The day approaches again. You’re faced with finding the right present for your grandmother, mother, and the mother of your children. Of course, you’ll spring for a lovely meal at her favorite restaurant and buy her some flowers with a sappy card. She’ll be happy enough with that because she loves you. But how can you turn 2023 into the best Mother’s Day ever? Of course, by getting every mother in your life the best Mother’s Day Gift for 2023.
Mother’s Day Trivia
- Phone calls spike almost 40% on Mother’s Day, with Americans making more calls than on any other day.
- In the US, Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May. In 2023, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14.
- Mother’s Day has the third highest sales of flowers and plants, after Christmas and Hanukkah.
- Restaurants have their busiest day of the year on Mother’s Day.
- The most frequently given gift on Mother’s Day is to mail a greeting card – to the tune of over 152 million Mother’s Day cards every year.
Global History of Mother’s Day
We’re not the only country that celebrates our mothers. Celebrations differ in various nations, but historical records go back to ancient times. Ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals to honor the mother goddesses, Rhea in Greece and Cybele in the Roman Empire.
The most direct roots of our current Mother’s Day celebrations come from “Mothering Sunday,” an early Christian festival in the UK and Europe. The date moved around because it was held on the 4th Sunday in Lent. Initially, this was the day when worshipers would travel back to their home or “mother church” for a special service.
Over the centuries, Mothering Sunday traditions became more secular, with children giving their mothers flowers and gifts. The custom almost faded out completely before becoming what we know as Mother’s Day in the 1930s and ‘40s.
This History of Mother’s Day in the US
Several people, mostly women, contributed to how we celebrate our mothers today. Before the Civil War, Ann Reeves Jarvis helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” in West Virginia. These work clubs helped teach women in the area how to care for their children.
The clubs were a unifying force in this turbulent area, still suffering from great division after the Civil War. In 1868, Jarvis organized a day for mothers to gather called “Mothers’ Friendship Day.” They invited former Union and Confederate soldiers, hoping to promote greater reconciliation.
By 1870, abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation.” She asked mothers to unite to promote peace. In 1873, she campaigned for a celebration every June 2 called “Mother’s Peace Day.”
Juliet Calhoun Blakely was a temperance activist in the 1870s in Michigan who supported a local Mother’s Day. Plus, Mary Towles Sasseen and Frank Hering worked together to organize Mother’s Day celebrations in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Hering has been called “the father of Mother’s Day.”
Anna Jarvis Makes Mother’s Day Official
In 1908, Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis, founded the official origins of our Mother’s Day. After her mother’s death in 1905, Anna Jarvis came up with celebrating Mother’s Day to honor the sacrifices mothers made for their children.
American Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official US holiday in 1914. Backed financially by Philadelphia department store owner John Wanamaker, she organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration in May 1908. She held her celebration at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia. But thousands of people also attended a Mother’s Day event held at one of Wanamaker’s Philadelphia stores.
After the success of the first Mother’s Day celebrations, Jarvis wanted to have the holiday added to our national calendar. She argued that our national holidays focused on male achievements. So, she started a massive campaign, asking people to write letters to newspapers and politicians.
By 1912, several states, towns and churches celebrated Mother’s Day every year, and the Mother’s Day International Association helped Jarvis promote the cause. Persistence pays off, so in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure to officially establish the 2nd Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
The Best Mother’s Day Gifts for 2023
There’s certainly no harm in going traditional, taking Mom out to eat, and buying her a bunch of flowers. And if you can’t visit, a phone call and a greeting card are fine, too. But if you want to make an impression, you’ll need to go further than that.
It may be time for you to demonstrate your success to your Mom with a great gift and thank her for doing such a good job raising you. For the mother of your children, it’s always best to express appreciation with a gift she’ll really love.
Here are some suggestions for the best Mother’s Day Gifts for 2023.
The Roam Clutch
Want to make all your wife’s friends jealous? Easily done! Just give her a Trayvax Roam Clutch for Mother’s Day this year. This luxurious women’s clutch never goes out of style. Made by Trayvax sewing masters from sturdy, ultra-soft touch, USA-sourced leather with a soft wool interior.
Exquisite craftsmanship gives a unique look with easy access to her everyday carries. She’ll immediately notice the high-quality leather with a classy feel. Perfect in either black or brown. Dress it up, travel near or far, and the slender hook and snap closure keeps her belongings secure.
- Easy access phone pocket slip with secure snap
- Attachment points for wearing over her shoulder, around her waist, or on her wrist
- One slip pocket and 2 standard card slips
- Holds up to 12 cards
- 2 side pouches fit ChapStick, hair ties, spare key, or whatever she wants
- Double snap closure
- Soft wool interior
- Top grain USA leather
Perfect for the Mom with a cell phone, cards, cash, keys, and a few more things on her EDC list.
The Roam Mini Clutch
The Roam Mini Clutch is the ideal choice when Mom has another way to carry her phone. This exquisitely made clutch is a bit smaller than the full-sized version, and it’s missing the phone slot on the back. Otherwise, the feature list is the same, so it’s high on the list of the best Mother’s Day Gifts for 2023.
The Renegade Zipper Wallet and Coin Purse
The Trayvax Renegade is more than you’d expect from a typical zipper wallet. The hand-stitched latigo leather creates a supple leather sleeve ideal for storing cash, coins, bank cards, business cards, receipts and more. Dual internal compartments keep everything organized. Sourced and Made in the USA, the Renegade is backed by the Trayvax 65-Year Heirloom Warranty, so you can be sure Mom will love it for years to come.
The Renegade pairs nicely with the Roam clutch, fitting perfectly inside. Give Mom one for Mother’s Day and the other for her birthday. She’ll love the combination! (And you’ve got two holiday gifts done!)
Add a Wristlet Strap
Designed specifically for the Roam Clutches and the Renegade, the Trayvax Wristlet is the perfect addition to clip onto any attachment point. Free up her hands, so she can keep her clutch safe with this top-grain oiled Horween leather strap.
The polished, stainless steel clasp clips directly onto her wallet or clutch. The leather loop comfortably encircles her wrist. The Wristlet is made in the USA and is backed by the Trayvax 65-Year Heirloom Warranty.
Add a Shoulder Strap
The adjustable strap for the Roam and Roam Mini Clutches gives her the freedom for over-the-shoulder and cross-body carry. Removable and adjustable, this is the perfect choice for Mother’s Day.
Add a Lanyard to her Keyring
Add a lanyard to your shopping list for Mother’s Day 2023. A Link Lanyard combines with any Trayvax product with an attachment point and is perfect for adding to her keyring.
Check out the Link Lanyard in mil-spec nylon or top-grain leather colors that complement any style. Which one is right for your Mom?
Add the Link Stretch Lanyard for greater reach with a quick-release swivel secured to a custom stainless-steel Trayvax carabiner and bungee nylon.
Shopping for Mother’s Day 2023
What’s the perfect gift for the mother on your list this Mother’s Day? Something durable and useful to appeal to her practical side. Something beautiful and soft to appeal to her feminine side. And something from you to appeal to her mom side.
Happy Mother’s Day 2023 from all of us here at Trayvax!