It’s Mother’s Day here in New Zealand this Sunday.
As usual, the shops are all suggesting we buy cards and gifts. For some reason, the junk mail is full of suggestions that people buy their mums kitchen items such as serving platters, new toasters, dinner sets and cutlery.
If someone bought me a toaster for Mother’s Day I would kill them!!!
But seriously, Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be about the money. Or the stuff. So, in light of that, here are 10 fabulous non-spendy ideas to make your Mother’s Day just perfect. Five are things to make, and five are things to do.
Have fun! And Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day gifts – to make
1. A wheat bag to keep her warm on cold nights. Here’s how: How to make a wheat bag.
2. A foot scrub to make her tired feet soft and lovely. Here’s how: Recipe for peppermint foot scrub.
3. A “Ten things I love about you” book. Here’s how: Ten things I love about you.
4. Bath salts. Then let her soak for hours…. Here’s how: Homemade bath salts.
5. A ladybird rock paperweight for her desk. Every time she sees it, she’ll smile 🙂 Here’s how: Ladybug rocks.
Mother’s Day gifts – to do
1. Let her sleep in. The rest of the family members – partners, kids, assorted groupies – do everything for a day. Make breakfast. Tidy up. Do the washing. Clean the house. Fix that gizmo that has needed fixing for ever. Oh, and keep the noise down…
2. Bake something nice. And CLEAN the kitchen afterwards. Bake some cupcakes. Or a slice. Or some muffins. The house will smell lovely.
3. Collect wildflowers. Go for a drive. Or a walk. Collect wildflowers. Give them to her. With love. Oh – and if it’s too wet for collecting flowers, go splashing in puddles or build a snowman instead!
4. Go hiking. Together. As a family. You’ll know if your mum likes that kind of thing. Some of us do 😉
5. Let her be a tourist in her home town. Most cities have a council website with suggestions of free things to do in the city. Some ideas include:
going to the botanic gardens,
visiting a park,
going to the beach for a family picnic,
visiting an open garden or a historic home,
going for a drive along a scenic route,
going to a free talk or open-air concert,
playing in a playground like you’re a kid again,
visiting the art gallery,
visiting the museum,
visiting local heritage sites,
visiting cultural sites,
bird watching in a wild place,
going “instagramming” at a local beauty spot,
visiting an old church and enjoying the silence,
visiting an old graveyard and reading the old tombstones (they can be really interesting!)…
Use your imagination and give mum a truly special day!