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The other day my husband asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day. I gave him a weird look like, “What the heck would you ask me that for? I’m not a … ” Reality check. I AM a mom. I told him I wanted new jewelry and running shorts. I may throw some new running shoes in there.
This conversation led me to ponder what we would get our moms for Mother’s Day. It’s usually always the same … flowers and a card. Because I cannot pack my 4 month old into a USPS Flat Rate box, and because we live far away and rarely see our family now, I very much wanted to make it a special year for Mother’s & Father’s Day. That means “just” flowers and a card will not do. I won’t share with you what we are getting them, because my mom occasionally reads our blog and I don’t want her to know.
But I figured that YOU were wondering what to get your mom or your mother in law, grandma, or maybe you’re a random guy reader and you have no idea what to get your wife. (If you are the wife, you could bookmark this to his desktop … subtle hint and all.)
First and foremost I must plug our Etsy shop! Jewelry is always a great gift for a mother!
I’ve broken the gifts down into budget categories. It seems like everyone and their mother (ha!) is trying to save money right now. We want to show someone how much we care for them and see their face light up, but we don’t want to break the bank doing it. Hopefully we can help you find something in your budget!
*Please Note: A few of these are DIY. I LOVE anything that is made for me! And I’m sure many moms are like that as well. You will see that most of the items in the lesser budget categories are DIY. This is because it is much cheaper to purchase your own materials and make them rather than buy them! I tried to select projects that aren’t too labor intensive and even the most craft-adverse individuals can manage through them.
$10.00 – $20.00 Budget:
1) DIY Framed Art: Have the kids sit down and draw Grandma a picture – or go crazy and give them some fingerpaint! Purchase a frame for little Monet’s masterpiece. Wrap it up with a pretty bow and a cute, simple card and you’ve got a great gift that Grandma will love! If you have a Hobby Lobby near you they have a TON of inexpensive, decorative frames that will really make it special! One touch that I do with my own frames is attach a decorative ribbon on either side and hang it that way or add ribbon rosettes. It adds a cute extra touch!
2) Marriage License Monogram: You’ll have to get your dad involved on this one. Get a photocopy of your parents’ marriage certificate and Mod Podge it onto the first letter of their surname. (Purchase one that is white, or paint it white!) I would recommend you copy this onto (white or cream) sheer scrapbook paper. At your local craft store (Michaels or Hobby Lobby or even AC Moore) they will have a whole section of single scrapbook paper. Find a fancy neutral color that you can see through, cut down to 8×10″, and copy the marriage certificate right onto it. Lay your letter over the portion of the marriage certificate you want to see, trace around the letter, cut, and attach and seal with Mod Podge! Honestly, this shouldn’t cost you more than $10.00! *NOTE: To give the letter a shabby chic look you simply sand around the edges of the letter. You can also paint the edges and back of the letter any color you want to add an extra pop of color!
3) Shutterfly Custom Photo Mugs: If this is something you want for your mom you better rush over right now to Shutterfly (here) and buy your customized photo mug or photo travel mug! I LOVE these and will be purchasing one or two for my sweet husband. He’s a coffee fiend and is constantly on the road, but at the same time is quite sad that he has to spend so much time away from “his girls.” Honestly this is a great gift for ANY coffee drinker, but I know that a mom will love it! (Because I LOVE it!) These mugs (travel and otherwise) are currently on sale for 50% off at Shutterfly. And if you spend more than $30.00 on the website you can enter the code “SHIP30” and get free shipping! That’s a deal! Here’s the thing though – you only have until May 2 to purchase these items at 50% off. Wait any longer and these are no longer in the $10-20 category! HURRY!
$30.00 – 40.00 Budget:
1) Bib Necklace: Here’s the truth … I LOVE the bib necklace trend right now. I recently purchased two of my very own, and I begged my husband for more. You can take a plain ole t-shirt and make it beautiful with the perfect bib necklace. Currently I am loving this necklace ($40.00) from the ShopNestled Etsy Shop.
