The greatest love is a mother’s; Then comes a dog’s, then comes a sweetheart’s.
–Polish proverb

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. 


Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law.
–Hubert Humphrey, American politician

1. Bring mom flowers! How about a bouquet of flowers that symbolize your relationship. For example, the daylily 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.  

2. Give your 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.

3. Design an herb garden. 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.  And draw out your garden with our online Garden Planner.

4. Bring mom breakfast in bed! How about a chocolate croissant from your local bakery? 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!

5. 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!

6. 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. Seebirthstones by month if you’re not sure of your birthstone or its meaning.