Mother's Day Gifts

Mother's Day Gifts
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One of the things many people seem to struggle with is finding thoughtful gifts to give their loved ones when holidays and birthdays are approaching. For the sake of convenience, we often find ourselves falling back on the standard gift cards for Christmas and or flowers and candy on Valentine’s Day.

As Mother’s Day 2013 approaches, many of us are probably already leaning toward clichéd flowers and breakfast in bed. While there’s nothing particularly wrong with these gifts, they leave a bit to be desired. And, if we, as adults, are jumping right for the easy, less thoughtful gifts, then our children are probably, by extension, giving the same types of gifts.

This year, try something a little more original. Listed below are some fun and inexpensive homemade Mother’s Day craft ideas that kids will love making and mothers with adore. You don’t get much more old-fashioned-living than making things by hand!

Crafting isn't just fun, it's practical. With the help of www.texaselectricityproviders.com, your family can significantly lower the energy use each month by participating in family-oriented activities that require little (or no) power. Anything that gets you away from the TV is time well spent, and provides fun for the whole family. 

Here are just a couple ideas to get you started.

Paper Flower Bouquet

There are lots of ways to make a paper flower, so keep in mind that this is just one of the many. 

Here’s what you will need:

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

To begin, measure and cut a 3 ½ inch square from the tissue paper. Next, fold the square into half-inch pleats as you would a paper fan. Repeat these two steps 8 times. Once you’ve got 8 fans made, take a pipe cleaner and bend one end of it approximately 1 ½ inches to form a hook. Place the still-folded pleats into the corner of the hook and twist the hook around the stem. Now, unfold the pleats to reveal your beautiful flower. Repeat this process until you have the desired number of flowers for your bouquet.

This great and simple Mother’s gift puts a new spin on the classic flowers. With these homemade flowers, mom can enjoy her gift year-round!

Fabric Necklace

Another Mother’s Day gift staple is jewelry. Every year, millions of moms wake up on Mother’s Day to new earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. The fabric necklace is a nice way to put a handmade touch on this classic. 

To make a fabric necklace, you will need:

  • 24” x 2” strip of stretch fabric
  • Large, colorful beads
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Tape measurer or ruler

To start, you’re going to want to measure out your fabric strip and cut it into the 24” x 2” inch length. After you’ve cut your strip, lay it in a circle on a table. Place your beads on the strip where you think they will look nicest. Try a few different formations to see what looks best. Once you’ve decided where to place your beads, string them onto the fabric using the pliers. After the beads are secured on the strip, tie the two ends together and you’re done!

Either of these two handmade gifts is sure to please any mom or grandmother. And these are just two of the many, many handmade gift ideas the internet holds. Do a quick Google search for “handmade Mother’s Day gifts” and see what you can turn up. 

With all of these quick, inexpensive, and thoughtful gifts just a few clicks away, it would be a shame not to go above and beyond for mom this year. As adults, we set the bar by which children measure themselves. If we try harder and do better this Mother’s Day, so will they, each and every Mother’s Day that follows!

 

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About The Author

BeckyBecky Wilcox is a freelance writer who has a passion for education and technology. In her spare time she loves to experiment with new dishes in the kitchen and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
 
 

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