I also love this necklace ($25.00) by LaVieEnJewelry (also an Etsy Shop)!
Honestly there are so many statement and bib necklaces out there in MANY different price ranges that you could get away with buying one or two or three! Check out Etsy first as you are most likely going to find unique “not everyone has this” options!
2) Shutterfly (again?) Photobooks: Are you sensing that I love Shutterfly? I do. I’m an avid fan. A few weeks ago my husband and I decided to make his mother a photobook through Shutterfly. She LOVED it. I was worried – I mean a whole book of pictures of my kid? But apparently it was like the best gift ever. We have friends who used a photobook for their adoption process! I’m a ProjectLife lover, but I will use photobooks as gifts from here on out. Photobooks come in varying prices and almost every budget can get away with making one! And of course right now they are on sale for 50% off through May 1! (And again, spend $30 and get free shipping with SHIP30 at checkout!)
3) Dinner, Dessert, and Wine (or non-alcoholic drinks): I’ve gotta be honest, I love my kid, but a perfect Mother’s Day gift for me is a night out with my husband with dessert and a glass of wine. There was a trending tradition in our home. Every year the US Open (golf) is on Father’s Day weekend. Our “gift” to our Dad was basically to get away and let him watch golf. In fact, my husband and brother in laws seem to adore this tradition as well. Truthfully, if we’re being 100% honest with ourselves, on “our days” we would love nothing more than to get dressed up, get out of the house, and not be cleaning baby puke out of our cleavage. More importantly I would LOVE to not have to pay for it. For your $30 or $40 you can buy a gift card to your mom’s favorite restaurant. But say you’re buying this for your daughter or daughter in law – offer to babysit, hand them the gift card as they’re leaving, and place a bottle of their favorite wine on the counter or in the fridge. When they get back have that wine sitting out and ready to go. Bid them farewell and wait 3-4 weeks for her to text you a picture of a positive pregnancy test. Congratulations, you’re going to be a Grandma again!
$50.00 and Up Budget:
1) eReader: I am a reader. I can read a book in one sitting. The other night my husband said that when I make the statement, “Man I miss reading just for pleasure.” it makes him want to gag. He LOATHES reading. Hates it. Wants to punch himself in the face when he has to read. Being that my husband is a genius he purchased me a Kindle Fire for Easter a few years ago. I use this sucker daily (and so does he, but to play games). eReaders come in a variety of prices (Kindles as low as $69 and as high as $400) with a ton of different features and styles. If your mom is a reader and tech savvy – buy this. Buy it now. Hands down one of the best gifts I have received in my whole life.
2) Cleaning Services: This may sound weird to you, but if you’re buying for a new mom or a mom with little kids running around – hire MerryMaids for her or StanleySteemer to clean those carpets! This is a little pricier, but I promise you this will be one of the best gifts she will receive. If you don’t mind cleaning you could offer your services (tell her you’re doing it whether she likes it or not) to save some money. I would hire your cleaning lady(ladies) and give her a gift certificate for a pedicure or manicure.
3) The Classic Spa Day: This is pretty self explanatory. Take the kids off her hands (if the kids are still at home) and send her to a pre-paid spa day. I would absolutely love a Spa Day with my sisters. If she has sisters, get their husbands in on this too and send them on their way to a Spa Day and a dinner at their favorite restaurant afterwards. She’ll love you for it!
4) Don’t Need it But Want it Bad Appliances: Nespresso Machine? Keurig Machine? KitchenAid? Ice Cream maker? We women love our kitchen appliances. You can find them in varying prices, but figure out which one she wants and buy it for her! (If you get the coffee machines – buy a cute mug and some fancy flavors to go with it!)
Well, there you have it. The great Mother’s Day buying guide. Stay tuned for the Father’s Day one towards the end of May. 🙂
A quick note – I’ll be laying low on the blog the next few weeks until my school term is over! Hopefully whoever fills in on my days gives you the whip of daily sarcasm that you need!
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