A little history of the origins of Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is a holiday that is celebrated annually in many countries around the world to honour mothers and mother figures for their love, support, and guidance. The history and origin of Mother’s Day can be traced back to ancient civilizations, where maternal figures were celebrated and honoured for their nurturing and caring nature.
In ancient Greece, the spring festival was dedicated to the mother goddess Rhea, who was considered the mother of all gods and goddesses. In Rome, the festival of Hilaria was celebrated to honour the mother goddess Cybele. The tradition of celebrating motherhood continued through the Middle Ages, where it was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent to honour the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus.
The modern-day Mother’s Day, as we know it, has its roots in the United States. The idea of a day to honour mothers was first proposed by a woman named Anna Jarvis in 1908. Anna Jarvis, who was inspired by her own mother’s devotion and sacrifices, wanted to create a day to celebrate all mothers and their contributions to society.
On May 10, 1908, the first official Mother’s Day was celebrated at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, where Anna Jarvis’ mother had taught Sunday school. The holiday gained popularity quickly, and by 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day, a national holiday in the United States.
Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world on various dates, although the second Sunday in May remains the most common date for the holiday, in some countries the date differs.
Mother’s Day is celebrated in different ways around the world, but the sentiment remains the same: to honour and appreciate mothers and mother figures for their love, support, and guidance.
You have to commercialize it
Of course, being an American “invention” you couldn’t just let it be a nice day for families to get together to celebrate Mom. Let’s see, how can we monetize this?
Mother’s Day has become one of the most significant sales periods in the retail industry. It is a time to give gifts, cards, and flowers to mothers to show them how much they are loved and appreciated.
Florists and Chocolatiers now depend on this day for a large part of their annual income.
So now, go on!
Surprise Your Mom With A Unique and Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gift
While traditional gifts like flowers and chocolates are always a safe bet, why not go the extra mile this year and surprise your mom with something unique and thoughtful? We’ve rounded up some unique and thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts that are sure to put a smile on your mom’s face.
DIY Mother’s Day gifts
Give your mom something unique and personal, a DIY gift is a great option. There are countless DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas out there, from handmade cards to personalized photo gifts.
Personalized photo gifts
Personalized photo gifts are a great way to show your mom how much you care. You can create a photo album or a scrapbook filled with pictures of your family and special memories. You can also create a personalized photo mug, pillow, or blanket with pictures of your family or a special message for your mom.
Homemade bath bombs
If your mom loves to relax and unwind, homemade bath bombs are a great DIY gift idea. They’re easy to make and you can customize them with your mom’s favourite scents and colours. All you need is baking soda, citric acid, essential oils, and some moulds.
If your mom loves jewellery, why not make her a one-of-a-kind piece? You can create a necklace, bracelet, or earrings using beads, wire, and other materials. You can even personalize it with your mom’s birthstone or initials.
Maybe you’re looking for something more?
Luxurious spa treatments
Every mom deserves a little pampering, and a luxurious spa treatment is the perfect way to show her how much you care. You can book a massage, facial, or other spa treatment for your mom at a local spa or create a spa day at home with candles, bath salts, spa wraps and other relaxing goodies.
Jewellery is always a great gift idea, but personalized jewellery takes it to the next level. A necklace or bracelet with your mom’s initials, birthstones, or a special message engraved on it. You can also create a family tree necklace with the birthstones of all the family members.
If your mom loves to cook, why not give her the gift of a cooking class? You can book a class at a local cooking school or find an online class that she can take at her own pace. This is a great way for your mom to learn new recipes and techniques while having fun.
Subscriptions are a great gift idea because they keep giving all year long. You can find subscriptions for everything from snacks to books.
For Moms that travel for work or pleasure.
Clothing and Accessories
Scarves, coats, bags and purses for fashion conscious Moms.
For Moms that are adventurous, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Consider unique experiences like a hot air balloon ride, hang gliding, sky diving or wine tasting.
Set a budget
Although we would like to give our Moms the world, be realistic and set a budget before you start shopping. This will help you narrow down your options and find a gift that fits your budget.