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Making it personal on Mother’s Day…

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Whatever you decide to do – make it personal. What does your mum mean to you?

She could be someone who listens with an attentive ear when you need someone who knows you more than anyone in else in the world. Maybe she’s the driving force behind everything you do – or she’s that mysterious person, whose life before your birth you have to piece together. My guess is that she is all of these things and more.

The modern incarnation of Mother’s Day was first enshrined into law by US President Woodrow Wilson in 1914, but the celebration gained significant global prevalence when it became more commercialised in the ensuing decades.

Wading through countless articles on what to do can be tiresome and can make you forget about what really matters, which is why you are already doing the best thing by reading this. So why should Mother’s Day be special? I am always wary when the day approaches, and I’m guessing most of you feel the same to some extent. Much like what I am doing now, advertisers make broad assumptions about their audiences and extrapolate this into neatly-packaged gift ideas. I’m not saying that this is necessarily wrong – more that perhaps your mother probably deserves more a bit more thought. Originality can be hard to pull off, but this is where Bounce has you covered – here are three ways to spark your creativity this Mother’s Day.

1. Remind her of special moments 

Have a rummage through your old family photos and find the ones that mean the most to you both. The obvious one here is to make a collage of your favourite memories – or perhaps splash out on a fancy frame for the best one, but you could do so much more.

You could write a short story – or even a poem – about the memory a particular photo invokes. Or you could recreate an old photo, showing the passage of time. Whatever you choose to do with the photo, remember that it is about sharing the good times you have had together and the one’s to come!

2. Discover something new together

Make a list of places that you’ve never been to before and choose one that you’ll both enjoy – you could even do it at random, if you’re feeling daring. You could do a lot worse than having a browse through previous issues of Bounce Magazine if you’re stuck for ideas on what to do in East Anglia.

The region is home to some of the Britain’s most serene wildlife spots (Walberswick beach and Minsmere instantly come to mind) and the choice of spas and hotels is practically unmatched. There’s a whole world out there and who better to explore it with than your mum?

3. A new take on tradition

A dear friend of mine recently told me that every year she makes her mum a compilation CD of all their favourite songs.

After 10 years and 10 albums – she made a ‘greatest hits’ disc with all the best of the past decade. Starting (or continuing) a tradition does not have to be samey – it can give you the opportunity to create a fresh take on what has already worked well in the past. There’s so much more that you can do than just buy her another charm for her Pandora bracelet (although there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!)

So there you have it. Three broad ideas for what you can do to make this year’s Mother’s Day more special. You might want to combine two or all three of these – or you could always just plump for a card and a bunch of her favourite flowers. Something tells me you might just want to give at least one a try!

Follow Nye on twitter @MrNLon.

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