How do you celebrate a mum in a million?

Mum, mummy, mother, mama – whatever you call her or whoever she is, she is amazing and so very special to you. In fact, she is probably so special and precious that you cannot really capture what she means to you in words: selfless, dependable, amazing, strong, greatest, beautiful, love, stylish, smart, happy, caring, treasured, adored, brilliant, precious, amazing, marvellous … let alone a gift. She is simply a mum in a million.

The blessing of a mother in your life, whether she is your birth mother, adopted mother, step-mother, your godmother, aunt, grandmother, nanny or another marvellous lady who is instrumental in your life, it all comes down to the love you have for her and the love she has for you.

While we love our mums every single day, Mothering Sunday gives us the opportunity to really celebrate her and say thank you. An opportunity to tell her that she is appreciated and all of those wonderful words that describe her.

However, how can you show this fabulous lady just how wonderful she is and how much you love her? Can a gift really say all of these things and more?

A celebration

The gift should be a celebration of the uniqueness of your mum and the unique relationship you have. It needs to be personal and speak a thousand words. It needs to convey a personal message from the heart. It needs to touch her soul as she has touched yours. It needs to show how much she means to you. It’s also an opportunity to spread this love across families and generations. It doesn’t need to cost a fortune, instead it’s about the thought behind it. Not a last-minute rush to grab chocolates and flowers from the nearest shop or petrol station but a thought-out gift to celebrate your mum in a million.

Say it with words

Yes, there will never be enough words to tell your mum just what she means to you but you can get close withthoughtful gifts with meaningful words. Why not celebrate this special day by bringing her breakfast in bed with a cup of tea in a special mug just for mum – it’s got her name on it so no one can sneakily borrow it! Couple this with the perfect card that says just how you feel in her favourite colours or style to show that you do get her, even if you’re a dad steering your young children to choose the right one.

Mums give the best cuddles, so reserve her space on the sofa ready for cuddles and precious time together with a cushion that says just that – reserved for mum! Knowing that there is always a special place for mum will bring a smile to her face every time she sits down.

There are so many options to help you celebrate your mum with carefully chosen words, from frames to trinket dishes, mugs and glasses to cushions, make up bags, tokens – all with that special message that you want your mum to know. I love you. You are beautiful. You are marvellous. You are amazing. You are my friend.

Spread the love

It’s important to teach our children the importance of showing love and appreciation and for those wonderful little people they want special gifts for their mummies. To them, they may not quite yet understand all the other words adults can use but the most important word to them is mummy. This is a great opportunity for dads to step in, or other family members, and guide those little ones. Imagine their delight each time mummy has a drink from a special mug that they chose, or a frame with a favourite photo capturing precious memories. She no doubt loves them to the moon and back and children will love to pass this message back to her in a variety of ways from tokens to cards; better still, why not steer them to buy mum a card with sweets in. Two presents in one! For those of you based in Wokingham, she surely is the best Mummy in Wokingham and children will love to boast that this is the perfect description for their mummy.

Find her perfect…

Mums aren’t just mums and have their favourite hobbies or styles that we know and love them for. For those mums who love a nice smelling house, why not choose a candle or diffuser that evokes memories of holidays or their favourite tipple. Reminding them of special memories is a great theme for a gift. For those mums who could always throw a picnic together and took you to the park, why not do the same with a stylish lunch bag and cup and take your mum to a favourite spot. Or gift your mum another stylish scarf or bag, reminding her that you do know exactly what she likes. Keeping your mum up with the trends is easy with timeless and beautiful jewellery as precious as she is and a thoughtful gift knowing exactly what your mum would like.

If your mum is a list maker or recipe collector then funky stationary is a must; definitely one for a marvellous mum. Showing your mum how well you know her is so very special, down to the tiniest detail.

For all types of mums

There are so many types of mums in the world and the love of a mum transcends generations and families. It may be that your grandma brought you up or has been a key figure in your life, or your auntie needs reminding how special she is and that she is just like a mum to you. It can be difficult to celebrate these ladies when everything says mum or mummy. You need to find a gift that is personal to them and speaks to their heart as well. Again, it should be a reflection of how well you know them and the unique relationship you have. Finding a gift with words to celebrate being grandma’s pride and joy or to say thank you for being a supportive nanny is not always easy. If you can’t find the right words then it’s important to capture their special essence too – do they need spoiling with bath bombs or a spontaneous afternoon tea with a mug cake? Or their initials on a gold mug or rose gold necklace to keep you forever close to their hearts.

Whatever you choose and for whoever it is intended, don’t forget the finer details. Mums spend hours wrapping presents and making them look inviting and special so don’t forget to return this favour too!

Show me the love!!

In these budget conscious times, romance and expressing love can often take a back burner. However, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we all have the opportunity – or excuse – to show our love. Yet the question we all find ourselves asking is how do you find that perfect gift that says exactly what you feel and doesn’t cost a small fortune?

Whether you love or loathe Valentine’s Day, there really is no way to avoid it, unless you lock yourself away for 24 hours and be possibly the most unpopular person in your household! Instead, why not ignore the commercial element and simply embrace it for what it is really all about – LOVE.

