Mother’s Day is coming up! Do you know what you’re getting for your mom? This is one of the most special days of the year. Because of that, we tend to spend hours on the internet thinking about what to get for our moms. Accessories, clothes, jewelry, expensive skincare products… but sometimes what makes them the happiest is in the little things. We wanted to give you 8 inexpensive Mother’s Day gift ideas to make her feel special and loved.
Mother’s Day brief history
We celebrate how our mothers influence our lives and help us grow. But, have you ever thought about how this day became… Mother’s Day?
The celebration in honor of our mothers can be dated back to the ancient Roman civilization. Ancient Romans held festivals dedicated to Cybele and Rhea, the Roman mother goddesses. Upon the Christianization of the Roman Empire, this festival was known as “Mothering Sunday”.
“Mothering Sunday” was once a major tradition in the UK and rest of Europe where the people would return to their “mother church” which is the church in the vicinity of their home for a special service. The observance of this celebration falls on the fourth Sunday of the Lent. This day is based on the Lunar Calendar, that’s why the date of Mother’s Day in the UK is different than in the US.
Here in the US, Mother’s Day falls on every second Sunday of May. The precursor of Mother’s Day in the US can be traced back in 1868 when Ann Reeves Jarvis organized the “Mother’s Friendship Day ” where mothers from both Union and Confederate gather to promote reconciliation.
Julia Ward Howe then wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation” in 1870. This proclamation is a call to ask mothers to unite in promoting world peace. Following Anna Reeves Jarvis’ death in 1905, her daughter, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way to celebrate all of the mothers’ sacrifices made for their children. Anna was really stern in making this day to the national calendar as most holidays are focused on men and their achievements. Eventually, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure that officially established every second Sunday of May to be celebrated as Mother’s Day.
The gift ideas!
Now that we have knowledge about the rich history of Mother’s Day, it’s time to give you some tips on how we can celebrate this day without breaking the piggy bank. Here are the 8 Mother’s Day gift ideas:
1 A special date – you can take your mom to go around her favorite spots in the city capped off with a simple restaurant dinner or picnic
2 A peek to her past – gather old photographs of your mother and compile it into an album or a simple scrapbook
3 Mother’s day coupon – nothing would melt your mom’s heart more than seeing her kids do chores at home! Make a coupon of her chores that you’ll do whenever she likes to redeem it
4 Breakfast in bed – arrange your mother a simple breakfast in bed! It doesn’t have to be an expensive breakfast. It’s the thought that counts
5 A penny for your Totes – some moms enjoy grocery shopping and even find it relaxing. Make her a custom tote bag that will remind her of you whenever she goes to the grocery store
6 Books – if your mom likes to read, give her a book that you know she’ll enjoy and leave a simple note inside
7 Letters – cards are overrated and lazy. If you want your mom to know how much she means to you, write her a letter or even record a voice message for your mom. Make an effort!
8 Plants – ornamental plants are very therapeutic and give to the room a sense of relaxation. If she likes plants and flowers, get her a beautiful plant that she can nurture
These are just some ideas of the many inexpensive little things that you can do for your mom on Mother’s Day. Remember, moms don’t actually need an expensive gift. All they need is to feel that you remember them and that you appreciate all their sacrifices for you. Our mothers are a very important part of our lives. We would not be who we are today without their guidance. Make sure to make her feel special and loved!
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Happy Mother’s Day, mom!