Mothers. They’re the reason we’re all here and the reason that many of us thrive. It’s their eternal love, unrelenting resilience and depths of strength that make them the ones that we will turn to throughout our lives. This Sunday 8 May is Mother’s Day, a day in honour of the mums, the stepmothers, grandmothers, mothers-in-law and the other mothers.
If you’re unsure of how to celebrate the mother in your life, look no further than our shortlist of gifts and experiences curated for mums of all types.
For the foodie
Here’s an experience that mums with an enquiring palette will love. The third in award-winning chef Peter Tempelhoff’s stable of restaurants, beyond really is what its name implies. Set among the famed Buitenverwachting vineyards whose leaves are an ever-changing canvas, this is fine dining with soul. Think sustainable and seasonal produce that celebrates provenance, dishes that delight with innovation and comfort and a contemporary yet relaxed interior that makes the most of this spectacular lookout.
For the bold woman
Is your mother a successful South African woman in business who has supported growth and pushed for transformation? A bold woman whose talent ought to be recognised? If so, start by gifting her a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, the champagne house expanded by one of the first businesswomen of our modern times - Madame Clicquot. Her story is one of boldness, audacity and entrepreneurial spirit - in 1805, widowed at the age of 27 years old, she went on to revolutionise an entire industry. Be sure to encourage your mom to enter into the Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award by 31 May. Launched in 1972, this is the first year that businesswomen from South Africa have been invited to enter. If she wins, she’ll travel to Reims, France for an immersion into the history, tradition, and luxury of Maison Veuve Clicquot.
For the art lover
Combining his famed sculptural works with awe-inspiring landscaping, the private garden of artist Dylan Lewis in Stellenbosch took just under two years to create and is an ideal destination for mums who appreciate both art and the outdoors. Here, you can take the time to explore 7 hectares of land dedicated to more than 60 of his sculptures set among varied indigenous species of plants. United by the Jungian concept of ‘the wilderness within’, the gardens explore the notion of wilderness in much the same way that his famed animal sculptures do. You and Mum can do a self-tour or a guided one; grab a seat for a bite to eat at the café afterward and be sure to end off with a viewing of the gallery.
For the self-care devotee
What better way to show love than with the gift of self-care and rest, which is scientifically proven to lower anxiety, reduce inflammation and promote cell regeneration - essential for natural glow and a healthy complexion. Dr Judey, a Biomedical Scientist and Founder of Biomedical Emporium believes rest and self-care are just as important as the product you apply to help rejuvenate and revitalise the largest organ in our body, our skin.
Dr Judey’s Mother’s Day gift pack, complete with a facial cleanser, collagen serum and peptide therapy, effectively shelters your skin against harmful extremities, dramatically increases skin hydration and protects the skin against oxidative stress.
For the champagne enthusiast
Raise your glass in ode to the mothers. There’s no doubt that champagne has the power to turn any moment into an occasion and Mother’s Day is no exception. With its sparkling effervescence, seductive palate and warm blush hue, Moët & Chandon’s Rosé Impérial is a supreme accompaniment for a Mother’s Day to remember. Better yet, a pop of the cork followed by a heartfelt toast in honour of mum will undoubtedly bring a tear to her eyes.
For the fine fragrance fanatic
City of Stars, Louis Vuitton’s latest in their cologne perfume series is undoubtedly a scent that will elevate mum’s day. In this, the fourth fragrance in the series, the warmth of day lingers and the incandescence of night shines through. Artist Alex Israel’s ode to the city of Los Angeles at nightfall, this citrus infusion takes its notes from a blend of blood orange, lemon, red mandarin, bergamot and lime in harmony with sandalwood and Tiare flower. Just launched, it’s a complex and extroverted scent that she is sure to cherish.
Words by Lucienne van Pul