Mums. They’re pretty fabulous. They deserve hugs and kisses every day of the year. But Mother’s Day is an opportunity to treat them just that little bit more. We’ve chosen some of our favourite Australian-made or -designed gifts for mum, to suit any budget.
Chocolate by Hey Tiger – from $5.50
Is mum a chocaholic? Hey Tiger is an Aussie social enterprise making chocolate bars with ethically sourced ingredients. Each block is wrapped up in vibrant, playful packaging – so no wrapping needed. This year the chocolate-makers are riffing off the “breakfast in bed” Mother’s Day tradition, with a special range of flavours inspired by the meal. The Early Bird, for example, features freeze-dried acai, raspberries, banana and dragon fruit in dark chocolate. The Lie-In is a strawberry-hazelnut waffle in milk chocolate. Full-size blocks cost $13.50, minis cost $5.50 and a gift box of all four flavours is $47.
Broadsheet books – starting at $29.95
Our latest book, The Broadsheet Italian Cookbook, has 80 delicious recipes from Australia’s best restaurants, cafes and bars. With beautiful imagery and a range of special features on cheese, wine and more, it’s a recipe trove, history book and visual essay in one. The Melbourne and Sydney cookbooks also contain recipes from top local talent in each city. (Want to serve mum Australia’s most famous croissant for Mother’s Day next year? Borrow the book you’re giving her this year.) You’ll also find our essential food guides Broadsheet Sydney Food and Broadsheet Melbourne Food. Or you can snap them up in a bundle.
Best Jumpers’ “Mate” Bucket Hats – $40
If you’re lucky, your mum is also your mate. Keep her sun-smart and looking cool with Best Jumpers’ fun and comfortable new bucket hats, made with top-quality brushed cotton. The hats are from the latest collection by Dylan Best, an Australian designer who previously worked in menswear design teams for Ralph Lauren and Club Monaco in New York.
Linda Marek Design earrings – $42
Linda Marek finds inspiration in nature to create contemporary but classic jewellery with simple forms and clean lines. For the Adelaide Hills-based Marek, timelessness is key. Earrings and necklaces made from Australian timber, sterling silver and brass are designed to be worn across the seasons, and for years to come. Marek’s first design, the half-moon Luna earrings, are still her favourite piece. They’re ours too. The colourful domes hang from small brass hoops and are available in black, blush, indigo and forest green.
Maison Balzac carafe and goblet – $79
Mongolia was the only place Elise Pioch Balzac, the founder of Sydney-based luxury homewares brand Maison Balzac, could find a factory that would individually mouth-blow carafes to her specifications. The artisans there use tubes of coloured glass to create elegant, coloured vessels that are not only practical but beautiful. An ideal (and practical) addition to mum’s bedside.
Bertie slippers – $145
Australian label Bertie has made a pair of unisex slippers mum can wear to the pub or to work, as well as around the house. Inspired by the classic Prince Albert loafer, Bertie slip-ons are a little bit hotel slipper and a little bit loafer. They’re made with premium velvet with leather soles, and come in a hunter green, mulberry red or peacoat navy. There's also a personal monogramming service, if your maman is in to that type of thing.
Mihan Aromatics perfume – $210
Working with all-natural ingredients, including native flora and spices, gender-neutral parfumerie Mihan Aromatics launched in mid-2018. Each minimally packaged scent is a nod to a place of significance for owners Joshua and Jules Mihan, who package each one by hand. Mikado Bark, with notes of cedar, dried cinnamon and green pepper, is inspired by the inner-city parks of Melbourne's Carlton and Fitzroy in autumn. Sienna Brume – coconut, cucumber, juniper – evokes beachside daydreaming at Sydney's Bondi Beach. The latest release is Petrichor Plains, a fresh, revitalising scent inspired by the earth after heavy rain.
Places We Swim prints – starting at $350
Caroline Clements and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon spent almost two years exploring and documenting Australia’s most extraordinary swimming spots. Ocean pools. Gorges. Lakes. Waterfalls. Hot springs. They released their book, Places We Swim, last year and it’s filled with striking photos of all kinds of Australian waters. Now you can put those photos on mum’s wall. Seitchik-Reardon’s prints capture woolly coastal beaches, copper-red gorges and classic inner-city pools.