Mother’s Day is on Sunday 14th March in the UK this year - so, it’s time to start thinking about not only a special gift, but how to make it memorable, with the lockdown restrictions in place, as well as thanking our mums, given all many of them have been through in the last 12 months.
Did you know...Mother's Day in the UK and Ireland changes date each year because it originates from the Christian festival of Mothering Sunday, which takes place on the fourth Sunday in Lent. It was a time when people who had moved away could return to worship at their 'mother church' and spend time with their family.
Many other countries, including the US and Australia, celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May, which has been adopted more broadly as International Mother's Day. It originated in America thanks to a woman called Anna Jarvis, who simply held a small memorial service for her own mother on 12 May 1907. The idea caught on and, in 1914, the US president, Woodrow Wilson, made it a national holiday. In 2021 International Mother’s Day falls on Sunday May 9th.
Making Mother's Day special
Here at hampers.com, we have been trying to think of some innovative ways to make your Mother’s Day more fun, despite the fact that due to lockdown it may have to be at home, over a Zoom call or outside in a small group, if restrictions allow by then.
We’ve turned to the rest of the world to give us some inspiration and here’s what we found…
Mother's Day in Japan - get creative
Whilst white carnations are a traditional gift in Japan for their Mother’s Day, they also have a wonderful tradition of entering sketch illustrations into an exhibition! Inspired by this, we thought why not have a portrait competition with your family this Mother’s Day, even over Zoom. Get mum in a comfortable spot with her favourite drink and a few nibbles. We even have the perfect accompaniment in our Mother’s Day Rosé and Candle Hamper. She can sip a delicate glass of rose and enjoy the aromas of her new scented candle.
Then, ask her to sit still, relax (she’ll love that bit!) and everyone can have a go at creating the perfect portrait - pencil, paints, collage - be as creative as you can!
We know she’ll just love this special and memorable Mother’s Day present.
Mother’s Day in Ethiopia - creating a feast together
The Antrosht festival, dedicated to the celebration of mothers in Ethiopia, is marked by a decadent feast where daughters traditionally bring vegetables and cheese, while the son’s supply meat.
If you can’t take mum for a nice meal this Mother’s Day, why not arrange with your siblings to get an array of different foods for her (and maybe dad too, if he’s been good!). Treat mum to a collection of foods which are really different and that she has never tried before. You could choose a delicious range of sweet treats, whilst your siblings provide some savoury delights, and perhaps some exotic beverages too.
We pride ourselves on offering a fantastic collection of different foods from small, independent suppliers, who mum may not have heard of/tried before. If you don’t have time to create your own banquet, have a quick look at our food and drink hampers for a little help
Mother’s Day in Mexico - warm up your vocal chords
Singing to your beloved mum is a widespread tradition in Mexico on their ‘Dia de Las Madres’. Often, children join mariachi bands and go to each of their houses to sing special songs about how much their mum means to them.
So, come on - what about a family sing-along this Mother’s Day? It could be lots of fun for the whole family over Zoom, taking turns to perform. You don’t have to be the next Taylor Swift, just pick a song with lyrics that say all of the right things about your lovely mum.
Mother’s Day in France - make a medal
In France, a day of celebration for mums was first declared by Napoleon, who wanted to reward mothers of large families. It was revived, following World War I, as a way to show gratitude to mothers for helping to rebuild the population after many lives were lost. Medals were actually rewarded and this tradition is now reflected today when children make medals to give to their mums to thank them for everything they do.
What do you think? Get out some glue, ribbon, coloured paper and card...and off you go! You’re never too old for a bit of craft - and it’s easy to post too.
Mother’s Day in Sweden - time for a trip
We know the idea of any kind of holiday seems like a pipe dream at the moment, but we couldn’t resist sharing this inspired idea! In Sweden, children sell small plastic flowers as gifts to not only mark Mother’s Day but to raise money to send mothers with young children on a small trip. Doesn’t that just sound like a dream come true? Just a nice day out when it is allowed, will be so appreciated.
For all of those mums homeschooling, getting little sleep or doing it alone - we adore this idea! They 100% deserve it! So, why not create a small IOU note or your own ‘gift voucher’ promising a relaxing trip to mum’s favourite place when restrictions allow.
Mother’s Day in Serbia - tie her up
A bit of a controversial one to finish, but we had to share this tradition from Serbia...it did make us chuckle. On the morning of Mother’s Day, children creep into mum’s bedroom and tie her up! She then has to promise to supply treats and gifts to her children, before she can be released! Not sure this will catch on here...but it wouldn’t certainly make Mother’s Day 2021 memorable!
And don’t worry too much about the Serbian mum, Mother’s Day is part of a series of events in December celebrating the family, with a Father’s Day, but also a Children’s Day too, where they are also tied up (loosely!) until they agree to behave and help around the house. We can’t help but wonder how many children are actually ever released?!
Mother’s Day 2021 plans
Whatever your plans, we hope you have a good time celebrating Mother’s Day as best you can, and make sure to show your mum, the mother of your children, your nan or gran, just how special they are.
Need a little help with gift inspiration? Take a look at our Mother’s Day Hampers.