Time to treat mum, so here's some hints
Mother's Day is next Sunday so what better way to treat the person who loves you most in the world, and without whom you couldn't manage? (That's enough hints, right kids?)
Whilst my own personal favourite surprise is to have the housework taken care of (fat chance), there are more traditional gifts on offer which won't break the bank.
Here's some I like:
Aldi has a bunch of 30 spring tulips for €7.49. Tesco's Hidden Centre Rose cake looks delish at €7.99 while Lidl's Prosecco, also at €7.99 will bring a bubbly start to the day. And you can add in their Deluxe Pralines for €3.99.
Eason has a buy-one-get-one-half-price on selected books, including favourites Mary Berry and Patricia Scanlan. If mum's a little racier, the '50 Shades' trilogy is priced at €36.50.
Waiting for himself to do jobs around the house can be never-ending, so handyman service www.wifeslist.ie is offering two hours of putting up shelves, painting, fixing niggling switches etc for €55.
If mum's a gardener she might like a new product from Irish company The Cutting Globe - it helps propagate cuttings from roses, trees, climbers while they're still attached to the mother plant (geddit?). You can get six for €5 at www.thecuttingglobe.com, or from garden centres.
Or, you could simply treat mum to an indulgent afternoon tea. The Merrion Hotel has one for €36 per person, or €50 with a glass of champagne.