Mother's Day Gift Guide - not stupid expensive, only supportive

Last year, I wrote the first version of this post because of my own shopping experience. Being quite partial to an online shop -I hopped online 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 lounge pant set in blush velvet. Then I found an amazing bracelet on the next. Both infinitely needful things but priced at $1259 and $19,800 respectively, I truly thought FFS.

 We're technically still in a pandemic, across the globe. Many people have been so direly affected by COVID-19 and the lockdowns and many people still don't have an income. 

To do a "gift guide" on how mum needs to be spoiled is 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 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 (me!) feel shitty. I've got two young babies, a mortage and a business to run, I want to wear a pants suit, but I can't drop over a thousand dollars on it.

 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.

Because we're a small business that fits all of the above criteria- the suite set should be top of the list for anyone buying a gift for mother's to be.

I've also included products from other female-founded and female funded small businesses. This way you know if you decide to spend 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 and some good last-minute online options for gifting. 


Plus and Minus non-alcoholic Blanc de blanc from Sans drinks $14.95  Add to Cart Nina Chain Earrings $44.95 The Cotton Pod x Suite Set Mama Key Ring $16.96 Ceres life, The Valley Quilted Jacket $99.00 The Suite Sets $55.00 Hello Monday Active crop top limited edition lillies crop top $34.50 Iris & Wool Cable Gloves $39.95 Moore the Label Ocelot Facemask $30.00 The Good Gift Co, little luxuries hamper $75.00 Courtney and the Babes x Suite Set calm roller $30.00 Mian and Co - women's wear knit lounge pant in petal $99.00 way better than the 1299 version.  Bellies and Beyond x Suite Set Leopard Baby wrap $24.96 Franjo's breastfeeding biscuits $19.00   Rudie Nudie Lunchbox insulated drink bottle $24.95 Millwoods Shoes Limited Edition Tan Pointed Flat $209.95


Ways to  show love without spending money:

Make them a homemade gift voucher pack of promises of ways to spend time together.
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  
Buy them a subscription for the Family HQ app which is the best piece of mind present ever.
Schedule a consult with someone special like Justine, who offers mothercare and postpartum support
Book an online consult with a caring professional like Kate or Elaine
Book an online photography session - here are three of our favourites. Kate, Denae and Tiarne.