IF YOU HAVEN’T NOTICED, THE WORLD LOOKS ABSOLUTELY, UNDENIABLY, TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TO WHAT IT DID 18 MONTHS AGO.
And while Australia (touch wood) hasn’t been impacted by global events in the same way that many other countries in our world have, there have still been some pretty dramatic changes to the way we work, play, and connect with others.
The truth is people’s priorities have changed. Most of us are finding ourselves wanting and valuing different (simpler) things to what we did less than two years ago.
We want to feel safe.
We want to stay healthy.
We want to do what we can to protect the overall well-being of the people we love.
And the reality of this recent societal shift of priorities is that it’s impacted the big things in life as much as the small things – like what constitutes a meaningful gift for Mother’s Day.
Here we’ve compiled a list of thoughtful gift ideas for Australian mothers (and grandmothers) that acknowledge the changes and challenges that have come along with this new era.
1. KEEP PALM AND CARRY ON
If the state of the world has your mum feeling nostalgic for family holidays in the tropics, why not bring the tropics to her? Our Vienna Rattan Chair (and matching side table) is a great example -- it's the perfect pick for when you want to sit on your verandah, cold beverage in hand, and pretend you're in Bali.
2. IT JUST MAKES SCENTS
Whether they’re into light florals or something a little spicier, most mums have a favourite fragrance and would love to be able to enjoy it every day in the form of a pillar candle, tumbler or melts. With so many of us working from home nowadays, keeping Mum's living spaces smelling like a dream is bound to be more appreciated than ever.
3. THISTLE MAKE HER DAY
Many mums appreciate the gesture of a bouquet of fresh flowers any day of the week. But for many women this can aggravate sinus problems, headaches and hay fever symptoms in the allergy-prone, or be a bit disappointing if they only last a few days. The solution? Artificial flowers have come a long way in recent years, and now it’s fairly easy to track down high quality, individual stems and stunning bouquets at very reasonable prices. They look just like the real thing, and they’ll brighten Mum (or Grandma)'s day for years into the future.
4. HER COMFORT ZONE
Ahh, just in time for cold and flu season. It seems like all of us are a little (or a lot) more health-conscious these days and keen to give our immune systems a helping hand wherever possible. Stock up on soft, snuggly throws to help Mum stay cosy and warm as the night time temperatures settle into the single digits.
5. THE GIFT OF TIME
Let’s be real here. Ask any mum what she’d love most from her kids on Mother’s Day, and she’d probably say their time. So whatever you end up getting Mum (or Grandma) this Mother’s Day, make sure you’re part of the package.