Here at Thanks I Love It, our priority is to make giving beautiful, thoughtful gifts as simple as possible, so we’ve put together this list of our top gifting tips to help you make your Mum feel just as special as she is!
1. Firstly, plan ahead and get the date in the diary! Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday, falls three weeks before Easter, which is why it moves each year (and catches us out!). Instead of getting a surprise, pop a reminder in your diary the week before, giving you plenty of time to plan, buy and send your card or gift. This year, Mother’s Day is on Sunday 26th March. No last minute gifts required!
2. If you can, gift your time. This can be as simple as spending a few hours with your mum, taking her for lunch, finding out what she’d like to do and doing it with her or just helping out around the house. If you can’t be there in person, set aside a good chunk of time to be able to talk on the phone or video call with her. Your time is an inexpensive Mother’s Day gift that will mean a lot.
3. Gift your skills. Are you a fantastic cook? Handy in the garden? A gifted photographer? Chances are that your mum helped you develop these skills, so treat her to a gourmet meal, a freshly mown lawn or a beautiful photograph of something or someone she loves.
4. Have you bought an awkwardly-shaped gift? Be creative with your wrapping! One way to do this is by using a beautiful organic cloth tote bag. It’s an extra gift for your lucky mum, there’s no struggling with reams of paper or sticky tape and it’ll be much easier to carry.
5. Do you live somewhere with a local delicacy or speciality? Gift your mum something she isn’t able to get at home. Locally-made chutneys, cheeses and wines (or gins!) are treats that you can’t find just anywhere, and they each come with a story behind them. Even better, make up a small hamper of gifts for a real treat.
6. Buy a gift that gives twice. Charitable gifts come in all shapes and sizes these days, from safe water to homes for bees - there really is a gift for everyone. Is your mum a teacher? You could pay for a child to go to school. What about a keen gardener? Plant an allotment on her behalf. Is she an entrepreneur? Support a budding businesswoman to start her own business.
Oxfam Unwrapped, the WWF and the Eden Project have an amazing array of gifts, but look locally too – is your mum an animal lover? Give a donation to your local shelter in her name, and not only will she thank you, the animals will too!
7. Give a memory. Does your mum long for the groovy 70s? The electronic 80s? The grungy 90s? Make her a compilation playlist (our generation’s mix-tape!) full of her favourite songs, or find her favourite snacks and sweets from that era. Flying saucer, anyone?
8. Read a good book recently? Found a fabulous new beauty product? Watched something brilliant on Netflix? Gift your favourites. Your mum will love the little window into your life, and you’ll have someone to chat about all the plot twists and turns with!
9. Give some ‘me’ time. Our mums spend half their lives running around after us, and once we’ve left the nest, they never really stop worrying about us. Give your mum the gift of some time to herself.
Is she a bit of a film buff? Put together a hamper with a DVD, popcorn, some snuggly socks and a bottle of wine. Does she love to be pampered? Fill a pretty wash bag with a bath bomb, hand cream, a candle and a face pack. Is she creative? Gift a selection of art materials, wool or crafty bits and bobs so she can paint, knit and create to her heart’s content.
10. And of course, a Thanks I Love It gift box makes the perfect present! Featuring a mix of gorgeous gifts to pamper and indulge, with products sourced from around the UK and 10% of profits going to support charities doing fantastic work in the local community, there’s one to suit every mum.
You can check out the full range here.