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Mother’s Day: the non-gift gift guide

Cuckoo's cupcakes

The title of this blog post needs to be elaborated on. When I set my goals for 2016, one of them was to spend less money on things and focus more on experiences, rather than material possessions. Because of this, for Mother’s Day this year I’ll be forfeiting the traditional Mother’s Day gift giving session for more of an experiential gift; in other words, a Champagne lunch chez moi. I’m sure most of you are already organised for Mother’s Day, but in case you’re still looking for inspiration, here are five experiential things you could do with your mum this weekend.

1. Go for a long walk somewhere scenic – Over and above everything else, I find mums just want to spend time with their children. Going for a long walk is a great way to catch up, spend time together and take in the beauty of the landscape all at the same time.

2. Give her an at home manicure – treat her to her very own Champagne manicure without creating a huge dent in your bank balance. Get your nail polishes out, open some bubbles and get filing. I guarantee she’ll love that much more than any manicure you could buy her.

3. Cook a nice lunch – On Sunday, I’m having my mum and gran and Rob’s mum over to our house for lunch. We know from previous years that they much prefer this over any gift we give them.

4. Go for a picnic – Depending on what part of the world you live in, you’ll think I’m mad for suggesting this. But even if you do live in Scotland where it’s pretty cold at the moment, there’s nothing to say you can’t host a picnic indoors. In fact, it almost has an added novelty factor.

5. Host your own afternoon tea – A few years ago, I hosted an afternoon tea at my house for Mother’s Day. I made crustless sandwiches, mini quiches and got some delicious cupcakes from Cuckoo’s Bakery. And there was Champagne, of course. It was great fun and something I’d definitely repeat in the future.

What are you all doing for Mother’s Day? Do you prefer to give gifts or do something a little more experiential?

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  • Monique | WritingMonique

    Great, great tips! I’d love to go on a picnic with my mom! That’s such a good idea!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks on Monique! I hope you had a great day x

  • http://summerviolets.blogspot.co.uk/ Laura

    these are all such lovely ideas! i think i’ll have to do something similar:-) xx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Laura! X

  • http://harrietemily.com Harriet Emily

    These are such great ideas Chiara! I love going and doing things with my mum on mothers day, I think we’ll be going on a country walk somewhere this year! :D

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      That sounds perfect! I love going on long walks, it’s such a nice way to pass the time x

  • http://roadesque.com Valerie Price

    These are such great ideas! Thanks for sharing!


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You’re welcome Valerie x

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Lovely ideas, and I’m sure champagne lunch at your place will be wonderful! I’m taking my Mum out to lunch at our favourite restaurant in London, but we started celebrations early with a bottle of champagne and a home-cooked supper made by me last night! xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      That sounds amazing Miranda! And good shout on starting things early – I wish I’d thought of that!x

  • http://theleeday.com/ annie lee

    my mom would really appreciate all things you mentioned! especially a nice lunch :)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Annie. I think mum’s do prefer time spent with them over anything else x

  • http://www.mintnotion.com/ Eden Mint

    I am all about experiential gifts, I did that for Christmas last year and it was great. Love the idea of going on a picnic, my mom would love that.


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I think I might do more of the experiential thing Eden, it seems to be received so much better than actual gifts x

  • sileas

    I love all your ideas, better than any material gift ;)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Sileas!x

  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

    Ahh, I love giving my Mom manicures!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It’s nice, isn’t it! I love any excuse to get the manicure kit out, it’s so much fun x

  • http://www.tapeparade.wordpress.com Laila

    This is such a great list!!! I think my Mum would love an afternoon tea at home – I will have to try :) xx

  • http://www.cityloveee.blogspot.com Christina Richards

    Aww, these are all great idea! I love the long walk. It’s true, moms just wanna hang out. ;)