With Mother’s Day just around the corner, you may find yourself looking for the perfect gift for the special mother figure in your life.
In the UK, Mother's Day or Mothering Sunday is a religious celebration, dedicated to honouring the Virgin Mary. It started in the Middle Ages, a time when children often worked away from home. During this time, children returned home to visit their ‘mother church’ and spend precious time with their mothers.
Children often picked wildflowers on their journey home as a gift for their mothers. Simnel cake, a delicious dessert filled with fruit and spices, was also a popular Mother’s Day gift.
Although it has different origins, Mother’s Day in the UK has become more commercialised. By the 1950s, Mother’s Day had become more of a secular celebration, in line with the US.
1. Mother’s Day is the biggest flower buying day of the year in Britain
Looking for a present for Mum? Flowers are usually one of the first things that spring to mind. It’s little wonder then, that flower sales are up around 70% on Mother’s Day, compared with most other days of the year.
2. Mother’s Day dates back to Ancient Greece
Who knew? The roots of Mother’s Day go as far back as Ancient Greece, when Greeks used to hold an annual spring festival dedicated to the maternal Goddess Rhea, mother of the Gods.
3. In the UK and Ireland, Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent
That explains why the date varies every year! This year, that date falls on Sunday 27th March. Run out and grab that card and gift if you haven’t done so already!
4. In the UK, around thirty million cards are sent on Mother’s Day
30 million! An unfathomable amount! That is a lot of work for the good post men and women of the UK!
5. Mother’s Day is celebrated in 46 countries around the world
Mother’s Day is a well-established tradition around the world, but it’s celebrated at different times of the year dependent on what country you’re in, so don’t get confused! Just to reiterate, Mother’s Day in the UK this year falls on 27th March!
Let’s be honest, mothers are superheroes and deserve to be showered with love all year round — but there’s no denying they deserve it a little bit more on Mother’s Day. That's why we have put together this small selection of products that would make the perfect gift for mothers!
Fixtures Artificial Plants
A more personal touch. These luxury artificial planters from Fixtures make the perfect gift for a loved one. These plants will bring life to any room and a splash of colour.
We personal recommendation for a valentine’s gift is the pink peach tree. The delicate look and smooth pink colour petals combine perfectly to create a peaceful vibe. We also offer many other types of trees / plants so there are many more options. Find your perfect tree HERE
Spear & Jackson Gardening Hand tool Set
Part of the Spear and Jackson Colours range, this eye catching starter set contains three essential garden tools - a weed fork, hand trowel and a transplanting trowel.
The set comes in an attractive gift box and makes a great gift for gardening lovers. Find it HERE