Many stores are not open and online ordering is getting old, but don't worry. Mothers have always loved gifts more than anything they bought in the store.
Especially on Mother's Day, there are more reasons than ever for children of all ages to give a gift to mom. You can do something that will be remembered as a gift of love and hope for years in this difficult time.
Here are some ideas to get the creative and sentimental juices flowing.
Portrait from found objects
A portrait of Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado Passage, from found objects. He can be seen in the Netflix mini series "Tiger King". Chris Zuppa / The Penny Hoarder
No drawing or painting required. Objects only. You don't have to be an artist to create an impressive portrait of yourself, your mother, your mother's favorite star, or maybe just an icon of the moment.
Take tips from Hanoch Piven, an internationally known Israeli mixed media artist Celebrity cartoons. He hardly draws a line, but uses found objects that have a connection to the person in the portraits. Broken chains form Abraham Lincoln's beard. Albert Einstein's nose is a light bulb with bright ideas, while Barbara Streisand's is a microphone. Bob Dylan's mouth is a harmonica. Get an idea?
When mom works in IT, use a mess of old cables for her hair and flash drives for eyebrows. If mom is a math teacher, try cubes for her eyes and pencil pieces that make a smile on her mouth. If she likes reading, print out titles from her favorite books to make her eyes and mouth and try a light bulb for her nose. Do you have the idea?
Not every characteristic has to correspond to their profession or interest. You can also incorporate sticks, leaves, candy, coins, nails and bolts. (The red skin of all the cheese that is consumed these days makes for a perfect mouth.)
A mother book
Instead of mom filling out a baby book about a child's first steps, first meal, and preferred lullabies, children ages 5 to 65 can create a book with questions about them and their experiences as a mother.
- What other names did you think for us, but decided against it?
- Which children's books did you like the least and the least?
- Which television programs or films have driven you crazy?
- What did we do that took us out?
- What caused some of the most memorable tantrums?
- What songs have you always played in the car?
Write each question on the top of a page of notebook paper. Decorate the pages with a pattern or a small design. Tie the sides together with thread or ribbon.
The most important part of the present is that mom answers the questions herself by the end of Mother's Day or dictates her answers to a "family historian". Unlike many baby books, the mother book has to be completed to become a real treasure.
Coupons for time together, no tasks
Homemade vouchers have been a gift for many years. But usually they should wash the car or go for a walk with the dog. And often the well-intentioned offer never comes into play. Give vouchers that MUST be redeemed on Mother's Day and that offer the gift of togetherness. Children of all ages offer:
- Give mom a hand massage.
- Read mom a book.
- Watch a movie together, your choice.
- Go through photo albums together.
- Go for a walk together.
My mother rocks
Chris Zuppa / The Penny Hoarder
Find stones in the yard and paint them with nail polish or paint residues from the garage. Paint cute beetles, flowers, the sun, or a pattern. Put them together on a plate that you can paint on: "My Mom Rocks!"
Game On for a custom necklace
Make a tag or pin with some of the board games or puzzles your family recently pulled out.
If you find a magnetic or attachable name tag, use it for your base. If not, stick two or three poker chips or playing cards together and then stick them on a pin from a craft store. (You can get one Pack of 26 pieces for $ 3.19 at Michaels later, if necessary.)
Then adjust it:
- An older child or adult can glue puzzle pieces or playing cards on the base.
- A younger child can paint this abstract creation and sprinkle glitter on it.
- You can install a monopoly house, a clue candle holder or a car from the game of life or dice from any game.
Katherine Snow Smith is a freelance writer and editor in St. Petersburg, Florida, and author of the book Rules for the southern rule breaker: wrong steps and knowledge gained.
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