Mother’s aren’t immune from loving gifts like the rest of us, and sometimes a thoughtful present can go a really long way. If you’re looking to find sustainable products made by amazing Aussie businesses, you can browse our list of brands here. If your mum’s love language is quality time over gifts, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a list of ten experiences to share with your mum this Mother’s Day.
If mum’s a gin lover, go one further than buying her a bottle and book in to a “craft your own gin” workshop with sustainable Sydney distillery Archie Rose. During the ninety minute class, you’ll be taught about the history of gin and will learn how to craft your own blend using natural Australian botanicals.
Orchard St is a one-stop-shop for all things holistic health. But alongside a beautiful range of products – from elixir powders to loose leaf organic teas – their offering extends to consultations with experienced, highly knowledgeable healers and health practitioners. For a thoughtful experience that will enhance your mum’s wellbeing, health and happiness, book her a session with an Orchard St Kinesiologist or Naturopath at one of their calming, soul-enriching spaces.
Samantha Robinsons’s handmade pottery class at The Conscious Space in March was a sell-out success, and for very good reason. Book yourself and your mum in to one of Samantha’s Disco Pottery sessions, and spend an evening making and decorating clay pots to the backdrop of a funky disco soundtrack.
Slow House Bondi is a new addition to Sydney’s wellness scene, and has been created as a place to help busy, fast-moving humans decelerate and restore. In partnership with plant-based restaurant Eden, Slow House are offering a Mother’s Day Wellness Brunch as an across-the-board nourish and reset. After a 45 minute rejuvenating sauna and coconut sugar scrub, the package includes a three course plant-based lunch in Eden’s courtyard garden, valued at $150. Spaces on the day are limited, so if you miss out, booking your mum in for a future treatment at Slow House is a perfect alternative.
High Tea is a classic Mother’s Day treat, and there’s one place in Sydney to go for the full hotel High Tea experience with a plant-based twist: Alibi Bar at Ovolo Woolloomooloo. The creative menu features sweet and savoury options made from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, and comes with tea and coffee (and optional free flowing champagne).
Nestled in the gardens of Botanica Vaucluse, Sol Spa offers a range of holistic healing practices and organic treatments alongside more cosmetic options such as retinol facials. Although the day spa is already booked out for Mother’s Day itself (a testament to its popularity), their gift cards are a perfect option for locking in future quality time with mum. Their “Diamonds and Champagne” package is made for two people, and includes an hour long luxe facial and a signature foot ritual followed by champagne in the Sol Spa lounge.
There are a few beautiful hotels in Sydney to book for a Mother’s Day city break, but the stylishly designed, perfectly executed Paramount House Hotel gets our vote. If you’re ready to treat mum to a really special night in the city, book in to a movie at Golden Age Cinema and dinner at award-winning restaurant Poly – both conveniently in the same heritage building as the boutique hotel. As a special mother’s day offering, Paramount House Hotel has partnered with Aesop, and are offering an Aesop gift pack for everyone who books a room using their Mother’s Day codes or vouchers.
Buying mum a bouquet is all very well, but booking her in to a flower arranging workshop is one step beyond – giving her the gift of creative fulfilment and a bespoke bouquet that will mean even more if she’s made it with you. Merchant and Green’s wild flower arranging workshops run for ninety minutes in their Redfern studio, so once you’ve created your native bundles, you can head for a drink at Re (the world’s first no-waste bar, just a short walk from Redfern station).
Iconic Inner West cafe and cooking school Cornersmith is a safe bet for gifts for foodie friends (mums included), and their workshops are a perfect option if you’re keen to invest in an experience instead of a jar of pickles (or both). Their renowned workshops are suitable for experienced cooks as well as ammeters, and range from kimchi making to salad prep (there’s more to the art of a good salad than you’d think). As a special celebration of the mum’s out there, Cornersmith are offering 20% off on all bookings for 2 workshop spots with the code LOVEYAMUM, so all the more reason to spend time together getting creative in the kitchen. From May to August 2021 Cornersmith will make a new temporary home at The Mint on Macquarie Street, so you can take mum out for a city dinner post-workshop.
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