Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Part Two (Services)

Aphrodite Chasers, no doubt that some of you found your fabulous mums some amazing gifts among the suggestions featured in our (very crappy quality) video. But what if your ma is more of a tailored-services gal? What if she’s the type of woman who prefers a gift that’s a little more personal, that you can’t pick up from any shop, or that gives a little more to others than it gives to her. Here’s our pick our favourite service-based suggestions:

1. A hamper from Audrey & Marco: If mum’s a little bit of a foodie, why not organise a fantastic hamper for her from Audrey & Marco? The Deli Hamper people are offering free delivery for orders over $50 for the month of May, and allow you to build your own hamper to your mother’s liking. Choose from condiments, sauces and vinegars, spices, delicacies, treats and more from a number of countries and regions that specialise in foodie bits. Enable mum’s journey to culinary excellence and allow her to be the masterchef of her own kitchen – all hampers arrive wrapped in a pretty little bow, ready for her kitchen adventures. (Pictured: Connoisseur’s Hamper, $160).

2. Turn her into art…or a portrait to be precise: Most mother’s are all about the family photograph, or snaps of their children. But what better way to show them they’re the icons of the family than with a professional photograph that captures the essence of their beauty and self? Chat to Vanessa at Happiness Photography about snapping your mum and turning her into a masterpiece.

3. Buy her some time with Urban Concierge: Time is a scarce commodity, especially for mums whose kids still live at home, no matter how independent they are. But with Urban Concierge, mums can have a chance to reconnect with themselves thanks to the range of services offered to help them get their mundane tasks done.  Urban Concierge can arrange the perfect gift, organise a a special occasion, book a removalist or a tradesman, and more, in a discreet and professional manner.

4. Get her pampered…in the comfort of her own home: Introducing ‘The Travelling Peelsman’ – a dermal therapist who claims an outstanding history of providing quality, effective and satisfying PERSONALISED skincare treatments to a range of clientele, within their own home. Based in both Sydney and Melbourne, The Travelling Peelsman specialises in Chemical peeling and cosmeceutical skincare. Can’t say I’ve used him myself, but damn, I love the image/branding.

5. Send her on a weekend away: Show mum how much you love her this Mother’s Day, by surprising her with a gift voucher for a relaxing escape at her favourite hotel. She’ll be able to unwind with a getaway or staycation at Medina Apartment Hotels, Travelodge Hotels and Vibe Hotels, which are located throughout Australia and New Zealand. There’s sure to be a destination and hotel to suit every mum, no matter what she wants to do or experience (shop, eat, play, sleep). If you’d like her to pick, visit www.togahotels.com.au and arrange a gift voucher (valued from $50 – $500, available to purchase online). Alternatively, surprise her with a package at either the Medina or Vibe hotel, which includes late check out at noon, two bottles of wine, a box of Lindt chocolates with the overnight stay.

AND ONE MORE SERVICE-BASED GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING:

An estimated 1.3 billion people worldwide, 70 per cent of them women, live in absolute poverty on less than $1 a day. Events like Mother’s Day serve as timely reminders to consider the needs of women who need our help – Australia for UNHCR’s Safe Mother & Baby Appeal is calling on Australian mums to help rectify these conditions and help improve the lives of refugee women around the world.

As little as $26 can help save the lives of 10 mothers who are at risk of dying from complications at childbirth. Clean delivery kits will help to ensure the safe delivery of babies in some of the world’s poorest countries, where maternal and infant mortality is more than 100 times higher than in Australia.

Gift packages include:

  • $26 Clean Delivery Kits (10 kits containing an instruction sheet, soap, cotton baby wrap, plastic sheeting, a clean blade and string for the umbilical cord)
  • $53 Midwife Delivery Kit (Supplies drugs, sterile dressings and other renewables for midwives)
  • $100 Pregnant Women Packs (Provides nutritional supplements, baby blankets, baby clothes, and soap for 20 pregnant women).

 To purchase a Mother’s Day gift package visit www.worldsbiggestpackage.com or phone Australia for UNHCR on 1300 361 288. A printable gift card is provided for each donation, which is tax deductible.

