Mothers Day in Australia
“The tradition of giving gifts to mothers on Mother’s Day in Australia was started by Janet Heyden, a resident of Leichhardt, Sydney, in 1924. She began the tradition during a visit to a patient at the Newington State Home for Women, where she met many lonely and forgotten mothers. To cheer them up, she rounded up support from local school children and businesses to donate and bring gifts to the women. Every year thereafter, Mrs Heyden raised increasing support for the project from local businesses and even the local Mayor.” Wikipedia
Mothers Day in Australia and UK
My Mum is in England, which is a little confusing as Mothers Day in Australia is on the second Sunday in May, which is later than Mothers Day in the UK (held on the fourth Sunday of Lent) so my dear Mum always thinks I’ve forgotten her.
The nice thing is that she gets to celebrate twice. Once with my sister in England and then once with me, virtually rather that in person, generally via a soppy card and a Mothers Day gift from Amazon or a big bunch of flowers.
For those of us living in Australia, did you know that Amazon has just started trading here? So if you’re tight for time you could check out some of the personalised mothers day gift ideas, and some of the mothers day gifts online for mothers day in Australia this year without the hassle of wandering around stores.
A Wonderful Book for Mothers Day
I’ve read the book and seen the movie. If your Mum hasn’t read the book, then I can wholeheartedly recommend this as a fabulous gift – it’s an easy read, but charming, thoughtful and humorous too.
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
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Unusual Mothers Day Gifts
Looking for something a little different. Here are some great ideas for unusual mothers day gifts.
Hanging Toiletry Bag which she can hang up in the bathroom at home, and then just pick up and travel with when she visits you!
Or how about a coffee travel mug to make her smile … especially is she’s a photographer. This one’s in the shape of a novelty camera lens – take a look, it’s really cool.
Perhaps she needs a special place to keep all those photographs of you and your family? How about this stylish Vintage Leather Photo Album?
A Useful Gift for the modern day Mama
Why not club together siblings and buy your Mother something really useful like an Apple iPad 2017 9.7″ WiFi 32GB – Space Grey Teach her to use Facebook (if she’s not on there already) so that she can keep in touch with family and friends (especially grandchildren) all over the world.
Or here’s something handy and really affordable – a meat thermometer so that she’s never in doubt when the Sunday roast is cooked (I’d like one of these please!)
Mothers Day Craft Ideas
For some fabulous mothers day craft ideas you might like these homemade gifts and gift ideas. This book provides you with a step-by-step project plan on a number of unique, interesting and cool things to make
Last Minute Mothers Day Gifts
I like these. There are three in a pack – rustic but modern, ceramic hanging plant holders. I’d love these for hanging in an entry, the living room, on a balcony or outside in a tree.
Mothers Day Trips that don’t cost a fortune
Why not take your Mum on a walk around your neighbourhood and act like a tourist. Perhaps she’d like to visit the museum or the art gallery or if there’s interesting street art in your town, then grab a takeaway coffee, get a map or up to date information from the tourist bureau and pound the streets to find interesting wall murals.
More ideas for Mothers Day
Flowers – well it’s an obvious one. Don’t neglect the beauty of a flower bouquet or perhaps a beautiful plant which she can plant out in the garden.
History of Mothers Day
I’ve just looked up the history of Mother’s Day, and it’s fascinating. As is the fact that Mother’s Day is celebrated in many different countries around the world on different days throughout the year. There must be good reason, but it would be easier for expats like me to know that there was only one Mother’s Day during the year.
According to Wikipedia the modern holiday of Mother’s Day can be traced back to Anna Jarvis. When her mother, a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers before and after the American Civil War, died in 1905 Anna began a campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognised holiday in the United States.
The holiday was first celebrated in 1908 when Anna held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia.
She wanted to honour her mother and set aside a day to honour all mothers. She believed a mother is, “The person who has done more of you than anyone in the world.”
In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honoyr mothers.
By the early 1920s Mother’s Day had become commercialised and Hallmark Cards and other companies had started selling Mother’s Day cards and Carnations were the flower associated with the day. Anna Jarvis was upset and felt that the concept of the day had been exploited. She thought Mother’s Day should be celebrated with handwritten letters expressing their love and gratitude, not with gifts and shop bought cards.
Mother’s Day Wishes
Stuck for something to write in your Mothers Day card? I found these on Greeting Card Poet where you’ll find heaps more ideas.
- Just for Mother’s Day, I’d like to give you a big hug or a million dollars, whichever you prefer. BIG HUG – Do I know my mom, or what?
- We’ve shared so many things — but I don’t share with you enough how much I love you!
- Only a mother can communicate love without saying a word. For the many unspoken ways that you share your love in our family, I hope you know that you’re loved and appreciated beyond measure.
- It’s that time of year and you’re still my mother. You’d think you’d have been promoted by now. Happy Mother’s Day
I hope some of these ideas have inspired you for Mothers Day.
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I’d love to know what you buy (or do) for your Mother, or what your children buy (or do) for you.
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I love the idea of a trip—it’s the memories that never get old or thrown out!!
Trips are great, hey Jodie. It’s the being together that counts 🙂
Thank you for reminding me to send my mum in the UK a card. That’s all she gets for Mother’s Day. I try to discourage my kids from spending money on me on Mother’s Day but force/emotionally blackmail them to spend time with me. That’s all I really want and most mums are probably the same. I think a gift is a good back up plan if your kid can’t hang with you for a short while 🙂
Hi Annabel, I think that’s all good. Time together is so very precious.