Happy Mother's Day, and please don't panic. In these strange times, you and your family may find yourselves having to adjust gifting expectations. Themeans a spa day or classic Mother's Day brunch are out. But that's OK, especially if you're on a budget. We have some other great ideas, especially if you don't mind writing an IOU.
Remember that even if you can't spend the day with your mom this Mother's Day, she'll appreciate any gesture from you -- even if it's "just" athat you make extra special by adding backgrounds or serenading her with her favorite song.
Read on for some gift ideas you can make at home for your mom. Here areand .
Make a photo book or calendar
Your mom won't have this gift in hand today, but don't let that stop you. It's well worth waiting for, especially in these times of separation. You've already got several photo albums stored away, as well as hundreds of photos on your phone and laptop. Gather those pictures and use them to Mixbook, Google Photos and Walmart Photo to keep costs low.or calendar to send to your mom for Mother's Day. You can use services like
Once you're finished creating the photo book, you can have it shipped to your mom or hand-deliver it yourself. Some sites offer free shipping if you spend a certain amount, otherwise shipping prices will vary, depending on the service you use. You can always tease the gift in a beautiful card or a photo you selected from the book with a note that the picture is just the beginning.
Plant a small flower garden
If you live nearby, you can surprise your mom on Mother's Day by planting a small flower garden at her house. Hardware store, supermarkets and nurseries that are open in your area will have potted plants, herbs and seeds. All it takes it a little labor on your end to create something she'll be able to enjoy all summer.
Here's another idea if you don't have a green thumb. Try making wine cork planters. First, you'll need to hollow out several wine corks and place a small succulent in each of them. Then fill it in with soil to help sustain the plant. You can glue a magnet to the back of the cork so she can place it on her refrigerator. Succulents require little water and sunlight, so the maintenance is lower than other plants.
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Make her a care package
Being stuck inside isn't fun -- and even if your mom is a savvy online shopper, she might be focusing more on necessities. Thankfully, you can spoil her: Put a small kit together of things your mom enjoys, such as coffee, books or wine. Here are some options to get started.
Wine lovers: Give your mom the wind-down day she deserves with a wine kit. It can include a bottle of wine, bath salts and a good book to read.
Coffee lovers: If your mom can't start any task without that first cup of coffee, make her a. It can include a mug with her favorite coffee and a journal or planner she can keep her tasks written in.
You can even gather small necessities that she needs, like lotion, chapstick and hand soap. Or, make her a food basket with dry foods she's never tried. If your mom happens to enjoy cooking, here are that we absolutely love.
Make a door hanger
Get creative and make a door hanger or wreath to hang up on her front door. It doesn't have to be anything fancy -- you can make it from tissue paper and a paper plate. You can find quick and easy designs on Pinterest.
Or if you want to put your design skills to use, find a metal wire (like a coat hanger) to create a frame, then gather some greenery from around your house. For example, you can use evergreen leaves or pine. Use material like dental floss, fishing line or thin metal wire to attach the greenery to the metal frame. When your wreath is finished, tie a ribbon around the top so you can hang it on the door.
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