Mother's Day Gift Ideas

From cards and crafts to stay-cation getaways, we have you covered with ideas that will be sure to please mom on Mother's Day.

Homemade Mother’s Day cards

The MOM Card

Materials:

  • construction paper

  • large paper ABC stencils (unless you are good at free-handing letters)

  • a pencil

  • safety scissors

  • washable markers

  • kid-safe glue

  • buttons, stickers, glitter (anything extra to decorate a card with)
  • Directions:
    Take a piece of colorful construction paper and fold it in half. Now trace or draw letters onto the paper, using a pencil. You want to spell out “MOM”. Feel free to make a large heart in place of the “O”. Make sure the letters are touching the seam of the paper, that way when you cut the letters out, it will open like a card. You make the card horizontal or vertical depending on what you want your card to look like.

    Once the base of your card is complete, feel free to decorate it as you wish. Be as creative as you wish. Use buttons, bows, glitter, stickers – anything that is pretty, inexpensive, and fun to decorate the card. You can even use old magazines and cut out pictures of flowers or anything that reminds you of your mom, then glue those to the outside of the card. Write a nice message inside the card wishing Mom a Happy Mother’s Day.


    A Memory Card

    Materials:

  • construction paper

  • old family photos

  • a pencil

  • safety scissors

  • multi-purpose tape

  • washable markers

  • kid-safe glue

  • buttons, stickers, glitter (anything extra to decorate a card with)
  • Directions:
    Pick a colorful piece of paper that is pastel or reminds you of springtime. Fold the construction paper in half. You make the card horizontal or vertical depending on what you want your card to look like. Find an old photo of you and your mom smiling and doing something fun together. Trace a heart on the front of the card that is a little smaller than that photo and cut it out. Then tape the photo to the inside of the card, facing out, so your heart frames the picture.

    Use buttons, bows, glitter, stickers – anything that is pretty, inexpensive, and fun to decorate the outside of the card. Again, you can even use old magazines and cut out pictures of flowers or anything that reminds you of your mom, then glue those to the outside of the card. On the inside of the card, write a nice message wishing Mom a Happy Mother’s Day. You can even write something referring to the picture you chose, i.e., “Remember when we… It’s memories like these that make me happy that you are my Mom.”


    If you are looking to send Mom an e-card online, try this website:
    Hallmark E-Cards

    For a quick printable card, try this website:

  • 123PrintCards - Free Printable Mother’s Day Cards

  • Homemade Gift Ideas & Mother’s Day Crafts

    A Just-for-Mom Candy Jar

    Materials:

  • A couple bags of candies to make a fun assortment of treats. Or just pick a few of Mom’s favorites.

  • A large jar

  • Springtime printed fabric with hearts or flower patterns, and colors that match (pastel pinks, yellow, light green, sky blue, lavender, etc.)

  • A handful of rubber bands

  • Some colorful ribbons, long enough to tie a bow around the mouth of a jar

  • A paper tag to write a nice Mother’s Day note
  • Directions:

    Load an assortment of candies into the jar until it’s full. Cover the jar’s opening with a piece of fabric, trimmed to fall over the lip of the jar. Keep the fabric in place by pulling a rubber band around the rim of the jar. Now you can tie your ribbon around the rim without the fabric moving out of place. Write a nice note onto for Mom, wishing her a Happy Mother’s Day. Slide this onto the ribbon and complete tying the bow.


    Bottle Cap Memory Locket

    Materials:

  • 2 bottle caps for each locket

  • Small pictures of you with your Mom

  • Colorful yarn or ribbon

  • Beads (glass, plastic, or whatever is prettiest)

  • Kid-safe glue and tape

  • Heart or stars stickers
  • Directions:

    Start by gluing a picture inside one of the bottle caps. Put a pretty sticker or very small love note inside the other bottle cap. Stack them on top of each other so the inside of the caps are facing. Now take a piece of tape and loop this over the top of the caps to join them together. The bottoms should still be able to swing open and make a “locket”. Set this piece aside.

    Now make the “chain” that the locket will go on. Use colorful ribbon or yarn; just make sure it’s long enough to easily slip over their head. They can decorate the chain with beads if they’d like. Once this is done, tie the end off. Now you can hang the “locket” from the middle of this chain. Use another piece of tape on the inside to make sure the charm doesn’t fall off.

    These make fun homemade gifts for your Mom on her special day.


    I Love You Mom Bracelet

    Another fun piece of inexpensive jewelry they can make is an “I Love You Mom” bracelet. You’ll only need yarns and beads this time. Craft cord or stretchy elastic cords are also good for making bracelets. You can use colorful beads, charms, or letter beads to spell out “I Love You Mom”. Measure a bracelet cord so it’s long enough to fit over the hand and hang comfortably at the wrist. Tie one end into a knot. String your beads onto the cord in the pattern you want them. Then tie the two ends together and you have a pretty bracelet.


