Homemade Crafts & Gifts
As we continue to add more of our favorite frugal gift ideas for our moms on MOTHER'S DAY, we hope you will join us by sending us a gift idea that you have made, or received from your family. Send an email to us at Great Gift Ideas for Mother's Day, we'd love to hear from you!
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The Gift of Time
"Give mom the gift of TIME, your time! Let her know how much you always appreciated the time that she gave to you and everything she always does for you. Make a meal for her, wash the clothes, take her to her favorite place (shopping, the book store etc.) and top it off by running her a nice hot bath filled with bubbles and an hour all to herself. Now 'that's' a Happy Mothers Day!" - Jan H.
Breakfast in Bed
"Serve mom breakfast in bed, complete with a small vase of fresh flowers from the garden, it will be a Mother's Day she will treasure for years to come!" - Michelle
While You Were Out
"Last year we did our version of While You Were Out. Our Dad took our Mom away for the weekend and we (her children) along with our spouses remodeled her kitchen and bath. We painted the walls and ceilings, and replaced old light fixtures. It was a lot of fun, and Mom was SO HAPPY. We video taped during and when they walked in the door. The video is definitely priceless!" - Keena
Misc. Gift Ideas
tapes of music, blue grass, gospel, classical and etc. Instant coffee,
"With the price of gas soaring these days, I found a frugal way to give mom an extra special Mother's Day present. Many of us will not be able to travel hundreds of miles to see our moms this year. Instead we have decided to make a video and send it to Mom. I am going to tape my son practicing his Tae Kwon Do moves and my daughter rehearsing for her dance recital. I'll include a brief message and then send the video to my sister. She will then film her family. She will send it to my mom right before her special day. It's much more economical than driving and it is a gift she can enjoy again and again!" -
For Mother's Day and Father's Day
"I know the little cafe that my parents like
to go out for an occasional meal. I called the place and talked to the manager
and bought them a gift certificate for whatever amount I can afford (since we
live so far apart). I try to make it between $25-$50 dollars. This works out
great since it gives my folks a chance to have a treat and they don't get
anymore things to have to find a place for. After this all I need to do is get a
card off in the mail." - Lisa
giving gifts someone can really use ends up being one of the most frugal things
you can do. Last Christmas, my husband and I added our son to our AAA
account for very little money. He already has a cell phone, so for his
birthday we added him to our cell plan at a cost of $10 per month (this may be a
lot to some people, but the cost is spread out, besides, he can't use the excuse
he has no way to call home). Just make sure you trust the person you're giving
this gift to. I've had masses said for my mom (could have been free, but I gave
a donation - I'm nothing if not grateful). My grandson's mother is in college,
so I bought her some savings bonds for her retirement (seems strange, but we'd
been talking about her retiring years down the road). She can use some
now, if she needs them, but if she waits until retirement, they will double in
value. You can buy them in as little as $25 denominations." - Terry S.
"I enjoy having a
vegetable garden each year, but physically cannot do all of the ground
preparation and planting alone. To my husband and kids this is just work,
not something they get excited about. Several years ago, I told them I
would rather have them help put in the garden instead of buying a gift for
Mother's Day. So now each Mother's Day we all go outside and put in the
garden. They save the money they would have spent on gifts, I get the
garden in without anyone complaining, and we all work together enjoying each
others company. What more could a mother want?" - Laurene
"Thank you for your wonderful newsletter - I
really enjoy reading it every time. Something that we have done in our
family for MANY occasions (Mother's day - my birthday etc.) is doing an extra
chore. For example on my last birthday - knowing that my 4 teenagers were really
strapped for money, I asked them for extra chores to be done. For the week of my
birthday I had no bathrooms or toilets to clean, no vacuuming to do, my car was
washed and a wonderful extra was that one of my older sons waxed my wooden
floor. I was ABSOLUTELY delighted with these gifts and the only thing that it
cost my kids was their time and energy. Everyone was a winner. I am hoping that
they ask if they can do this same kind of gift for Mother's Day this year. Keep
up the good work!" - Avril S.
"Gift idea for a mother with older children
and grandchildren. For my mom's birthday, my sisters and I made her a small
photo album that contained special family photos. But the best part of the
gift was the handwritten notes everyone in the family wrote to her telling her
how much she means to us all. Even the little grandkids wrote notes.
