Unless you’re Melania Trump or a Russian billionaire, you might find these Mother’s Day gift ideas completely out of your realm of possibility and, ahem, budget. But where’s the harm in daring to dream? Take inspiration from our decadent and delicious list of once-in-a-lifetime experiences and acquisitions, then come back down to reality and shop one of our experiences that fall within budget.
Splash out on a floating private palace with a superyacht that shows your mother how much you truly care. A watercraft for wanderlust is one of the best Mother’s Day gifts around, and will take Mum everywhere from Sydney to the Seychelles in easy, breezy elegance.
Price tag: from $17 million
A little too exy? Our sailing experiences might float your boat
If she has a yacht, your mum is going to need a private island to sail it to. For the ultimate in splendid isolation and solitude, send her to the only place to truly get away from it all. She might even name it after you.
Price tag: from $7.85 million
Or, you could treat Mum to an overnight stay or day trip to a local island at a fraction of the cost
Does Mum complain about booking in luggage, airport security and wait-lists? Then why not chip in for a private plane (very handy for ferrying guests to the private island)? Be sure they stock it with a never-ending supply of champagne and canapes for a truly five-star flight.
Price tag: from $3 million
While it's not as glamourous as a private plane; a mystery flight will have Mum on cloud nine
It might have been Marilyn Monroe who crooned “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”, but why shouldn’t they be a mother’s best friend, too? Try a dazzling five-strand diamond necklace from Van Cleef & Arpels, and complete the experience with a course at the Ecole des Arts Joailliers (that’s French for “jewellery school”) at the world’s high-jewellery epicentre, Place Vendome in Paris.
Price tag: about $1.14 million (necklace only)
Does your mum have enough diamonds? Our necklace range on Wrapped by RedBalloon is stylish and diamond free.
The French may own fine jewellery but no-one does romantic dining like the Italians, so indulge in a delicious dinner at Osteria Francescana for the ultimate experience in cuisine and charm. Chef Massimo Bottura’s tiny venue in Modena held the top spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list on 2016, so be prepared to pull out all stops to secure one of Italy’s toughest tables for Mama.
Price tag: $300 a person for the tasting menu, plus $180pp for wine pairings.
Why go all the way to Italy when you can treat Mum to a gourmet dining experience in Oz?
While you’re in Italy, would it not be remiss not to indulge in an evening of wine and song? Take Mum to a performance at Milan’s famed La Scala opera house, then take a short stroll up the road for a blissfully comfortable bed at the Bulgari Hotel on the evocatively named Via Privata Fratelli Gabba.
Price tag: opera, about $300 for a best-seat-in-the house ticket; from $1100 a night at the and Bulgari Hotel, plus flights
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What mother doesn’t want to flee the madding crowd (kids?) for just a moment and make like an Old Hollywood actress, bunkering down in her own private Palm Springs retreat? Channel the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Loretta Young and acquire a luxury gem in which to sparkle in style. If you’re not drying out, have your butler mix a super-dry cold martini, then lounge poolside with 20 of your closest studio contacts, agents and studio friends.
Price tag: approx US$6.5 million
Mum not a fan of Palm Springs? How about hot springs, then?
Why should Mum’s childhood pony dreams evaporate as a grown-up, when her own purebred Arabian stallion is only a few hundred thousand dollars away? Repay all those bedtime stories with '1001 Arabian Nights' and days on a steed that will transport her a bygone era of romance and drama.
Price tag: on request
If you'd prefer a more affordable option with less up-keep, check out our horse riding experiences
Haute couture is the ultimate expression of fashion as fantasy and what hard-working mum doesn’t deserve a true Cinderella moment? For the absolute expression of sartorial happy-ever-after, look no further than Chanel.
Price tag: from $10,000
Or, you could buy Mum many fashion savvy gifts for a whole lot less