How to Make Mother's Day Gifts

Eight Methods:Gift IdeasPamperingHome DécorClothes and AccessoriesJewelryCouponsFoodWacky, Miscellaneous Stuff

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Is there a mother in your life who you'd like to treat even though you're strapped for cash? Or maybe you want to do something more personal and creative than running to the store or the florist? To make Mother’s Day gifts from the heart, try some of the following ideas.

Gift Ideas

Sample Mother's Day Coupons from Older Kids

Sample Mother's Day Coupons from Younger Kids

Method 1
Pampering

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    Lip balm or gloss. Homemade lip balm is a little thing that feels like a big luxury. You can easily customize the flavor and color according to mom’s taste.
    • How to Make Cocoa Lip Balm
    • How to Make Flavored Lip Gloss
    • How to Make Pink Lip Gloss
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    Perfume. Maybe you already know what her favorite scents are, or you can use aromatherapy to combine scents that you think will ease her most common ailments (stress, headaches, etc).
    • How to Make Perfume With Essential Oils
    • How to Make Perfume from Flower Blossoms
    • How to Make Solid Perfume
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    Bath salts. If she likes to take luxurious baths, make her your own brand of bath salts. Usually the main ingredient is baking soda or Epsom salt.
    • How to Make Fizzy Salts
    • How to Make Jasmine Bath Salts
    • How to Make Lavender Bath Sachets
    • How to Make Sandalwood Bath Salts
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    Lotions and creams. These can be customized using her favorite scents. Consider pairing the lotion with homemade bath salts or a gift certificate for a foot massage.

Method 2
Home Décor

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    Candles. If she enjoys the glow of a candlelit room, handcrafted candles are sure to please. Consider pairing them with bath salts or having them lit when you serve her a home-cooked dinner.
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    Picture frames. A sentimental mom will always appreciate pictures of the people she loves, especially in a custom frame.
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    Flowers that never wilt. These are especially great if she likes crafts, scrapbooking, seasonal displays, or simply having bouquets year-round.

Method 3
Clothes and Accessories

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    Purses. Many women are purse lovers. Give her a one-of-a-kind! Be sure to choose a fabric, color, or theme that’s tailored to her personality.
    • How to Make a Denim Purse from an Old Pair of Jeans
    • How to Make a Purse from a Hardcover Book - For the bookworm mom. Try to find a book at a used bookstore that she'll recognize, or on a topic she's interested in.
    • How to Make a Purse from a Map - For the mom with a gypsy heart. If you can, use a map of one of her favorite places.
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    Laptop bag. A working mom who travels with her laptop will surely appreciate this practical and creative gift.
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    Custom t-shirt. Find a t-shirt at a thrift shop in her favorite color or with a logo she likes and give it a unique twist. There are over 20 ways to make it special in How to Modify Your T Shirt.

Method 4
Jewelry

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    Rings. These are an easy-to-wear reminder of you. You can incorporate her favorite charms, stones, and metals for a unique, lasting gift.
    • A wire bow ring can be made with just a few pieces of wire and some pliers.
    • A charm ring can be customized with things you know she loves or things that remind her of you.
    • If you want to get more elaborate, you can use pearls, silver, gold, semi-precious stones, resin or polymer clay to create a cluster ring that reflects her personal taste.
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    Earrings. No mom can have too many of them, plus they’re surprisingly easy to make. Try something below to satisfy an elegant or crafty mom.
    • Want to get your Mom elegant pearl earrings, but can't afford the ones they sell at the jewelry store? If you're crafty, you can make them instead.
    • Don't have an old book lying around that you can use to make a purse? Book earrings are another stylish way for Mom to show off her love of books.

Method 5
Coupons

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    Massage. Most moms will cash in this coupon sooner rather than later, especially if you learn how to give a proper massage:
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    Cleaning your room. If she's always cleaning up after you, give her a coupon...or two...or many...and make them redeemable at any time. And if you haven't done it in a while, read How to Clean Your Room.
    • Note: A coupon for cleaning anything will probably work, actually!

Method 6
Food

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    Breakfast. Start her Mother’s Day on a luxurious note by serving her a hot, delicious breakfast made with love. For an added touch, serve it to her in bed!
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    Dinner. Follow the instructions in How to Cook For Your Girlfriend. Just subtract the romantic aspects if the girl is your mom!
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    Drinks. What’s breakfast or dinner without something to wash it down? Try one of these hot or cool drinks to satisfy her sweet tooth.
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    Dessert. The day isn’t complete without dessert. Try these sweet treats for the sweetest person you know.

Method 7
Wacky, Miscellaneous Stuff

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    Recycle socks. Moms will get a laugh out of what you do with those lonely socks that come out of the dryer unpaired.
    • A sock monkey is an especially cute way to recycle an old pair of socks.
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    Duct tape crafts. If she's not interested in a classic duct tape wallet, how about a mini skirt? Or cell phone case? Or tote bag?
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    Write her a poem. It doesn't have to be all sentimental. What about a limerick or a haiku about all the things she does for you?
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    Ribbon bookmarks. Not that crafty? Still need an idea for your bibliophile Mom? Ribbon bookmarks are so easy to make and so quick that you can make them in one sitting. They are also inexpensive since many discount stores sell ribbon spools for as little as .99 cents each. Customize them with your Mom's favorite colors.
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    A vase made from a plastic bottle. Most Moms get flowers on mother's day, so this would give her something to put them in. Or, if you're going to see her on Mother's Day, you could always put in some flowers you picked from your garden or bought at the store for a unique twist on the traditional Mother's Day bouquet.

Tips

  • Work from your heart.
  • Be creative, moms will prefer homemade gifts rather than bought items because they show your personality.
  • Make sure that you find out what kinds of things your mother likes so you don't give her something she won't use/doesn't enjoy.
  • Make sure that you keep it a surprise, so don't be too obvious or else she'll get suspicious.
  • Any of these gifts are best accompanied with a homemade card.
  • If she's a self-proclaimed nerd or geek, you must read this.

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