Wherever I go, whatever I do, at the moment I seem to be bombarded with suggestions for Mother's Day presents - from supermarkets, beauty retailers, and garden centres. There's no escape at home either, with TV and social media ads, and an e-mail in-box clogged with ideas purporting to be 'what Mum really wants'.
Flowers and chocolate. Fizz and beauty products.
That seems to be it, unless mum would like a cuddly toy. Cuddly toy? Really?
I'll forgive the cuddly toy gift if it's bought by a small child who would probably really like it for them-self. But from anyone older? No way!
|Cuddly puppy? No thanks|
I'm not sure whether these ideas are sexist or just unimaginative.
Whichever, are these honestly the things 'mum' wants for Mother's Day?
I like chocolates, perfume or a huge bouquet of flowers as much as the next person, but why not think a little 'out of the box'?
A horror box-set (plenty of women watch The Walking Dead) or psychological thriller (they watch Nordic Noir, too)
Heavy metal cd (again lots of female rock fans)
If you're tempted by the range of 'experiences' on offer, why not consider something beyond the obvious spa day or afternoon tea?
Hot-air ballooning? Zorbing? Single-seater racing? Quad-biking?
A family day out paintballing or swinging through trees?
You'll see them all advertised when it's Father's Day, but I'm sure a lot of mums would enjoy them too.
If I were younger and fitter I'd said yes to any of them (well, not the ballooning, I'm too scared of heights)
In her youth my mother (she's now 96) would have loved a few fast laps of a race track as pillion-passenger on a race-bike.
Oddly, while I've been ranting over this to anyone who'd listen, my husband spotted a sensible, mature suggestion for a Mother's Day present - a subscription to New Scientist.
- at least someone is thinking outside the box!
So, mums out there, what would YOU pick?