Simple ideas for spoiling Mum this Mother's Day

Sweet treats, homemade gifts, beautiful bouquets and more

My wife and I have two little ones. What can they do to make their mum’s day special? - Sam Mason, Jumeirah

Mother’s Day brings certain expectations. Although your wife might say that she doesn’t care for much fuss, she’ll certainly be delighted to see your children display their love for her. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that the day is all about relaxation, so gifts and activities should follow that chilled-out theme. Breakfast in bed is, of course, the perfect way to start the day – something as simple as a tray with croissants and jam, coffee and juice, maybe a magazine (we think we know just the right one) would be very well received.

A strawberry meringue tower couldn’t be much more perfect for a Mother’s Day afternoon tea. And while the stack looks impressive, it’s also ever so easy to assemble: layer store-bought meringues in a pyramid shape, add strawberries and finish with ready-made chocolate sauce.

Few things please mums as much as a handmade card, so set your little ones up with paper, pens and glue then give them freedom to let their imaginations run wild. If they’re a bit older, they could make a collage with their favourite family photographs.

Sticking with the personalised theme, biscuits (homemade or store-bought – it’s the thought that counts) in cute parcels tied up with ribbon or string make the day extra-special. Scented bath scrubs and fizzies will keep the love going for the days and weeks ahead, while it just wouldn’t be Mother’s Day without a beautiful bouquet of flowers.


Guest Expert: Fiona Archibold, food stylist and mother of twins.

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