Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!


With Mother’s Day around the corner, feel free to check out my previous posts (click on the above photos, to view them), full of ideas for MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS.

This year… I’ve categorized some more gift suggestions, by Mom-type.  I’ve also added a link to each photo to make it easy for you to locate each product (click on the product photo to visit the retailer).   So here we go – let’s see if any of these match YOUR mom-type:

For GARDEN-LOVING Moms who also loves to cook:  A ready-to-enjoy HERB GARDEN!  If Mom enjoys cooking with fresh herbs, purchase a variety of established, organic herbs and plant them in a unique planter, so they are ready to go.  Taking out the subsequent work of a gift is the perfect post script of LOVE.  Gift her with a creative planter in her garden, like this inexpensive cart (available at most discount retailers, like K-mart) for around $20-

  ←You could also “make” a portable herb holder  by heading to HOME DEPOT and purchasing their plain wooden toolbox ($10), some paint or stain (depending on how you’d like the box to look) and a small can of chalkboard paint, so Mom can personalize her herb holder.

For ON-THE-GO Moms:  Iced Coffee and an Insulated, Lidded Beverage Mug.  Over the holidays, I received a wonderful Instant ICED COFFEE product from Starbucks (5-pack for $10).  I loved the fact that it comes lightly sweetened with natural cane sugar and all you need is water to make it!  It tastes great over ice and is ready-to-go, in an instant.  You might want to include an insulated, lidded mug, made from recycled products (check their clearance section for a $5 find).  You’ll find both of these products at your local Starbucks.  [YUM Hint: add milk!]


[NOTE: Several of the following gift suggestions are from one of my favorite websites:  I checked to see if they’d provide my readers with a discount & they graciously agreed!  So when you order, use COUPON CODE Mother21 to receive 25% off your order.  If you find that FREE SHIPPING is a better discount for your order, use COUPON CODE BlueFinally, they charge $3.95 (per item) to personalize, so if you’re ordering more than 1 item, call your order in and tell them you would like to take advantage of their single personalization fee special of $3.95.]

For SENTIMENTAL Moms:  A book that will tug at her heartstrings and inspire her Mom-Creativity!  If the Moms on your list enjoy learning new heartfelt ideas for unique ways to celebrate special times & holidays with “family & friends”, they will definitely enjoy my book Creative Family Traditions and Ideas.  ORDER THE BOOK RIGHT HERE... using your charge card, debit card or PayPal card (ONLY $11.95 and it ships for FREE!).  And why not also consider a beautiful, personalized frame to showcase a few cherished family photos:

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For the SPORTS FAN Mom: Check out Alyssa Milano’s new line of fan-wear, called TOUCH.  This clothing line is specifically designed for women and I found a great selection at

For THE ENTERTAINER Mom: order her a personalized BEVERAGE HOLDER.  This is something she will use for every get-together she hosts.  And you can ONLY order the holder, or splurge and include a stand ($30; $50, with stand).

For HARD WORKING Moms:  consider a THEMED GIFT of comfort and that “AH!” relaxation for them.  Create a Spa feeling for Mom with – a monogrammed waffle robe & set of slippers along with a set of apothecary jars for spa necessities.  Apx. $70.

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Inexpensive Easter Gift Ideas

Being the mother of 4 children has taught me to be creative  & thrifty when it comes to gift ideas.  With Easter around the corner as well as many other gift-giving occasions in the near future, I thought I would share some of my favorites I’ve either made, myself, or come across.

Small Children – gather up some of their forgotten tiny trinkets & treasures or explore yard sales for new ones and place them in a container, along with rice, silica pellets or small beads to create a personalized I SPY container.   On the left is one that you can purchase in the store for apx. $25.00  OR, you can fill an empty (and dried) water bottle, 1-liter bottle, lidded jar or sew a small pillow and insert a clear vinyl window.  Just remember that once your container (of choice) is filled to your satisfaction, you should add strong glue to the lid before placing it on the container.  If you’re sewing the container, add a little sew-safe glue to the seam before stitching, similar to this small pillow version I saw on –

Seller: The Crafting Corner

Older Child Option:  by the time a child reaches their teenage years, they typically have TONS of what-nots lying around that are too special to throw away, like concert ticket stubs, a favorite, long-ago treasure from a gumball machine, childhood race car, tarnished (but still loved) ring, coin from their trip to another country, etc.  So, why not give them a permanent resting place inside an I SPY container, like the (pictured) window-pillow.  What a cool & sentimental keepsake, to take, when they go to college…. literally, pieces of home!

Children of ANY Age:  One year,  I had noticed bars of soap with money inside being sold in stores.  You could not see the money, but they guaranteed that a certain number of their bars contained larger bills.  I thought the same thing you are thinking right now…. it won’t be in the one I purchase!   However, in craft stores, you’ll find glycerin soap making products (many times, they’re put together in a kit for around $14.00) like – clear glycerin soap base, soap mold tray, a bottle of fragrance and instructions… typically enough for 5 soap projects.  When I made these for my own children, I was able to put in the size bill I wanted and it was a HUGE hit.  This idea is great for an – Easter, Graduation or birthday gift as well as a cool stocking stuffer.   Plus, it will not only be a useful gift, but also rewarding for the recipient!  Here’s a photo of a nice example I found, on a cool website that features recipes for homemade bath products –

Teenagers and up: For a long time, the smallest gift card you could purchase was $25.00, but now any of the local drug stores (Walgreens, etc.) carry several gift cards in $10.00 increments. 

An Edible Goody for Kids of  ANY Age:  Do you remember the candy dots on paper?  Rachel Ray has a FREE recipe for these old fashioned goodies that you can try.   And if you want to personalize them, consider spelling out the child’s name (with the dots) rather than just putting them on the paper in rows.  Wouldn’t this idea also be a COOL placecard at your holiday table.  Now that I’ve thought of it, I guess I should try it this year!  I’ll post it when I do. 🙂

For Grown Children – Guys or Gals: If you’re having a super tough financial year and need something absolutely FREE to tuck in an Easter basket of a teenager and up (in age), head to your local department store in the mall and ask for SAMPLES of the latest perfumes, or for men… cologne. You can usually pick up several at no cost and it gives the recipient the opportunity to try them out before they buy, the next time.

I hope some of these ideas work for you or at the very least, help you to think of something else that would  (also) be a perfectly inexpensive basket stuffer. Please feel free to share your ideas in the COMMENT SECTION (below).