Fellow millennials might recall the 1994 film by Tia Brelis called ‘Trading Mom’. It’s a fantasy comedy about three kids who cast a spell to make their mother disappear - a strict, nagging, workaholic - and go shopping for a new (and better) one at ‘The Mommy Market’.
Here they spend time with a wealthy-but-fussy French woman; an attentive-but-competitive nature-hiker; and a fun-but-wild Russian circus performer, none of whom turn out to be the right fit. Ultimately, they realise they prefer their real mum and break the spell to bring her back (fortunately, she is much kinder upon her return).
The film’s reviews were mostly negative but the message it did bring home is that every mother is unique in their own way. It’s a message which raises an interesting question around one of our most important annual events - Mother’s Day.
Historically, it’s a celebration where almost every mother (or mother figure) receives a nicely worded card and some flowers or a pair of slippers. But if we accept the notion that every mother is different, why are they all getting the same gift? Shouldn’t Mother’s Day gifts be as individual as the person receiving them?
We certainly think so.
It’s part of the reason we created our digital gifting company Gravy in the first place: to facilitate meaningful gifting for all occasions - and every “type” of Mum.
But what to actually give? It could be flowers or slippers (they’re legitimately good Mother’s Day gifts if that’s their lane) but it could also be something that speaks to each mother’s individual qualities and interests, like a movie voucher (if they’re a Movie Buff Mum) or a pottery class (if they’re a Creative Mum).
Gravy also allows people to give gifts of time and good deeds (we call these pledges), like helping to build a vegetable garden, going on a bushwalk together or cooking mum a meal. Because often the most thoughtful gifts don’t cost a dime.
Here are 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas that will be truly meaningful to mum.