Gift Ideas for Mother's Day Give Mum a special gift this Mother's Day. Show your unending gratitude for all the sacrifices she's made, big and small, through your childhood and right up to present day. Don't give Mummy uninspired (and uninspiring!) flowers this Mothering Sunday, instead stun her with a truly thoughtful present from this special Mother's Day gift selection. It's the least you can do to say, "thanks Mother".
Nowadays, we recognise mum's special role in our lives by giving Mother's Day gifts. But, did you know it was celebrated as long ago as by the ancient Greeks, who set aside a day in the year to honour Rhea, the Mother of the Gods?
The Mothering Sunday we know has a more recent history. From the early 17th century, English Christians earmarked a day to worship Mary, the mother of Christ. In time, this celebration came to include all mothers and the 4th Sunday of Lent was observed as Mothering Sunday. It's for this reason that the UK's Mother's Day has no fixed date and, because fasting rules were relaxed on this day, it is also known as Refreshment Sunday, Pudding Pie Sunday or Mid-Lent Sunday.
In England, the baking of a rich fruit and marzipan cake was once a Mother's Day tradition. It is called the 'Mothering Cake' or 'Simnel Cake'. But, this is not typical now and has given way to the simple giving or sending of gifts or flowers to mum - along with a visit for one of her famous Sunday roasts!