Mother’s Day – the excuse for mums everywhere to sit in bed with a cup of tea while chaos descends on the rest of the house. At our place there is a definite sense of anticipation about the event (from me), but I often get a bit panicky when pressed for gift ideas and can’t think of anything I’d really like until the day is over. If that resonates at all with you, here are some gifts we wouldn’t mind opening this year, and we suspect you might like them too.
We don’t know what it means to put the love in the coconut, but we do know that the collaborations between Australian label Gorman and artist Rachel Castle (above) are bright and funky and fun. So if you fancy a new teatowel, cushion, beach towel or even art print for the wall, get over to Gorman and check out the range inspired by a shared love of “big bright prints, coconuts and disco”. Prices begin at $59.
It’s Australian, it’s useful as well as beautiful and it’s sustainably made. It’s the Frond fruit bowl from Homesum, made from silver Ash and Tasmanian Blackwood and laser cut to slide together and create this striking bowl which suits so many decorating aesthetics. The price is slimline too – at only $79.95 at Kindred Gifts, it’s an affordable way to own an attractive and useful piece of Australian design.
Mother’s Day heralds the start of crisper weather in most parts of Australia, so if you need a few warm and cosy things, a blanket like this one from Ferm Living might be just what the meteorologist ordered. Nursing mothers especially need a little something to warm up those cold middle of the night feeds, so why not be warm and look stylish all at the same time? The one hundred per cent cotton Squares Blanket is a generous 120cm x 150cm so there’s plenty to cover you and perhaps several little people as well. Buy online from Ferm Living for $185.
Speaking of feathering the nest, once you have blankets, you need cushions! We love these funky geometric designs from Beneath the Sun, and the bright colours will cheer up the dullest afternoon. They are cotton canvas (inserts sold separately), handcrafted lovingly in northern NSW and will set you back $65 each. Beneath the Sun bills itself as the home of “all things bright and nice” and it’s easy to see why.
If there was ever a good gift for a mother, it’s a great bag. We broke the news about the arrival of this gorgeous bag only a few weeks ago, and what better excuse to pick up the brand new Il Tutto Georgia hobo than Mother’s Day? At $459 it falls well up the “hopeful” end of the gift list – but hey, it never hurts to ask! It’s brand new on the market in May 2012 and you can check at Il Tutto to find stockists near you.
Before I had children, I imagined that my life as a stay-at-home mother would include plenty of time when I would sit idly at a beautiful desk and become the kind of correspondent not seen since the days of Jane Austen. I would surround myself with beautiful stationery and gorgeous pens and bottles of ink and write thank you letters and invitations to afternoon tea. Most (er, all) of that scenario didn’t actually happen, but the kind of stationery produced by the folks at Write to Me still awakes a kind of cheerful longing in me. They have beautiful journals for just about every hobby or activity you might like to make a list about. Have a look at the whole range at their website, where you can also find a stockist near you.
My favourite kind of gift is the kind I can pour over with a cup of tea for days and days to come, so something like this book from Melbourne blogger and crafter Pip Lincolne is right up my alley. We’ve previously mentioned the crafty goodness of Pip Lincolne and if you’re someone who likes to make stuff (of all kinds) this is just the kind of book which will keep you occupied for hours. Make Hey While the Sun Shines and Lincolne’s previous books are available from Book Depository. Delivery to Australia is free.
Hip, funny and instructive? This set of six Lovely Manners placemats won’t take care of all your table manners training, but they may help you see the lighter side as you encourage your family to sit still again and again. Available in orange, silver or blue colour combinations, they not only show the correct spots for cutlery and glassware, but each one also includes four points of etiquette “for polite people of all ages”. We think they’re a hoot, and extra fun to get out when your parents come over. A set of six placemats is $49.95 from Kindred Gifts.
We could go on and on with all the great bits and pieces available for mothers of all different interests, but fortunately the very best gift (to my mind at least) is free – the acknowledgement that for all its joys, mothering at times is pretty hard work, and you are loved and appreciated for all that you do. No matter what else you receive, we hope you get that gift this year. Happy Mother’s Day!