When those familiar days of national celebration begin to creep up on us, how many of us find gifts that we’re proud to give?

Centuries ago it was custom for people to return home on Mothering Sunday, encouraging families to reunite and spend the day together. Many would pick wild flowers on the journey home to either leave at church or give to their mothers.

There is a warm sentimental value about Mothering Sunday that sometimes gets missed, but if there’s one thing we can learn from it’s origin, it’s that Mothering Sunday was born from the simple experience of bringing family together and small gestures that were hand-picked and given with purpose.

We’ve pulled together 6 gift ideas for the 26th March that you’ll feel great about giving and will be warmly received!

1. Traditional flowers (that you didn’t hand-pick on the way home.)

Unfortunately, pulling posies out of public flower beds to give to our mothers is not overly encouraged these days, no matter how much we love them! Thankfully there are some wonderful places in Ashford that will put you together a bunch of beautiful fresh-flowers at your request.

Why not try independent florist Lesley’s on Bank Street, or Linda’s Florist on the High Street.

2. Hand-made & local goodies that her friends won’t have ... yet.

Give mum a gift this year that was lovingly made by local and passionate people! Ashford town centre is a treasure trove for unique, quirky and hand-made gifts such as hand-crafted jewellery, painted glass and bespoke clothing at Made In Ashford.

You’re bound to find her something a little different that she won’t have been expecting!

3. A high-tea treat.

Cream tea, coffee and cake, what more could a woman want?

Pop into The Little Teapot in Park Mall, Ashford and find out how you can book a table for mum to enjoy some delicious sweet treats this Mother's Day where she'll be truly taken care of. 

Book her a table to enjoy with a friend or take the whole family along for some cake!

4. Arm candy that will always be there.

Beautiful bags in summer shades that she just wouldn’t buy for herself. For the woman who has everything, there is always another handbag to hold all those much loved essentials.

Take a look at the new collections at Debenhams for a great selection of styles, colours and sizes from the much loved Designers.

5. The power of creative know-how.

If she’s the creative type then we’ve got the ideal gift. Emporia Fabric & Craft hold monthly classes for those itching to learn or develop a creative skill. 

Whether she’s looking to brush up on her needle work, gain some expert advice on the sewing machine or looking to learn something new, get in touch with Emporia to find out more about their up and coming classes.

There’s something for everyone ... maybe even you?

6. Dining out with some fabulous grub.

Thankfully for us all, Sunday is one of those days when overeating is just globally accepted.

Treat Mum to a wonderful lunch in one of Ashford’s established eateries.Try some traditional Italian home-cooked dishes at Amici, or maybe sway the Sunday roast for some inspired cooking and the tastes of Japan at Aji's Japanese.

So before you open a new tab and begin adding those modern luxurious to your online basket, consider a gift that you’d be proud to give and support your local businesses at the same time.

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