She pushed you out into this world kicking and screaming, fed you, clothed you, changed you and ordered you around for the best part of two decades. So, the least you can do for your dear old mum this March is spoil her rotten on Mother’s Day.
And while flowers, chocolate and perfume are all fine and dandy, choose the magazine of her dreams and you’ll provide her with months of pure joy rather than just a few short minutes.
Here are a few of our favourites to get you thinking . . .
The Small Screen Queen
If she loves nothing better than a night (or day for that matter) in front of the gogglebox, then make sure she never misses a televisual trick, with a subscription to a TV listings magazine. TV Times magazine may have been around for years, but these days it’s a thoroughly glossy and modern read.
Besides up-to-the-minute listings for terrestrial, satellite, cable and radio programmes, mama will find reviews and a low-down on scheduled movies pre-rated to help guide her through her viewing choices. Page upon page of exclusive interviews with actors, presenters and screen-writers and directors all come together to make a TV Times subscription the only small screen entertainment guide she’ll ever need.
Knitting is having a revival – seriously! The age-old craft is hot news these days with women of all ages being bitten by the knitting bug. Whether you’re buying for a young mum, who spends her week-nights at ‘stitch and bitch’ sessions or an octogenarian famed for creative Christmas, she’ll love a Knitting magazine subscription.
This monthly title boasts at least 25 new patterns per issue, many from the world’s leading hand-knit designers. Practical and style-conscious it bridges the gap between hand-knitting and fashion with clear step-by-steps, leading designer profiles and interesting features. Essential reading for the discerning knitter.
The New Mum/Expectant Mum
New Mums and Mums-to-be rarely get time off for good behaviour. When they do get a precious five minutes to to relax or read, it’s not usually enough time to get stuck into War & Peace. A women’s weekly makes a perfect gift for time-poor, sleep-deprived girls – and a Bella subscription is one of the best.
Inside mummy dear will find the perfect mix of gossip, celeb interviews and real-life stories to provide easy-reading and light relief. There are also quick and healthy meal planners and best buys. It’s the perfect dip in, dip out mag to suit an exciting but exhausting time in her life.
Dads of the world take note: this is your opportunity to win brownie points for buying thoughtful presents that aren’t even officially from you!
The Yummy Mummy
Yes she’s a mum, but she’s also a woman – and a gorgeous, stylish, independent one at that. For self-confessed yummy-mummies, there can only be one type of magazine subscription this Mother’s Day – a fashion mag.
There are many excellent titles on the market but twelve monthly issues of In Style magazine will keep her feeling fabulous all year long. In Style has a heavy fashion and beauty bias, with pages of glossy, inviting and informative designs to help her make the most of her God-given assets.
High-octane cover shoots are a given with the glitterati queuing up to feature in the magazine. Recent cover stars include everyone from Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore to home-grown beauties like Michelle Dockery and Rebecca Hall.
Dads of the world take note: if you’re helping your littl’uns to choose a gift with purpose, this one’s always a winner.
If your mum effortlessly presides over the family, bringing people together, making the house a home and creating beautiful traditions and memories, she deserves a magazine which plays to her strengths. And a Good Housekeeping subscription is the most perfect of fits.
This monthly glossy features in-depth interviews with gorgeously accessible celebrities that Mumsy is familiar with, such as Fern Britton, Mary Portas, Kirstie Allsopp and Claire Balding.
But it’s the take-out value of such a title which she’ll really appreciate. Each issue is stuffed with advice on every area of modern life: from managing finances to de-cluttering the home; boosting your immune system to revolutionising your diet. Truly, a read which packs a punch.
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