Everytime an ad comes on TV for some kind of gift that advertising land thinks we mothers just can’t wait to unwrap on May 11, Mr SY thinks it’s HILARIOUS to suggest that that’s what he’s already bought me.
Thankfully, I know I’m safe for a couple of reasons.
#1 His birthday is this Sunday so no attention will be swung my way until he’s suitably celebrated and feted.
#2 He knows if he presented me with a double CD of mum songs I’d find a way to sneak them on to his 2014 iTunes playlist ready for next time he’s out running. Instant mojo killer there.
Mr SY also has a pretty good track record when it comes to gift buying.
He realises that ultimately everyone’s a winner if you get the gift-giving thing right and Mother’s Day is no exception.
Mother’s Day is certainly not just about the gifts you can buy either. Give me a slow-start Sunday and some champagne at some point during the day and I’m a very happy mum indeed but today’s post is about spoiling with gifts if that’s what you like too.
Here are my tips if you’re trying to steer the gift buyers in your family in the right direction for Mother’s Day 2014.
1. Now is not the time to be subtle. If you have had an idea or two on your mind, then come right out and say it. The gift buyer will love that they are getting something that you really would like to receive.
2. Train the gift buyer. Easier said than done, I know, but it is possible. Be vocal throughout the year about your favourite shops. Mr SY works in the city. I’ve stopped short of printing off a Google Maps page marked with suitable shopping destinations but he knows which shops he could walk into and walk out of with anything from their ranges, knowing I’d be a happy girl.
3. Do you have a “thing”? Having a “thing” or in my case several “things” makes it oh, so easy for the gift buyer. Me? Anything featuring pineapples, hearts, spots or flamingoes will capture my attention and my heart.
4. Do you collect anything? Adding to an existing
obsession collection makes it so easy for the gift buyer. I have a special cupboard in the kitchen for all my gorgeous Samantha Robinson porcelain pieces. And, ummm, I have cushions all over the house.
5. What are you into? Stamp collecting or yoga? Mountain biking or book reading. Tea or champagne? These are also good pointers for your gift buyer.
Here’s a selection of gifts – all under $200, most under $50 – that I’d happily unwrap on Mother’s Day or any day of the year.
1. Each to Own Flamingo brooch $22 | 2. Typo tea towel $9.95 | 3. Sussan water bottle $29.95 | 4. Sportscraft knit $129.95 | 5. Uberkate pendant $165 | 6. Wellicious Divine Yoga Mat $180 @ Fire and Shine | 7. Ball Heritage blue Mason jar $12.95 @ The Spring Shop | 8. Katies scarf $19.95 | 9. Blue Bungalow pineapple clutch $39.95 | 10. Mighty Purse (with built-in smart phone charger) $99.95 @ Borne Naked | 11. Go To Skincare Lips! $14.95
Plus two more if the family Lotto comes good in the next week or so … because a girl’s got a dream and being a mum is the most important job in the world. Right?
1. A stay at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat. I’m lucky enough to have been twice for a weekend but would love a longer stay. Here’s why I love it so.
But I know you want more …
So many of my blogging friends have also created Mother’s Day gift guides so I’ve asked them to join in the link-up below. Click on these links for more ideas.
And I’d also like to hear from you. What’s the best Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever received? Anything on your wishlist for this year?