11 heartfelt ways to spoil Mum this Mother’s Day

Living Well | Wendy Hargreaves | Images: Getty, Unsplash | Posted on 28 April 2021

Here’s how to give Mum a gift from the heart this Mother’s Day.

While you shouldn’t need a special day to show your Mum how much you love and appreciate her, Mother’s Day is one day of the year where you really get to spoil her. But what do you get for the mother who has everything? 

Sometimes the best gift is one that comes from the heart, so forget celebrity perfumes, pointless electrical appliances and crowded cafe brunches. This year consider putting away that credit card and setting aside some time to create a gift from the heart. Here are a few DIY gift ideas to spoil your favourite matriarch on Sunday 9 May.   

Croissant and cup of tea on tray

11 ways to spoil your Mum this Mother’s Day

1. Write a letter

When did you last sit down and pen a letter to Mum, or anyone for that matter? Hand-written letters feel slow and archaic compared to emails and texts, and that’s exactly what makes them special. 

Find the best-quality paper you can and tell Mum how much she means to you. Recall funny and poignant childhood memories in detail to make her smile. The more detail the better. What did she teach you that makes you a better person today? Thank her for everything. Then think about a home-made present. It’s the thought that counts, right? 

2. Make her a bunch of flowers

If you don’t have a home garden in bloom, buying a bunch of flowers can be an expensive exercise. But why not get creative and make your own paper flowers. Grab some scissors, some beautiful paper or card, and check out one of the myriad tutorials on YouTube. Or better still, spend a crafty Mother’s Day with Mum learning to make beautiful Japanese-style flowers using origami techniques in this hands-on class. Your paper and fabric creations will last well beyond the next green-bin rubbish collection.

3. Make her a photo book 

Take your Mum on a trip down memory lane by making her a photo book. From childhood family photos to travel happy snaps, spend time online turning some of your fondest memories into a treasured memento she can keep forever. There are myriad online photo-book companies making it easier than ever to create digital scrapbooks, with options to design your own or select from a range of pre-made templates. 

4. Cook her favourite breakfast

Whether she’s a lover of pancakes or poached eggs in the morning, get Mum’s special day off to a flying start by cooking her favourite breakfast. Make it extra special by setting the table nicely. Buy a bag of oranges and make some freshly squeezed juice, or get her favourite tea steeping in a pot. For extra brownie points, host a high tea at home and pick up a bottle of her favourite bubbly. Because what’s better than a champagne breakfast in your PJs?  

5. Build her a playlist

Jump into Spotify or iTunes and create a playlist of Mum’s favourite tunes, or songs that remind you of her. If she isn’t a music app native, give her instructions on how to download the app when you send her the playlist, or listen together via video call.

6. Make her a body scrub

No need to spend a fortune at the cosmetics counter. These sugar scrub ingredients read more like a cake recipe, and the end result smells just as delicious. Mix 2 ½ cups of sugar with ½ cup of liquid coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of finely grated orange peel, 1½ teaspoons of vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract. Store the scrub in airtight containers (little Mason jars are perfect). It’s a lovely way to soften skin in the bath or shower. 

Rolls of white string
Pink journal sitting on table with pencils on top
Homemade body scrub

7. Journal your memories

Fill a notebook with your favourite family memories, thinking back as far as you can and adding as much detail as you can muster. Trawl through your digital snaps of holidays, family get-togethers and special occasions to jog your memory. Glue in photographs and mementos, sketch pictures and generally get creative.

8. String something together

Big in the ’60s and ’70s, string art is making a comeback. All you need is a block of soft wood (such as pine), some wool or string, linoleum nails and a hammer. Then draw a pattern on the wood and hammer the nails evenly along the lines before weaving the yarn. Bunnings has a great instructional video on a simple string love heart.

9. Film a gratitude video

This Mother’s Day project is almost guaranteed to have her reaching for the tissue box (in a good way). Ask every member of your family to record heartfelt video snippets on what they love about the woman of the moment. Use a simple editing app to stick them all together into one long love message. 

10. Home-made paperweight

Take the old-school pet rock idea to new heights and make a unique paperweight for Mum. Find a smooth rock in the garden and get creative. Permanent markers are a great place to start with a special message. Then add sequins, feathers, buttons, paint… whatever you create, she’ll think of you every time she uses it. 

11. Make her some garden markers

It’s easy to get lost in the online world of Etsy when looking for Mother’s Day inspiration. Garden markers are as cute as they are practical, and they’re easy to make. All you need are wooden spoons, acrylic paint, permanent markers and any other bits you’d like to stick on.