We all know that mums are priceless. It’s what every mother’s day advertising campaign in the history of humanity has hinged upon.
But in this day and age, it seems you can put a price on anything if you really want to. Including your mum’s valuable time.
And valuable it is – salary.com crunched the numbers and worked out that in 2016, the average stay at home mum’s salary should be US$143,102, or about $185,938 in Aussie dollars.
I think we can all agree on one thing about this number: it isn’t big enough. Because mums are worth more than the many hours they put into making sure you reach adulthood and beyond in one piece.
And that’s why it’s always so darn hard to find mum the perfect gift. But never fear! We’ve come up with five priceless ways to show mum you love her.
- Mother’s choice. Chances are, your mum spent 18 years or more running after you and making sure you made it to soccer practice, dance recitals, guitar lessons, or birthday parties. Turn the tables on Mother’s Day and do something she really wants to do, whether it’s a pottery class, an afternoon in the garden, or a lounge room screening of her favourite movie (yes, even if it’s The Notebook.)
- Put her mind at ease. No matter how old you are, your mum will worry about you – are you getting enough sleep? Eating enough vegetables? Do you take a jacket whenever you leave the house? Give mum the gift of one less worry by quitting that bad habit she’s been nagging you about. Plus, not only is this gift free, but it could actually save you money.
- Something personal. Give your mum something that you love, whether it’s a favourite book, movie, meal or even your favourite photograph of the two of you. She’s put a lot of effort into making you the person you are today – so share something with her that means a lot to you.
- Give the gift that keeps on giving. Your mum isn’t just awesome for one day a year, so give her a gift that will last beyond Mother’s Day. Sometimes it’s hard to keep in touch when you and your mum both have busy schedules, so this Mother’s Day, it’s time to get a bit crafty and make her a compliment jar. Fill it with 365 compliments, happy sayings, or reasons you love her – so she knows you’re thinking of her every single day.
- Leave her alone. Look, your mum loves you. But she’s had to put up with you for a long time, including those six months in high school you decided the bagpipe was your calling in life. This Mother’s Day, give your mum a hug, a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates and then leave her alone to do whatever she pleases in peace. A mum understands the gift of silence.
What’s the best Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever given or received? Let us know in the comments.