While many of us will have to cherish our mothers from afar once again, we hope the following round up of gift ideas, articles, and simple gestures will help you get inspired to gift, honour, and celebrate your mom this year - and all the mothers in your life.
Whether it’s a material item, a thoughtful note, or forwarding them one of the articles below along with a meaningful message, there are various ways to let mothers know that we see them, appreciate them, and value them.
"Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn't know you had, and dealing with fears you didn't know existed." — Linda Wooten
Let all the mothers in your life know that while we’ve all been immensely challenged this past year, their resilience and determination to get through this difficult time has not only been noticed but incredibly inspiring.
Woodlot co-founder, Sonia Chhinji , wrote at length about the ways in which the current pandemic has affected women this past year, and particularly mothers, in her recent Letter from the Founder, published last month.
“Since women began to enter the workforce, the pull between our home lives and work lives has been a continuous balancing act, and while today most women work outside of the home, we are still often the primary caregiver to our children and are often still taking on a greater responsibility of managing our households than our male counterparts. In some ways, this is a gift - to be so significant to our children, to contribute so much to the wellbeing of our families, and to be finding an identity and vocation of our own, while generations before us were not so privileged, but on the other hand, it’s a lot. It’s always been a lot, and now it’s a pandemic...”
Read Sonia’s full letter here. Share with any mom in your life who has been especially affected by the pandemic, along with the message: I see you, I hear you, I feel you - and I’m here if you need anything.
“Mother is a verb, not a noun.”
This proverb says it all, especially when it comes to the modern mama, who seems to be in a constant state of doing, and rarely gets the opportunity to just be. For the mamas in your life who are always on task, a gentle reminder that it’s more than okay (read: completely vital) to sit back and relax once in a while could be more of a gift than anything money can buy.
This past Valentine's Day, we published a blog about finding your 'Self-Love Language', as in the love you wish to receive most from yourself. A simple way to identify this, is by thinking about what your typical negative behaviour is when you’re not taking care of yourself. If you’re someone who uses a lot of negative self talk when stressed, your Self-Love Language is likely ‘Words of Affirmation’. If you’re someone who is always tuned into a podcast or seeking distraction with television, music, or social interaction when there are feelings you don’t want to address, your Self-Love Language might be ‘Quality Time’ with yourself.
Forward this blog to any mothers you know who may benefit from turning inwards and incorporating more self care into their lives (note: it’s likely all of them!) and be sure to ask them what their love language is so that you can better love them too!
Read What’s Your Self-Love Language? here.
“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” — Oprah Winfrey
Today the definition of a mother is much broader than ever before, and as we’re seeing and experiencing far greater diversity in families, partnerships, and the very process of becoming a mother, it’s important to honour all the ways in which one arrives to motherhood.
The start of the pandemic last spring was made a tiny bit more bearable for many, with the release of Hulu’s miniseries, Little Fires Everywhere. For those who have not read the novel of the same name that it’s based on, written by Celeste Ng, we strongly recommend it. Either for yourself or as a gift choice this Mother’s Day.
The original work has many differences from the adaptation, including a different ending, so it’s well worth it to check out both, but what we love most about this story is the exploration of, What does it mean to be a mother? What makes someone a mother? Is there such a thing as being the ‘right’ kind of mother?
Send to any mom in your life who has approached motherhood with unique challenges and let her know that this day is no more for anyone else than it is for her.
Roses are pink, lavender is pure bliss.
While we’re clearly focusing on sentiment and thoughtful intention here, we can’t leave out those who express love through gifting! After all, gifting is a love language.
Traditionally, pink roses honour mothers. Dark pink symbolizes gratitude and appreciation, while light pink is for gentleness and grace. And while nothing beats a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers on any occasion, if you’re looking for something to inspire some deeper self care, we recommend our Amour Collection Candles and Essential Oils which always add an extra bit of luxury to any self care ritual. Combine the Rose & Palo Santo Candle with the Amour Soap Bar and Essential Oil by selecting the Self Care Gift Set.
And if the lucky mama you’re gifting is more into lavender, our Flora Collection includes candles, soap bars, lotions, mists, and essential oils. Send the For Her Gift Set to make your gift a combination of the Flora Candle, Soap Bar, and Essential Oil.
Known for its soothing and healing properties, lavender is also present in the Nourishing Cleansing Balm, Rose Water Toner, Facial Oil and Moisturizer.
Send along our recent Ingredient Spotlight: Lavender blog with any lavender products to help inspire new rituals.
Use the code FORMOM at checkout to receive 15% off on any boxed gift sets from April 28th - May 3rd.
Mothering of course is as old as human existence, yet we’ve only had a special holiday for mothers for a little over a hundred years. Initiated by Anna Jarvis in 1908, the concept was dreamt up by her late mother over a quarter century before then. Jarvis recalled a prayer she heard her mother recite decades earlier:
“I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother’s day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life.”
To read more about the history of Mother's Day, check out Olivia B. Waxman's 2018 TIME article here.
While there’s no fault in celebrating our own mothers on Mother’s Day, the original concept was actually to honour each and every mother on Mothers Day. (Mothers, plural.)
That’s why in honour of this Mothers Day, we’ll be supporting Mama’s for Mama’s - an organization that supports mothers and caregivers in crisis.
“It takes a village.”
Female Founder + CEO, Shannon Christensen, became pregnant with her first child at age 23, and quickly found that the "village of mama bears" she had anticipated having immediate access to turned out to be essentially non-existent.
Shannon began to notice during those early years of motherhood how our culture had seemingly replaced connection with competition. By the time she had two children, she was still feeling frustrated with the lack of community she was experiencing but not sure how to be the change she wished to see, until one day she witnessed a nineteen-year-old single mother being viciously shamed for asking for help on a shop and swap page online.
"I was shaken to my core seeing how these people, these strangers, were talking to a desperate mama just trying to do what we all encourage: to ask for help. It struck me then that the biggest misconception people have about individuals living in poverty is that they somehow need to be taught some sort of lesson before coming out of their situation. They need compassion, understanding, and support, not judgment, stigma, or blame."
After taking it upon herself to help the mother in need, Shannon realized she'd never in her life felt so fulfilled. In 2015, Shannon founded Mamas for Mamas. Since its infancy, Mamas for Mamas has given over 20,000 families a leg up and maintained a supportive community online that is currently over 70,000 mamas strong.
Keep an eye out for a very special collab next month where you can shop Woodlot and help a mama in need at the same time! Follow us on Instagram (@woodlot) or sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of our homepage to ensure you never miss a beat.
To learn more about Shannon's story, check out Mamas for Mamas' About Page here, and to get involved today, have a look at the various ways to donate and contribute via their Ways to Give page here. Mamas for Mamas offers a multitude of ways to give, so be sure to spend some time exploring their site this May!
Coming Up Next
Keep an eye out this Mother’s Day for a special conversation with Woodlot Co-Founder + CEO, Sonia Chhinji, on how to use rituals to help improve your little one's memory and help them welcome a new sibling. Sonia shares what it's been like being pregnant during the pandemic and what important issue she's glad the pandemic has shone a light on.
Thanks for reading!
With love + light,
All images by Sheena Zilinski (@sheenazilinski)