Each year can get more and more difficult to find an original and non-corny way to say ‘I love you’ but it doesn’t necessarily have to be about a grand gesture, it should be about showing that you care, that you do think of those you love, whether it’s your children, partner, mum or dad. While many may argue that ‘I don’t need a day to show my love’, how often do you really make a spontaneous gesture and give your loved one a special moment?

Do you remember that moment in the film Jerry Maguire when Tom Cruise’s character reels off a big speech to win Renee Zellweger’s character over and she says “You had me at hello”? It’s about celebrating your moment again with each other – or creating a new one. A reminder that yes, you do drive me mad leaving dirty dishwater in the sink, but I love you. I appreciate you. You complete me.

What would be their perfect gift?

We all have a unique story and finding that special someone is precious, and so should be the gift. It should reflect what that person means to you, perhaps a cheeky reminder of a funny date, the phrase that you always say to them, or that they are your Prosecco Queen.  It’s about celebrating what you love about them and showing how well you know them with a unique gift, maybe a personalised gift, but certainly a gift that says a thousand words and lasts forever.

Find your picture of love

A picture can say a thousand words and beautiful cards are no exception. The image may be just the simplicity of a heart, or it may have words of love or Valentine on the front, but there is always the space inside to write how you feel. We all appreciate and feel special when someone has taken the time to write from the heart inside a card. Use this opportunity to say what you feel. Remember a special moment. Choose the card to match how you feel. Cards give endless options to convey how we feel and are a constant reminder.

Who do you love to the moon and back?

Who hasn’t heard the phrase ‘Love you to the moon and back’ and not melted at the sentiment? Many say it to their partners and children and for many couples and families this phrase is a visual and constant reminder that you are loved. It may be a trinket dish that brings a smile and warm fuzzy feeling inside each time you put your rings in it, a beautiful and cosy cushion on your bed, or it may be a warm drink in the mug your loved one gave you saying ‘Love you to the moon and back’. The beauty of this phrase is that it is universal – perfect for your spouse, partner, son, daughter, mum, dad, aunt, sister, friend… the list is endless.

The instant glow of love

The subtle glow of a candle is often enough to create a romantic atmosphere and express your feelings. It may simply be a candle with a heart on it, or it could be a mojito candle, reminding you of drunken first dates. Perhaps it’s the smell of Spring and romantic lazy picnics, or a candle which evokes the memories of freshly laundered bed linen and lazy days in bed. Candles also create the perfect atmosphere for a romantic dinner and will be a warm, glowing reminder each time it is lit.

Finding the right words

Why not make it really personal and choose wooden letters to spell out a message or nickname, or select letter candles to spell out LOVE on the table for a romantic night in. Perhaps it’s your first Valentine’s Day together and you want a personal item with your beloved’s name and date on. Personalised gifts really are from the heart and show just how thoughtful you have been.

Your special token of love

Hanging tokens or pebbles with lovely sentiments are can create a visual display for your loved one or family. Perhaps you can start a collection of pebbles to keep around the house displaying those key words declaring how you feel – LOVE, HOPE, CHERISH… Other hanging tokens may say just what you feel and this gift will also be a constant reminder of your love. Alternatively, you may want to decorate an entire wall with hanging hearts and create a shrine of love in your home. You can always personalise this too.

Does your loved one have a sweet tooth?

Why not give your loved one a sweet and delicious slice of love? This could be a chocolate pizza symbolising both of their favourite things, or a heart chocolate to share – or not. For those with a passion for sweets, the hidden surprise in a card will surely make them smile. All ideal gifts for every member of your family.

Say it in style

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or not, nothing says I love You better than a beautiful and stylish piece of jewellery. A rose gold or silver heart on a chain or decorated around a bracelet will be a beautiful and glamorous reminder of your love. Why not add a personalised touch and choose the initials of your children on a necklace to seal the complete circle of family love?

Frame your special moment

Capture that perfect moment and gift it to your loved one in a beautiful frame, perhaps one with hearts on or a phrase. This simple gesture will show how thoughtful you are and just how much you treasure your memories as well.

What’s their favourite tipple?

We all remember boozy dates, whether it was those first few nervous ones or the ones you now sneak in around work and children. Is your partner a gin lover or a prosecco princess? Choosing a gift that is about their favourite drink or an in-joke of special dates is a sure way to show your love and thoughtfulness.

Teaching your little ones the gift of love

Valentine’s Day is, after all, a day of love, so why not include your children? A small token of love, weather it is a hairband bracelet with a heart on, a mini cuddly toy, or a unicorn or star light for their room, spreading the gift of love throughout your family is a beautiful way to teach them about love and the importance of showing it.

Let them choose!

They’ll probably surprise you too and want to buy you a token of love! Dad’s beware – you’ll need to guide your children! Imagine mum’s face when she gets a beautiful token with precious words written on it or a necklace with her children’s initials. Dad’s are never as easy to buy for but a thoughtful hand written or drawn note on the back of a heart pebble or a heart chalk board will melt even the most manly of men! Failing that – chocolate lollies rule!

Finally, don’t forget the wrapping. Even simple tissue paper and a bow will ooze excitement and speak volumes about the thought you have put in. If you lack that final finesse, you can always call in the experts and get it wrapped for you!