Of course the Mother's Day cookies you baked her were delicious, even if you did forget the sugar and you left her kitchen looking like a disaster zone.
The truth is, mums will love whatever gift you present them with this Mother's Day - especially if it's homemade.
But if you want her to actually like it, here are some handy hints.
CARDS WITH PERSONALITY
Whether she is in her 20s or her 90s, every mum will treasure a homemade card 10 times more than any shop-bought one.
But the cards don't have to be boring:
- Head to your nearest newsagents to pick up colourful cards and pens, glitters and glues and give her a truly personal message. You can use family photos to decorate, and if you're stuck for what to say in the message take a few extra minutes in the newsagents to check out some of their cards for inspiration.
- If you like the idea of a personal card, but are a little dubious about your cut-and-paste skills, have a look online. There are several websites available which offer a range of basic formats for cards that you can personalise with your mum's name or photo. They'll even post the card for you - which is an added bonus.
REALLY EASY RECIPES
It may be cool to hang out in the kitchen these days, but not all kids are Junior Masterchefs.
That doesn't mean that children can't put together a culinary treat for their mums without risking injuries, kitchen fires or messes that will take until next year's Mother's Day to clean up.
Here are some kiddie-safe ideas for some Mother's Day treats:
- Baking a cake or some cookies might seem like a good idea, but the whole process can be long and dangerous. Instead, why not buy mum's favourite sweet treats and decorate them yourself? The baking aisle of any grocers has enough edible icing and toppings to cater for the most creative concoction.
- If you're interested in the sweet stuff, but looking for a little more freedom of expression, what about creating some marzipan models? Sift 500g of icing sugar into a bowl with 450g of ground almonds. Add two egg whites (or some water and brandy if you're worried about raw eggs - but you will need an adult to supervise), half a teaspoon of vanilla flavouring and a teaspoon of lemon juice and mix to form a stiff paste. Knead until the mix is smooth and then sculpt away. Food colouring can be added in the mixing process.
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Your mum doesn't need another clay animal paperweight for her desk.
But if you're still keen to come up with a handcrafted treat for her, here are some ideas:
- A lot of homemaker shops sell plain pine photo frame which are just begging to be painted, decorated and filled. Find your favourite picture of you and mum together, pick up the acrylics and paint brushes and get creative.
- It's always handy having an extra shopping bag folded away for unexpected treats - and a personalised one from you will be a bag your mum will love. Head to your local craft store and pick up a plain calico bag and some fabric pens, buttons and felt. With a bit of imagination and a lot of glue you can come up with a one-off gift she'll be very proud to carry.
It doesn't take a genius to know that most mums love a bunch of flowers.
But those enormous, elaborate displays in the florist's window can add up to months and months of pocket money.
Here are some cheaper ways to brighten up mum's day:
- Ask an adult (perhaps not mum, as it may defeat the purpose) to take a trip with you out to some flower markets. They usually open very early in the morning and close around lunch time. If you turn up late in the morning you will see a lot of the prices plummet as sellers try to offload the last of their flowers. It's a great way to pick up an enormous bunch at a fraction of the cost. (You'll just need to wrap the flowers yourself with some tissue paper or cellophane.)
- How about tackling some homemade paper flowers? There are many websites with online instructions for simple or very ornate options and the best thing is the bunch will last a lot longer when they don't need watering.
- If you want your floral gift to last a while, perhaps choose a flowering plant instead of cut flowers for your mum. Head to the local garden centre to find flowering plants at reasonable prices. You might even be able to pick up a pretty pot to put it in - or you can just decorate the plastic one it comes in with tissue paper and ribbon.
- If your mum is not the flower-type, she might prefer a pot filled with some of her favourite herbs like rosemary, chives and mint. And she'll be even more impressed if you plant them all yourself.
The best treat you can give your mum on Mother's Day is just spending time with her and treating her like a queen.
She's spent more than enough time looking after you, so for one day a year she should be made to feel pampered. Here's how:
- Start her day with breakfast, or at least a cup of tea, in bed. She'll be tickled pink if you put a flower from the garden on her breakfast tray.
- It goes without saying that mum shouldn't have to pick up after you on Mother's Day but how about you take a turn at picking up after her? Make her bed while she's taking a shower, tidy breakfast dishes away before she has a chance to - do everything you can so she doesn't have to lift a finger all day. That's better service than if she was staying in a five-star hotel for the day.
- Mother's Day falls on a Sunday, which usually means no work and no school. So take the opportunity to do something together that mum will enjoy. That could be a trip to an art gallery (no moaning), a family trip to the cinema (her pick) or even just a walk in the park with you and a frisbee. Spending quality time with you will be a treat in itself.
By Katelyn Catanzariti