Who more than anyone deserves a special gift? The Irish mammy, who puts up with so much from her children and always looks after their needs.
The Irish Mammy is probably best summed up by this irreverent joke: How many Irish Mammies does it take to change a light bulb? "Don't mind me dear, I'll just sit here in the dark".
She is that woman in your life who never asks you for anything and has always given you so much. So this Mother's Day give your Irish Mammy something really special.
Here's a list of our top ten Irish Mother's Day gifts:
1. Take in an Irish show
There's no better gift than that of your time so why not treat your Mammy to a night out on the town to see a brilliant Irish show. There's certainly no excuse with the amount to successful Irish shows doing the circuit.
Based on the 2006 Irish film that quietly conquered all before it on its way to the Oscars (ending up with an Oscar for Best Original Song), Once is currently playing on Broadway in New York City.
The Irish Arts Center in NYC has a jammed packed Spring Summer schedule. An International Bloomsday Celebration by Robert Berry in association with the James Joyce Centre, Dublin is playing from May 1 – June 30.
2. Spa holiday in Ireland
We’re talking total luxury here, because if you’re going for a spa holiday you really shouldn’t scrimp. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Powerscourt is perfect. Wicklow is the Garden of Ireland and Powerscourt the jewel of Wicklow, making the hotel’s spa a wonderful place for a tired Irishwoman to relax.
Failing that, how about bringing her away for a weekend to a more local spot? Whose Mom wouldn't like a trip to New York for a bit of shopping? Fitzpatrick's Hotel in midtown has become a second home for Irish tourists.
3. Irish jewelry
A gift of jewelry is the quickest way to a woman’s heart – but it all depends on the jewelry. The Kilkenny design store stocks beautiful pieces, handmade by Irish craftsmen. Click here for the Kilkenny design store.
Another good option is Newbridge Silverware which is hugely popular in Ireland. The Kildare silversmiths have really giving a brilliant modern twist to the traditional design of Irish jewelry.
4. Irish chocolates
Really, you can't go wrong with chocolates but make sure they're the right ones. As a wise man once said chocolates feed the soul as well as the stomach. Log onto FoodIreland.com to order the best Irish chocolate on offer.
5. Some Irish books
Irish women are great readers and like nothing more than retreating from the family hubbub to a quiet corner, with a book. Do your Mom a favor and buy her something good to peruse while you kids are making her dinner.
A current best-seller is 'The Mystery of Mercy Close' by Marian Keys. In her long awaited fifth chapter in the Walsh sisters’ series, Keyes has found a new way to blend reality and fiction, resulting in the most urgent and funny novel of her career.
Failing that we recommend Colum McCann's "Let the Great World Spin" or Colm Toibin's "Brooklyn" for a great New York inspired read.
6. A new handbag
It is a universal truth that a girl, no matter what age, loves a new pair of shoes or a bag. As you're not going to go out and buy her a pair of shoes can we recommend a handbag by the massively successful Orla Kiely.
If you don't think these are up your Mom's alley then try the Kilkenny design or Brown Thomas (the equivalent to Ireland's Bloomingdales).
7. Gift Basket of Irish treats
There are certain food stuffs that Irish people take very seriously. Tea bags, of course, and then there's Tayto crisps, fruit cake, chocolates and cheese to consider. The ideal gift for someone who's away from their home country is a basket filled with treats from home. Siopa.com have food baskets ranging from $70 - $200 contain all the foods your Mom will love.
8. A Claddagh ring
The essential meaning behind the traditional Irish Claddagh ring is 'Let Love and Friendship Reign Forever'. What better gift to give your Mom on mother's day.
The symbol we all know is drenched in meaning. The hands of the ring are shown holding the heart and the hands denote friendship and togetherness, the heart itself signifies love and the crown in the claddagh ring stands for loyalty.
9. A flight home
There's bound to be loads of people back in Ireland that your Mom would love to catch up. Why not send your Mom home for a vacation with a flight from Aer Lingus. There are plenty of promotions and sales going on so keep an eye on the website for a good deal.
10. Gift voucher
If your Mom's heading back to Ireland why not buy her some vouchers so that she can splash out and spoil herself at home. One4All vouchers are a great idea as they let you shop in hundreds of Irish stores. Alternatively buy her a gift card for Arnott's Department store or Brown Thomas.