With Mother’s Day approaching, there is no perfect time other than now to start preparing a gift for your mother. To start things off, we’ve categorized gift ideas according to your personality type, but if you’re in the mood to go out of your way then you can pick from the other options provided – there’s no one to stop you.
FOR THOSE THAT HATE GIFT-GIVING OR ARE JUST PLAIN LAZY
Want to make your mother happy but too lazy to do anything? Then we have the perfect solution for you: book a full-body spa for her. It will certainly make her smile ear-to-ear as who wouldn’t want a massage after a tiring week of work? If you’re on a tight budget, you can always visit sites like Groupon to get cheap spa deals for less than $50. You can also opt for neighbourhood spas or foot reflexology massage if you don’t like the idea of having to travel.
Considering your hipsters traits, you’ll want to get your mother a one of a kind gift that can’t be bought from just anywhere. If that’s the case, we have a site that might solve your problem, Etsy.com, which sell unique products ranging from vintage, clothes, jewellery and the list goes on. You don’t have to worry about getting the same gift as your siblings or best friend because most of the products are either customised or preloved and there’s a limited quantity to it. You might be skeptical about this but trust us, you’ll spend hours scrolling through the website without realising that your cart is almost full.
We know you love attending parties but make sure you’re free on May 11 to spend some time with your mother. Knowing you, you probably can’t resist the temptation to go out to party so why not hold a party at home? This way, you can invite some friends and relatives over while accompanying your mother. Of course, it takes time and effort to plan a party but what’s there to worry when there are sites like Punchbowl that can help you to organise from sending invites to managing RSVPs and even prompting guests to bring items for potlucks.
Contain your enthusiasm and calm down. What we suggest to you is a DIY scarf bag. If you’re into fashion, then you would already know that there’s been a huge hoo-ha over DIY bags made of Hermés scarves. We’re not asking you to splurge on a scarf that costs over $500, but to use the same method on a cheaper alternative that you can find almost anywhere (H&M, Forever21 and even Daiso). What’s great about these scarves is that it’s multi-purpose, so once your mother decides that she’s bored with the bag, she can turn it into a customised top or even a bracelet.
(Credits to Swellmayde)
A huge scarf
Lay out scarf on a flat surface.
Take two corners, crossover each other.
Pull to meet other two corners.
Tie the corners
Instead of your yearly tradition of visiting a crowded restaurant on Mother’s day, why not bake a dessert for a change? Other than making a mess in the kitchen, your mother will definitely appreciate you making time to prepare food for her. If she’s still upset, all you have to do is to please her by doing the house chores for a week. Jokes aside, here’s an easy recipe you can try:
(Credits to BBC)
For the meringue
- 4 egg whites
- 250g caster sugar
- 1 tsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp cornflour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the topping
- 500g strawberries, hulled and halved
- 200g red currants, stalks removed
- 3 tbsp icing sugar
- 350ml double cream
Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Using a pencil, mark out the circumference of a dinner plate on baking parchment. Whisk the egg whites with a hand mixer until they form stiff peaks, then whisk in the sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, until the meringue looks glossy. Whisk in the vinegar, cornflour and vanilla.
Spread the meringue inside the circle, creating a crater by making the sides a little higher than the middle. Bake for 1 hour, then turn off the heat and let the Pavlova cool completely inside the oven.
When the meringue is cool, chop 100g of the strawberries. Mix them with half the redcurrants and 2 tbsp icing sugar. Place in a food processor, blitz until smooth, then push the fruit mixture through a sieve. Whip the cream with the remaining icing sugar and spread it over the meringue. Put the remaining fruit on the cream and finally pour the sauce over the whole lot.