Happy Gifting xx

Aphrodite’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide – Part One: Products

She’s the biggest Aphrodite in my life, and she might be in yours too. My mum is beauty and love personified, and even though she returns every gift I buy her and uses the money to buy me a better present, I still try my hardest every year to bring her something that she would love – especially something that’s going to pamper her in the way she deserves to be pampered for all her hard work and sacrifice for my father, my siblings and I.

I’ve used the occasion to make my first ever Aphrodite video, which I’ve also posted on the Wordsmith Lane ‘Chasing Aphrodite’ YouTube channel. It’s not the best quality, as I am still trying to figure out how all the technical stuff of compressing videos so they can actually be uploaded works, but it gives you a pretty good array of mother’s day present ideas that all come in at reasonable prices and that are all about mum (we got some submissions for TV remotes and such, and thought they were the kind of things that Homer Simpson might give his wife Marge, ie, not encompassing a whole lot of thought). So click on the link for the video below, but alternatively here’s the list of products (with prices and stockist info):

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1. Ryn & Cordie: The Food & Wine Matching Formula – $29.95 from www.rynandcordie.com.au. Fantastic cookbook which features soups, salads, casseroles and more. Matches each recipe with the ideal wine, making it super-easy for mum to create that perfect meal and wine combo to unwind with after a long day.

2. Burt’s Bees Radiance Bath & Body Pack – $24.95. See www.burtsbees.com.au for stockists (although Myer stocks most of the range). Featuring two goodies (Body Wash & Body Lotion) from the Radiance skin care line, which uses Royal Jelly, one of nature’s most nutritious substances, as well as over 130 other nutrients to enhance skin texture and smoothness, this bath and body pack also comes with an eco-bamboo loofah for some much needed relaxation time in the tub. 

3. ECOYA Limited Edition Pink Champagne scented ‘Love’ Candle – $39.95. Visit www.ecoya.com.au for stockists or call 1300 730 180. Team Aphrodite’s latest obsession, this candle’s scent carries, literally brightens up the atmosphere in the room and almost makes us believe we’re getting high on pink champagne. Plus, it’s environmentally friendly, and comes in a pink and black gift bag. This candle has Aphrodite all over it.

4. Remington Tribal Pro HairDryer & Straightner Pack – $63.95 from leading electrical retailers or call 1800 623 118. Everyday will be a good hair day if mum has the tools to keep herself looking slick and polished. Easily achievable with the 2200 watt hairdryer from the pros over at Remington. Not only does this baby boast a removal filter and six switch combinations, but it is electric purple and comes paired with a mini ceramic hair straightner that’s perfect for touch-ups, weekends away or the gym bag.

5. Pink Parisian Hot Water Bottle – $29.95 from Sussan. Speaks for itself we think.

6. Bailey’s Irish Cream in Limited Edition Hazelnut – $30.99 (700 ml) from most Bottle Stores and Supermarket Liquor Outlets. The smooth silk taste of Bailey’s with a twist. Surprise mum by making dessert out of her favourite drink –  tune in tomorrow for a bread and butter pudding recipe with a Hazelnut overtone.

7. Witchery Joey Loafer – $139.95 from www.witchery.com.au or witchery stores. Loafers are the new ballet flats, and these babies have a super-cute bow to make them all the more exciting.

8. Bloom Organics Essentials Pack – $29.95. Visit www.bloom.com.au and check out the Bloom range at Myer & David Jones. One of our favourite Aussie cosmetic brands’ organic skincare line is worth our dollars, especially when these handy little packs can be combined with a bunch of other exciting girly things to make the ultimate mother’s day (self-made) hamper.

9. Kosmea Australia ‘Treat’ Pack – $39.95. Visit www.Kosmea.com or call (02) 4862 9999. This Australian brand on skin care sources rose-hip oil from the mountains of Africa, which means it’s putting the business into the hands of villagers who rely on the rosehip oil picking for their survival. We think it’s a lot more eco-friendly than other commercial brands and it helps that this little pack gives mum the opportunity to sample a few different items from the range.

Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for Part 2 of the Mother’s Day Gift Guide, which is all about gifting mum with service-based gifts. We check out a food hamper that you can get customised for mum from Audrey & Marco, brainstorm ideas on how you can create your own hamper by combining mum’s favourite health and beauty products with some chocolates, her favourite magazines and some other ‘pretties’ that she’ll love and use,  and take a look at some great mother’s day services on offer – including mobile beauty therapy, charitable donations in her name and more.

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