Coronavirus has put extra pressure on parents… just a little bit (nervous laughter). Are you over yet, 2020?
How’s mum going through all of this? Holding the fort as usual? Whether she admits it or not, she’s probably feeling frazzled. So we think Mother’s Day this year should be extra special.
While you’re spoiling mum, why not support local Perth businesses while you're at it? We’ve got some cool Mother’s Day gift ideas you can grab last minute.
1. Gift voucher to her favourite boutique
There’s nothing like some retail therapy, and right now, the economy needs it. A gift voucher is a two-in-one gift – a chance for mum to get out of the house, and an excuse to buy something special. If mum lives north of the river, she’s probably familiar with La Luna. This shop is filled with incredible homewares and gift ideas you won’t find anywhere else. We also love fashion boutique Harry & Gretel in Doubleview. And if you live south of the river, Corner Store is the go-to for homewares and furniture. You can grab a voucher online.
2. Order a special meal
A silver lining of Covid? Takeaway has got a whole lot fancier! So why not order in for Mother’s Day? We love Besk’s Sunday roast special – perfect for the change of season. If you’ve been craving Italian, we highly recommend Il Lido Italian Canteen in Cottesloe. They cook some of the best pasta around. And for Freo? You can’t go past Madalenas Bar. They’ve got delicious lunch and dinner options, including a beautifully cooked fish, as well as indulgence hampers for the ultimate surprise.
3. Gift voucher for a babysitter
So it’s been lovely spending so many hours with the kids… but yeah, we need some alone time! As everyone has been isolating and feeling the pressure over the last few months, you can’t rely on your usual supports to look after the kids. So why not treat mum to a babysitter? We’re offering vouchers for babysitting that can be redeemed whenever. You might decide on a date night for when the restaurants are back in action, or your partner can hit us up when they want some alone time.
4. Some much-needed relaxation
Our nails are looking rubbish and our hair could do with a trim. And the novelty of at-home facials has definitely lost its appeal. Not only are we missing our regular appointments, but beauty and wellness businesses have really taken a hit this year. One way to support them is to buy gift vouchers to redeem once they’re open again. This way, you support local business and give your loved one something to look forward to. Our favourites are La Belle Peau in North Perth, Blanc in Cottesloe, and this hidden gem in Perth hills, Hidden Valley Eco Lodges and Day Spa.
5. A bottle of local wine
You know how we mentioned getting a delicious takeaway meal from one of your favourite restaurants? Why not team your food with a lovely drop of WA wine? Here are our favourites – Stonegaze Vineyard, House of Cards, Dormilona Wine, Hay Shed Hill Wines, and Snake and Herring. But of course, there are plenty of others that will do just as well.
Bonus Mother’s Day Tips:
DIY Mother's Day cards
There’s nothing sweeter than receiving a cute handmade card from the kids. It’s also a great way to keep them occupied for an hour or two (hopefully). Instead of relying on crayon drawings, mix it up with some arty elements. We love these ideas by Easy Peasy and Fun, DIY & Crafts, and Parent Map.
Breakfast in bed
We saved the best until last! Breakfast in bed. Mums just love to be surprised in the morning (at a decent hour). It’s one of the most thoughtful things you can do for your partner. A good cup of coffee and a delicious breakfast she can eat while you and the kids give her gifts in bed.
Does mum need a break? Why not book a babysitter?