"If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love." Stevie Wonder
The Ancient Greeks and Romans both had annual Spring festivals which were dedicated to maternal Goddesses, but the modern day celebration of motherhood as we know it began in the early 20th Century. Anna Jarvis campaigned for a national American holiday to commemorate her mother, who had been a peace activist caring for wounded soldiers during the Civil War. In 1908 the holiday was officially recognised and other countries began to follow suit.
By the 1920s Hallmark and other companies were producing cards to celebrate Mothers Day, which Anna apparently disapproved of, believing that we should create handwritten letters to demonstrate our gratitude and love.
While most of us would agree with the sentiment, if time is lacking and handmaking gifts and cards reminds you of Blue Peter failures of times gone by, here are some suggestions to thank the Mammas come 26th of March.
1. For the Mum who likes to be pampered:
At £8, there is Cowshed's Cow herb restoring hand cream. The perfect size for a handbag, this cream smells divine: with a natural, herbal fragrance of lavender and fennel, it absorbs into the skin really easily but noticeably restores and soothes the skin.
At £16, True Grace's walled garden tin range has recently had a rebranding and it looks beautiful (photo True Grace). Hand poured and made from natural wax, True Grace's scents fragrance a room without being overpowering. Rhubarb is new to their zinc tin range and is the perfect choice for Mothers' Day, reminding us that Spring has sprung.
For £26, you can really pamper Mum with this gorgeous Cowshed gift set of 4 100ml bottles of shower gels and body lotions in a lovely toiletries bag (photo Cowshed).
2. For the garden loving Mum:
Buy this beautifully designed seed bomb, containing wildflower seeds for £3.50. You simply bury it, water it and watch the flowers grow. Choose from a selection, including this one to attract butterflies to the garden (photo Kabloom).
For £18 buy this small but striking bee block by Green and Blue: a hotel for solitary bees - it looks fantastic and it's great for the environment too (photo Green & Blue).
Or for the bird lover, buy this beautiful Belle feeder, £25, also by Green and Blue. Ceramic and in lovely pastel colours to blend into your garden - just add a feed ball and watch the birds come flying (photo Green & Blue).
3. For the fashion focused Mamma:
For £7, buy a pair of these funky socks by Danish brand, Becksöndergaard, sure to bring a smile to Mum's face.
For £15, Orelia has created this pretty card with gold coloured flower necklace attached (photo Orelia).
For something really special, buy these stunning silver leaf stud earrings (£35), handmade by Amanda Coleman (photo Amanda Coleman).
4. For the home loving Mum:
This oh so pretty tea light holder by Nkuku feels vintage and looks gorgeous with or without a lit candle inside (£5.25; photo Nkuku).
For £14.50 you cannot go wrong with this fabulous apron by Meri Meri with 'Amazing Mum' embroidered across it.
If you're wanting to spread extra Mum love this year, then buy one of these gorgeous Corona lambswool blankets (£90) by Lapuan Kankurit, a family owned homeware business in Finland. They are so soft, in such gorgeous Spring colours and with a beautiful design.
You'll find everything featured to buy on the website here and best of all, we will wrap it beautifully and can also handwrite a card and post directly to Mum: even Anna would approve of that surely?!