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May 9, 2008 / Amanda Jakl

DYI Gifts for Mother’s Day

Most of the ordering deadlines for Mother’s Day gifts have passed, so that leaves buying something in a local store or making something yourself. Something about handmade gifts means much more to moms. That you spent time and effort making her something says volumes and might even put you in the “favorite kid” category.

Truffles

Truffles are easy to make and there are bunch of recipes. Here are some links to start you on a path to chocolate making. Make sure to use waxed paper as a liner for whatever box you put the truffles in.

Alternatives: Cookies, from scratch or the take and bake kind, brownies, cranberry and orange loaf, blueberry loaf, all these goodies come in prepared mixes. Most of them you just have to add water and an egg and throw them in the oven. Pretty hard to screw up.

Gift Coupon Books

I know what you’re thinking. Didn’t we do this in grade school? My mom never cashed in any of her coupons when I was a kid, but I think it would be different now. Coupons seem a little childish, but sometimes moms just want to spend a little time with their children. Coupons are a way of promising that time. There are so many great templates out now that didn’t exist when I was a kid. Consider doing this for your grandmother and fill out the coupons with fun things to do with her, like going to the movies or playing a card game.

Other Quick and Easy Ideas
  • Fill a Ball jar with Epsom salts and a few drops of essential oil. Tie a ribbon and a card around the top. You could write something cute in the card like “A soothing treat, for your aching feet.” For those who don’t know, Epsom salts can be found at any drugstore for under $5, the Ball jar can be found in the canning aisle at the grocery store and essential oils can be found at craft stores, Bath and Body Works, health food stores and Whole Foods.
  • HP has a wiki page called “Holiday Gifts in Under an Hour” that can easily be adapted for Mother’s Day. I like the idea of buying a bottle of wine and making a custom label with your mom’s name on it. A five minute project that would make your mom tickled pink.
  • Have any other ideas? Share them in the comments. I’d love to know what you’re doing for your mom this Mother’s Day.

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