all agree that our moms are marvelous. We don't need prompts from the greeting
card industry to remind us of that. The dilemma is how to make them feel marvelous
without buying into all the hype surrounding Mom's special day.
years ago before I became a mother myself, I wanted to get the inside scoop on
what moms really want for Mother's Day. What brings them happiness? What
makes them feel appreciated? To do this, I asked several women I knew to tell
me about the inexpensive, yet meaningful gifts that they have either received
or would love to receive themselves, or that they have given their own mothers
in the past.
are just a few of the ideas I gathered from my little fact-finding mission. As
you look over the list, remember that most of these ideas are adaptable and can
be used for the fabulous fathers or the grand grandparents on your gift list as
Artwork What mom doesn't love the gifts her children make for
her? Children's drawings,
paintings or poems all become extra special when placed in an attractive frame. If you're handy with a camera, also consider making a gift of a photo collage of their work for mom that she can display at home or work.
A Hobby Basket What does your mom do for fun? Create a gift basket
using her hobby as a theme. For example, if she loves to jog or play sports, create a
gift basket with a new water bottle, a book on fitness, and several new pairs
of athletic socks.
Roses Most women love roses,
right? Rather than giving her a bouquet that she can only enjoy for a few days,
give her a rose bush that will bloom for years to come. If you want, include an
IOU good for a few hours of gardening time to help her plant your gift in her
Handprints or Footprints Use her children's hands or feet to make
a memorable gift. The impression of a child's hand or foot can be pressed
into modeling clay to make a wall hanging or quick drying cement to make a garden
stepping stone. You can also coat the palm of the child's hand or the sole
of his foot with washable ink or paint. Then stamp the print onto cardstock to
create a keepsake suitable for framing.
A "Thanks, Mom" Book On each page of a blank journal, write
a message of thanks such as, "Thank you for always encouraging me,"
or something about your mom for which you are thankful like, "I am thankful
that you taught me the value of hard work." Include photos on each page, and at the end a note that instructs
Mom to reread the book often -- to remind her of how much she is loved and appreciated.
* A Personalized
Apron or Tote Bag Use fabric paint or iron-on transfers for your inkjet
printer to create an apron that is just Mom's style. Decorate the apron with
transfers of family photos or use stencils to paint on your decorations.
Chocolate Fantasy Is Mom a chocolate fanatic? Fill a gift basket with
several varieties of homemade chocolate cookies, candy and muffins in her favorite flavor.
If Mom loves sweets but is concerned about her weight or health, use recipes for special
goodies that are low in fat and use sweeteners that she can enjoy.
of these low-cost, high-value gift ideas are sure to bring a smile to the face
of the special mom in your life. Or, if you are a mother who thinks your family
may need a little help with Mother's Day gift giving, you have my permission
to make several copies of this list and leave them in conspicuous places around
About the Author...
Adapted from Nancy Twigg's book, Celebrate Simply: Your Guide to Simpler, More Meaningful Holidays and Special Occasions
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