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Finding a Mother’s Day gift idea that reflects the warmth and appreciation of the maternal bonds we cherish in our lives is not always simple to find. As the South African autumn months approach they bring with them the celebration of Mother’s Day with Mother’s day gifts and the “Mothering Sunday” typically observed across the world, around the second Sunday in May each year.

The search for meaningful Mother’s Day gifts to show thanks to our mothers, grandmothers and maternal care givers is said to date as far back as the celebrations honouring the ancient Greek and Roman goddesses, Rhea and Cybele. However, western society and the modern world claim responsibility for the inauguration of the first official Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday in 1908.

A warm air balloon ride is a superb gift to share with the mothers and the maternal role models we cherish this coming Mother’s Day that will beat the autumn chill and leave a lasting memory.

Arrange a hot air ballooning adventure with your mom above the Cradle of Humankind, followed by breakfast and celebrate all that your mom is, everything she has done and the things she continues to do for you and others.

There have been number of influential Mothers throughout history that have left their motherly mark on society, as well as modern day maternal role models.

Influential mothers, maternal role models and mom-entous moms

  • Mother Teresa known as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, MC, although she was never with child, Mother Teresa is celebrated for her commitment to charitable works and providing comfort and aid to the ill and the impoverished. She was the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner and may be canonised as a saint by the Vatican in coming months.

  • Mrs Valentina Vassilyev 1st wife to Feodor Vassilyev, is known for having mothered 69 children, the record held for the most number of children birthed in the 1700’s. She carried sixteen pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets between 1725 and 1765, resulting in a total of 27 births.

  • The Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, born in 1900 in Hitchin, UK, was wife of King George VI and the mother of Queen Elizabeth II. She died in March 2002, 4 months before her 102nd Birthday.

  • Mother Monster, Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta not only known as a singer, songwriter and actress but also credited for having cultivated a community of fans and followers through the influence of social media. Referring to her fans as “Little Monsters”, Lady Gaga is fondly titled “Mother Monster” by her devout followers and fans and continues to support various relief efforts as well as bring attention to far reaching issues alongside her music career.

Air to air Africa offers the ultimate Mother’s Day ballooning adventure across breath-taking landscapes of Gauteng. Book your Mother’s Day Hot Air Balloon ride autumn activity and get 10% off when you download the PDF application.