Cream’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide
She brought fabulous YOU into this wonderful world and so we think she deserves special attention. No matter how big or small your budget is this MOTHER’S DAY, here are some nifty gift ideas – from $9.95 knick-knacks to three-figure household accessories to beauty products to boot.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Set of pop/rock coasters. DESCRIPTION: Though she may be discreet about her age, we’re guessing your Mum was born any time from 1970 backwards so she likely grew up listening to anything from Madonna to the Beatles. If so, she might just dig these cool coasters, each comes in a set of four depicting a particular artist’s more famous album covers. PERSONALITY TRAIT: Loves her retro music. COST: $9.95 for set of four. AVAILABLE FROM: pickaposta via eBay.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Vinyl Record 3-Tier Cake Stand. DESCRIPTION: A fabulous conversation piece, this cake stand is for the hipper hostess of high tea parties. Made from real vinyl records, it’s guaranteed to add a little rock and roll to her next soiree. PERSONALITY TRAIT: She knows who The Ramones are. COST: $39.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.vinylcuts.com.au.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Michel Design Works Peacock Teatowel. DESCRIPTION: She can never have enough tea towels so why not make a statement with some of them? Featuring bold, natural-history prints, there’s nothing demure or shy about Michel Design Works designs. Teatowel made of natural woven cotton so it’s as practical as it is impressive. PERSONALITY TRAIT: Likes to make a statement; may even be a little on the flamboyant side. COST: $14.95. AVAILABLE FROM: Stockist enquiries 1300 555 150 or visit www.villamondo.com.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Davis & Waddell Chicken Egg Basket. DESCRIPTION: Made of wire, this sturdy chook-shaped basket is just the thing to keep eggy-weggs safe and sound. A kooky addition to any kitchen. PERSONALITY TRAIT: A little quirky. COST: $14.99. AVAILABLE FROM: Phone (03) 9474 1300 or visit www.davisandwaddell.com.au.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Oxfam Retro Teapot and Cup Set. DESCRIPTION: This fun retro yellow and blue ceramic teapot was made by artisans for the Craftlink organisation in Vietnam especially for Oxfam Shop – that passionate supporter of fair trade, empowering disadvantaged communities by paying them fair and stable prices for their work. Looks great and you’ll feel real good about the cause! PERSONALITY TRAIT: Worldly and practical. COST: $32.95. AVAILABLE FROM: Enquiries 1800 088 455 or visit www.oxfamshop.org.au.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Eau De Parfum Lemoncello. DESCRIPTION: A stunning fragrance the melds Meyer Lemon and other citrus notes with Lily of the Valley. Lavender and Neroli sit atop a base of Ambergris. With 18-20% fragrance concentration, the scent is long-lasting. PERSONALITY TRAIT: She loves to deconstruct classic things. COST: $49.95. AVAILABLE FROM: Enquiries (03) 9703 1000 or visit www.everydayluxuries.com.au.
↑ WHAT IT IS: KitchenAid Artisan Deluxe Hand Blender. DESCRIPTION: This hand blender is perfectly weighted with a rubber hand stick grip helping her power through blending, shredding, mincing, chopping, whipping, frothing, puréeing and more. PERSONALITY TRAIT: Loves to cook but refrains from being a slave in the kitchen. COST: $249.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Enquiries (02) 4902 6500 or visit www.kitchenaid.com.au.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Nespresso Pixie with Aeroccino. DESCRIPTION: Nespresso has refined its much-loved Pixie machine by introducing a sleek, stainless steel panelled option. Robust and industrial looking, it’d suit the most modern of kitchens. PERSONALITY TRAIT: Likes her style like she craves her caffeine. COST: $399.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Nespresso boutiques and select appliance retailers; phone 1800 623 033 for stockists or visit www.nespresso.com.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Lush ‘Don’t Knock It Till You’ve Tried It’ gift pack. DESCRIPTION: Tropical-themed beauty treats from one of Australia’s most popular concept outlets, a cool reusable tin ‘lunch box’ packed with bathing goodies including Each Peach Massage Bar, Blackberry Bath Bomb and Karma Komba Shampoo Bar. PERSONALITY TRAIT: She’s quirky with a sense of humour while liking to maintain a good beauty regime. COST: $59.95. AVAILABLE FROM: Lush stores nationally. Phone 1300 587 428 for store info or visit www.lush.com.au.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Eurovision Song Contest Dress-Up Sticker Book. DESCRIPTION: Yes, you did read correctly. Courtesy of SBS comes this camp sticker book celebrating everybody’s favourite naff-naff talent quest, the Eurovision Song Contest. The book contains over 120 reusable stickers that can be mixed and matched across 16 sticker pages on male and female ‘contestants’. From ABBA-like ensembles to Gaga-esque creations, there’s hours of fun to be had. PERSONALITY TRAIT: Too much time on her hands. COST: $19.95. AVAILABLE FROM: Published through Hardie Grant Books, available at bookstores and select newsagencies or visit www.hardiegrant.com.au for more information.