Those that were too tiny to speak gave their grandmother a handprint. We
posted each note on a separate page of the album. This gift was so cheap
money-wise, but it was really priceless!" - JB
"One of the best gifts I ever gave was for my wonderful mil's 70th birthday. This is a woman who has enough money in the bank to be more than comfortable, is quite healthy, and lives in a two-bedroom unit. So there's not a lot that she needs or wants. Get a nice glass jar, decorate lovingly with glass paints, usually with the name of the recipient, and perhaps with more detail of a personal nature (mine, very obviously had my mil's name and "Happy 70th" with the date as well), and then, at the celebration, or before hand, have nice pieces of notepaper and some good pens (you DON'T want things blotting and running, yecch!) and get the nearest and dearest to write down their fondest memories of the person involved. At the end of the night, or on the special day, a great presentation is made. This is also terrific to cheer up a friend suffering from depression. It's amazing how depressed people can make excuses as to why people spend time with them." - Leonie
Vase Family Memory Jar
"I wanted to submit a great gift I gave to my mom for last Mother's Day. It can be used for a birthday or any other kind of gift. I went to Marshall's and bought a pretty vase type holder & filled it with memories that we had as a family. I wrote each one on a small piece of colored paper, folded it in quarters. I tied a pretty bow around the "vase" and called it a memory jar. My mom was thrilled & she loves/loved reading all the different memories. I can also add "memories" as time goes on. I know it is not a handmade craft but the cost was so small & the gift was priceless." - Jackee Kaplan
"For Mother's Day, my husband heard of an idea that he wants me to do for my mom... write down 50 memories of time spent with my mom. I'm going to do that. She doesn't need anything and will absolutely cherish it. Have a great Spring!" - C. Kimberley
Fairy Garden Kit
"For a birthday gift for a friend of mine, I created a Fairy Garden Kit which would work well for Mother's Day as well. You can purchase small gardening tools at discount places such as Dollar General, Big Lots, etc... a half apron is very simple to make on the sewing machine to put gloves, seed packets etc in. Purchase a small window box and some seed packets, then place everything in the box like a gift basket. Makes a wonderful display. To top it off, add clearanced doll furniture to make a Fairy haven. I used a scrap book and colored paper to print off directions for making a fairy garden, history of fairies, and original fairy artwork by me. Very hands on gift that she adores. Change the theme to suit anyone." - Krista Ridge of NC
"How about a gas card? Since gas is so expensive." - Cindy
"My mother is elderly and therefore has very limited mobility. She loves flowers so for every Mother's Day I go to Wal-mart and buy annuals (.99 cents) and plant her flowers for her every spring. She so looks forward to this and it gives for the whole season! - Jenny
No Whining Certificate
"Give your mom certificates that say for example "1 day of NO whining," then write on another paper "1 night of doing dishes," or other helpful chores. These make a great gift." - Crazed Mama
ABC's of Mom & Birthday Calendar
"One of the best Mother's Day gifts I've ever given my mom is an ABC's of mom book. I took a small photo album and wrote things that begin with each letter that remind me of her. A-always there for me, B-beautiful, C-cares about everyone, etc. My daughter illustrated the book and we wrapped it up nice and pretty. My mom cried as she read it and couldn't believe we took so much time on a gift for her.
Another idea that I've not done yet but plan to is to get a perpetual calendar and put a picture of each family member on their birthday date. This will help her remember and I may even add some inexpensive cards so she'll be ready." - Kim of Kentucky
"On my mother and my MIL's last birthdays, since they were close together and money was tight, I took pictures of my boys in different poses and then created a neat collage of them on an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. I used a picture of them each by themselves and then used one of them together in between their solo pics. I laid the page out landscape and centered the pictures in the middle, and on the top had in big letters BROTHERS and on the bottom, underneath their pictures, it said in the same big letters, FRIENDS. Then after printing out 2 copies in color on nice paper, I went to the dollar store and got frames and gave my mom and my MIL the framed collage I made of their grandsons." - Shannon
"Make coupons for mom, saying, 'I will wash the dishes every night for a week!,' or 'This coupon is good for three backrubs!'" - Olivia
Photo Slide Show
"All you need is an unused CD and a computer with Word Power Point. I tried it last year for the first time and my mom loved it. She's a crier, so she cried. And she said that it was the best mother's day gift ever!" - Jana V.
"I bought my mum a magazine with candles and bath foam. Took down the shower curtain-this makes a nice bath time for her. Left her alone for an hour. Cheap, and she loved it!" - Julian S.
"You can make homemade jewelry for your mom. It's easy to do. Great gifts for Mother's Day, birthdays, and Christmas." - Natalie B. (10 years old)
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