With nearly 5 of my own Mother’s Days behind me now, and countless years before that perfecting the art of becoming daughter number 1 (sorry sis), Mother’s Day gift giving and receiving is somewhat of an art form in our household. The most important rule is – give your mother something she ACTUALLY wants. Not what you’d like to borrow, or what make a useful household contribution (like a kettle, or a rug). If however, you can’t get a list out of the mother in your life (or father if he’s the talented chap juggling both roles), then my recent trip down King William Road may be of interest to you. I’ve scoured the shops and come up with my list of places and presents that will get you back in the good books before you know it.
Stop 1. My House & Home Homewares. This place is basically somewhere I could happily empty my wallet, and walk away with a more stylish wardrobe, better jewellery, and a house full of gorgeous bits & bobs. It’s a gift giving paradise, and for Mother’s Day they are also stocking Mother’s Day themed books, plus they have a silk peonie special where you buy one bouquet for $29.95 and get the 2nd bunch half price.
Stop 2. Flourish Gift & Home. Another bountiful gift giving heaven, this boutique is filled to the brim with unique collectables, homewares & Australian designer clothing. I could spend hours in here hunting for gifts for friends and family, and most importantly, me. These Australian made & designed Angus And Celeste hanging gardens coming in a variety of designs and extra cable to adjust height. There’s also a handy little drainage plug for indoor use. They are perfect for me. I mean mum.
Stop 3. Flowers 152. What’s Mother’s Day (or any day really) without flowers. Whether your mum is into traditional or modern arrangements, maiden fern plants for the house or her desk, tiny succulents in funky jars, or a mossarium from Sanctuary, an Adelaide start up business, the options are plentiful. And gorgeous. They also have Chrysanthemums in a variety of beautiful colours for $25 or 2 for $45.
Stop 4. Chandelle Galerie. What mum doesn’t love candles? I was raised by a mother whose love of candles verged on obsessive, so not only do I know the ultimate gift for her, but I’ve learned a thing of two over the years. Candles are made from different products so some are better for you than others, and there’s a trick to making them last longer. A shortcut to all this knowledge is by just popping in to Chandelle Galerie, where the owners will happily educate you on what you need to know, while finding you the perfect product. The make everything themselves, and it makes everything just that little bit more special. They’ll make candles to your specifications (and it won’t break the bank), and if your love for wax is great, you can even take candle making classes there. Hot tip: The hand poured scented tea light candles in the tubes (pictured below) are a steal, and a must have for any respectable candle-loving mother. And if you’re a mum with little ones like me, they work a treat to mask those unpleasant smells that can come from our offspring.
Stop 5. Bottega Rotolo. Yes, yes, it’s a cliched inclusion but my mother and I are food people. And this place is ALL about the food. Amazing food. Hard to find food. Utterly delicious food. If you want to create a memorable foodie experience for your mum, grab a hamper and load up from the goodies at Bottega Rotolo. From the decadent cheeses to the charcuterie, chocolates, condiments and more, you’re guaranteed to find the ultimate ingredients for a picnic, dinner party, afternoon tea, or any other occasion you want to put on to honour your mum and all she’s done for your family.
Stop 6. The MediPedi Nail Spa. Pampering mum for Mother’s Day is a solid bet. Especially when you can land yourself a special deal by buying her a mani/pedi voucher as a present while it’s on sale in April ($100 down from $120). This newly launched businesses will deliver the best manicure & pedicure your mum has ever experienced, as they have an on site podiatrist who combines their expert podiatry services with a luxurious nail spa. No incorrect equipment or reuse of equipment here. Plus it’s claimable on your health fund. Score.
Stop 7. Karrans of Hyde Park. Another Mother’s Day winner is always beautiful jewellery. Pandora has made themselves a name as an on-trend, affordable range, which is loved by women of all ages, and luckily for us, they are stocked at Karrans. A family-owned business on King William Road, the team at Karrans love helping people make their Pandora selections – which is no easy feat when there’s everything from bracelets and beads, rings, earrings, pendants, and more. And the service is fab to boot. Best of all, if your mum doesn’t love what you’ve chosen you can keep it yourself. I meant to say exchange it (but really you should just keep it and get her something else). Everyone’s a winner.
Stop 8. Basically all of the cafes and restaurants. From the classic Spats & Assaggio, to icons Melt & Parisi’s, new kid on the block Godi La Vita and more, there are literally dozens of delicious options up and down King William Road. I couldn’t pick just one, so go for a wander and check out the gorgeous options for the perfect Mother’s Day brunch, lunch or dinner, or grab yourself a gift voucher, and let mum enjoy some time away from you. After all, she probably deserves it.