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Mother's Day Gift Guide


On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation that officially established the first national Mother’s Day holiday to celebrate America’s mothers. The idea for a “Mother’s Day” is credited by some to Julia Ward Howe and by others to Anna Jarvis (from Philadelphia), who both suggested a holiday dedicated to a day of peace. Many individual states celebrated Mother’s Day by 1911, but it was not until Wilson lobbied Congress in 1914 that Mother’s Day was officially set on the second Sunday of every May. In his first Mother’s Day proclamation, Wilson stated that the holiday offered a chance to “[publicly express] our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”

Still today Mom deserves our very best, but buying a present for the most special woman in your life isn’t always easy. So we put together a list of places to find the perfect gift this Mother's Day. The best part is, all of these stores and businesses are Pass Perks Partners, so you can use your SEPTA Pass to save! Check out some of our ideas:

Is your mom a Philly sports fanatic? Help Mom rep her team by buying her Philly sports gear from Shibe Sports, Philly Phaithful, or Phillies Majestic Clubhouse. Better yet, take her out to the ball game with BOGO tickets to the Phillies or discount Philadelphia Union tickets.


The Union's Talen Energy Stadium

Does your mom love the arts? Get her discount tickets to an upcoming show at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theatre, Merriam Theatre, or Verizon Hall. The Arden, Wilma, and Media Theatre also have spectacular performances year round and offer great deals with your SEPTA Pass. 

Dirty Dancing at the Merriam Theater

Find something one-of-a-kind for your mom at Polka Dot Parlor in Bristol. Specializing in unique clothing, shoes, accessories, and more, you're sure to a special gift to please your mom here. Flash your SEPTA Pass for 10% off your purchase.

Polka Dot Parlor

Still not sure what give your mom this Mother's Day? Check out the full list of Pass Perks by visiting ISEPTAPHILLY.COM/Perks for more inspiration. Happy shopping! 

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