I’ve learned that Mother’s Day and “Daddy Pig” are not compatible.
For my very first Mother’s Day Daddy Pig surprised me with something sentimental, timeless and precious. It was a battery operated stuffed dog that barks and wags its tail. Not quite the diamond eternity something something that I was hoping for, but at least he remembered. Unlike the following year. Anyway, the other night he lovingly uttered the words: “Am I supposed to buy you something from the kids for Mothers Day or what?” To which I replied “No Love.”
I on the other hand love to buy gifts, and especially for Mother’s Day. It’s so nice to be able to treat someone, and shopping for mums is the best. I’ve found that I have a new level of appreciation for my own mum now that I’m a mum myself. I get it now. This gig is blimmin hard work at times! I was therefore thrilled when Debenhams got in touch, and offered my mum and I the chance to go for a spot of retail therapy…
A Pre-Mothers Day Treat!
It was a date! I waved the hubby and the kids off at the station and boarded a train to retail heaven, or Leeds as some people know it. Met my mum in the bustling arrivals area and we headed off like two excited adventurers. There in the distance was our shiny destination… Debenhams! Aka Mum Shopping Utopia.
The Adventure Begins…
… With coffee. Obviously. We decided that no shopping should be attempted without first ensuring that we were properly fuelled. The (ridiculously tempting) cakes were stared at longingly, but actually bypassed in favour of two very tasty sandwiches and enough latte to have us both vibrating happily to the tills. Very much gossiping was done and the week’s events were successfully dissected before we headed off on a mission to shop!
Like most mums the two of us took a little while (few minutes) to switch on the shopping radars and get into the swing of it. We both giggled at the fact that I have clearly inherited my mum’s talent for putting things in baskets, which we rationalized is entirely down to our female ancestry as foragers. (Those nuts and berries didn’t collect themselves you know!) To celebrate our heritage we worked out a methodical route that would take in all of the vital exploration zones.
Hide and Seek in Homeware:
Both of us actually fell in love with the same worktop saver (it had ducks on don’t you know). I also decided that I was ready to embark on the rite of passage that is: “Buying a spice rack.” So many of our mothers have one. I felt that I was finally ready for one of my very own. What better way to mark my 5th Mothers Day than with a practical kitchen appliance? (It has finally happened. I am a grown up.)
By the time we had worked our way down to the first of the women’s clothing floors we were in serious shopping mode. My mum found herself a gorgeous bright turquoise top and pretty floral floaty number (perfect for spring) and some stylish black trousers. Debenhams has long been my clothing venue of choice and I headed straight for the Apricot concession which never disappoints. Three visits to the changing rooms, about seven “Mum what do you reckon?”s and a couple of “which floor are we on again?”s later…
We had ourselves a haul!
Our mission was nearly complete. We piled our collection onto the counter and my ever resourceful mum whipped our her folding shopping bags. One day I too shall be that organised. For now though… I have a spice rack. That will have to be enough.
We skipped out of the door with the fruits of our labour. We obviously set the alarms off with a rogue security tag (standard), but managed to style it out fairly well I think?
All that was left to do now was to congratulate ourselves on a brilliant Pre-Mothers Day afternoon. Obviously this involved cake. Because we are mums, and we’ve earned it. (And because cake.)
Looking for Inspiration?
Mother’s Day is on Sunday 26th March this year. If you are wondering how to treat your mum (or yourself!) you can view Debenhams’ brilliant range of ideas in store or on their website. They have pretty much everything that we mummies could wish for including:
- Beauty gifts
- Candles and Home Accessories
- Personalised gifts
- Beautiful fresh flowers delivered to your mum’s door on Mother’s Day. (Last order 4pm Saturday 25th March.)
(No battery operated, tail wagging, barking, stuffed dogs though? Funny that… 😉 )
I wish you all a lovely Mother’s Day, and I hope that you all get the lie-in, cuddles and cake that you all deserve.
Disclosure: Debenhams very kindly sent my mum and I each some vouchers to enjoy in their store as a pre-Mother’s Day treat. All opinions are of course my very own (and my mums!).