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How to spoil your mum this Mother's Day


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The shops are full of flowers and chocolates, but doesn’t your mum mean more to you than a sorry bunch of carnations or half-price Milk Tray?

They say actions speak louder than words, so here are some ideas for how you can show your mum some love this Mother’s Day.

Breakfast in bed

It’s a classic, but there’s a reason for that. Start the day off right by putting together the perfect spread. You could keep it simple, with some tea, toast and fancy jam, why not treat your mum like she’s on holiday?

The all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet is, as far as I’m concerned, the top reason to stay in a hotel, so recreate it at home. Croissants, pastries, yoghurt, all washed down with a full English and copious tea or coffee. You’ll definitely be in contention for the best-child prize.

Make a lunch or dinner reservation
On the opposite end of the scale, if breakfast has been a modest affair, why not treat her to lunch or dinner out? Mothering Sunday lends itself to a roast dinner in a cosy pub, but most restaurants have special deals for the occasion, where mums might even receive a free glass of wine. Knowing mums, there might be a tussle over the bill at the end of the meal, so sharpen up your reflexes and treat her right!

Home-made afternoon tea

There’s barely a hotel which doesn’t offer afternoon tea these days, but there’s nothing quite so charming as having it in your own home. It also means that you don’t have to share the occasion with dozens of other families! If baking isn’t your forte, supermarkets make fantastic cakes which, with some surreptitiously disposed of packaging, can easily pass for homemade.

To make it even fancier, see if you can find any china cups and saucers, or even a cake stand, at your local charity shops. They tend to be inexpensive and can be reused over and over again. Swap the tea for a glass or two of prosecco and it’ll be the best cake eating session you’ve ever had.

Make a home-made gift
This will require a little more planning (so get to it!). Home-made gifts don’t materialise overnight, especially if you’re not the craftiest of people. Check out Pinterest for inspiration and guidance – there’s a huge range of ideas for complete beginners. A great and simple option is to make some home-made skincare products. At the very least, consider making a card instead of grabbing the first one you see in the supermarket – it will be much more appreciated, I’m sure!

Have a spa day

We know how expensive a full day at a spa can be, so I’m not necessarily suggesting you pay for the full experience – although go for it if you can afford it! Check companies such as Groupon and Wowcher for deals on treatments and select perhaps only one or two that you think your mum might really like.

You could even go for something a bit simpler, such as a manicure or pedicure in a salon near home. Even a DIY version would be a nice treat, especially if you’re quite the whiz at nails. Whatever helps your mum to relax has to be a good thing on Mother’s Day!

Do something she hates to do for her

Expressions of love don’t have to involve spending lots of money or visiting fancy places. Instead, consider what you could do to make her Mother’s Day more relaxing and enjoyable. Everybody has a chore they hate doing, so why not volunteer to do it for her? Let her sit back and watch a boxset or read a book whilst you clean the oven, do the ironing or do the grocery shopping.

Think further ahead than just Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is just one day a year, so think about whether there’s something you can do to help your mum out, even just for the week ahead. Make and freeze some dinners or lunches so she can have more evenings off, or clear the ironing pile beyond just your own clothes! Make her everyday life that little bit easier.

Just do something with her!
Flowers, chocolates, dinner and cake are all very well, but you being with her is probably the best gift you can give your mum, especially if you’re away at university for most of the year. Go for a walk, go shopping or simply watch a film together. Making memories is always better than spending money, so spend some time together and make some new ones.

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