Cast aside the ‘BEST MUM’ memorabilia and do something thoughtful this Mother’s Day
We are living in an increasingly commercial world and it can be easy to not put much thought into occasions like Mother’s Day and to pop to your local supermarket to buy her tenth ‘BEST MUM’ mug.
Big companies have commercialised what should simply be a day to treat your mum extra-specially – she doesn’t need a £50 bottle of perfume, or a new designer pair of shoes to know you’re grateful for all that she does. It seems that the original meaning behind this day has been lost. It’s a day to take more tasks off her hands, let her relax and show her how much you appreciate and love her.
So we thought we would compile a list of 10 things you can do to tell your mum you love her, without breaking the bank and without buying her something meaningless. We want to help you to strip the commercialisation back and bring back the simplicity of just saying ‘thank you’.
10 things you can do for your mum this Mother’s Day:
- Clean the house for her. If your mum is the main person who does the chores in your house, then never underestimate how much the chores being taken off her hands will really make her feel good. Hoover, dust, mop, tidy, water the plants – do it all! If it isn’t your mum who normally cleans the house, still do it all on Mother’s Day – because a clean and nice-smelling home is the perfect setting for a relaxing day and evening – just do it to an even higher standard!
Make sure to enter our Mother’s Day competition with Neutradol: you can win a £50 Champneys voucher and a bundle of Fresh Pink Products ready for tackling any smelly situation! http://bit.ly/WMBlogMothersDay
- Make her breakfast in bed. Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier and make her a thoughtful breakfast for her to enjoy. If you both have a free morning, then indulge her in a nice cooked breakfast or pancakes. If you’re both in a rush, then she’ll still appreciate someone else making her morning coffee and porridge. It’s the thought that counts. Stick it on a tray with a flower and bring it to her in bed. And do the dishes afterwards!
- Write out some ‘Vouchers’ for her to redeem when she next feels like it – a house clean, a car wash, breakfast in bed, running her a bath, making dinner or washing the dishes every day for a week. Whatever it is that you know she’ll appreciate, write a few down and give the gift of giving.
- Make her a card. They’re more meaningful than shop-bought ones. Make a design out of your hand print. Draw a memory you share, or sketch your pets – whatever it is, she’ll love the personal touch. You could always go a step further and think of a poem to write inside.
- Make her a little gift – a cake, a homemade perfume (mix dried scents, like lavender, with water and leave for a few days), compile her a photo album, paint/draw a picture, or even make her a mix tape for her car journeys of her favourite songs!
- Take her on a day trip somewhere and make her a picnic. Ask where she’d like to go, a National Park maybe, the local lake, or perhaps a National Trust property? Go somewhere that she loves.
- Plan a movies night – either order in a take-away, or just stick to movie snacks – either way make sure the whole family is about, the curtains are drawn and you’re all watching your mum’s favourite film and stuffing your faces!
- Make / buy her dinner. And make sure you do any tidying away afterwards! Dinner time can be the most hectic for a mum with a young or a big family. Give the gift of food and relaxation on Mother’s Day: She ought not to lift a finger!
- Take her out. Go to the cinema or go to the theatre. This idea does involve spending money, but it’s about sharing an experience together and making memories rather than a pointless object! You can always search for discount codes to help with the cost, or enter our competition:
We currently have a competition to win £50 worth of theatre tokens so make sure to enter and see if you can get a contribution towards your night of spoiling your mum! http://bit.ly/2GQWDt9
- Be NICE! For the whole day! This doesn’t mean just doing nice things: it means not throwing tantrums, not being moody, not being stroppy and not answering back. This is how you should treat your mum every day, but we all know this doesn’t always happen – toddlers get tired, children get hungry and teenagers… well – need we say more? We know it is tempting to take out any mood you may be in on the ones closest to you. That’s your mum. She takes the brunt of your bad days every time and loves you regardless. On this special day, be kind, be gentle and make her feel loved.