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I originally wrote this post about 3 years ago. Now my mother is 97, still with us and will be for quite a while longer! Unlike her, many of the original suggestions for affordable gifts have fizzled out! So, I felt it was time for an update! Remember, if you click to these products through my links, you will be helping us out at no cost to you. I hope you are inspired by my suggestions. I read a funny meme that reminded dads that there won't be any handmade gifts or cards coming home from school this year, so you'd better get on it! Mom's, if you see something on this list that you would love, maybe you should share this post with your husbands!
About a week and a half ago, we did a Friday Fave about influential women throughout history. If I had to pick the woman who has influenced me the most throughout my life, it would be my own mother. I have talked about her and referred to her in so many of my posts that I couldn't possibly link to all of them. But here is one that I did when I took her handwriting and transferred it to a picture frame. She has influenced my life for the better in so many ways and I love her so much. I can't imagine having a mother better than she has been to me and my siblings. This past month, she turned 97! The photos above are pictures from her Christmas card last Christmas. As you can see, she is still going strong and has a bright mind and a love of life. I hope that I can be like her when I grow up. If you read the print that I found on Etsy, that you can see in the collage, it will tell you how her children feel about her. As soon as I saw it, I purchased it (only $5.00) and printed it to frame to send to her as a gift for this Mother's Day! (Shh, don't tell her!)
So, with all of the good ways that my mom has influenced me throughout my life, she has also influenced this week's post because, let me tell you, giving gifts to a 97 year old woman is not easy. What does she need? Not a lot! What does she want? Intangible things! What is she doing? Giving things away and weeding out things! But we want to find ways to show our love to her.
Does anyone else have a mother in their life that seems to have all that she needs and wants when it comes to THINGS? If so, I have compiled a list of SOME UNUSUAL THINGS and IDEAS that are budget friendly ways to show that you care.
Mom has had bouts with skin cancer on her face. Whenever she goes out it is very important that she wear a large brim hat to shade her face and neck. An addition to her hat collection would be a nice gift, and hats are becoming very trendy! They would be a good addition to anyone's wardrobe, plus a protection from the sun in the coming summer months. Lulu's has many to choose from! This link will take you to their hat page so you can see all of the chic styles. If it is your first time to shop Lulu's, you can sign up for 15% off of your order, and if you spend $50, you get free shipping!
This Mother's Day give your Mom a beautiful, reusable gift that the planet will appreciate. The Other Straw is letting me try out their reusable bamboo straws. They are ethically handcrafted, made from sustainably grown, organic bamboo. 50% of their profits are donated towards ocean clean-up projects; it's a gift that gives back. I think it would be a fabulous idea to give your mom her favorite soft drink or other beverage, (my mom loves Dr. Pepper in moderation), these straws and perhaps a pretty tumbler to sip from!
While sipping her favorite beverage through her bamboo straw, your mom could be reading her favorite book! My mom has always loved to read and in fact inspired a love of reading in me from a very young age. So, books have always been good gifts for her, (and for me!) She loves a good mystery. I recently read my first Lady Hardcastle Mystery by T. E. Kinsey. I found it fun and entertaining. Her housekeeper, Flo, who tells the story, is a crack-up. I am sure my mom will love this book and others in the series!
Better yet, a Kindle would be a great gift so that she could always have something to read and often for free. They can be more pricey, but you save a lot of money in the long run because there are many free books available, or less expensive ones. My mom had a Kindle, but I believe she has lost it! It is too bad because she said it was much lighter than a book, so it was easier on arthritic hands. So, a new one may be in order! There are many kinds at various prices. Here are a couple of choices.
If your mom already has a Kindle, a gift card for more books would be a perfect gift! (And the time to read would also be awesome!)
So, thank you to my special mother! I know that a couple of these ideas are going to come in handy for me this year as I prepare a way to show her how much she means to me. I hope you have found some new ideas as well!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!