She showered you with love, taught you right from wrong, and at times may have embarrassed you in front of your friends. Yes, we’re talking about Mummy dearest. Mother’s Day is around the corner and taking her out for lunch or dinner or a movie may not be a possibility this year for most of us. Yes, e-commerce sites are heaven sent and we could get something nice and useful for her out there. But given how tough times have been since last year, we thought why not create something ourselves and make someone so important in our life feel special.
Before you say “Oh dear, another article with DIY ideas that I neither have the skill nor the time for.”, we have 5 compelling reasons why this gift list is ideal for you:
1. They’re all super easy
2. They require almost no materials or craft-making skills
3. Some of them can be sent via email or phone so they’re perfect if mom is staying far away
4. She deserves to know she’s loved and thought of
5. Okay, we only had 4 reasons but 5 sounded like a more convincing number
Now that we (hopefully) have your attention, let’s get straight to the gift ideas that don’t require you to go out or take a chance with exposure, deliveries and delays:
- Surprise Conference Call
It’s been a tough year for everyone and your mom probably misses her friends or siblings or her children (could be you or your siblings) who are far away. You could arrange for a surprise video call with any (or all) of these groups. If your mother is staying in another city and you haven’t seen her in a while – this is a perfect way to show her some love.
- Video-Message Compilation
Ask all the children (and grandchildren, if any) to record messages and send pictures. Put them together using any video-making app. You can get creative with this one and include some really old pictures that will take mom on a trip down memory lane.
- Microwave Mug Brownie
This one requires a few ingredients but they’re very basic and should be present in your kitchen. It takes a minute to put together and another minute in the microwave. Since it’s quick, she wont suspect a thing and she will be extremely touched when you place a mug of gooey warm brownie in front of her. Here’s how you make it:
- 2 tablespoons melted butter or olive/vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar (less or more depending on how sweet she likes it)
- In mom’s favourite mug, add milk, melted butter/oil, salt and vanilla extract. Whisk well.
- Add cocoa powder and whisk again.
- Add sugar and flour, whisk well.
- Microwave for 1 minute – the center should be slightly molten.
- Serve with a teaspoon but warn her that it might be a little hot.
4. Mom’s Movie Night in
You can create a nice escape for her at home – even if it’s for a few hours. Decorate the front room to seem like a movie theatre (simply dim the lights and rearrange the furniture so everyone can sit comfortably), make her a movie ticket with the time and place and movie name (or leave that as a surprise), keep all cell phones aside and let the movie begin. For added effect, you can serve up some popcorn or nachos during the movie.
As for which movie to watch, you can either pick something she’s been wanting to see, one of her old favourites or any of these – Mama Mia, The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, Brave, Little Women, The Sound of Music, English Vinglish, Badhaai Ho or Hindi Medium.
5. Home Spa
Your mom is probably always so busy taking care of everyone else that she forgets about herself. So if she won’t take time off for some self care, you can give it to her. Put together a spa basket or box with face packs (or make a simple one with ingredients from your kitchen – ask her and she’ll tell you), some cucumber slices, cotton balls, a magazine or book, nail polish, hair oil, etc. You can give her bedroom a relaxing vibe by playing some soothing spa music and drawing the curtains. Then the most important part – don’t disturb her for an hour or two! More than the pampering, she could really use the quiet time.
If you’re a dad – direct the children to this article and help them make or set up one of these gifts. If you’re a mom, you can ‘accidentally’ leave this page open and your system unlocked so your children get the hint. Also, if you’re a mom – Happy Mother’s Day!