1. A delicious dinner
A night off from cooking (and clearing up afterwards!) is top of most mums' wish lists, so get together with siblings and other family members to create a delicious menu featuring all your mom's favorites. Volunteer to make a course each, and nominate a willing helper to lay the table before dinner and wash the dishes or stack the dishwasher afterwards - Joy dishwashing liquid leaves plates sparking clean.
2. Homemade dark chocolate truffles
Give Mom handmade truffles in a beautifully decorated box. Combine 350g dark chocolate with 5tbsps of double cream in a saucepan until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Chill in the fridge for two hours, then remove, roll into small balls and sprinkle with crushed mixed nuts, cocoa powder or desiccated coconut. Fill a box with tissue paper, add the truffles, then tie with ribbons. It's bound to get messy, but a quick spin through the washing machine with Ariel Sunrise Fresh will restore clothes and aprons to their former glory.
3. Hand-tied flowers from the garden
A bouquet of flowers is a simple but effective way to let someone know how much you love them - and picking flowers from your garden is a wonderful way to encourage children to use their creative skills as they match colors, shapes and textures to create the perfect bouquet. Let them pick a big bunch, add some greenery and wrap in brightly colored tissue paper before tying with natural raffia for a real handmade, rustic feel.
4. Herb or dream pillows
Creating an herb pillow is simple, and you can make one from an old scarf or pillow case. Wash and dry the fabric, then cut it into the shape you desire (squares or rectangles are easiest). Fold the fabric in half to make a pocket, stitch the sides together, leaving the top open (for a sewing-free option, use a muslin bag or scrap of fabric tied like a pouch with raffia or ribbon). Fill the bag with a bunch of herbs from the garden (rosemary and lavender are good) or buy a specially made blend. Carefully pour the herbs inside and sew the top of the pillow shut. Add ribbon or a pretty name tag and you have a unique and thoughtful gift.
5. Photo mug or montage
Create a visual trip down memory lane with a montage of photographs featuring significant events - the first time your mother held her grandchild, for instance, or at a milestone birthday with all her family around her. And who can resist a photograph of their grandchildren on a mug - to be reminded of those sweet faces with the first hot drink of the morning gets every day off to a good start!
6. A framed drawing or painting
Whether it's your child's first attempt at finger painting or a more sophisticated representation of the local countryside or seascape, framing an original work of art is a lovely way to record their best efforts. Make it a tradition that you repeat every year and take pride as their skills develop.
7. Smile across the miles
Don't let distance come between you - a video of a song, poem or play shared via smartphone or a video-sharing app can be treasured long after Mother's Day is over - and perhaps even tucked away until your child's 18th or 21st birthday.
8. Give an origami heartDesign beautiful paper creations using this ancient Japanese art form - out of folded paper springs a heart, or a swan, or a rose... use special origami paper or simply a sheet of decorated A4, following the instructions from a book or website. Completely original and surprisingly durable.
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