Many of us have people in our lives who we really want to celebrate and show our love and gratitude to on Mother's Day. No matter whether they are related to us or not, that special person who has stepped up and filled the hole in our hearts deserves to be recognised and showered with love on this special day!

We've gathered gift ideas and gestures on Mother's Day that can be given to anyone - including those that could be great for a single Dad, partner, dear neighbour, relative, close friend or mentor. There are some beautiful cards that can be bought too, blank inside for any personal message, but you could make your own add a photo and write why that person is so special to you.

Gift ideas

- A playlist of songs that remind you of that person or a special time in your lives when they were there for you

- A hamper of their favourite food or drink, these can be made by yourself or by a local company

- Flowers and plants are always a hit - whether from your garden or ordered and if they are a keen gardener or allotment keep personalised garden tools, or equipment is a great idea

- Create a photo album full of all the memories and maybe write meaningful quotes or notes about those times, in the digital age we still love to flick through an album

- Why not create a video to email them with all the photos and video clips on and add a favourite song, perfect surprise during lockdown

- If the person lives in the same household as you, make them breakfast in bed or cook Sunday dinner for them if this is something they would normally do

- Buy a journal and write a memory on each page, leaving plenty of pages for them to continue your story

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Mother’s Day can often be a very difficult day for many people. You may be quietly dreading a 'lockdown' Mother’s Day, where you can’t get out of the house and use your usual distraction techniques.

One train of thought is to allow yourself to grieve or be sad. It can be healthy to have the occasional outpouring of emotion - turn off the social media, get the photo albums out, put on their favourite music or that weepy film, get your comfy PJ's on and indulge in your favourite chocolate. Maybe finish the day with a lovely long bubble bath and some calming music or mindfulness techniques so you are refreshed, calm and ready for the next new day.

You can also use this day to celebrate a life, grief doesn’t have to be all sad! Cook their favourite recipes, reminisce about times gone by, laugh and love that you were so lucky to know that person. Talk to your children about their Mother or Grandmother, tell them the funny stories or the stories they wouldn’t have heard before, do something they loved doing, or put on their favourite film. Don’t forget to check in on other family members who may be missing them too. Raise a glass to the wonderful person who is forever in your hearts.

You don’t have to acknowledge Mother’s Day if you don't want to - turn off your social media, silent your phone and skip your emails for the day. Plan your day in advance, it’s Sunday so you may not have to work - have a lay in, cook your favourite breakfast, go for a walk or a bike ride, plan a zoom call or quiz with like-minded friends! You could also start a home project you’ve been meaning to get on with for months, treat yourself to a pamper afternoon with some candles and pour yourself a drink!

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