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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

Treat her to something special

Make Nan’s day with personalised jewellery and more.

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First Mother's Day

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Make a fuss of the new mum

Ensure her first Mother’s Day is one to remember with thoughtful personal touches.

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To mum from bump

Baby may not be here yet, but you can still spoil the mum-to-be.

A tasty treat

Surprise mum with a delicious afternoon tea, whether that’s at home, or somewhere fancy.

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Afternoon tea gift experiences

Choose between traditional and classy, or something a bit more original and quirky. And if an afternoon isn’t enough, go all out and make a day or evening of it with a spa day or hotel stay too.

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Afternoon tea at home

If you’re on a budget or want to do something a little more personal, why not make your own? Get everything you need to prep, cook and serve your special treat.

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Deliciously easy scones

Whip up an afternoon tea favourite at home. Sensational, light and irresistible – scones with strawberry jam and cream are made for each other, and sure to go down a treat this Mother’s Day.

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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.