options for mums who love adding a playful and fun vibe to their overall look. They are currently offering free express shipping for orders over $65 and a free pair of studs with every single order leading up to Mother's Day and have a versatile range of designs to suit anyone and everyone. Couple it with a rainbow-centric scarf or clutch purse from Jess Crawford Art, who is also offering free gift wrapping and a personalized greeting card with every order and it'll be a colourful explosion worth lifting up the spirits during these challenging times.
Shaker and Co. flower power earrings (photo courtesy: Fatema Sitabkhan)
Food and drink
These are uncertain times where you may not be able to physically visit your mum or have the ability to cook for her. But that doesn't mean that she doesn't deserve a meal fit for a queen? There are a ton of local businesses who are offering to either cook for you on the day or have a prepared feast ready to roll for her to be gastronomically pleased to her heart's content.
Woodside Cheese has put together a series of "Surprise and Delight" hampers (Sparkke Collaboration (Small), Sparkke Collaboration (Large), Deluxe, non-alcoholic option) - all of which will include a range of cheeses; including the famous Monet; fruit, crackers, and a can of Sparkke goodness - to reflect the female powerhouses in the business who are providing the goods, such as Kris Lloyd from Woodside Cheese Wrights, Rose Kentish from Sparkke, Evie Harrison from Eve Bud Blooms, and Sarah Lark from KI Spirits.
If mum loves her G and T, then I'd highly recommend one of my personal go-tos in the SA Gin biz - 23rd St Distillery - who are offering a personalized bottle of their signature Gin for $90 with your mum's beautiful name on the label. Additionally, they are also offering a delicious 3-bottle gift box that includes their signature Gin, vodka, and hybrid whisk(e)y for just $60. They have also recently released their beautiful tins of 23rd St Gin and Tonic (sugar-free) that is available from selected bottle shops.
Thinking of surprising mum with breakfast in bed but can't visit mum in person? Well, Sparkke at the Whitmore may be able to help you out there. This Mother's Day, they are offering to sort out brunch for your special lady (because let's be honest, we all prefer a good sleep-in on a Sunday morning)! From eggplant moussaka to Mamma D's donuts to the whole shebang of having a perfectly-curated brunch box, there is a diverse selection of items on their special Mother's Day menu to make your mumma smile AND not have to worry about any dishes after!
Image sourced from official Sparkke at the Whitmore's Instagram page
With the recent government restrictions lifting on the operations of wineries, coupled with the celebration of Mother's Day, now is the perfect time to crack open a fine bottle of wine and the guys at Cobbs Hill Estate do make some impeccable drops! They are currently offering a choice between a complementary bottle of their Southern Cross Traditional Method Sparkling or a $50 voucher with every order (online or at their cellar door) of a 6-pack of wine. Use code 'CobbsMothers20' to take advantage of the offer.
Image sourced from official Cobbs Hill Estate Instagram page
Gift hampers are a fantastic little treat that can encompass a range of beautiful items and assortments to tick all the boxes for mum to be surprised to the absolute max!
Edible Blooms has put together some beautiful gift hamper options, including the Golden Luxury Chocolate Bouquet that is basically a hazelnut chocolate lover's idea of heaven! Having used Edible Blooms in previous years for birthday and Valentines Day hampers, I can assure you that you will not be able to hold back a smile when it arrives on your doorstep - their presentation and quality is of the highest accord and I have been consistently impressed with their work ethic and ability to function in a fast-paced manner effortlessly.
We also have Bundle and Twine, whom I have been using quite often in recent times. They have always helped me put together just the perfect box that includes chocolates, a drink, and an item of self-care for my friends - be it for a birthday, for recently becoming a mum to a beautiful bubba, or "just because". You can either choose to design your own or select from their pre-designed boxes. Bundle and Twine's boxes feature a range of Australian businesses, so while you will be supporting local by buying one of her eclectic gift boxes that are always wrapped up fancily, you will also be supporting small Australian businesses - win win, if you ask me!
Image sourced from official Bundle and Twine website
So there you have it - what I hoped to be a list of five businesses to choose from quickly escalated to over five categories! However, while this is an extensive list, this is just a snapshot of the many incredible businesses who are banding together to make this unique form of celebrating Mother's Day as memorable and joyful as possible. I sincerely hope that it has given you some form of inspiration towards your gift-giving needs for that special lady in your lives - after all, motherhood changes everything and it is a journey that bears some of the finest fruit with love and a determination to be / do good. So, for all the love that your mother has showered upon you over the years, this is the least we can do to make her day a bit more special, especially during these uncertain times when contact with her and/or the family may be highly limited. I hope you all have a successful and splendid Mother's Day and I wish for all the mothers to feel the love through their presents!