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Gift Ideas for Mother's Day! There's Still Time!

Mother's Day is just a few short days away, and if you don't have something yet for the special mom/moms/mom figures in your life you might want to get on that.  I'm here to help.

Yes, a better blogger would have prepared a list of patterns to knit or samplers to stitch weeks ago, and so would a better daughter.  But y'all (and my mom) just have me.

We'll get through this.  We always have.

(Hi, Mom!  Thanks for always reading!)

No surprise, I'm a big advocate of DIY gifts.  Part of this is due to my lack of funds, and part of it can be chalked up to my crafting tendencies.  Mostly, though, I was raised to believe that things you make with your hands carry a significance that just can't be bought.  Handmade things carry emotion and time and your own special skills that you used to make something to suit your own special gift recipient.

And who is more special than your mom?  Or your grandma?  Or that nice neighbor who always had time for you?  Or anyone else you like to celebrate on Mother's Day?  You may have guessed I like to share a lot of the love on Mother's Day.  Here are just a few of the ways you can share that love with your special mom figures.

  1. Dinner.  No, I am not talking about taking someone out to lunch on Mother's Day.  I'm actually begging you NOT to do that. You would have a more peaceful time at a livestock auction.  I know this because I've been to livestock auctions and they seemed less crowded than a restaurant on Mother's Day and there were fewer people yelling about money. Ugh. Go out to eat on the Tuesday after Mother's Day.  Or better yet, make dinner yourself.  Only do this if you're a moderately good cook.  (This is why my husband is the designated dinner-cooker.)  It doesn't have to be a fancy dinner--it just has to be tasty.  Bonus points if you don't ask Mom how she "always makes XYZ" and you remember to clean up afterwards.
  2.  A nice experience.  It could be a weekend camping trip, a walk through a museum, or the promise of everyone leaving the house/everyone coming to the house (the difference between a mom's idea of a good time and a grandma's idea of a good time is pretty stark).  As long as it's something that brings your recipient joy, it's a good gift.
  3. Pictures.  If you're an adult, this can feel a little silly.  Your special person does not care.  I have rarely seen my parents as excited as I did the time we gave them portraits of us for their anniversary--my siblings and I were all in our twenties and there were no adorable grandchildren.  I once did a year-in-review style photobook for my mother-in-law featuring my husband and his ridiculously camera-averse brothers, and she loved it.  She would have loved it more if they smiled and had gotten more frequent haircuts that year, but a big part of being a mom is remembering to manage your expectations.  I'm not in the habit of taking lots of pictures of myself, but I like to occasionally order little brag books of my little girl to send to my grandmothers who live far away.  You can use Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Snapfish, Shutterfly....there are so many others.  And several of these sites offer express shipping!  I think I You might need it by this point.
  4. Something handmade.  If your mom likes scarves, make her one.  If she likes to cook, decorate an apron. Paint a flower pot for the gardener.  Give her a stack of crocheted dishcloths because I think that is an appropriate gift to give to anyone at any time.  Heck, just draw a nice little sketch on the inside of your card!  Doing that extra little something with your own two hands just adds a wonderful personal touch.
  5. Something she can make with her hands.  May I remind you that this is a blog for a craft pattern publication company?  Head over to Leisure Arts and if you see something that reminds you of a special lady you love, then go ahead and purchase it for her!
  6. Whatever she wants.  If she says "Oh, I just want the whole family to be together," then you'd better haul everyone down there for a visit and bring some flowers.  My gift for my own mom isn't especially personal this year, but it's something I know she wants and I think she'll like it.  And that's all I'll say about it because, like I said, she's a super supportive mom and reads this.   Moms and aunts and grandmas and extra special Sunday school teachers are all deserving of a little--probably a lot--of extra love and attention on their day.

I hope this helps!  If nothing else, you can either give something wildly expensive or a homemade card.  Those are always winners--especially the handmade card.  (Note to self....give everyone's favorite granddaughter some more glue and buttons!)

What are your go-to gift ideas for Mother's Day?

This post was originally published on May 7, 2013.  I don't think moms have changed very much in the past year, and I certainly haven't gotten any wiser or creative with my gift ideas.  So I'm recycling this post in case you haven't seen it.  Enjoy!

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