Listen carefully; that distant yet distinct sound you hear is daughters and sons across the nation gasping as they come to the horrifying realisation that Mother’s Day is this Sunday… and they still haven’t got a present sorted.
Are you one of them? Step right this way.
Because you’re a grown-up now, you can’t just make your mum a dried pasta necklace and pass it off as a thoughtful gift. Oh, no — you need to do something a little more adult. Here are some great last-minute options that’ll spare you the stress (and not one of them is a foot spa).
A smells-good-enough-to-eat candle
Don’t you dare wrinkle your nose — in case you hadn’t noticed, scented candles are having a moment. Big time.
One of our favourite candle ranges is Peppermint Grove, which includes good-enough-to-eat scents like Freesia and Berries, Lemon, Basil and Mandarin, and Red Plum and Rose. Delightful. You can order them online from David Jones — it’s $39.95 for a large candle — or find your local stockist here.
Chances are, all your mum really wants for Mother's Day is the chance to sit back and chill out on the lounge with a movie (because let's face it, that's what we all want from life).
You can up her relaxation game by giving her the tools for a simple DIY pampering. Estee Lauder's Micro Essence Infusion sheet masks ($80) are a cinch to use — mum can just rip open the packet and pop one on her face for 10 minutes — and they'll leave her skin feeling all nourished and happy.
A versatile scarf
Fashion is a deeply personal thing, but if your mum is a scarf person it's hard to go wrong. This skinny mono paisley scarf from Sussan ($29.95) is a lovely understated option:
It's monochrome, so it'll go with just about anything in her wardrobe, but the paisley print adds some interest. Plus, it's lightweight so it'll travel well.
Watch: Paula Joye shares three nifty ways to wear a scarf. (Post continues after video.)
Treat your mum to a monogrammed bag, clutch, phone case or other leathergoods and we promise you'll be the favourite child for evermore. Seriously, it doesn't get much more special (and chic) than this.
'But surely I'm out of time?' you're probably thinking. Au contraire — consider Mon Purse your Mother's Day fairy godmother. If you order one of their monogrammed products online by 9am Wednesday, it'll be delivered just in time (only to Australian capital cities, though).
If you live more rurally, you can buy yourself some more time by getting your mum a voucher instead. Visit the Mon Purse website and hop to it.