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While gifts aren't really obligatory - no doubt many mothers tell their offspring not to bother - it's nice to treat your mum once in a while. If you're stuck for ideas, don't be. Here are a few tried and tested favourites.
Flowers are always a lovely surprise, but this year, why not think out of the box and send something else? For those that are separated by great geographical distance, flowers are no longer the only gift that can be arranged and sent via the post. These days, most of the big name department stores will deliver all of their product lines, from comfy cushions, chic vases, indulgent chocolates and classy clothing, so choose something else.
Jewellery is always a much-appreciated gift, whether it's a necklace made of dry macaroni or a diamond tiara. Thankfully there are many options in between and costume jewellery has never been so popular. A carefully selected pair of sparkly earrings, a chunky bracelet or even a funky broach for her coat will make mum feel really special, while updating her wardrobe too. If you're having difficulty in choosing something, think about the pieces she already owns or her favourite colour and try to get a piece to complement.
For a woman that works hard and has little time to herself, putting together an indulgence pack is a great and simple idea. It need only comprise of a few items with which mum can relax and enjoy some 'me' time, such as bubble bath, some candles, chocolate, a good book or maybe a mini bottle of wine.
How many meals did your mum slave over for you? Why not reverse the situation and cook for her instead? She'll be really touched by the effort, however basic your culinary prowess. Plan your menu accordingly and try and bake her favourite foods. Setting the table nicely will demonstrate extra care and attention. Alternatively, take her out for a meal.
Spa or beauty vouchers are a nice touch. Perhaps book her an appointment at her favourite hair salon or get vouchers for a day of indulgence, including such treats as a massage, sauna, jacuzzi or hot stone treatment. Bliss!
For more active mothers, how about buying some nice sportswear or kit that she can take to the gym? A decent bag or pedometer, for instance? If you've a little more money to spend, an iPod makes for a great gift, especially if it's already charged and set up with lots of personally-chosen music, maybe something she can pound the treadmill in time to.
Of course, the greatest gift most children can give their mums is simply to spend the day with them. This is the woman that loves you unconditionally, sacrificed so much for your happiness and helped create so many of those memories that you cherish. Why not show her how much you care by surprising her with a visit?