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Mother's Day Facts & Gift Ideas

May 04, 2021 3 min read

Mother's Day Facts & Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is an important spring holiday to celebrate your mother and all the love that she shares with you. Of course, Mother’s Day might be celebrated with a mom, wife, stepmom, or other maternal figure, but for the purpose of ease, I’m just going to use “mother” for the rest of this blog. Let’s go over some Mother’s Day facts you should know and then get into the best gifts for Mother’s Day.

When is Mother’s Day celebrated?

Mother’s Day 2021 is May 9, 2021. It is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Traditional Mother’s Day celebrations include flowers, cards, handmade gifts from kids and teens, and homemade breakfast. More sophisticated Mother’s Day celebrations include brunch out at a nice restaurant and pretty gifts to show mom that you care.

How did Mother’s Day start?

Mother’s Day was started on May 10, 1908 in Grafton, West Virginia by Anna Jarvis to honor her late mother Ann, who passed away in 1905. Ann Jarvis, Anna’s mother, spent much of her life teaching other mothers how to better tend to their children to decrease the infant mortality rate. The event was a smash hit and followed by an event in Philadelphia, where thousands of people picked up on the holiday.

Mother’s Day became a national holiday in 1914, six years after the first event in West Virginia. This is when the second Sunday in May tradition began. It was signed into official capacity under President Woodrow Wilson. Of course, this was six years before women’s suffrage was ratified under the same President, who did speak in favor of the vote in 1920.

But Anna Jarvis and President Wilson’s work was predated by that of poet and author, Julia Ward Howe. Howe promoted a “Mothers’ Peace Day” in 1872. It was a way to promote peace for female anti-war activists. Her idea was for women to gather to listen to sermons, sing hymns, pray, and present essays to promote peace (National Geographic).

What is the best flower for Mother’s Day?

The white carnation is the official flower of Mother’s Day. On the original Mother’s Day in 1908, Anna Jarvis sent 500 white carnations to the local church in honor of her mother. She is quoted in a 1927 interview comparing the flower’s shape to that of a mother’s love: “The carnation does not drop its petals, but hugs them to its heart as it dies, and so too, mothers hug their children to their hearts, their mother love never dying” (National Geographic).

You can certainly give a white carnation to mom this Mother’s Day, but your mother or wife might have her own favorite flower that might be a more appreciated option. After all, a big part of love is knowing the person you care for.

What are the best gifts to give on Mother’s Day?

Gifts for Mother’s Day can range from homemade cards and gifts from kids to breakfast in bed to a personalized bracelet or photo canvas. Gifts are the best when they’re personalized and tailored to the person that you’re buying them for.

For the foodie, you might want to try a handwritten recipe plate. Why not see if you can grab one of the family recipes to get printed on a serving platter? Cute, useful, and it lasts.

For the active momma, how about a new pair of sneakers or cute work-to-workout top? There are so many great options out there, whether she prefers colors or muted tones.

For the skincare queen, look at Radha Beauty’s skincare sets. Simple, easy to use, and options for different skin types. Oily or sensitive skin might prefer the Rosehip set, dry skin the Avocado set, and combination skin the Vitamin C set.

Mommas with a green thumb might enjoy a cute Hoya Heart plant, a pair of personalized gardening gloves, or a piece of garden art. If she has a vegetable garden, a cute harvest basket might be helpful to free up her hands.

Universal Mother’s Day gifts include jewelry (just adjust to fit her style!), pajamas and comfy clothing, picture frames and canvases and experiences. In my family, experiences like going to breakfast together, attending a “Wine and Sip” party, going on a local adventure, and even just a boutique shopping trips can all be great gifts for mom.

Feeling better about this Mother’s Day experience yet? Getting your mother a gift can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Mom just wants to spend time with you and your gift is just a great physical representation of how much you love her. Try out local shopping places and support small businesses if you can!