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Mother's Day gifts and ideas

Sunday 14th March 2021

Looking to spoil someone this Mothering Sunday? We've plenty of ideas for that special lady from presents for Mum to gifts for Nan to pampering for new mums.

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    Gifts for Nan

    Grandmas, Grans, Nans, Nannys, Nanas... show them some love with a thoughtful present from their (now favourite) grandchild.

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    Gifts for new mums and mums-to-be

    Whether adding to the brood or joining the club for the first time, give something thoughtful to treat new mamas or pamper mums-to-be.

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    Gifts for pet mums

    For all dog and cat mums, find a pawesome present to give them from their fur baby. Just give your four-legged friend a little help with the ordering.

    Gift an experience

    Experience day vouchers

    Make it a Mother's Day to remember with gift experiences and activity days. Indulge in a spa day for two, treat her with a traditional afternoon tea, make memories with a photoshoot or go on a thrilling adventure - there's something for every mum.

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    Homemade afternoon tea

    Are you a keen baker? Set up a personal afternoon tea at home including all of Mum's favourites (you can throw out the rules, but a mix of savory, scones and something sweet works best). Serve with a traditional teapot, or why not crack open the fizz?

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    When is Mother’s Day?

    Every year in the UK, Mother's Day falls on the 4th Sunday of Lent. Mother's Day 2021 is on Sunday 14 March.

    Over the world, Mother’s Day is celebrated over a range of dates by different countries, all with their own traditions and histories. These dates range from the second Sunday in February, in Norway, to as late in the year as 22 December, in Indonesia. The most widely used date is the second Sunday of May.

    Don’t get caught out on Father’s Day, so there’s plenty of time to prepare.

    What is Mother’s Day?

    Each country's Mother’s Day has its own origins and traditions. In modern UK, it is a celebration of motherhood, in which people honour their mothers. Though commonly thought of as an exchange between children and their mothers, it is celebrated across all generations and even between grandparents and grandchildren. Many churches continue to celebrate the more traditional ideals of Mothering Sunday, as described below.

    History of Mother’s Day

    Mother’s Day wasn’t always dedicated to motherhood and this widely used name differs to the name of the original event, Mothering Sunday, which began in the 16th century. On this day, the 4th Sunday of Lent, people returned to their "mother church" for a service - the church where a person was baptised, christened or grew up. Through time, domestic servants were given this day off and, on their way home, would pick flowers for the church or their mothers. Following the emergence of the Mothering Sunday Movement in 1914, the UK incorporated the American celebration of mothers and, by the middle of the 20th century, the holiday was widely commercialised.

    Mother's Day presents

    Traditional Mother’s Day ideas include flowers, cards with messages, poems and words of appreciation and, most importantly, breakfast in bed! Often, people also take the opportunity to give gifts to their mother. Mums can be humble and self-sacrificing, so treating them and helping them indulge goes a long way towards letting them know how much their love means.