What do you really want for Mother’s Day? I wanted to delve beyond the usual marketing hype about what to gift Mums for Mother’s Day. Hence, I’ve surveyed 100 people and the top seven answers are on the board – just kidding. But seriously, I have been asking local Mums-to-be and Mums what they need, or want, for Mother’s Day.

Here are the top 7 answers:

Massage

This is without a doubt THE top response I received.

If a massage gift certificate doesn’t land on your lap (in bed) on Sunday morning, don’t worry, I’m giving you full permission to go and get one for yourself! Here’s why…

  • Massage helps to Improve your mood and relaxation by stimulating natural feel good hormones and decreasing stress hormones.
  • Massage also decreases aches, pains and muscular tension.

There are lots of different types of massage to chose from. Here are a few:

  • Remedial
  • Swedish/relaxation
  • Aromatherapy
  • Hawaiian/Lomi Lomi
  • Thai
  • Pregnancy

Regular massage throughout your pregnancy with a qualified Pregnancy Massage Therapist not only feels completely blissful, but also has the following benefits:

  • Reduced back pain
  • Reduced joint pain
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced edema/swelling
  • Reduced muscle tension and headaches
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
  • Better sleep
  • Improves digestion

Here’s the link to purchase a pregnancy massage gift certificate with me. Or you can go ahead and book one in for yourself.

Facial or beauty pampering

Following closely behind requests for a massage was a facial, pedicure or manicure.

During pregnancy, keep your facial treatments natural and simple. Avoid anything involving electric currents, chemical peels, retinols or light therapies.

Keep in mind that your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy. You may want to ask whoever is doing your facial to test the product on your skin before starting.

Be sure to advise your therapist so that she doesn’t use any oils or products not recommended during pregnancy.

When it comes to booking yourself in for a manicure or pedicure, choose your place carefully. Many places are poorly ventilated and use lots of toxic chemical products.

My favourite place to indulge in a luxurious facial treatment is at the Ray of Light Day Spa Ritual Room.

Time with the family

Lots of mums simply want time with the family. Some ideas are:

  • A picnic in the park
  • A bike ride or stroll along a beautiful beach-side track
  • A get together with family or friends – where the Mums are off duty!

Nice breakfast or lunch

We all love food, right? And as Mum’s, the idea of having said food prepared by someone other than ourselves is just divine! Particularly if it’s slightly tastier than a piece of cold vegemite on toast.

Here is a delicious Ayurvedic recipe that you could give your family to make you for Mother’s Day breakfast. Its particularly good for new Mothers as it aids digestion, gives instant energy and is sweet and moist:

Nepali Rice Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • ¼ cup jaggery/rapadura or coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup ghee
  • 2 teaspoons ginger powder
  • 2/3 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup milk

Method:

  1. Bring water and rice to the boil in a large pot. Simmer, stirring occasionally until it begins to thicken. This should take about 20 minutes.
  2. Add the sugar, spices and ghee. You may need to add an extra cup of water as this stage if your pudding is too thick.
  3. Continue to cook slowly, stirring as needed. When gelatinous, consistently add milk. Cook for a few more minutes to thicken.
  4. Serve hot, with sugar and ghee to taste. Serve as desired throughout the day.

One of my all-time favourite Mother’s Day breakfasts is a delicious plate of grilled haloumi cheese, cooked mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and baby spinach. Served with a slice of avocado mash on toast.

Some nice tea’s to be serves as part of breakfast in bed are:

  • Your favourite tea in your favourite mug of course!
  • Chai tea – a beautiful, warming, spiced tea perfect for the cooler mornings
  • Raspberry leaf tea – particularly good for pregnant women, drinking raspberry leaf tea can help to relieve morning sickness. Later in your pregnancy, two to three cups per day can also lead to an easier delivery.

If you’d prefer to eat out, one of my favourite local cafes is the Earth Walker Cafe in Coledale.

Sleep in/sleep

Sleep-in? What’s that?

Getting good quality sleep can be difficult even before motherhood officially begins. Many pregnant women struggle to get a good night’s sleep.

Not surprisingly, for mums of little babies, more sleep is on the wish-list for Mother’s Day.

For Mums of slightly older children, the focus was more on the sleep-in, not being the one to have to get up to little people for the morning. Perhaps even topped off with a cup of tea in bed.

A great way to get that little bit of a sleep-in on Mother’s Day is to encourage your partner to get the kids involved in making you a special Mother’s Day breakfast. Be sure to get them in on the plan before the actual morning when they’ve already come and woken you up.

‘Me’ time

Now I am predicting on Sunday morning there will be quite a few dads out and about with little ones while Mum indulges in some much needed ‘me time’.

Most mums dream of that little window of opportunity to immerse themselves in a little bit of peace and quiet. Time to kick back with a cuppa and to not be needed. Time to switch off. Heck time to go to the bathroom without an interruption!

It really is one of the best gifts that Mums can receive, even if it isn’t long before you start missing your family and wanting to be back together with them again.

Remember it is important to ask for what you need – sometimes dad just needs a little nudge in the right direction!

Hand-made gifts

Whilst not at the top of Mums wish-lists, gifts of hand-made cards, artworks or creations made lovingly by little ones are always treasured by Mums.

So, I’m not going to say to Dads not to splurge on flowers, chocolates or other fancy gifts this Mother’s Day, but it is very clear to me from the Mums that I have chatted to that it really is the ‘me time’ gifts, relaxing time spent with family and giving Mum a break from her daily tasks that mean the most.

How about you, what would you really like this Mother’s Day?

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