Scottish Hampers Offers Perfect Treat for Mums This Mother’s Day

Mothering Sunday this year falls on 10thMarch, and leaves families across the UK with just weeks to plan how best to thank their mother for all they have done in that year. Celebrated in Great Britain on the fourth Sunday of Lent, Mother’s Day is a tradition honoured by many across the world at different times of the year, and involves gifts, cards and generally showing the appreciation that many forget to express to their matriarch. One of the best ways in which to celebrate Mother’s Day is with the gift of a luxury food hamper; follow this guide for suggestions on how to use such a gift to make this Mothering Sunday one she will never forget.

The Traditional

Mothering Sunday has a wealth of religious connotations as well as its more contemporary meaning. It used to be known as ‘Mid-Lent Sunday’, and was the one day in Lent when fasting rules were relaxed, in honour of the Feeding of the Five Thousand story from the Christian Bible. The date started out as a Roman Spring festival, but as Christianity spread, Mother’s Day was adopted by Christians; four hundred years ago, many made a point of visiting their nearest church of place of worhip, and many families choose to continue this tradition today. For families honouring the day with a church service in the morning, a food hamper is the perfect way to cap off a respectful and contemplative morning. Gathering the family round after church to enjoy local delicacies and delectable snacks is the perfect way to spend a Mother’s Day.

The Afternoon Tea

A small and intimate gathering of closest family members makes a wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s Day, but would be incomplete without appropriate food and drink options. The Afternoon Tea food hamper contains all of the necessary ingredients for a pleasant and family-oriented day, with some a bottle of Prosecco for the adults and some divine chocolate treats to keep the children occupied. Whether Mum is a coffee or a tea person, the hamper caters for all drinking tastes, and includes both sweet and savoury biscuits, preserves and Scottish macaroons to cap it all off.

Simnel Sunday

Another age-old tradition that comes with Mothering Sunday is the baking of Simnel cake or ‘mothering cake’ as it is sometimes known. The tradition began in the 1600s in Britain, when servants or those working in other families’ houses were given the day off to visit their mothers every year. Servants often took their mothers a marzipan pastry that is today known as Simnel cake; the fourth Sunday of Lent is still called Simnel Sunday in parts of England. If baking is not a strong point, or if Mum is not a fan of marzipan, a build-your-own food hamper filled with alternative cakes and treats would make an excellent replacement. Madeira cake is a popular choice, with tea cakes, cherry cake and the omnipresent Dundee cake all options to stock up the hamper with.

The Extravagance

Many families opt to send Mum away for a relaxing getaway, whether it is to a countryside hotel for a weekend of relaxing walks, or a suburban spa retreat where she will be pampered and waited on hand and foot. It can be made extra special by sending on a special package of her favourite food for the hotel or spa to place in her room before she arrives. Build-your-own hampers or pre-selected luxury gift hampers are packed full of a variety of different foods, from cheese and wine to cured meats and preserves, and contain everything Mum might need for an enjoyable weekend, whether she is taking a picnic in the hills or enjoying champagne while she has a pedicure.

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About Scottish Hampers: Scottish Hampers take a modern approach to gift hampers, sourcing the best quality food and drink from every corner of Scotland. The hampers cater to all tastes and budgets with a choice of contemporary and traditional products. Scottish Hampers evolved from  a Scottish food business established in 1982, building an excellent reputation for quality and service. It is committed to finding the best products from coast to coast, tasting and discovering big name brands and artisan producers.