Thinking back to when I was a kid, I always wanted to buy my mama something special for Mother’s Day. Of course, as a kid I had no money, but that didn’t stop me from wanting the very best for her. I always envisioned beautiful flower arrangements, smelly perfumes, candies and shiny diamonds. Surely those were the very best Mother’s Day gifts anyone could ever get, right? Well, maybe to a kid, but when you become a mom yourself, your opinion of ‘the perfect Mother’s Day gift’ quickly changes.
Of all the Mother’s Day gifts I’ve received over the years, the ones that came from my children’s two little hands and one little heart were exponentially more precious to me than anything they could have bought. For me, nothing can compare to an “I love you, Mom” scrawled across red construction paper in big, blue crooked letters accompanied by a bouquet of wilting wildflowers that they hand-picked from the yard just for me. This Mother’s Day, why not try to bring back some of that nostalgia for your own mom by creating something special straight from your two little hands and one little heart? Here are a few ideas to help get those creative juices flowing.
Photo albums are a great way to preserve precious memories. To turn one into a Mother’s Day gift, collect photographs of yourself and your siblings spanning the years. Put them in order chronologically and note any special dates, occasion or memories associated with the photographs. This is also a great idea that you can use with pictures of grandchildren, too.
If you’re handy with a sewing machine, making a quilt or a pillow out of fabric scraps should be fairly easy to do. For the scraps, use old clothing or baby blankets that belonged to you, your siblings or your children. This is a fantastic way to breathe new life into old items and to keep treasured mementos close at hand instead of packed away in storage.
If your mom is the type to keep every little scribble you ever made, every award you ever won or every piece of hair you ever cut off your head with your school scissors – raid her stash. Find out where she keeps all those things and sneak them away when she’s not looking. Create a scrapbook to showcase her treasures from your childhood and give it to her on Mother’s Day.
My mom is all about showing pictures of her kids and grandkids to everyone she meets. At the grocery store, the local diner, yard sales – she doesn’t care. She’s going to show them, even if people don’t want to see them. If your mom is like mine, taking a family portrait of you and your siblings all together would be a great Mother’s Day gift idea. You can include your children and your siblings’ children in the portrait,too, or have another one taken of just the grandkids together. Present them to her in a nice frame on Mother’s Day and you have a gift she will treasure for a lifetime.