Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Those Far Away

May 10, 2013 Satu Vänskä-Westgarth

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When you have a toddler, every day is a Mother’s Day. The kisses, cuddles, smiles and giggles always put a smile on my face and make me thankful of what I have. At the same time though every day is a 24h work shift. Tantrums, nappies, sleepless nights, food thrown on the floor, laundry basket that seems to magically fill up after every wash… The list goes on!

And here comes Mother’s Day. With a toddler, what this day really is, it is the day for the husband or boyfriend to remember their other half as at least for me, my little one is still blissful in the ignorance of meaning of the upcoming Sunday. To be fair though, she has no idea yet what Christmas or her own birthday stand for either.

As me and my husband spend a lot of time apart, the perfect Mother’s Day and gift really, would be more family time together. Just a quiet day with a long breakfast (and I wouldn’t object if it was served in bed), maybe trip to the local swimming pool or slow walk in the mountains. Or it could be a surprise afternoon tea at home, like our Skimbaco editorial team member Adrienne experienced some years ago.

Even though I agree with another Skimbaco colleague Reeta in that ideally Mother’s Day would be truly a day of celebration instead of a present and flowers delivered via web, as I know this is not going to happen in our family this year, here are some ideas that are easy to do, even if your loved one is far away. And yes, you still have time to go shopping!

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Gift Idea 1: Flowers through Fleurop-Interflora

Giving someone flowers is such a small gesture, but can mean a lot. Fleurop-Interflora offers same-day florist delivery of fresh flowers around the world as it is the largest floral company in the world. If you want to support your local florist instead, why not give your local business a call and see what they can offer!

Gift Idea 2: Day at a Spa

To give a mother some time off for herself is priceless. No matter how highly I personally rate the family time together, to have the chance to relax, on my own, with some expert treatments from massage to aromatherapy rate very high on my “wish list”. With a babysitter organised, of course! Why not contact a local spa and arrange a voucher to be reserved for your special person, and make the card for her yourself. And don’t forget to make those babysitting arrangements with someone you trust or regularly use. And as our Luxury Travel Editor Leigh pointed out, moms will enjoy these kind of pampering treatments and surprises any time of the year!

Gift Idea 3: Online Gift voucher

Online gift vouchers tend to fall under the category “for those out of ideas”, and I do agree if the gift voucher is very general. But there is a whole host of more thoughtful gift vouchers available depending on the interests of the recipient, from outdoors, to books, beautiful underwear, cosmetics… The sky is really the limit here and you just need to step in the shoes of your other half and think what they would really appreciate.

However, in the end of the day it is not all about gifts. Or it shouldn’t be. But sometimes little thoughtful gift goes a long way if you can’t celebrate these special days together. And now, maybe someone could point my husband to this direction to read my “wishlist” without me being too obvious!?

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers on Sunday!

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Satu Vänskä-Westgarth

Satu Vänskä-Westgarth decided to take a year off from her nine to five marketing executive life in Finland early 2009 to travel with her kayak, bike or skis and sometimes without. "One year" turned into a new lifestyle as a travel writer, accompanied with a not-so-British entrepreneur husband from Britain, who seems to spend more time outside the borders of his homeland than within, and their baby, who has already spent more months outside Norway than at their home in Norway, where the family resides at the moment. For more stories from the road, visit Satu’s blog Destination Unknown and connect with Satu on Twitter @SatuVW.

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