It’s that time of the year when we give thanks to the most underappreciated people on Earth – our Mothers. But rather than grab your standard bunch of flowers or maybe some chocolates, why not put a little more thought and effort when it comes to showering your mum with love.
We’ve compiled so distinctly original gift ideas that will put a smile on any Mum’s dial. So if you’re stumped for ideas or feel like putting in a little extra effort this year, read on!
These beautiful – and delicious – gifts are a great alternative to your standard bunch of flowers. Fruit carving is thought to have originated in Thailand in the 14th century before spreading across Asia and now the rest of the world.
You can order these fantastic feasts from a number of places, but if you’d like more information, why not read up on Asian Inspirations good friend Tong, who is an expert in the art form.
No one is really sure when or who invented origami. Paper was invented in China in the 1st century A.D and was introduced by Buddhist monks to Japan in the 6th century, but as there are very few written records from that period, it’s difficult to say who invented what and when.
However, no one can deny that the Japanese made the intricate folding of paper into the art form it is today.
There are plenty of ways to learn the finer points of origami, and it’s an incredibly intricate and striking way to create all sorts of beautiful shapes and designs. The crane is just one. Why not take some time to create something for your Mum, or book in some time so you can both learn this wonderful art!
Please excuse the hyperbole, but these spectacular little jelly cakes are a marvel of creative design. Created by injecting clear jelly with coloured dyes, at their best they look like delicate flowers, animals or even fruit are trapped in suspended animation.
The art of 3-D jelly making originated in Mexico, but it has quickly spread across the world due to its cheap level of entry – tools are just $10 online – and how relatively easy it is to pick up the basics.
If you’d like to learn more, another of Asian Inspirations good friends is a master jelly-maker, and if you’d like to learn more about Jinee and her work check her out here.
Beautiful and delicate, paper lanterns have been around since the invention of paper in China. Like so many practical tools, the manufacture of lanterns quickly became elaborate and decorative, and lanterns went from simple light-givers to important parts of ceremonies and festivals.
Lantern making is a lot of fun, and they make great gifts! Whether they’re the glowing red orbs used for Chinese New Year to the floating wonders launched in the air across south-east Asia, they’re worth the time and effort it takes to build them.
You can take lantern making classes online or at a variety of arts and crafts centres around Australia.
Cook for her!
Chances are your Mum is responsible for putting food on your since you were a child, so why not return the favour! There are heaps of great cooking classes available and lots of fantastic how-to videos and recipes on our website. Why not whip something delicious up for your mum so she can put her feet up!
Don’t forget to do the dishes!