It’s that time of year again: the Sunday to show Mum just how much she means to you. We should be doing that all year round of course, but sometimes life gets in the way. Enter Mother’s Day on 13 May, the perfect reminder of your son and daughter duties.
If you’ve left everything to the last minute (again), or just plain forgotten, Southgate is your one-stop shop for gifts, pampering and special Sunday meals.
To make your job even easier, we’ve provided our retailers’ top picks for gifts, plus a quick glance guide to our restaurants’ Mother’s Day specials.
Mary Martin Bookshop’s Top Three Reads for Mum.
Everyone knows the power of a good book, so treat mum to an adventure she can enjoy from the comfort of home. The shelves at Mary Martin Bookshop are overflowing with unique and popular titles that are sure to make you seem like the most thoughtful child this Sunday.
To make shopping extra easy, the team have selected their top picks for you to peruse when searching for the new addition to Mum’s library:
Sticky Fingers, Green Thumbs by Hayley McKee (RRP $29.99) is a collection of delicious recipes that take their flavour inspiration from nature, using vegetables, herbs and edible flowers to create delicious baked treats like apple cider and zucchini muffins and porcini caramel and chestnut cake. Perfect for mums with green thumbs who love to cook with what they grow.
The Lucky Galah by Tracy Sorensen (RRP $29.99) is a charming and thoroughly Australian novel with an unusual narrator – a Galah called Lucky. It’s set in 1969 in a remote coastal town in Western Australia which, as a satellite relay point, is about to play a pivotal role in the moon landing. From a perch on the Kelly’s back verandah, Lucky observes family life and the comings and goings of a small town on the verge of making history.
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart of Holly Ringland (RRP $32.99)
Beautiful and heartbreaking, this is a fantastic read for Mums who are romantic at heart.
This deeply moving novel tells the story of Alice Hart, a young girl with a traumatic past who, sent to live with her grandmother on an Australian native flower farm, learns to communicate through the language of flowers
Pick up one of these favourites or speak to one of the Mary Martin Bookshop team who will happily help you find the perfect book for your Mum, because as we all know, every mother is unique.
Mary Martin Bookshop is open 10am – 7pm Thursday, and 10am – 10pm on Friday and Saturday, providing plenty of time to zip in after a long day at the office.
Spoilt Gifts and Homewares dish on their four favourite gifts.
Spoilt Gifts and Homewares is a treasure trove filled with an array of presents that will please almost any mum this Mother’s Day. With their shelves filled to the brim, the team have taken the hard work out of shopping and provided their top picks:
Candle kings Ecoya have released a limited-edition candle set, which mum is guaranteed to love. The Ecoya Rose Trio Gift Set ($59.95) is inspired by the ancient ritual of fine fragrance layering. This collection of natural soy wax candles is designed to be burnt together to create a multi-layered rose perfume for the home.
If mum has a flair for fashion and accessories, Spoilt Gift and Homewares carry a range of beautiful items including the blue Block Abstract Scarf ($40) – a beautiful option with the chilly weather descending, a scarf is the perfect accessory. This super soft and stylish scarf features a short soft fringe and is perfect for any occasion.
The Louenhide Willow bag ($99) is another great gift for Mum with the classic design and zip closure making the bag suitable for any activity, whether she’s going shopping or to a dinner date, this bag is versatile and stylish.
Jewellery always makes for an excellent gift and the Liberte Chelsea necklace ($79.95) is a gorgeous necklace that can go with any look. Available in gold, silver and rose gold, there are also earrings and a bracelet option that pair perfectly, meaning you can really spoil mum with the whole set!
Spoilt Gifts and Homewares is open 8:30am-6pm Thursday, 8:30am-7pm Friday and 10am-6pm on Saturday.
In good taste – Mother’s Day eats.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all covered on Mother’s Day this year thanks to Southgate’s stable of riverside restaurants, dessert bars and cafes.
Whether you want to let mum sleep in and roll out for a long lunch or delicious dinner, enjoy an indulgent high tea, or start the day with a big brekkie, we’ve got something to suit every mother’s taste.
Hot tip: book today, as these are hot spots with divine views that are always a hit on Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day Breakfast at The Deck
Serving up an alternative to breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day, The Deck delivers breakfast with a view of the Yarra River from 8.30-11am. The full breakfast offering will be available and groups will be catered to.
Bluetrain Breakfast for Mum
From 8:30am – 11am Bluetrain will be offering a delicious breakfast menu (including a free glass of bubbly for Mum) with amazing dishes such as their Prosciutto and Asparagus with Poached Eggs and Hollandaise.
Bearbrass High Tea
A Bearbrass style high tea by the river is available from 10am-5pm, including a board of nibbles loaded with scones, quiche, and macarons, accompanied with a glass of Dunes & Greene Sparkling or tea and coffee at $25pp. A kids menu is also available and bookings are essential.
Damon Bradley High Tea
Afternoon tea at Damon Bradley is an experience that delivers tradition, elegance and delicious delicacies. Offering a beautiful selection of cakes, teas and handcrafted fingers sandwiches for Mother’s Day, Mum gets an added treat of a 9 piece truffle box to take home and enjoy. $75 per adult and $45 per child (aged 4-12), bookings are essential.
Lunch and Dinner
Lunch at Tutto Bene with Mamma
Thank Mamma with a delightful lunch at Tutto Bene this Mother’s Day. Choose from either a two-course menu for $65pp, or Al Tavolo di mamma where you eat at mumma’s table with a selection of four courses tailored by the kitchen for $85 pp. Both include a glass of prosecco on arrival.
Mother’s Day Sunday Roast at P.J.O’Brien’s
Let the team at P.J.O’Brien’s cook the Sunday roast today! $22 for their Roast of the Day including a Pint of Bulmers Cider, available from midday until late. Plus all mammies will receive a complimentary glass of bubbles. Live Irish music will be on from 3pm with Pat McKernan, Marty Kelly and the Hijacked Penguins all penned to perform.
Mother’s Day Lunch at The Deck
A three-course menu is on offer for the best family lunch, including a shared first course, individual main and dessert for just $55pp. Group bookings are welcome.
Free-flowing champagne lunch at Pure South
Treat mum to something extra special this Mother’s Day with a two or three course lunch consisting of Tasmania’s finest, accompanied by three hours of free-flowing champagne at Pure South.
Two courses are $139pp (or $69 without champagne), while the three course menu is $149 (or $79 without champagne).
Hophaus Mother’s Day Lunch
Spoil mum with a special lunch this Mother’s Day. All mums receive a schnapps of their choice and a complimentary miniature Bavarian dessert with their main meal – Prost!
Other retailers at Southgate where you can pick up gifts for Mum include American Rag for the stylish, vintage loving mother, Downies Coins and Collectables for the collector mum, kikki.K. for the organiser mum, and Bloch for the barre-class obsessed mum.
Otherwise, pamper her with a Chinese massage voucher from Max Therapy, or a treatment from Rooprani Hair & Beauty Salon. Because we all know, sometimes a voucher is the best present of all.