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Why we need to cut through the noise on Mother’s day

You’ll know if you follow my blog, that I lost my mum a few years ago. So, celebrating Mother’s Day is always hard for me. It’s a bit of a double-edged sword when it comes to cards and gifts.

Mothering Sunday

While I’m trying to makes sense of the world around me, what I actually need most of all this Mother’s Day is TLC. I’ll be happy with a hug from Cyrus on Mothering Sunday, which falls on Sunday, March 14.

Far from the heavily commercialised nature of the day, celebrations of mothers actually dates back to ancient times. During the Zoroastrian period in Persia, Mother’s Day was called Esfandegan. The day was known as a symbol of the earth and its productivity – therefore it was referred to as Mother’s Day, or Women’s Day. On this day, husbands gave their wives gifts to show their gratitude … and they still do.

Rooz-e Maadar

Today in Iran, Mother’s Day is called Rooz-e Maadar – maadar meaning mother and rooz meaning day. It is a day devoted to the anniversary of the birth of Hazrat-e Faatemeye Zahraa. She was Muhammad’s daughter and the mother of Imam Hassan and Hossein. 

On Mother’s Day in Iran, children give their mothers flowers, or gol as gifts. Sometimes, husbands and children give their wives and mothers jewellery, or javaherat, such as earrings or necklaces.

Show some gratitude

We all have our own ways of showing our mum gratitude on this day. Some families treat their mum to dinner, while others call their mum-in-law on the phone to show affection. Unfortunately, many family celebrations are not possible again, as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions remain in place for the coming weeks.

What is important though is that there is some display of gratitude to show love and appreciation. And there are plenty of ways to mark the occasion this year. See some thoughtful gift ideas below:

ChocFace gift for Mother’s Day

ChocFACE turns photo memories into delicious Belgian chocolates, presented in a gift box that fits through the letter box. The ideal gift for mum.

Great chocolate gift for Mother’s Day

Each square of chocolate (the chocolate, not the wrapper) is printed with edible inks. Upload snaps of you and your mum and create a box of chocolate photos entirely personal to you and her.

ChocFACE uses edible colour printed onto a top layer of white chocolate to create remarkable image resolution. This in turn sits on a Belgian milk chocolate base to create a deliciously tasty treat.

The printed chocolates are presented in a red gift box. Each box contains one large, printed chocolate slab and five smaller ones.

You can add your mum’s name to the box cover, plus a personal message can be included on a gift card inside.

ChocFACE is based in Orkney, and all the chocolates are printed by a small fourth-generation family business in Derbyshire. Each ChocFACE box is £14.95 + pp and delivered first class via Royal Mail. Buy here.

Partridges’ Chelsea Flower Gifts and Hampers

Partridges of London sells more than 5,000 food, wine and spirits items. The Chelsea Flower Gift Hamper is £99 and presented in a red hamper box or alternatively, a wicker basket. We love their No. 2 Chelsea Flower Gin. It is infused with bergamot, a fragrant citrus fruit with a sweet, floral, sour and bitter flavour, found in Earl Grey tea.

Chelsea Flower gifts from Partridges.

It tastes delicious with Partridges Earl Grey Tea. For more details, click here.

Fatherson Bakery’s Mother’s Day range

Fatherson Bakery has launched three new creations – a Victoria sponge sharing cake, Mother’s Day cupcakes, and fairy cakes.  The new range is in-store now across the UK, including Spar, Co-Op, Budgens, Nisa, and directly from www.fathersondirect.co.uk.

Mother’s Day fairy cakes from Fatherson bakers.

Ingredients are locally sourced and cakes are made with a tried and tested recipe. The ‘sharing is caring’ cake is topped with decorative flowers and star icing. It costs £5 and is suitable for vegetarians. The fairy cakes are new for 2021. A pack of six pink and lavender icing fairy cakes costs £2.50.

Zen tea infuser from Kikkerland

The Zen Tea Infuser costs £23 from Kikkerland. It’s a glass bottle with infuser and bamboo lid with which you can make your tea and drink it too. It’s the perfect gift for busy working mums on the go!

The Zen tea infuser.
Aldi’s Giant Cookie Kit

Aldi’s deliciously affordable Giant Cookie Kit (£1.69, 280g) is £18.30 cheaper than a Millie’s Giant Cookie. Available in stores from tomorrow. Families can spend a fun Sunday baking and decorating an indulgent giant white chocolate cookie, which is 18cm in size!

Aldi’s giant cookie kit.

Just mix the ingredients together, roll out the dough and pop in the oven for 12 minutes, until lightly golden. Then enjoy the freshly baked smell, far too tempting to resist. Once lightly golden, you can decorate with a message of your choice using the pretty pink icing. You could also make it a loaded cookie, by adding all your favourite toppings, including chocolate chunks and marshmallows.

I Love Ewe Maaaa – Lucy’s Farm

A gift featuring a Lucy’s Farm‘s floral Moo selfie will make an ideal present for mum. Available on a range of homeware such as tea towels, candles and mugs. All gifts come in specially designed, smash-proof gift boxes and feature Blossom Moo and Tulip Moo.

Moo mum gifts from Lucy’s Farm.

Scented and presented in a beautiful gold candle tin, the Mother’s Day candles are made with pure soy wax. They are pet-safe and have a burn time of 30 to 40 hours. Featured on the tin are Blossom Moo or Tulip Moo. To see the full range of gifts and to order, visit Lucy’s Farm (www.lucysfarm.co.uk)


Saffron and Cyrus is a Newcastle-based family lifestyle blog, covering diversity, self-care, days out, travel, reviews, recipes and more from our family life.
The blog is written by new mum over 40, Aranda, with input from hubby H and four-year-old Cyrus.

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