I hopped online and to have a little look at some mother's day gift guides. On the first one, I saw the most to-die-for robe and pant set in blush velvet. Then I found an amazing bracelet on another other. Both infinitely needful things but priced at $1259 and $19,800 respectively, I truly thought FFS.
We're living through a pandemic. People are scared, people are worried, people are sick and many people don't have an income.
To do a "gift guide" on how mum needs to be spoiled is totally ok because it is true. It is a wonderful day to celebrate our mums and mums to be. To do a "gift guide" with an introduction that actually says we should be placing "an ever-increasing value on gift-giving" just feels tone-deaf to me. Icky. Guides like this just make many of us feel shitty.
So, I put together some ideas. These were my rules; 1. must be sendable or deliverable. 2.must be female-founded or female funded 3.must not be stupid expensive.
Obviously, because we're a small business that fits all of the above- I'll be including our products in the guide, not the least because they're gorgeous and I believe in them. I've also included products from other female-founded and female funded small businesses. This way you know if you decide to spending money, you're supporting small Australian sites.
Jump down to after the photos and you'll see a list of free ways to show some love. I'd love to hear any ideas you have, let me know here or on Instagram.
1. Irving and Powell shirt in marshmallow $140.00 2.kate mcleod mama stone $75.00 3. suite set pack $55.00 4.arlington milne paige clutch $99.00 5. mecca lipgloss $27.00 . 6.millwoods shoes $189.00 7. cajewelery pearl capsule $70.00< 8. cradle and tonic candle range $70.00 9. suite set x frank green coffee cups and water bottles$35< 10.paxxy and flora handmade plates $55.00 < 11.emu Australia slides $59.95 12.organic crew love sweater $159
13. Hello Monday Active crop top $69.00 14. measuring cups $29.95 15. rachel castle colouring ins free and lovely. 16. franjo's breastfeeding biscuits $19.00 17. Percy and Percy packs $10 < 18. 6Ft6 mother's day pack $69.0019. You will probably survive by lauren dubois (support local book stores) 20. the good garment scarf $97.00 21. feather and noise Tilly tee $39.00 22. scrunche scrunchie $9.95 23. probably the best invention ever sold by bob - grey hider. $46.00
Free ideas to celebrate mum
Sign them up to Sophie Hansen's weekly email of cheerful things.
Make them a homemade gift voucher pack of promises of ways to spend time together when COVID is done.
Send a letter in the mail.
Do a virtual catch up = get your siblings, aunts and cousins on board.
Drop a care package on her door.
Organise with your mum to do a remote movie date, pick the same movie and time, get in pjs and live watch.
Find some pebbles and paint them for mama.
Do a powerpoint presentation - add some music she loves and collate some really special photos.
Make a memory book - get out the coloured pencils and photos and do a hard copy, old school journal.
Let Mama have a whole hour in the bathroom, candles, bath, bath salts and a book. No interruptions unless someone is bleeding.
Or if you've left it until super late- here is my pick for the best online last-minute gifts
Jump online to her favourite exercise studio and book her a class