Mother's Day in 2018 (Sunday 13 May) is by far more complex than celebrations of yesteryear when a bunch of Chrysanthemums, a box of chocolates, a cuppa tea and a visit with mum, marked this traditional day to spoil the matriarch of the family.
Today, there are many kinds of mothers as there are many ways to celebrate, depending on which branch of the motherhood tree you occupy. There are the traditional young parents; the grandparents who are sometimes mothers to not only their children, but their grandchildren as primary carers; the young couples with pets who are mothered and are acknowledged on Mother's Day; same sex couples, men and women, taking on the mother role, and so the list goes on.
The one thing that never changes is the sentiment of this special day. To acknowledge, thank, and remind all mothers that their hard work, love and support is appreciated. To take the opportunity of the occasion to let mum know she is special and loved, by pampering and spoiling her, and being present.
So, what does the modern day mother want? I'd say, give them the unexpected, a little something out of the ordinary, something special they'd never think to do for themselves, something that'll surprise them and give them immense pleasure and satisfaction in the knowledge that you went to lengths to acknowledge their awesomeness.
With so much happening in Victoria, you're spoilt for choice, so let your imagination run free. Let your thoughtfulness and intent be guided by love and appreciation. Give her an adventure! Below are some ideas to make mum feel young and vital like the little girl she's always been on the inside. Put the spark in her life and a spring in her steps.
Why not send that Zen mum to zone out on a unique, luxury Glamping experience. All will be set up for you, so all you have to do is just arrive. Getting mum two person gifts is a good idea, for an experience shared with someone is more fun. There are luxury tents at $300 for 2 nights for 2 people, but sleeps up to 3, with the extra person charged at $50 for the 4M Belle Tent.
If mum is more the Slumber Safari type, she can spend a night out at the Werribee Open Range Zoo with an Out of Africa escape; a fully hosted experience that includes getting up close and personal with the animals. This and above-mentioned adventures are undoubtedly at the upper range financially, much like the Hot Air Balloon Ride over Melbourne with Breakfast, but so worth it to spoil mum once in a lifetime.
For some middle of the range experiences send her on an adventure with the wind in her hair as she sets sail for an hour on a tall ship cruise, or has a 3 hour Bay Sail Adventure. Perhaps sailing and snorkelling with seals or simply relaxing on a yacht cruise with dinner. If she wants to be at the helm, you can also send her to learn to sail a yacht. I'm all for promoting the adventure, the experience and memorable times. It also doesn't mean you can't couple it with a special dinner, a mini experience or dinner and show on the day.
Going to a show doesn't have to be expensive. The Butterfly Club in the city run several shows every evening, with a price range averaging between $25 and $35 and usually run for just an hour, leaving you time to have a night on the town. The venue itself has a well-stocked bar. Support local artists and enjoy a very kitschy, interesting venue that puts on some pretty good shows. Same goes for the Malthouse Theatre in the city, which produce some great plays that run for around 1.5 hours and more at $60 average. Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran is another little intimate venue that also puts on some great theatre, with a price range between $25-$45.
If having a good laugh is top of the list, you can't go past the Comics Lounge. There's live comedy on, 6 nights a week, plus you have the option of dinner and a show ($55-$65), or show only ($15-$45). They generally offer annual tickets for sale during the show for a ridiculously cheap price, and unlimited shows for the year.
For an experience out of the ballpark, take mum for a live show taping experience with Channel Ten's The Project. All you need to do is email them and pick a date you want to be on the show. It'll cost you nothing, but you'll have to do a lot of clapping as you are the sound effects for the only news program in the world with a live audience. You might even get a surprise on the night, as you never know who is going to be on! It could well be an Aussie or International movie star! There is hope! Meanwhile, you get to be real close to the presenters of the show as you sit just a mere few feet away from them.
Above are merely a few wild ideas to get you started, to take the lead. It's not saying that big money has to be spent to show your love, but don't we all love being spoilt and pampered sometimes? To do something out of the ordinary that lets mums know that their children acknowledge that a wild child lives within them; that they are looked upon as individuals. Whether you surprise them, challenge them to look at the world outside the square, give them a new experience, or simply give them what you know absolutely that they love most, what always means the most is that you share that time with her. In the end, presence is the greatest present of all, but it doesn't hurt to give a little joy and happiness either.
Other ideas could be to give them Gold Class movie tickets, a pampering and primping at the beauty salon, spa or massage parlour. Getting a hair-do-over, a makeup session, a gift card to spend at their favourite shop, spending an afternoon at ArtVo for some silly, immersive, fun, family gallery photo opportunities to commemorate the day etc. Plan and book ahead rather than flounder on the day, and check out what's on around town on Mother's Day. A cooked breakfast in bed for a good start to the day never gets old, because she's worth it!