Ahhh Mother's Day. It's the day where you wrap mum up with love, make her breakfast in bed and then smother her with affection and cups of tea all day long right?
Wrong. *Cue audible gasps.
This Mother's Day mums across the nation want one thing - a break.
It's been a rough few years for parents and when this mother of one crowdsourced ideas for this very guide from mothers across the newsroom, I was overwhelmed with responses that made it clear that mums really just want a little time to themselves, and maybe an overnight hotel stay - don't skimp on the room service.
So with that in mind, this gift guide features all the things mums actually want this Mother's Day. Things that make her feel better, pamper her, nurture her and give her back a tiny bit of the love she pours into you each day.
Here is your Mother's Day gift guide, by mums, for mums.
Lunatic and Lover, Fundamental Rum
While 2021 was the year of gin, 2022 looks set to be a rums time to shine too. This boutique rum is a little bit special and is perfect for mum to enjoy while she basks in some evening solace.
Velvet Rhapsody candle by Glasshouse
Just like mum, this candle is an absolute beauty. Perfectly packaged, chuck a bow on this one then offer mum a few hours of uninterrupted R&R with a cuppa and a good book.
Summer Fridays Belly Balm
An expectant mum is still a mum and she deserves a pamper now more than ever. Treat mum to this luxurious belly balm which will leave her skin feeling lush as she gets on with literally creating life - what a legend!
Park Hyatt Mother's Day lunch and overnight stay
Treat mum to a special Mother's Day lunch at the Park Hyatt and then surprise her with a room booked for her to have a night of room service, a bubble bath and a plush bed to herself. This was overwhelmingly requested in my crowdsourcing efforts, for obvious reasons.
Mother's Day Lunch - May 8th 2022
3 Courses for $75 Per Person
Lash Friday lash serum
When you become a mother you experience fun side effects you never considered - like losing your hair and eyelashes. One product that made this very mum get back some of the post-baby confidence was Lash Friday's serum. My lashes came back from the brink and for that, it's a total win.
Dermalogica hyaluronic ceramide mist
At the top of the list of things that mum doesn't have enough of, is time. Her skincare routine probably consists of soap and water some days, and mum deserves more. Enter this handy spray, where you can quite literally mist on delicious skin-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid on the go. One of my most game-changing products of the year hands down.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
International bestselling author Taylor Jenkins Reid has created another cult favourite that mum will love. Packed full of escapism - yes please, this one is a sure winner that mum won't be able to put down.
Esmi Rebuild SkinTrients
Need I say it again... mum doesn't have much spare time. These collagen and antioxidant-packed beauties will help mum feel fab about her skin, hair and nails and there is zero faffing about.
Rob's Kitchen by Sophia Cameron
Food editor Maggie Wicks' top pick for mum this Mother's Day, this beautiful cookbook also comes with a charitable cause, with all proceeds going to breast cancer charity Sweet Louise. With breast cancer affecting so many of our beautiful wahine, this one is feel good giving at its best.
Aavailable in bookshops nationwide, RRP: $49.99.
Dinner out with her friends
If you want to fill mum's cup, why not treat her to a night with her girls. Buy a voucher from a local restaurant - in Auckland Ima Cuisine and Andiamo are some of the best for a girl's dinner. And be sure to pay for her Uber too. The second part is key, as it's a well-known fact that no mother can resist spicy coconut margaritas from Andiamo.
Lanegie lip mask
It's a cult product for a reason - it's one of the best of all time. Pair this with a sheet mask, a Loreal revitalift filler one from the supermarket works a treat and give mum an afternoon totally off and go pack your own lunch box.
Scapegrace Gin & Soda in a can
It's no secret Scapegrace is the master of gin, and now it's in a can - I feel seen. No mixing, no measuring, just crack a can and repeat the phrase "I love my children, I love my children" as you wipe pee off the bathroom floor for the 5th time that day.
Diptyque Do Son - Limited edition blue
I almost didn't put this on the list because I want to keep it to myself. Do Son has been my signature scent for years, but the limited edition blue version was too good to keep to myself. It's as timeless as that beautiful woman who raised you. Run, don't walk.
Clean her car
Imagine never spilling a single thing in your car, yet it resembles a literal dumpster - welcome to motherhood! Get out the vacuum and spray and wipe and give mum's car a jolly good clean this Mother's Day.
When my son's daycare asked for a family photo I was hit with a stark reality - I'm not in any of them. Get the family together, with your beautiful mum front and centre and take some family pictures. If your mum is technologically challenged, get a few printed out and framed for her. Being in the photo will mean more to her than you know - even if she won't admit it.
Coffee and a sleep in
An oldie but an absolute goodie. If this were online shopping I would be adding this one to cart.
Which is technically not "free", you can pick up a beautiful vase at most op shops for a few dollars. Bang in some flowers, foraged or otherwise and you will get an A for effort.
A homemade card or video
If you are far away from mum this Mother's Day, a video message or a homemade card can still help make the day special. It's all about the effort with mums, and this gift screams "I thought of you in advance and did not remember at 11pm last night. Promise."