Even if your mum says she’s happy with getting her standard scent or a bunch of flowers for Mother’s Day, wouldn’t it be nice to surprise her with something a little more considered? From a new Australian aperitif and quality camping supplies, to a subscription to an excellent new magazine, pick from our list and show her the appreciation she deserves.
Økar – Applewood Distillery
Økar (pronounced “ochre”) is a new Australian aperitif-style drink to sit alongside Campari and Aperol in your home bar. By Applewood Distillery in the Adelaide Hills, the bittersweet amaro is made from a variety of native ingredients; primarily riberries (lilly pilly), blood limes, native currants, strawberry gum leaf, saltbush and native juniper. Try it over ice, with sparkling, or with good tonic and a cheek of lemon.
A 500-millilitre bottle costs $24.99 and is available online.
200 Years of Australian Fashion – National Gallery of Victoria
This beautiful book shows just how much Australian style has evolved, visually recounting the stories of more than 90 local designers. The corresponding exhibition is now showing at the National Gallery of Victoria until July 31.
The book costs $39.95 and is available online or at the NGV design store.
KIYOTO Basic Tote – ST. AGNI
Minimal and utilitarian, the KIYOTO Basic Tote is made from smooth, high-quality leather. It’s the brand’s bestselling design, and the natural shade makes it a versatile piece. Featuring an interior zip and two slip pockets, this generous-sized tote holds all the essentials.
The tote costs $279 and is available online.
Storm kettle and Otter Messer Mercator pocket knife – Homecamp
If your mum’s idea of a perfect weekend is sitting around a fire in a stunning, remote part of Australia, you need to get onto Homecamp. It makes high-quality camping goods, the type you only need to buy once. Two essentials are the storm kettle, which can be used to boil water without any artificial fuel; and the multi-purpose Otter-Messer knife, made with rust-proof steel, with a slim design so it can be tucked away easily.
Wool-knit culottes – Oskar The Label
Australian basics label Oskar has launched a new range of knits, and every piece has nailed the comfortable-while-looking-stylish brief. A standout in the range is the cream culottes. Combine this piece with a matching sweater for a chic, minimalist look that couldn’t get much more cosy.
The culottes are $129.99, available here
Build-Your-Own Farmgate Cheese Hamper
There’s a number of inspired, ready-made hampers from online cheese provider Farmgate Cheese. Or you can build your own. Choose from a mix of mainly Australian, French and Italian cheeses (the Cremeux D’Argental from Victoria and the Ossau Iraty from France are our picks). Accompaniments, such as pinot-noir jelly; dried wild figs; chocolate; biscuits; and even a Grace & James scented candle, are also available.
Prices vary, order online here.
Movie Club Membership – Palace Cinemas
We love the freedom this membership gives you – discounted tickets for your mum a guest to every regular session, invitations to exclusive screenings, previews and events, as well as priority access to special Q&As with actors and directors.
The membership costs $19 and is available here. Not available in WA or SA.
Hand Dish – Sharon Muir
Brisbane-based ceramic artist Sharon Muir is known for her distinctive red-and-white clay dishes, vases and geometric planters. Our favourite of her recent collection is the Hand Dish, which comes in black or white. Each piece is painted by hand and is signed by the artist.
The Quary, 2015 – Studio Twocan Print
Studio Twocan is a creative studio by two sisters, artist Maddie and designer Bec Sharrock. Their latest series of prints, Of Green and Shaded Lanes, is inspired by the Australian landscape and references aerial views of the Australian outback.
Available at Studio Twocan for $835.
A subscription to Lunch Lady
This magazine started out as a blog by Kate Berry, chronicling the lovingly homemade lunches she made for her daughters. Magazine publisher Louise Bannister (who helped create Frankie magazine and SMITH Journal) stumbled across it, and with business partner Lara Burke, turned it into a quarterly magazine last year; full of kid-friendly recipes, features on creative parents and personal essays on parenting and food.
A yearly subscription to Lunch Lady costs $75.80. You can order yours here.
The Broadsheet Sydney and Melbourne cookbooks are snapshots of the cities’ dining scenes, filled with 80 recipes from more than 60 venues. These are the dishes you keep coming back for – Such as Supernormal’s lobster roll, or Bourke Street Bakery’s iconic ginger crème brûlée tart. Let your mum choose her favourite and whip it up for dinner this Sunday.
Both cookbooks cost $49.99 and are available online here.