It looks like Mother’s Day is another event that’s going to be different this year—and one for which last minute plans to go out for brunch just aren’t going to cut it. But even though the restrictions might make the gift-buying and breakfast-booking tricky, if you start planning early, you’ll still be able to treat Mum like the queen she is, without even leaving the house.
We’ve rounded up some of the best gifts and surprises to organise for the special ladies in your life, which adhere to all the restrictions we’re facing. For Mother’s Day inspiration in isolation, read on.
DIY Pottery Kit From Only T
At the best of times, holding on to sanity is a multi-headed beast that takes a lot to tackle, but add in the restrictive measures and instructions to stay home, and you’ve got yourself a full on battle. Give Mum a chance to relax (or release some tension) with isoKIT, an at home pottery experience that lets you make up to six pots, in a variety of colours and from sustainable materials. It’s a one-hour hands on experience and it’ll come straight to your door, no fuss required (use the code URBANLIST for free delivery—or you can pick it up from their Windsor warehouse if you've left things until the last minute).
High Tea From Emporium Hotel
Tell Mum to dress up in her finest duds and prepare to receive a delivery of the daintiest feast you can get delivered right now. Emporium Hotel is sending out a Mother’s Day high tea package, full of quaint foods like finger sandwiches, cheese muffins and scones with jam and cream, perfect for anyone who’s annual tradition is an afternoon of tea-sipping and pastry-nibbling.
Floral Bundle From Rogue Bistro
Newstead’s Rogue Bistro has a Mother’s Day Package to make things nice and easy for everyone—a bouquet of lush blooms by Wildplay Flora, macarons from Passiontree Velvet and a cute card for $100 or $130 with a bottle of French sparkling rosé. Bonus, you can add it on to your brunch or dinner order, so you don’t even have to make an extra stop. Head to their website or Instagram to find out when you can pre-order.
Hamper From Methyr Village
Whatever your mum is into, you'll find a matching Mother's Day hamper among Methyr Village's selection. Each of their retailers is offering up a selection of goodies for the special day, including high tea for one from Dello Mano, a Mother's Day lunch from New Farm Deli, pamper packs from New Farm Editions and one epic box featuring goodies from multiple retailers. Each hamper comes with a free bouquet of tulips, and you can get free delivery to the local area, or pick up for elsewhere. Check out the full selection and order here.
Pot Plant Delivery
Mother’s Day in isolation is the perfect opportunity for you to nurse your mum’s green thumb, and to transform her living room into a jungle (with permission). We found some of the best foliage freighters in Brisbane, delivering anything from fiddle-leaf figs to puppy-friendly plants, ideal for when you can’t get out of the house to select the right rhododendron for Mum.
Brighten up your iso snacks and food routines with a delivery of a stack of cheese, perhaps the best medium for tastebud exploration in these unprecedented times. Pull out your best cheese board and keep Mum busy while you set up an array of stinky, hard, soft or blue cheeses, along with crackers, pastes and other antipasto must-haves. Or just send one to here and one to you while you meet virtually to decide your favourites. You’ll find everywhere to order from here.
Order Her Breakfast In Bed
Not only will a restaurant quality breakfast supercede pancake mix or burnt eggs anyday, but it will also support all the local businesses doing it tough right now. Whether Mum is a sweet or savoury breakfast person, get her a massive brunch spread from her favourite local cafe, takeaway or delivered, and forget all about prep and cleaning up. Even better, you can just jump on Bopple, a Brisbane-based ordering platform, to see who’s still open for takeaway in your area.
Wine Tasting From City Winery
The team at City Winery may have inadvertently created one of the best Mother’s Day gifts available at the moment—wine tastings, delivered. Gone are the days of organising who will drive home and who has to be responsible, City Winery gives you six full bottles of wine as well as the stories behind them, brought to you from a winemaker via Skype or Zoom.
Chocolate has a reputation for being a last minute gift, but you can really impress Mum with some handcrafted goods from some of Brisbane’s best chocolate makers. Instead of Cadbury Roses, spoil Mum with orange-jelly slabs from Noosa Chocolate Factory or ruby chocolate from New Farm Confectionery.
Market Goodies From The Market Folk
For a handmade gift that will keep the smile on Mum’s face, head over to The Market Folk and browse their online market. Covid-19 may have closed their Gasworks and Coorparoo stalls, but their online market is thriving with all the specialty goods they’re known for. From pyjamas to jewellery, all of the goodies are made by local small businesses, so either way, your gift is being bought in good conscience.
Get Arts and Crafts Delivered
If you’ve got a creative Mum, then have a read through some of the best arts and craft packs you can get delivered for Mother’s Day. We’re talking paint pouring, mosaic terracotta pots and macrame or embroidery, perfect to get everyone’s creative juices flowing, and no one can leave the house to skip cleaning up.
Facial In A Box from Haven
Isolation skin, as great as it may have seemed, is more like a face mask once a month and a toner if you’re lucky. For busy mums that could use a bit of R&R, Haven’s Facial in a Box is perfect for momentarily slowing things down enough to get a bit of peace. With a cleanser, exfoliator, hand cream and eye therapy essentials, this facial can be topped off with a candle, a glass of wine and her favourite TV show playing in the background.
Restaurant Vouchers For Post-Corona
A gift in the future is just as good as a gift in the present, that’s how the saying goes, right? If Mother’s Day is too much of a whirlwind, or her favourite restaurant has temporarily closed its doors, get Mum excited for the day everything is lifted with a voucher to a restaurant or hotel. Not only will it award you brownie points for forward thinking, but it’s a helping hand to businesses that are struggling through all the chaos.
Need more ideas? We’ve rounded up a heap of luxe goodies to send Mum’s way here.
Image credit: Grace Elizabeth Smith for Rogue Bistro