It's easy to take for granted the matriarch of the family... mom. But when Mothers Day comes around, you have to really think about how you can show your appreciation for everything she's done. Here are some quick and easy gifts for that will make her smile!
Many of us have left over wood scraps in the garage, but you can create a simple box with a small amount of materials. Creating a raise bed is essentially a wood box and some good soil.
The one wood you should refrain from using is green treated lumber. There are chemicals you don't want if this garden will be growing food.
The thicker the lumber the better, but any will do. Lumber two inches thick will last a good 10 years without any treatment. Thinner material won't last as long, but can still work just fine. At ReStore, we emphasize using what you have before buying new. Save items from being thrown away—use them in your planter!
Use your imagination and do something different. Go for the standard box, or try something a bit different. Make a smaller box for a patio or go big with a mini farm.
Make sure to place the planter in a spot that gets enough sun for the desired plants. If it's for a food garden, you'll want 6-8 hours of sun light.
Consider building the planter or raised bed on Mothers Day. This will not only help those last minute gift hunters deliver an amazing gift on-time, but most moms will love watching their builders in action. Just make sure to set her up with some lemonade and a snack. Insist she take a load off on her special day!
Who doesn't like an expensive gift? Well, consider going the extra mile with smaller gifts bundled together. When you choose a bunch of smaller items your mom loves, it shows you're paying attention and that you care.
Buy some inexpensive mason jars and fill them with her favorite candy.
Find a pail or bucket and fill it with "spa materials" like lotion, face masks, and a bath robe.
Smaller containers or buckets can also be used as mini planter if the larger garden box doesn't work. You can also get creative with a seed bouquet. Each packet could be glued to a stick and arranged like flowers.
If all else fails, consider a no whining day, with plenty of wine. It's an opportunity to give a mom a "day off." Bring some wine and make sure the kids refrain from whining... as long as you can!
Bundle some Rosé or her favorite drink into a basket, bucket or box.
This gift idea is perfect in these COVID-19 times we're living in. You can make a doorstep delivery to moms that can't be with the rest of the family.
Whatever you decide to do or create, just make sure you spend some time really thinking about what the gift might mean to the mom. Customize these ideas to your mom to show her that she only gets one holiday, but is appreciated all year round!
Give in honor
You could also make a charitable donation in honor or memory of your mom. On the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity donation form, click "Give in honor/memory" and dedicate your gift. You'll be able to send an e-card or have us send a card to the recipient on your behalf. It's a great way to honor mom while supporting affordable homeownership within the Twin Cities.