The girls from The Trusted Trolley would like to wish all of you mums out there a very happy Mother’s Day for this Sunday.
Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world. In Australia we celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May.
I also know that Australian mum’s are some of the busiest people around, so I have come up with some great gift ideas for your mum, nanna, grandma or wife, but you don’t have to break the budget.
you today they are forever in our hearts and we hope you take the
time to remember where you came from
1. Breakfast in bed. It’s always a winner in my house. Making mum breakfast in bed is sure to be a hit. Add a hand-picked flower in a tiny vase, and you’re good to go.
Dad, if your kids are too little to cook by themselves, drag yourself out of bed early on Mother’s Day to help. While mum’s everywhere appreciate the effort behind a 100% kid-made breakfast in bed, we’d prefer an edible meal to burnt toast, cold coffee and cereal with orange juice.
2. Handprint crafts. What mum doesn’t love to have the memory of her little ones’ tiny handprints? Handprints – whether on paper, in plaster or on a pot – make great, practically free gifts for mums and grandmas of little ones.
3. Do chores. Whether the mum in your life is a stay-at-home mum, a working mum or an empty-nester grandma, she is busy. So this Mother’s Day weekend, spend Sunday doing chores without being asked.
Clean the house – including the toilet. Wash the dishes. Do the laundry, and put it away. Just taking these chores off mums hands the day before can make Mother’s Day more relaxing for her.
4. Write something. If you have a way with words, consider writing mum a poem, or putting one of your favourite childhood memories to paper. If not, make a list of the things you love about your mum, or jot a note in a handmade card. When it comes to little kids, ask them what they love most about mum, and record their answers.
These are the kinds of things mum’s treasure, and you can bet she’ll keep this gift of words and read them again and again over the years. (I know I do).
5. Give her time. Some mums – especially in-the-trenches mums of babies to high schoolers – just need a little time to themselves. Ask her about this before Mother’s Day. Maybe she prefers to spend Sunday alone and Mother’s Day with family. Or maybe she’s the opposite.
Either way, try to carve out time for mum to have some space for herself. Encourage her to go out to lunch with a friend, read a book in bed or just enjoy having the house to herself while dad and the kids vacate the premises.
6. Make a coupon book. Coupon books are always a hit around Mother’s Day. Add pictures from the computer so you can create your coupon book. This is for kids of all ages to give to their mums. Just be sure that the coupons are for things you or the kids already do. If taking out the rubbish is your teen’s responsibility, don’t let her give mum a coupon for that! Be creative.
Need some ideas for coupons you could give your mum or wife? Here are a few:
- Get out of bedtime free,
- Babysit other siblings for free,
- Help with gardening,
- Mum’s choice chore,
- One bear hug,
- One breakfast in bed,
- Wash the car,
- A movie night,
- One night off cooking,
- Two loads of laundry.
7. Teach her something. Does your mum want to learn something you’re good at? Maybe something about using her computer, taking good photos with a smartphone or even a craft you know how to do?
Give her a Mother’s Day coupon for a few learning sessions with you. It’s a great way to spend some time together, build memories and teach mum something new, to boot.
8. Band a loom. The Internet is full of great ideas for Band a loom ideas. Necklaces and bracelets. Something for everyone yet but so little but can be perfect and your child has made it all themselves. (This can also be used as a tool for mum in conjunction will idea number 5, keep the kids quiet for a long time whilst giving you your time – win win situation here).
9. Digitized photos. If you were born in the 90’s or earlier, chances are that much of your childhood – and your mum’s pre-motherhood life – is captured in printed photos. They can be hard to display, and they’re definitely hard to protect from the ravages of time and natural disasters.
So this year, swipe all those old photo albums, and spend time digitizing your mum’s photo collection. Just scan in the pictures, and present them to mum on a CD. You can even back them up on cloud storage, just in case.
There are, of course, photo digitizing services you can use if you’re not completely strapped for cash. But if you have more time than money, you can do it yourself it with a basic home scanner.
10. Time together. Whatever you decide to give your mum or wife this year, be sure time together is on your list. On or around Mother’s Day, plan a family outing with mum. Go to the park, or go on a hike if the weather’s nice. Visit a local museum. Or just plan a movie night at home if that’s more to her liking.
The time you spend together will be worth more to her than any expensive gift.
11. And if this is not enough ideas you can always purchase her a Trusted Trolley Membership so that she can shop easily for food free from harmful additives and preservatives.
We hope you try out some of these ideas. We’d love to hear what you did and what your mum thought.