It’s that time of year when we get to lavish some love on our mums and let them know they’re appreciated. It’s linked to a tradition that goes right back to the 16th century.
On the fourth Sunday of Lent, just before Easter, people would attend a service at the church they’d been baptised in - their ‘mother church’ - and eat simnel cake, but it had little association with actual ‘mothering’.
As time went on, it became a public occasion on which families, including domestic servants, would be granted the day off to attend their mother church and many would pick wild flowers en route to place in the church or give to their mothers.
In the early part of the 20th century, the occasion saw a revival as a means of celebrating mothers, probably in response to the trauma of the First World War.
Over the years it became embraced commercially and by the 1950s it was regarded as a commonplace event on the calendar.
Today, Mother’s Day is well and truly embraced as an opportunity to give cards, gifts and time to those very special ladies in our life.
Beautiful gifts for your beautiful mum
We’ve put together some fabulous indulgent but affordable gift ideas that mums everywhere will love!
Hotel Chocolat are well-known for bringing ethically produced, high-quality chocolate to a mass market and now they have created a beauty range, Rabot 1745, inspired by a love for Saint Lucia, the people and the plants that flourish there. Their Rabot Body Buttercombines sun-ripened cocoa and almond to hydrate and nourish the skin.
Evolve Body Butter contains nourishing organic shea butter and natural Tahitian coconut Monoi, together with exotic blossoms of Gardenia. Evolve Organic Beauty are an independent British company who favour green science. They harness the power of plants instead of synthetic alternatives, and this body butter will suit all skin types.
How about a gift that will leave mum feeling relaxed and invigorated by the scents of nature ? JoJo Candles are handmade in Scotland, using 100% natural soy wax for an eco-friendly, clean burn. Made from recycled glass, the candle jar and gold screw lid come wrapped in beautiful white tissue, sealed with a matching scent label.
Bath salts, candles and reeds from Hobo + Co will bring gorgeous fragrances, zesty, herbal, fruity and warming, into your mum’s home on Mother’s Day.
The company, based in rural Lincolnshire, started out in the founder’s kitchen where she learned how to recreate scents from her happy memories of travelling, and the company’s home fragrance products are now handmade and packaged in a dedicated candle studio in rural Lincolnshire.
Ishga Body Spray is a firm favourite with us, each spritz scents the air with lemongrass, rose geranium, mandarin, as well as bergamot and sandalwood, and will make a perfect gift for your mum on Mother’s Day.
Another beautiful and unusual gift idea is this Haeckel's perfume set. The Haeckel's Offshore/GPS Exploration Set uses ingredients found in each of four locations - from Reculver, on to Walpole and Botany Bay and finishing at Pegwell Bay in Ramsgate. Each scent is unique, original and evokes a sense of these locations, their history and how our coastline plays such an important part of our environment.
One of our eco-friendly luxury gift boxes, complete with concealed magnetic fastening, tissue paper and ribbon, will add an extra special touch to your Mother’s Day gifts. If you would like us to include a personal handwritten note, just leave us a message at checkout in the order notes and consider it done!
Make your mum feel special
Flowers and luxurious pampering products are the perfect gifts for Mother’s Day - and what could be more lovely than gifting your mum a £50 Ethical Apothecary gift voucher alongside the most fabulous bouquet?
We have teamed up with The Flower Shop in South Elmsall, Pontefract to offer one lucky reader the opportunity to win a bouquet of flowers and an £50 Ethical Apothecary Gift Voucher (T&Cs apply*).
*Simply do the following...
1. Like our post on Instagram and leave us a comment about why your mum deserves this wonderful prize
2. Tag as many friends as you like (each tag is an entry)
3. Follow @ethicalapothecaryuk and @theflowershop_southelmsall
4. For an extra entry, share this post in your stories but don’t forget to tag us all!
The competition will end on Thursday 4th March, open to UK entries only. The winner will be notified within 24hrs and must follow both accounts to be in with a chance to win.