Jump to content

The Mummy Presents


  • Please log in to reply
15 replies to this topic

#1 FiveAus

Posted 25 December 2012 - 09:35 PM

A few years ago, I inadvertently started a new Christmas present tradition. When my kids were small, they always got a stocking full of lollies and chocolates from Santa and I continued that through their teenage years and into adulthood.
But a few years ago, two of them who'd moved out and were living with partners were really struggling to make ends meet, so I ditched the stockings and made each one a hamper of non- perishable food items. I tried to include sauces, pasta and rice they could use to stretch a meat dish with, snacks, condiments, breakfast foods, a few little luxuries, drink mixes etc. The kids loved them, because a lot of it was stuff they couldn't normally afford for themselves. One of them told me later they hadn't eaten so well since they'd set up house on their own.
I've done it each year since, only for those who will be here on Christmas Day as they're too heavy to send interstate.  The kids get so excited bout them and they've dubbed them "The Mummy Presents". Today's were tailored to their current lifestyles......newly single son has a few days of cricket watching planned, so he got a whole lot of snack/junk food and seeing as he's setting up his own flat, his hamper was a kitchen bin. Daughter with food intolerances got a lot of gluten free stuff with some snack foods for her tv loving boyfriend. Their house is old and pretty so she got hers in a pretty painted tin bucket.
Other daughter loves baking so hers was all flours, sugars, flavourings, icing decorations  and other baking stuff. She was the most excited of all. Hers was all stacked on a baking tray.
Next year I think I'll try for some international themed hampers.

Edited by FiveAus, 25 December 2012 - 09:36 PM.


#2 Stellajoy

Posted 25 December 2012 - 09:40 PM

I would love that as a present!

#3 R2B2

Posted 25 December 2012 - 09:43 PM

What a great idea! you have lucky kids original.gif

#4 FiveAus

Posted 25 December 2012 - 09:44 PM

They get these as extra to their normal presents. The baking daughter also got a Neil Perry cookbook, other kitchen goods, a bracelet and an iTunes voucher. Single son got saucepans, dinner set etc.
They get very indulged at Christmas. Just because they're grown up doesn't mean their mum cant spoil them once a year.

Edited by FiveAus, 25 December 2012 - 09:44 PM.


#5 kabailz13

Posted 25 December 2012 - 09:45 PM

My Mum did this in the past too original.gif

Was very helpful

#6 tamietamara

Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:03 PM

Wish u were my mum!!! I am lucky for my parents to remember to ring me or acknowledge the day for me and my children sad.gif u r awesome!


#7 Mummy Em

Posted 25 December 2012 - 11:55 PM

Great idea! We live on the outskirts of a rural area known for wine and other produce so our adult presents were foodstuffs literally from our doorstep! Infused honey, chocolate, wine, olive oil, nougat etc.

#8 baddmammajamma

Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:05 AM

What a lovely tradition!

#9 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:19 AM

Cool.

#10 vitaechel

Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:42 AM

What a fantastic present! I love it! biggrin.gif

#11 JustBeige

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:45 AM

Mum did that for us this year too! It was awesome biggrin.gif

We also did similar to her and made up a hamper of all her usual cosmetics and bathroom/shower stuff.   Its nice to get her something that we definitely knows she uses and it also helps a tiny bit with her budget if she doesnt need to buy shampoos and face creams.

#12 Sallystwo

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:51 AM

What a great idea - I will file that away for when mine move out!

#13 HubbaBubbaMumma

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:15 AM

My kids haven't left home yet, but last year my DD got a wicker basket with an easel, sketch pads, charcoals, pencils etc. she adored it!

I think that your idea is a fabulous one!

#14 FiveAus

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:49 AM

Ooooh, more ideas for future years! Yes we live rural, in a "foodie" area, I never thought of a local produce one but that would make a nice project....and interesting, hunting out all the boutique food places around here.

#15 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:37 AM

My SIL did this for me 11 years ago when I got my first house (I had been living on campus at Uni prior to that so didn't need anything). She had spent months hunting around finding dinner sets, glasses, pots and pans and kitchen utensils etc on special. I still have and use most of it, because most of it was such good quality.

She was the best SIL ever. It wasn't really any easier yesterday than it was the year before to not have her with us. It's like there's a vital part of Christmas missing without her. sad.gif

#16 Chelli

Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:12 AM

That sounds lovely and very well planned. Your kids are lucky original.gif




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

A mum's tragic battle against inflammatory breast cancer

At just 37 years of age, with two young sons, Vicki was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Now her family wants all women to know the symptoms.

The business of babies around the world

Pregnancy and birth is an intriguing process no matter where you are in the world. One soon-to-be father gleans wisdom from a new guide.

Finding a positive path through IVF

It’s not surprising that IVF is often seen as a negative journey towards the ultimate positive, but having a glass-half-full approach can make a big difference to the experience.

Giving strangers the gift of parenthood

A mum explains why she and her husband are choosing to gift their leftover embryos to help strangers achieve their dream of parenthood.

Does morning sickness get better or worse with each child?

Just as every baby is unique, so is every pregnancy. And that means morning sickness can vary a lot, too.

What's so wrong with looking 'mumsy', anyway?

Why is it that the word ‘mumsy’ has connotations of such a negative nature – but seems to be the only other option apart from ‘yummy’?

Trying to speed up the inevitable

As the waiting game of late pregnancy continues, this mum considers a few things that might hurry things up a little.

One month later: where is William Tyrell?

It has been a little over a month since William Tyrell disappeared from his grandmother's home, 33 long sleepless nights for his family as they mourn the absence of their cheeky young boy.

Winter's child less likely to be moody: study

Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up, while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.

Single mum of two creates award-winning baby app

Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O?Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.

Food for thought: looking after yourself as a new mum

As soon as your baby enters the world, everything else takes a back seat - even the necessities of daily life such as eating are severely compromised, right when you need energy the most.

'Grabbable guts' campaign aims to cut toxic fat

The Live Lighter campaign will take people inside the human body to show the internal dangers of being overweight.

The best and worst month of my life

A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.

Facebook and Apple offer to pay female staff to freeze their eggs

Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.

How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.

Finding a mum-friendly personal trainer

Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.

Alleged baby snatch incident a ?misunderstanding?, say police

Police say that an incident in which a man pulled on a woman?s pram while walking a popular Sydney route late last month was a misunderstanding.

Ebola killed my aunt and is shutting down my country

Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.

The night my ovary burst

One mum shares her frightening experience and vows to never take her health for granted again.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

Best and worst potty party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy

Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

New mum Megan goes topless

Megan Gale has posed topless for magazine's 'sexiest people' issue, five months after welcoming her son.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

What's in a name?

Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.