    I Love You Coupon Books

    Materials:

  • Sheets of colorful construction paper

  • Decorative stickers

  • Safety scissors

  • A stapler

  • Crayons, pencils, and markers
  • Directions:

    Cut colorful sheets of paper into long rectangles, resembling the shape of a coupon. Then write thoughtful things you could do around the house to help Mom out and give her a break from household chores.

    Some good examples would be: Clean my room, Take out the trash, Walk the dog, Do the dishes, Help with Yard work, Give Mom a big hug, etc. Feel free to think of your own too.

    Then stack these rectangles together and staple the edge to make a coupon book. You can decorate the cover with stickers and drawings. These make excellent and thoughtful gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day. The fun part is tearing them out and redeeming the coupons over the next few days.


    Here’s a recipe for chocolate chip cookies – Mom’s Favorite!

    Put into a jar:

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

  • 3/4 cup white sugar

  • * Chocolate chips
  • Instructions for the Tag:
    1 cup butter or margarine softened
    1 egg, slightly beaten
    1 tsp. vanilla

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Thoroughly blend together the butter or margarine, the egg, and the vanilla. Empty jar of cookie mix into the butter mixture. Mix until completely blended. Drop teaspoons full of batter about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.


    Here’s another one for oatmeal cookies:

    Put into a jar:

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 2 cups oats

  • * Raisins

  • * = as many as you wish

    Instructions for the tag:
    3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
    1 egg, slightly beaten
    1 teaspoon vanilla

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Empty jar of cookie mix into large mixing bowl; thoroughly blend. Add the butter or margarine, the egg, and the vanilla. Mix until completely blended. Shape into 1 inch balls. Place on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet.

    Note: If Mom is diabetic, replace sugar with her favorite sugar substitute, and use whole grain flour. Remind her to use skim-milk in the recipe.

    Then add a tag to the jar with the recipe to mix and bake. You and Mom will have a great time baking and EATING these together!


    For other great gifts, cards, and crafts ideas for Mother’s Day, visit the following websites:

  • FamilyFun.com – Mother’s Day
  • FamilyCrafts.com - Free Printable Cards
  • Four Homemade Mother’s Day Cards

  • Other Gift Ideas for Mom

  • Get Dad’s help to make her breakfast in bed. Don’t just make a quick and easy bowl of cereal though. Try making fancier things like French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, and fresh fruit. Present her breakfast on fine china plates and put orange juice in a fancy champagne flute. Use cloth napkins instead of paper, and use fine silverware. Put a single flower in a small vase on the breakfast tray and write an “I love you” note to tuck onto the tray next to it.
  • Every woman likes getting flowers. To Moms, this is even more rare and special. Have Dad take you to the florist and pick out a bouquet of springtime flowers or whatever her favorites are. Personalize the card and thank her for being such a wonderful mother.
  • If Dad has some extra money, personalized jewelry is a nice choice too. Some Moms like to have a necklace with a birthstone on it for each of their kids.
  • You can NEVER go wrong with chocolates!

  • Mother / Daughter Stay-cation Getaways

    You don’t have to have the money to whisk your mom away for a day in Paris or a vacation on a tropical beach to make her feel like a million bucks. Try some of these local ideas to give her a day-away getaway.

  • A day at the spa will be just what Mom needs to feel refreshed and lovely again. Depending on your budget and what she likes, you can choose from a variety of pampering services from manicures and pedicures to a facial or a full-body massage. You’ll both leave the spa feeling energized and fantastic.
  • A trip to the salon is just what you’ll both need to put a confident spring back in your step. Depending on your budget and what Mom likes, you can choose from a variety of services ranging from a new haircut to coloring or perm services. Some salons also offer make-up and eyebrow services. These are a great idea if you have dinner plans together and want to pamper yourself.
  • Brunch or dinner at a fancy restaurant. Pick a place in your hometown or somewhere close by, that you wouldn’t normally splurge on. Then make reservations for you and your Mom. Have appetizers, entrees, wine and dessert. After all, how often do you get to go out on the town like this?
  • A movie date is super fun when it’s just you and your Mom. Pick a movie that you’ve been dying to see (maybe something girly and romantic that your boyfriend or husband wouldn’t want to be dragged along to). Make sure to get concessions treats – popcorn, candy, and drinks. You know Mom can’t say “No” to a box of Junior Mints. You and your Mom will have a great time and maybe shed a tear or two during the romantic parts.

  • For other getaway ideas for Mother’s Day, visit the following websites:

  • Forbes Traveler – Luxury Mother’s Day Vacations

  • Budget Travel Ideas for Mother’s Day

  • Go Southeast – Spring Events & Mother’s Day Getaways


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