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How to make mum feel special on Mother’s Day

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Want to make mum feel special on Mother’s Day? Although a thoughtful gift is always appreciated, there are many other ways you can show your mum how much you love her on Mother’s Day that don’t involve spending too much money – like breakfast in bed, vouchers for treatments, handmade gifts, cleaning the house and giving her some much-needed ‘me time’. Take a look at all the ideas below!


In Australia, Mother’s Day is on Sunday 9 May 2021. If you’re wondering “what can I do for mum on Mother’s Day?’, we’ve got you sorted with some fabulous ideas. Let’s face it, mums are special, but it can always be tricky to know what to get mum for Mother’s Day. Here’s some ways to make her feel special and have the best day ever.

1. Breakfast in bed

breakfast in bed

Heading out to the local cafe for breakfast is always nice, but it isn’t always the most relaxing experience. So why not bring the breakfast to Mum! She doesn’t have have to leave her bed for this one. If the kids are a little young, get Dad to pitch in for the cooking. If you’re looking to get a bit more creative in your household, then download our free Breakfast in Bed printable menu. Leave it on her nightstand on Saturday night with a pen, so she can write down what she would like. Tell her to leave it outside her bedroom, so you don’t wake her in the morning!

DOWNLOAD & PRINT : BREAKFAST IN BED MENU

2. Vouchers

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like special vouchers just for mum. You can download our free voucher printables here and spoil mum with future promises. From an undisturbed nap to one chore of her choice, mum will love the chance to sit back and relax. There’s even space to make up your own!

DOWNLOAD & PRINT : MOTHER’S DAY VOUCHERS

3. Enjoy a picnic together

Pack up some food and enjoy a picnic together – you can even have it right in your own backyard. Get out the picnic rug and have everything set up and ready to go before bringing mum out for the surprise. You can even put together some fun picnic games to play while you are out there, like Hopscotch or I Spy. If you’re wanting to get out and about for the day, then check out our six favourite picnic spots by the water. There are so many delicious picnic foods to choose from, so do a browse on Pinterest and pick out your menu before the big day.

4. Pamper Session

Make your own pamper pack, or buy a hamper online from Pretty Green

There’s nothing mums enjoy more on their special day than a bit of pampering. You can put together a little pamper pack full of nail polishes, massage oils, hand cream and more, and draw up your own menu of what’s on offer. Start out with a pedicure and manicure and then work your way up to a massage. Mum will love it! You could even invest in a foot or back massage machine as a present for her – that way she can enjoy the pampering all year long.

Otherwise, buy her a voucher for a local hair & beauty salon! View our Beauty, Pamper & Wellness Guide.

5. Get crafty with a card

Nothing quite says “thank you mum for all you do” like a handmade card with those exact words written in it!

Don’t have the creative energy? We’re making it easy! Simply download and print our free Mother’s Day card – your kids can colour it in and fill out the ‘All About My Mum’ interview in the middle. It’s guaranteed to make her feel gushy!

DOWNLOAD & PRINT: MOTHER’S DAY CARD + Q&A

Hint: Print this one double sided, and fold down the dotted line to make a card… 

6. Movie Marathon

Send mum off for a trip to the movies…in her pjs. You can set up your living room like a movie theatre (blinds closed, nice and dark) and make it even more comfortable (blankets on the couch). Design your own tickets showing mum’s favourite movies and have them ready to go for her. You can even set up a candy bar and get mum to choose her movie snacks on the way in. Everyone can sit down and enjoy this one together. Of course, if mum really is after a little alone time, add in a few movie tickets for her (to the actual cinemas this time), so she can escape and enjoy some peace the next time a good flick catches her eye.

7. Mini Photo Session

Mums can only dream of getting that one nice photo with everyone smiling. Surprise her this Mother’s Day by getting dressed up (and staying clean) and putting the camera on self-timer and everyone SMILE. Another way to go about this is to get the kids together before Mother’s Day and take a nice photo that you can get printed to surprise mum with.

8. Get cleaning

On the Saturday, get busy tidying up and cleaning the house so it is sparkly and clean for mum’s big day. Even better, tidy up your room without complaining! If you aren’t sure just how mum likes it, you can always call in a professional cleaner to make sure everything is up to scratch.

9. Gift an experience

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Give the gift of a pamper! We love Endota Spa.

Why not buy mum something she can enjoy throughout the year. After all, we appreciate mum everyday, not just on Mothers’ Day. Whether she loves massages, would appreciate being sent on a shopping spree, wants to enjoy high tea out with girlfriends… think about what she would enjoy and give her something to look forward to. There’s lot of ideas here!

North Shore Beauty, Pamper & Wellness Guide

10. Family game night

Get the whole family together and join in some gaming fun. If you don’t have any board games at home, it is time to stock up. Think trivia games, Monopoly, Pictionary and other classics the whole family can get involved in. You can also DIY the games and enjoy some Charades and Celebrity Heads.

11. Make a movie

Make mum feel special this Mother’s Day with a personalised video. It’s time to get creative with your smartphone skills and prepare a little something for mum before the big day. Dad can be in charge of this one, and get a video of all the kids sharing what they love most about their mum. You can even ask some funny questions and interview them to put together a heartfelt clip! Add in a few still shots and a bit of background music and you are good to go. There are some great free apps that make editing super easy – we like Ripl and Splice.

12. Decorate the house

Make mum feel extra special by decorating the house to celebrate her. You can pick up some fresh flowers, or get crafty and turn one room in your home into a special space just for mum. You can surprise mum with it in the morning and sit her down in the room with a book and a cup of tea and leave her in peace to enjoy it.

13. Think about the little things

Mother’s Day is one day of the year dedicated to our mums so it’s important to make it as special as possible. All the little things you do will be appreciated, no matter how small they seem to you. Here are a few ideas…

  • Put the dishes away (without being asked)
  • Pick up shoes (yes, even the ones that aren’t yours)
  • Let her finish her sentence even if there’s a pause
  • Listen to the hints she’s dropping
  • Do the thing that she likes rather than the thing you think she should like

Thanks to Blossom Printables!

Love printables? Take a look at Blossom Printables range of gorgeous range of customisable birthday invitations, reward charts, games & more on Etsy. It’s run by local North Shore Mum, Liv Cullen! View Blossom Printables Etsy Store.


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