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Bush Telegraph - 2021-05-03

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Time biggest and best gift

MOTHER’S DAY

She nursed you through childhood illnesses, taught you to tie your shoes and make a mean omelette, and she’s still your go-to source for good advice and favourite homebaked cookies. You can do better than socks for Mother’s Day. Give your mum time, not stuff. Here’s a “give this, not that”list of Mother’s Day ideas: Give: your time Last year, 44 per cent of mothers surveyed by online PriceGrabber said they wanted quality time with their family for Mother’s Day. Whether your family includes adult children who live far from mum, or a busy family with young children, it can be hard to spend time with each other regularly. Devote the day to mum. Whatever you choose to do — dine out, visit a botanical garden or just hang out at home — you’ll be giving her the gift she wants most: time with you. Don’t give: stuff There’s a difference between a thoughtful gift with meaning, and something clearly bought out of desperation. Mums know the difference. Things like cowboy boots, sunglasses and even designer purses mothers said they didn’t want. Put some thought into the gift before the big day so you can give her something she really wants, like jewellery, her favourite bath products, or an attractive scarf. Give: a great meal out Dining out was on the list of most-wanted gifts for mothers. What could make mum happier than enjoying a great meal with her family and not having to cook it or clean up afterward? Taking mum out for meal is a time-honoured Mother’s Day tradition and restaurants can be busy so make sure you book in time. Choose a restaurant that will please her palate with familiar flavours, good food and the warm, comforting ambience she creates in her own dining room or kitchen. Family style restaurants are a good choice because there’s something on the menu for everyone. Don’t give: practical kitchen items No matter how much mum says she wants a new electric can opener or how much she needs a new set of pots and pans, don’t give these items on Mother’s Day. Mums are more than just the sum of the time they spend in the kitchen. If she really needs and wants those things, why not give them to her at some other time of year, for no other reason than she’s a great mother? Or, if you must give something kitchen-related for Mother’s Day, consider something that’s pretty and fun, too, like decorative serve ware. Buy from a store that offers free gift wrapping services, making it easier to give a goodlooking gift. Give: gift cards A gift card to her favourite store was another popular selection of mums. But don’t think giving her a gift card is all you have to do. Research to find just the right card for her, and then offer to accompany her on a shopping excursion to her favourite store. That way, you’ll be giving her two things she wants most — a gift card and time spent with you. Don’t give: technology Do you really want to give mum a smartphone that will be obsolete by next Mother’s Day? Or a tablet so complicated she’ll never figure out how to use it? If your mother’s digitally inclined, chances are she already has the tech she needs and wants. And if she doesn’t, trying to choose it for her can be like trying to pick a pet for someone else — never a good idea. Instead, keep gift items simple, personal and nostalgic.

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