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Ruby Olive earrings and necklace, toning in with ‘Trick of the Light’ by Laura Elvery

All families are different and I try very hard to feature books here on my blog for all families. Mother’s Day can be a beautiful day of honouring your mum or mother figure, or it may be a really tricky or fraught day for you….I so understand this.  My own mum is superb and I know I am very lucky.

The gift ideas in this post are a mash up of all the things I love and I think you will also love. Email or message this list to whomever is buying you a gift – done! In my case, the girls are going to choose something from here for me and we’re going to ‘add to cart’ and wait for the parcel in the mail.

Gifts for Mother’s Day

In my ideal world, I’d be in bed all day on Mother’s Day reading a book – this is not going to happen for me – but I can dream! I don’t read many adult books, but these titles are ones I would totally recommend for Mother’s Day.

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by Julia Baird

(print & eBook available)

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‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse’

by Charlie Mackesy

(print & eBook available)

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‘The Dutch House’

by Ann Patchett

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‘Where the Crawdads Sing’

by Delia Owens

(print & eBook available)

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‘The Weekend’

by Charlotte Wood

(print & eBook available)

Buy from Apple Books

‘The Nowhere Child’

by Christian White

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‘The Wife and the Widow’

by Christian White

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‘Fleishman is in Trouble’

by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

(print & eBook available)

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‘Girl, Woman, Other’

by Bernardine Evaristo

(print & eBook available)

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A magazine is the gift that gives every month for a year – that is lots of times that you will be thanked for the gift! There is nothing nicer than sitting and reading a magazine with a cup of tea for five minutes or so and though I subscribe to some magazines online, it is just NOT the same as a paper copy in the mail each month…you cannot post-it note an online copy. I personally love Breathe,  which Bec Sparrow put me onto, ‘Frankie’, ‘Flow’, ‘Womankind’, ‘Lunch Lady’, ‘Smith Journal’, ‘Organic Gardener’ and ‘Mindfood’.

Kobo eReader

My children (8 and 12) and I all have our own Kobo Clara eReaders, controversial as a librarian who loves print? I actually embrace all forms of reading my eReader increases the amount of books I can churn through, I carry it everywhere and in 2020 with #stayhome, the eReaders are essential! There are a number of brands on the market, I went with the Kobo brand of eReader as I knew that Kindles were locked to Amazon whereas with a Kobo you can access Overdrive from Australian public libraries and most school library digital collections.


Image Credit: Gorman

Leafy Library Planter

I have a few of these water resistant cotton canvas planters and they are super duper nicer than plastic pots. I really love the soft look of fabric with the green of the plants…unless the plants die…which does occasionally happen.

Image credit: Gorman

Berry Picking Pillowcase Pair

My Gorman pillowcases (not these ones) make me smile and I really love the pop of colour. They are a 250 thread count printed pillowcase pair with print on one side and plain on the back. I’ve found they wash beautifully.

Oh my giddy aunt

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Queen Bee Honeycomb Ring  from Oh My Giddy Aunt. Enter code CBD on any Oh My Giddy Aunt purchase to receive a free silver charm. If you have been following me for a while you will know that I have a thing for bees and I have thing for the products from Oh My Giddy Aunt. Nikki’s attention to detail and service is like nothing I’ve ever experienced shopping online. My bee ring has a small diamond for each child, the dog and one for Dan. I almost never take it off.


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Biome has a beautiful range of organic and sustainably-produced toiletry bags, makeup bags and cosmetic bags like this One Thousand Lines Flat Pouch

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I love this Aroma Diffuser made from bamboo and glass and have one in my kitchen and one in my bedroom.

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Rose Remedy Scrub + Soak
Exfoliate and regenerate your skin with this healing and mood-elevating blend of Epsom and mineral rich sea salts, soothing oatmeal and rice powder, rose petals, and pure essential oils. 

Ruby Olive

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Gift Sets
Ruby Olive have the most spectacular range of gift sets at the moment – they are an entire gift in a box and the accompanying cards are just totally mood lifting! I have a particular fondness for BB Balls – so this one above is my pick!

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I am rarely without one of the Ruby Olive necklaces these days  – I love the feel of the hand-poured resin and the incredibly bold colours. The colours and the quality of Ruby Olive pieces are delicious – funny word to use when describing accessories but they really are – they look and feel edible. Dear glory, they even featured me on their blog despite the fact that I am CLEARLY not a fashion blogger!

Ruby Olive earrings and bangles, current fav reads and Easton Pearson bookmark from Museum of Brisbane (MOB) shop.

Bohemian Traders

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As mentioned above, I‘m not a fashion blogger  – I KNOW you’re shocked as I’m such a style icon #saidnooneever. Despite not having much of a clue, I do adore a few brands and stick with them season in, season out. Jericho Road, Gorman, Dogstar, Maiocchi, Adrift and Bohemian Traders is pretty much my wardrobe – with random staples thrown in. I really like this dotty skirt…like really like it.

T2 Tea

**T2 Tea currently have a free gift with purchase offer until 28/4. Spend $100 or more and receive a free Eleganza Cup. Choose your Free cup at the shopping bag.**

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Sari Teapot
Jet off to India and celebrate Holi, the incredible festival of colour, with the return of our iconic Sari range! Back after years off the shelf, Sari is an explosion of vibrant new colourways shimmering with electroplated magnificence on fine bone china. Celebrate colour with radiant reds, outstanding oranges, pretty pinks and vivid greens all tied together with streaks of gold and platinum electroplating.

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Feature Tins
You just can’t go past the gorgeous designs on some of these tins for gifts…and the teas are even better!

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Mystic Carpet Ride Teacup Rose
Join us on a Mystical adventure exploring the long-standing carpet weaving patterns from the infamous Grand Bazar. Explore stunning sapphire teapots, emerald green saucers and lush rose teacups! Our Mystic Carpet range explores vibrant colours, bespoke design and intricate patterns transporting your sipping experience to a whole new world!

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Baker’s Quartet
Four melt-in-your-mouth drops for a tea time treat! Sweet, delicious and utterly indulgent, lift the lid and discover spiced delights, fudgy morsels and chocolate concoctions!

Book Geek

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Jane Eyre Cuff
I have one of these beautiful handmade brass cuffs featuring sections of a chapter from Charlotte Bronte’s novel and I rarely take it off. REALLY love it and so many people comment on it. The image on the cuff (the text) is taken from a 19th-century copy of the novel.

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Pride and Prejudice Scarf
Dream of Mr Darcy as you adorn yourself in this beautiful, lightweight scarf featuring the original 19th-century jacket art by Hugh Thomson. The Pride and Prejudice Necklace will also be a winner!

Book Geek Pride and Prejudice necklace with Ruby Olive earrings.

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