As the Spring season draws closer, you'll probably notice that we have a lot to celebrate over the next few months. We'll be honouring the fluffy goodness of pancakes in early March, gorging on Easter eggs in late April and kicking our feet up for the bank holidays we've all been waiting for. But in the midst of all of that, there's a very special celebration coming up and it's the kind that requires gifts - so get your purses and wallets ready!
Because on the 31st March, mothers and motherly bonds will be celebrated across the UK. Mother's Day is a worldwide tradition that has been around for many years. In fact, the first Mother's Day was celebrated all the way back in 1908! I wonder what kind of gifts the kids were getting their mothers back then?
One thing's for sure - there's a lot more to choose from now!
I've always found Mother's Day quite easy when it comes to gifting. As it's such a widespread celebration that applies to a very specific relationship, you'll often come across gifts that are created especially for this occasion - making it easy to narrow down and choose the pressie that will make you Mum's favourite for the year!
So, what will you go for in 2019? As you search for your Mother's Day gift, keep these things in mind.
In the digital age, there's just no excuse to not be original! Even traditional gifts like flowers and chocolates (which can still be just as special!) can be personalised and presented in interesting and eye-catching ways.
Another great place to find a unique Mother's Day gift is Etsy. Etsy is an online marketplace similar to Amazon and eBay. What sets it apart from those sites is that it specialises in handmade, original items and there are plenty that would make great Mother's Day presents, like sugar body scrubs, crystal necklaces, artwork or mugs with your own message printed on them.
Do your research
You'll definitely want to purchase a present that is personal to Mum. On a day where you're celebrating her for who she is, it just makes sense.
- What are her favourite things?
- What are her hobbies and interests?
- Where are her favourite places?
- What has she been complaining about lately?
- What does she need?
Base your gifts around these questions. Support a hobby, add to her collection of favourites, solve a problem she has or save her money by gifting her with something she needs to buy for herself anyway.
If all else fails and you really can't think of anything to get her - go for a pamper present! Bath treats, spa days, mani/pedi sets. Being a mother is a busy and tiring job - and I bet you'd struggle to find one that doesn't like a good pamper day every now and again!
Mother's Day is the one time of year when we come together to celebrate the strong and amazing women in our lives and can do it as soppily as we want without being laughed at!
Go ahead and let the leading lady in your life know just how much she means to you. Why not get a touching message engraved into a piece of jewellery or printed on to a personalised card? This is a very special day, so don't shy away from being sentimental and gifting your mum with something she can treasure forever.
At the same time, if you've gone for the sentimental approach every Mother's Day, why not switch things up and have a laugh this year?
One of the first gifts I ever got my Mum for Mother's Day was a mug I bought on Moonpig. It looked like a plain, white mug until you poured hot water in it. Then a silly picture of my Mum would appear on it with a message that said something like 'Happy Mother's Day to the best Mum ever!'
Although my gift-giving skills have improved massively since then, we still love and drink from that mug today, so don't be afraid to have fun and make your Mum laugh!