Make Mum Smile: Thoughtful Gifts For Mothering Sunday

With Mother’s Day on the horizon (10th March 2013), it is time to start thinking about how to make her day as special as possible. Flowers and chocolates always go down well, but we think there is a lot to be said for a personalised gift. Here are some imaginative Mother’s Day ideas.

Spa weekend

She works hard all year, so what better way to say ‘thank you’ to your mum than to treat her to a day of relaxation? Get together with your siblings and book her into a luxury spa weekend. Many mothers find it difficult or even feel too guilty to take time for themselves, and a little bit of pampering will give her more than just French tips, but more importantly an excuse to put her feet up and relax.

Personalised mug

When you bring your mum breakfast in bed, double her surprise by serving her morning tea in a personalised mug! If you have young brothers or sisters, encourage them to draw a picture with their own message; alternatively, use family photos. Once you have chosen your design, simply have it printed onto a plain white mug (as this post explains). Not only will a personalised mug make a completely unique gift, but one she will use for years to come.

Other ideas include personalised tea towels, guaranteed to raise a smile every time she dries the dishes (this kind of gift works best when you offer to wash up too!), or personalised aprons so that she can look like a true chef (your mum is always the best chef, after all).

Family scrapbook

Every family has a pile of unordered photos lying loose in a cupboard somewhere. Transform these pictures into a family scrapbook that your mum can treasure forever. Make sure to also visit a photo kiosk and print hard copies of snaps from mobile phones and digital cameras. With a beautiful blank notebook or photo album in front of you, the only tools you will need are a glue stick, coloured pens, keepsakes (ticket stubs, sea shells and other small, light souvenirs) and anything else you can think of for decoration. Nothing matters more to a mum than her family, and this gift is a thoughtful way to protect these all-important memories.

Chef experience

Cookery books are a Mother’s Day classic and most mums love to receive them. But this year, go a step further and give your mum the chance to live like her favourite chef for a day by enrolling the two of you on a cookery course. From classes at London’s world-renowned Cordon Bleu to others teaching authentic Asian or Italian cuisine, there is a course to suit every taste bud as well as every budget.

Or of course, you could just book the two of you into a swanky restaurant and tuck in!

Victoria Jones works alongside Stuart Morris, manufacturer of personalised mugs, teatowels and aprons. While you should appreciate your mother every day, it is nice to really spoil her once a year. With a little imagination it is easy to make this Mother’s Day her best ever.

Author: Sandra

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