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Mother’s Day: expectations vs reality

Posted at 6:15 pm, March 9, 2013 in Fun London

We’d all like to think that we show our mums just how much we appreciate them every day of the year but let’s face it, there wouldn’t be a day dedicated to the old dear if we actually managed to do it. So to make things easier on mother and child alike, we’d like to set some realistic expectations for Mother’s Day… Carly-Ann Clements

Breakfast in bed:

A classic choice. Favoured by young children and teenagers that have forgotten to buy their mum a gift, breakfast in bed is a chance for you to let your mum feel a little bit pampered for a change. But while we think it’ll look like this…

… it will undoubtedly look more like this.


Every year we try to better our gifts. Chocolates to flowers, flowers to champers, champers to an iPad etc. Either way, we all expect to give mum the best – and she probably expects to receive the best too. It’s just a shame that this…

… will actually be this:

Shop displays:

If you’re still struggling to buy a gift, you’d hope that your local shop will give you some help. And though we hope to find a display like this…

… we’ll probably find this.

Or sometimes the even more inappropriate:


Okay, mums. Brace yourself. You may be expecting something along the lines of:

But this is probably more realistic:

A special treat:

Treating mum would to the hottest new spa treatment sounds like the perfect plan. But just make sure you read the fine print. You and mum may be expecting this:

But it will probably be something wacky like this:


The ‘Great British Bake-Off’ production team has a lot of explaining to do. As we’re slowly becoming the Baking Isles, it’s no surprise that some are opting to bake a maternal gift. However, you may envisage this:

But let’s face it. It’s going to be this:

Cake decoration:

But, if you are skilled (or lucky) enough to get a decent sponge, decorating will make any decent present a great present. And why you are probably expecting delicate, cursive writing like this:

You will 100% have to rely on some creativity and tictacs:

Homemade gifts:

What a lovely thought. What says ‘I love you, Mum’ more than a gift you’ve put time, effort and heart into? But remember, it takes practice to make something like this:

So you’ll probably end up with something like this:


You may even want to show your mum just how beautiful she is to you by drawing her. But seeing as you probably haven’t touched a 2B pencil since your GCSEs, you may think it’ll go a bit like this:

But in reality, it’ll look more like this:

But whatever the day may bring, we hope you enjoy this special day. Happy Mother’s Day, mums!

Find out what you should actually do on Mother’s Day.

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