The modern Mother’s Day holiday was created by Anna Jarvis at the start of the 20th century as a day for each family to honour their mother, and is now celebrated on various days in many places around the world. Unfortunately many people feel it has become rather commercialised. “A printed, bought card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world. And candy! You take a box to your mother, and then eat most of it yourself. A pretty sentiment!” said a soured Miss Jarvis not long after she had succeeded in making Mother’s Day a nationally recognised holiday in the US. However, we should all remember that Mother’s Day didn’t originally start off as a commercial holiday. And moms do deserve to be spoilt! So here are a couple of ideas you can use to make your mum feel special this Sunday.

Breakfast in bed

If you are still living with your mum, the best thing you can do is give her breakfast in bed. Make her favourite breakfast – whether it’s bacon and eggs or a croissant with strawberry jam – and place it on a tray with orange juice and tea or coffee. And don’t forget to include a fresh flower from the garden!

A scrumptious lunch

If you are not living at home anymore, invite your mum over for lunch or bring lunch to her house. Make sure you cook something you know she loves, but don’t eat often enough – which will make it an even more special treat. Make (or buy…) a decadent dessert as well – such as chocolate mousse or cheese cake.

Something homemade

There’s nothing nicer than a homemade gift. Whether it’s a ceramic vase (slightly odd-looking because you have just started pottery classes), a framed photograph of the two of you (capturing a special moment you have shared) or knitted socks (that might not fit because knitting was never your strongest point) – it really doesn’t matter. Moms appreciate the fact that you tried. After all, it’s the thought that counts! And if you don’t have time or feel creative enough, simply make her a nice card – telling her how much she means to you.

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