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I suck at gift giving. No word of a lie. I always struggle with finding that perfect gift, especially for my parents. They’re the type of people who just buy whatever they want whenever they feel like it. Of course, this often means that I go for gifts from the heart. Home made gifts are great, but if you’re a busy mama like me, finding the time to make them is tough. I still give them, but sometimes need a little pre-made help to get the job done.
Memory Photo Album
When I was about 16 or 17, I was going through some photos and came up with the idea to make my mom a photo album memory book (this is going back to the days when you still had film developed). I picked up a big photo album and then found pictures of her with me and my brothers.
I began the book with a picture of my brothers and I, and wrote “Happy Mother’s Day to a Mom who…”
Then each page had one or two pictures with her in it, that showed some part of her personality. Somewhere on that page, I wrote the trait in fancy letters.
For instance, there’s a page with three pictures, each one of us as a little baby being held by her. On that page, I wrote “devoted.”
While the photo clarity wasn’t the greatest, and my attempts at artistic writing even worse, it still turned out to be a great gift that was thoughtful, easy to make and cherished.
Stuck on ideas? Check out the Knock Knock What I Love about Mom Fill in the Love Journal on Amazon. Use it for inspiration, or fill out it for a heart warming gift.
Have a bigger budget? Check out the Happy Memory Keeping collection by the Happy Planner. Add an HP Sprocket Portable Printer, to make stickers of your memories and create the perfect Mother’s Day Memory Book.
Real flowers are expensive. Especially around holidays that celebrate love and mom. Why not make her some paper flowers instead?
Quilling flowers is super easy, lots of fun and not expensive at all!
Watch the easy to follow Youtube video below to see just how easy and fun quilled flowers are to make!
Have a bigger budget? Get a pre-made flower project from Amazon.
Fun Flower Pots
Flowers are a classic gift that are sure to brighten mom’s day. Add a little something extra special to her flower gift with a fun flower pot!
Pick up a flower pot in mom’s favourite colour, some printable vinyl, dirt and some cute flowers. Find a great quote about gardening, grandmas, moms, flowers, etc., print it out on the vinyl and stick it on the pot. Fill the pot with dirt, flowers and add a bit of water, and viola! You have a cute, fun gift that is sure to make mom smile!
Have a bigger budget? Buy a pre-made flower pot here.
Is mom a reader? Does she have any specific interests? Why not pick up a great book for her to enjoy? If you’re not sure what she’ll enjoy, sneak a peek at her bookshelf next time you’re visiting, or simply take a look at the New York Times Best Sellers list for the most popular titles right now!
Yes, it’s cliche. Yes, it’s easy. Yes, it’s been done. But, who doesn’t love some yummy chocolate? Pick up some of her favourite brands and wrap them up for a delicious treat! Bonus, she’ll probably share with you!
Have a bigger budget? Check out these chocolate gift baskets, sure to please any sweet tooth!
As a mom, I gotta say, one of my favourite ways to spend a bit of alone time is in the tub. The occasional hour that I get to sit in there alone, is divine.
Have a bigger budget? Add a comfy bath robe to amplify her relaxation.
Of course, a bubble bath is made all the better with some scented candles! They can be found just about anywhere and in all sorts of fun packaging, with great smells!
Have a bigger budget? Make her house smell delightful all year long with a candle of the month club membership!
I love me a nice cozy blanket. I have them all over the house, for use at bedtime, TV time and just about anytime I’m laying around time!
One of the nice things about fuzzy blankets is that most of the time, they already come in a nice package, saving wrapping time!
Have a bigger budget? Get the blanket monogrammed with mom’s first initial or name!
Adult Colouring Book
If mom has a lot of downtime, or needs to unwind, an adult colouring book is a perfect gift! These are still quite popular, which means you can still find adult colouring books in a variety of themes. Is mom an animal lover? Check out this colouring book of animals. Does she love nature? Check out this colouring book of butterflies and flowers. Is she cheeky? Check out this colouring book of swear words!
Don’t forget the pencil crayons!
Have a bigger budget? Get a personalized colouring book to make it as unique as mom!
Remember when you were a kid and you made mom up some coupons for Mother’s Day? That still works now. Just remember that she’s more likely to cash them in now than she was back then! No doubt, mom would love someone to get up with the little kids, so she can get a few extra hours of sleep. Or someone to cook dinner AND clean up afterwards! Backrub, heck yes she’d like one of those!
No time to make your own? Download, these free Printable Mothers Day Coupons!
Have a bigger budget? Don’t make mom’s coupons, buy them!
Seriously! Well, not seriously. When you struggle to find the perfect gift for mom and even go so far as to ask her what she’d like and her reply is “nothing.” You can get her that!
Make mom a jar of nothing. All you need is a jar (feel free to paint it if you’re feeling fancy) and a fun message about getting nothing. You can tie it to the jar, or print it off on printable vinyl and stick it right on the jar. Either way, it will make for a good laugh.
Have a bigger budget? You can buy a Jar of Nothing instead of making it!
Sometimes buying actual things for mom can be tricky. She may be the type who buys whatever she wants, has everything she needs, or is just tough to buy for. In any of these cases, a gift card that she’ll use is a great gift to give.
Have a bigger budget? Add a gift that matches the gift card. For example:
Get a Cineplex gift card and attach it to a package of popcorn.
Get a Chapters gift card and attach it to a nice notebook.
Get a la Vie En Rose gift card and attach it to her favourite chocolate.
You know what mom would love most of all? To spend time with you. Seriously, that’s it. Hang out, watch a movie, go for a walk, look through old photo albums, play a board game, let her know what’s going on with your life.
Have a bigger budget? Take mom our for a nice meal, or pick up a Groupon experience to share with her!
Gift Basket of Love
Of course mom deserves it all on her special day! So why not combine a few different ideas to make a gift basket full of things she’ll really love?
You can do a random gift basket full of favourites, or package items together for a theme.
See how to organize and wrap a gift basket for the ultimate presentation here:
Have a bigger budget? Buy a pre-made gift basket that is sure to delight!
What are your favourite Mother’s Day gifts to give and receive? Share them in the comments below!