Are you always searching for that perfect gift for your mum on mother’s day? Maybe she’s the lady who already has everything a woman could dream of, or maybe she knows exactly what she likes and is extremely difficult to buy for? Either way, there is one thing every mother loves, and that is a handmade gift made especially for her!
This year, skip the same Hallmark card you give her every year, and think about what she really enjoys. Maybe your mum is into art, television, beauty products, home wares or maybe she’s a bit of a foodie? No matter what she is into, there is a perfect gift out there for her!
For the crafty mum
With a crafty mum, the pressure is always on when it comes to handmade gifts! The key is to make the gift as personal as possible, that way it doesn’t matter if you aren’t as handy with a glue stick and patterned scissors! A hand decorated card is always a special touch – include a heartfelt message or even a little poem to help express your love and appreciation. If you can’t seem to find the right words, why don’t you let her favourite candy bars do the talking. We love this fun (and a little cringey) gift idea – see online inspiration below!
For the homebody
Does your mum enjoy the warmth and simple pleasures of being at home? If so, there is no better gift that soy candles. Candles are a thoughtful gift that help to lift spirits and add a homely touch to many rooms. Use the scent of fresh, zesty citrus to make your own candles to gift to your mother. You’ll need the following:
- 6 small votive candle glasses
- 500g white soy wax
- Double saucepan
- 1 tsp pure essential oil of choice (orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit)
- 6 tabbed wicks
- 1 skewer
- 6 clothes pegs
- Prepare your work area close to the stove. Lay down newspaper in case any wax is spilled, then arrange votive glasses on top. Melt wax in the top of a double saucepan over simmering water. Add essential oil; stir.
- Use ladle to carefully pour wax into the glasses. Place wicks in each glass, positioning with the skewer. Hold wicks in place by securing at the top with a peg. Leave to set overnight.
- The next day, if the wax has dipped in the centre of the candles, melt more wax and top up. Once set, use scissors to trim wicks to 0.5cm in length.
For the movie lover
So your mum loves a motion picture!? Take a look at the movies currently showing at your local cinema and take her to see a movie you think she will enjoy. If there isn’t anything you think she’d like, why not cuddle up on the couch with a few classic films you think she would love. Consider, Mamma Mia, Freaky Friday, Mrs. Doubtfire, Little Women, Because I Said So or The Blind Side. Pick up some popcorn and chocolate treats – or better yet, make your own – to really set the scene.
For the beauty enthusiast
Most women would love a therapeutic spa day or even a fancy weekend retreat, but we bet she would love this DIY home-spa goodie just as much! A body scrub will make her skin feel soft, and not to mention, it will leave her smelling sweet and good enough to eat. All you need is some body oil, organic cane sugar and some lemon zest to create this invigorating body scrub.
For the sweet tooth
Breakfast in bed is a mother’s day classic and for good reason! Is there really anything better than being hand delivered a breakfast whilst in the cosiness of your own bed – surely nothing, right? To make this treat even more special, make it a nice sweet treat such as these Blueberry- Flax Buttermilk Pancakes.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and levelled)
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted, plus more for skillet and serving
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- Maple syrup, for serving
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, flaxseed, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add buttermilk, egg, and butter and whisk until just moistened (batter should have some lumps; do not overmix). Fold in blueberries.
- Lightly coat a large non-stick skillet or griddle with butter and heat over medium-high. In batches, drop batter by 1/4 cupful’s into skillet. Cook until bubbles appear on top and a few have burst, 2 to 5 minutes. Flip pancakes and cook until golden brown, 2 to 5 minutes. Repeat with more butter and remaining batter (makes about 12), wiping skillet clean between batches and lowering heat if necessary. Serve with butter and syrup.