You know that expression: ‘a pet is for life, not just for Christmas?’ well I’m taking it, up-cycling it, and suggesting you make it your mantra for Mothers Day!
No, I’m not suggesting you give your Mum a furry friend this year. What I’m saying is, if you are going to spend money on Mum, spend it on something that’s going to last… Here are some of Shaynna's Suggestions.
Shine bright with a candle
If you’re going to give your Mum a candle, make it a good-quality one that will hold its fragrance for more than a year and will scent her home even when it’s not lit. Tom Dixon has a vast array of elegant candles and wax diffusers designed and made in London and scented with real perfume. And here’s a tip you can share with Mum (if she doesn’t already know it). To maximize the lifespan of a candle, burn if for a few hours the first time you light it to make sure the top layer of wax melts evenly. That’ll make sure on subsequent lighting, the entire candle burns, not just a tunnel in the middle with the wax at the edges untouched and going to waste. I love a homewares hack!
Say it with Flowers
If Mum has a green thumb, how about presenting her a potted plant that will last for weeks, months or beyond, rather than a bunch of flowers and will droop and drop their petals within days? Orchids are my go-to in the plant department for their stark beauty and their hardiness. Or, how about one of the little terrariums that you can find at many florists these days? Filled with little succulents, they flourish with a little TLC and make a beautiful, self-contained vignette on a desktop or kitchen bench.
Serve up a breakfast gift
Planning to dish up breakfast in bed? How about doubling the fun and serving up a new tea set and breakfast tray along with Mum’s poached eggs on toast? If, like me, your Mum likes tea leaves brewed the ‘old skool’ way, a gorgeous new teapot and matching tea cup will never go amiss and a well-made tray is just so useful but let’s face it, how often does anyone go out and on a shopping trip specifically to buy themselves a nice tray? So, what a treat to be presented with one!
Remember, a long-lasting gift doesn’t have to be an ‘object’ your Mum can hold in her hands. Experience gifts can create memories and provide knowledge that lasts a lifetime. An eye of style? How about treating her to a short interior design course? Coco Republic and The Decorating School both offer some great options.
If Mum has a taste for wine how about a wine appreciation class? Many quality local wine merchants hold regular courses specialising in reds, whites and my personal favourite: bubbles!
On that note, cheers to all the Mums around the country celebrating Mothers Day this year. If you run out of time you can always keep these handy gift ideas for her next birthday and surprise her with a ‘just because I love you,’ gift. Mums love that (take it from a woman who knows)!