Mother's Day gifts & ideas
Make mum feel extra special this Mother’s Day, no matter your budget, with thoughtful gifts and ideas suited to different tastes and interests.
Mother's Day presents
Gifts for Nan
First Mother's Day
A tasty treat
Surprise mum with a delicious afternoon tea, whether that’s at home, or somewhere fancy.
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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 2020 is on Sunday 22 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 2020, which is on Sunday 21 June, 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.