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Some Thoughtful Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Some Thoughtful  Mothers Day Gift Ideas

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 )
A lush personalised wedding gift, this typography print shows you've given some serious thought to the lucky recipient.

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.

thoughtful Mothers day gifts


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.

A year of surprises as an alternative and thoughtful gift



  1. 23rd February 2016 / 10:25 am

    How lovely is the year of surprises! I would love to get that, but might have to wait until mine are a bit older! I would settle for that afternoon tea for now tho!

    • 23rd February 2016 / 10:50 am

      I wouldn’t mind it myself, just knowing my teenager had set aside one day a week to spend with me would be awesome.

    • 23rd February 2016 / 10:46 am

      Thank you Vai, the great thing about the year of surprises is that you don’t have to spend a penny if you don’t have the money to spare and most mums would just love their children putting some thought into the ideas and having time with them.

  2. 23rd February 2016 / 5:56 pm

    the year of surprises are such a fantastic idea! that would be great for anniversaries too for date ideas each month!! ooo it’s got my brain wirring!!

    • 23rd February 2016 / 8:36 pm

      There’s so much you can do, your choices are limitless

  3. 24th February 2016 / 2:36 am

    What lovely ideas. I’m hoping for high tea as I love it. The year of surprises is such a fantastic idea. So creative and thoughtful. I love it x

    • 24th February 2016 / 3:55 am

      I had my first high tea a couple of weeks ago and absolutely loved it, a local hotel is running a bogof offer so I took my mum along as one of her surprises.

  4. 24th February 2016 / 2:32 pm

    I love the idea of a year of surprises! The typography looks fab too

  5. 24th February 2016 / 3:24 pm

    I love the year of surprises! Such a lovely idea. I always go for something we can do together rather than just buying some chocolates as I would much rather spend time with my mum.

  6. 24th February 2016 / 4:19 pm

    Some fun and great ideas you have here. i would like to sponsor a “spa day” to my mom .. she well deserve it …

  7. 25th February 2016 / 1:35 pm

    Some fab ideas- I always get lots of home made cards and gifts from my four children which I treasure. Kaz x

    • 25th February 2016 / 3:10 pm

      I love homemade cards, one of my favourite ever gifts was a Lego construction my son made of a heart. Luckily I took a photo.

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