Yes, you can buy some flowers and a card, but with just a smidge more effort you can treat your ma to something truly special... So, go all out this April 3 and spoil your mum rotten.
There's nothing more lovely than a spot of afternoon tea. Traditionalist should go for The Ritz or, in Edinburgh, The Balmoral. Sophisticates meanwhile should try Claridges or The Savoy. For that old-fashioned feel head to The Wolsey where you'll find all the old-school glamour of London's Mayfair, at prices that won't rob you of an appetite. If you find yourself in Harrogate, York, Northallerton or Ilkley, look no further than Betty's for a Yorkshire Cream Tea or complete afternoon tea experience. Yum.
Take In A Show
Take your mother up to London's West End for a bit of a song and a dance: Billy Eliott, Chicago and Mamma Mia! are just some of the long running musical hits to choose from. For details of shows in Edinburgh and Scotland try The List for Manchester see www.viewmanchester.co.uk, and for Leeds www.viewleeds.co.uk.
Make sure your mum knows exactly how important she is to you with a spot of pampering. The Cow Shed has branches in London, Edinburgh, Heathrow, the St Moritz Hotel in Trebetherick in Cornwall and at Babington House near Frome in Somerset, and Neal's Yard offers a host of fantastic treatments in 'therapy rooms' across the country - from Cambridge to Cardiff, Bristol to Glasgow and Manchester and Leeds. Why not join her for an extra special day out?
Red Letter Days
If your mum is more interested in Ferraris than flowers, treat her to a day at Silverstone in Towcester, Norhamptonshire. You can organise this through Red Letter Days, a company that also plans all sorts of adventure days out from indoor skydiving to bungee jumping, orbing (being tossed around in a giant plastic ball) and paintballing.
Nice Stroll and a Pub Lunch
Walks and pub lunches: quality time, lovely countryside, a breath of fresh air, and a slap up meal. Perfect. Find a fitting walk/lunch combo near you at www.myfavouritepubwalks.co.uk.
Cook Up A Storm
Make your mum breakfast in bed then spring a cookery gift on her. After years of dishing up meals, she might quite fancy learning something new such as chocolate making, sushi rolling, or creating the perfect curry. You'll find a range of classes at www.buyagift.co.uk.
Can your mother tell her Chardonnay from her Chablis? Treat her to a wine-tasting course and she gets to learn something new and have a drink at the same time! To find courses near you visit Decanter Magazine.
A Day At The Races
Send your mother's heart a-flutter with a day at the races: it's fun, it's exciting, and she might just come back richer. Find out more at www.britishhorseracing.com.
Paris, Lille, Brussels
A daytrip to France or Belgium feels almost impossibly indulgent, but thanks to Eurostar we can pay a visit to our continental cousins and still be back in time for tea. Choose between Paris (starting at £69), Lille (around £99) or Brussels (around £99) . See www.eurostar.com for details.
A Model Make Over
Your mother is a star, so make her feel like one. The best thing about a make over and photo shoot is not only does your mum get to feel great on the day, everyone gets a photo of her looking her best! www.treatme.net organise a range of photo shoots from as little as £17.
Last Updated: March 2009