Create the ultimate date with mum this Mother’s Day


As the experts in love and relationships and with Mother’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d lend a helping hand for those that need a creative kick-start for planning the perfect day for mum.

And luckily, you don’t need to burn a hole in your wallet to put together a thoughtful and memorable day to celebrate someone who means a lot to you. Here are four ideas for planning the perfect Mother’s Day:

  1. Make her a thoughtful DIY gift

No matter your age, getting creative and crafty with your Mother’s Day gift is one of the most thoughtful ways to express your mum-appreciation. There are plenty of ideas on sites like Pinterest, but one of the easiest gifts is to create a photo album (or slideshow for the more digitally-inclined) as a collection of special memories to showcase.

You can easily make a photo album, collage or slideshow for free using iPhoto or other services like Chatbooks that create an album out of photos from your phone’s camera roll or your social media feed. You can also get a nice digital picture frame or go old school with a print collage or photo frame. Another great DIY touch is a classic handmade card. You don’t have to be a poet to express your love and appreciation, nor does it have to be long or fancy, just something from the heart.

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  1. Cook her favourite dishes

Nothing says ‘I love you mum’ quite more than taking over the reins of the kitchen and cooking up her favourite dishes. If both you and your mum love to cook, it’s an extra special way to spend time together. You could even take it outside if the weather permits for a nice Mother’s Day picnic – opting for simple dishes like a salad, sandwiches, a fruit and cheese platter and wine. There are plenty of recipes and Mother’s Day meal planners online to get inspired by, but our top picks include: a simple yet impressive brunch like this eggs benedict, a hearty main like this cinnamon-spiced chicken and fennel and radish salad, and luscious dessert such as this caramel apple upside-down cake.

  1. Decorate and set the mood

Something that every mum will appreciate is setting the scene with a little decorating and home entertainment. Set the table with nice kitchenware, candles, fresh flowers, and put together a playlist of her favourite songs to play in the background. Be sure to include her favourite artists, as well as special songs that remind you of her. Still need some inspiration? Here are our top picks:

  • I’ll Always Love My Mama by The Intruders
  • Oh Mother by Christina Aguilera
  • Mama Liked the Roses by Elvis Presley
  • Mama’s Song by Carrie Underwood
  • Mama by Il Divo

And if you’re looking for some entertainment to wind down with at the end of the day, have some of her favourite movies at the ready. Our favourite classic mum movies include: The Meddler, Freaky Friday, Mommie Dearest and Terms of Endearment.

  1. Treat her to a spa day

For those looking for that extra special cherry on top, why not treat your mum to a spa treatment, massage, aromatherapy, hair treatment or some products for her to try at home? Most mums dream of a day of pampering but are too selfless to book it for themselves. There’s usually a great selection of local deals on sites like Groupon and Living Social, and you could even turn it into a bonding session and go along with her.

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