Time to give mum experiences so she can create memories

March 18, 2020

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Before becoming a Mum myself, I couldn’t understand why Mums around the world were so invested in Mothers Day. Was it really that big a deal? Surely families celebrated Motherhood all year round?

I’d naively assumed that Mums were given a regular lie in, peace in the bathroom – and perhaps most importantly, time to watch tv without being asked where someone’s ballet shoes are just at the point where the murderer is revealed on Death In Paradise! 

However with 13 Mothering Sundays under my belt and another one on the horizon, I have to tell you that the gifts I have remembered the most are the ones where I’ve been given the gift of an experience. It doesn’t matter whether it lasts for an hour or a whole day – the things I’ve done with my family and children – both collectively and individually – are what I’ll remember forever.

With that in mind and just in case my family is reading this, here are 3 gifts for her that I’d be happy to receive.

1. A chocolate making class

Did someone say chocolate?? I love the idea of a chocolate making class – it’s something I could do with Roo as a special thing that’s just for us. I can see it being messy and creative and a lovely activity for us both. To keep the experience going, if we have fun, I could then buy a chocolate making kit that we could do again at a later date, at home. 

2. A day at Legoland with Tigger

I have the most fun – and make the most memories – when I’m doing something where my children are able to teach me things. Legoland + Tigger = a perfect combination of doing something together where he can teach me all about the history of different Lego pieces and how they are used across the world in different ways for play and growth. We’ve been before – but to go with just him, so he can show me all his favourite things, would be lovely. I appreciate that a theme is coming through here but I can totally see myself buying Lego for me to make with Tigger as a future gift!

3. A trip to a new park with a snack

I know that this is more low key, but it’s perfect for me and Piglet. When I pack up a drink and snack, we can run and climb and chase – and I can use the snack as an excuse for a pit stop when I’ve run out of energy! In fact, we’d probably go on our adventure via the shop nearby – when I’m not rushing around with a shopping list, shopping with Piglet is a joy. It gives me a whole new level of insight into what she knows and understands – and gives me a way to encourage us to choose something new and exciting for us to eat together.

It makes me so happy when these kinds of experiences come up in my Facebook memories. Our lives are full of to-do lists, after school activities and there’s always something to fix or sort through in the house, so the act of carving out time to have an experience with the children is a beautiful thing. With Roo now getting to a point where I’m not the coolest person to hang out with any more, I want to have as many experiences as I can, whilst they’ll still do them with me! 

  • Rhian Westbury March 19, 2020 at 9:09 am

    I love experience gifts as they’re so special as you can do them together. I’ve done a chocolate making class at hotel chocolate before which was amazing. I’m all for spa trips and afternoon teas x

  • Becky March 19, 2020 at 9:14 am

    I hope you get to experience some lovely time with your family this Mothers’ Day! I agree – it’s not about the gifts, it is about spending time together making memories x

  • Rebecca Smith March 19, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Experience gifts are always such a wonderful idea. We always make sure to do something with my mum and Steve’s mother in law.

  • Mellissa Williams March 19, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    I love the idea of a chocolate making class – that sounds like a lot of fun and we’d get to eat it afterwards!

  • Samantha Donnelly March 19, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    To me it is the little things that make it special not the expensive gifts, anyone can buy a gift it is the memories that last a lifestime

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN March 19, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Chocolate making classes are a fun idea and can be enjoyed by both children and adults. That’s something I do with the kids and they love it. It can be a great way to make fun memories.

  • Kara Guppy March 19, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    I am gutted that my experience day is cancelled for Mothers Day. At least we will get to rebook

  • Jenni March 19, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    These are such great ideas. I really love just spending time with my daughter on Mother’s Day – I love the idea of a chocolate making class.

  • Anosa March 19, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    I would much rather have a day out or try something new. I did a chocolate making class a few years ago and it was brilliant, I never knew chocolate could taste that good!

  • di March 20, 2020 at 2:43 am

    I think the events you can do together are the best. Love the chocolate making class idea!

  • Natasha Mairs March 20, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Gift experience are fantastic, these are the kind of gifts that you always remember. I love receiving homemade cards over brought ones too

  • Lyanna Soria March 20, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Those are all wonderful gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Gifts that you can experience are quite amazing and makes precious memories as well.

  • Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog March 20, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    We definitely prefer experiences and you’re right they are the memories that last with you! Legoland would be great! Hopefully soon we’ll see brighter days x

  • Yeah Lifestyle March 20, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    I would love to attend a chocolate making class, this sounds so good as my whole family totally loves chocolate!

  • Emma Raphael March 21, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Lots of lovely ideas here. I think one good thing about this current climate is the fact that we will all have a lot more memories together! 🙂

  • michelle twin mum March 21, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    I love Mothering Sunday and it will be a low key one tomorrow for us all. Mine are cooking me a lamb roast and we’ll play board games and have a walk, perfect! Mich x

  • Kara Guppy March 25, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    I love experience days and we had some great plans for easter but sadly they are on hold now

  • Emma March 26, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Some really lovely ideas there! I do love a good experience gift, always a good idea for all tastes

  • Colin A Gault April 1, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Love the chocolate making class idea

  • Rachel Craig April 6, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    An experience day with each child would be lovely. As each child is different, and would be wonderful to have precious time and memory making with each and every one. Mum is precious and treasured by all.

    America seems to remember and Celebrate many people and aspects of Life. Siblings Day, Boss’s Day, etc. Perhaps we should be more inclusive and inventive when it comes to Acknowledging, Appreciating, Celebrating good things, good people, good behaviour, etc.

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