Have you ever wondered about the tradition of Mother’s Day or are you a ‘go with the flow’ type of person? I like to have an understanding of what I am embracing, so allow me a moment to share some of the history behind the holiday. The festival of Mothers, a day celebrated across 46 countries (most on different dates) is traditionally a huge celebration of motherhood. It has been this way over the past 100 years, since two pioneering, American women, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis popularized the phenomenon and campaigned for the holiday of Mother’s Day, which is based on ancient Greek and Roman era traditions. Today, the majority of countries celebrate the festival of Mothers, Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day (depends on what country you reside) on the second Sunday of May. Howe’s prayer and mission was a day to commemorate mothers as the unsung heroes who give to humanity in every area of their lives. Now that we know who to give homage to for the holiday, let’s focus on the special women in our lives. There is no need for me to list all of the reasons why we should be honoring mothers this May 14 (or any other day you are inspired to). Let’s just make mom happy this Mother’s Day 2017.
It wouldn’t be Mother’s Day without the mention of all the fun gifts to recognize moms with. No matter your budget, I’ve curated gift ideas for the mothers you want to acknowledge and give thanks to. Whether it is your own mother, your spouse or your sister, or your best girlfriend who is like a sister, there is something for everyone on your list.
For the coffee and tea lovers is one of the cutest and cheekiest mugs from an online Etsy shop called Liberty and Lilac Paper Co. They have other variations and a number of Etsy shops offer similar designs, but the sentiment is the same; sweet kiddos have a way of challenging their mother’s sanity. How apropo the chorus of the DMX song “Up in Here” be found on a coffee mug. This would be an excellent gift from the the kids to mom.
Who doesn’t mind a little sweetness every now and then? Even though we are flooded with images and reminders of #healthyliving, there is nothing wrong with a little cheat in moderation. Mrs. Fields cookies are not something most women would buy for themselves, so Mother’s Day is a perfect occasion to indulge with a gift like the signature Mrs. Fields cookies. With choices like milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, triple-chocolate (mouth-watering), white chocolate macadamia, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter and cinnamon sugar, there is something for every taste bud! A sampler comes with all the flavors.
For the bauble lovers in your life, Alex and Ani has some of the cutest, expandable bracelets, that aren’t too expensive. The layered bangle trend is still very popular and these babies come in three or five bangle sets. The beads come in different colors (blue, teal, pink, etc.) as do the bangles – silver or gold. Depending on who the purchase is for, there are sets with a “mom” charm. These are available at Dillard’s but you can also buy them online. Many retailers are offering free shipping right now.
For the mama who loves to come home from work and immediately change into something comfortable or likes to lounge a bit longer on Sunday mornings, I’ve got an ideal suggestion. Lingerie Moonlight Short Pajamas are sure to be a hit. You can also find some similar styles, the thought is lounging PJs. User reviews of this style overwhelmingly rave about how soft and comfortable they are. They come in multiple colors and they aren’t too expensive. This is one of those gifts I’d get for someone and for myself.
Jewelry can be a tricky purchase but watches are generally a safe gift when it comes to trying to cater to another person’s style. Ted Baker has some timeless designs and many that are on-trend as well. The brand made their debut in the United States in 1996 with men’s clothing. Jewelry soon followed in 2007. The brand is coveted by the fashionable types. I am sure the clean aesthetic and price-point of the brand contributes to that. There are a variety of watches to meet the most discerning styles. No detail is missed with these watches. From playful to sporty to multi-function, Ted Baker has got it covered. You can find this particular “Dress Sport” Multifunction Leather Strap Watch at Dillard’s or online at Nordstrom. It comes with a pink leather strap or a black one.
Whatever you decide to do for Mother’s Day, don’t let the day come and go without at least making your mom, wife or whomever a great meal and having some uninterrupted time and conversation with her, if nothing else. Gifts are nice but nothing beats thoughtfulness, time and effort. To all my mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day!