Dads, we hate to break it to you, but kids won’t be bringing home school-made cards or gifts from the P’n’F Mother’s Day stall this year. The crafting will have to take place on your watch and, if you have kids under 12, the gift will have to be bought by you. Time to start thinking… and planning… and online ordering…

But don’t fear, Playing in Puddles is run by two local mums and we’ve got together to compile a list of our favourite locally sourced Mothers’ Day gifts. These are the kind of gifts we hope to be gifted ourselves (hint hint nudge nudge, husbands), and we reckon your partner, your mum and your Grandma will be super happy to get these too. And better still, if you buy local you’ll make a local Central Coast-business owner happy too.

Let’s do this thing. Gift local. Support local. Keep local mums happy!

PS. Ladies, put this list under your partner’s nose. We’ll be sharing it with ours too.

And to all you awesome mums out there doing an amazing job parenting, working, homeschooling and keeping your kids safe, well and sane in iso, well done: you deserve a mountain of love this Mothers’ Day.

Happy Mothers’ Day!

# Featured Image above by local photographer Brooke of Brooke Biro Photography.

For “I miss date night” Mums

The Bon Pavilion’s Dress-Up Box

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If you’ve been slobbing in your PJs for weeks now, this is the perfect pick-me-up. The dress up box is for a special occasion night at home. Pull out your heels, apply lippie, get the kids off to bed and enjoy a 3-course meal at home.

This week’s box for two includes:
– Prawn cocktails (Yamba prawns with tomato blush mayo),
– Coq au vin with Paris mash & green beans with toasted almonds
– Chocolate fondant with raspberry compote and vanilla bean mascarpone
– The Bon Bakery’s French stick with Meander Valley Dairy cultured butter
– 2 Bon-branded wine glasses.
+ Add wine to your order and voila.

Free delivery in the Gosford area | $99 | The Dress-Up Box feeds two | Pre-order by 5pm Wednesday for delivery or pick up for that weekend.

Bells at Killcare’s Accommodation Package Gift Vouchers – Discounted

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Boutique hotel Bells at Killcare is one of the Coast’s most stunning venues, and right now they’re offering an incredible deal: purchase a Bell’s Accommodation Package Gift Voucher before Sunday 10 May and you will receive 25% bonus value.

​Call 4349-7000 or email to purchase.

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Plus, Bells at Killcare’s restaurant is delivering barbecue hampers, grazing boxes and seafood hampers, which make perfect five-star picnic fare.

The Seafood box feeds 2 and includes:
– Moreton Bay bugs
– Blue swimmer crab
– Dozen NSW rock oysters
– Australian tiger prawns
– NSW hot smoked trout
– Bells own cocktail sauce, green goddess dressing and mignonette.

Seafood hamper $120 | Orders must be in by 5pm Wednesday for delivery that weekend | Free Delivery in the Bouddi Peninsula |Pick up available too | Phone 4349 7000 to order.

Bar Botanica’s Mothers’ Day Hamper

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This “Luxe Botanica Mothers Day Hamper” comes packed with locally-crafted picnic produce. It’s available for delivery or pick up from the cafe Thursday-Saturday.⁠⠀

The hamper includes:⁠⠀
2 x Mr Goaty Gelato Pints OR a $30 Gelato Gift Card⁠⠀
1 x 200ml Distillery Botanica Moore’s Dry Gin⁠⠀
1 x Jar Bar Botanica Spiced Apple Chutney⁠⠀
1 x Jar Bar Botanica Piccalilli⁠⠀
2 x Slices Belgian Chocolate Fudge Brownie ⁠⠀
1 x Fennel Lavosh Crackers⁠⠀
1 x Bar Botanica Tote Bag⁠⠀
⁠Extras: Little Creek Gin-Infused Cheddar⁠, Bar Botanica Chicken Liver Parfait with Distillery Botanica Raspberry Liquor.⁠⠀

For Sentimental Mums

“Snap Me If You Can!” Photography Workshop – discounted

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This is for women who have always wanted to take stunning photos of their kids. For women who want to learn how to use their cameras properly. We’re talking about turning it off auto-mode and really learning to love the DLSR you bought to document your bub’s childhood!

Kendell Tyne Photography is offering a special Mother’s Day deal where mum-tographers can take part in her ‘Snap Me If You Can’ 3-hour photography workshop for JUST $99 (normally $150) – a saving of $51! PLUS the voucher doesn’t expire until NOV 2021! Awesome!

During the workshop, local photographer Kendell will teach you a heap:
+ Learn how to use your camera manually to create the images that you imagine in your head.
+ Transition from auto-mode to manual mode.
+ Learn how to take sharp action shots of your kids (no more blurry photos!)
+ Discover lighting and exposure techniques.
+ Create those dreamy blurry backgrounds.
+ To cap it all off, perform a live shoot of an actual wild child (Kendell’s son!)

Plus there will be Champagne! We’re sold.

Family Photo Sessions with Brooke Biro Photography – discounted

Talented local photographer Brooke – of Brooke Biro Photography – is offering $100 off family session gift vouchers purchased from now through to Mothers’ Day – with NO EXPIRY DATE! How incredible is that! You get a full family session for just $300 (RRP $400) – to be used when all this craziness ends.

For mums who love special treats

Mr Goaty Gelato – Home Delivered!

