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Last minute gift ideas for Mother's Day

So you've left your Mother's Day plans until the last minute – leave the rest to us

By Delima Shanti

If you haven't made Mother's Day plans yet, leave it to us. There's still time to make a booking for a nice long lunch or dinner, and plenty of places to call up for a last-minute gift purchase for mum. 

Chuan Spa at The Langham

Health and beauty Spas Southbank

Your mum probably spent many years looking after you through your terrible twos, teens and so on. So let's do her a solid and splash out on her with a gift certificate for The Langham's swish Chuan Spa. Spa vouchers are available from $50 or you can get in on the action with the luxury spa package for two ($255) for a whole day of pampering.

The Daily Edited

Gift your mum (and maybe yourself) a little personalised gift from The Daily Edited. They've just opened up a store at David Jones on Bourke Street Mall and if you're in a pinch, you can pick out one of their beautiful leather items and get it monogrammed with mum's initials on the spot. 


Gelato Messina

Restaurants Fitzroy

Gelato Messina is shaking up the chocolate box this year with a box of mini gelato chocolates. Each beautifully created chocolate will have tiny bites of Messina's gelato and are encased in a delicate chocolate shell. Order from the Fitzroy or Windsor stores and hand deliver them to mum quick before they melt!

Pidapipó Gelateria

Restaurants Carlton

Pidapipo celebrates the matriarch this Mother's Day by scooping up three special flavours by three very special Italian nonnas. Nonnas Concetta Corso (grandmother of The Design Files' Lisa Marie Corso), Nonna Elsie Valmorbida (Pidapipo owner Lisa Valmorbida's nan), and Nonna Livia Bacchia (grandmother of food writer Paola Bacchia), have created gelati based on their favourite family treats. There will be a coffee with chocolate and hazelnut biscotti gelato, a tiramisu one, and a ricotta with grappa-soaked sultanas and pinenuts gelato.

The Mother's Day flavours are available now at Pidapipo Carlton and Windsor

Cutler and Co

Restaurants Fitzroy

Treat your mum to a long Mother's Day lunch at Andrew McConnell's Cutler and Co, which will be serving up a seasonal menu matched by a selection of sommelier Liam O'Brien's favourite wines. Expect dishes like smoked duck, raddichio and English cream, beef short-rib with cipolinni onions and an autumnal pear and almond tart to finish 

The lunch will set you back $95 per person, with matching wine for $55. 

The Hotel Windsor

Hotels Melbourne

Celebrate Mother's Day with a high tea with your mum, grandmother, and any other important lady in your life. The Windsor is hosting afternoon teas in its One Eleven Spring Street dining room ($129), Grand Ball ($99), and the Bourke Room ($99). Mums can expect a little extra treat courtesy of the grand hotel. 



Bars Wine bars Fitzroy

Right next door to Cutler and Co, Mario will be taking reservations for breakfast, lunch and dinner service on Mother's Day. Have Andrew McConnell's signature baked eggs with labneh over a mimosa, or sit down to a long catch-up with mum over lunch or dinner over a selection from Marion's a la carte menu for $65 per person.

Melba at the Langham

Restaurants Southbank

Check into The Langham for breakfast at The Melba. Their buffet option will tick the box for all your brekky preferences. Whether your mum is a bacon and eggs kind of gal, or a pastries and tea kind of lady, there will be something for all kinds of appetites. 

Breakfast service is on from 6.30am-10.30am. Sat $50, Sun $80. 


Saigon Sally

Restaurants Windsor

Show mum how it's done with Saigon Sally's Bottomless Brunch. For $75 per person, you and your mum will receive bottomless bubbles and Bia Hanoi beer, and a selection of Saigon Sally's best dishes. The designated driver or the little ones can skip the booze for $39. 


Restaurants Asian Melbourne

How about a karaoke session with mum and the rest of the family? Supernormal's private dining room (complete with karaoke machine) is available for booking if you want to make Mother's Day lunch a little more special. Alternatively, introduce mum to the Supernormal banquet ($65), complete with the restaurant's signature lobster rolls and gyoza. 


Academy Kitchen and Bar

Richmond restaurant Academy Kitchen and Bar is hosting a Mother's Day seasonal dinner ($50) with a curated menu by chef and owner Will Manning. Mum will be served a complimentary glass of bubbles, and diners will be treated to a three-course menu. Vegetarian options are available. 


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