Mother's Day should be a time for Australia to express their gratitude to the women who mean most with meaningful gestures of appreciation. In reality, many are familiar with the cycle of intending to organise a grand declaration of love, forgetting, and quickly panic-buying a scented candle at the last minute because they couldn't get organised.
This year, try getting mum something that doesn't smell like vanilla and desperation.
One of the silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the sophistication of food delivery from restaurants and cafes. This year, it's all about brunch delivery, eradicating the need to drive wide-eyed to the nearest Westfield with the rest of Sydney on May 9.
I Love Butter's famous croissants
Those on the lower north shore will be well acquainted with the sight of a line of people congregating with their dogs outside Mosman's Nosh+ cafe each morning. They're lining up to buy one of owner Sophia Ly's croissants.
Ly's giving the lower north shore the chance to treat mum from the comfort of her own home by offering a "bake at home" croissant and cinnamon scroll delivery service that gives children and partners the opportunity to bake something for the woman in their life, without doing the hard part.
For Ly's gourmet brunch, the home baker is only required to preheat the oven and pop in the pre-assembled treat, but the smell of the kitchen will make it seem like they've slaved away all morning.
Ly, a former dress-maker, launched I Love Butter in an attempt to encourage people to savour Saturday and Sunday mornings with easy baking.
"Who says you need to party and eat good food on Friday and Saturday evening only? I want to indulge in a slow, relaxing morning that involves a labour of love," she says.
With the help of her 15-year-old son and his trusty pushbike, Ly delivers croissants to Mosman, Cremorne, Northbridge, Kirribilli, Neutral Bay and Cammeray daily.
She recommends placing an order 24 hours before the designated eat time to give the croissants enough time to defrost and bake. Freshly baked croissants and pastries can also be picked up daily from Nosh+.
Sonoma hamper goodness
Sonoma bakery has your Mother's Day breakfast needs covered with an $85 hamper jam-packed with goods such as a loaf of chocolate and cranberry sourdough, an array of pastries, Maison Balzac scented candle, their famous spelt maple almond muesli, housemade jam and Pepe Saya butter.
Think your mum would prefer wine instead of muesli? Sonoma is also delivering a hamper in collaboration with online bottle shop DRNKS that comes with a bottle of rosé, white, sparkling wine or kombucha for $120. Add a bunch of flowers for an extra $40.
The hampers will be available this weekend for pre-order with delivery on Mother's Day in Sydney metro via the DRNKS website.
Crumpets by Merna with passionfruit and creme fraiche
What better way to toast to mum in autumn than with a Crumpets by Merna crumpet lathered in cultured butter. Merna is offering a $40 Mother's Day breakfast pack with buttermilk crumpets, Pepe Saya's passionfruit curd and butter, and creme fraiche. Add a Botanical Signature Earl Grey tea for $26
For those who want to go all out, there's also heart chocolate crumpets that come in a box of 25 for $60. All orders must be received by 11:59pm on May 5.
The Grounds of Alexandria high tea
Treat your mum like the queen she is with the Grounds' high tea pack. Available for two, four or six people, each pack is fit for the whole family and contains fancy morsels such as cured salmon, caviar and creme fraiche on brioche that could easily be fashioned into a brunch.
Like any good high tea, it also comes with an assortment of sweet treats and wine. Starting from $85 for two, it'll be available for pick-up or home delivery between Friday May 7 and Sunday, May 9.
Brickfields in bed
The friendly folk at Brickfields are providing a rustic-style breakfast-in-bed hamper for just $45. The pack comes with autumn fruits, a Brickfields signature whole wheat loaf, a croissant, Perisan love cake, Mecca coffee beans, Pepe Saya butter (seemingly a Mother's Day staple), and a beautiful bouquet curated by Sean Cook of Mr Cook Flowers.
They'll deliver on the big day, while also opening their Chippendale cafe and Marrickville for collections if you feel like a stroll.
Brickfields isn't new to the breakfast delivery game, but they've tweaked their box slightly from last year's offering. "There's less pressure to be all encompassing now that lockdown's over," says Brickfields' Fiona Hutt. "We like to feature some of our suppliers and offer a service our customers can't get elsewhere."