Homemade gifts to put a smile on every mom's face
Gifts from the Heart
Mothers have long held a special place in the hearts of their children. In the times of ancient Greece and Rome, springtime celebrations were held in honor of Rhea and Cybele, mothers of the gods. Later in history, England paid tribute to mothers on “Mothering Sunday,” the fourth Sunday of Lent.
Some believe Julia Ward Howe—who penned the lyrics to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”—may have first suggested a formal Mother’s Day in 1872. Yet it wasn’t until 1910 when Anna M. Jarvis of Philadelphia campaigned to make Mother’s Day a national holiday. At first celebrated only in Oklahoma and West Virginia, the day was commonly recognized by all states by 1911. Soon after, resolutions were passed, and on May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson issued the proclamation making Mother’s Day an official national holiday. (For more on Mother’s Day history, check out How the World Celebrates Mother’s Day.)
What might have those first Mother’s Day gifts been? Since Anna Jarvis’s mother’s favorite flower was the white carnation, this was the flower chosen to represent the sweetness, purity, and endurance of a mother’s love. Over time, the red carnation has since become the symbol of a living mother while the white flower signifies that one’s mother has died.
Are you still trying to figure out what gift to give Mom this year? Chances are what will make her happiest may be a heartfelt, homemade gift.
So Mom, if you’re still reading, put the blindfolds on and overlook this article (leave it open for other readers, though)! We’re calling all dads, grandparents, and babysitters to gather up the kids and help them make a special gift for their moms. What mother wouldn’t appreciate a homemade gift or loving gesture from her child? The following projects don’t cost much (some are even free!) and are fun to make—and receive.
Keep it Simple
Sometimes the simplest gifts are the best! These thoughtful gestures are sure to be appreciated by any mom:
- Make your mom breakfast in bed.
- Do your chores without being asked.
- Get along with your brothers and sisters—no fighting! Keep today a quiet day.
- Give mom the gift of time. Let her take a long, luxurious bubble bath.
- Leave a love letter or card for mom on her pillow.
- Make mom a homemade gift with the ideas below.
Talk Together: A Mother’s Day Interview
The act of conversation is a wonderful gift. Interview your mother and/or grandmother and write down her answers on art paper or record either with audio or video. (This is a great activity for an older child or even an adult “child”). Ask questions about her birth, childhood, and her teenage years. What were her favorite subjects in school? What’s her favorite color, movie, candy, or ice cream? Does she have a best friend or a hobby? What is her most embarrassing moment? How did she meet your father/grandfather? Ask her about when you were born. What is her favorite memorable moment with you?
Little Hands Make Fond Memories
This gift is sure to become one of Mom’s favorite treasures. Take a sheet of construction paper and fold it in half to make a card. Make a handprint by brushing poster paint on the underside of your child’s hand, then press your little one’s hand (fingers spread apart) onto the paper. On the inside of this card, encourage your youngster to use crayons and draw pictures. Your helper can copy or type a poem, cut out pictures from a magazine, or create a special piece of art to glue on the inside. Finish by labeling the card with your child’s name and the date. This project is a lovely one to repeat each year as a Mother’s Day tradition. Mom will enjoy seeing her child’s growth and will cherish these cards forever.
A Gift of Chores
What mother doesn’t wish for a little help around the house? Teens and tweens can put their own spin on this gift idea, or you can help younger kids create “chore flowers” for Mom to redeem whenever she needs a helping hand. Collect five or six craft or Popsicle sticks (if you use Popsicle sticks, make sure to first clean them thoroughly). Help your child write a chore on each stick with a fine-tip marker. You can include such offerings as, “I will put away all my toys,” “I will help you empty the trash,” “I will sing you a song,” and so on.
Next, cut several paper flowers from colorful construction paper and glue one to the top of each stick. Make a flowerpot for your flower by putting a ball of clay in the bottom of a paper cup. Insert the stick into the clay and adjust the stick until it stands upright (you may need to add clay after you’ve inserted your flower to help stabilize it). You can also write a little poem or message on an additional piece of paper and attach it to the cup with a ribbon. (Punch a hole into the paper and a hole into the cup—thread the ribbon and tie a bow).
Mother’s Day Scrapbook Page
Memorable pictures, colorful paper, and a few magazines are all you will need for your child to make this scrapbook page Mom will keep forever. Choose a sheet of scrapbook paper (or construction paper) for the background of your collage. Cut out the letters M-O-M from the paper and glue the letters onto your background. You can make copies of your favorite pictures of Mom (or pictures of you with Mom) and then use decorative scissors to cut the pictures into various shapes. Arrange your photos on the scrapbook page. Then, look through old magazines and cut out words that describe your mother and the things she likes to do. Arrange and glue these words on your page with Mom’s pictures. Present this finished scrapbook page to Mom on Mother’s Day for her to add to her scrapbook collection or to inspire her to start this hobby.
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