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What Mum really wants this Mother’s Day
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By MyBudget Editor

Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday 12th May, and it’s not too late to plan a great gift for the leading lady in your life. Via MyBudget’s Instagram Story, we asked mums to tell us exactly what they want from their kids and partners this Sunday. We got some great responses, which we’re pleased to share in this article. 

Give the gift of time

Tell us what you’d like your kids and partner to give you this Mother’s Day | “Brekky in bed and take me out for the day” @hails.loves.art

Tell us what you’d like your kids and partner to give you this Mother’s Day | “A surprise home cooked meal and a clean house!!” @zo.nev

Tell us what you’d like your kids and partner to give you this Mother’s Day | “A clean house!” @stormydewilde

I think we all agree that mums are the best multi-taskers in the world. Their jobs are endless and include everything from being an accountant to housekeeper, to cook, driver, cleaner, chief bottle washer and so on. 

Give Mum the gift of time this Sunday by taking some tasks off her plate, such as:

  • Wash, dry, fold and put away the whole family’s washing
  • Sweep and mop the floors
  • Clean all the mirrors and windows in the house
  • Organise and tidy the kitchen and pantry
  • Give the house a good vacuum and tidy
  • Declutter your bedroom by donating unwanted items to charity

Time spent together as a family is also a great gift of time, but make it a little more memorable than the usual “hanging out” you do on a normal weekend. How about a mini-getaway (check out Airbnb for accommodation within your budget)? Or drive to a picnic spot in the country. For nature-loving mums, a day in the great outdoors can be just what the doctor ordered.  Your options might include mountain biking, bushwalking, or a family-friendly adventure kayak tour.

Give the gift of thoughtfulness

Tell us what you’d like your kids and partner to give you this Mother’s Day | “I’ve given my hubby and son a list of books I want to read this year!” @stylkea

Tell us what you’d like your kids and partner to give you this Mother’s Day | “A massage voucher!” @zo.nev

Tell us what you’d like your kids and partner to give you this Mother’s Day | “Love! Oh & a Nespresso” @Therealkelly_p

Choosing the perfect gift for your mum might come down to how well you pay attention to her hobbies and interests. What does she like to do when she finally has a moment to herself? Does she read books? Watch Netflix? What does she enjoy doing on the weekend?  Gardening? Catching up over coffee with her girlfriends? Going to yoga? Once you start noticing the things Mum likes (or she may just tell you outright!), it becomes easier to get her a thoughtful gift because you know it’s something she’ll use and love.

Here are some thoughtful gift ideas:

  • An audiobook subscription. Services like Audible are usually free for the first 30 days, and then charge $16.45 monthly for any audiobook title, which in most cases, is cheaper than buying those books outright.
  • A “keep” cup and gift voucher from her favourite coffee place. Keep cups save the environment by reducing takeaway coffee cups going into landfill, and most cafes give you a small discount for bringing your own cup. Win-win!
  • A homemade gift from the heart. The kids will have a lot of fun being involved with this one, and gives it a special touch that mothers genuinely appreciate. Here are five ideas to try.

Give the gift of peace

Tell us what you’d like your kids and partner to give you this Mother’s Day | “A day without screaming” @kristie_holland

Tell us what you’d like your kids and partner to give you this Mother’s Day | “Respect. Coffee. Lunch. Love.” @bel_j_harper

Tell us what you’d like your kids and partner to give you this Mother’s Day | “A stress-free day” @xo_natasha_pama_bryce_ox

The hustle and bustle of family life can be overwhelming, especially for busy mums and busy households. Mother’s Day is a good opportunity to talk with your children about putting extra effort into playing nicely and giving Mum some quiet time. (By the way, dads can pour glasses of milk, make snacks and tie shoelaces too!)  

Here are some more “gift of peace” ideas:

  • Treat Mum to breakfast in bed after a nice sleep-in—and then quietly wash and put away the dishes.
  • Give your mum “alone time” in the bathroom. This sounds obvious, but having privacy in the bathroom is something that mums often miss.  Give her enough time for a slow, relaxing bath, which you can make even more special with essential oils, candles, her favourite music playing (and a locked door!)
  • Spend the morning together with the kids with some fun activities, and then send them over to the grandparents’ so Mum can have a carefree day where you can take her out and spoil her. 

Mums appreciate more than anyone that special occasions, such as Mother’s Day, require planning and budgeting. The best gifts, therefore, are not only thoughtful, but affordable. 

Do you need help with budgeting? MyBudget’s caring budgeting specialists can show you how to save and budget for special occasions, like Mother’s Day, Christmas, birthdays and more. Call us today on 1300 300 922 for a free consultation.
 

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