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Impressive Gifts You Can Get Delivered to Your Mum This Mother's Day

You'll have to try harder than just taking her out to lunch this year.
By Cordelia Williamson
April 22, 2020
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Impressive Gifts You Can Get Delivered to Your Mum This Mother's Day

You'll have to try harder than just taking her out to lunch this year.
By Cordelia Williamson
April 22, 2020
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You love your mum. How do we know this? We are psychics. Also, you clicked on an article called 'Impressive Gifts You Can Get Delivered to Your Mum This Mother's Day', so we figured that you care. Yet, as fellow mama-lovers, we also realise that the annual celebration of maternity known as Mother's Day (May 10, btw) can be a vexing time, too. This is your once-a-year opportunity to show your ma how much she means to you — so the pressure's on. And now, amid a global pandemic, you can't just take her to her favourite lunch spot and order a bottle of celebratory bubbly. So, suffice to say, this Mother's Day is going to look a whole lot different.

Sure, you could send her a text or, if you're lucky enough to currently live in the same household, bring her a cuppa in bed. Or, you could take the chance to deliver something momentous. Something memorable. Because right now, all a lot of us want is a hug from mum and this one day is the time to acknowledge just how incredible your mother (or mothers or grandmothers or aunts) is by spoiling her. To help you out, we've picked out our favourite mum-worthy gift ideas — from the reliable flowers and chocolates to wine-scented candles and online photography courses with Vanity Fair's Annie Leibovitz — so you can just worry about what you're going to write in the card.

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COLOURFUL BLOOMS AND INDOOR PLANTS

The idea may be tried and tested, sure, but a bouquet or a new potted plant is a go-to gift for good reason. If you're looking for freshly cut stems, Lvly offers same-day delivery across Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and next-day delivery for the rest of Australia. Posies come in jars and start from $54. You can add little extras like hand cream, vino and choccies, too, and they even have a gift pack for your mumma (from $64) ready-to-go. For a more sustainable option, Floraly cuts flowers only once an order has been placed. Floraly works with local farmers and has a farm-to-vase ethos, with free next-day delivery along the east coast. This means your mum will be receiving some mighty fresh buds — and it's better for the planet. Or, if you want to give her something that will last for years to come, you can send a baby rubber plant, bird of paradise or peace lily delivered straight to her door thanks to The Plant People. The Brisbane-based nursery offers delivery across Qld, NSW, Vic, ACT and SA. The Plant People specialises in low-maintenance plants that can be grown indoors, too, so you don't need to worry if your mum doesn't have the greenest of thumbs.

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TOP-NOTCH BOOZE

If cosmopolitan-lovin' Ina Garten reminds you of your mother (bless), then chances are she'll love a box of booze delivered to her come May 10. Although bottle shops have been deemed an essential service by the Australian Government, a run to the closest bottle-o may not be on the top of your mum's to-do list right now. Plus, you're celebrating her, so you may as well do so over a drink — even if it is via Zoom. Tasmanian art museum MONA is now delivering Unholy Water cocktails across Australia, including twin pack of Double Smoted Negroni or Espresso Damnation (both $50) and the Sinner's Set, which includes both packs for $85. Melbourne-based The Everleigh is also offering cocktail delivery nationwide through The Everleigh Bottling Co. Cocktails start at $17  a pop and there are gift packs options to make life easier. Or you could just get her a 1.5-litre 'bagnum' of espresso martini or negroni ($99) if that's more her speed. For vino, online cellar door Naked Wines is currently offering Concrete Playground readers a $100-voucher to spend on a case if you're a first-time customer, so you can get her some of the finest drops available without digging too deep into your pocket.

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AND TASTY TREATS TO MATCH

Remember all that cooking your mum did back in the day? Well, now is the time to repay the favour. If can't make her breakfast in bed, you can order the next best thing: a lush breakfast box from Australia's famous cultured butter maker Pepe Saya and arguably the country's best crumpets, Crumpets by Merna ($35). Boxes come filled with a six-pack of golden crumpets, Pepe Saya butter, a pot of crème fraîche and a limited-edited, extremely lush topping and are available for delivery to next-day delivery zones across NSW, Vic and Qld. For mums with less of a sweet tooth, what says 'I love you' more than a huge box of stinky cheeses? Cheese Therapy is currently offering a Therapy Box of six Australian cheeses, including an ashed brie, a triple cream, a blue, a camembert, a pecorino and some haloumi, for $80 and is shipping nationwide. Plus, it'll go nicely with that wine you've already ordered for her.

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BITS AND BOBS (FOR KEEPING ENTERTAINED)

Keeping entertained at home is proving a challenge for everyone — yes, even mums. She's probably got stacks of books, but that means she loves them, so a new read isn't a bad place to start. At the moment, a bunch of Australian bookshops are offering free delivery, too. Need inspiration? Take a look at our favourite new titles. If she's missing the ocean, Places We Swim makes for a great gift, too. Or, you could order one of Australia Unseen's jigsaw puzzles of stunning Aussie beaches and ocean pools (from $49). Online gift store Journey of Something has some great puzzles, too, including the Hey Lady!, with the likes of Dolly Parton, Frida Kahlo and Malala Yousafzai on it. Plus, there are plenty of ways she can learn a new skill from her living room, from photography tips from Vanity Fair's Annie Leibovitz to fun painting workshops and writing classes taught by literary legends such as Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale, The Testaments), Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code, Inferno) and David Sedaris (Calypso, Me Talk Pretty One Day). If you're currently under the one roof, you can learn how to make pasta from an Italian Nonna or some tips from Aussie culinary legend Maggie Beer, too, which will make for some great bonding time.

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AT-HOME ATTIRE AND WARES FROM LOCAL LABELS

Because being all dressed up with nowhere to go is the norm right now, giving your ma some new at-home — but still incredibly chic — clothing is sure to put you in the good books. Camilla and Marc currently has a bunch of cosy knits in stock, alongside wardrobe staples such as t-shirts, denim and athleisurewear. For the more arty mums, Gorman — known for its super-colourful and quirky prints and patterns — is a good go-to local label. It's got scarves, flowy dresses and fun homewares, from cushions to linen and planters. Otherwise, The Iconic is great for an everything-in-one-place browse, too. And, if you want to take your gift to the next level, you could get an outfit for your family pup, too. Cute. For homewares, art always makes for a great gift. Cream Town — a new online space helping artists financially affected by COVID-19 — is selling prints for just $100 and is delivering across the country. And, while candles are a bit of an obvious choice, you can get some wine-scented, biodynamic ones made by a Sydney sommelier, ones with native Australian botanicals and some engraved with tongue-in-cheek remarks, which are sure to lighten up the home — literally and figuratively.

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FYI, this story includes some affiliate links. These don't influence any of our recommendations or content, but they may make us a small commission. For more info, see Concrete Playground's editorial policy.

Published on April 22, 2020 by Cordelia Williamson

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