10 Best Presents for Mother’s Day
Second Sunday in May… does that sound like a day that should be special to you? If so, you’re probably a mum … or at least, a mum from one of over 100 countries around the world who celebrate Mother’s Day on the same day each year.
There aren’t too many special days around the world that are held on the same day each year in so many countries – I mean, the USA has its own national holidays, as does the UK and Australia, and so on. Father’s Day seems to be on different days in many of the major countries – in the USA and the UK it’s the third Sunday in June, in Australia it’s the first Sunday in September, in Europe it’s on March 19 – you get the picture.
So why are they so different?
The answer is simple – and it’s a highly debated answer that I’ll defend until the cows come home. Because mum’s rock. Because we’re amazing. And because we deserve recognition for that one day a year, because for the rest of the year – we do everything we can to provide a safe and happy environment for our families, to work and cook and clean, to play and teach and guide. And we rarely get a thank you. So give us Mother’s Day… and while you’re giving, if you’re looking for a gift for your mum, or you’re planning on getting your wife something special from you and / or the kids – here are the 10 BEST Mother’s Day presents for you to consider.
- The absolute best gift you can give on Mother’s Day is TIME. Now the definition of TIME depends on the mum. She might want TIME OUT to herself; or she might work a lot and want TIME with the family instead. What matters is that it’s quality time and that you let her do what she wants to do.
- Second best gift is something that is handmade. Of course it doesn’t matter how old you are. If you’re 50 and you’re looking for a present for you 80 year old mum, make her a blanket, or even just a cup of tea! If you are trying to help the kids find a present for mum, get them to do a painting for her; buy a cheap canvas they can get their hands all over; or get a piece of cardboard box and have them make a card. Honestly, it doesn’t matter how cheap you go, if the kids have made it – she’s going to love it!
- Every woman loves flowers so get her a big bunch of her favourite flowers. Choose a nice bright colour; or go for the latest fad of rainbow coloured flowers to brighten up her day! She’s going to love them. And if she doesn’t love actual flowers, get her a bunch of chocolate flowers! Win. Win.
Something for her
- A massage. This is something that shows you’re really thinking of her. She works hard, she feeds everyone, she raises amazing kids, she is the backbone of the family (or something like that). So why not treat her to some time on her own, getting a massage. She is going to come home in the best mood ever (even if it only lasts for a few moments as she walks through the door into a bomb site and screaming matches between the kids). And she’s going to enjoy herself while she’s gone.
- Gift card. Sometimes gift cards can seem like a tacky gift, but a gift card is so much better than her receiving something she’d never buy for herself. You might think that you’re doing her a favour by getting her new towels or a new vacuum cleaner – but she’s simply thinking “obviously he / she thinks I don’t clean enough”. So get her a gift card instead so she can buy whatever she likes.
- Something different. Why not go all out and spoil mum with something completely different this year? Book her in for a skydive (provided she’s of good health); take her hot air ballooning; or book her in for a cooking class for her favourite food (not as a hint!). Get her to step out of her comfort zone.
- Book her a night away at a hotel – husband and kid free! Just her, away for a night, on her own. So she can watch a movie without interruption. She can eat what she wants for dinner and enjoy every bite without sharing with a toddler. She can thoroughly enjoy herself – on her own. I’m salivating at the mere thought!
- This is always a winner. Just make sure you put some thought into it. Buying a blue stone? Tell her it reminded you of her eyes. Buy her gold or diamonds – because she’s worth a million bucks but you didn’t HAVE a million bucks. Don’t just buy the first thing you see. Think about her, it and tell her why you chose to get that for her. She’ll love the thought!
- Write her a poem. Whether you’re 5, or 55, write your mum a poem for Mother’s Day and she’s going to LOVE you for it. It could be the funniest thing she’s ever seen, or you might leave her in tears for hours (and age has no barrier on either option). Just give it a shot. It’s the thought that counts.
- Breakfast in bed. If you can’t afford to spend a lot of money this Mother’s Day and you still want to treat your mum / wife / kid’s mum – make her breakfast in bed. Wake up just a bit earlier than usual, get her favourite coffee brewing, with some fresh bacon and eggs, or pancakes and maple syrup. Get her a magazine and don’t let her out of bed for at least 2 hours. Keep the door closed and the kids entertained, so she can enjoy the moment.
Mother’s Day only comes around once a year. Make it memorable. And stay tuned for our next blog – 10 things NOT to get her.