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Whether you're planning to treat your mum for her birthday or throw a baby shower for a mum to be, you'll want to spoil her to the max.
So to give you a little push in the right direction, read on for our top tips and great gift ideas for mums and mums to be.
Chocolates and flowers are always a nice surprise. But why not surprise your mum with something a little bit different?
Every mum or mum to be deserves a pamper and the good news is you don't always need to travel to a luxury spa (although she'd definitely appreciate it once in a while). Why not give mum some luxury spa products she can use in the comfort of her own bathroom?
The luxurious Sanctuary Mande Lular Sensuous Body Soufflé contains chamomile and moisturising vitamin E that will soothe and leave mum's skin feeling nourished and deeply moisturised. In fact, any luxurious products from Sanctuary are perfect gifts to help any mummy feel yummy.
If mum's a little more sentimental, then why not treat her to a great picture of her favourite people? Simply get all the family together, (preferably looking smart) and get your hands on a digital camera. You can then visit Boots Photo for some fantastic frames and albums or why not enlarge your pic, get it printed on a canvas or even have your own lovely mugs printed on a mug? There are loads of ways to give mum a great photo and a fantastic gift.
It's easy to give mum a well-earned treat without breaking the bank. Simply grab a couple of DVDs (films she hasn't seen would be best), get the kettle on and make sure she doesn't lift a finger with any cooking or housework. Add in some chocolates so you can help mum enjoy a cosy film night.
Stray away from the traditional path again and give mum an experience. Our Red Letter Days are a great way for mum to try something new. The 80 experiences choice pack offers loads of great activities and experiences from skiing to body flying, wine tasting to a day's horse riding, giving mum a day she will never forget. Mums to be are probably best to go for more relaxing activities such as a day's pampering for two at a luxury spa or a cookery course. Both treats are also included in this fantastic choice pack for her.
A real treat for mum can be something as simple as strapping on that pinafore and taking care of the housework. For all you amateurs out there, that means taking care of the cleaning, washing and, of course, making sure you cook mum a delicious meal.
Remember – if you're looking for great gifts for mums or mums to be, sometimes all you have to spend is your time.
Take a look at these tips from mums and mums to be about how they would spend their perfect day.
"After having twin boys in August 2011, my perfect day would be to have a family day with them and my partner John. It seems we're always on the go and never seem to get much time as a family. I'd love a day at the seaside with them (which would be their first trip to the seaside!) It would be lovely but just to be with them doing anything is enough. We went through IVF to have them and so I know just how lucky I am to have them."
I can't think of anything nicer than spending it with my hubby and baby, but it would be lovely to not have to cook for once, and have a day of not having to do any cleaning for once.
So my perfect day would be waking up to huge hugs with my girl, my husband cooking us a full, hearty English breakfast, going to church with my little girl, coming home to find the hoovering done and the kitchen cleaned, lunch out in a country pub, then a walk for an hour or so with my hubby and baby. After that, home for a hot cuppa and hot bath for mummy while my little one sleeps. Then an hour or so to give myself a mini manicure and pedicure.
I'd then like dinner (prepared by my hubby) while I play with the little one. A bedtime routine for my little girl with sleepy cuddles (while hubby does the dishes) and snuggles on the sofa with my hubby – and a big bar of chocolate. Bliss!
As this is unlikely to happen quite how I have planned, my top tips for having a relaxing day are:
"I would like to go for a nice drive up to the Cotswolds where myself, husband and little girl could stay in a cottage for a few days. If the weather was nice we would find a nice spot to have a picnic looking at the beautiful scenery. Later on take a short walk before heading back to the cottage where we could order and Indian takeaway with a glass of champagne."
"My perfect day would start at midnight with my partner doing the night and early morning feed without me having to elbow him, leaving me to a lovely night's sleep and lie in. It would be a relaxing day where I have time to paint my nails and pamper a little (something I haven't managed yet in the five months since Harrison was born!) then having lunch with the family before heading out for a lovely walk on the seafront promenade with the pushchair!"
"My perfect day would be a relaxing pregnancy massage and facial, followed by a lovely lunch with my husband and daughter and then an afternoon nap – failing that a pain free labour!"
"I'm currently 37 weeks pregnant. I already have a little girl aged 17 months so my perfect treat would be to have both my children around me and spending the day as a family. Forget modern day technology influences from television and the internet, I'd love a day full of family games and spending as much time out in the fresh air as possible. Not only is this great for spending time together but also very good for us all. Children grow up so fast and every day I spend with them means the world to me. A little pampering wouldn't go amiss though."
"On Mother's Day, I got to have a little lie-in but not for too long as I wanted to make the most of the day. It was followed by some lovely toast from freshly-sliced thick bread and a cup of hot chocolate with squirty cream. My favourite!
"After a shower with some new treats we went for a lovely day to Chester Zoo with a picnic made by my husband and our seven-year-old son. We had our picnic in the grounds."
"When we got home on the kitchen table was a vase of flowers and a box of my favourite chocolates which we all shared after the lovely roast dinner. It's not about what you get and how much but the little things that make your day special like the hugs and kisses."
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