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Egg Empanadas at 1908 Restaurant

Are you stuck for ideas when it comes to indulging your mum on Mother’s Day? Here are eight gift ideas for Mother’s Day in the Shire.

South of the Border

Step away from those nasty nanna slippers and instead spoil mum with a pair of forest green Sage heels ($189) and matching Lady Bag ($189). South of the Border is filled to bursting with great gift ideas for that boho baby mama who is as well-travelled as she is stylish. Give mum a gift voucher so she can play dress-ups with a classic Panama Hat ($189) and the Mikadie boot ($229). The budget-conscious will also appreciate the cute Crochet Cactus Pot ($25). 

South of the Border, 142 Cronulla St, Cronulla. Visit the website 

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Unleash Mum’s inner goddess at Char Bella

If you’re stuck on eco-conscious gifts on Mother’s Day, ask Char Bella to curate a gift set of Salus Australian-made natural pure skincare products. As well as the earth-friendly packaging – the candle jars double as drinking glasses when you’re done – the products contain powerful botanicals and pure essential oils. Salus was the ancient Roman Goddess of health and prosperity. Go on, indulge the female deity. 

Char Bella, Shop 4/17 Gerrale St, Cronulla. Visit the website 

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A break from cooking at 1908

If you want to really pamper your mother, skip that cup of cold tea in bed and surprise her with a breakfast of runny egg empanadas at 1908 (formerly The Old Library). Alternatively, book a family table for lunch which, at $65 per head, includes a two-course meal with options such as a half dozen oysters and crispy snapper with sweet potato and fragrant curry and a glass of bubbles for Mum. 

1908 Cronulla Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, Surf Road, Cronulla. Visit the website 

1908 restaurant

For the outdoorsy mum 

Cronulla Surfing Academy offers surfing lessons tailored to everyone from mums who have never paddled out into the lineup before to those who want to move beyond simply popping up to their feet. The Ladies Classes run every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9.30am-11am and range from one-off sessions for $50 to 10 sessions for $360. 

Cronulla Surfing Academy website 

surfing lessons

For interior design obsessives

Is your mum obsessed with interior design? Is she partial to sourcing pieces that make a statement? If you want to maintain your status as the favourite child, head to Fred & Co in Miranda where you will find everything from quirky concrete homewares by Ramona & Fox, to books, oil burners, bath brews and chunky throws hand-knitted locally.

Fred & Co, Shop 3/105-107 Miranda Rd, Miranda, 02 9525 7736, visit the website

Fred & Co shop

For matriachs who like to avoid malls

Robin’s Nest is a darling little shop stocked full of everything from pre-loved items to contemporary soy candles to retro beach bags, vintage vases and pretty silk flowers. If your mum is the queen of upcycling, book her into one of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint Workshops on May 20 or May 21 where she can bring a small piece of furniture to restore. 

Robin’s Nest, Shop 2/105 Miranda Rd, Miranda, 9526 8885

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For mums who love leather

You love your mum. She loves leather. So get your tightwad siblings to chip in and buy her the One and Only Leather Jacket from Zaliah ($450). The boutique, located in an unassuming strip of shops in Caringbah, is run by the very talented and genetically blessed designer Tiarne Ettingshausen and mum Monique and the range is embraced by bloggers and influencers with serious clout. If you need any more convincing, check out @zaliahinsta on Insta for inspo.

Zahliah, 218 Willarong Rd, Caringbah.  Visit the website 

leather jacket

Pamper with a personal styling package

Personal stylist Simone K. McKenzie offers one-on-one consultations tailored to suit different bodies and budget. If you feel your mamma might appreciate a few expert style tips, McKenzie offers a 3.5 hour shopping experience at a cost of $347 advising how and where to shop for clothes that will make her feel like a million bucks.

Email or phone 0417250256.

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