When to throw out Mother’s Day gift baskets
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON — It’s a Mother’s day tradition that’s never ending: throwing out mother’s gift baskets at the grocery store.
It’s a tradition that originated in the United States and now extends to Australia, where many families make the trip to their local supermarket.
But it’s also one that has spread across the globe and is becoming increasingly popular.
While Mother’s is traditionally a time of family celebrations, it also includes a lot of seasonal things like gifts for children and pets.
The grocery store is where most of the tradition starts, said Rebecca Gudrich, the director of the Family Shopping Network, a nonprofit group that advocates for women’s and children’s health.
“It’s not just Mother’s, it’s Father’s Day, Christmas, Valentine’s Day,” she said.
Gudrich said she hears from families that it’s a great way to spend time with their loved ones and for their children to take part in a tradition.
The tradition started in Australia in the 1980s, she said, but it has spread throughout the world.
In Canada, it has become an annual tradition and now there are even a handful of countries where the tradition is officially recognized.
In Australia, the tradition has started to gain momentum in the last two decades.
It has become a big part of the grocery shopping scene, Gudbury said.
In 2016, more than 3,000 mothers and their children went grocery shopping for Mother’s gift bags at the B.C. Farmers’ Market.
The women spent an average of $3,500 on gift baskets last year, and they typically spent about $3.50 a day.
That number has doubled in the past two years.
For some, it means spending money on gifts they don’t necessarily need, such as toys, jewelry or clothes.
Others, such a parents, have been willing to make the trek to the grocery, where they can throw out all the unwanted gifts and buy them for themselves.
The B.A.F.M. has become the main source of Mother’s shopping, said Gudaren, who is also a member of the Food Bank of B.B.C., a charity that provides food to hungry people.
“A lot of these mothers, I know from other communities, they’re not doing it for the money, they just want to give back to the community,” she added.
“So they give the baskets and they’re grateful and happy.”
The BFABC also helps to provide support services for the women.
It offers a support program for women who have been working on the project, including helping them with materials, skills and other supplies, such in preparing gifts for Mother, GUDrich said.
“We have trained women who are mothers to take the baskets, and that’s what the women do.
They’re not really doing it to save money, but to give to the local community,” Gudrough said.
The program also provides food for the mothers to share.
The number of mothers who buy Mother’s baskets has increased from 4,000 in the 1990s to more than 40,000 now, said Sarah Foy, the program manager for the BFARC.
The increase in the number of women shopping for gift baskets is encouraging because, Foy said, they are more aware of how important they are for the children and they are buying more of them, not less.
“Mother’s Day is really important to the women who spend their money,” she explained.
“They want to be able to have a little bit of something to show for their efforts.”
Foy said the BFPBC has partnered with the Canadian Federation of Agriculture to help the Bakers and Food Processors Association of Canada (BCFA) make more Mother’s gifts available.
The BCFA helps women get their baskets made, which is one of the most expensive parts of the process.
“This is the most cost-effective way to donate and we’ve made it easy for people to buy,” said Sarah Gudrioul, a spokesperson for the BCFA.
“The BFPCA is working with Bakers to make it easier for people who can’t afford to make their own baskets, but who want to contribute to Mother’s for the community.”
The BCFAA is partnering with B.P.B., the national association of the Canadian Bakers Association, to give the BFTAs gift baskets to people in need.
“If you see a need, we’re always here to support you and we’ll even help you to get your basket made,” said Amanda Stewart, the vice-president of marketing at the BCFAs Gift Basket Program.
Gift baskets are available for $3 or $5 at the store.
They are also available at the food bank.