Every year, we celebrate the women who give us love, purpose, direction in life, and, ultimately, life itself. We celebrate and honor the mothers in our lives and those around the world. Mothers in the military community especially deserve our recognition and love for the dedication and sacrifice they make each and every day. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate the special mother in your life. Use this list of military discounts to get her the perfect gift.
This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 9th, 2021. Mother’s Day is always the second Sunday in May.
Every mom loves a homemade gift! Make your mother’s day truly special with a DIY gift you make yourself. Supplies can be bought with a military discount from places like Michaels or Jo-Ann Fabrics.
Flowers & Gifts
Flowers and gifts like chocolate or small tokens are often the go-to for special days like Mother’s Day, but you really can’t go wrong with this combo. Get your flowers and/or gifts with a military discount from online retailers like ProFlowers, FTD, From You Flowers, 1-800-Flowers, Cheryl’s Cookies, Yankee Candle, Edible Arrangements, Shari’s Berries, and Bath & Body Works.
Clothes, Shoes & Jewelry
When in doubt, get her something to wear! You won’t receive any complaints from a nice piece of new jewelry or new pair of shoes.
- Pandora Jewelry
- Tiffany & Co.
- Helzberg Diamonds
- L.L. Bean
- Karen Kane
- Rack Room Shoes
Brunch & Dinner
Get your mom the gift of a nice brunch or dinner out! Take her to IHOP for a Mother’s Day special or somewhere local, and then take her to Bonefish Grill, Fogo De Chao, or Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse for dinner. If you feel like catching a movie after, Regal and Cinemark Theaters both offer military discounts.
If mom is hard to shop for or just appreciates a timeless gift, try getting a photography package for the whole family that will last a lifetime! JCPenney offers military discounts at their portrait studio.
If you’re a deployed U.S. service member and can’t give your mom her gift in person, you can request a free Mother’s Day Care Package be sent on your behalf by Full Circle Home. Full Circle Home is a non-profit whose mission is to connect deployed military members to their family members and loved ones.
History of Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is intended to celebrate the mothers in a family, as well as honor motherhood in general, maternal bonds and the place of motherhood in society. It is celebrated throughout the world, typically in Spring.
Although mothers and motherhood have been celebrated in various traditions for thousands of years, the modern Mother’s Day was first initiated in the United States by Anna Jarvis in 1907. Jarvis held a celebration for her own mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in West Virginia to recognize her passing. Ann Reeves Jarvis had been a peace activist during the American Civil War and had worked to create the Mother’s Day Work Clubs. Continuing the work of her mother, Anna Jarvis campaigned the U.S. Congress to make Mother’s Day an official holiday. By 1911, all U.S. states observed Mother’s Day.
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