Mother's Day is almost upon us - a time when department stores convince us mums want tanning products and hair removal creams and fitness trackers. But as all stressed out and knackered mums know, what you really want is a little rest and relaxation!
Use this guide to buy gifts for your own mum, or perhaps print it and leave it lying around strategic places in your house.
A facial or a massage is more than just helping mum get her glow back, it's also you saying "I know you had no time to yourself when I was five and had a penchant for eating raw flour of the pantry, so now have an hour or so of you time".
Flowers and a very nice card
Honestly, sometimes this is all it takes. I could buy my mother all the riches in the world and if I don't write a heartfelt card thanking her for all the things she's done, going back to the 36 hours she was in labour with me, then I have NOT TRIED.
No, but seriously, mums love a gesture and whether you cobble together an arrangement yourself or commission a local florist, flowers brighten up the lounge and mean she can show off to her friends.
Book in an experience
Just hanging out with your mum can be the best thing in the world, but as we all know, actually going out for dinner or a movie on Mother's Day can be a nightmare. Instead give a voucher for future experience together at the time of her choosing.
If your mum is anything like me, being cooked for might just be the greatest delight in the world.