Mom's love getting gifts! I know because I'm one and I love being spoiled as much as the next person but when it comes to a Mother's Day gift, nothing beats a personal touch and a sentimental gift from your loved ones. The great thing about a personal and sentimental gift is that those types of gifts quite often don't have to break the bank. Here are my favorite mom gift ideas.
Take your Mom out for the day to the beach or a nice park that has meaning to you, maybe a place that she often bought you to as a child to play. Bring a picnic basket and pretty linens, silverware and china to make it special. Lunch does not have to be extravagant ~ it could just be sandwiches but go overboard with presentation to make an inexpensive outing special.
Buy a plain t shirt or sweatshirt and check out your local craft store for iron on transfers to add to it. This time of year you can probably find something along the lines of 'I love you Mom'. She will love it and it's homemade but quick and easy to do. You can also use iron on transfers on other items such as a plain tote bag or an apron. Fabric paint on a plain white t shirt works well to imprint children's hands, you can even make this a tradition and add a new hand print every year to the same shirt and watch how the hands grow.
Make your Mom a homemade Mother's Day gift basket, I save gift baskets when I receive them and reuse them. A themed basket of anything your Mom loves will always go over well. Add chocolate, candy, kid's photos and kid's crafts. Decorate the basket with ribbon and tissue in her favorite colors. Add home grown fruits, vegetables and flowers to inexpensively make a lavish looking gift basket or make your own bouquet of flowers from your garden. Wrap them in cello paper and add a big bow.
Store bought cards can be very expensive to buy so give your Mom a home made Mother's Day card with whatever you have around the house; cardstock, ribbon, floral material, dried flowers and stickers. Recycle and reuse what you have for an inexpensive and earth friendly card. Write a poem or tell your Mom how you appreciate her and all the things she has done for you. If you can't think of what to say check online for Mother's Day poems, quotes and expressions of appreciation.
Make a memory box by purchasing an inexpensive plain box and decorating it yourself. Add to it memories that you have of your Mom and growing up. Include photos and a letter. Print the letter out on the computer using pretty paper and roll it up and tie with a ribbon or frame it in an inexpensive frame.
Arrange for a subscription to your Mom's favorite magazine, these are usually very inexpensive and will be a gift that she will enjoy throughout the year.
Spend time with your Mom. We all have crazy busy lives and an afternoon at the mall or at home watching a classic movie could be her favorite Mother's Day gift of them all.
Remember when you are thinking about a Mother's Day gift, remind yourself that it is not about the gift itself, it's about appreciation for your Mother and a chance to spend some time together and make some memories.