10 Thoughtful & Homemade Gift Ideas for Mother's Day
What does Mom really want for Mother's Day? Skip pricey gifts that you buy at the mall, and offer her one of these thoughtful homemade gifts or sweet and simple gestures that kids can get involved in. Even though these ideas cost little to nothing, they're things that Mom will remember and treasure for years to come!
Breakfast in Bed
Every mother feels special when her children bring her breakfast in bed! Treat your mom like royalty this Mother's Day by cooking her favorite breakfast and serving it to her in the comfort of her PJs.
A mother's work is never finished. Help your mom stay stress-free with a relaxing bubble bath. Flower petals in the bath water and a refreshing drink on the side will keep her feeling loved and pampered.
Of course you should spend some time with her on Mother's Day. But maybe Mom would love to be ... left alone! One of the greatest gifts a mother can receive is a free pass for a day off. Dad and the kids can head for the hills. Meanwhile, back at the home, Mom can curl up with a good book, watch a favorite romantic comedy, or invite a long-neglected friend over for lunch. Ahhhh ... the sounds of silence.
Mothers always say that their kids grow up too fast. Put together an album of old family photos for your mom to cherish. Remind her of what a great job she has done raising your family. She is sure to enjoy the photo album for years to come.
Picnic or Outing
Who doesn't love a day at the beach or laid-back picnic? Take a family trip to the closest beach or park to relax and spend quality time together. Dad and the kids can put together the menu or pick up sandwiches and dessert from Mom's favorite lunch spot.
Crafts Made by Kids
Mom will treasure anything made by her offspring. Here's a great Mother's Day craft for kids: make a memory box or a book all about Mom's life! The simplest materials will do — construction paper folded, cut and stapled — illustrations done with paint, crayons, markers, and/or photos. This is a good excuse to call Mom's mom or other relatives and friends for details on the escapades of her childhood or college years.
Dinner for a Week
Most mothers get tired of coming up with dinner ideas. Give your mom a break: plan out and shop for a whole week's worth of dinner ideas for the whole family to enjoy. If Dad and the kids can manage the cooking and cleanup, make that part of the deal. If necessary, sprinkle in a couple of nights of takeout meals. This is a treat any mom would love from her children.
Coupon Book of DIY Chores
Speaking of do-it-yourself ideas that ease the burden on Mom ... why not create a coupon book of free chores and activities that you know your mom will appreciate? Some ideas include doing the dishes, vacuuming, making your bed, cleaning your room, dusting, and taking care of pets. When your mom has had a busy day, she can whip out a coupon and relax while you take care of the chore.
Take on a Cause
Many women have a favorite charitable cause, whether it's fighting breast cancer or domestic violence; or supporting autism research or homeless pets. So Mother's Day is the perfect time to sign up for a community run/walk or make a small donation in Mom's name.
Hugs and Kisses
Gifts are great, but there is no better way to show mom how much you love and appreciate her than to shower her with genuine affection! All mothers love hugs and kisses from their children. They are free, fun, and feel-good ways to remind her that she's the best mom in the world. Give her a good long squeeze!