Editor’s Note: Archived article when I was a studio guest with WUSA-TV Anchor Lesli Foster on the Consumer Segment. We had a fun show-and-tell of last-minute, creative Mother’s Day gift ideas that are sure to warm Mom’s heart. And yes, you still have time to make them by Sunday! Segment previously aired on Channel 9, our local CBS affiliate with some inside tips that Mom is sure to love! Lesli, also a local Mom and former DVM Moms Celeb, has lots of food for Mommy thought — Amy
Moms definitely work 24/7/364. And on the 365th day, hopefully many of us get a break! That day is Sunday May 11th this year – Mother’s Day. So ladies, take your aprons off; give your kids or husband kitchen duty; and celebrate the one day a year that is centered exclusively around…you!
Take a long walk; put your feet up; take a long bubble bath; indulge. For any Dads looking for last-minute Mother’s Day presents, here are some quick suggestions that won’t break the bank and add a personal touch that Mom will love:
• Put together a coupon book offering a day off of cooking or cleaning that Mom can cash in when she needs a break.
• Engage the kids’ help, and surprise Mom with breakfast in bed. (Watch the crumbs!)
• Homemade cards or crafts, especially from young kids, are a great treat. For very young kids, you can interview them about Mom & put the results into a card they can decorate. Ask questions like…I love spending time with Mom because…My Mom is special because…My favorite memory with Mom is…My Mom is the best…My favorite dinner that Mom makes is…This interview can be done on paper or even on video – surprise Mom with a family “movie,” and roll the tape of your kids talking about their favorite times with her.
• Handprints on construction paper are quick, easy, personal, and really mark your kids’ ages & stages in a special way. Bookmarks or coasters are easy to make – give the kids crayons, glitter, or any age-appropriate art supplies, and let them create a keepsake for Mom. It’s easy to laminate the masterpiece at an office supply store.
• Photo crafts are also easy, and can be created last-minute. The bookmarks or coasters mentioned above are adorable with photos of the kids. Or, create a scrapbook with recent photos. With digital photography, it’s harder to make time to print & assemble photo albums for many moms, and packaging memories is always a great gift.
• Pick flowers from your own family garden, and fill a bowl with water to create a homemade “flower pool” – it’s unique, personal, and inexpensive. You can also create bookmarks by putting flowers between 2 sheets of wax paper and ironing carefully.
• Load everyone up in the car, and drop Mom off for a manicure or spa service as a surprise. Use the time while she’s having her treat to clean the house or garage – Moms love to come home to a cleaner house!
However you decide to celebrate, make it personal, and find time in your busy schedule to spend quality time as a family, and also, to give Mom some treats to show her how much you appreciate her work. Don’t forget, Father’s Day is just around the corner!
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