Unless you've been living under a rock this past month (with no telly), then like the rest of us, you'll have been bombarded with Mother's Day deals, special offers, cards, flowers, chocolates and a wealth of gift ideas that are way outside anybody's sensible budget.
Am I really going to spend over £100 on my Mum on Mother's Day when all she ever asks for is a card, some flowers and to come over and spend some time with her?
Of course not.
That's not to say I don't love my Mum. She makes the best roast dinner in the world. And her chocolate fudge cake with grand-marnier in the icing is to die for! Food aside, she's a wonderful person who always picks me up when I'm down and makes countless cups of tea while we're talking.
And that's why I've put an afternoon tea gift voucher inside her Mother's Day card this year. I'll also pick up a bunch of daffodils this weekend, before I pop round for a roast dinner and we all take the dog out for a walk.
The History of Mum and Tea
When I was a little boy, oh so long ago, my Mum and my Nan would take me shopping with them at Brent Cross or Harlow. This was back in the days before shopping centres like Lakeside and Westfield existed. And half way through the day, we'd always stop at a BHS or a little cafe for a cup of tea and a bite to eat. Nan would always get me a jam doughnut and I'd always make a real mess!
Whenever I've been out shopping with Mum (which I admit, is rare nowadays), we always make sure that we stop for a cup of tea and a slice of cake to keep us going. Shopping is hard work after all. We'll often reminisce about going out shopping with Nan and stopping for a cup of tea.
Last week I went to the BHS in Harlow, where we used to go with my Nan, and the cafe upstairs hasn't changed one bit! The same goes for the little bakery with upstairs cafe in Brent Cross. So I may take Mum back to both of these places in the summer.
But first, we'll hop on the train to Cambridge for a day out very soon, which is one of the locations on the voucher. And what better way to enjoy tea, sandwiches, scones and cakes than in the sunny streets of such a lovely place? We can walk it all off afterwards. Because if you've ever been shopping in Cambridge, you'll know you need to do a lot of walking!
The point I'm trying to make is that you don't have to spend a fortune on your Mum. Because it's that thought that counts. So think of something small, special and sentimental that would make your Mum happy. Even if it's just spending some time together with her children.
Meanwhile, if you're looking for last minute Mother's Day gift ideas, check out our Mother's Day page for something special to put inside her card.