Mum maybe five feet in her stockinged feet, but she sure towers over the rest of you. Simply put, she is the epicentre of the family and the one who holds everyone and everything together. But, almost all of us are guilty of taking mum for granted – in a positive, ‘she-is-there-for-me’ way. But, once in a while, even mum needs to hear and see how much you love her.
Mother’s Day is almost here, offering the perfect opportunity to spoil her and make her feel like the best mum in the world. Are you guilty of giving her the same old flowers and chocolates yearly? Break out of the mould and think of something creative.
Make Mum go misty-eyed on Mother’s Day with these unusual and thoughtfully chosen gifts:
1. Designer Gift Basket
Give her an eye-catching gift basket containing a lot of goodies – her favourite author’s best sellers, some lip-smacking gourmet snacks, her favourite chocolates, and designer bath and body products. Have the hamper prettily decorated with ribbons and tassels, and add a vast bouquet of assorted flowers or Mothers day plants to go with it. Remember to slip your card inside the bouquet.
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2. Pamper Mum!
Mum never seems tired as she flits from one chore to the next, with hardly any rest. Yes, she is one incredible woman, effortlessly multitasking and caring for everyone’s needs. Doesn’t this superwoman need loads of reality TV herself? Present her with a Mothers day gift certificate to a spa so that she can indulge in some guilt-free pampering from top to toe. Alternatively, put together exotic and exclusive baths and decadently sensuous body products.
3. Souvenir Scrapbook
Isn’t she sentimental to a fault? Who else but mum can see beauty in your childish squiggles when you are learning to draw and write – and consider them worth displaying? Put together a scrapbook of old photographs, old letters, maybe even old cards and letters – basically, sentimental memorabilia that tugs at her heartstrings. Intersperse them with some blank pages, which you can fill with messages for her, using crayons, coloured markers and charms to decorate the pages.
4. A Handmade Card for Mum
Chances that she has a stack of store-bought Mother’s Day cards given by you over the years. This year, do something different. Make her a handmade card. Write your message inside with coloured markers or gold and silver glitter pen. You could paste a photograph of mum and you together on the cover and stick rosebuds or her favourite flowers around your message. Make the card as colourful and as sentimental as possible.
5. Personalised Jewellery
Any jewellery you give to mum will be more than just a pretty bauble. It will be a sentimental keepsake. Choose an elegant, non-fussy handmade piece of jewellery that has your personalised message engraved on it. A stunning diamond pendant on a gold/ silver chain, pearl stud earrings, gemstone bracelets and rings would make attractive gifts.
6. Classy Handbags
Mum would love to flaunt a classy handbag which is large enough to store all her must-have essentials but stylish enough to please her feminine side. Instead of giving her an empty bag, slip in some designer beauty products and a vial of her favourite perfume.
7. A Poem Was Written Just for Mum
How long has it been since you told your mum you love her? Yesterday, last week, last month, last year- stop! Say ‘I love you’ in a manner she will probably never have anticipated. Get a personalised poem written for mum (if you need help managing the job yourself). On one side of the text, stick photographs of yourself and those who make up mum’s world. Has it mounted on an elegant frame? Without a doubt, mums are the most sentimental creatures on earth. This poem-cum-montage will be a treasure she will cherish always.
8. The Best Gift of All – your Time!
What is the one thing that mum never has enough of? You! Keep your diary free of other appointments on Mother’s Day and devote the entire day to mum. If she lives far away in another city or town, land on her doorstep unannounced. Thrill her to bits with your uninterrupted company – cook for her, do her week’s shopping, or do anything else that she struggles to do herself when you are not around. Your company is what she craves, which can be the best gift you can give her.
Mum is a precious gift in your life. Cherish her while she is still around, and make her feel like a star on Mother’s day!