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Written by Agnes Los Last updated: March 13, 2012
Could Mother’s Day be the nicest holiday of the year? We think so!
Our Mums deserve a day just to themselves – a little pampering, gifts, dinner out, and a bouquet! We’ve asked our forum members and our staff to tell us their gift ideas – and here are the top choices! If you haven’t yet decided what to get your Mum, consider these suggestions:
Lily O’Briens Personalised Chocolate Box
Chocolates – they rank at the top of the “what to get Mum” lists, but would you get just a standard supermarket box? Probably not! Mum deserves something special – like a personalised photo box full of delicious treats shown above. See Lily O’Brien’s Mother’s Day offer for that extra special touch of one-of-a-kind deliciousness!
Flowers – what goes well with chocolates? Flowers of course! Get your Mum her favourites, a whole bouquet or just a few elegant stems. To save time and money you can order the flowers online, using services such as Direct2Florist.
Photo by Voyteck Photography
Food – the choices in the food options are virtually endless! Want to do more than just a trip to the local restaurant? Here are some great suggestions with a personal touch: you could hire a chef to prepare a special lunch or dinner for your Mum right at home. If the weather is nice, you could organise a family picnic at a local park – grab some blankets, sandwiches, get some of Mum’s favourite munchies, plus a bottle (or two) of good wine, and you’ll have a fantastic time!
If you prefer staying indoors, you can invite your Mum to a posh afternoon tea at a local hotel – she will have a great time dressing up and sipping her tea in elegant surroundings. Equally appealing is a wine tasting experience – check your local restaurants or your local specialist wine shop. Finally, if your Mum actually enjoys cooking herself, you can check out local cupcake making classes, cake decorating classes, sushi-making classes, pasta-making classes… the possibilities are endless!
Fitness & Beauty – there are some great choices whether your Mum prefers being active or relaxing. If she’s interested in fitness, you can hire a personal trainer to spend a day with her, or enrol her in a short-term fitness bootcamp – these are not just fun but effective too! For a more risqué idea, you could even try pole dancing classes.
If relaxing is more of your Mum’s idea of fun, spa treatments always go down a treat. There are so many options available – from manicures and facials, to massages, to full pampering days and weekends, you can pick anything!
It’s Showtime – show or event tickets seem to be at the top of Mum’s wish lists – but only if she can go with her children! Check what shows are playing locally, and don’t forget about the local museums which often host special events. There is so much to choose from: ballet, opera, musicals, sporting events, or exhibitions.
Something Personal – so your Mum has been spoiled with chocolates and flowers, taken out for a gorgeous meal, and pampered – doesn’t she deserve a gift too? There are the perennial favourites like jewellery and perfume. You also have some more unusual options – how about a subscription (or three) for her favourite magazines? This is a great gift that lasts a whole year! Another great option is hiring a professional photographer for a family photo session, either in the studio, outdoors, or even at Mum’s place during dinner! You can even turn this into an annual option – have a family photo taken every year and framed for your Mum. Another suggestion is to personalise an item just for her – like an engraved watch, jewellery box, mugs, a set of champagne flutes, anything that can be made just for her!
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