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Make it the mother of all Mother’s Days

mothers-day-250This Sunday (6 March) is Mothering Sunday – the day when Mums up and down the country get spoiled rotten, and why not?

Where and why?
Mothering Sunday is said to date back to the 16th century, when worshippers returned to their ‘mother’ church on the fourth Sunday in Lent.

The tradition had begun to fade by the middle of the 20th century, until the influence of American troops in the UK, and within Allied forces, during the Second World War drove a link between Mothering Sunday and the US’s own Mother’s Day, which had been declared a nation holiday in 1914.  Continue reading

All is quiet on Father’s Day

This Sunday (21st June) is Father’s Day in the UK, so if you’re a dad or buying something for your dad, what are you getting or hoping to get – if anything?

fathers-day-giftFull disclosure here – I’m a dad to a young child, and of course it’s lovely to get a home-made card and a bit of extra-nice good behaviour thrown in. But once you get past that age, does Father’s Day matter? And what should you give?

In March we wrote about Mother’s Day and found that Mintel research reported that Britons spend 53% more on gifts, cards and the like on Mother’s Day than on Father’s Day.

Thankfully, many Father’s Day gifts are no longer the result of last-minute dashes to the larger supermarkets, and picking up some sale-price body spray, tie-and-socks combo or a mid-range electric razor. Continue reading

Mum’s the word on Mother’s Day

mothers-day-250This Sunday (15 March) is Mothering Sunday – the day when Mums up and down the country get spoiled rotten, and why not?

It’s also a big day for spending, with research from Mintel showing that £505million was spent on it last year in the UK – an average of £24.10 each.

Not only that, but the same research reports that Britons spend 53% more on gifts, cards and the like on Mother’s Day than on Father’s Day – which suggests that the type of gifts we choose are, shall we say, a bit more thoughtful when it comes to mum.

However, figures from Dot Com Gift Shop found that what mums really want on Mother’s Day is not so much an expensive gift but something a bit more homely. Almost 6 in 10 said they wanted a hug, with other top answers including a card and a lie-in.

The figures say that 57% will buy their mum flowers on Sunday, spending on average between £20 and £29 on gifts – however, they also suggest that some mums underestimate the value of the gifts their offspring are getting them, and think the average price spent on them is only between £10 and £19.

Finally, apparently sons are more than 3 times as likely as daughters to forget Mother’s Day. Gulp. We at Experian Experts Blog say: most of all, just don’t forget your mum on Mother’s Day!