Making traditional mother's day gifts trendy
It's 2017 people, we have the world at our fingertips, and bog standard Mother's Day gifts just aren't going to cut it.
Bypass the florist, skip the boxed chocs and do not reach for another bottle of that fragrance you've been giving her for the last ten years (she has a cupboard full of them).
Instead surprise your mum with something that shows her not just that you've put in a bit of thought and research but also that you (and she) are savvy global citizens and bang on trend.
SAY IT WITH FLOWERS, BUT NOT WITH BORING BLOOMS
Dried flowers have been making a comeback recently, but if you're thinking of musty, dusty stems, think again.
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Dried flowers right now are all about texture, subtle colour and a wabi sabi vibe. The best part is they last forever, so no need to snip stems, change smelly water or have to throw them away after just a few days.
The local queen of dried flower art is Antonia De Vere of Markantonia, who has developed an entirely unique and wildly beautiful style.
Another cool option for giving flowers with longevity is a floral art print. Hawke's Bay photographer Billie Culy shoots stunning floral still lifes, Auckland's Georgie Malyon has a more whimsical, slightly gothic take, or for a more affordable option, Adam Bryce's Vase Series come in A1 posters for $50-$100 - or tap into your creative bent and snap your own and have it printed up at your local print shop.
If you just can't go past fresh flowers, floral subscriptions are currently blossoming around the country, where you can arrange for bouquets to be delivered to your mum on a regular basis - weekly, fortnightly or even monthly. If you're outside an urban area, check with your local florist about setting up a regular delivery.
SMART JEWELLERY IS A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND
Mum has enough pretty earrings, but does she have a Swarovski bracelet that doubles as a solar powered fitness tracker, a gold designer necklace that secretly houses a FitBit or a ring set with sapphires that syncs to her smartphone?
Gone are the days of big rubbery wearable technology, we're now entering an age of smart jewellery that's more chic than geek.
SAVVY BEVERAGES BEYOND SAVVY B
Wine is fine but the tipple of choice for those in the know is gin. And New Zealand is catching on, with an increasing number of boutique makers springing up around the country (Juno in Taranaki and Reid+Reid in Martinborough to name just a couple), offering gins made with love and care.
Another drink with some quite different benefits is kombucha, a kind of fizzy tea that's been taking the health world by storm. Kombucha is made using a strange little jellyfish-like thing called a scoby that starts life in a jar and can be reused many times - put a bow on one and give it your mum so she can get started on a lifetime of better intestinal and digestive health.
Mildly sweet, tangy and a little bit zingy, kombucha is a slightly acquired taste, but it would be remiss not to mention it goes great in cocktails - so a scoby really is the gift that keeps on giving.
BRING THE SPA HOME TO MUM
While a voucher for a massage or facial has long been a classic Mother's Day gift, a recent surge in incredible take-home pampering products means mums can now enjoy a spot of luxurious skin, body or hair care without having to leave the house.
What's trending? Sugar or coffee body scrubs (Frank Body are known as the originals), charcoal face masks, argan or nut hair oils and pretty much anything with avocado, coconut or honey.
Throw in a fluffy white robe and a pair of those disposable slippers to really up the home spa ante.
PEP MUM UP WITH DELICIOUS CAFFEINE AND SAVE THE WORLD WHILE YOU'RE AT IT
On the subject of coffee, but this time of the drinking kind, more and more trendy mums are arming themselves with a Nespresso machine.
While we can't stop this (believe us, we've tried) what we can do is introduce 'Nespresso moms' to the Honest Coffee Company, who have exclusive distribution rights to Ethical Coffee Company coffee capsules, the world's only 100 per cent biodegradable, compostable coffee pods which break down naturally in 180 days (1.5 years faster than an orange peel!) - and fit in Nespresso machines.
Accompany this gift with a bottle or two of fancy nut milk and your mum will be a legit coffee hipster in no time.
STOP THE CHICK LIT CYCLE
There's only so much Marian Keyes a mum can take, and anyway, what's trending in paperbacks right now is poetry. There's a new wave of incredible female poets (including two New Zealanders, Hera Lindsay Bird and Lang Leav) selling thousands, if not hundreds of thousands (in the case of Cleo Wade and Rupi Kaur) of volumes of their verse.
The other trendy option if you're going the way of good reads is to get mum an e-reader or e-reading app. If she's already way ahead of you there, sneak in and top her up with a bunch of classics and contemporary cult classics.
SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY: GET REAL WITH PERFUME
Maybe your mum told you years ago that her favourite scent was Elizabeth Arden Red Door, and maybe it was, and while there's nothing wrong with classic perfumes, we're calling it: it's time for a change.
The problem here is that people's fragrance preferences are so personal, making it a high risk operation to purchase something different off the cuff. We recommend finding out some of the notes in whatever her version of Red Door are, and go make your own perfume using some of these notes.
Whether it's rose, lavender, sandalwood or citrus, get a pretty bottle, some essential oils, alcohol, glycerine and a few other bits and bobs (Google it) and have a go.
If you're lacking confidence, there are a number of New Zealand companies such as Fleur De Mal and Perfume Playground who offer bespoke fragrances and/or perfume-making workshops.