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Mother's Day (31/3/19) is throwing up a whole heap of challenges this year that led to the writing of this blog. The more times goes on and the longer I parent, the more I appreciate how many things I have to thank my mum (and be very grateful) for.... the pressure to get the gift that represents this is huge and as a goal tbh is not very realistic.

 

Just to say here too that I know my mum isn't looking for something flash... when I have asked her previously, she'll even say "Don't worry about it. Save your money - just a card would be nice". When I think back on the gifts that she (and I) have loved the most, they haven't been the most expensive but were thoughtful. My favourite Mother's Day gift from one of my mini's was the pen in this photo - no surprise that it is stationery related! She got a 'mix your own marker' gift for Christmas and then mixed up a shade of purple especially for me - yes, I did cry!

 

Anyway, I have done a fair bit of research recently that has thrown up lots of ideas so thought sharing some of these might be good in case it's of any help/ interest to any of you.

 

At The Crafthood, we are big believers in the value of gifting 'experiences' and there is a fantastic amount of choice out there at the moment to suit every interest. We think workshops are great opportunities for mums to reclaim some 'me time' and have time protected to explore doing something just for themselves that they enjoy or maybe learning a new skill - it is one of my absolute favourite gifts to receive. Perhaps it won't surprise you to know that my mum also loves crafting and has been known to come along to a Crafthood Social or Staiths Stitchin' session if she is visiting the area whilst they are on. We are very lucky to have been joined on events by many mother-daughter duos which we are always so happy to see; if you are wondering what we have to offer at the moment, here is our timetable with tickets available here.  Our next Block Party on 28th March could be a great excuse for a pre Mother's Day outing together for those of you who can't meet on the Sunday or would prefer to miss the Sunday crush?

 

- Other workshops that she would love in the North East can be found at The Biscuit Factory with a wide ranging creative workshop schedule. She is green fingered so the programme at The Flower Folk offers great choices too. We love a good nail - so this nail art workshop at Diamond Beauty also really caught my eye.

- W