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Before Bar Botanica there was Mr Goaty and his ice-cream van. With Covid-19 raining on dine-in, Mr Goaty’s back behind the wheel and delivering “ice-solation gift packs” with contact-free delivery across the Central Coast.

This week’s flavours include mint chocolate, honeycomb and lemon myrtle, wild lime sorbet and, for those who are homeschooling again, ginlato (yep, it is as good as it sounds: gin + gelato = happy days!)

Burnt Honey Bakery goodies delivered

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Burnt Honey Bakery could quite possibly be our favourite bakery on on the Central Coast. Here, you’ll find the likes of Greek almond shortbreads, cinnamon buns and Portuguese tarts. Their seeded mountain loaf is phenomenal as are their doughnuts loaded with salted-caramel cream cheese. And while their Boston baked beans and vintage cheddar pie might be a long way from the traditional, it’s quite possibly the best pie we’ve ever eaten.

For Mothers’ Day you can order a chocolate caramel strawberry cake (I kid you not!), a 4-pack of lemon almond burnt butter cakes or a mixed pastry box that includes a passionfruit curd feuillatine and a rhubarb and custard danish. Take our money.

They’re delivering to the following suburbs – Copa, Avoca, North Avoca, Terrigal, Kincumber, Kincumber South, Bensville, Empire Bay, Macs, Killcare Heights, Killcare, Hardy’s Bay, Pretty Beach & Wagstaffe.

They also do pick-up in the shop for pre-orders.

Adri’s Gingerbreads

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Laughter brings joy and we reckon this covid-19 pack of gingerbreads is sure to put a smile on many faces.

Adri’s Gingerbread is an award-winning family business located on The Central Coast. They create European-style Gingerbread that’s hand-iced with royal icing. You can order a heap of beautiful Mothers’ Day cookies shaped as hearts, tea cups, flowers and more, but we reckon lots of mums would appreciate the humour in getting a Quarantine pack right now. The poo emoji is too much! As mums of boys, we reckon this is stellar.  

Quarantine 6-pack, $30 |Free deliveries on the Coast for orders of $25 or more; use code ‘Coastie’ at check out.

Cakes by Kyla’s $3 Cupcakes!

I’m sure you all know Kyla of Cakes by Kyla! She’s a local mum, a spectacular baker, a Stars of the Central Coast dancer and one of the most generous people on the Coast. Cakes by Kyla is selling her delicious cupcakes for the incredible discounted price of $3/cupcake for the month of May! Kyla says, “This is how we are celebrating not only 3 fantastic years in Gosford but also thanking our thousands of customers for the most insane support during COVID-19. We have been left floored and now we are giving back in the best way we know how.”

Her cupcakes ALWAYS sell out, so you best order ahead or get there super early.

For Active Mums

Belle Movement’s Online Pilates Class Memberships – discounted

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Ladies, now more than ever it’s time to do something for you, and Belle Movement – a local pilates studio run by the lovely Jenna – has the answer. They’ve introduced a new “Belle Here and Now” monthly subscription that’s guaranteed to keep you fit and sane and smiling throughout iso.

For the introductory price of just $35 per month you will get a tonne of “at-home fitness” plus a week completely free:

  • All of Belle’s recorded LIVE Classes
  • All of Belle’s Quick Fix Series
  • All of Belle’s Conversations
  • All of Belle’s Tutorials
  • Access to the Belle Family – Online Community
  • First access to their upcoming and on going “challenges”

This deal is only available until Saturday 2nd May, so get in quick.

Get a bike, scooter or skateboard from Slam Factory

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Why leave the kids to have all the fun? With gyms closed and sport cancelled, it’s time we all get back on the bike so to speak. And there’s honestly nothing more nourishing than getting outside and going for a bike ride with your kids.

If you haven’t got a bike or another form of wheels (we’re talking scooters and skateboards here), get to Slam Factory at Tuggerah and get yourself one.

Use code “slamonline” for free standard shipping on your first order.

For Beauty-ful mums

Five Star Day Spa vouchers – Free Additions

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After weeks of iso there are going to be lots of mums in need of some well-deserved pampering and “me time”. Five Star Day Spa at Erina is running some exclusive Spend & Save promotions on their website. Buy a voucher and enjoy a full body exfoliation and relaxation massage or a signature facial and organic coconut-oil scalp treatment. Sounds like heaven.

Purchase a $200 voucher – receive a Free $50 voucher.
Buy a $250 voucher – receive a Free $75 voucher.
Get a $300 voucher – receive a Free $100 voucher.

Buy it on their website or via email at; your free voucher will be emailed to you after purchase.

Glow Beauty Space vouchers + “Stay at Home” facial Peels

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Glow Beauty Spa at Wamberal is offering a gift that keeps on giving: with any gift voucher purchased over $200, you’ll receive a complimentary pedicure for yourself or someone else.

Plus you can call to organise a customised “stay at home” facial peel for yourself. Perfect for Friday nights are the kids are tucked up in bed.

Call 4309 3342 for more info.

For Green-Thumb Mums

Rainbow pots from Mowgli Studio

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Our outside adventures may be restricted but we can always bring the outside in. Mowgli Studio, the new kids on the block in Long Jetty, are selling Mother’s Day mini pots. These rainbow beauties are flying out the door and orders are coming in hot!

Get your order in by Sunday 3rd May | Mother’s Day combo’s. $90, $100 plant and mini pot bundles.

Happy Mothers’ Day, everyone!