Mother’s Day is a day for a family to honour motherhood. Its origin was to promote peace and show gratitude to women.
Over time, it has become a fantastic reason for a family reunion. These days, bringing family together on a special occasion has become increasingly important as families are spending less time together as a result of work or other commitments. During family gatherings, we bond, build memories and cherish moments. It is a celebration of love and connection.
With cities and communities still under stay-at-home mandates across Australia and many schools and offices closed for the foreseeable future, it’s not surprising that COVID-19 would impact Mother’s Day plans this year.
This year, it will be a Mother’s Day like no other on Sunday 10th May 2020. We are forced to rethink our plans with loved ones. With the usual lunches and afternoon teas cancelled, families across the country will have to find innovative ways to spend Mother’s Day together even if we are forced to be apart. Fortunately, many small Australian businesses have turned to e-commerce to keep going through these difficult times. Online shopping has become a substitute for in-store purchasing activity for many people who must remain at home.
Online shopping has become a substitute for in-store purchasing activity for many people who must remain at home.
We have selected a range of products available for purchase through our Mother’s Day Market for you to treat your mother and other family members who are unable to join you in person for Mother’s Day this year. Socially distancing ourselves could be the most loving and responsible thing we can do, especially with an elderly mother or family member. Sending and expressing our love in the form of gifts is a small caring gesture that we can do during COVID-19 as we remained separated from those we care the most about.
Among our selections are a chocolate hamper produced by indigenous communities, a cashmere shawl from artisan fair trade communities and Australian handcrafted hemp soap. The summer bushfires have ravaged the communities where these businesses are located. Despite the trauma these businesses suffered, they have shown an altruistic response in the face of COVID-19 and the aftermath of the fires.
Chocolate On Purpose®, an indigenous business in Millthorpe, NSW, was sadly impacted by the fires. Its artisan handmade chocolate has seen a huge drop in sales. Nevertheless, the business is hopeful that production is able to continue to support indigenous communities from all around Australia, where they get their native fruits and nuts.
Another business owner whose home was lucky to be spared by the fires, set up an initiative to help people less fortunate during the bushfires. Tatjana, the owner of Simply Natural Home, set up a fund to supply linen sheets and towels to families in need. Twenty percent of every purchase of the brand’s Premium Baltic Line and Helping Linen Vouchers on Spend With Us go towards this fund. She strives to help and make a difference to those who have lost their homes in the fires.
Altruism doesn’t stop at Australian waters. It extends beyond the border. The cashmere shawl from one of our stores, Create Fair Trade, is made in Nepal by local women from marginalised groups. The store has taken great care to connect artisans to the overseas market. A purchase of a shawl for your mother this Mother’s Day can provide fair wages, extra support and child care to these women.
Check out our Mother’s Day Gift Guide with promotions from participating stores. Send a gift directly to your Mums door and know you are supporting an Australian small business. This time in our lives shall pass… and in many ways Mother’s Day may be more meaningful this year. Best wishes to all the mothers in our beautiful country.