Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Flip Mum out for Mother's Day

What do you dream of receiving for Mother's Day?

A lazy breakfast in bed? A weekend away with the family (or maybe without)? A snuggly bathrobe?

Chance are it wouldn't be a CD of Elton John or The Seekers, which my friend, writer and Facebook Queen Kerri Sackville found being marketed as Mother's Day presents the other day.

"Coles thinks these are fine Mother's Day gifts," Kerri asked on her Facey page. Are they right?"

The responses were hilarious.

'Only if you live under a rock,' said one woman.
'Dear Coles, get well and truly Fxxd,' wrote another. 
'Oh for the love of God, NO,' said someone else. (Okay, that last one was me.)

One respondent likened the suggested gifts as the equivalent of a Bunnings voucher on her wish list, while another pondered the offerings might be more suitable for the 'other' nana. Snort.

To be fair, a few women did think CDs, even Elton John and The Seekers, would be perfectly acceptable fare to wake up to on Mother's Day. And after all, it's the thought that counts.

This year, I'll be on my own for the big day and would do anything to get the traditional breakfast in bed.

My kids are actually great cooks, so I wouldn't even have to suffer burnt toast and milky coffee. And they are usually pretty good as sussing out the kind of things I like as well.

But for those who are struggling for gift ideas, be wary of dodgy marketing. (Unless Mum really does like Elton John or The Seekers. My friends and I are more Planet Funk, Sia, Ladyhawke, Lady Gaga, and LMFAO kind of girls).

So instead of slippers, bath robes, and CDs, here are a few ideas that won't cost the earth ...

Cuddle time
Sure she used to read to you, but when was the last time you read to Mum? Find a favourite story book, kick back and read to your mother for a change.
Or if you're too grown up to read the woman who gave you life a story, how about organising a doona day, where after breakfast in bed, you spend a lazy day reading the papers or your favourite novels, watching DVDs (or Netflix), and hanging out together. (And if you're cooking breakfast, don't forget to clean up afterwards ...)

 Last year, I got a sleep-in, breakfast in bed, and lots of cuddle time 

Let's not mention that the kitchen looked like this afterwards ... 

Pack a picnic
Mums love high tea, brunch and bubbles, but if finances are tight there's nothing wrong with organising a DIY version. Pack a hot chicken and bread rolls, get an adult to buy some of her favourite wine, and go on a picnic. You don't have to go far. A nearby park, beach or waterfall is ideal, but we've even had some fun outdoor lunches in our own backyard.

Picnics don't have to be fancy. We met up with some friends at our local park for this one, and the furry babies came too. Perfect

Think outside the square
It's not that Mums don't love slippers and fluffy robes, it's just that, well - we still feel young on the inside. Most of the women I know, including those who have produced small humans, still love to feel alive. That means we like to go ice-skating, swimming, dancing, rock-climbing, and to look as hot as we possibly can, as much as you do. (Sorry if it's TMI or embarrassing, but there it is).

Mumma gets snakey in the Northern Territory ...

So discount sites that offer vouchers for makeovers or even better, experiences that we can enjoy with you, are at the top of our list.

If money is an object, don't worry. One of my favourite Mother's Day gifts was a book of coupons my son made one year. It included vouchers for things like: 'One night of doing homework without complaining', and 'one cooked breakfast in bed on a weekend'. It was awesome.

And one of my favourite gifts from my daughter was last year, when she held a 'spa day' for me after breakfast. She ran a bath, containing her own mix of relaxing potions and bubbles. There was a glass of juice on the side, and I was given the latest book I was reading to enjoy. Candles were lit and the door was closed while I was allowed to relax for as long as I liked. A pedicure followed, (complete with foot massage), then a manicure and facial. Perfection.

And finally, along the theme of gifts that Mums will treasure, here comes a giveaway...

Help Mum Flip Out On Mother's Day
Trampolining isn't just for kids - at least not if you head out to one of Australia's leading indoor trampolining centres, a Flip Out arena. With centres in 36 locations and counting, Flip Out arenas have no height or weight restrictions. So that means everyone in the family can bounce, jump and flip to their hearts' content.
What I love is that trampolining is actually good for us, especially women. The stability required helps build bone density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis (important for Mums as we age), and it's great for building neural synapses and pathways too (slowing down the effects of ageing). Not to mention, exercise releases endorphins and bouncing is fun. So it makes us happy. (Great for kicking depression to the footpath).
If Mum really gets into it, there are classes for adults. Why should kids have all the fun?
I'm disappointed there aren't any arenas in Queensland or the Northern Territory yet, but I'm told, it's only a matter of time.

If you'd like to treat Mum and the family to an outing at a Flip Out centre, check that there is a location near you, then leave a comment below sharing the funniest thing your Mum has ever flipped out about.
I have two lots of four one-hour passes to give away. Entry is only open to Australian residents and close at 5 pm on May 3.

If all else fails, a nice cup of tea always goes down well. Happy Mother's Day everyone.

The competition has closed and the winners are Fabulousandfunlife and MitchVee. Congratulations! Please contact me so we can send out your prizes. 


Fabulousandfunlife said...

Probably more horrific to me than funny but the rest of the family still laugh about how I completely flipped out when my then three year old son started approaching a red belly black snake during a bushwalk wanting to pat it and turn it over to see it's red belly more! Thank goodness the snake slid away when my son got within a metre of it!

Seana said...

A list of great ideas there. I'm busy writing a list of travel treats for my blog - wishful thinking!

Your kids sound so switched on and I think what they've done for you in the past has been fab. I must see if I can get my kids to have a read of it... more wishful thinking...

In The Good Books Blog said...

My mum flipped out when she found out that my boyfriend was 9 years older than me and divorced. Like, majorly flipped out!!
But she got over it which is just as well, as we have now been married for 11 years! :)

Char said...

I'd be happy with some good coffee, chocolate, the remote control and an empty house for a few hours. No demands = a happy mother.

Kerri Sackville said...

I feel stupid now because I really want fluffy slippers for Mothers Day!!!!!

Unknown said...

Well, to be honest fluffy slippers DO come in handy ... especially where I live!

Fabulousandfunlife said...

Thanks for choosing my entry as one of the winning ones! My kids and I will enjoy this! I've sent you an email with my contact details.