by Tiffany Hoo
It’s that time of the year where we celebrate the women who painstakingly carried us in their wombs for 9 months of their lives – Mother’s Day! Can’t afford that designer hand bag that she’s been eyeing as a present or that luxurious spa retreat she’s been wanting? Well, fear not! Here are a few ideas which will make a great present for her (and will not make a large dent in your wallets!)
- The ‘Chore Coupon’
Remember how you used to give your mum the ‘Chore Coupon’ when you were a kid? For those who aren’t familiar with the idea (what have you been doing as a kid?), it was the best present we could have given to our mothers as kids! Hand her a piece of paper, with ‘1 hour of sweeping the floor’ (task would vary with our abilities as young kids then) written on it, and letting her sit back and relax while we did the task as promised. But as time aged us, such an idea seemed childish to us and we decided against this as a potential present idea. But in reality, this would be a great gift to her after working so hard throughout the day taking care of the household. You can help her with the daily chores in the house (tidying up the house, buying the groceries or babysitting your younger siblings!) and let her enjoy a day of relaxation befitting of the queen of your heart!
- Make her a handmade gift
As cliché as it sounds, when it comes to presents, whether it’s for your partner, your friends or your own mother, it’s the thought that comes with the gift which makes it all the more valuable to the recipient. Even if your mom has been eyeing that super expensive designer handbag (which is still out of your reach even after juggling weeks of part-time jobs, unfortunately!), and only receives a handmade card from you, she’ll love the gift nevertheless! Sure, in monetary terms, the handbag definitely is more valuable than your handmade card. However, in her eyes, the card you personally crafted for her is a symbol of your sincerity and love, which outweighs the value of the handbag or any other material item anytime of the day.
- Spend time with her
You don’t have to bring her to a posh 5-star restaurant or take her shopping in a high-end boutique to make her happy. Even a simple picnic at the neighbourhood park, with her favourite array of food, is enough to put a smile on her face! If picnics aren’t your thing, how about renting her favourite chick flick and organising your own family movie night? The possibilities are endless, but as long as you dedicate quality time to spend with your mum, she’ll feel like the happiest woman alive!
- Say ‘Thank You!’
In this modern age, where most of our communications are through WhatsApp, WeChat and Skype, we often underestimate the power of a simple ‘thank you’. Although we often believe that mums should know how much we appreciate them without us voicing it out, verbally saying it has the magical ability to make her be assured of our appreciation even more! While you’re at it, throw in a hug or a peck on her cheek as well. It may seem like a small gesture to you, but to her, it speaks volumes!
Nevertheless, regardless of whether it is Mother’s Day or not, it is important to show the queen of your heart just how much she means to you every day and how much you value her being by your side as grow up. Showing her appreciation for the woman who carried you in her womb shouldn’t be shown on just one particular day, but expressed in any way possible any given time. So to all mothers out there, thank you for all you have done for us and happy Mother’s Day!