Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Whether you're looking for a gift for your mom, mother-in-law, or a close friend who just had a child, History By Mail makes a great gift this Mother's Day. 

History By Mail: The History of Mother's Day

Surprise them with a historical letter delivered to their doorstep every month!

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Recipients of this subscription will receive a primary source document and context page related to the 12 U.S. holidays including Mother's Day, approximately two weeks before the holiday. 

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Mothers in History Letter Subscription

The times are always changing, but one thing stays the same: Moms are gonna mom. That comes through with captivating clarity in this series of historical letters from three notable women to their children. This three-month subscription is an inspiring gift for moms, someone who's expecting, and anyone who loves history or letter-writing. Each month, they'll receive a letter penned by a historical figure, presented in the writer's own original words and beautifully designed to evoke the era in which it was written. 

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Custom Mother's Day Poem

If your mom isn't weeping tears of gratitude, did you even Mother's Day right? Create a personalized gift that will hit her right in the feels and let her know that she is truly appreciated. Maker Zoe Branch turns your answers to a few simple questions into a custom three-stanza poem, typed out using her grandfather's 1931 typewriter. Mounted on birch wood or presented on paper for DIY framing (optional frame sold separately), it comes with a pressed flower in your choice of color and a sentiment more thoughtful than any roses can deliver.

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Mother's Day Gardener Gift Set

They love plants; you love them. The ideal gift? A Gardener's Gift Set, of course! This exclusive kit includes a Copper Rain Gauge Garden Stake to track how much water a yard gets (and how much water the plants need); a set of three Happy Plant Food Shakers that make nourishing your green babies a breeze; and a Hand & Foot Repair Kit complete with Heel Balm, Cuticle Salve, and Birch Stick to give your appendages some post-gardening TLC.

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Super Mom Mug

While their origin stories don't involve Amazonian islands, exposure to cosmic rays, or an alternate multiverse, today's mothers are still superheroes in our book. Illustrator Lizzie Lees' comic-inspired mugs let you showcase Mom's secret "save the day" alter ego. With hand-drawn and digital illustrations, each customized cup features her likeness (name, skin tone, hair color and style) and two to three of Mom's amazing superpowers (mind control, x-ray vision, inescapable hugs, and more). Don't just tell Mamma she's super?

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Mother's Day FAQ: Your Questions Answered!

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Mother's Day celebrated?

Mother's Day is celebrated on different dates depending on the country. In the United States and many other countries, it is typically celebrated on the second Sunday of May. However, the specific date may vary across different regions and cultures.

What is the history behind Mother's Day?

The modern concept of Mother's Day originated in the early 20th century as a way to honor and appreciate mothers. To delve deeper into the historical significance of Mother's Day, you can subscribe to History By Mail and receive educational materials and artifacts related to the holiday's origins.

How can I celebrate Mother's Day?

There are numerous ways to celebrate Mother's Day. Some common ways include giving gifts to mothers, spending quality time with them, preparing special meals or outings, writing heartfelt cards or letters, and expressing gratitude and appreciation for their love and care.

What are some popular Mother's Day gift ideas?

Popular Mother's Day gifts vary depending on individual preferences. If your mother has an interest in history, consider subscribing her to History By Mail. Each month, she will receive carefully curated items that explore different historical themes, making it a gift that keeps on giving.