Mark Mother’s Day in a dif­fer­ent way

Don’t limit your­self to tra­di­tional choices when choos­ing a gift for May 14,

The Tribune (NZ) - - BACKYARD BANTER - writes Erin Reilly.

My­mumhas been my­mum­for, well, for­ever. Ob­vi­ously we’re both happy about it, but un­for­tu­nately that equates to more choco­late, books and scarves than is nec­es­sary for your av­er­age hu­man be­ing.

This year is go­ing to be dif­fer­ent. If you’re keen to cel­e­brate Mother’s Day a lit­tle dif­fer­ently too, here are some ideas. Get ac­tive We all know that mums have ginormous hearts, but did you know that more than 3000 women die ev­ery year from heart dis­ease? The Jen­nian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk gives women all over the country the op­por­tu­nity to have fun, get ac­tive and sup­port the Heart Foun­da­tion at the same time. The team has some pow­er­house women join­ing in too; for­mer Black Sticks Hockey cap­tain Kayla White­lock and Olympic sil­ver medal­list shooter Natalie Rooney will be par­tic­i­pat­ing, plus there are more to come. With $25,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, more than 20 lo­ca­tions all over the country, and ex­clu­sive T-shirts de­signed by Dick Frizzell for ev­ery en­trant, this is a great op­por­tu­nity to en­joy a run, walk or leisurely stroll with your mum, daugh­ter, sis­ter or girl­friends. To find out more, visit jen­ni­an­moth­ers­day.com. Gifts that keep on giv­ing Flow­ers are pretty, but they don’t last long. In­stead, buy a pot­ted plant for the deck or a fruit tree for the gar­den. If­mu­misn’t that au fait with the gar­den­ing front, a suc­cu­lent or cac­tus is less likely to head to the com­post bin be­fore its time. I ‘goat’ you a great gift If you’ve al­ready bought all the mum-ap­pro­pri­ate gifts that were ever made, think twice be­fore buy­ing some­thing else she doesn’t need. What about a goat or a care pack­age for a new mum? Tear­fund’s Gifts for Life is a cat­a­logue of unique gifts that can be given to peo­ple in need on be­half of some­one else. Sim­ply pick a gift and Tear­fund will give it to a fam­ily in the de­vel­op­ing world. Visit tear­fund.org.nz for more in­for­ma­tion. Deja vu Ev­ery fam­ily has one: a photo of you and your sib­lings that hangs pride of place, but ev­ery time you see it you think, ‘‘Who thought it was OK for my hair to look like that?’’ It ob­vi­ously gives her great mem­o­ries, though, so why not recre­ate them? Gather your sib­lings, scrounge op shops for cloth­ing that re­sem­bles your ter­ri­ble fash­ion sense, and set the self-timer while you all cosy up to re-en­act your by­gone-era poses. Bucket list If there’s some­thing your­mum has al­ways said she’d love to do, this year is the year to make it hap­pen. Whether it’s some­thing low-key like hav­ing a mas­sage or learn­ing how to swim, right through to the more ad­ven­tur­ous like bungy jump­ing or fly­ing in a plane for the first time, tick­ing some­thing off your mum’s bucket list to­gether will be an ex­pe­ri­ence she’ll never for­get. Don’t be afraid to ask around for help ei­ther. You never know; some­one in your Neighbourly net­work might be a pro at teach­ing adults how to swim.

Join in the Jen­nian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk to get ac­tive.

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