Friday, May 2, 2014

Gift Guide: Yo' Mama's Day

With Mother's Day approaching in about a week, I've been seeing tons of gift guides and ads for the best things to give these ladies: expensive handbags, jewelry, cashmere throws...  If you can lavish your mama with the finest money can buy, then go for it.  But, if you're running low on funds or time consider one of these inexpensive, yet thoughtful Mother's Day gift ideas: 

1. Framed Picture.  Marshall's, Ross, and TJ Maxx always have a ton of nice frames for well under $20 bucks, often under $10 depending on the size.  You can even stop at Target or a dollar store to pick up a nice frame.  Search through your family photos and cell phone for a photo, something that captures the essence of your relationship or a forgotten moment.  Printing a photo in black and white adds a nostalgic element.  Finally, don't forget to take your time with the wrapping.  Consider using brown kraft paper with satin ribbon and a brooch or even a fancy fabric.  You can also make wrapping paper by creating photo collages and printing them out on paper; again for this I'd print them in black and white.  Whatever you choose, remember it's all in the details.  

2. Fresh Flowers // Potted Plant.  Get her a bunch of tulips or another seasonal flower.  Don't feel pressured to go the florist if you can't.  You can often find some great bunches for a good price at Whole Foods or your local market.  If she's not into flowers, stop by Lowe's or Home Depot and pick up a nice potted plant.  You can get a new pot from the dollar store and decorate it with paint.  It will last longer (hopefully), and she can take it to work.

4. Make/Bake Something.  Cook her a nice breakfast/lunch/dinner.  Bake a batch of her favorite cookies.  If you don't have the time or patience to make it, buy it.  You can always add some kind of personal touch or detail to the wrapping (decorative tin or bag). 

5. Give her something to make something.  Buy her a new mug and a box/bag of her favorite tea or coffee.  She can whip it up herself and will think of you when she makes it.

6. Quality Time.  Designate some time in your schedule to do something with her without distractions.  Visit a pottery shop or take a painting or cooking class together.  Do something she likes to do, or just sit and relax.  Think back to the things you enjoyed together during your childhood.  Things may have changed, but reigniting those memories will bring you closer together and create a nice new memory. 

7. Care package.  This is one of my favorite kinds of gifts.  When you don't know what to get, sometimes you should just get everything.  Reuse that Easter basket, or get a nice gift bag.  Create a small collection of her favorite things (snacks, movie, music, candle, lotion, perfume, magazine, gift card to her favorite store, etc.).  This doesn't have to cost a ton.  You can even use travel/single serving sized items; a $5 gift card to Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks, just enough for one drink. 

8. Handwritten Note // Handmade Card.  Save yourself $5 bucks at the drugstore, which could go towards the actual gift, and make a handmade card.  If you're not feeling particularly creative, write her a handwritten note; just say how you feel.    

Check out these pins for more gift wrap and DIY ideas too.  Remember, it's the thought that counts!

Good luck!

Photo credit: JRY3 Photography

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