Things You May Not Have Known About Mothers Day

Today we think of Mother’s Day as a time to give gifts of flowers, wine, or hampers of tasty treats to show our appreciation. But the origins of Mother's Day may not be what you'd imagine.

Our modern Mothers Day began in the United States in the 19th century when Ann Reeves Jarvis set up Mother’s Day Work Clubs to improve sanitary conditions, reduce infant mortality and help wounded soldiers during the Civil War.

It wasn't until Jarvis died, and her daughter organised the first formal Mother’s Day events centred around the church, that the modern Mothers Day was born. She worked over the years to spread the idea of Mother’s Day, and by 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared the first official Mother’s Day.

However, as Mother’s Day gained more recognition it became increasingly commercialised and Jarvis' daughter turned against it, boycotting events and threatening law suits. Ironically, she never married or had children of her own. These days we find many different ways to shower our mothers with love and gift hampers are one of the most popular.

Auckland gift store Gift Barn has great Mothers Day gift ideas such as the Champagne and handmade truffles, the Fruit and Wine gift box or the Morning tea for Mum basket, packed with a selection of premium teas and coffee and delicious treats including Fruit Cake, Fudge Brownies, good old Shortbread and classic Toblerone.

The Ladies Pamper basket is another way to spoil Mum with extra special bodycare products she might not normally buy herself, beautifully presented in a flax kete. Or give her a modern twist on the classic flowers with Gift Barn's Gerbera Spice - premium vibrant Gerberas, wonderfully arranged in a cube, with foliage and moss. Whatever gift hamper you choose, your mum will love that you've taken the time to buy a Mothers Day gift just for her.

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