We know what it's like: every year when Mother's Day comes around you face the same battle to find a gift for the maternal figure in your life that actually does justice to the impact that they've had on you. We can't promise that there's anything out there that'll equate to what she means to you, but we can suggest a few inspired gift ideas that'll help you put your thanks into a physical form.
Here are our top present picks for Mother's Day.
a chic tote
This tote bag from relatively new label Cloth and Print
features an original design screen-printed by hand onto natural, high-quality material. We've been smitten with it since we first saw it, and we're confident mom will feel the same. Read more about this textile brand
MaXhosa by Laduma
, the venture of acclaimed knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo (the creator of 2016's Most Beautiful Object in South Africa), has now ventured into jewellery with these Xhosa-inspired beaded Amacici Wam earrings. If you're looking for a gift for a mother figure who has a penchant for vibrant colour and local craftsmanship, these are a fail-safe choice.
a dainty salad bowl
Handmade by Pretoria-based ceramic design studio Cerameek, this delicate porcelain bowl, with its teal lace detail, is a treasure that, whether used or simply displayed, will no doubt be cherished for years to come. Get it through Hello Pretty
a colourful casserole dish
You can't possibly go wrong with a gift from adored brand Le Creuset
. The brand is currently running a special whereby anyone who buys a signature cast iron casserole receives a complimentary present - double the joy for mom.
an exotic scent
Our fragrance pick for Mother's Day is the Persian Eau De Parfum from Crabtree & Evelyn
's Night Garden collection. Inspired by the spices and aromas that associated with the ancient route to Persia, this scent features hints of smoky black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, amber and cedarwood.
a cultural day out
The Winter Sculpture Fair
conveniently takes place right over Mother's Day weekend (7 and 8 May), so if your mother is based in Gauteng and appreciates art and outdoor spaces, tickets to this festival will go down well. Better yet, it's a great opportunity for some bonding time. You can expect over 40 local and international works on display alongside food and wine prepared by Franschhoek's top chefs and winemakers.
bags of chocolate bliss
Especially for Mother's Day, LINDT has created two limited edition gift bags filled with either milk or strawberries and cream chocolate truffles - if mom has a sweet tooth, these are a star choice. Otherwise, take the cocoa bliss up a notch and spoil your mother with a special chocolate class
at the LINDT Chocolate Studio in Cape Town on Saturday 7 May (the Joburg class is unfortunately already fully booked) .
Blue in the Face by Inkfamous Bob D
An original artwork makes for an especially meaningful gift, but the concern is usually budget. Good news is that local online platform Unsung Art
is committed to selling beautiful works (like the one above) by up-and-coming artists at really accessible prices. The virtual shop stocks a wide range of options, so you're bound to find something that suits your maternal figure's tastes.
a tub of bubbles
Give your mom an excuse to stop, take time out and relax with Mies's natural naartjie and lemon bubble bath. If she's like us she'll love the tin as much as she does what's inside. Get it from the KAMERS online store
a hamper of loveliness
The charming Babylonstoren farm shop has put together a limited edition hamper filled with a treasure trove of gorgeous hand-picked treats. The woven picnic basket overflows with everything from biscotti, Belgian milk chocolate, rooibos tea and fynbos honey to rose-scented soap, natural body butter, a Delft paddle fan and a few bottles of wine for good measure. This Mother's Day hamper is now only available via the farm shop, but a similar version will be available via the online store
from the week of 9 May for future occasions.