Mothering Sunday - 6th March 2016
After a completely unscientific study of asking all the mum's we know what they'd like for Mothering Sunday, we've come up with a range of products to help you pamper, spoil or simply make your mum smile. The number one request was for something personalised, so if she's got hayfever don't buy her flowers! We suggest staying away from the more boring household goods also, by all means get your mum baking ingredients if she's a keen baker, but heads have rolled for such gifts as a hoover! Think treats not more work on her plate. So if your mum is an ethical lady; look for Fair Trade products, if she's wheat intolerant; try the gluten free, keen on environmental and health issues - go organic seems to be the general rule!
Of course we stock a huge range of baking ingredients if you want to be truly traditional and bake a simnel cake (here's a link to the traditional recipe) for Mothering Sunday. If you're still undecided, why not pop into one of our shops (Broughton Street, or Brougham Street, Tollcross) and ask one of our lovely shop assistants for some advice.
There are delicious chocolates, including gluten free, organic, vegan or fairly traded options for you to choose from, available in our Chocolate Shop
. We recommend Booja Booja
for mouth-watering luxurious truffles (vegan, gluten-free and organic), Willie's Cacao
for cooking with (and yes because it's Mothering Sunday, you are doing all the cooking!)
Go on, spoil your mum!
Mothering Sunday dates from at least the 1600s and is always held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Traditionally it was a day off to attend the 'mother' church (the one in which you were baptised) and to give your mother gifts (flowers and simnel cake were popular) as well as the day off from chores. One theory is that it was adopted from the Roman spring festival celebrating Cybele, their Mother Goddess.