The round-up: social distancing-suitable gifts for Mother’s Day
We love our mums. Lord knows we could use a few mum hugs right now, but in the interests of flattening the curve we are abstaining from human interaction. That doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Mother’s Day, though! In case isolation has made you forget what day it is, Mother’s Day is on Sunday May 10 (as of publication that’s less than two weeks away), so it’s time to start thinking of some out-of-the-box gifts that’ll communicate your love from a distance. We’ve broken our ideas down into some handy categories that you can use to find the perfect gift while staying indoors.
The social-distance dining option
Taking your mum out for a Mother’s Day feast is off the table for the time being, but seeing as our cafes and restaurants are shaking up operations to keep us fed, you can still shout mum a memorable meal she’ll treasure. A few restaurants are assembling dedicated menus to celebrate Mother’s Day, including NOTA in Paddington, which is offering a menu boasting scallop ceviche, Brisbane Valley quail, confit-pork terrine and its signature warm house crumble with vanilla anglaise. Should mama have a favourite restaurant that she misses dearly, check to see if they’re doing their own takeaway or delivery service and order dinner for her. If brunch is usually your family’s go-to, then we suggest ordering one of Lokal + Co’s Mother’s Day brunch hampers, which comes with blinis with house gravlax, house-made grain-free granola, freshly cut fruit and yoghurt bowl, and a raspberry and pistachio friand. You can add to the hamper too – chuck in some mimosas, ham-and-cheese croissants and eggs on toast or just about anything your mum would like! If your mum likes sweet things, then some baked treats from Flour & Chocolate won’t go astray. The Morningside bakery has a special menu of goodies you can pre-order now (orders close at 2:00 pm Wednesday May 6), including raspberry velvet heart cakes, decadent eclairs, three-layer cookie cakes and more. Speaking of decadent morsels, The Pie Hole is offering free delivery on orders within 25 km of Brisbane’s CBD when you spend $35 or more in its online shop, meaning you can treat mum to its peanut-butter nougat pie. If you think booze is the best option for Mother’s Day 2020 (because really, we could all use a drink right now), you could package up a bottle of terrific gin from local crew Winston Quinn, or drop off a swag of pre-made cocktails from some of Brisbane’s best bars. If mum likes her vino, gift her a self-guided tasting of City Winery’s best drops. The experience comes with six full bottles of the urban winery’s best and access to a video of the winemaker sharing tasting notes.
Gifts you can get delivered
Purchasing presents online has never been easier and delivery is a godsend in these times of social distancing. Plenty of brands are still keeping their online stores up and running, shipping goods far and wide to shoppers at home. If your mum is an avid reader or a great listener, she might enjoy a membership to Audible – gift packages are available for one-, three- and six-month subscriptions or a year-long membership. The hosts with the most at House of Harvey have created a drool-worthy hamper that’ll encourage your mum to break out the fancy cheese knives you gave her last year. The pack features soft cheese from the Adelaide Hills, semi-hard natural-rinded goat-milk cheese from Barossa Valley Cheese Co., activated-charcoal Falwasser crackers, dried pears, muscatels and nuts, plus much more. These hampers can be delivered to your mumma’s door – just remember to specify who it’s from! Mum is probably itching to get outside and from this weekend, she can! Better equip her with home handy picnic supplies from Byron Bay’s Le Weekend, including gorgeous picnic-basket sets, linen rugs, cooler bags, tumblers and more. In our new age of greater attention to cleanliness (and also amidst the current hand-sanitiser drought), soap has become a hugely underrated present idea. Soapbox has gift packs filled with nutrient-rich Australian-made goat-milk soap, with subscription boxes that can be delivered directly to mum’s house in biodegradable packaging. Finally, seeing as we’re spending more time at home, why not make sure mum’s bedsheet game is on point? While in-person pampering is on hold for now, self-care is still very important. The Handmade Collective Co. has a range of gift boxes filled with goodies to help mum luxuriate, including boxes boasting bath salts, natural face and body butter, natural soy candles, oatmeal soap and more. Bed Threads has a huge range of comfy and long-lasting bed linens in a variety of colours. With these bad boys on she’ll be demanding breakfast in bed a lot more. We know that we’ve already mentioned wine, but can you really have too much wine in times like these? One of our favourite wine-subscription services Good Pair Days has a great Mother’s Day offering – three kinds of boxes are available (all red, all white and mixed), with each box boasting three single-origin Hunted+Gathered chocolate bars. Wine and chocolate – we dare you to name a more iconic duo!
Local gifts to click and collect
If you’re one of the many who leave their gift purchasing to the last minute, we’ve got some bad news for you – it’s unlikely you’ll be able to make your usual dash to the stores the day before. Don’t panic, there are options to order and collect if you plan ahead. South Bank’s Emporium Hotel has unveiled two exquisite hampers for mums that love to indulge. One hamper boasts supplies for a high tea for two (complete with smoked salmon and lemon-pepper cream-cheese finger sandwiches, Cypriot triple-cheese muffins, pear and ginger cake, tea and even a bottle of Mumm Grand Champagne if you want to splurge), while the other will give mum a five-star hotel experience with one of the Emporium’s waffle bath robes, slippers, a luxury candle, bath salts, macarons and a bottle of champagne! Both hampers are available for contactless pick up from the hotel’s valet driveway – just collect and drop off to mum. Nothing beats a nice bouquet of flowers as a gift – and freelance florist Harriette Harrington Flora is hosting a Mother’s Day pop-up where you can snag some stunning flower arrangements. Pre-orders are available for classic white mixed bouquets or or bright and colourful combo – check out the Instagram page for details and how to place an order. Keeping your brain sharp is crucial in these times, which is why books are one of the best gift ideas going. Avid Reader in West End is open for pick-up purchases, so pop onto the store’s website and have a browse at some of the must-read titles its has in stock. Local creative social-experience curators OnlyT has some brilliant saniTEA DIY pot-making kits that can be picked up via click-and-collect. Choose from three or six pot mould options, which come with instructions and colours so mumsy can exercise her creative muscles. OnlyT’s Windsor warehouse is open from Saturday May 2 to Sunday May 3 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm for collections. Finally, local ceramicist Bonnie Hislop has a range of painting kits that will let mum indulge in some colourful creativity. These kits are available via pickup – check them out here.