Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2019
Mia Fratino Luxury Love List:
Ideally, we would celebrate and thank our mothers every day for all that they do – raising, supporting, guiding and nuturing us. However, life is often busy, hectic and demanding, and the reality is that we don’t always take the time to tell mum how important she truly is.
Luckily, Mother’s Day reminds us to pay homage to the woman who gave us life, at least once a year. Below, we’ve revisited our annual ‘Mia Fratino Luxury Love List’ gift guide, to share gifting ideas from the luxuriously indulgent, to the simple and sweet.WEAR
Wrapping mum up in the soft embrace of high-quality sustainably sourced cashmere is the perfect way to say ‘I love you’. Not only are Mia Fratino’s garments made from sumptuous high-quality100 per cent Mongolian cashmere, they are ethically crafted with environmentally and socially sustainable practices. With styles and colours that range from timeless to bold, from everyday essentials to exclusive limited edition pieces, Mia Fratino’s fine garments are the perfect luxury gift for any mum. SHOP Mia Gift Guide.
Of course, elegant cashmere is best complemented by equally stylish and eco-conscious accessories. Woodfolk jewellery uses responsibly sourced materials like natural wood, stoneware, linen and recycled cotton, designed by Sydney-based jeweller and designer Julia Denes, and ethically handmade by artisans in Sydney and Nepal Woodfolk. With similar values to Mia Fratino, Woodfolk is invested in honesty, compassion and being kind to the environment, bringing warmth and creativity to any outfit. And, like the Mia Fratino garments they complement so well, each Woodfolk jewellery piece is simple yet effortless, comfortable to wear and soft to touch.
Of course, cut flowers are a classic. But if you’re looking for something a little more lasting but no less beautiful, a stylishly framed fine art print featuring bold botanicals or soft blooms might be the answer.
The Store has a wide selection of prints – both framed and unframed –from striking and rare natural history illustrations celebrating the Royal Botanical Garden Sydney’s 200th anniversary, to simple, modern, bold silkscreens. These prints provide the perfect flowers that can be admired long after the real thing wilts and fades.
We’ve curated a list of experiences, getaways and indulgences in a few special locations across the country, but for more, visit here.
Visit one of Melbourne’s most beautiful boutique hotels – the heritage-listed Hotel Lindrum – for an afternoon of fun, socialising and indulgence that is high tea. Picture an elegant tiered stand, adorned with an assortment of sweet and savory treats, all accompanied by a glass of bubbles and your choice of tea. Afterwards, wander the inner-city laneways for a little retail relaxation.
If you think mum would prefer to sneak away from the city, what better way to unwind than with an Overnight stay at the boutique Flinders Hotel coupled with priority passes to the Peninsual Hot Springs – gourmet breakfast included. Relax and recharge at the hot springs, and then laze away the evening in your luxurious room.
An unhurried wander through the picture-perfect countryside of Tasmania’s southern wine country, complete with a local sommelier guide, makes for the perfect escape. Soak in the tranquil ambience of Coal River Valley accompanied by tastings of Tasmania’s renowned cool climate wines, handcrafted chocolate and cheese, and a unique, indulgent paddock-to-plate experience at Coal River Farm.
Escape to another world with a luxurious overnight sojourn in beautiful Spicers Tamarind Retreat villas, nestled in a tranquil rainforest oasis adjacent to impressive Gardners Falls. The experience is completed with a cosy fireplace, private outdoor hot tub, and a delicious a la carte breakfast in the award-winning restaurant.
While you’re out in Queensland’s beautiful rainforest hinterland, why not double-down on indulgence and re-energise with a full body treatment at Spa Anise? The spa provides a specially tailored treatment, including an indulgent three hour package of spiced chai botanicals, full body massage, exfoliation reflexology and more.
New South Wales
Take mum out for a lunch she’ll never forget: soar over Sydney’s spectacular Northern Beaches in a seaplane, then land for a delicious three course lunch at Cottage Point Inn, located in the gorgeous bushland surrounds of the Hawkesbury River. The return flight ducks over the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge for a breathtaking finale.
If you think mum would appreciate a more low-key and private experience, multi-award-winning day spa The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa offers a sanctuary of relaxation with its 90 minute spa treatments, including a relaxing 30-minute aromatic back massage and 60-minute customised aromatherapy facial designed to re-energise, brighten and restore healthy skin. Arrive a little early to take advantage of the relaxation area, steam room and heated mineral spa, and enjoy the natural surrounds of 45 acres of pristine subtropical rainforest.
What better way to spend a morning than floating over the beautiful Barossa Valley? Take an unforgettable hot air balloon flight over the Barossa, with spectacular sunrise views, the opportunity to get hands-on and help inflate and pack away the balloon, followed by a delicious breakfast with sparkling wine.
If your mum is a bit of an outdoors type, a relaxing evening horse ride in pristine Australian bushland of Margaret River might appeal. The fully guided tour winds through the stunning Western Australian bushland, taking in beautiful vistas to a soundtrack of kookaburras and local wildlife. Ride back to the cottage just as the sun sets, and unwind with a glass of home-grown wine accompanied by hot bread, olive oil and dhukka.
In our increasingly busy and demanding world, there’s no greater gift than being able to indulge in a little delicious solitude and escapism by diving into a great book. Depending on mum’s literary tastes, we have a couple of recommended reads...
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield is a finely crafted, multi-layered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age. It follows the richly atmospheric and spellbinding tale of an injured stranger carrying a mysterious drowned child, who miraculously returns to life.
For those after something a little lighter, Sophie Kinsella’s story of love, empowerment and an IOU that changes everything – I Owe You One – is a sweet and playful tale of Fixie Farr, a woman who just has to put things right. What starts out as a simple request from a handsome stranger escalates into a series of IOUs – from small favours to life-changing debts – and Fixie is torn between the past she’s used to and the future she deserves.
For books bound in artwork that is just as stunning and beautiful as the famous prose that’s held inside, look to beautiful hardcover box sets such as Puffin’s In Bloom collection, or Jane Austen – The Complete Works, a clothbound box set from Penguin Classics.
Puffin’s In Bloom: A collection of classics features stunning cover art by Anna Bond in a charming keepsake box. The set includes: Anne of Green Gables, Heidi, Little Women, and A Little Princess.
Jane Austen – The Complete Works includes all seven of Austen’s novels, containing some of the most brilliant, dazzling prose in the English language, to each tell a tale of love and marriage. More than mere romances; Austen’s work is ironic, comic and wise, masterly studies of the society she observed.
For the soft and sweet at heart, we’ve curated some thoughtful and unique gifts that say ‘I love you’ in a simple way.
Designer Louise Jackson has teamed up with skilful traditional handicraft workers from Bangladesh to produce playful hand-crafted jute “word-bags”. A joyous spin on the popular market basket, the bags feature natural textiles emblazoned with sweet slogans like ‘Love’ and ‘Merci’. Additionally, the project aims to empower local women in Bangladesh and through the income it provides, and to improve their access to health and education.
If your mum is a deft hand in the kitchen, she might appreciate fine art tea towels that are a frequent reminder of ‘Love Forever’, while also being functional and exclusive modern art. Produced by Third Drawer Down in collaboration with world-renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, these sweet towels are only available in art museums and exclusive design stores. Drawing on Kusama’s playful,vibrant, avant-garde style, this beautifully gift-packaged set blends cosmopolitan art with domestic bliss.