While having a conversation with my husband last week about how the age of chivalry is dead, it occurred to me that I’d been giving all the wrong signals and with mother’s day fast approaching that’s not good!
I might be only female in our house but that doesn’t stop me mucking in and doing everything the males do. I’m more than happy lugging logs down from the log pile at the top of the garden or getting on and doing diy tasks which I know I can do, hell, I even walk the dog in the pouring rain when the rest of team blue fold laundry and prepare dinner.
That said, I do like to be treated like a lady from time to time and Mother’s Day is always the best day for my boys (and husband) to make me feel extra special, a break from daily chores with homemade cards and a coffee in bed will usually do the trick.
I do like flowers, if money were no object I’d have a fresh bunch every week. I’m also a complete chocoholic, some may even say connoisseur and I’m quite partial to a little thoughtful and meaningful gift. But if I’m being really honest, the latter does it for me every time and it’s the thought which really counts.
So if you’re looking to get your mum (or wife if the children are young) a meaningful gift and score some serious brownie points try one of these ideas;
A Personalised print of typography
This is the perfect way to show how much you really know someone. You just think of 10 words which are unique to you both and they’re preserved forever within a beautiful piece of wall art. I created one of these for my husband on our anniversary, what I love the most about it is that only we know the meaning of it. you could think up some words from when you were younger, family holidays or just members of your family. (mine came from Toxic Fox but you could also try Not On The High Street or creating your own by downloading an app and printing it off. My boss made me a lovely one from a Twinkl download last year )
High Tea in a local hotel
While everyone is lunching out why not do something a little different and go for high tea instead? I recently did this and it was so much more relaxing than a lunch. We sat over looking Sidmouth bay drinking tea, eating mini rectangular sandwiches and nibbling on cake, eclairs and scones. It was an afternoon of complete gluttony and not something I would do very often but it really was a fantastic way to spend the afternoon.
Now I did question whether this was a sign of growing up (notice I said up and not old) now that I appreciate a good quality hand cream. I think it goes back to remembering my mum buying my Nanna some for Christmas, but either way, I always have a tube by my bed, every sink and in my changing bag. Not only is it a relief for dryness it’s also makes you smell good and is a nice alternative to perfume. There’s some really lovely ones out there with Cath Kidston, Neil’s Yard and l’Occitane being my favourites. I’ using Australian brand for dry skin called Hopes which works wonders as just before bed cream and smells pretty divine too, even if it does look a little industrious! (I’ve also managed to bag you a 20% off code HOPE20)
A year of surprises
And finally, of you really want to show your nearest and dearest just how much they mean to you, why not spread out the love throughout the year with a whole year of surprises. My sister, brother and I did this for our mum and she looks forward to finding out what’s in store each month, Buy a pack of 12 sheets of pretty paper (I got mine from ebay in the scrap-book section) and some envelopes then each month write your surprise down. You don’t have to decide them all straight away and look out for Groupon offers. It could be something as simple as a picnic and walk in the park or as extravagant as a weekend away. The ideas are down to you and your budget.