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Clarins beauty products. DESCRIPTION: A favourite for beauty editors the world over, Clarins provide trusted and established products such as the Beauty Flash Balm (middle), and new offerings like the Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate (left) and BB Skin Perfecting Cream (right). PERSONALITY TRAIT: She’s tried a lot of cosmetic products in her life and now only wants the tried, tested and trusted. The Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate, for example, is the culmination of 27 years of plant science expertise combining ingredients of green tea (for the prevention of lines and wrinkles), green banana (for firmness and elasticity), kiwi (for suppleness and tone) and survixyl (oxygenation). COST: $90.00 for Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate, $60.00 for 50ml tube of Beauty Flash Balm, $50 for the BB Cream. AVAILABLE FROM: Leading department stores, select pharmacies and retail specialists, and online at www.adorebeauty.com.au.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Clinique Repairwear Laser Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream. DESCRIPTION: A correcting cream that addresses the entire eye area, resulting in a more refreshed youthful appearance. It helps protect against environmental aggressors, visibly improving the appearance of lines, wrinkles and overall texture, while strengthening the skin’s moisture barrier. PERSONALITY TRAIT: The Mum who doesn’t mind the hint the years are going by but who knows a little help from a classic name in cosmetics doesn’t hurt. COST: $55.00 for a 15ml tube. AVAILABLE FROM: Clinique counters nationwide and at www.clinique.com.au.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Pelactiv Cleansing Duo Pack. DESCRIPTION: Created by Australian skin therapists in conjunction with biochemists, Pelactiv deliver a complete professional skincare and retail range tailored to suit all skin types and conditions. This handy duo pack includes gentle foaming cleanser and essential clarifying toner, both containing the purest of Australian native plant extracts including aloe vera, green tea and citrus oils. PERSONALITY TRAIT: She appreciates beauty products packed with natural goodness. COST: $49.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality beauty outlets and select pharmacies. Also visit www.pelactiv.com.au.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Moroccanoil Hydration Pack. DESCRIPTION: A beautifully packaged collection of quality Moroccanoil haircare products including hydrating shampoo, hydration conditioner, styling cream, hydrating mask, and Moroccanoil Treatment. Plus a fabulous recyclable beauty bag. PERSONALITY TRAIT: Conscientious, consistent and takes great care in her appearance. COST: $52.25. AVAILABLE FROM: Stocksts available at www.moroccanoil.com.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Bottega Veneta fragrance. DESCRIPTION: A fragrance inspired by the Venetian countryside, its scent is redolant of hay, earth, forest and flowers. An improvement on the original Bottega Veneta fragrance – if that was possible – with the addition of gardenia within its heart notes. PERSONALITY TRAIT: She’s bold, classic and stylish. COST: Eau de toilette 30ml $95.00, 50ml $135.00, 75ml $165.00. AVAILABLE FROM: David Jones and Bottega Veneta stores. For stockists phone 1800 812 663.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Curtis & Clarke Pomander Diffuser. DESCRIPTION: With notes of sweet orange blended with warming cloves and cinnamon creates an alluring aroma. Contained in a classic cut blottle, as decorative as it is pragmatic. PERSONALITY TRAIT: Appreciates good scents and good sense. COST: $48.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.pacificaskincare.co.nz.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur. DESCRIPTION: Liqueur made from Sicilian grown blood oranges. Versatile as a base spirit, modifying sweetener, or as the star ingredient in a winter cocktail. PERSONALITY TRAIT: She’s bold enough to try new liqueurs and clever enough to appreciate the purest of essential ingredients. COST: $70.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Select liquor stores nationally; for stocksits phone (02) 9402 5100.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Quality reading material. DESCRIPTION: Get Mum a riveting book to sink her teeth into. Our picks of the month: Petit Mort by Beatrice Hitchman (set in the glamorous but noiresque world or French cinema in the early 1900s), Ripples On A Pond by Joy Dettman (more period drama – this time in the ’70s, set in an Aussie country town with dark secrets), and The Deliverance Of Evil by Roberto Costantini (a psychological thriller about a killer on the loose in Italy). PERSONALITY TRAIT: Loves reading deeply… COST: Petit Mort $27.99 published through Allen & Unwin, Ripples On A Pond $29.99 published through Macmillan, The Deliverance Of Evil $22.99 published through Quercus. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality bookstores and book e-tailers.
↑ WHAT IT IS: Donation to the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR. DESCRIPTION: Give your Mum a gift that helps refugee mothers around the world by making a tax deductible donation to the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR. From as little as $26, a mother’s day gift package will buy a few simple items that can help save lives. Choose the amount and item you wish to donate and your Mum will receive her UNHCR Mother’s Day gift card via email or for you to print and post, telling her of your donation to refugee mothers. PERSONALITY TRAIT: A charitable woman. COST: Donations start at $26 which will provide kits to 10 refugee mothers to give birth in a clean environment. Kits contain baby wrap, soap and plastic sheeting. AVAILABLE FROM: www.unrefugees.org.au/mothersday.