Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May. It’s not a federal holiday, however it’s widely celebrated as a special day to honor all mothers and motherhood. Together, let’s honor the women who raised us—and all the mothers who sacrificed for their children


Although the custom of setting aside a day to honor mothers has ancient roots, our observance of Mother’s Day originated in 1907 with the efforts of a devoted daughter, Anna M. Jarvis of Philadelphia, who conceived the idea of an annual nationwide celebration. The public and the press quickly embraced the idea, and villages, towns, cities, and states soon began unofficial Mother’s Day observances. On May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May Mother’s Day, and within a few years, the idea gained worldwide prominence.

  1. Give mother a live plant or tree   Such as a rose shrub or geranium or even a fruit tree which will bear apples, pears, or plums.
  2. Design an Herb Garden for your Mother If your mother enjoys cooking, how about creating a small herb garden for her? You could give her a design for a small herb garden. Here are good herbs for the kitchen. Mother’s love the natural environment.
    And draw out your garden with our online Garden Planner (free for 7 days, ample time to create a garden)
  3. Bring mom flowers! How about a bouquet with flowers that symbolize your relationship. For example, the day lily is the Chinese symbol of motherhood and orchids symbolize “many children.” Purple irises are also a special choice for mothers, symbolizing faith and hope. Perhaps the most historically-significant flower is the white carnation, which was the symbol that Mother’s Day founder, Anna Jarvis, valued. See flower meanings.
  4. Cook mom a special meal! Think about her favorite food. Here are some yummy recipes passed down through the generations—made by moms and grandmothers!
  5. Bring mom breakfast in bed! How about a chocolate croissant from your local bakery? Or, wake mom up with this delicious Frittata de Nonna.Nonna means grandmother in Italy. Or, delight mom with these easy Strawberry Crepes. Cut the strawberries into heart shapes for extra points. You could also leave her a basket of Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze. Moms are the sweet and the tang in our lives!
  6. Give your mother a locket with your photos. Forget about a digital photo gift. Imagine your mother’s delight to have a beautiful locket with photos of her children. She’ll treasure it forever!
  7. Make your own card For Mother’s Day. In our home, it’s a tradition to make a homemade card every year. Here’s one way to make Homemade Note Cards.
    What to write in the card? How about sharing a funny story or happy memory of you and your mom? It will make her smile.
  8. Give your mother jewelry with your birthstone. For example, if your birthday is in August, give your mother peridot stud earrings. She’ll always think of her dear child when she wears them. See birthstones by month if you’re not sure of your birthstone or its meaning.

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