IT IS meant to be the one day when mum matters most, a Sunday for spoiling the women who make so many sacrifices for the whole family throughout the rest of the year.
Millions of bunches of flowers, hundreds of tons of chocolates and enough greetings cards to give Postman Pat back problems will be presented this weekend when the nation celebrates Mother’s Day.
But for many Yorkshire mums, it will be business as usual on Sunday or, even worse, a day when they receive a gift which suggests their children care very little for the most important woman in their life.
According to a new survey, almost half of British mums will not do anything special on Mother’s Day, a third won‘t get a lie in and one in 10 will go without a present.
The research by Sizzling Pubs and Crown Carveries also reveals that 43 per cent of mums have received a miserable Mother’s Day gift which they were too polite to complain about. Cheap toiletries topped the list as the lousiest present (42 per cent), ahead of last-minute garage flowers (33 per cent).
Mums have listed their modest wishes for the big day - with one in eight preferring their gift to be totally cost-free: the most sought after treat was a meal together as a family (33 per cent).
Juliet Oosthuysen of Sizzling Pubs and Crown Carveries said: “Mother’s Day is all about celebrating families and the vital role that mothers play at their centre.
“Our research confirms that what mums really want on this special day is to spend quality time with their family, something which can be all too rare when you are trying to juggle busy lives.
“Mums aren’t impressed with flash gestures - above all, those polled wanted a Mother’s Day meal out that’s good quality, relaxed and affordable.”
Top of the worst 30 Mother’s Day gifts ranged from a rock, popcorn and an IOU, to car parts, cleaning products and oven gloves.
The 10 worst Mother’s Day gifts received by British mums last year were:
2 Fire extinguisher
3 Tin of paint
4 Cleaning supplies
5 A rock
6 Stick of French bread
7 Washing up liquid
8 Salad dressing