When you’re considering what gift to buy for your mum or a new mum, this Mothers’ Day, consider a gift that also gives back to another WA Mum and her business. What’s more, a couple of the brands here also give back to society in some way, either by donations or by generating change. Let’s get behind this wave of inspirational, entrepreneurial WA women who are leading by example!
CEACEA Active Oceanwear
CEACEA (pronounced ‘sea sea’) make active ocean wear: swimwear to be active in, and activewear to swim in. Founded by Caroline Cornish, a keen surfer and mum who felt the need for a multipurpose wardrobe. CEACEA has a range products including tops, crops, bike shorts, swimsuits, leggings, and more, and includes sizes from 6 – 16. The best part, is that they’re crafted from luxe, chlorine-resistant, UPF50+, fast-drying material. Taking you from gym to swim in no time, this is perfect for mums on the go. Sustainability is important to CEACEA, which is a completely plastic free company, and aims to reduce clothes wastage from multiple garments. Your purchase at CEACEA gives back too, with $1 from every purchase being donated to women’s’ rights organisation, ActionAid.
Shop online here: https://ceaceaswimwear.com/
Old Grey House Textiles
Old Grey Textiles crafts homewares inspired by beauty of Western Australia, from coastal regions, to the native flora and fauna of the bushland. Tanya Cain-Abbs is the textile designer behind these designs from her home-based studio. With a design and inspiration process tried and true, Tanya produces her designs on cushions, napkins, tablecloths and tea towels. If you’re inspired by her work, Tanya offers workshops where she guides you through her art processes.
Handsy Keychain Clips
‘Handsy’ is a bespoke range of keychain clips, hand-braided in bright hues and designed to easily clip onto handbags, backpacks, belt loops and belts. Handsy has been created by Mount Claremont based nurse and mum of two boys, Catherine Le Souef, who hand braids each keychain with love and care. What makes Handsy so strong is paracord, known for its use in parachutes, and by the army, and now a fashion trend. More than just functional, Handsy is available in many colour-ways and designs, meaning you can choose a colour to go with your outfit.
Handsy can be brought online at: https://handsy-accessories.myshopify.com/
For Simone Nabholz, the creative behind ceramics label Winterwares, the tactile side of making products by hand is pure pleasure. “Working with clay gives me time and space to savour everyday moments.” The name Winterwares embodies her mother’s maiden name, Winter, and also Simone’s love of the season. “Families tend to gather in the kitchen, and meals are considered more in winter,” she says. Simone creates stunning mugs, vases, candle holders, bowls and more from her Fremantle studio. If you’re feeling stuck on a gift for Mother’s Day, look no further, as Simone has created a special mothers day edit, including a range of her handmade mugs, bowls and vases.
Shop the Mother’s Day edit here, at: https://winterwares.com.au/collections/mothers-day
Mountain & Moon Jewellery
Business partners Audrey and Ashton are both jewellery designers and new mums, and their beautiful, sparkling pieces from Mountain and Moon will make any mum in your life shine bright like a diamond. Whether its the perfect pair of hoop earrings, something dramatic to upgrade a simple dress, or a gold necklace to wear everyday, you’ll find the piece of your mums’ dreams here. Their designs are strong and bold, made for the woman who loves to make a statement. Even better, a percentage of sales go to the Saheli Women foundation in India, to assist in the education of women.
Buy Mountain & Moon here: https://www.mountainandmoon.com.au/
Knot Just Cords Macrame Kits
Bree Smith founded Knot Just Cords in 2018, creating DIY beginner macrame kits that encourage women to take time out for themselves. Inspiration for the kits came out of Bree’s love of teaching and wanting to show other busy women how easy it is to incorporate creativity into their day. The DIY kits are designed to help women learn something new, in an easy, and fun way. Not only do they include all the content required to make your own macrame product, but also a short meditation, as Bree wishes the mindfulness will have a positive impact on mental health. Create plant-hangers, wall hangings, key chains and more, and choose a kit mum will love.
Shop the Knots Just Cords Macrame Kits online here: https://www.knotjustcords.com.au/
My Loxxi New Mum Self-Care Boxes
My Loxxi New Mum Self Care Boxes are the perfect gift for new or expecting mums. My Loxxi was co-founded by Lina and Shantel back in 2018, when they were both first time mums. Lina and Shantel created the subscription-based service, as they wanted to empower, support and bring comfort to mums navigating newly motherhood. They send a self-care box to a new mum at the start of every month, along with “What to expect” cards, based on the different challenges that happen month to month in the first year of life.
Check out My Loxxi’s Self Care boxes here: https://myloxxi.com/
Not mothers, but another great female operated brand with unique gifts…
Kura Studio Gifts
Kura Studio (Derived from the Indonesian word kura-kura, meaning tortoise) is a creative practice co-founded in 2017 by best friend duo Serena Pangestu and Anika Kalotay. There’s incense vessels, a handmade stalagmite ring dish (a perfect place for your special jewellery on your bedside table) utensil holders in clever shapes that hug your utensils, ceramic painting palettes and Japanese bamboo brushes, ideal for scraping/cleaning your garlic and ginger off the grater.
Shop Kura Studio here: https://kurastudio.com/