Mother's Day Gift Ideas In 1870 Julia Ward Howe called for a Mother's day proclamation in response to the Civil War. She saw this as a way to celebrate peace and motherhood. After her death her daughter Anna took up the cause to make Mother's day a recognized holiday. In 1908 she petitioned her church to celebrate the day and her request was honored so on May 10, 1908 the first official Mother's day celebration was held. She arranged for carnations to be given to each Mother in attendance as this was her mother's favorite flower. Interestingly enough this tradition is still upheld today by many businesses. Today we celebrate this holiday by giving our Mother's all sorts of gifts from flowers to jewelry. Here is a list of some of my favorite gifts to give my mother. Live plants are a great way to show how much you care. Better then cut flower since with proper care they will live on forever. The blooming type of plant is much more desirable than the green leafy type since it will bring a bit of color into any room. If your mom isn't the plant type then why not a spa gift certificate; a great way to show you love her with a little pampering. Besides she has taken care of you all your life and deserves a little time to herself. Choose a spa that is close to her house and maybe even join her for a special day. You can even make a day out of it and surprise her with a healthy lunch. Personalized gifts are also a great way to show off your love. Personalized key chains that hold a picture are a great way for your mom to remember when you were little. Before giving this gift have it engraved with a special message and be sure to include a photograph of a special memory. Key chains aren't the only gift that can be personalized a personalized compact makes a great gift for a mom and a great reminder of how beautiful she is. There are so many ways to show your mom that you love and appreciate all she does for you. A gift doesn't have to cost a fortune and it doesn't have to be made of gold. It can be something as simple as making dinner for her or making her a special card. Moms love that sort of thing.