From South Korea to Belarus, Mother’s Day has been adopted globally since it first originated in the USA in the early 1900s. It seems mums are cherished, wherever in the world you travel. So, if you’re scratching your head this year because you want to get mum something memorable, take some time out from frantically browsing online to check out these facts about Mother’s Day gifts. You might just find some inspiration…
Of all the flowers given on Mother’s Day, carnations are the most popular. Carnations are said to have once been known as the flowers of the gods, and made into garlands by the Greeks and the Romans.
Top gift tip: Instead of just buying mum a bunch of flowers (or slinging a garland around her neck), consider a perfume which sources carnation absolute from France. This heady fragrance smells like luxury in a bottle.
In Japan, Mother’s Day involves children drawing pictures of their mothers and entering these into a competition. Then, the best are exhibited throughout the country.
Top gift tip: If you’re lucky enough to be artistic, why not make mum a DIY gift? Whether it’s a photography mural or a watercolour portrait, you’ll be in her good books for a while.
Feast of the gods
In India, there is a conventional Mother’s Day celebration, but there is also a ten day Hindu festival in honour of Durga Puja, the Divine Mother, with special meals and gifts.
Top gift tip: Ten days is maybe a little lavish, but show your mum you care this Mother’s Day by taking over the cooking duties and masterminding a family banquet for her.
Great British Bake-off
Traditionally, in Britain, Mothering Sunday would be a day that young servant girls could take a day off from their toil and visit their mothers. They would bake a simnel cake as their gift; a light fruit cake with marzipan on top.
Top gift tip: If your mum loves baking, pick her up some new recipe books, a cupcake machine or a pretty new apron. Then, spend the day with her in the kitchen baking up a storm.
All tied up
In the former Yugoslavia, Mother’s Day was celebrated by the children tying their mother up until she gave them loads of sweets, chocolates and gifts! The same thing would happen to dad the following week on Father’s Day!
Top gift tip: Don’t tie yourself up in knots over Mother’s day. Discover more facts about it with this Mother’s Day Infographic.