Mother's Day is fast approaching, and in the solitary age of social distancing and self-isolation, taking the time to show mum how much you love her might look a bit different from other years.
Fortunately, there are plenty of Perth businesses to #buylocal from: whether it's an experience she can enjoy in better times, or gorgeous local products she can pamper herself with, mum doesn't have to miss out!
Here's 7 ways to #buylocal and spoil mum this Mother's Day.
While restaurants and cafes have closed for dine-in, they haven't closed their doors! Many have delicious takeaway and delivery options available, so you can #stayathome in style for Mother's Day lunch or dinner. From Modern Australian cuisine at Odyssea, to homestyle Indian delights from Chakra Restaurant, support your favourite restaurants (and even discover new ones!) with our list of #TakeawayForWA restaurants.
And for a Mother's Day afternoon tea to remember from the comfort of home, The State Building's beloved Autumn Afternoon Tea menu is now available for pickup or delivery! Their offerings are designed to highlight some of Western Australia's most revered produce, with set menu options starting from $65. Enjoy six delicious dishes including seasonal ingredients, accompanied by Teassential tea or a bottle of bubbly (depending on how indulgent you are feeling). What a feast!
Celebrate family, together
Please remember social distancing guidelines and follow the State Government for continued updates - at the time of writing, Western Australians can now gather in groups of up to 10 people, as long as they are socially distanced appropriately. So use some of the delish takeaway options we've mentioned to have a family picnic in a nice local spot, and let the conversation and the love flow!
If you're looking for perfect places to picnic, some of our favourite spots are beachside grassed areas at Sorrento Beach & Trigg Beach, and parks like Kings Park, Whiteman Park, and Hyde Park. You can even get your fitness game on together by hiking in the Perth Hills, or in one of the many stunning Perth national parks.
Go Digital and #BuyLocal
Fancy a spot of retail shopping, without leaving your comfy sofa? There's never been a better time to support local Perth stores, while finding amazing high-quality products and produce at the same time! From craft ciders to handmade gifts, wine and cheese to beautiful art, you'll find plenty of mum-and-pop local retailers making things mum will love.
Our #buylocal online list will give you plenty of ideas, with stores like The House of Honey, Morish Nuts and Whistlers Chocolate Co re-opening with reduced trading hours in time for Mother's Day for some special treats, and many of the beloved Fremantle Markets stalls are offering retail sales online.
And if mum is an art lover, you can even discover new and emerging WA Aboriginal artists with the online version of Fremantle Arts Centre's annual Revealed Exhibition, and find her an artwork she'll treasure forever.
Purchase Now, Visit Later
They say that experiences result in longer-term happiness than material possessions, so why not buy mum an experience to look forward to? Support local business and put a smile on mum's dial with a gift card for fun activities she can use when restrictions are lifted.
Two Feet and a Heartbeat Tours and Up Close & Local Tours are both running special Support Local promotions at the moment; gift cards with three-year validity for future tours are available for purchase online with 10% off when you use the code 'SUPPORTLOCAL' at checkout.
Two Feet & a Heartbeat is a multiple award-winning experiential tourism provider specialising in fully escorted tours in Perth and Western Australia, with themes like art, history, and even coffee! Up Close & Local Tours are Perth's boutique wine and food tour specialists, offering personalised small group tours; with their great knowledge of Perth’s hidden gems, mum is bound to find new favourites!
And if mum is adventurous, why not surprise her with a gift card from WA's first axe throwing venue, Lumber Punks, an adventure cruise with Rottnest Express or hire a catamaran with Funcats Watersports in South Perth - one of the only places in the world where you can sail your own boat directly in front of a major city! They also rent stand-up paddle boards and kayaks, giving mum the opportunity to experience the Swan River in a whole new way. A free lesson is included for those who haven't sailed or paddled before, so it's a great way to find a new hobby in 2020!
So much to look forward to!
Finally, for a culinary and visual experience she'll love, there are some truly exceptional restaurants in the city, in terms of taste and views alike! The Point Bar and Grill is an ideal choice! Located on the banks of the Swan River, this restaurant offers exceptional food and service. Gift cards are available for purchase online as an e-card or physical card posted to you.
Fraser's Group, including Perth favourites Fraser's Restaurant and Botanical Cafe, with their sweeping views of Perth City the Swan River from the heights of Kings Park, offer the best in food, wine and service in spectacular locations. Gift cards for all venues are valid for three years and 10% of every card purchased will be donated to OzHarvest to help provide food to vulnerable people in the community. Perfect for spoiling mum and giving her something special to look forward to!
Stay Connected with #SupportLocal
With so many experiences available online from Perth's favourite organisations, you don't need to spend money to #supportlocal and stay connected!
Major visitor attractions and institutions are closed at the moment, but many are providing great educational and entertaining experiences online: from guided tours of AQWA and Perth Zoo' to WASO concerts from Perth Concert Hall. The West Australian Opera are sharing the power of music with audiences with Ghost Light Opera - where West Australian singers perform gorgeous arias spot lit on a darkened stage! Virtual Singing Classes, Podcast Series, Playlist Series and Singing for Children. Spend an evening enjoying the wonders of nature and music with mum!
You can laugh those iso-blues away together with Fringe World favourites at IsoFringe, enjoy 15-minute bite-sized chuckles with the Comedy Lounge's Lounge Laughs, and even explore the universe from your home with Perth Observatory Talks and Virtual Star Parties.
Make her breakfast in bed
Your cooking has probably improved significantly since attempts to make breakfast in bed for your mum as a kid, so why not surprise and spoil her with a tasty breakie?
The State Buildings recently caught up with Wildflower head chef Matthew Sartori to find out what he likes to cook at home, and he shared his all-time favourite recipe, his grandmother Estelle's pumpkin scones. They’re a real winner, and you can even get your own kids to help out. For the video and recipe, check out An Afternoon in the Kitchen with Matthew Sartori. Omnomnom!
Get your health on track, together
There's huge benefits to exercising with a buddy or in a team, so why not work out with your mum? The Bibbulmun Track Foundation have signed up to participate in the Get on Track Challenge and invite you to join in.
Get on Track is a free, online, 6-week team-based Challenge in which you and your team of up to four people race other teams as you move along a virtual track by logging your daily fruit and vegetable intake and physical activity. The more you do, the more you move! Spend six weeks getting healthier and fitter, form great habits and get ready for you and mum to become your best.
With group restrictions lifted to 10 people in WA at the time of writing, The Hike Collective is now able to run small socially-distanced group hikes - a great way of enjoying fitness and nature! The Hike Collective's philosophy of movement’s transformative power to boost mental and physical health makes their guided hikes a perfect way to start or boost your fitness journey. They offer hiking experiences within 1 hour of the Perth CBD; with hikes from 3km to 19km, they have the perfect experience for you and your mum.
Inspired? Want to know more about how you can #supportlocal during iso? We’ve got a great list of places where you can support local and buy local here: from exploring the universe, staying connected, to finding your new favourite takeaway. Even while practicing social isolation, Perth is a strong community and we're still together in spirit!