As a child, Mother’s Day was about sneaking downstairs with my dad and brothers to make up a tray of breakfast before Mummy woke up. Then we’d clatter creep back up to her room clutching our homemade cards and gifts and “surprise” her with breakfast in bed.
The air hummed with excited anticipation.
Will we be able to get breakfast ready before Mummy gets up? Who’s going to carry the breakfast tray? Who gets to open the bedroom door? Will she like the card I made for her? What will she say when she opens my gift?
Back then, we did it because it was our tradition. But I think we still asked every year, “If there’s a Mother’s Day, why isn’t there a Kids’ Day?” and the reply always came back, “Because every day is a kids’ day!”
It didn’t make sense to us then, but it certainly does now!
Mums are amazing!
When you become a Mama yourself, you realise that the house doesn’t keep itself tidy. You see that the washing and ironing actually take time and, even though your mum told you a hundred times, putting dirty clothes next to the wash basket instead of inside it is infuriating!
And those weeks, months, years of broken sleep – night feeds, sickness, bad dreams, wet beds – are exhausting.
You thought she nagged you all the time. Now you realise, she didn’t even tell you the half of it!
Yup – Mums are amazing!
They show up every day, taking on any challenge throw at them, working from the moment their feet touch the floor to the moment their head touches the pillow… and they still manage to tuck you up in bed with a kiss and cuddle at the end of it!
A Special Gift
So I think now, more than ever, I appreciate my mum. The days of tucking me into bed may be over but she’s always on the end of the phone and she’s always the one I go to for advice.
So what gift to get for this wonder woman?
Well I was recently contacted by GiftsOnline4u to try out a new, exclusive Novanu London Watch. The company has a great range of engraved watches and I chose a stunning leather wrist watch with a black marble dial.
The watch can be personalised on both the front and back, making it truly unique and personal to the wearer.
I opted to have the word “Mummy” written on the front in beautiful italics. It also has the Novanu London branding here too in small letters.
But the back of the watch is the true heart of this special gift – you can have a secret message engraved onto the metal that is completely personal to you (85 characters over 5 lines). I love the idea that only you and she will know what the message says and I can picture the little smile every time she checks the time and remembers the secret.
I know one of the things I dread about my own kids growing up is not having them around every day. My mum and I now live several hours away from each other but having a treasured gift like one of these Novanu London watches is a way for her to have something of us with her every day.
Novanu London Watch Review
The Novanu London Watch arrived quickly. You can choose the normal posting options or go for Next Day Delivery if you’re running out of time*.
*holds hand up!
It comes in a textured, grey presentation box with a magnetic fastening, and inside there is a black display cushion which the watch is wrapped around.
The watch itself is bigger than I had expected – I’d describe it as a unisex size rather than a women’s watch, with the face being 4.5cm in diameter (almost 2 inches). But it still sits nicely on my wrist. I will probably look at getting an extra hole punched into the strap as my mum has very slender wrists but this shouldn’t be an issue for most people.
The marble face is really clear and I always prefer to get a watch with obvious markings for each number.
The engraving on the back is easy to read and in a nice font. There is a clever feature on the website where you can preview the engraving on the back of the watch, but it’s worth noting that the writing takes up much more space in real life (see photo below).
Overall this is a really lovely watch and, with a strap being genuine leather, should last for a long time. At just £59.99 (price includes front and back personalisation), it’s really good value and gift that any mother will treasure.
And if watches aren’t really your thing, you can always check out the other personalised gifts from GiftsOnline4u and find something truly unique this Mother’s Day.
Novanu London Watch Giveaway
Now comes the exciting bit – you can get your hands on one of these gorgeous Novanu London watches for free! Simply choose as many entry options as you like from the Rafflecopter widget below to be in with a chance of winning!
The full terms and conditions are listed at the bottom of this post, and the competition will end on Wednesday 7th March.
Terms and conditions
Novanu London Watch Giveaway
No Purchase Necessary. Giveaway starts 24th February 2018 at 00:00 GMT and ends 8th March 2018 at 00:00 GMT. UK entrants only. Entrants must be 18 years old or over. One winner will be selected at random using the random winner generator within Rafflecopter. The prize is one Novanu London Personalised Wrist Watch For Mum Black Marble Design (RRP £59.99). The winner will be contacted by email and their name will be displayed on the giveaway page using the Rafflecopter widget. Where possible, I will also tweet the winner. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. No cash alternative. Please note that OnlineGifts4u are responsible for fulfilling this prize and Lucy At Home is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfil their prizes. I have represented the sponsor with the expectation they will fulfil their prize and in a timely manner. I will only be passing your details onto the sponsor so that they can contact you regarding your prize. I will not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. Please note that in order to qualify for the social media entries, a valid account that clearly identifies the holder as being a user is needed, and any entrants found to be using multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible.
Disclaimer: We were sent Novanu London Watch for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own. For more info, check out my disclosure policy.