Mother’s Day this year is March 11th (just in case you needed reminding) and don't get caught out because it's so much earlier than last year. If you’re looking for Mother’s Day ideas you don’t have to look far, you’ll find them in every store, every shop window, every other store newsletter. Mother’s Day ideas replaces Valentine’s Day ideas almost seamlessly.
Mother’s Day is always the fourth Sunday of Lent, and can be traced back as far as the 16th Century when servants and workers were given time off to visit the ‘Mother church’. It also became a tradition to bake a Simnel cake and take it home to mothers. Click through to Delia Smith’s Recipe for Simnel cake.
And by the way it should really be called Mothering Sunday, not Mother’s Day which is the more commercialised version. If you’d like to read a bit more about the origins of Mothering Sunday click through the article from the Telegraph.
Ok back to the day itself. Having had three kids myself, all pretty much grown up now (are they ever?) the only thing I would really appreciate on Mother’s Day is a message. And yes in this hyper-techo world a text will do. It’s about remembering, un-reminded. One at least will be out of the country, and the only thing that matters to me is that they show they care.
However, many will be giving small pampering gifts to their mums and the best thing about online is of course that if you can’t be there you can send something out. Most popular are flowers, chocolates and fragrant gifts but anything small and pretty and beautifully presented will do.
Included here are my top 20 Mother’s Day ideas for gifts that won’t break the piggy bank but will be appreciated by most mothers everywhere.
This post has been updated