It can be very hard for the guys to get it right when it comes to Mother’s Day – particularly the first one – when the kids get a bit bigger they will be bringing home hand-made paint spattered cards from nursery, and they will be able to help choose something. For now though, it will fall firmly to daddy to choose something that you might like. In honesty – most mums will be pleased just to have something to show that you appreciate what they’re doing. Being a mum isn’t an easy job – whether you’re trying to balance work as well as bringing up your brood, or whether you’re a stay at home mum (both of which are equally difficult I would say!!) So – a little something to say “thank you” and “well done” and “I know what you’re doing is hard and I love you for doing it” can go a very long way. Here are my top ideas for Mother’s Day gifts – none of which cost a fortune, and all of which will be bound to be well received.
1.Sketchy Muma prints – as pictured above, the absolutely divine drawings by the Sketchy Muma are available to buy – the messages contained within them are heartfelt, and meaningful, and they are sure to bring a tear to the Mama-in-your-life’s eye. Available from the Sketchy Muma etsy shop and costing only £15 – these would be really lovely framed as a gift. http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AnnaLewisArt
2. A relaxation treatment – chances are – if she’s looking after children, she will be tired. Not just the kind of tired that happens after you’ve been out late to a party, or the kind of tired you used to think you felt when you’d been to the gym for a really good work-out – but the kind of tired where you’re not sure what your own name is any more. She will likely still get up ten times in the night (maybe complaining a bit as she does it), but she will continue to do this until the children are grown. Spending the day in bed is not an option when there are small people to be entertained, so some valuable time to herself, and better still the chance to indulge in a massage, reflexology, acupuncture or aromatherapy treatment will go down very well indeed! Those local to Berkhamsted should look no further than the wonderful Roots Therapies, but those further afield should be able to find good registered therapists in your area. http://rootstherapies.wixsite.com/roots
3. Mother’s Bath Oil – Neals Yard Remedies – this is beyond divine! I have been using this myself since soon after my daughter was born – a great baby shower gift, and not something that I would normally treat myself to – the incredible combination of smells and natural ingredients are a true taste of indulgence in your own home. £15 for 100ml should run to around 6-8 good baths. In my book – 6 to 8 sessions of relaxation has got to be worth £15 of anyone’s money!! Available from various stockists and supermarkets, but also nealsyardremedies.com
4. Hand printing kit – Baby Art Family Touch hand print frame. Having thought I had exhausted all possibilities of taking copies of my daughter’s tiny handprints, I was surprised to see this beauty on someone else’s instagram feed. Combining the handprints of all the members of your family – assuming there are only four members (!) this gives you a way of capturing the prints of all of your tribe. I think this is one that I’ll be hoping for myself – and if I don’t get one, I might have to buy it for myself!! £24.99 on Amazon.com or available from other stockists.
5. Strong Girls Club sweater by Mutha.Hood – I love everything about this brand and Gemma the boss lady behind it. Her Instagram account makes me chuckle, and the clothes and accessories on the Mutha.Hood online store are rapidly filling my wardrobe at home! This new version of the SGC sweater is bound to be a winner with the Mummy in your life – so wearable with any outfit combo, and they wash well for anyone in the process of attempting to teach a toddler not to throw food! £40 available at muthahoodgoods.com