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While scented candles, beautiful flowers, useful kitchenware and home appliances certainly have their place as presents for Mum, an experience gift is not only incredibly thoughtful, it’s also likely to be something she’ll never forget. Depending on the experience, you might even be able to indulge in it with her, letting you both share in those truly special memories.
With Mother’s Day around the corner — it’s on Sunday, May 14 this year — now’s the time to start choosing what experience to get her. From brow tints she can have done from the privacy of her own home, to a tie-dye workshop and a no-expense-spared wine tour, here are our favourite gifts to get the mum in your life for Mother’s Day this year.
A buccal facial involves a therapist going inside the mouth (with gloves, of course). The idea is that by massaging internally, you can help to stimulate lymphatic drainage and also engage with muscles you wouldn’t able to connect with externally. April Brodie offers a 90-minute version of the treatment both in Sydney and Melbourne. She’s a favourite of many an Australian celebrity and has over 40 years of experience. To book an appointment for the mum in your life, email [email protected].
Online Workout Subscription
Most busy individuals who are fans of Pilates, Barre or Yoga, or who are keen to try it, and can’t get to a physical class, will appreciate an online workout subscription. But if they’re a new mum, they’ll appreciate Bodylove Mama’s platform, which is specifically for pre and post-natal workouts. The platform’s Mama Project has two 28-day workout programs that cover nutrition, movement and mindfulness.
Help your mum boost her immunity, renew her skin and relax her mind with a sauna session. If she’s Sydney-based, gift her a five treatment sauna & chromotherapy pass from Potts Pott salon, I Am Beauty. Valid for three months from the first visit, the pass will let her choose from six different sauna treatments including anti-aging, weight loss, relaxation and pain relief.
Massages, facials, lash lifts, brow tints, even Pilates and personal training — you name it, Blys has it available in a mobile session (meaning they’ll come to your house) for your mum to book. She can schedule the session in advance and then sit back and wait ’til they come to her door with everything they need — she won’t need to do a thing.
Similar to tie-dye, shibori is the Japanese art of resist dyeing used to decorate cloth for over 4,000 years. If your mum is Sydney-based or planning on visiting Sydney soon, book her an in-person, three-hour session at Shibori Studio in Stanmore in Sydney’s inner west. There, she’ll bind, fold or clamp fabric to make her own Shibori print silk scarf or tea towel. Or, get her a Dye Kit, which has everything she needs for a fun afternoon dyeing at home.
For the mum who loves a getaway, get her an Airbnb gift card, which she can use for a stay of her choosing, domestic or international. And, who knows, she might even invite you to join her for it.
Sure, your mum has likely done a wine tour before, but there’s a good chance she’s never done an ultra-luxe version. RedBalloon’s Yarra Valley escape will see her — and you or another plus one of her choosing — chauffeured around four or five wineries, tasting wine and cheese and tucking into a three-course lunch at Domaine Chandon. The platform has several tour options in Hunter Valley offering similar, too.
Excel V Treatment
If you haven’t heard of excel V, it’s a dermatologist-developed laser treatment that targets vascular skin conditions including rosacea, spider veins, acne scarring, wrinkles and pigmented lesions including sunspots. Book your mum in for a session of it at All Saint Clinic in Sydney’s Double Bay, Skin Divinity Cosmetic Clinics in Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, or dozens of other clinics around the country.
You can’t look past classic spa treatments for a thoughtful Mother’s Day surprise. Endota Spa’s Surrender Spa Package includes the Organic Relax massage and Organic Infusion facial. Using a combination of jade rollers, antioxidants and active botanicals, the facial helps to boost the natural hydration of the skin for a brighter complexion, while the massage uses calming oils and light to medium pressure to help relax the mind.