The ultimate Mother’s Day gift guide

Still scratching your head on how to celebrate Mother’s Day? From gifts to perfect family outings, this guide will get you there.


Growing up she looked like she was giving 100%, but now you probably realised she actually gave 110%.

She’s the person that made everything better, run smoother and even kissed your crusties.

If you’re still in adolescence, you probably also already know the value of mom. So to celebrate her this Sunday on Mother’s Day, here is an ultimate guide to everything that screams “I love you, Mom”.

Leopard’s change to Spotify

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Who still listens to the radio? Get mom access to her favourite songs with Spotify. Just because Mother’s Day comes around once a year, it doesn’t mean her gift has to. Give her the gift that keeps on playing.

If you really want to get mushy, why not gift your mom by creating a playlist just for her. Spotify HQ Happy Mother’s Day playlists have grown in the last few years, with streaming increasing 19% from 2016 to 2018. Overall, users have created more than 7.8 million mom-themed playlists.

This year, you can be part of the action. If you really want to make it more special it’s easy to personalise your playlist cover.

Follow these steps: you will need to use the desktop app. Click the playlist image, click “choose image” to upload a new cover image that you own or “replace image” to replace an existing image (new image will need to be a .jpeg file no bigger than 4MB). Then click save.

Time with momma

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What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than at Dolci Café in Craighall Park. Headed up by chef Jackie Righi-Boyd with assistance from her beloved mother Luciana Righi, this weekend the popular Johannesburg spot presents the perfect three-course meal for adults, as well as a children’s set menu so families can dine together without the dishes after.

  • The cost is R350 per adult and R120 per child under the age of 12.
  • Booking is essential and can be made by calling 010-900-2274

Brushes out in Bryanston

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Want to suprise mom before her special day? Great. Café del Sol Botanico has created the perfect way to enjoy the weekend, thanks to a partnership with Paint Night South Africa.

Café del Sol Botanico has everything to treat mom to a creative afternoon of painting, laughing and, of course, enjoying delicious treats together.

Guests will be sipping coffee from IIly, tucking into pizza crafted by the team at Café del Sol, and swirling wine from Hermanuspietersfontein.

All the brushes, paints and canvases needed to create your artistic masterpiece will be ready for you. All you need to do is bring your mom (and your aprons), relax and let your creativity flow.

  • This event takes place tomorrow from 11am.
  • For last minute bookings, email marketing@cafedelsol.co.za to secure your space.

Spa her a minute

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The Spa at Sandton Sun and its focus on holistic wellbeing, restoration and calm is the perfect setting for moms this weekend.

Mother’s Day specials valid for May include the 90-minute Mother’s Day Pamper at R1 150 per person, which includes a Glow Boost facial, Fusion massage and Mother’s Day gift.

There is also the Bespoke package consisting of a 30-minute back massage, 30-minute foot massage and 30-minute Indian head massage for R1 080.

The third, ultra-luxurious option is the Revive package, which consists of two-and-a-half hours of indulgent pampering, including a Radiance facial, Fusion massage with self-heating mask, as well as a manicure, for R1 400.

The month of May specials are part of the Spa’s calendar of monthly special promotions.

  • For last minute bookings, go to Sandton Sun Hotel
  • To book an appointment at the spa, call 011-780-5500 or e-mail spa@sandtonsun.com

Fizzing flower

Spoil your mom with a bottle of Valdo Prosecco Rosé Brut Floral Edition. The beautiful floral design on the bottle is created by Fabrizio Sclavi, eminent Italian fashion editor with a special passion for illustration.

The striking bottle is just the beginning of a delectable gift, because inside expect Prosecco that is fresh and lingering with an enticing colour of pink rose petals with a tinge of watermelon.

There are also aromas of raspberry and spring flowers lead to an enveloping fruitiness on the palate, a whirlwind of cherry and strawberry flavours.

The Valdo Prosecco Rosé Brut Floral Edition retails nationally for about R280 per bottle.

For a classic lady

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The Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra and the North West University Conservatory Choir are presenting a stunning afternoon out at the Brooklyn Theatre.

To sweeten the deal, the theatre is offering a free ticket to all mothers booking for a family of four or more. The show, Elijah an Oratorio for choir, soloists and orchestra promises to be a tour de force.

With assistance from three embassies, artistic director Willem Vogel has managed to put together a truly international team of musicians to make this a memorable event.

Mother’s delight

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You won’t be ruining Mother’s Day by spoiling mom with a bottle of Arbikie Highland Estate Kirsty’s Gin.

Scotland’s first farm to bottle gin, also happens to be named after one of the few female master distillers in the country. Kirsty’s Gin is named after Kirsty Black of Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery, who developed the super-premium gin over two years.

This gin is available at Norman Goodfellows, Spar Tops, Bar Keeper, Woodstock Liquors, Roeland Liquors, Liquor City, Bottleshop.co.za and Blue Bottle Liquors for R549.

Sixth scent

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Calvin Klein’s reinterpretation of Women eau de parfum and eau de toilette radiates optimism and empowerment.

With a sensual and blend of lemon, white peony and ambrox ingredients, it’s a fresh, yet warm, fragrance (just like moms) all combined in a captivating bottle that embodies the viewpoint of the individual woman. It retails from R950 in South Africa.

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