Mother's Day gifts that will help support local.
Mother's Day is rapidly approaching, and while normally we can head out and peruse the shops for inspiration- Covid-19 is changing the way we shop at the moment. We are lucky that we have dropped to level three which means businesses that sell 'non-essential' goods, such as myself, are now allowed to ship our products again.
It is more important than ever that we support our small, NZ businesses while we get back up and running. Many of us have had to close up shop for five weeks, with other long term revenue streams such as markets, expos, local and international wholesale customers all drying up for the foreseeable future. In shopping for my own Mother and Mother in law, I have tried to be very mindful of what I am buying and who I am supporting. My Mother and Mother in law are a huge part of my life, and do so much to help us out, with three young children and forth due soon - we really do rely on them a lot and I'm sure many of you are in the same boat. So as much as I don't like to buy things for the sake of buying, giving a thoughtful gift I know they will appreciate is something I think long and hard about.
My mum does shift work and I know sleeping during the day is still such a challenge for her. So I have bought a lovely diffuser and a sleep support essential oil blend. My mother in law is always tricky to buy for, in my mind she is someone that always has what she wants and that can be tough! But she loves Gin, and I recently came across a small NZ boutique Gin maker that makes Blush Gins- so she has a lovely bottle of Rhubarb infused Gin coming her way - and I can feel really good knowing I am supporting two small NZ businesses in the process, and maybe enjoy a rhubarb gin later - once this baby has evacuated.
Ive created a list of simple gift ideas for Mum, or yourself, if your in the habit of buying your own mothers day gifts (I do) that can help support our economy and the people that might really need the support more then ever!
- Of course top of the list would have to be eco products such as a reusable coffee cup, or a pack of beautiful beeswax wraps.
- A voucher for some pampering - think hair, nails, massage or facial- this industry is hurting at the moment as they are not allowed to open up again until we hit level 2, and I'm sure many of us are in desperate need of some pampering! Step away from the scissors ladies!
- A voucher for your favourite local cafe or restaurant - although many in the hospitality industry are able to open up now for takeaway meals or coffee this will not be bringing in the business that they are normally accustomed to, or pay their staff and rent for. After all that isolation, we need social dates to look forward to as well - and a break from cooking!!!
- And of course homemade gifts, baked goods, plants, or hand picked flowers always go down a treat!